Kelso under-15s proudly display their new shirts, courtesy of Greenvale AP, “the natural choice for potatoes”, to whom grateful thanks are given.Unfortunately, the team will have to wait another week to officially christen the strips as their home fixture against Selkirk had to be cancelled as a section of the pitch was too frozen to play on. Perhaps it could be said they should have left their ‘jackets’ on ...
For the seniors, the match last Wednesday was their first visit to the indoor facility at Berwick to play Berwickshire, who joined the Scottish Indoor Bowling Association this season.
The Tweedbank team had yet to win a match and it was hoped that this would be remedied here.
With this in mind, the visitors started quite well and after five ends they led by two shots, but after 10 ends it was Berwickshire who held a 10-shot lead.
That gap continued to grow and Berwickshire celebrated their win by 73-50.
There were two rinks up for Tweedbank, with Stuart Henderson, John Pringle, Tommy Mann Snr and Peter McGauchrane finishing five shots ahead.
And Tony Burton, Sandy Batchelor, Paul Butterfield and Rob Fulton managed victory by four shots.
On Saturday, the gents had their first home match, facing Berwickshire.
After losing their first two tough away games, it was important for Tweedbank to gain a comfortable victory.
But even they were startled with the scale of it, completely blowing the Berwickshire men away by a record score of 132-46.
This triumph moves them up to third place, but more important is the shot difference at plus 60.
The highest-up rink for Tweedbank was Liam Nicholson, Craig Martin, Ross Nichol and Kenny Johnstone. Their 37-shot victory included two counts of six, one of five and three of four. The rink of Gordon Bowers, Dougie Wilson, Tommy Mann Jnr and Stuart White also won by 30 shots.
Their fourth match in the series takes place this Saturday against neighbours Teviotdale at Hawick.
On Sunday, playdowns continued with the second round of the senior triples, and after their success in the previous round, Tom Thorburn, David Miller and Rob Fulton faced a triple from Midlothian at Dalkeith.
After a tight tussle, Tweedbank were one up going into the last end, in which Fulton looked to have drawn the shot with his last bowl, but after an umpire’s measure, Midlothian had the two shots required to win the match.
On the same day, Liam Nicholson travelled to Methil for the junior challenge for under-18s. His first match was against a player from the Abbeyview club in Dunfermline and a close encounter went in his favour by 15-13.
In the next round, Liam crushed his unfortunate opponent from Teviotdale by 15-0.
This put him in the quarter-finals where he unfortunately lost 15-7 to a player from Garioch.
At club level, members are reminded that there is a special general meeting tonight (Thursday) at 7pm. The subject is the immediate future of the club and it is a chance for them to learn more details of what is being proposed.
They will also be able to ask questions to satisfy any queries they may have. A good turnout of members will be much appreciated.
The Scottish Carpet Bowling Association (SCBA) tournament is be held on November 30 at Castle Douglas Town Hall.
All entries to Phil Naish by no later than November 24. Call 01387 710507/mobile 07753 824088.
Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott ( Plumbing & Heating ), Winter League: winner,
W. Morrison net 35
Gents’ Winter League second round, Sunday, November 10: Conditions were superb with bright sunshine and virtually no wind. The scores reflected the improved conditions.
Results: 1, Ivor Aitchison 79 (15) 64; 2, Billy Hunter 78 (12) 66; 3, David McPherson 82 (14) 68. Twos sweep: Tom Hogarth.
Current leaders of Winter League championship: 1, Ivor Aitchison 64; 2, Billy Hunter 66; 3, David McPherson 68.
Current leaders of Eclectic Competition: 1, Tom Hogarth 61; 2, Billy Hunter 63; 3, Micky Dunne 64.
Belhaven Winter League, week one: 1, S.Bunyan 1 up; 2, I.Ramsey level. Week 2: 1, S.Marshall level bih; 2, S.Bunyan level.
Midweek eight-hole Stableford, November 7&8: 1, I. Thomson 17 points (best last four holes); 2=, G. Low, N. McCall and A. Lawrie 17 points. 20 played.
This week’s holes are the 1st to the 8th – play today or tomorrow.
Two-person Texas Scramble – November 9 & 10: 1, K. Rankin & C. Lees 60 bih; 2, J. Kelly & A. Grierson 60; 3, J. Temple & I. Clinkscales 61. 17 teams played.
This weekend sees an 18-hole Stableford on Saturday & Sunday – visitors welcome.
Club dinner this Friday, 7.30 for 8pm, all welcome.
Please contact reception for tickets.
East Premier Division
Kelso ladies started the game strongly, maintaining most of the possession, which led to the first goal scored by striker Corrinne Bird. Linlithgow equalised after a controversial penalty stroke was awarded. However, Kelso kept positive and scored a second goal through a penalty stroke, taking them into the break 2-1 ahead.
Linlithgow came out in the second half fighting and the Tweedsiders’ defence was put under pressure.
Despite some great saves from keeper Alison Chapman, Kelso conceded another goal.
Persistence and great attacking play from the midfielders and strikers led to Bird’s hat-trick goal. Then, with five minutes to go, Sarah Hope managed another counter for the Borderers.
East Division One
Erskine Stewart Melville 0 Fjordhus Reivers 1
A much-anticipated match against a strong Edinburgh side saw the Borderers contingent record a brilliant win in a closely-fought encounter.
ESM had looked the brighter of the two sides, moving the ball well around the pitch, but Reivers began to pass the ball cleanly stick-to-stick, creating space all over the pitch.
Near misses from Ashley Robson and Dizzy Whyte preceeded a number of penalty corners, however, a very good right post player blocked all shots on goal.
But into the second half, Robson netted a well-deserved goal – which proved the only score of the game.
Fantastic workrate and effort won this game for the Reivers which sees them move into fourth in the league table.
As the orienteering season draws to a close, the final of the Scottish Urban League was held in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Darnick’s Robin Sloan was leading the M65+ class going into the race, but had to win to make sure of overall victory, which he did, but the 10 second margin was cutting it fine.
Jedburgh’s Kirstin Maxwell was already assured of the top spot in the Women’s Open class, but capped it off with a win on the day, which also made her Scottish Universities champion.
Pauline McAdam and Lindsey Knox completed a successful haul for Reivers, taking third in their classes. Faisal Khursheed, in his first urban orienteering season, finished second on Saturday and fourth overall in the league in the under-16 age class, and the remainder of the Maxwell family – Ian, Eileen and Karen – all finished fifth in their classes.
The last chance for honours this year takes place at Duns Wood on Sunday, where the East of Scotland Championships will be hosted by East Lothian Orienteers.
Courses for beginners are also available. More details can be found by going to www.elo.org.uk
Jean Yule Cup
Week eight results: Group 1 – St Boswells 3 Selkirk B 3; Hawick Burns A 3 Jedburgh Legion 3. Group 2 – Innerleithen 3 Hawick Burns B 2; Selkirk A 2 Hawick Con B 4.
Club Championship quarter-finals: John Sharratt 3 David Burnie 0 (10-9, 9-3, 9-1); Graham Laing 3 Bill Dennyson 1 (9-5, 9-0, 8-10, 9-2); Ian Chalmers 3 Issam Yousef 0 (9-0, 9-4, 9-0).
Racketball ladder maches: D. Sharratt 2 I. Yousef 1; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0.
Club night matches: Squash – I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 0; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0. Racketball – D. Sharratt 2 M. Silies 0.