Bainfield’s commanding win over Turriff last weekend in the playoff for indoor bowls premier league survival has team confidence at a high but there are challenging changes of dimensions when the two teams lock horns at Arbroath in tomorrow’s first round of The Scottish cup.
There is a change of geography that swings in favour of Division 1 side Turriff with Arbroath being a less demanding travel trip than the long distance haul to Cumbernauld and of course there is the incentive of swift revenge. The Arbroath carpet is said to run faster than Cumbernauld did last weekend however the Bainfield camp is less concerned with the changing dynamics of travel and venue quality, their mind being more concentrated on the effect of enforced team changes. Bainfield have lost the services of their inspirational team captain Craig Paterson at skip, also Jamie Reid and full cap experienced Chris Downie forcing team manager Alan Brown to re-shape last weekends winning line up “The ideal situation is to keep a winning team together however I am happy that the three replacements in the shape of Steven Pilley, Stephen Pringle, and Graham Pringle are all competitive in attitude and tried, tested, and experienced at this level”, said Brown. Barry Hill is elevated from third to skip in place of Paterson and he is given Stephen Pringle at lead while Graham Pringle leads to James Hogg, and Pilley slots in at second to Colin Hutchison.. Rink 1. Josh Spalding, Mark McIntosh, John McDermott, and Gavin Smith (Capt). Rink 2. Stephen Pringle, Danny McCourt, Brian Stoddart, and Barry Hill. Rink 3. Graham Pringle, Alan brown, Daniel Gormley, and James Hogg. Rink 4. Adam Brock, Steven Pilley, Kevin Tennant, and Colin Hutchison.
Midlothian are in action at Coatbridge where the premier league giants could face a testing time against Division 2West champions Auchinleck who won 11 out of 12 in their recent league campaign. Teenager Jack Macnab becomes the youngest Midlothian player to make his Cup debut for the club and he is joined in the ranks by older brother Jamie in a line up that sees a welcome recall for emerging talent Neil Watson. Rink 1, Jamie Aitken, Ian Fleming, Colin MacFarlane, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Ian Forbes, Colin Bonner, AJ Knight, and Colin Walker. Rink 3. Colin Cook, Jack Macnab, Kevin McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan. Rink 4. Jamie Macnab, Neil Watson, Andrew Caldwell, and David Peacock.
East Lothian are campaigning for a seventh Cup Title success and it isn’t in the DNA of the premier league elite from the ‘garden county’ to slip up against lowly Division 2 opposition in the shape of Forfar at East fife IBC. Willie Wood MBE is a welcome recall as he regains full fitness after undergoing recent major heart surgery but Alex Marshall MBE and Andrew Jeffrey are absentees. Rink 1. Les Middler, Gary Darling, SW Thomson, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 2. Gary Muir, Andy Burt, Graham Robertson, and Derek Oliver. Rink 3. Ewan Fallen, Kieran Simants, Dougie Berwick, and Billy Mellors. Rink 4. Mark Johnston (cpt), Callum Darling, Willie Wood, and Jamie Higgins.
West Lothian -last successful in 2005 -–travel to Forfar to take on lowly Division 1 club Fraserburgh with regulars Raymond Logan and Richard Mark missing from their ranks. Rink 1. Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. James Greenock, Stuart Johnston, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison. Rink 3. Bryan cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs. Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann.
Balbardie blew hot and cold in a disappointing Division 1 campaign but the Bathgate based team do have the formbook on their side when talking lowly Division 2 opposition in the shape of Cumbernauld at Alloa. he McDougall brothers, Sandy and Walter, are joined as skips by Gary Orr and Ewan Shearer.