Grant Logan’s capture of the WLBA Champion f Champions crown at sponsor host club Bankton Mains was the third time the 43 year has won that title with the 10 times Kirkliston champion having previously been successful in 1993 and 2014.Read More
The final pitched Logan against Ratho star Jimmy Speirs who was having an ‘on fire’ season having won the County Singles title and the Seniors version of the Champion of Champions. Speirs made a good start in his quest to land ‘The Big One’ adding 3, 3 to lead 7-4 however Logan came strongly into the picture with a run of 1, 1, 4 to cross 10-7 then enjoyed a purple patch spell to lead 16-8. Logan then had the coveted crown in sharp focus at 18-10 then triggered the victory salute by conjuring a magic count of 3 on end 17. “My first ambition at the start of any season is to win my club championship at Kirkliston then cap that by adding the Champion of Champions crown so to actually achieve that is a glorious end to the outdoor season”. “Jimmy has enjoyed a great season himself and I reckon all of this weekend’s competing champions are immensely proud of winning their own club championship title”.
The pathway of Speirs into the final saw him defeat Willie Fallon of Oakbnak (21-3), John Eveliegh of Watson Memorial (21-13), Barry Sword of Buchan Park (21-13), and Brian Craig of Glenmavis (21-15). The quarterfinal results were; Craig 21 Alan McCormick (Bathgate) 17; Speirs 21 Sword) 13; Logan 21 Cruickshanks 18; Gemmell 21 Andrew Mitchell (Pumpherston) 7.
Dark Horse challenger Bob Broadly of Armadale captured the Weslo Housing Management Seniors Open title having upset the odds with the 21-20 scalp of clubmate Bob Mackay then Linlithgow super star Gary Smith, 21-15, in the final.
The climax to the 2019 Weslo was played at Glenmavis, Bathgate, and the semi finals action saw Smith defeat Bill McElhinney of East Calder, 21-19, while the also nail biting other semi final saw Broadley edge a 21-20 thriller against Mackay, the champion in 2016.
Buchan Park, Broxburn, is the host club for tomorrow’s (Fri) final (1-30pm) of the WLBA Seniors Top Ten Knockout with last nights semi finals action (Wed) featuring Mid Calder v West Calder and Watson Memorial v Queensferry.