Abbotsford prepare while Tweedbank seniors reach final after thriller

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ABBOTSFORD

WITH final preparations taking place to the bowling green for the outdoor season ahead, focus over the last two weeks turned to the climax of the indoor competitions.

In the Fjordhus Construction Ltd-sponsored Winter League, any one of three teams were in with a shout of the title, however, it was the experience of the Hancock team – father and son Colin and Andrew – together with Tom Mann Jnr, who prevailed, winning the league yet again.

Runners-up this year by one shot, were Iain Macdonald’s team, pushing John Manczak’s triple into third place.

The final of the Nan Butler-sponsored handicap singles competition was contested between Manczak and Scott Thomson, with the former taking the top spot. The club wishes to thank both sponsors.

The pairs final was a closelyfought encounter between Manzcak and Craig Turnbull, and Thomson and Jack Hardie. Manzcak – continuing the form which saw him win the singles – and Turnbull secured the win on the last end.

The final competition of the winter league was the pool competition and arguably the two best players in the club were in the final – Thomson and Iain Macdonald.

Having been runner-up in the bowls singles and pairs, it was third time lucky for Thomson as he held off Macdonald to win.

Prizes for all competitions above will be presented on Saturday at the opening of the green, which will see Mrs Graham, wife of club president Vic, throw the first jack. Players are reminded to be at the club for 1.30pm for a 2pm start. A photo will be taken to commemorate the club’s 125th year as well as those who won district honours last year, including the Border Burghs team.

TWEEDBANK

LOOKING to end their season on a high, the seniors travelled to Meadowmill Stadium last week for a Jock Brodie semi-final clash against Bainfield.

The Edinburgh side made the early running and held the lead on two of the three rinks, and gradually built up a reasonable shot advantage.

With one rink trailing by 10 shots at 14-4, a victory for Tweedbank was beginning to look unlikely, but the situation changed very quickly.

The rink in question finished with a 18-14 win, having not lost another shot.

This left the other two rinks with one end to play each and Tweedbank needing four shots to win.

Danny McLean, the skip on one of the rinks, touched the jack with his first bowl to make a count of three. Bainfield did not recover the situation and these three shots levelled the overall score, leaving the other rink needing to score a single to win the match.

The third for Bainfield carried the jack through, but it finished near a Tweedbank bowl.

However, he then recovered the situation by drawing shot. Mel Blyth,skipping for Tweedbank, then played what was the perfect bowl in the situation, carrying the jack into the ditch. Faced with a and near-impossible shot, the Bainfield skip was unable to recover the position and Tweedbank reached the final, where they will face East Lothian A.