West End plot glory without internationalist

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It’s a huge night tonight (Friday) for Carnoustie West End Bowling Club who will be hoping to clinch the Specsavers Angus League Division One title.

Going into the final round of matches, West End head for Craigie on level points, but 10 shots behind Arbroath’s Newgate BC.

And they needed a Herculean effort to see off Arbroath BC at Dishlandhill on Friday, winning by one shot with their final bowl of the game.

However, West End will be without David McGill, who is off on Scotland duty to play in the Home Nations tournament at Leamington Spa.

He hopes to be involved in games against England, Ireland and Wales on his senior international debut.

Speaking to the Guide & Gazette, David said he was “really looking forward to the internationals at the weekend” and reckoned Scotland has a team that can return home victorious.

“I can’t wait for it now,” he continued. “I’m pretty conifdent in the team we have. Scotland has always been one of the top sides in the world in bowls and if we play to our potential, then we will certainly do the business.”

Having finished last year, without winning a game, David added that there was a need to redress the balance. “We will definitely be looking to improve on last year, but the players we have are good players and I can’t see any reason why we won’t,” he said.

He also had a few words of encouragement for his West End team-mates, going for the Angus League title.

“It’s disappointing to be missing the last Angus League game, particularly as West End can win it, but that’s just one of those things. I wish the lads all the best and I will be on the ‘phone on Friday night to find out how things go,” he said.

The West End man is travelling down to Leamington Spa today. A practice game will follow tonight before the action begins tomorrow (Saturday).

Scotland will open with a game against Wales tomorrow morning before they face the ‘Auld Enemy’ England in the afternoon.

They will round off the Home Nations tourney against Ireland on Sunday.