Around the region’s greens

ABBOTSFORD

The club’s recent weekend tour to Perth was voted a great success both off and on the green.

Three of the five rinks playing in the Bankfoot tournament on the Saturday qualified to play for the big money on Sunday.

Unfortunately, partly due to a highly enjoyable night out on Saturday, the three rinks failed to make it through their sections.

Despite initially heading the wrong way towards Inverness, the party eventually managed to arrive home before Monday, and if the bowling had been as good as the patter on the bus on the way home, the trophies would be in the clubrooms now.

In the Knockout Cup, the A team had two excellent wins, beating Jedburgh by 11 shots, followed by an eight-shot victory over league champions Melrose last Wednesday. They played in the semi–final at home against Lauder last night.

In the Plate competition, the B team faced Waverley B at home, and, after a shaky start, played some excellent bowls to run out comfortable winners.

They will now meet Gala B in the final at Wilton BC on Saturday, September 10.

Last Tuesday saw the senior team play a double-header against Newtown St Boswells in which they recorded their highest victory margin to date, winning by more than 40 shots.

In the club competitions, the handicap final was due to be played on Monday between Ecky Hancock and Kenny Johnstone, while the Two Bowl and President’s finals will take place this weekend.

The Ladies Championship final will be played on Saturday between Jackie Ormiston and Catriona Reid, with the pairs final being held on Sunday with Libby Simpson and Reid competing against Margaret Brown and Liz Waugh.

Meanwhile, tickets are available behind the bar and from committee members for the club’s 125th anniversary dinner at Langlee Community Centre on Saturday, September 17.

The night will comprise of guest speakers, a fundraiser and entertainment by the Virginians.

Donations for the fundraiser can be handed in to the bar and members are asked to buy their tickets as soon as possible for catering purposes.

GALA

The season is nearly finished, however, there is still some activity, especially for the senior men who still have league matches to be played in the Tuesday Triples League.

A previously-postponed match saw Earlston/Melrose defeat Gala at the Melrose green, while the Teries won the normal game against Hawick.

In the finals day of the Border Championships, Angus Tait, Eddie Czajka, Paul Butterfield and Tom Scott were up against Hawick in the quarter-final stage at Waverley, but suffered a final end defeat.

In the singles final Malcolm Thin lost out to Graeme Forsyth of Chirnside.

Sunday saw a mixed triples club competition, with Lisa Butterfield, Nessie Bell and Angus Tait winning on the very last bowl of the game against an unlucky Claire Greaves, Paddy Devine and Paul Greaves.

Today will see 24 teams take part in a senior open triples, sponsored by Rob Fulton, while tomorrow evening at 6.15pm the final of the Men’s Championship between Malcolm Thin and Angus Tait will take place.

BORDER SENIOR LEAGUE

WEEK 16 results: Jedburgh 56 Earlston/Melrose 46; Hawick 54 Gala 52; Peebles 56 Wilton 60; Buccleuch 51 Kelso 65; Abbotsford 78 Newtown 36.

P W D Diff Pts Jedburgh 15 11 1 +136 23 Hawick 16 9 2 +63 20 Earlston/Melrose 15 9 1 +53 19 Wilton 14 8 1 +35 17 Kelso 15 7 2 +34 16 Gala 15 7 0 +46 14 Abbotsford 14 7 0 -6 14 Newtown 15 4 2 -104 10 Peebles 16 4 1 -92 9 Buccleuch 15 4 0 -165 8