Bonnyrigg carry the Midlothian banner into the quarterfinals stage of The Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Inter County Top Ten Tournament tomorrow, and with home advantage fancy their chances of progressing at the expense of Renfrewshire champions, Paisley Caledonia.Read More
Wins over Lochgelly (West Fife) and Bankfoot (Perthshire) were achieved at home so morale in the camp is high is high but there are apprehensions with the enforced absence tomorrow of two star players in the shape Lindsay Plenderleith and emerging world stage star Ronnie Duncan. Duncan has been the spearhead figure in the Singles and that responsibility is transferred to Jamie Hanlan, paving the way for team manager Drew Pearson switching to line up as the middleman to Neil Linton and Kevin McDougall in the Triples. John Stevenson is called up to replace Plenderleith as skip to Calum Redpath in the Pairs while Scott Matthews comes off the bench to play third to Scott Les, John Tod, and Tam Russell in the Fours. “Caledonia have wins over Busby (Glasgow) and Stranraer (Wigtownshire) under their belts so will arrive fired up with the intentions of having a real go at us”, said Pearson.
The national champions of 2009 and 2014 have been left isolated as the banner carrier for Edinburgh and The Lothian’s with last weeks losers Slateford and Tranent joining Newbridge on the sidelines. Slateford slumped to a shot margin defeat away to Argyll of Argyll & Bute while Tranent failed to produce the expected goods in a 6-2 defeat away to Rock of Dumbartonshire.
Slateford stars Robert Marshall and Jamie Gracie return to today’s Hamilton Trophy scene for an Edinburgh & Leith team that hopes to build on a good away win over Borders when tackling West Fife at Wardie. The recast line up reads, Rink 1. Craig McCall, Darren McKenny, Jamie Gracie, and Robert Marshall. Rink 2. Stephen Pringle, David Fisher, Robert Donaldson, and John McDermott. Rink 3. Kevin Tennant, Scott Rogers, Craig Paterson, and Paul O’Donnell. Rink 4. Liam McKay, Gordon Bold, Andy Caldwell, and Mal Higgenbotham. Rink 5. Daniel Gormley, Steven Pilley, Alan Brown, and Paul Veitch. Rink 6. Neil Watson, John Ramsay, Darren Hush, and James Hogg.
Midlothian face Borders at Newbattle with Stuart Roseburgh returning at third to Colin McFarlane and Jamie Mitchell leading the rink due to the absence of Calum Redpath.
East Lothian cross the Forth to tackle Fife County at Leslie without the services of ace trio Billy Mellors, Dougie Berwick, and Graham Robertson. Team captain Scott Kennedy is a returnee while Stephen Cochrane and Davie Whitson make debuts.
West Lothian visit Stirling County East at Larbert venue Burnhead with the only change from the team that beat Fife County being a switch of rinks involving thirds, Mark Allison and Walter McDougall.