Bainfield gents visit Midlothian in todays indoor bowls premier league and the Edinburgh Elites first match away from home is a tough top of the table encounter with both teams bidding to complete a hat trick of opening wins.Read More
Wins over defending champions Blantyre then Turriff have given Bainfield a marginal 4 shot advantage to edge top spot ahead of a Midlothian team that has won away to Turriff and at home to Abbeyview. Graeme McIntosh and Robert Sloan make their seasonal debut for Bainfield in place of Brian Stoddart and Graham Angus in a tinkered with line up that reads, Rink 1. Mark McIntosh, John Kidd, Graeme McIntosh, Robert Marshall (skip). Rink 2. Robert Sloan, Tam ebbs, Craig Paterson, Paul ODonnell. Rink 3. Mark Mackintosh, Stephen Pringle, Alan Brown, John McDermott (skip). Rink 4. Stephen Pilley, David McNair, Danny Gormley, James Hogg.
Midlothian are without icon figure David Peacock and Danny McDougall and bring in Jamie Macnab and Scott Briggs in a changed line up that features Commonwealth Games gold medal star Ronnie Duncan at skip in place of McDougall. Rink 1. Craig Hodge, Andy Caldwell, Scott Briggs, Graham Archer (skip). Rink 2. Jamie Macnab, Liam Mackay, Kevin McDougall, Billy Peacock (skip). Rink 3. Jack Macnab, AJ Knight, Jim Cullen, Ronnie Duncan (skip). Rink 4. Ian Forbes, John Stevenson, Dougie Russell, Colin Walker (skip).
East Lothian sit in third place a single point adrift of the leaders having followed their opening away win over Abbeyview with a nail-biting 79-79 drawn game at home to Blantyre. t is the turn of the stars of the garden county to make the long trek North to face Turriff but do so without familiar faces of unavailable Scott Kennedy, Mark Johnston, Mark Yuill, and Kevin Cunningham.
Fresh opportunity knocks for replacements, Alex Cormack, Steven Morgan, Chris Brock, and teenager Aaron Betts in a line up that reads; Rink 1. Aaron Betts, Steven Morgan, Ewan Fallen, Alex Marshall MBE (skip). Rink 2. Andy Jeffrey, Calum Darling, Stuart Thomson, Joe Mower (skip). Rink 3. Alex Cormack, David Sked, Dean Riva, Billy Mellors (skip). Rink 4. Lewis Betts, Chris Brock, Jamie Higgins, Derek Oliver (skip).
Also in the B Section, Blantyre are at home to Abbeyview.
Meanwhile the high expectations for West Lothian to dominate the A Section has been forced to be revised downwards following two opening home defeats at the hands of West of Scotland and Falkirk. West Lothian need to get back on a winning track pronto and they are not without a chance in todays visit to Aberdeen but it is a long journey to face team that is fiercely competitive in its home environment. If a change of scenery is indeed the answer to avoiding three defeats in a row then it will be achieved without an input from Mark Allison and Jamie Edwards as they will be watching from the sidelines. Calum Logan makes a welcome return from holiday and skips in place of Allison while opportunity knocks for Nathan McKendrick at the expense of lead Jamie Edwards. Raymond Logan is switched to play second for his son with team captain Ian Drysdale switched to play second to Neil Speirs. Rink 1. Brian Cooper, Ian Drysdale, Des Hagart, Neil Speirs (skip). Rink 2. George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, Jamie Aitken, Criag Moss (skip). Rink 3. Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, Gary Orr, James Speirs (skip). Rink 4. Nathan McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, Calum Logan (skip).
The action in Division 1A sees Balbardie back on home territory against Dundee at Bathgate having faded after an encouraging start in last weekends 14 shot defeat at Coatbridge.
Glasgow IBC is the centre of attraction for this weekends play-down action in the Ladies National Singles and first into todays action are Stacey McDougall (Midlothian), Janet Fairnie (East Lothian), and Kim Ross of Balbardie. McDougall parades her vast range of skills on the 10am session against the formidable Claire Walker of Blantyre and is joined on the carpet by Fairnie against Mhariri Buchanan (Coatbridge), and Ross via Leanne Furye of Arbroath. Jenifer Richardson carries the West Lothian banner into the 12noon session against Anne Granger of Stirling while Bainfield icon Mandy Jenkin takes to the carpet at 2pm against Kate Stevenson of Ardrossan.
World championship qualifiers Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker did best of the Lothian challenge in last weekends play downs of the gents National 2 Bowl Pairs Championship but the Midlothian stars crashed out in their section final at Headwell. Wins over Berwickshire (2-0) then East Lothian legends Willie Wood MBE and Graham Robertson (2-0) were followed by a 2-0 exit to Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview.
Play in the Ladies play-downs saw Betty Johnston and Kim Ross of Balbardie do best by reaching the section final at Bainfield but losing to Claire and Sarah Jane Ewing of Headwell.