West Lothian gents showed improved form from their shock opening day defeat but the seven times previous champions still suffered a damaging second home carpet setback in a row when losing to Falkirk in the A Division of the Premier League.
Falkirk represented tough opposition but even so WL are expected to be invincible at the Inveralmond Stadium and did get close to winning but failure to fire on all four rinks cost them defeat by six shots (88-82).
James Speirs produced a scintillating finishing run of 1, 4, 4, 2 to skip Richard Mark, Connor McKendrick, and Gary Orr to a magnificent 38-12 win over the superbly cultured opposition skip Steven Glen. But the main support came in the shape of a narrow 19-18 defeat inflicted by Martin McCalley on the rink of George Sneddon, Dougie Mitchell, Jamie Aitken, and Craig Moss.
WL look to their icon figure Neil Speirs for inspiration but despite skipping Bryan Cooper, Raymond Logan, and Des Hagart to a mighty count of 5 on end 16 it ended in the despair of a 26-18 defeat from Gary Flynn. The Flynn rink contained two former WL stars in Joey Strickland (lead) and Gary Smith (third). The killer blow to WL hopes however was landed on the rink of Jamie Edwards, Ian Drysdale, Cameron Greer, and Mark Allison who were chinned 31-16 by Steven Allan.
If a change of scenery is the answer to avoiding three defeats in a row then it comes this weekend in the shape of a long trek North to face Aberdeen but Mark Allison and Jamie Edwards will be watching from the sidelines.
Calum Logan makes a welcome return from holiday and skips in place of Allison while opportunity knocks for Nathan McKendrick at the expense of lead Jamie Edwards. Raymond Logan is switched to play second for his son with team captain Ian Drysdale switched to play second to Neil Speirs.
Balbardie gents ran out of steam on their visit to Coatbridge in Division 1A and after making a strong start faded to an 85-71 defeat.
Walter McDougall sustained his effort to deliver a good 14 shot victory while Ewan Shearer was piped by a single shot. Mark Bonar lost by 5 shots but a double figure setback was the fate of Jimmy Speirs. Balbardie are back on home territory this weekend with Dundee visiting the Park of Peace stadium.
The opening round of the gents 2 Bowl National Pairs at Headwell saw Balbardie duo Tam Whitfield and Mark Bonar claim the scalp of West Lothian neighbours Richard Mark and Craig Moss then lose a 7-7; 7-5, nail-biter against eventual section winners Stuart Pagan and Paul Brown of Abbeyview.
The ladies version of the 2 Bowl National Pairs saw Betty Johnston and Kim Ross represent the Balbardie banner with great distinction having defeated host club Bainfield then Midlothian and Tweedbank before losing the section final on an agonising tie-break at the hands of Headwell.
Balbardie ladies slipped to a 61-52 defeat at home to Bainfield while West Lothian were without a fixture in the East Premier League.
Glasgow IBC is the venue this weekend for the play-down action of the Ladies National Singles with Kim Ross representing Balbardie and Jenifer Richardson in the colours of West Lothian.
Balbardie edged a 65-61 win at home to Teviotdale in the East B section of the Seniors League and this weeks action were set on Wednesday to do battle against neighbours West Lothian at Livingston.