Lorraine Malloy has just recently returned from the sunshine and warmth of Cyprus having been part of the successful Bowls Scotland team that won a clutch of medals in The Atlantic Rim Championships.
Malloy – a member of the, whisper it, unsuccessful women’s 2014 Commonwealth Games (Bowls) team – had a good experience in Cyprus having won Gold in the Fours and Bronze in the Triples. Her immediate focus now turns to this weekend’s qualifying action in the women’s Scottish Indoor Bowls Pairs Championship where with regular partner Sharon Leitch they have a great record – having captured the national title on two occasions. Their triumphs coming in seasons 2005/6 and 2010/11 raising hopes of the five-year sequence being continued.
Whilst neighbour club West Lothian IBC is a venue it isn’t the direction of travel for the top-notch Balbardie champions who are being asked to parade their skills at Coatbridge IBC where they have a bye into the first round proper. Their opposition comes in the shape of West of Scotland IBC duo J Moore and H Torrance and if successful they remain at the same venue for Sunday’s play.
Coatbridge is also the venue for the champion duo’s representing the West Lothian and Bainfield banners with both campaigns being launched in the prelim round.
The WL challenge is formidable in the shape of Jenifer Richardson and Lisa Barrett
who are two young full caps fired up to enhance their reputations but sure to be tested by Falkirk duo Jane Brooksby and Irene Kilpatrick.
Bainfield celebrated their one and only national title triumph back in the hey-days of Chris Allison and Annie McAlpine in the 1972/73 season and the latest partnership attempting to bridge that huge gap are national league stalwarts Karen Tumblety and Marion Dickson. Their opening challenge comes against Cathy Morrison and Alison Strachan of Cowal.
East Lothian have been drawn in the section being played at West Lothian IBC where the hopes of ‘the garden county’ are carried by the solid national league partnership of Diane Rowan and Yvonne Veitch. Their opposition in the prelim round is Perth duo Susan Myles and Maureen Morrison.
Midlothian also strut their stuff at The Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston and field two players of international reputation in the shape of Kelly McDougall and Gaynor Duncan; a bye into the first round proper (2pm) saves them an early rise.