Glasgow 2014: Golden joy for Lothians trio in fours

Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, Neil Speirs and David Peacock on the podium. Pic: SNS
Alex Marshall, Paul Foster, Neil Speirs and David Peacock on the podium. Pic: SNS
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It was a glorious finish to the Commonwealth Games lawn bowls at Kelvingrove yesterday, with Team Scotland’s medal tally being boosted by a further two gold medals.

The first one came from the Lothians trio of David Peacock, Neil Speirs and Alex Marshall alongside Paul Foster in the fours and then in a perfect ending to a perfect day Darren Burnett added the blue riband singles title.

In both events the Scots dominated, with Capital star Marshall and Foster adding the fours gold to their earlier pairs success. Singles were shared on the first two ends and peels were called at 5-5 at the fifth, but England remained on that five shot marker for eight ends with the Scots marching into a 14-5 lead and they went on to take the title 18-8 with an end to spare against Andrew Knapper, John McGuinness, Stuart Airey and Jamie Chestney.

“I had very little to do” said Marshall. “The hard work was all done by the three guys in front of me. They were all awesome. It’s been a joint effort all the way through and we all played our part.

“To come away with two gold medals is absolutely amazing. You always go into an event hoping to do your best, but we did that and then some. It’s been an amazing team effort and a job well done by our Coach David Gourlay and we hope heknows that he’s been repaid in full”.

India led all the way in their bronze medal play off against Australia, but lost a double on the last end to miss out 15-14.

The blue riband singles was played under perfect conditions on a glorious summer evening in the perfect setting at Kelvingrove and the Scots rounded off their campaign in the best possible way.

With all of his other team members having a gold in their possession, Burnett said: “There’s no way I was not joining them. I knew it would be a hard game but I was so determined.

“Yesterday I virtually played five games in thirty hours, but amazingly I never felt tired or any after effects. I was running on pure adrenaline and was just so happy to get past the post. When I look back it trailed Marty McHugh from Northern Ireland and knew there would be no second chances and that I couldn’t drop another shot so that spurred me on when I beat him.

“I can’t being to tell you how I feel. Who couldn’t be inspired though with a support like that behind you and at this amazing Kelvingrove venue. Over the moon does not even begin to describe how I feel.

“What an event it’s been for all of our team. Alex Marshall has been an outstanding team captain and I’m sure anyone watching him play could not help but be inspired by his play. He was ably backed up by best friend Paul Foster and his other Lothian team mates David Peacock and Neil Speirs. It’s all been such a buzz”.

The bronze medal went to Aron Sherriff from Australia. He outplayed Kiwi Shannon McIlroy to win 21-8.