West Lothian reached the final of last years Cities and Counties Championship, for The Andrew Hamilton Trophy, and embark on their 2015 East section campaign to- day with home advantage at Queensferry against West Fife.
The team continues under the management of Jimmy Mallon and he has introduced one new face in the shape of Brian Craig of Deans who is rewarded for last season’s major triumph in winning the West Lothian Masters title. Craig is joined by three recalls and all of them major in the shape of Commonwealth Games gold medal hero Neil Speirs, the 27 times capped John Aitken, and junior cap Andrew Semple. Calum Logan and David Lamb are unavailable for the opening fixture and Mallon’s team selection reads as follows, Rink 1. Ewan Shearer, Brian Craig, Stuart Johnston, and Sandy McDougall. Rink 2. John Black, Blair Mackie, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann. Rink 3. Steven Forrest, Ian Drysdale, Gary Smith, and Raymond Logan. Rink 4. Paul lynas, Walter mcdougall, Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs. Rink 5. Andrew Semple, Scott mcMaster, Gary Orr, and Steven Fleming. Rink 6. Drew Paterson, Alec Allan, John Aitken, and Grant Logan. Reserves: Ian Robertson, Frazer Muirhead, Jamie Aitken.
East Lothian have newly appointed team manager Ian Bell in charge of their 2015 campaign and the opening challenge for ‘the garden county’ is a difficult one in the shape of Borders at Melrose. Bell has several key players unavailable to him in the shape of Scott Kennedy, Alister Kennedy, Steven Morgan, Stuart Johnston, John White, Jamie Higgins, and legend figure Willie Wood MBE – while Alex Marshall MBE misses the whole of the qualifying campaign. New faces in the undernoted line up are, Steven White, Craig Bell, Ross Thomson, John Gearty, and Tom Young.
Rink 1. S White (ELCO), C Bell (Haddington), R Branley (Cockenzie &Port Seton), and C Valentine (C&PS). Rink 2. R Thomson (ELCO), J Gordon (C&PS), C Johnston (Gifford), and S Cochrane (ELCO). Rink 3. M Greenan (Preston Grange), G Baillie (C&PS), G Blair (Haddington), and D Oliver (C&PS). Rink 4. G White (Aberlady), B Dunleavey (Aberlady), S Greenan (P/G), and J McCrorie (Tranent). Rink 5. M Osbourne (Tranent), J Gearty (C&PS), T Young (Dunbar), and B Young (Tranent). Rink 6. M Riding (Elphinstone), W Cormack (West Barns), C McLeod (Gifford), and B Mellors (West Barns).
Edinburgh & Leith launch their defence of the Under 25 Scottish League Cup tomorrow (Sunday) and the holders face a tough test away to Midlothian at Dalkeith (2pm). Duncan McLaren of West End is the new manager in charge of team affairs and his opening selection reads. Rink 1. Paul Archibald (Willowbrae), Murray Baillie (West End), Steven Rennie (Parkside), and Neil Watson (Parkside). Rink 2. Andrew Tregonning (Pilrig), Robert Ewing (Gorgie Mills), Kerr McKail (Summerside), and Jamie Reid (Northern). Rink 3. Jason Ronaldson (Sighthill), Euan Martin (Gorgie Mills), Liam Mackay (Tanfield), and Stephen Pringle (Carrick Knowe). Rink 4. Mark McIntosh (Maitland), Jordan Davidson (Queensberry), Ross Byers (Colinton), and Daniel Gormley (Craigentinny). Rink 5. Cameron Tennant (Carrick Knowe), Dale Randall (Mayfield), Ross Thomson (Mayfield) and Ross Noble (Maitland). Rink 6. David Torrance (Craigentinny), James Barr (Dean), Gavin Rogers (Summerside), and Josh Spalding (Craigentinny).