Gavin Smith’s debut in the hot seat of Team Manager at Bainfield is marked today by three late changes for the club’s opening match up at Aberdeen in the A section of the indoor bowls premier league.
Missing from the team bus are original selections Tam Ebbs, Stewart Douglas, and Josh Spalding but Smith has promptly replaced them with talented squad players Adam Brock, Kerr McKail, and Danny McCourt. Brock and McKail form a new front-end for Smith who continues to have come back star Alex Hurry Jnr as his third while McCourt pays second to Jamie Reid, Daniel Gormley, and Craig Paterson. “Our re-shaped line up still retains a strong competitive ethic and although Aberdeen were last season’s early high flyers they could be vulnerable to a blunted first match sharpness and if so I hope we can exploit that by being on our toes”, said Smith.
Meanwhile Balbardie IBC launch their campaign today in Division 1 North with home environment advantage against Perth and the Bathgate based club will line up as follows, Rink 1. Lawson Trotter, Stephen Pettigrew, Jim Speirs, and Walter McDougall.Rink 2. Craig Sinclair, Andy Jenkins, Lindsay Forrest, and Gary Orr.Rink 3. Alan Stenhouse, Davie Ross, Brian Craig, and Ewan Shearer.Rink 4. Graeme Keery, John Ellis, Mark Bonnar, and Sandy McDougall.
Opportunity knocks today for the Bainfield ladies to build on their opening win over East Lothian when they field an unchanged team to face West Lothian at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium. East Lothian are at home to Teviotdale while Balbardie visit Tweedbank.
Midlothian host one of the play-down sections of the Gents 2 Bowl Pairs Championship at their Dalkeith stadium tomorrow and the local clubs involved are Balbardie, Bainfield, East Lothian, and West Lothian. Billy Mellors comes in for the unavailable Scott Kennedy to partner Andy Jeffrey for East Lothian against East Fife (9-30am) while West Lothian are also strongly represented with Calum Logan and Neil Speirs opening against Perth on the same session.
The Bainfield banner is carried by David McNair and Brian Combe who open against Teviotdale (9-30) while Jimmy Mallon and Walter McDougall represent Balbardie against Headwell, also on the first session. The Midlothian challenge is in the hands of David Munro and Ian Forbes who travel to West of Scotland IBC where they open at 9-30am against Clydebank.