West Lothian Gents continued their climb up the Premier A League table with a magnificent 45 shot victory (101-56) on home territory over Falkirk that pushed them into clear second place albeit 6 points adrift of undefeated leaders Midlothian.Read More
Mark Allison led the home charge to victory and skipped Connor McKendrick, Raymond Logan, and Gary Orr to an inspired 27-6 win over M McCalley.
Allison dominated the scoring at 18 of the 21 ends and the main match support was contributed by Thomas Mann who having been roughed up by the loss of a 5 on the opening end went on to score at 14 of the 21 ends in skipping Nathan McKendrick, David Wilson, and George Sneddon to a 34-15 win over Simon Thomson. Calum Logan coped with the loss of a 6 as he skipped Richard Mark, Ian Drysdale, and Bryan Cooper to a 22-18 win over Gary Flynn; having led 20-5.
Neil Speirs came in for Cameron Greer and skipped Jamie Aitken, Scott McMaster, and Graeme Lees to a battling 18-17 win over G Wilson. Despite their vastly improved recent form it is likely that WL will start this Saturdays match as the underdogs despite home carpet advantage against runaway leaders Midlothian who don’t need to win but will be keen to complete their A Division campaign with 10 wins out of 10.
WL make several changes in a team that lines up as follows; Rink 1. Bryan Cooper, Gary Orr, James Speirs, and Neil Speirs, Rink 2. Jamie Aitken, Scott McMaster, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan, Rink 3. Richard Mark, Ian Drysdale, George Sneddon, and Thomas Mann, Rink 4. Connor McKendrick, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Mark Allison.
Balbardie Gents failed badly in their penultimate match Houdini attempt to escape relegation in Division 1B and were sentenced to life in Division 2 in suffering a 53 shot hammering (110-57) on their away visit to Galleon. This weekends match is against second from bottom Paisley at Bathgate. The visitors inflicted a first defeat on Division champions Auchinleck and now need a follow up win over Balbardie to stand a chance of escaping the relegation playoff place. The Balbardie line up reads; Rink 1. Ian Drysdale, Derek Kerr, Mark Bonar, and John Ellis. Rink 2. Tam Whitfield, Stuart Ford, Andy Forrest, and Sandy McDougall. Rink 3. Graeme Turnbull, Jimmy Mallon, Davie Ross, and Walter McDougall. Rink 4. Alistair Wilson, Hugh Marshall, Lindsay Forrest, and Ewan Shearer.
Bob Mackay recovered from 7-2 down to skip George Clark, John Jamieson, and a resurgent Mr Wonderful (Frank Weir) to the Morning League Fours title at the WLIBC, edging a thrilling 12-11 win over Roddy Campbell, Brian Walker, Davy Boyd, and Ian Robertson.
Balbardie reached the second round of the National Team Championship in nail biting circumstances after sharing the points 4-4 with Abbeyview then edging through on an aggregate score of 68-65 at Alloa,
The Balbardie wins were contributed by Lorraine Craig in the Singles (21-16) and the Four of Kim Ross, Sharon Leitch, Davie Ross, and Walter McDougall (17-16). The Pairs lost 21-19 and the Triples lost 19-18.