Bryan Cooper has carried the West Lothian IBC banner into the semi finals stage of the Scottish Singles Championship with the 35 year club champion in super form to rattle up a hat-trick of wins in last weekends play down action at Ardrossan IBC.Read More
Cooper launched his campaign for title glory with a 21-12 win over David Shields of Ayr then dealt a 21-18 exit to Gordon Cameron of Allander before booking his place in the Last Four at the 21-5 expense of Dundee champion Ross Carlin.
The climax of the national singles takes place at Midlothian IBC over the weekend of January 5/6 and Super Cooper will face Gordon McKenzie of Coatbridge with the other semi final featuring hat-trick seeking title-holder Paul Foster MBE against 2016 champion John Fleming Jnr of Inverclyde.
Balbardie champion Gary Orr was a first round casualty making a 21-16 exit to McKenzie of Coatbridge while a quarter-final‘match of the day’ highlight in a re-run of last seasons final saw defending champion Paul Foster come from behind to edge a 21-20 thriller against Billy Mellors of East Lothian.
This Saturday heralds the opening fixtures in the Gents A and B Divisions of the Premier League and West Lothian look to hit the ground running with home carpet advantage against West of Scotland at the Inveralmond Stadium (2pm). The opening line up includes a debut for Balbardie champion Gary Orr who has switched allegiance while the captaincy is in the hands of stalwart figure Ian Drysdale. Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Connor McKendrick, Des Hagart, Neil Speirs (Skip). Rink 2. Ian Drysdale, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, Mark Allison (skip). Rink 3. Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, James Speirs (skip). Rink 4. George Sneddon, Blair Mackie, Jamie Aitken, Craig Moss (skip). Reserve Pool; Dougie Mitchell, Darren Pearce, Duncan Lawson, Grant Knox, Jamie Edwards, Nathan McKendrick, Calum Logan.
The gents of Balbardie IBC will Parade their skills in Division 1 North and have announced the under noted team for the opening match against Headwell at Bathgate. Rink 1. P Rown, A Forrest, D Ross, E Shearer (skip). Rink 2. T Whitfield, C Fraser, C Black, and M Bonnar (skip). Rink 3. D Rodgers, J Mallon, J Ellis, W McDougall (skip). Rink 4. S Mcbride, L Forrest, S McMaster, J Speirs (skip). Reserves; S McDougall, C Cruickshanks, S Ford, A Watson.