Gold Medal star Neil Speirs returns from a costly three month lay-off to take his place in the West Lothian IBC line up that faces Alloa at Dunfermline venue Abbeyview in tomorrows (Sat) second round action of the gents indoor bowls Scottish Cup.Read More
Speirs a member of the rink that won gold in the 2014 Commonwealth Games has recovered from a leg injury that back in January forced him to withdraw from the semi finals stage of the Scottish Singles, being played on his home patch at Livingston.
The selection panel at WLIBC have opted in their wisdom to bring their 38-year old internationalist super-star back into the limelight in the position of third rather than his natural place at skip although the former, over the piece, is arguably the more demanding. Long time absentee Grant Knox winner of a Pairs Gold at the 1986 Commonwealth Games and a player of international status has re-emerged from the shadows this season and parades his skills alongside other capped figures in the shape of, Craig Moss, Bryan Cooper, Mark Allison, Cameron Greer, Calum Logan, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann. It adds an extra dimension of interest to the clash that Alloa enter the battle as a Premier League Club on the way down, having been relegated, while West Lothian are on the way up having earned promotion from Division 1. Raymond Logan captains a WL team that includes his sons Scott and Calum and reads, Rink 1. Scott Logan, Ian Drysdale, Neil Speirs, and Thomas Mann.
Rink 2. Richard Mark, Raymond Logan, Craig Moss, and Mark Allison. Rink 3. Bryan Cooper, Grant Knox, Stuart Johnston, and James Speirs. Rink 4. Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Des hagart, and Calum Logan.
Midlothian IBC last etched their name on the coveted silverware back in 2004 and have a current team that is strong enough formed to bridge that gap however their second round test is a tough one in the shape of fellow premier league club, LanarkshireThe presence of world stage stars in the shape of Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, David Peacock, and Graeme Archer brings an awesome look to a team that lines up as follows, Rink 1. Andrew Caldwell, John Stevenson, Lindsay Plenderleith, and Colin Walker. Rink 2. Ian Forbes, Ian Fleming, Scott Briggs, and David Peacck,Rink 3. Jamie Macnab, Jim Cullen, AJ Knight, and Billy Peacock. Rink 4. Scott Runciman, Craig Hodge, Ronnie Duncan, and Graeme Archer.
Bainfield carries the Edinburgh banner and the stars from The Hutchison Crossway Stadium would love to emulate their title triumph of 2008 and their prospects of making it into the quarterfinals look reasonably good. Elgin provide the opposition at Arbroath and the Division 1 team from the North are a highly competitive team finished second to West Lothian in their league – no pushovers.
Bainfield havent come forward with a team but the premier league outfit will be considered slight favourites if at their strongest.