Bainfield gents make the long trek North to Turriff for todays seventh round of fixtures in the highly competitive B section of the Premier League and a clear water escape from the dreaded relegation zone is the bumper prize for victory.Read More
The Bainfield camp will be unsettled by the absence of icon figure Robert Marshall and first team regulars Steven Pilley and Kevin Tennant and it is much changed and therefore untested formation that is given the onerous task of capturing two vital points. Team manager Paul ODonnell gives debuts to Luke Corbett, Stevie Ritchie, Ian Miller, and Donald Forsyth while he also brings in Dick Wilson from the Seniors league team.
The stakes are extremely high going into the Festive Season Break and Turriff is a tough foreign field for our new faces to experience their first premier league battle however there is no lack of talent and we will give it our best shot, said ODonnell. Rink 1.Mark McIntosh, Donald Forsyth, Graeme McIntosh, and Danny Gormley. Rink 2. Luke Corbett, Ian Millar, Tam Ebbs, and Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Craig Mackintosh, Stevie Ritchie, Alan Brown, and John McDermott. Rink 4. Davy McNair, Dick Wilson, Stephen Pringle, and James Hogg.
Midlothian have played hard and well to open up a three point gap over Blantyre and East Lothian at the top of the table and it will be a merry Christmas for the stars from the Dalkeith stadium if they can sparkle on away territory at Abbeyview. It is a top versus bottom situation with an eight- point separation in favour of the visitors so it will be a real coupon buster if the Ronnie Allens team selection comes a cropper. Ian Forbes and Jamie Macnab are both unavailable. Rink 1. Liam McKay, Jim Cullen,Kevin McDougall, and Billy Peacock. Rink 2. Neil Melrose, Craig Hodge, Danny McDougall, and Ronnie Duncan.
Rink 3. Paul Innes, John Stevenson, Dougie Russell, and Colin Walker. Rink 4. Andy Caldwell, Jack Macnab, Graeme Archer, and Davy Peacock.
It is East Lothians turn to enter the Lions Den at Blantyre and they do so without experienced gladiators Joe Mower, Andy Jeffrey, and Calum Darling however they do have four warlord kings at the helm in the shape of Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 1. Mark Yuill, Chris Brock, Stuart Thomson ( C), and Alex Marshall MBE. Rink 2. Mark Johnston, David Sked, Dean Riva, and Billy Mellors. Rink 3. Aaron Betts, Alex Cormack, Ewan Fallen, and Scott Kennedy. Rink 4. Lewis Betts, Steven Morgan, Jamie Higgins, and Derek Oliver.
The once mighty and much feared West Lothian IBC team of gents super stars find themselves in the unaccustomed role of underdogs when they resume their campaign in the A section of the Premier League with a visit to undefeated table toppers Falkirk.
A disappointing three wins from six leaves WL a daunting six points adrift of a vibrant and confident home team bidding to make it seven out of seven however two wins on the bounce will surely have lifted the spirits of the visitors. Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale ( C ), Des Hagart, and Neil Speirs. Rink 2. George Sneddon, Jamie Aitken, Mark Allison, and Craig Moss. Rink 3. Darren Pearce, Raymond logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum logan. Rink 4. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, and James Speirs.
The gents of Balbardie have been blowing hot and cold in their Division 1A campaign with two wins and a peel from six games leaving on the edge of the relegation zone. Home carpet advantage against third placed Coatbridge presents the Bathgate based team with a golden opportunity to stay safe as foot of the table clubs Headwell and Dundee face tough visits to second placed Cumbernauld and leaders Fraserburgh, respectively.
East Lothian ladies are not to be trifled with and especially at home but todays task in the East Premier League at the Alex Marshall Arena is an awesome one with their unchanged team bidding to inflict a first defeat on table toppers East Fife. Midlothian sit two points adrift of the leaders so would see it as a Christmas Gift gesture if their neighbours did them a favour and especially so if they deliver an expected win at home to joint foot of the table Abbeyview.
Bainfield ladies are going great guns in Division 1 East and are clear leaders with five wins out of six and aiming to maintain their momentum at home to Balbardie.
The playdown action in the gents national triples last weekend saw Bainfield trio Danny Gormley, James Hogg, and Paul ODonnell make a second round exit (20-16) to Alloa while Walter McDougall, Mark Bonar, and Sandy McDougall of Balbardie lost (25-7) at the same stage to East Fife. The four qualifiers were, Galleon, East Fife, East Kilbride, and Aberdeen.
A better outcome for the East in the ladies triples saw Midlothian stars Sandra Muir, Sandra McLeish, and Shona Johnstone rattle up four wins to reach the semi finals and joined by Stonehaven, West of Scotland, and Glasgow.
Tomorrows (Sun) Gents International Trial Match at Auchinleck includes the presence of Colin Walker and Billy Peacock (Midlothian); Bryan Cooper, James Speirs, Mark Allison, Neil Speirs (W Lothian; Joe Mower, Billy Mellors, Jamie Higgins, Scott Kennedy (E Lothian). Alex Marshall MBE, Derek Oliver, and Ronnie Duncan are among those not required by the selectors to parade their skills in the trial.