THE Fours Champions of West Lothian IBC carried the Scottish Banner in the British Isles Championships played at the Dewars Centre, Perth earlier this week.
The rink of Irene Taylor, Jennifer Sneddon, Angela Uttley and Wendy Purdie put up a fight but were forced to settle for second best.
The national champions did the West Lothian banner proud with a brilliant win over Ireland in the semi-finals, followed by an agonising seven-shot loss in the final to Wales.
Purdie and Co first took to the Perth carpet on Sunday morning and powered to a brilliant 28-11 victory with an unbroken run of 3, 1, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 2, and a 2.
The final took place on Tuesday against a Welsh rink skipped by Betty Morgan and the prospects looked immediately bright for Scotland and West Lothian as Purdie lead Taylor, Sneddon, and Uttley into a 7-0 advantage with counts of 4 and 3.
However, end three produced a signal of the dangers that lay ahead with Wales opening their account with a mighty 5, then followed up with a 4 to cross 9-8.
The West Lothian ladies steadied the ship with a couple of 2’s, seemingly regain the upper hand at 12-9 but disaster struck as Wales raced to a 21-12 lead after eight ends. Six ends later, their situation remained daunting at 25-17 down.
A late revival closed the gap to just three shots with still four ends to play but the Scots were eventually slipped to a 32-25 defeat.
The West Lothian brigade had also suffered an earlier disappointment in these championships as the high hopes held for Scottish champions Uttley and Purdie in the 4-Bowl Pairs were dashed in the semi-final against England.
The England partnership of R Field and C Pollington made a strong start to lead 11-3 and remained in command to score an easier than expected 21-8 victory. They went to on to beat Ireland in the final.
Meanwhile, West Lothian IBC step up their bid to win the Scottish Cup for a record extending sixth time on Saturday when they face a testing challenge against fellow Premier League club Coatbridge at Lanarkshire IBC. The team reads: Rink 1. Stewart Gibson Blair Mackie James Speirs and Neil Speirs.
Rink 2. Paul Lynas Des Hagart Raymond Logan and Thomas Mann.
Rink 3. Cameron Greer Joey Strickland Stuart Johnston and George Sneddon.
Rink 4. Richard Mark James Greenock Calum Logan and Mark Allison.