Suddenly there is an air of cheerful optimism lifting the spirits of the Bainfield faithful at The Hutchison Crossway Stadium as they enter the Festive Season entertaining hopes of celebrating a national title success in the New Year.
Thoughts of fighting a relegation battle for survival in the gent’s premier league being pushed to one side, at least for a short while, by the strong show put up by the trio of Josh Spalding, Daniel Gormley, and John McDermott in the play-down action of The Scottish Triples Championship.
McDermott and his front-two reeling off four wins on the trot and in great style to beat Berwickshire in the prelim round, West Lothian in the first round proper, Alloa in the second round, then Dumbarton in an epic section final battle. All three are junior caps under the outdoor code where McDermott (now aged 29) is a Scottish Mixed Pairs Champion and Spalding (20) a Junior Singles Finalist while Gormley (22) is also junior indoor cap and Junior Singles finalist. “I can tell you that as a threesome we are thrilled to bits at making it to the showcase stage of the national finals and we are certainly nursing the ambition of bringing the national title back to the capital city said McDermott.
The Bainfield trio launched their qualifying campaign with an encouraging performance against Berwickshire having moved up the gears from an early 6-3 lead to accelerate to a 21-9 win over John Jackson, John Renton, and Gavin Douglas. The telling moments for Bainfield in their expected tough battle against West Lothian came in the middle stage of match where counts of three and four opened up a sizable enough gap that saw them safely deliver an 18-9 victory over Stewart McMaster, Connor McKendrick, and Blair Mackie,
A switch of venue from East Lothian to Midlothian remained familiar territory for Bainfield but they were forced to show the quality of their mettle in an exciting 20-17 win over Glenn Morton, Neil Soloman, and Gary Craig of Alloa. McDermott faced a potential count of five against him at the final end but answered the danger with a killer draw that restricted his loss to a single.
The section final pitched Bainfield into a head to head with Robert Kennedy Jnr, Thomas Allan, and Richard O’Malley of Dumbarton who had been as steady as a rock in their wins over East Fife (24-7), and Balbardie (26-10). Peels was called on four occasions the last of them being 13-13 playing the final end where last bowl heroics from McDermott saw him fire a non-toucher bowl onto the jack – ditching both but following through to the brink with his delivered bowl to count the match-winner.