Scottish Cup fever is at fever pitch level with the members of The East Lothian IBC set to cheer on their team of gent’s stars from The Alex Marshall Arena bidding for a record making seventh title triumph when facing Galleon in today’s final at PerthRead More
Confidence is exceptionally high that a team that is a giant of the premier division of the national leagues will deliver a performance at the Dewars Centre capable of capturing the coveted Scottish crown at the expense of rivals normally parading their skills in Division 2 West.
Galleon’s record in their recently completed league campaign is an under whelming four wins out of 10 to finish a distant third of six; but their Cup form is another matter and the team from Kilmarnock have taken the scalps of two premier league team en route to the final. Their win over Abbeyview in the quarterfinals was followed by a sensational triumph over cup holders, and six times cup winners, West Lothian thereby sending a danger signal that has been picked up by the East Lothian camp.
“The gulf in class is immense in league terms and generally we are being rated as racing certainties however Galleon’s cup form demands utmost respect and we know it’s going to be no picnic, it never is against Ayrshire opposition” said EL captain Scott Kennedy. “We don’t want to be Galleon’s third premier league victims so must stay totally focussed and be driven by the ambition to reign as cup champions for what would be a magnificent seventh time”, he added. The team news from the EL camp is that Kennedy has recovered from a back injury and returns to the line up and it is timely that the team captain fills a gap created by the enforced absence of World Under 25 Singles champion, Joe Mower. The EL team is awesome in make up and individual reputation, and the occasion yet another major one for Scotland’s two most capped players in the shape of veterans Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson. Rink 1. Mal Higgenbotham, Calum Darling, Ewan Fallen, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Andy Jeffrey, Glenn Blair, Graham Robertson, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 3. Lessel Middler Willie Wood MBE, Stuart Thomson, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Andy Burt, Jamie Higgins, and Alex Marshall MBE. The rink draw pitches Oliver against Drew Boyd; Kennedy v Cameron Wilson; Mellors v John McCabe Jnr;, Marshall v Graeme Peacock.