IN A packed week, the A team played two Border League games last week, losing away to Jedburgh 63–86, but redeeming themselves with an 84–64 win against Ancrum at home.
Results elsewhere means the club are two points behind Waverley, the current leaders.
The second round of Scottish ties took place on Friday with mixed results. Tommy Newall beat Stuart Anderson (Wilton) 21-18 in the singles, the triple of Ian Macdonald, Stevie Graham and Brian Anderson had a last-end 15-12 win over Buccleuch and the pair of Kenny Johnstone and Colin Hancock won 18-14 against Jimmy Hill and Davie Miller Snr (Waverley). Unfortunately, Eck Hancock lost out 21-18 in a close game against his mate Ryan Thorburn (Waverley) and the rink skipped by John Purves were well beaten by the Melrose rink skipped by Kenny Johnstone.
There are friendlies coming up over the next three Saturdays and names are urgently required.
The ladies got of to a good start in the league with a 3-2 away win at Selkirk. Unfortunately the game against Wilton had to be abandoned due to weather conditions.
There was no joy in the Scottish with both the triple and the pair losing to teams from Lauder – the singles will be played on Saturday.
Last Sunday, eight ladies played in the Silver Jubilee Three-Bowl pairs in the best weather so far this season. The competition was played as a round robin and the winners with three wins were May Turner and Jackie Ormiston (skip).
HAVING lost their first match in the Hamilton Trophy series, Borders were keen to gain a win against West Fife at Newtown on Saturday.
However, it was a disastrous start with all six rinks down after five ends and one rink having failed to score a single shot, allowing West Fife to accrue a very comfortable 36-shot lead.
As the second half progressed there was some sign of a comeback but the lead was still 30 shots after 15 ends. More progress was made in the last quarter and at one stage the Fifers’ lead dipped to just 13 shots, but this was all too late and West Fife won by 128-105.
The best rink for the Borders was Reece Taylor (Wilton), Gary Scott (Hawick), Euan Lindores (Jedburgh) and Graeme Forsyth (Chirnside), who finished with a 24-12 win.
On Saturday they play East Lothian – one of the strongest teams in the league – at Tranent and will need to perform much better.
There was better news for the Borders in the Top 10 with Chirnside following up their win last week with another excellent victory over Inverness. It is a rarity for any Borders club to reach this stage and another win on Sunday against Stranraer West End at home will take them to the semi-finals to be held at Colinton in June.
Playing an away fixture at Ancrum, usually a difficult green to obtain a result on, the Gala A team steadily built up a lead which widened as the match continued. The result was a win for Gala – their first of the season.
Next up was a tough fixture against last year’s champions Melrose. Gala led from early on and recorded a comfortable victory.
The ladies entertained Newtown on the Gala green. This was a close match and it ended with one rink up and one down. However, the team won overall, taking three points.
In Scottish competitions for men, some matches were cancelled due to the weather on Friday, but the Gala teams in the fours and senior fours were both able to play their matches.
The seniors met Wilton B at Melrose and after a close few opening ends Gala moved ahead, leading by four shots with three ends left to play. Unfortunately, they fell away on the last few ends, dropping four shots in two ends to be all-square playing the last.
Wilton took the last end and will go forward to the next round. There was better news for the fours team who gained a comfortable win and will play again tomorrow.
For the second year in a row the ladies triples team has succeeded in reaching the area finals, to be held at Spittal on Sunday, June 10.
At club level, the Taddei Cup competition was held on Sunday and five teams took part in a round robin. The winning team, with six points, was Lisa Butterfield, Mike Lauder, Ian Ormiston and Paul Greaves.