Last week’s games in the Indoor Winter League featured the triple of Gordon Bowers, Scott Thomson and John Purves (skip), against the triple of Craig Turnbull, Vic Graham and Ian Macdonald (skip).
After 11 ends the score was tight, but two loose ends in the last four by Macdonald’s triple saw Purves win by 19-11. Macdonald gained revenge in the singles the following night when he won a tight game 13-10.
With only a few games left, the triple of Ecky Hancock, Tommy Mann Jnr and Colin Hancock (skip) top the league on 16 points, with the John Purves triple second on 14 points and Ian Macdonald on 12.
On Friday night Abbotsford entertained the Cleansing Dept. The first rink match saw the visitors, skipped by Colin Ballantyne, play some excellent bowls and take an early lead against the rink skipped by Tom Boyd, but the home team picked up a five soon after and ran out 15-5 winners. The second game saw the home rink, skipped by Colin Hancock, take an 11-0 lead against a rink skipped by ex-member Charlie McDonnell. Despite a mini-revival by the visitors, Abbotsford went on to win the game 11-4.
In the pairs competition afterwards ex-junior member Danny Smith and Colin Hancock teamed up against Vic Graham and Danny Ross in the final, and although a tight game was anticipated, Smith and Hancock played the better bowls and had a convincing win.
There are still some horses available from the bar for purchase for the Race Night on Saturday, December 3. With a large turnout anticipated, members, family and friends should arrive in plenty time for the first race at 8pm.
JEDBURGH & DISTRICT
The Jed and District Carpet Bowling League kicked off last week with Hownam going top following a convincing 10-0 win over Lanton.
Ancrum nipped in at second after a 7-3 win against Rule Water.
Another full week of league action started with the senior men, who had a home match against Bainfield.
Although the Tweedbank seniors fought hard right to the end, it was Bainfield who managed to gain the win by the narrow margin of four shots.
On Saturday the men had a home match against Balbardie, knowing that a win would keep them in line for a showdown against Bainfield in the first week of the new year.
Unfortunately, call-offs played their part in the need to alter the team, but it should still have been strong enough to gain a win having already beaten Balbardie at Bathgate earlier in the Season.
As the ends began to run out the Tweedbank men were unable to make much impression on the sizeable gap which had opened up, despite their best efforts. The result was still in doubt right up to the end, but Balbardie had the stronger finish, winning by 82-69.
With Bainfield winning their match there is now a two-point gap between the two teams and with a much higher shot difference, Bainfield must be firm favourites to win the league.
However, Bainfield still have a difficult away fixture at Balbardie and therefore Tweedbank still has an outside chance provided they can beat Cumbernauld away in their next match.
The ladies had an away match against neighbours Teviotdale, but with two rinks suffering heavy defeats they were unable to gain a much-needed win.
Congratulations go to Ben McGregor who for the second year in a row has been selected to play in the junior international team for the home international series which takes place at Nottingham IBC on January 7 & 8.
Scotland were winners last year and it is hoped they can repeat this success.