West Lothian bowlers ready to renew old rivalries

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West Lothian IBC will be reasonably happy with the section draw for next season’s Premier League as the three in a row reigning champions will renew rivalry with three of this season’s opposition in the shape of Blantyre, Bainfield and Midlothian.

All three present formidable challenges in Section A but having coped with them successfully this season there will be a confidence in the WL camp that they can do so again.

There are two new faces in the shape of Abbeyview (Dunfermline) and Coatbridge who must be treated with respect but both are promoted teams up from Division 1 and unlikely to initially strike fear in the strong West Lothian camp.

And with travel costs a major challenge to all stadium teams, it will be pleasing to WL officials that Aberdeen have moved to the B section therefore curtailing journeys from Livingston to low mileage Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Dalkeith and Lanarkshire.

The economic challenge to Balbardie IBC in Bathgate threatens to be a tough one as they have been placed in Division 1 North with visits to Turriff, Fraserburgh, Arbroath, Dundee and Alloa to look forward to.

Officials will perhaps look with some envy at the formation of Division 1 South with the make up comprising East Kilbride, West of Scotland, Dumbarton, Ayr and Tweedbank.

Balbardie ladies have dropped from the Premier League to Division 1C where they will compete against Bainfield, East Lothian, Teviotdale, Tweedbank and neighbours West Lothian IBC.

The senior men from Balbardie and West Lothian will compete in the East A section with Falkirk, Stirling, Alloa and Headwell as rivals. *******

Meanwhile, with the 2014 outdoor season fast approaching the West Lothian Bowling Association has a new spearhead in the shape of well known Uphall Station personality Dennis Cavanagh who will serve as president.

The recent annual general meeting of the association also confirmed Drew Paterson of Newbridge as the new vice-president while Davy Doyle of East Calder was elected secretary.

Ian Brown of Middleton Hall continues in the role of treasurer and Jimmy Mallon of Broxburn was confirmed as team manager to be assisted by Gary Smith and Stuart McMaster.

Gary Smith of Linlithgow continues as sponsorship convener while Jim Clark, Ian Douglas and Joe McLelland will serve as selectors for the Matt Purdie Trophy.