Calum Logan and his rink of Blair Mackie, Raymond Logan, and Jamie Aitken were the hero figures as West Lothian IBC marked their return to the Premier League with an encouraging nine shot victory over Falkirk in the opening match played at the Inveralmond Stadum, Livingston.Read More
Falkirk represented the toughest of tests with the visitors arriving as last seasons Scottish Cup winners also Runners Up in the Premier League, a recent record that tipped the scales of favouritism in their favour.
West Lothian entered the battle without the services of high profile cap Thomas Mann while the late call off from Des Hagart, a former Player of The Year, caused a reshuffle that saw Jordan Pearce plucked from the reserve bench. Questions were soon being asked of a home team put under early pressure so it was a pleasing response that last seasons Division 1 North champions showed they had rediscovered their premier league bottle – especially against top class opposition. With the entire match being played out on a precarious knife-edge it was wins on the rinks skipped by Calum Logan and James Speirs that carried the day over setbacks suffered by Mark Allison and Neil Speirs.
The match statistics show WL winning all three phases; but the margins were all single figures, edging the first seven-ends, 25-24, the second, 28-22, and the third 25-23. The number of ends scored at was an equal share of 42/42. Calum Logan was the early hero architect of match victory as he skipped his rink into leads of 9-0 and 21-5 to keep the master scoreboard reflecting a WL lead despite the others being under pressure. It is greatly to the rinks credit that they sustained their pace making efforts to return a 25-14 win over internationalist Steven Allan.
West Lothian desperately needed a rink to support the lone spearhead role being played by Logan and Co so it was a crucial match-clinching contribution that came from James Speirs and his front-three of Jordan Pearce, Scott Logan, and Craig Moss.
Speirs had his hands full at 13-9 down to star opposition figure Steven Glen but set the Inveralmond Stadium alight with a magical spell of 3, 3, (1), 3, (1), 3 that propelled him into a 21-15 lead then finished on a 4, 2 high to triumph, 27-17. Allison and his rink of Ian Drysdale, Connor McKendrick, and Cameron Greer were nip and tuck to stand peels at 9-9 after 12-ends but shipped four singles on the trot and from 13-9 down went on to lose 17-15; having contributed a valuable count of 3 at the last end against Jim McHutchison Neil Speirs is the talisman figure of WL so it is to the team credit that they coped with the setback of a 21-11 defeat dished out to the 42 times capped skip and his rink of Bryan Cooper, David McCormick, and Grant Knox by Gary Flynn. West Lothian are back in home action this weekend when they entertain Ardrossan.
Balbardie IBC’s demotion from the premier league to Division 1 South failed to get off to a good start with the Bathgate based team failing to make home environment count in a disappointing 20 shot defeat (67-87) from West of Scotland. An outcome that doesn’t augur well for their win prospects way to Abbeyview (Dunfermline) this weekend.
Balbardie Ladies recovered well from their opening defeat away to near neighbours West Lothian to score a 90-68 away win over Tweedbank; however WL suffered a 90-65 setback at Teviotdale. WL have no fixture this weekend while Balbardie are at home to Headwell.
Week three in the Seniors League saw West Lothian score an impressive 65-43 win over East Lothian at the Inveralmond stadium while Balbardie disappointed in a 67-60 defeat from Bainfield at Bathgate.