Three West Lothian IBC stars have been named in the 26 strong squad to represent Scotland in the gents Home International series to be played at Falcon IBC in Essex from Thursday 14th of March to Saturday the 16th.
Speirs adds to his 42 caps and plays third to Iain McLean of Blantyre while Allison moves off the 21 mark and plays second to McLean with Martin McCalley of Falkirk at lead. Cooper adds to his tally of 12 caps.
West Lothian gents will go into the final straight of their premier league campaign in the Near Year flirting with the relegation zone as the stars from the Inveralmond Stadium suffered a fourth defeat in seven when losing away to Falkirk. The task of inflicting a first defeat on the undefeated section A leaders proved beyond the hot and cold blowing visitors and a 12 shot setback (80-68) has left the Livingston Elite occupying the third bottom rung with 6 points to the 4 of Aberdeen and zero of Elgin. The rink scores were; Steven Allan 14 James Speirs 18; Gary Flynn 22 Calum Logan 21; Steven Glen 23 Craig Moss 16; Martin McCalley 21 Neil Speirs 13.
WL entertain Aberdeen in the first match of the resumption on Saturday Jan 12 then continue at home against Lanarkshire before finishing with an away visit to Elgin – optimistically all very winnable games.
Jimmy Mallon returned to the Balbardie gents team in place of Iain Grant against Coatbridge at the Park of Peace stadium in Bathgate where a disappointing outcome saw the home team suffer an 81-74 defeat.
Sadly it was a massive opportunity missed for Balbardie to move onto safer ground in Division 1 North as they now sit third from bottom with 5 points to the 4 of Headwell and 3 of Dundee. Their schedule in the New Year is away to Dundee; at home to current leaders Fraserburgh; then away to Cumbernauld.
Balbardie ladies suffered a heavy 70-47 defeat on their away visit to Division 1 East leaders Bainfield and there is no hope of them gaining promotion to the Premier League. WL ladies, foot of the table and candidates for relegation, were idle in last weekends premier league.
West Lothian IBC sit third in the Seniors East B table and faced an interesting match at home yesterday as they entertained second placed Midlothian while lowly placed Balbardie were idle.
STEWART MEIKLE WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL READERS OF THE COURIER A MERRY CHRISTMAS