The national calendar this weekend is dominated by the play-down action in the Scottish Triples Championship with Abbeyview the venue for West Lothian and Balbardie trios in both the Gents and the Ladies.Read More
The WLIBC banner is carried by Stuart Johnston, Craig Moss, and Mark Allison also Jenifer Richardson, Anne Muirhead, and Liz Boyle.
Walter McDougall comes in for David Rodgers and joins brother Sandy and Mark Bonar in the Balbardie line up while Kim Ross comes in for Helen Wilson and joins up with Betty Johnston and Pat Purdie.
West Lothian gents produced the best performance of their A Division Premier League campaign and in doing so lifted the spirits of both team and support with a commanding 19 shot away victory (94-75) over joint leaders West of Scotland. It was only West Lothian’s third win in six games but the reward was substantial in that it eased relegation zone concerns by moving the under pressure stars of the Inveralmond Stadium four points clear of second from bottom Aberdeen and six clear of Elgin. Wins on the three rinks skipped respectively by Calum Logan, Neil Speirs, and Craig Moss reflected a strong and vibrant team performance across the unfamiliar WOS carpet given that the only setback was the minor defeat of James Speirs.
Logan led the charge to team victory as he skipped Darren Pearce, Raymond Logan, and Cameron Greer to an inspiring 28-17 win over G Gwynne while massive support in the shape of a 28-19 win over S O’Donnell came from Neil Speirs and his front-three of Bryan Cooper, Ian Drysdale, and Des Hagart. Craig Moss battled hard to skip George Sneddon, and Jamie Aitken, and Mark Allison to a 20-18 win over J Ross while a 20-18 defeat was damage limitation by James Speirs and his rink of Richard Mark, Connor Mckendrick, and Gary Orr.
West Lothian’s next match is a massively tough one away to undefeated Falkirk a week on Saturday. Falkirk top the table with 12 points followed by West of Scotland and Lanarkshire both on 8.
Balbardie gents suffered a narrow seven shot defeat at Headwell (81-74) so continue to flirt with the relegation zone in Division 1 North currently sitting in third bottom just one point ahead of Headwell and two ahead of Dundee.
A win for the rink of Calum Black, Alistair Wilson, Davy Ross and Ewan Shearer, a peel for David Rodgers, S McBride, John Ellis, and Sandy McDougall and a single shot defeat for Tam Whitfield Lindsay Forrest, Andy Forrest, and Mark Bonar made for a tight finish. But there was no joy for Walter McDougalll and his rink of Jim Speirs, Iain Grant, and Scott McMaster who suffered a double figure defeat. Balbardie have the chance to improve their prospects when they entertain Coatbridge at Bathgate on Saturday 15th December.
West Lothian ladies had home carpet advantage against East Fife in the East Premier Division but failed to live with the league leaders and suffered a crushing 72-36 defeat while pplay in Division 1 East saw Balbardie nose-dived to a 73-43 defeat at home to Headwell.
West Lothian seniors raised the roof at the Inveralmond stadium with a thumping 77-42 win over Teviotdale but Balbardie were put through the ringer in a 65-48 defeat at home to leaders East Lothian.
It is great news that star figure Lorraine Craig of Balbardie is named at skip in the Scotland team to play the International Series being played in Essex come March in a squad that also heralds the return of Wendy Purdie (W Lothian) who last figured in 2014.
WL stars Neil Speirs, his brother James, Bryan Cooper, and Mark Allison are named in the Scotland international trial at Auchinleck on Sunday 16th December.