High noon for arch rivals

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West Lothian IBC embark on a serious mission this weekend with the two-in-a-row defending champions bidding to complete a glorious hat trick.

West Lothian IBC embark on a serious mission this weekend with the two-in-a-row defending champions bidding to complete a glorious hat trick.

They will tackle arch-rivals East Lothian in the play-off final of the Premier League.

The final confrontation between two of the country’s top teams takes place at Auchinleck IBC tomorrow with a start time of midday and with both outfits fielding full strength line-ups the outcome will be difficult to call.

Both clubs have a substantial history of success in the event with East and West having etched their name on the coveted silverware six times each while the Garden County hold the proud record of achieving four-in-a-row.

West Lothian have campaigned through their qualifying division with a settled squad of players that is small in number and having chalked up eights wins out of 10 to finish top of the tough A section are brimful of confidence.

The occasion has an en extra dimension of emotion for Jamie Gracie as the former junior cap is returning to his home carpet and sure to attract additional 
local support.

East Lothian are a team of giants but their section record of six wins, one draw, and three defeats suggests they were vulnerable in their qualifying campaign however the morale in the camp is greatly boosted by availability of Alex Marshall.

Tattie Marshall has been in impressive individual form of late and his presence in company with Derek Oliver, Scott Kennedy and Billy Mellors at skip gives EL a total internationalist presence in the position.

Scotland’s two most capped international players in the shape of Willie Wood and Graham Robertson are joined by Jamie Higgins and Steven Morgan as thirds to give EL massively strong back-end partnerships.