Gold Medal hero David Peacock joins forces with his elder brother Billy to represent Midlothian IBC’s attack on the Scottish indoor bowls Pairs title starting with the section qualifying action being hosted jointly over the weekend by the Bainfield (Sat) and West Lothian IBC (Sun) clubs.
Midlothian captured the national title as recently as season 2013/14 with celebrated internationalists Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker the winning partnership however the first to bring that particular silverware back to The Dalkeith stadium was David Peacock. Peacock (now 46) skipped Steven Currie to the national glory in the 2003/4 season and the same partnership encored that triumph the following season – so the younger of the Peacock brothers is chasing a treble in the event.
“Billy has turned 50 now so it would it an even more memorable landmark for him if we could go on and emulate the title triumph achieved in last season’s event by Arbroath brothers Ryan and Darren Burnett”, said David. “However it is the quality of performance that counts most, not the talking, and these national fields are always strong and a glance at the draw tells me that we are pitched straight into the deep end against a formidable opposition from Abbeyview”. The Peacock brothers are no strangers to the dangers represented by stalwart campaigners Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown in a high-octane prelim round clash on the 9-30am session at Bainfield.
The East Lothian challenge highlights the supreme quality that populates the section with the internationalist partnership of Jamie Higgins and Derek Oliver bidding to repeat their title triumph of season 2012/13. Their campaign trail also starts in the prelim round G Young and N Robertson of Stirling providing the opposition. The history of ‘the garden county camp’ in the event is good with Scotland’s second most capped player Graham Robertson skipping his Dad, Adam, to the title in 1988/89 and again in 1990/91, then completing his treble in 1993/94 with Ian Bell.
Bainfield represent the Edinburgh challenge and their dark-horse partnership of Ian Burns and Mark Hewitt will parade their skills at Coatbridge IBC where a bye into the first round proper pitches them against Gordon King and John Carswell of Galleon.
The challenge of West Lothian IBC is in the hands of prominent premier league players in the shape of Des Hagart and Stuart Johnston who open in the prelim round against Ian and Neil McLeish of East Kilbride. Hagart is a former’ Player of The Year’ at The Inveralmond Stadium while Johnston is a National and British Isles champion in the Fours (2002/3).
Balbardie IBC also make the shortish journey from Bathgate to Coatbridge where seasoned campaigners Graham Keery and Gary Orr launch their campaign against top liners Craig Lindsay and Paul Foster of Prestwick in the prelim round.