The play-down action in the Scottish Triples Championship dominates the national calendar this weekend and it finds the gents representation of Balbardie IBC and neighbour club West Lothian both parading their skills at Glasgow venue Whiteinch.Read More
Outdoor cap Ewan Shearer skips Andy Jenkins and Kenny Martin in a Balbardie trio that has a bye into the first round proper and open against Stirling opposition skipped by Bryan Stillie.
The West Lothian banner is carried by Bryan Cooper, Stuart Johnston, and Mark Allison for whom an earlier start pitches them against Cameron Wilson of Galleon in the prelim round.
Whiteinch is also the venue for Balbardie and West Lothian competing in the ladies equivalent with Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, and Lorraine Craig of the Bathgtae based club opening against Headwell in the first round proper.
Their Livingston opposites are Irene Taylor, Ann Clark, and Jennifer Sneddon who launch their campaign against Galleon in the prelim round.
West Lothian gents continue to fly high in the race to finish top of their national Division 1 North League and last weekend’s hard fought 85-75 away win over Arbroath extended their undefeated run to six. Closest rivals Elgin lost at Turriff thereby gifting WL a sizable four point lead at the top of a table that reads, West Lothian 12, Elgin 8, Abeeyview 6, Turriff 4, Headwell 4, Arbroath 2.
Meanwhile Balbardie gents are finding it tough to hold their own in the top flight B Division of the Premier League and a 78-69 defeat at home to Lanarkshire leaves them firmly anchored at the foot of the table. The point positions after six games played read, East Lothian 8, Ardrossan 8, Aberdeen 6, Paisley 6, Lanarkshire 6, Balbardie 2. Wins on two rinks against Lanarkshire makes good reading with Ewan Shearer battling on well from 13-13 to skip Calum Black, Lindsay Forrest, and John Ellis to a 20-14 win over opposition icon figure Robert Grant. Gary Orr also made a winning contribution and did so with the boost of a super count of six on end 13 (15-10) as he skipped Graham Keery, Scott McMaster, and Brian Craig to a 22-18 win over John Simpson.
Sandy McDougall and his rink of Duncan Smith, Andy Forrest, and Mark Bonar were in with a shout at 12-11 up after 15-ends; but slipped to a 20-15 defeat from Gary Neilson. However lean times for Jim Speirs and his front-three of Tam Whitfield, Jimmy Mallon, and Davie Ross saw them concede at 14 of the 21 ends and that cost them a hefty 26-12 defeat at the hands of Robert Gordon.
The ladies of Balbardie strut their stuff in the East Division of the Premier League but their survival prospects look bleak with only one win out of six – albeit they are two points above winless Fifers, Abbeyview.
Their latest defeat came at the 117-52½ hands of undefeated league leaders Midlothian at Dalkeith where the only winning rink performance was delivered by Margaret Armstrong, Lynne McDougall, Delia Flannigan, and Angela Uttley at the 21-19 expense of Annie Rutherford. It was match to forget for the rinks skipped by Pat Purdie, Kim Ross, and Margaret Scally.
Purdie and her rink of Christine Smillie, Sarajane Wright, and Elize Miller suffered a 37-10 defeat from Grace McGregor while a penalty deduction contributed to the 31-7½ pain inflicted on Betty Johnston, Sharon Leith, and Ross by Shona Johnstone.
Scally and her front-thtee of Catherline Lochran, Erin Fraser, and Helen Wilson were crossed 12-7 by the loss of a seven at end 7 then remained against the collar in a 30-14 defeat from May Brownlee. The league table reads: Midlothian 12, East Fife 8, East Lothian 6, Balbardie 2, Abbeyview 0.