Edinburgh has a strong contender for the 2015/16 indoor bowls Scottish Junior Singles title with 23-year-old Daniel Gormley representing Bainfield in this weekend’s play-down action at Dunfermline venue Abbeyview.
Gormley will be looking to go one better following last year’s agonising 21-20 final defeat by John Fleming of Inverclyde.
“It’s great that I am making a quick return to the national stage of the Under-25s event and I am focused on making it to the last four this weekend. However, the competition is always exceptionally tough and I need to perform to a high level,” said Gormley.
Gormley – a junior cap and regular Premier League player – opens against an as yet unnamed opponent from Elgin in tomorrow’s prelim round (11.00am).
East Lothian entertain high hopes for their Under-25 champion Ewan Fallen, who has six junior caps to his name and valuable Premier League experience.
Fallen faces his first test in the shape of Raymond Clark from Fraserburgh in their prelim-round clash.
Midlothian are represented by Jamie Macnab, who faces a yet-to-be named Tweedbank player.
West Lothian IBC’s Connor McKendrick is yet to breakthrough to regular exposure in the Premier Lague but is a budding star under both codes of the sport and a bye into the first round sees him line up against Ryan Brady of Teviotdale on the 2.00pm session.
Bathgate-based Balbardie have no representation in the event which sees holder Fleming competing in the Whiteinch section of play.
The semi-finals and final are to be played at Paisley IBC over the weekend of January 23/24.
• EAST LOTHIAN seniors slipped up in their opening match away to Balbardie but have bounced back to make it three wins in a row with their latest 92-46 triumph over Tweedbank at the Alex Marshall Arena shooting them to the top of the East B league table.
Wins on the rinks skipped by Alistair Russell, Peter Laidlaw and Willie Wood MBE made it a runaway affair albeit the Border visitors inflicted a five-shot defeat on Tom Young.
Russell emerged the EL high flyer as he skipped Kenny Morean, BJ Smith and Ronnie Douglas to a 29-4 victory that was supported by a 22-6 win for Laidlaw and a 23-13 triumph for Wood. Young lost 23-18 to P McGauchrane.
Elsewhere, the East B results were: Teviotdale 49, Midlothian 68; Balbardie 78, Bainfield 61.