This weekend’s indoor bowls calendar is dominated by the play down action of the Ladies and Gents Scottish 4Bowl Pairs Championship with local clubs Balbardie and West Lothian engaged at Midlothian IBC and Cumbernauld IBC, respectively.Read More
Balbardie provide a ‘top of the bill’ attraction at Midlothian with star figures Sharon Leitch and Lorraine Craig set to parade their skills in Saturday’s first round proper at the Dalkeith Stadium against Lanarkshire.
The high profile Balbardie champions are on a ‘treble seeking’ mission as their names have been previously etched on the national silverware as Scottish Champions in 2006 and 2011.
The pathway to glory is strewn with hurdles however and one that looms large in the qualifying section is that of East Lothian champions in the shape of Sisters Act, Leanne and Lauren Baillie who are legends of the outdoor version of the Pairs.
Midlothian is also the venue for the Balbardie gents partnership of Brian Craig and Sandy McDougall who open against Fintry in the prelim round while East Lothian are again strong in the shape of Mark Johnston and Willie Wood MBE.
West Lothian have higher than average expectations of a strong show in the Gents Pairs at Cumbernauld with players of international status in the shape of Cameron Greer and Calum Logan.
The WL duo launch their bid for the qualifying honours against Galleon in the prelim round while Ann Muirhead and Jenifer Richardson represent the woman’s challenge against prelim round opposition, Headwell.
Last weeks play down action in the Scottish Triples Championship saw Balbardie trio Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, and Lorraine Craig reach their section final; but fall at that last hurdle.
Wins over East Fife (20-7) and Prestwick (18-10) were excellent outcomes but defeat from Abbeyview (21-14) was a real coupon buster.
West Lothian trio Sandra Purdie, Liz Rogers, and Margaret Russell made a prelim round exit to Headwell.
No joy in the gents event saw the Balbardie Triple of Mark Bonar, Brian Craig, and Gary Orr make a first round exit to Stirling while their West Lothian counterparts, namely David Saunders, Tam Neillands, and David Hay, suffer an early knock out by Berwickshire.