Team Scotland select West Lothian bowlers for games

Members of the Scottish Commonwealth Bowls team at Kelvingrove, l-r, Neil Spiers, David Peacock, Lauren Baillie, Lorraine Malloy and Alex Marshall.
Members of the Scottish Commonwealth Bowls team at Kelvingrove, l-r, Neil Spiers, David Peacock, Lauren Baillie, Lorraine Malloy and Alex Marshall.
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It was a magnificent double delight of good news for West Lothian when earlier this week Bowls Scotland announced their top ten players to represent the Team Scotland banner in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

It was a magnificent double delight of good news for West Lothian when earlier this week Bowls Scotland announced their top ten players to represent the Team Scotland banner in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Celebrated local figures Neil Speirs of Kirkliston and Lorraine Malloy of Deans have made it to the biggest landmark occasion of their exciting careers after a long process of selection criteria managed by national coach David Gourlay.

Five men and five women make up the full squad of bowlers that will parade their skills and seek national glory from July 24 to August 1 at the scenic Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre that boasts the magnificent backdrop of the Kelvingove Art Gallery and Museum.

Joining Malloy in the ladies team are Lauren Baillie of Port Seton, Caroline Brown of Bellshill and Mossend, Claire Johnston of Auchinleck, and Margaret Letham of Burnbank, Hamilton.

While Speirs will join forces with Alex Marshall MBE of Gifford, Paul Foster of Troon Portland, Darren Burnett of Lochlands, Arbroath, and David Peacock of Danderhall.

Each player will compete in two of four events, ie singles and fours, or pairs and triples however Gourlay is keeping that detail under wraps in an effort to maximise tactical advantage.

Endorsing the selections, Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportsscotland said: “This marks another milestone on the road to Glasgow 2014 as a further 10 athletes are unveiled for Team Scotland. Our experts in the sportsscotland institute of sport have worked closely with this group of athletes to ensure they have the right support at the right time to achieve their selection goals

The players who just missed out on the final countdown, are Michelle Cooper, Becky Craig and Lynne Stein plus Stewart Anderson, Iain McLean, Martyn Rice, Ronnie Duncan, Colin Walker, and West Lothian’s Thomas Mann of Newbridge.

Meanwhile a major event on the calendar of Indoor Bowls takes place over this weekend at Prestwick with the national finals down for decision and there is a West Lothian presence.

The West Lothian IBC banner is represented in the Ladies Triples by top-notch internationalist trio of Jenifer Richardson, Lisa Barrett, and Wendy Purdie who line up tomorrow’s (Saturday) 9.30am semi-final against Grace Mcculloch, Ann Gilmour and Jean McFedries of Galleon.

The opposite semi-final features Marion Fraser, Kathleen Mackintosh and Margaret Durward of Aberdeen against Yvonne Veitch, Mags Thomson,and Emma Brown of East Lothian.

There is an interesting Edinburgh and Lothian’s challenge in the semi-finals of the ladies Fours with Heather Stoddart, Kate McVey, Anna Anderson, and Mandy O’Donnell facing Kelly McDougall, Alison Plenderleith, Gaynor Duncan, and Stacey Laidlaw of Midlothian.

International stars Ronnie Duncan and Colin Walker represent Midlothian in the gents pairs.