Midlothians impressive seven wins out of seven to finish top of the toughly competitive East section of The Hamilton Trophy is the strongest of form lines and promotes high expectations of a quarterfinal victory over Highland in todays clash at neutral Carron & Carronshore BC.Read More
Highland finished in second place to Perthshire in the North section with five wins out seven and with travel costs a major concern they will be frustrated by the less than equidistant geography of the venue.
Team manager Drew Pearson makes no changes from the team that beat reigning national champions East Lothian in the final game of their section and that means world stage stars Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, David Peacock, and Graeme Archer all parading their skills for the Midlothian cause. Duncan is deployed at third to Peacock who is joined as a skip by Walker, Archer, Scott Briggs, Danny McDougall, and Colin Bonner. we have certainly built up a strong head of steam that has powered us into the knockout stage of the Cities and Counties Championship but the challenge now is to keep effectively stoking the fires of ambition that leads us to the title celebrations, said Pearson. Rink 1. Andrew Wilton, Steven Robertson, John Stevenson, and Scott Briggs. Rink 2. Neil Linton, Andy Buerle, Colin Macfarlane, and Graeme Archer. Rink 3. Tom Moffat, Neil Gibson, Ronnie Duncan, and David Peacock. Rink 4. Paul Innes, Arron Clinkscales, Kevin McDougall, and Danny McDougall. Rink 5. Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, Stuart Roseburgh, and Colin Bonner. Rink 6. Willie Rankin, Lindsay Plenderleith, Ramsay Blair, and Colin Walker.
West Lothian also represent the East section banner as runners up with five wins out of seven and their challenge at Parkview BC in Brechin today is to deliver an expected victory at the expense of North winners Perthshire whose only defeat to date was away to Highland. The Logan clan has a significant presence in the shape of team captain Calum, his bother Scott, and their father Raymond plus brothers Greg and Grant who are the sons of Raymonds brother Gordon the Team Manger. There is a strong internationalist calibre presence with Grant, Ewan Shearer, Thomas Mann, and Neil Speirs all current while Calum, Raymond, Frazer Muirhead, Gary Smith, Steven Forrest, and John Aitken have Scotland caps on their CV. Rink 1. Frazer Muirhead, David Lamb, Greg Logan, and Grant Logan. Rink 2. Darren Pearce, Scott Mushet, Gary Smith, and Raymond Logan. Rink 3. Ewan Shearer, Scott Logan, Calum Logan, and Andy Dunnett. Rink 4. Steven Forrest, Andy Walker, James Speirs Jr, and Steven Fleming. Rink 5. Drew Paterson, Blair Mackie, Sandy McDougall, and Thomas Mann. Rink 6. Andy Semple, John Aitken, Mark Allison, and Neil Speirs.
The other quarterfinals feature Lanarkshire South v Ayrshire North at Quarter BC; and Lanarkshire West v Dumfriesshire at Victoria Coatbridge BC.