Bainfield star Daniel Gormley made his junior cap debut for Scotland in the Home International Series played at Glasgow IBC and the 22-year old can now reflect on being part of on an outcome that was truly spectacular.
“ I have been on cloud nine since news of my selection some weeks ago and now I am over the moon and celebrating a monumental success well beyond my wildest dreams”, reflected Gormley. “Scotland not only captured the title with wins over England, Wales, and Ireland but enhanced that hat trick with the unique distinction of all four rinks winning all their three games- they say it has never been done before”, he added “It was great to be part of a history making occasion and everything about it was brilliant, the atmosphere generated by the excitement of a large and appreciative crowd, the skills and spirit of the team, all backed up by an inspirational management” he concluded. Lothian representation was extremely thin on the ground but Ewan Fallen of East Lothian IBC who was playing in his second series joined Gormley in the 16-man team. Gormley played second to Darren Gualtieri (Whiteinch), Richard O’Malley and Kevin Anderson (Both Dumbarton) while Fallen played second to Jason Banks (Garioch), Connor Milne (Turriff), and team captain Callum Taggart of Paisley. Gormley’s first cap game was made more challenging to his nervous system as it came against defending three-in-a-row champions England but the young card dealer at an Edinburgh Casino is used to holding himself together and delivered a strong performance. The watching crowd included mother Laura and Daniel Snr who had their own nerves quickly settled at the sight of their son’s rink making a blitz start to power into a 12-1 lead after six ends that included a super count of 6 at end five against Alex Walton. Anderson and Co charged on to contribute a 24-12 victory to sensational 102-59 triumph over the title-holders that also so Taggart deliver a 21-15 win over Perry Martin. Wales came into their match against The Scots with a 19 shot win over Ireland to their credit but there was no holding a Scotland team that led all the way as they powered to a commanding 97-55 victory. Imagine the instant pandemonium that engulfed the stadium when Gormely and Co registerd a sizzling count of six on their first end inspiring to Anderson skip his rink to a 27-14 win over Daniel Salmon. And the highlight for Fallen was Taggart zipping into a 12-4 lead then going on beat Liam Stone 24-8.
Ireland were destined for the wooden spoon and with the title depending upon it Scotland showed them no mercy in the final game – hitting the front at 14-5 on end two then racing to a 108-61 victory. Gormley’s book of fantastic memories gaining another entry with yet another count of six – coming on 15 to lead 20-10 then Anderson skipping the rink to a 31-14 win enhanced by a 4, 5 finish against Stephen Coleman. Fallen’s rink also celebrated a count of six – on end two – that fired up Taggart on the way to a 23-14 win over Alastair Coleman. “What a debut for me” summed up Gormley, “Scotland reclaimed the title from England, the team and four rinks were all undefeated, I was a member of the top rink of the series, I am told by others that I played well. Ewan was also happy with his form. Fingers crossed that we get selected again next season”.