West Lothian IBC’s challenge in the play down stage of the gents Scottish Fours Championship came to grief with a last hurdle fall after the rink of Blair Mackie, Raymond Logan, Cameron Greer, and Calum Logan had build up encouraging momentum from three wins in a row.Read More
The 23-15 defeat from Falkirk in the section final played at The Alex Marshall Arena in East Lothian was a major disappointment but judged to be a fair outcome given that the stars from the Inveralmond Stadium failed to sparkle.“We played good stuff to win our first three games but failed to fly out of the traps in the section final and that allowed Falkirk to streak into a 13-2 lead that kept us against the collar from start to finish”, reflected Calum Logan the 27-year old West Lothian skip.
Logan and his front-three lunched their campaign at Midlothian IBC and their 21-16 win in the prelim round over Headwell was followed by nail biting 22-21 success over Tweedbank then the WL domestic champs dealt a 20-13 exit to Coatbridge.
Falkirk’s section win takes them into the Last Four stage at Aberdeen IBC on the weekend of Marsh 25/26 where East Lothian, Blantyre, and Garioch are the other semi finalists.
The rink comprising Davie Ross, Jimmy Mallon, Jim Speirs, and Walter McDougall represented the Balbardie IBC banner and a strong first round performance saw them crush Berwickshire, 29-10. The move from Midlothian to East Lothian for their second round clash against Falkirk set the scene for an epic battle that ended in a dramatic 18-17 defeat for McDougall and Co.
The ladies version of the national fours championship ended in the failure of both West Lothian and Balbardie to qualify for the final stage that will be contested by Headwell, Abbeyview, Arbroath, and Blantyre. The WL rink of Sandra Purdie, Irene Wright, Carole Clarkson, and Margaret Russell did show promise with good opening wins over Tweedbank (26-14) and West of Scotland (21-16) at East Lothian IBC. But the strongly formed East Fife rink of Lesley Doig, Havanna Clark, Julie Sword, and Lynn Stein always had the measure of Russell and Co in their second round clash and dealt WL a 24-8 exit.
The Balbardie rink of Betty Johnston, Angie Uttley, Helen Wilson, and Margo Duff had a bye into the first round where any further progress was halted by a narrow 16-14 defeat from Falkirk.
Balbardie gents resume their Premier League campaign this weekend with a crucial foot of the table battle against Lanarkshire at Bathgate and the team line up reads as follows, Rink 1. Duncan Smith, John Ellis, Mark Bonar, and Sandy McDougall. Rink 2. Tam Whitfield, Jimmy Mallon, Jim Speirs, and Walter McDougall. Rink 3. Calum Black, Lindsay Forrest, Davie Ross, and Ewan Shearer. Rink 4. Graham Keery, Scott McMaster, Brian Craig, and Gary Orr.
The high flying gents team from West Lothian IBC are bidding to make it six wins out of six when they visit foot of the table Arbroath in Division 1 North. Ace figure Neil Speirs is ruled out by an injury and the team lines up as follows. Rink 1. James Greenock, Ian Drysdale, Craig Moss, and Thomas Mann. Rink 2. Jamie Gracie, Ray Logan ©, Cameron Greer, and Mark Allison. Rink 3. Paul Lynas, Blair Mackie, Des Hagart, and Calum Logan. Rink 4. Bryan Cooper, Connor McKendrick, Stuart Johnston, and James Speirs.
The ladies of Balbardie face a tough visit to Midlothian in the East Premier League while their West Lothian counterparts parade their skills at Livingston against Teviotdale in Division 1 East – note a 12noon start.