Local bowler David McGill played his part as Scotland won the British Isles Bowls Title at Leamington Spa over the weekend.
David had represented the national side at under-25 level, but he was earning his first senior cap.
He led for the team captain, Grant Logan, who drew the first game against Commonwealth Games champion Robert Weale on Saturday. They then defeated England 28-19 and completed a fine weekend’s work with a 17-15 success over Ireland.
And Grant’s father, Gordon, was the team manager and after a poor showing in Dublin 12 months earlier, he was delighted.
“I could not have asked any more from my players,” the jubilant manager said. “There were five new skips, six new caps and four recalls and they all gave 100 per cent and performed with distinction. You could say they took their chance to impress and were certainly highly motivated.”
“What an experience, quite simply it was brilliant. It really couldn’t have gone any better,” David told the Guide & Gazette.
“Things went really well from the start. It was a great team effort and to bring the trophy home was absolutely fantastic.”
From a personal point of view, the West End man was happy with his performance. “I did the best I could and I really believe that I played well.
“It was a fantastic feeling to pull on that Scotland shirt.
“The team played really well. Even in the first game against Wales, we won by 10 shots, but we had a big lead and they pegged us back. In the other two games, as soon as we got a lead we just seemed to get better and better. A brilliant team performance!
“I hope I can bring that form back to the West End and be successful at my own club.
“I would love to do it again, so hopefully I can keep playing well enough to get selected for Scotland again next year. It was such an enjoyable experience and it was fantastic to be given the chance.”
Things have been going well for the Kinloch Street men on the international stage with Ryan Burnett (see facing story) also gaining selection.
“It’s been great recently and I think there are just so many good players at the West End that it really brings everyone on to do well.
“The club has Triples and Fours in the Angus finals [tonight at Kirriemuir] and we are hungry for more honours.”
Overall, Scotland’s results were: Scotland 117, Wales 107; Scotland 134, England 103; Scotland 142, Ireland 89.