West Lothian IBC failed to cope with the challenge of defending national champions Paisley in last weekend’s clash in the A Division of the gent’s premier league with home carpet advantage tipping the scales in a 86-67 defeat for the visitors.
The not-so- long- ago three-in-a-row champions have now lost four games out of six in a disappointing start to a campaign that has them flirting with the dreaded relegation zone – only two points above Lanarkshire and Arbroath. Opportunity to stage a revival knocks this weekend with WL enjoying home environment advantage however the challenge is a big one in the shape of joint leaders Midlothian who have just suffered their first defeat, away to Blantyre.
Meanwhile, Balbardie IBC continue to go great guns in Division 1North where they top the table with five wins out of six – but even so only have a two point advantage over Turriff and Alloa. Balbardie’s latest triumph was a nail-biting away win over Perth, the outcome going right down to the wire before the visitors escaped with a 74-73 victory. The match this weekend is another testing one away to Coatbridge.
The ladies of Balbardie continue to put up a strong show in their challenge for the Division 1C honours and their comfortable 90-73 win at home to Tweedbank keeps them in second place, two points adrift of East Lothian.
West Lothian IBC equalled their neighbour’s record of four wins out of seven with a home triumph over Bainfield in an absolute thriller of a match that was capped by a thrilling climax that led to an 81-80 success.
The phase scoring reflect a battle royal with WL edging the first seven-ends, 29-28, stepping up to claim the second, 27-16; but coming under pressure to lose the third, 36-25.
Ann Clark emerged the hero figure with the experienced campaigner carding a mighty count of five shots on her last end to trigger tumultuous match winning celebrations. Clark added two magnificently drawn shots under the severest of pressure to tip the match scales and also skip Irene Taylor, Jill Dickie, and Catherine Howie to a 23-21 win over Marion Dickson.
Jennifer Sneddon added 1, 3, 4, 2 to skip Lucy Noon, Ann Muirhead, and May Davidson into an early 15-6 lead they stayed on to deliver a 28-17 win over Anne Watson. Jean Brown and her rink of B Tate, Yvonne Nicholson, and Lily Sword lost 18-13 to Rita Reid but showed courage and spirit in recovering from 11-1 down. Lisa Barrett and her front-three of Lynn Greer, Isabel Lindsay, and Jean McPherson looked good at 14-11 up but slipped to a 24-17 defeat from Anna Anderson.