Bainfield gents scored a comfortable win at home to Premier League title-holders Blantyre in the opening match of the season so with relegation zoned Abbeyview the latest visitors to the Hutchison Crossway Stadium the Edinburgh Elite look odds on to bag a vital two points.Read More
Having lost two away fixtures against formidable opposition in Midlothian and East Lothian the star figures representing the capital citys banner are flirting with the bottom three positions in the B Division so need to recapture their sparkle sooner rather than later.
Chief selector Paul O Donnell has tinkered with his latest selection for todays match including the re-introduction of stalwart campaigners Brian Stoddart and Kevin Tennant who come in for Graeme McIntosh and Steven Pilley. The re-shuffled line up reads; Rink 1. Mark McIntosh, John Kidd, Danny Gormley, and Robert Marshall. Rink 2. Robert Sloan, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Graham Angus, Stephen Pringle, Alan brown, and John McDermott. Rink 4. David McNair, Brian Stoddart, Kevin Tennant, and James Hogg.
Midlothian sit top of the table with three wins out of four putting them one point clear of both Blantyre and East Lothian with Bainfield a further point adrift. Mid and East clash in the match of the day at the Dalkeith Stadium and the traditional cup tie mindset that always come into play between the neighbour rivals means the outcome is anyones guess.
Jim Cullen is unavailable but team manager Ronnie Allen, to the inspirational delight of the home support, is in the fortunate position to bring in stadium icon figure David Peacock and teams him at third to fellow world stage figure Graeme Archer. Rink 1. Jamie Macnab, Liam McKay, Kevin McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Daniel McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 3. Ian Forbes, John Stevenson, Dougie Russell. And Colin Walker. Rink 4. Andy Caldwell, Jack Macnab, Davie Peacock, and Graeme Archer.
It is a major boost for the East Lothian camp that world stage super-star Alex Marshall MBE has jetted back to Scotland from a short successful stint in Australia and will be well primed to lead the garden county into battle. Marshall skips a front-three of Mark Yuill, Chris Brock, and the effervescent Steven Morgan. Rink 1. M Yuill, C Brock, S Morgan & A Marshall MBE (skip) Rink 2. Aaron Betts, Alex Cormack, Ewan Fallen, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 3. Andrew Jeffrey, Lewis Betts, Stuart Thomson, and Joe Mower. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, David Sked; Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors.
West Lothian gents have yet to win a home match at what was once considered to be a rock solid Fortress Inveralmond Stadium; but opportunity knocks for a third time lucky triumph with todays visit of foot of the table Elgin to Livingston Elgin’s four opening defeats in a row include away losses at Aberdeen and West of Scotland suggesting that if WL find the mojo they can bag two points vital to them avoid being sucked deeper into the relegation zone.
The home teams bid to make it two wins out of five is boosted by the return of former international star George Sneddon who following a bowls visit to Hong Kong is selected at lead in preference to Connor McKendrick. The line up reads; Rink 1. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale (cpt), Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs.
Balbardie gents dwell in the relegation zone of Division 1A with three points from four games but home environment advantage can spark a revival of fortunes albeit this weekends opposition comes in the shape of triple joint top Cumbernauld.
Todays fixtures in the East Premier Division of the Ladies League features a top of the bill clash between the cream of East and Mid Lothian at the garden county stadium at Meadowmill. East Lothian sit four points adrift of leaders East Fife and two adrift of Midlothian so have a bit of catching up to do; the three home skips are; Yvonne Veitch, Janet Fairnie, and Lauren Baillie. West Lothian are involved in a relegation zone battle away to foot of the table Abbeyview while Division East leaders Bainfield visit Teviotdale, and second top Balbardie travel to Tweedbank.
East Lothian gents are in with a strong chance of making a successful defence of the Scottish Fours title with Billy Mellors skipping Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy, and Derek Oliver into the semi final stage with four great wins in the play-down action at Inverclyde. Wins over Cowal, Falkirk, Prestwick (Paul Foster), and East Fife saw EL join Galleon, Perth, and Tweedbank.
The Bainfield rink of Danny Gormley, Craig Paterson, Robert Marshall, and Paul ODonnell made an agonising single shot exit (19-18) to Tweedbank in the quarterfinals.
The Midlothian banner made best headway in the Ladies National Fours but the rink of Sandra Muir, Ella Borthwick, Shona Johnstone, and Stacey McDougall lost a 22-19 battle to Tweedbank in the quarterfinals. Tweedbank were joined in the semis by Stonehaven, Auchinleck, and East Fife.
Alex Marshall MBE acknowledged as Scotlands most successful Commonwealth Games athlete in any sport has left another valuable hallmark on the sport in Australia having stamped his authority on a major Premier League event by inspiring his Brisbane Pirates team to 25,000 dollar title victory in front of large home crowd.