There is first round Scottish Cup action this weekend with the gents of Balbardie IBC facing Cumbernauld at Alloa and their West Lothian IBC counterparts travelling a bit further north with Forfar their venue against Fraserburgh.
Balbardie blew hot and cold in what ended up as a disappointing league campaign in Division 1North but the Bathgate based side are an exciting team when at their best and have a favourites chance against a Cumbernauld side that won four out of ten to finish fourth in Division 2 East. The McDougall brothers Sandy and Walter are joined by Gary Orr and Ewan Shearer as four skips of high calibre and they are at the helm for a team line up that reads. Rink 1. Graeme Keery, Alistair Wilson, Brian Craig, and Gary Orr. Rink 2. Craig Sinclair, Duncan Smith, Davie Ross, and Ewan Shearer. Rink 3. Ian Drysdale, AN Other, Lindsay Forrest, and Walter McDougall. Rink 4. Petre Lynch, Andy Forrest, Mark Bonar, and Sandy McDougall.
West Lothian IBC are on the redemption trail having failed to shine well enough in their bid to retain the premier league title and the stars from Livingston should have enough in their locker to cope with a Fraserburgh team that finished second bottom in Division 1North. James Greenock makes a re-appearance for WL with Richard Mark moved to the bench in a team that reads, Rink 1. Cameron Greer, Blair Mackie, Craig Moss, and Calum Logan. Rink 2. James Greenock, Stuart Johnston, Jamie Gracie, and Mark Allison. Rink 3. Bryan Cooper, Dougie Mitchell, Paul O’Donnell, and Neil Speirs. Rink 4. Paul Lynas, Ian Drysdale, James Speirs, and Thomas Mann.
Sunday heralds the quarterfinals action of the Scottish Team Championship event and an opportunity for Balbardie to reach the semi finals when going head to head with Borders challengers Tweedbank at Stirling. Peter Lynch is the spearhead figure in the Singles while another WL Master in the shape of 2014 champion Brian Craig plays lead to Commonwealth Games internationalist Lorraine Malloy in the Pairs. Walter McDougall skips Kim Ross and Sharon Leitch in the Triples while the line up in the Fours is Morven Shearer, Margo duff, Ritchie Templeton, and Ewan Shearer.
The AGM of The West Lothian Bowling Association takes place on Friday night at Newbridge BC with a 7pm start and a good attendance from the member clubs is requested.