The Scotland squad for the International Trial match to be held at Craigentinny (Edinburgh) on Sunday 31st May has been announced and it brings good news for six West Lothian stars ahead of the Scottish Counties Championship campaign that swings into action this weekend.
The Logan cousins Grant and Calum of Kirkliston are joined by their club colleagues Steven Forrest and Neil Speirs while Thomas Mann of Newbridge and Ewan Shearer of Bo’ness complete a strong contingent of established internationalists bidding to stay in the national limelight.The trial squad is 41 names strong and include Ronnie Duncan, David Peacock, Colin Walker (Midlothian), Scott Kennedy, Billy Mellors, Derek Oliver (East Lothian), and James Hogg of Edinburgh & Leith.
The Junior International Trial match takes place at Partick BC in Glasgow on Sunday 7th June and the West Lothian banner is represented but by a solitary figure in the shape of Oakbank star Andrew Semple. The wider Lothian area is represented by Daniel Gormley, Stephen Pringle, Josh Spalding, David Torrance, Neil Watson (Edinburgh & Leith), Jamie Aitken, Daniel McDougall, and Andrew Kelly of Midlothian.
Meanwhile West Lothian launch their East section campaign in The Hamilton Trophy at Queensferry on Saturday against West Fife but no information on the opening line up has been released.
The Under 25 campaign also gets underway this weekend with West Lothian facing Dumbartonshire on away territory at Greenfaulds BC, Cumbernauld on Sunday but there is no team information to hand.
Whitburn have hit the ground running in the Bathgate Area section of the WLBA Seniors Top Ten with their latest 6-2 points win away to archrivals Armadale making them the pace setters with 14 points from their opening two games.
Bathgate (High) crushed near neighbours Glenmavis 8-0 in a strong away performance and share the 12 point mark with Spring Grove. The other results were,
Watson Memorial 4 (57) West Calder 4 (50); Blackburn 6 Stoneyburn 2.
The opening play in the Broxburn Area section saw Middleton Hall turn in a fine away performance to beat Buchan Park, 6-2. The other results were, Ratho 4 (63) Oakbank 4 (58); Broxburn 4 (56) Mid Calder 4 (65).
The Ratho BC 2 Bowl Open Pairs event was a victim of last weekends weather and was cancelled for the what is thought to be the first time in the 40 years history of the popular start of season tournament. It is hoped to find a suitable date later in the season.