Scottish call up for local bowler

Two teams were pictured at the Indoor Bowling Centre before their trip to Prestwick to compete in the Scottish Bowls Championships. From left (back) David McGill, Andy Furye, Ryan Burnett. (front) Leanne Furye, Marion Wilson, Caroline Ruxton, Trixie McKay.
Two teams were pictured at the Indoor Bowling Centre before their trip to Prestwick to compete in the Scottish Bowls Championships. From left (back) David McGill, Andy Furye, Ryan Burnett. (front) Leanne Furye, Marion Wilson, Caroline Ruxton, Trixie McKay.

Carnoustie bowler David McGill has been called up to play for Scotland later this month.

The 30-year-old played a trial at Ayr on Sunday and he impressed the selectors enough to be chosen for the British Isles Championships on June 28 and 29.

“I’m chuffed to bits to be honest. I never really expected it, but I’m delighted,” he told the Gazette after hearing of his call up earlier this week.

“I went down to Ayr for a trial on Sunday and obviously played well enough on the day to impress the selectors.”

A member of Carnoustie West End Bowling Club, David will be up against top bowlers from England, Ireland and Wales in the British Isles contest at Leamington Spa, near Bristol.

“Scotland is recognised as the top bowling nation, so we will be expected to do well,” he added. “However, we lost all three games last year which was a disappointment, and we will be looking to bounce back from that.”

David knows a number of his team-mates, having been involved in the national indoor scene.

“I was lucky enough to be picked for the Scotland Under-25s a few years back, so I met a few of the guys who are playing back then,” he commented.

Having been playing bowls for 20 years, since he was 10, David was a member of the team that won the British Indoor Fours a few years ago, but this is the pinnacle of his outdoor career to date. “Winning the British Indoor Fours was fantastic indoor, but this tops the lot outdoor wise.”