Bainfield gents open against Tweedbank in this weekends play-down action of the indoor bowls Scottish Fours Championship and the rink carrying the banner for the capital city challenge is strongly formed in the shape of Mark McIntosh, John McDermott, Alan Brown, and skip Barry Hill.Read More
The aim of Hill and Co is to go on and emulate the 1989 title success of Graeme Archer, Mel Muirhead, Frazer Muirhead and Alan Brown; but the pathway is strewn with obstacle and hurdles tough to negotiate. Brown won 18 caps in his heydays as a top class performer and brings that experience and glamour to a rink skipped by an experienced club campaigner and fronted by two talented members of the younger brigade parading their exciting brand of skills at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium.
The Dalkeith Stadium at Midlothian IBC is the venue for a section of play that also involves the champion club rinks of West Lothian IBC and Balbardie IBC. The Logan family is prominent in the WL challenge with 26 year old Calum skipping his 61 year old dad, Raymond- a former outdoor cap- at second, and joined by Blair Mackie at lead and Cameron Greer at third. Greer has six full caps to his name while the younger Logan is already a veteran of 15 Under 25 caps and 18 full caps, he reigned as the national junior singles champion in 2011. WL open against Headwell in the prelim round while the Balbardie (Bathgate) rink of Davie Ross, Jimmy Mallon, Jim Speirs, and Walter McDougall have a bye into the first round proper and face Berwickshire.
Lanarkshire IBC is the venue for East Lothian and Midlothian launching their respective challenge to book a place in the Last Four stage being held at Aberdeen IBC on the weekend of March 25/26. The strongly formed rink of Mark Johnston, Stevie Thomson, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver certainly shape up as serious contenders from the East Lothian camp albeit their opening prelim round test against Prestwick is a tough one to overcome. The Midlothian banner is represented by a rink of players solid in reputation on the domestic scene so Paul Veitch, Neil Watson, Doug Russell, and Ian Fleming are looking to make their mark in the National Arena they open in the first round against Ayr.
The play-down action in the Ladies Fours also takes place over the weekend with Bainfield represented by the rink of Heather Stoddart, Kate McVey, Anna Anderson, and Mandy ODonnell who will parade their skills at East Lothian IBC, opening in the prelim round against Coatbridge.
Also in action at the Alex Marshall arena are, West Lothian v Tweedbank (prelim) , and Balbardie v Falkirk (first round).
The Midlothian rink of Margaret Porter, Norma Shillinglaw, Sandra Muir, and Shona Johnstone open against Stirling in the prelim round action at Blantyre.