Paul ODonnell skipped the proud Bainfield Banner to successive national title glory in the gents Triples Championships of 2008/9 and 2009/10 and he is back in the thick of this weekends play-down action hoping to blaze a winning trail in the 2018/19 renewal.Read More
Cumbernauld is the destination for todays play with the excitingly talented trio of Edinburgh Elite hoping to be wide awake and raring to go against Auchinleck on the 9-30am prelim round session.
The eye-catching clash on the early session at Cumbernauld is the match of the day battle between fierce neighbour rivals Midlothian and East Lothian. Garden County stars Scott Kennedy, Andy Jeffrey, and Billy Mellors captured the national crown for East Lothian in 2007 and were due to be back in the limelight as a trio this weekend however Jeffrey cant make it and is replaced by 2017 winning skip Derek Oliver.
The presence of Oliver brings him into prelim round opposition against his recent fellow double Commonwealth Games gold medal winning colleague Ronnie Duncan who lines up at lead to Billy Peacock and Colin Walker in the Midlothian triple.
West Lothian make the short journey across the River Fourth with Abbeyview the venue for their first round clash against Glasgow on the 2pm session. Craig Moss – the town times champion with Bainfield turns up wearing the WL jersey and plays in the middle of Stuart Johnston and Mark Allison against David Elliot (skip) of Glasgow.
The Balbardie trio of Walter McDougall, Mark Bonar and Sandy McDougall also parade their skills in The Kingdom and have a bye into the first round proper.
The ladies are also in Triples play-down action this weekend and the Bainfield challengers are listed as Chloe Thomson, Mandy Jenkin, and Anna Anderson who open in the first round (2pm) against Auchinleck at Cumbernauld.
East Lothian and Midlothian make the same journey with sisters Kim and Dee Hoggan joined by Melissa Penman at lead in the garden county trio that face Cowal in the prelim round.
Shona Johnstone skips Sandra Muir and Margaret Porter for Midlothian against Dumbarton while at Abbeyview it is Jenifer Richardson, Anne Muirhead, and Liz Boyle for WL and Kim Ross, Betty Johnston, and Pat Purdie for Balbardie.
Four players across the Lothian clubs have been named in the opening line for the ladies Home International Series to played at Falcon IBC in Essex over the weekend of 8th/10th March while Wendy Purdie of West Lothian is a recall on the reserve bench having last played for Scotland in 2014. The four starters are Dee Hoggan and Emma Logan of East Lothian, Lorraine Craig of Balbardie, and Stacey McDougall of Midlothian.
A top of the table clash in this weeks play in the East B section of the Seniors League saw East Lothian celebrate a magnificent and significant 64-55 win at home to Midlothian while Balbardie suffered narrow 69-64 defeat at Teviotdale,
Team manager Ronnie Allen is over the moon to see his Midlothian stars sitting three points clear at the top of the gents B section of the Premier League following a spirited display that produced an 84-69 win over Turriff at Dalkeith. Good wins on three rinks saw Scottish Master Colin Walker lead the charge by skipping his rink to a 26-12 victory, supported by a 22-15 contribution from Ronnie Duncan and a 26-20 success for David Peacock. The only setback was a 22-10 defeat for Billy Peacock.
East Lothian were back on song with a spectacular 98-51 win at home to Abbeyview with Joe Mower orchestrating the team effort with a 27-11 victory and ably supported by a 25-9 contribution from Billy Mellors. Team captain became an exciting part of a winning chorus with a commanding 26-13 score while world stage star Alex Marshall MBE brought the curtain down to huge applause from the Garden County faithful with a 20-18 win.
Bainfield were unable to live with defending champions Blantyre in the famed Lions Den and were mauled, 98-56, but remain out of the bottom two.
West Lothian stepped up gear or two to score a welcome 93-75 away win over joint leaders West of Scotland in the A section while play in Division 1 North saw Balbardie lose 81-74 at Headwell.
East Lothian ladies stormed to a 68-44 away win over Abbeyview in the Premier League East B while foot of the table West Lothian were crushed 72-36 at home to top of the table East Fife. Play in Division 1 East saw Bainfield remain top with a 65-58 win at home to Tweedbank while Balbardie lost 73-43 at home to Headwell.