Bainfield gents opened their premier league campaign with a well earned but surprise win over Blantyre at the Hutchison Crossway Stadium however completing the double in todays visit to the defending champions would create shockwaves of gigantic proportion.Read More
It seems that no one can quite remember the last time Blantyre lost on their home carpet so the aura of invincibility tends to overawe even the strongest of visiting teams. It is doubtful that an, albeit, competent and competitive Bainfield team can pull off a victory that the recent star studded Midlothian line up failed to achieve even though both currently sit ahead of Blantyre in the B Division league table.
Bainfield travel without Robert Sloan, Tam Ebbs, and Brian Stoddart so team selector Paul ODonnell brings in budding star Craig Macintosh and two veteran stalwart figures in Graeme McIntosh and Adam Brock, The Edinburgh Elite enter the Lions Den sitting second to Midlothian after five games played and pepped up by last weekends commanding 90-56 win at home to Abbeyview. Rink 1. Mark McIntosh, John Kidd, Danny Gormley, and Robert Marshall. Rink 2. Graham Angus, Adam Brock, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Graeme McIntosh, Stephen Pringle, Alan Brown, and John McDermott. Rink 4. Davy McNair, Craig Mackintosh, Kevin Tennant, and James Hogg.
Midlothian top the table two points clear of Bainfield and three ahead of Blantyre and East Lothian having shown great appetite and battling qualities against neighbour rivals East Lothian to clinch a 72-63 victory. Todays fixture pitches the giant figures of the strongly formed Midlothian team against relegation zoned Turriff at the Dalkeith Stadium and the expectations are that they will make it five wins out of six. Team manager Ronnie Allan brings Jim Cullen back for Jack Macnab and in a back end switch plays Graeme Archer at third to David Peacock. Rink 1. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Daniel McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 2. Ian Forbes, John Stevenson, Dougie Russell, and Colin Walker. Rink 3. Jamie Macnab, Liam McKay, Kevin McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 4. Andy Caldwell, Jim Cullen, Graeme Archer, and David Peacock.
East Lothian are part of a highly competitive Top Four mix and having just come off second best in an epic battle against Midlothian know that anywhere near that form should get them back on track at home to foot of the table Abbeyview. There will be concern in the garden county camp that that personality figures, Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy, Jamie Higgins, Ewan Fallen, and Steven Morgan are all absentees; but their reservoir of talent runs deep and confidence abounds in a line up that reads; Rink 1. Aaron Betts, Alex Cormack, David Sked, and Joe Mower. Rink 2. Andy Jerrfey, Lewis Betts, Dougie Berwick, and Stuart Thomson. Rink 3. Mark Johnston, Calum Darling, Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Mark Yuill, Robbie Shields, Chris Brock, and Alex Marshall MBE.
West Lothians 84-64 win at home to Elgin In Division 1A was welcome second win in five games and the former PL champions hope show continued signs of a much needed revival with a win in todays visit to West Of Scotland. WOS bloodied the nose of WL in the opening fixture so todays travellers have much do with a line up that brings back Des Hagart and Connor McKendrick in place of Dougie Mitchell and Alan McCormick. The line up reads; Rink 1. George Sneddon, Jamie Aitken, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 2. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 3. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, Des Hagart, and Neil Speirs.
Balbardie gents needed a win to lift them clear of the relegation zone in Division 1 North and they did so in such brilliant fashion that they crushed joint leaders Cumbernauld, 90-61, at the Park of Peace Stadium in Bathgate. Wins right across the carpet on the rinks skipped Sandy McDougall, Mark Bonar, Walter McDougall, and Ewan Shearer were hard fought in most cases. But a standout performance by David Rodgers, S McBride, John Ellis, and Sandy McDougall saw them deliver a huge and inspirational 35-10 victory. Balbardie are back on the road today and journey across the Forth to take on a Headwell team that have only managed to win one game in five. There is one change in the Balbardie line up with Iain Grant coming in for Jimmy Mallon.
East Lothian top the Seniors East B league with their eights win in 9 hames being clinched by this weeks handsome 65-48 away win over Balbardie. Midlothan were commanding 89-48 winners at home to Bainfield while West Lothian triumphed 77-42 over Teviotdale at Livingston.
John Halliday -Midlothian’s long serving and much revered Administrator within the sport will serve the high office of Male President of Bowls Scotland having received the prestigious 2019 Chain of Office at last weekends AGM held at the Dewar Stadium, Perth.
Double Gold Medal stars Derek Oliver (East Lothian) and Ronnie Duncan (Midlothian) were presented with Honorary Membership of Bowls Scotland.
Midlothian star Lindsay Plenderleith conjured up a magic full house count of 4 to clinch a 21-19 win over Willie Wood MBE in the Scottish Seniors Singles then beat Robert McLaughlan of Headwell, 21-13, to reach the semi finals stage.