Opportunity Knocks this weekend for an East Lothian gents team that is fired up by an ambition to win the indoor bowls Premier League title for what would be a magnificent seventh time.Read More
Falkirk provides the playoff opposition in a final being staged at Turriff tomorrow (Sat) and with both teams facing the long trek North the first hope is that weather conditions permit the showcase climax to the national league structure to go ahead as planned.
East Lothians recent shock exit from the Scottish Cup is a challenge to their morale however the star- studded team from The Alex Marshall Arena have proved their resilience in the past and the ability of their bounce back qualities is not in question.
It is a major factor that team captain Graham Robertson is of the opinion that East Lothian go into the final with their strongest line up and that is code for the presence of world stage icon figure Alex Marshall MBE whose return brings added inspiration to the efforts of his team mates. The final is another great occasion for the three most capped players in the country and all from the East Lothian camp in the shape of Willie Wood MBE on 93, Robertson on 87, and Marshall on 75.
Whilst EL go into battle as firm favourites to capture the coveted crown they do know there is no room for a complacent attitude, or overconfidence, against a Falkirk team that has a strong backbone and players of star quality. Not least former garden county native Steven Glen and his fellow team mates of international status in the shape of Gary Hutchison, Martin McCalley, Steven Allan, Joey Strickland, and Gary Smith.
Falkirk reached last years final where they lost to Blantyre and having also played second fiddle in the 2012 final they have a determination to make it third time lucky.
Robertson said, Falkirk are a very talented team and deserve our full respect while one of our several drivers is that if we win then East Lothian will be holding three major titles in the shape of the Indoor Scottish Cup, The Indoor Premier League Title, and the Outdoor Hamilton Trophy He also added East Lothian have come through a toughly competitive section by utilising its 22 man squad consistently well and having regularly had two to five players absent this is the first time that our team is at full strength. To heighten the pre-final build up the head to head draw has been made and reads as follows, Rink 1. Mark Johnston, Willie Wood MBE, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. versus Zander Ness, David Taylor, Chris Scott, and Steven Allan. Rink 2. Calum Darling, Lewis Betts, Joe Mower, and Billy Mellors. versus Billy McArthur, Gary Stirling, Gary Hutchison, and John McHutchison. Rink 3. Ross Thomson Stuart Thomson, Jamie Higgins, and Alex Marshall MBE. versus Iain Donaldson, Scott Donaldson, Martin McCalley, and Steven Glen. Rink 4. Andy Jeffrey, Dougie Berwick, Glenn Blair, and Scott Kennedy. versus
Joey Strickland, Simon Thomson, Gary Smith, and Gary Flynn.