West Lothian IBC is celebrating a first ever title triumph in The Seniors Central District Top Six with the veteran stars from The Inveralmond Stadium in Livingston producing a super performance to beat Falkirk in the final at Dalkeith.Read More
Wins in all three disciplines – the Singles, Pairs, and Triples – captured the silverware for a trophy cabinet that has housed many of the sports major prizes down the years but rarely from the efforts of their seniors brigade.
The Hero Six representing the WLIBC banner, against a Falkirk opposition also seeking to break their title duck in the event, were David Wilson in the Singles, Stuart Smith and George Marshall in the Pairs, George Clark, Davy Anderson, and Alasdair Stenhouse in the Triples.
It was spearhead figure David Wilson that hiked up expectations of his teams support with the long time star of the mainstream serving up a stunning display of his skills in the singles to defeat George Newby, 21-10, in a high quality singles encounter.
Wilson’s ability to produce rewarding conversions under challenging pressures was the highlight feature of his game and his bagging of the first two points was hard earned and a great inspiration to his team colleagues.
Whilst the former champion of the club was the architect of match victory there was heroic support contributed by Smith and Marshall in the Pairs who when asked questions at 12-12 answered in exciting style to lead 19-16 with two ends to play.
Shockwaves were created however by the dramatic loss of 4 shots on the penultimate end putting the outcome of the final into a sizzling melting pot climax that reached even higher temperatures when Falkirk built up a hold of 3.
Marshall rescued the pending disaster with a spectacular strike that burnt the jack then when it was re-spotted the cool as a cucumber skip conquered the soaring temperature to draw two title winning shots (18-16).
Meanwhile the developing picture in the Triples brought the trio of Clark, Anderson, and Stenhouse into sharp focus having hit the front from 6-6 to 9-6 then in a share of the spotlight pressures adding a magic count of 3 to lead 12-6. What shaped up as a title clinching performance by the triple was denied its ultimate value and headline glory by the dramatic outcome in the Pairs.
Non –playing team captain Ian McGill, heading up a selection committee of Davy Anderson, George Marshall and David Wilson, proudly received the trophy. Regular team member George Sneddon missed out on the final as he is on Australia’s Gold Coast serving as Scotland’s Bowls Team Manager in the Commonwealth Games.