Neil’s the golden boy

Neil celebrates his Commonwealth Games gold medal with his chums at Kirkliston BC.
Neil celebrates his Commonwealth Games gold medal with his chums at Kirkliston BC.

This has been quite a summer for Kirkliston bowler Neil Speirs who won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the Men’s Fours team led by Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall from Tranent.

Scotland won two gold medals in the men’s pairs and the men’s fours. The foursome had weekly practices at Kelvingrove playing each other as pairs and against the Canadian team to prepare for the Games since they joined the elite squad 18 months ago. It paid off with four wins out of four ensuring their qualification for the final.

Neil whose colleagues at Livingston Auto Parts welcomed him back with banners said: ‘‘The build-up to it was massive.

‘‘The walking in at Celtic Park just lit the place up and set off a wonderful event.

‘‘I was in Delhi when we finished fourth, the worst place to finish.

‘‘All four of us (Neil, David Peacock, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall) played pretty well. I don’t think there was one shot which stands out but I was happy to play steady and put the bowls where Tattie wanted them.

‘‘At 9 up with 2 to play we tried to defend so they couldn’t get any more than one or two shots meaning they couldn’t win on the last end.

“Living in the athletes village was excellent with food on offer 24 hours. No drink during the Games but we had a wee celebration after 
winning!”