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ABBOTSFORD

BOTH the A and B teams continued their recent good form by winning their latest league encounters.

The A team made the short journey to local rivals Gala and left with a win by more than 30 shots while the Bs enjoyed a good win on home turf over Wilton B, who could not produce a full team.

In the second round of the Scottish play-offs there were wins for the junior single, triple and rink, with the pair just losing in a tight game against Melrose.

On Saturday a team travelled to Edinburgh for a friendly match at Corstorphine While it remained dry, the wind made playing conditions tricky and in the end the Abbotsford club only had one rink up.

The Murray and Burrell-sponsored open triples was held recently with a good entry of teams. The final was contested between two Peebles teams skipped by Alan Gordon and Andrew Borthwick, with the former coming out on top. The semi-finalists were A Fulton (Gala) and S White (Kelso).

BBA

IN the second week of the Hamilton Trophy series the Borders team had a home match against Stirling County East at Lauder.

It was crucial for the local side to win and despite pressure to make changes the team manager kept faith with the same players from the first game.

The players rewarded his faith by maintaining a lead throughout to win by 125-106 and although they still lie sixth in the league, the situation remains very open with only East Lothian managing to win both the first two games. This week the team is at Colinton to play Edinburgh & Leith.

GALASHIELS

A FULL week of league action brought mixed fortunes.

The seniors entertained Jedburgh and it became clear early in the match that the visitors were gaining the better results and soon moved into a comfortable lead which ultimately ended in victory.

The ladies enjoyed a successful trip to Hawick for their second league game of the season – both rinks finishing with a win, earning them the maximum five points.

In the men’s league the A team were at home to Abbotsford A, but for the second week in a row there were no winning rinks for Gala – although one rink did manage a draw. The B team travelled to play Kelso B and once again were victorious.

In the various categories of the Scottish competition the senior team were defeated by St Ronans, Malcolm Thin was defeated by Alan Brady of Wilton in the singles and Ben McGregor emerged with a victory in the Juniors.

The only other Gala team still in contention is the fours who are still to play their first match.

On Sunday nine pairs took part in the Tully Cup.

In the final, Andrew and Ros Fulton met Paul Butterfield and Claire Greaves and after eight ends the result was a win for the Fultons.

Club members should note that the draw has taken place in the men’s championship and the first round of matches are to be completed by June 14.

Lists are now up for the Hunter Cup pairs, involving all three Gala clubs, and also the Bob Bell Trophy.

EARLSTON

A BUSY and productive week for the club began with a convincing 98-64 win for the men over Ancrum in Division One of the Border League, giving them their first victory of the season.

On Friday night both the ladies and gents were involved in the Scottish competitions with success in the pairs for both, and the gents’ rink also making it through to the next round.

Sunday saw the club pairs played out in blustery but mostly sunny conditions, with only one five-minute downpour during the whole afternoon. Two pools of five pairs each battled it out over the course of the day and, after winning through their respective groups, Bob Beattie (skip) and Bill Peffers came away worthy winners over Dave Benton (skip) and Anne Black, despite a dramatic fightback from the latter duo.

KELSO

THE seniors recorded their first win of the season away to Newtown by ¾ of a shot, the A team, away to Wilton, won by seven shots and the B team, at home to Gala B, were beaten by six shots.

On Friday the triple got through to the next round of the Scottish. The following day the Kenny Lees Two-bowl Pairs was played. In a very close final, Robert Purdie and Colin Patterson beat Ken MacLennan and Ronnie Paxton by two shots. Beaten semi finalists: Gordon Laing and Ian Jackson, and Dot Lee and Dennis Poloczek.

On Sunday, the Scott Trophy was played. The winner was Bill Scott, who beat Dennis Polozcek. Semi finalists: Ian Hill and Ronnie Paxton.

SELKIRK

ON Sunday the gents played in a club pairs competition. I. Borthwick and S. Smith blew away the opposition to win the tournament, with D. Weir and B. Johnston the beaten finalists.