Cooper gets off to a flier Livi young­sters grab a hard-fought vic­tory

West Lothian Courier - - Memory Lane -

Bryan Cooper has car­ried the West Loth­ian IBC ban­ner into the semi-fi­nals of the Scot­tish Sin­gles Cham­pi­onship with the club cham­pion in su­per form to rat­tle up a hat-trick of wins in last week­end’s ac­tion at Ar­drossan IBC.

Cooper launched his cam­paign for ti­tle glory with a 21-12 win over David Shields of Ayr then dealt a 21-18 exit to Gor­don Cameron of Al­lan­der be­fore book­ing his place in the last four at the 21-5 ex­pense of Dundee cham­pion Ross Car­lin.

The cli­max of the na­tional sin­gles takes place at Mid­loth­ian IBC over the week­end of Jan­uary 5-6 and su­per Cooper will face Gor­don McKen­zie of Coat­bridge with the other semi-fi­nal fea­tur­ing hat-trick seek­ing ti­tle-holder Paul Fos­ter MBE against 2016 champ John Flem­ing Jnr of In­ver­clyde.

Bal­bardie cham­pion Gary Orr was a first round ca­su­alty mak­ing a 21-16 exit to McKen­zie of Coat­bridge while a quar­ter-fi­nal‘match of the day’ high­light in a re-run of last sea­son’s fi­nal saw de­fend­ing cham­pion Paul Fos­ter come from be­hind to edge a 21-20 thriller against Billy Mel­lors of East Loth­ian.

This Satur­day her­alds the open­ing fix­tures in the Gents A and B Di­vi­sions of the Premier League and West Loth­ian look to hit the ground run­ning with home car­pet ad­van­tage against West of Scot­land at the In­veral­mond Sta­dium (2pm).

The open­ing line-up in­cludes a de­but for Bal­bardie cham­pion Gary Orr who has switched al­le­giance while the cap­taincy is in the hands of stal­wart fig­ure Ian Drys­dale.

Rink 1: Bryan Cooper, Con­nor McKen­drick, Des Ha­gart, Neil Speirs.

Rink 2: Ian Drys­dale, Ray­mond Lo­gan, Cameron Greer, Mark Al­li­son.

Rink 3: Richard Mark, Alan McCormick, Gary Orr, James Speirs.

Rink 4: George Sned­don, Blair Mackie, Jamie Aitken, Craig Moss (skip).

Re­serves: Dougie Mitchell, Dar­ren Pearce, Dun­can Law­son, Grant Knox, Jamie Edwards, Nathan McKen­drick, Calum Lo­gan.

The gents of Bal­bardie IBC will pa­rade their skills in Di­vi­sion One North and have an­nounced the un­der noted team for the open­ing match against Head­well at Bath­gate.

Rink 1: P. Rown, A. For­rest, D. Ross, E. Shearer.

Rink 2: T. Whit­field, C. Fraser, C. Black, and M. Bon­nar.

Rink 3: D. Rodgers, J. Mal­lon, J. El­lis, W. McDougall.

Rink 4: S. McBride, L. For­rest, S. McMaster, J. Speirs.

Re­serves: S. McDougall, S. Ford, C. Cruick­shanks, A. Wat­son.

West Loth­ian Ladies made a great start to their cam­paign in the East Premier League hav­ing thrilled the home sup­port to score a 69-44 win over Head­well and this week­end travel to Methil to face East Fife.

Bal­bardie Ladies com­pete in Di­vi­sion One East and had the share the points in an open­ing 55-55 draw at home to Tweed­bank while this week face an away test against Head­well.

West Loth­ian Se­niors suf­fered a 65-57 de­feat at the hands of East Loth­ian in fix­ture num­ber two in the East Sec­tion B while Bal­bardie lost 67-54 at home to Bain­field. This week’s fix­tures see West Loth­ian at Te­viot­dale and Bal­bardie visit East Loth­ian.

The draw for the 2019 In­ter County Top Ten Cham­pi­onship sees a home tie in the pre­lim round for Lin­lith­gow as they were drawn against Har­law of Aberdeen. Liv­ingston Rugby Club was off to Al­lan Glens for their Galant Con­fer­ence games be­fore the fix­tures get a shake- up af­ter the Oc­to­ber hol­i­days.

Un­for­tu­nately both the un­der-14 and 15 games were can­celled by Al­lan Glens due to in­suf­fi­cient play­ers. The un­der-13s man­aged a home game, whilst the un­der-16s played away.

Their game kicked off with a very promis­ing start, with Aaron Steel scor­ing the first try in the first few min­utes of the game, set­ting a stan­dard for the lads which did not dis­ap­point.

It was a pretty even game with 14 points notched by both teams be­fore half-time. The se­cond half saw Livi step up a gear as Al­lan Glens ran out of steam as Livi grabbed a 26-21 win.

It was a great game to watch with four of Livi’s un­der-15 play­ers tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity not to miss out on a game and show­ing they had the abil­ity to ad­vance their de­vel­op­ment.

Tries were scored by Alis­tair Dalling ( two), Kayne Ma­cAulay and Steel.

Fine win Livi (left) bat­tled to vic­tory

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