The national bowls calendar this weekend is dominated by the playdown action in the Scottish Triples Championship in both the Gents and Women with the representation of West Lothian IBC and Balbardie engaged at venues Bainfield and Glasgow respectively.Read More
The trio’s of stars representing the WLIBC banner will parade their skills at the nearby Edinburgh location with the dark horse line up of David Saunders, Tam Neilands and David Hay getting a bye into the first round proper. Saturday 2pm.
Hay skips his front-two against their Berwickshire counterparts, in a section dominated by the presence of East Lothian aces Andrew Jeffrey, Scott Kennedy, and Billy Mellors.
The banner carriers in the Womens event are Sandra Purdie, Liz Rogrs, and Margaret Russell who have an early morning start (9-30) against their prelim round opponents from Headwell, Dunfermline.
Balbardie are in action at Glasgow IBC where Gary Orr skips Graeme Keery and Brian Craig in their first round challenge against Stirling trio Gary Brown, James Brown, and Gary Malcolmson.
The Balbardie stars will have Bainfield and Midlothin for company in a strongly competitive section that sees World stage star Paul Foster MBE skipping the Prestwick triple.
Expectations will be highest for the prominent Balbardie ladies triple of Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, and international star Lorraine Craig who launch their bid for the section honours against East Fife in the first round proper.
East Fife won’t be easy pickings however as their challenge is in the awesome ands of international stars Lesley Doig, Julie Sword, and Lynn Stein.
The outcome of last weekends play in the National Leagues resulted in West Lothian Gents going into the Festive Season break trailing defending Premier League champions, East Lothian by 2 points after six of the 10 fixtures fulfilled. WL faced a tough task on their away visit to Falkirk and failed to pass the test in the shape of suffering a 13 shot defeat ((85-72), a second defeat having previously lost at East Lothian.
Meanwhile the depression at Balbardie continues with the Bathgate based gents team suffering their sixth defeat in a row, the latest loss coming at the 89-58 hands away to one hundred percenters West Of Scotland who top the table with 12 points.