Bainfields escape route from the relegation zone in the B section of the gents Premier League isnt an easy one starting with todays first fixture of the new year against table toppers Midlothian however home environment advantage at The Hutchison Crossway stadium gives them the sniff of a chance.Read More
Going head to head with the section leaders represent a massive challenge but we have an obvious incentive to rise to the occasion and our home record is good and includes the scalp of reigning champions Blantyre, said ODonnell.
The Bainfield faithful will not be short of optimism that a team packed with home stadium personality stars and figures will have the fire in their belly and abilities to pose a major threat to their high flying visitors. Team reads, Rink 1. Graeme McIntosh, Stephen Pringle, Alan Brown, and John McDermott. Rink 2. Davy McNair, Brian Millar, Kevin Tennant, and James Hogg. Rink 3. Steven Pilley, Tam Ebbs, Craig Paterson, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 4. Graham Angus, Robert Sloan, Danny Gormley, and Rab Marshall.
The reserve bench is occupied by Mark McIntosh, Craig Mackintosh, Stevie Ritchie, Luke Corbett, Greg Walker, and Mark Walker.
Midlothian faltered in their strong going stride with an unexpected defeat at foot of the table Abbeyview and with their top of the table lead reduced to a single point over East Lothian they are under severe pressure to bounce back to winning ways. Therefore it is a pain in the backside for team manager Ronnie Allen that he travels to Bainfield without international stars Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker who are on World Championship engagement down at Potters Leisure. And it is added discomfort that inspirational figure Billy Peacock is unavailable on top of Dougie Russell and Sandy (AJ) Knight being on the injured list. Midlothian are experts at coping with such team depletions over the years but will certainly have to be at their best to still be league leaders after this game. Rink 1. Colin Cook, Jack Macnab, Scott Briggs, and David Peacock. Rink 2. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Jim Cullen, and Daniel McDougall. Rink 3. Jamie Macnab, Liam Mackay, John Stevenson, and Kevin McDougall Rink 4. Ian Forbes, Paul Innes, Andy Caldwell, and Graeme Archer.
East Lothian are back in the qualifying frame and with the bit between their teeth entering the final straight are strong favourites to build a winning momentum with home advantage over long distance travellers Turriff. Icon figure Alex Marshall MBE will be an enforced absentee due to his engagements at the World Championships but the team line up remains strong over all. Rink 1. Lewis Betts, Steven Morgan, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver. Rink 2. Mark Yuill, David Sked, Chris Brock, and Scott Kennedy,
Rink 3. Aaron Betts, Ewan Fallen, Stuart Thomson, and Joe Mower. Rink 4. Mark Johnston, Andy Jeffrey, Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors.
Meanwhile, West Lothians unexpected flirtation with the relegation zone in section A of the Premier League will receive a monumental kiss of life if they can win at home against second from bottom visitors Aberdeen. The 2 point gap will be widened to 4 if their strongly formed team can keep the Dons at bay. Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, Jamie Aitken, and Neil Speirs. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Des Hagrt, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs. Rink 4. Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan.
Balbardie gents travel the road and miles to Dundee where an on song performance against the bottom rung team will do wonders for their survival prospects in Division 1A.
Sunday heralds the prelim round play in the Team Championship event with fixtures as follows
Midlothian v West Lothian at Bainfield; East Lothian v Abbeyview at West Lothian; Bainfield v Tweedbank at East Lothian; Balbardie v Falkirk at Stirling.
East Lothian Seniors are on familiar territory at Bainfield on Wednesday (Noon) when the East B winners go into quarterfinal action in their East A counterparts, Alloa.
West Lothian IBC champion Bryan Cooper made a 21-19 exit to Gordon McKenzie of Coatbridge in the semi final stage of the Singles in the national finals weekend hosted by Midlothian IBC at their Dalkeith Stadium. Cooper was building a winning opportunity at 13-6 up but spent five ends trapped in the bowlers graveyard by which tine he trailed 15-13.
Paul Foster MBE of Prestwick made a successful defence of the title and in winning it for the fourth time was completing three of them in a row at the 21-12 expense of McKenzie.
Julie Forrest of Teviotdale captured the Ladies Single title for a magnificent seventh tine, defeating twice champion Lynn Stein if East Fife, 21-16, in a 22- end final.
Elidh Weir of Alloa beat Carla Banks of Garioch, 21-10, in the 17-end final of the Ladies Junior Singles while John Meikle of Blantyre beat Jason Banks of Garioch, 21-19, in the Gents Junior Singles.
Abbeyview ( Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown) beat Stonehaven, 7-7; 7-6; in the Gents 2B Pairs while Arbroath beat Auchinleck, 2-1, in the Lsdies version/
Host club star Ellie Borthwick made a 21-13 exit to Liam Sharpe in the semi finals of the Under 18 Singles then Sharpe lost heavily to Bradley Buchan of Fraserburgh in the final.