Balbardie IBC’s hard earned status as a member of the Premier League in the 2016/17 season thrusts the Bathgate based club into the national limelight as the local areas highest rated club, ahead of the headlong plunge of West Lothian IBC into Division 1.Read More
The reward for the promoted Division 1North champions has just been announced with Balbardie drawn in the B section of the Premier League with East Lothian, Paisley, Aberdeen, Lanarkshire, and Ardrossan for company. The battle for survival would be a tough one in either Division with the A section comprising Midlothian, Falkirk, Bainfield, Ayr, Alloa, and defending champions Blantyre.
East Lothian will be firm favourites to make it through to the playoff final but if the administration at Balbardie can act swiftly to make some significant new signings and persuade their best players to turn out on a regular basis than they could well hold their own at home against the others. Team spirit can be worth its weight in gold and the onus is on the leading lights of Balbardie to start laying early foundations towards building a team that is strong enough to do the proud traditions of the club justice in what is an ultra competitive arena of the sport. The demise of West Lothian IBC is a great sadness and the expectation is that one of the long time giants of the sport will bounce straight back up by dominating their rivals clubs in Division 1 North.
WLIBC face far travelled journeys to Elgin and Turriff as well as Arbroath, and Dunfermline clubs Abbeyview and Headwell.
The reformed ladies national leagues finds Balbardie set to compete against East Lothian, Midlothian, Abbeyview, and East Fife in the East Premier League while their West Lothian IBC neighbours line up in Division 1 East against Headwell, Bainfield, Tweedbank, and Teviotdale.
The Seniors Gents League guarantees the continuation of a local derby with Balbardie and WLIBC drawn in East Section B with Bainfield, East Lothian, Midlothian, Teviotdale, and Tweedbank for company.
The shock exit of Scottish Cup holders, and six times champions, West Lothian IBC at the hands of lowly Division 2 club Galleon of Kilmarnock presented East Lothian with a golden opportunity to win the trophy for a record seventh time. And know prisoners were taken as the stars of the garden county duly delivered with a commanding 30 shot victory in the final.