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THE Border Computing Ltd Indoor League continued last week, and on Wednesday the triple of Gordon Bowers, Scott Thomson and Brian Anderson had a convincing 23-10 win against John Hardie, Vic Graham and Ian Macdonald.

Tommy Mann Jnr beat John Manzcak in their singles tie by 14-7, while his team-mates in the pairs, Ecky and Colin Hancock, overcame Jackie Hardie and Tom Boyd 16-6.

On Thursday, Jimmy Grieve beat young Taylor Johnstone 19-8 in the singles, but Grieve’s pair of Les Tait and Kevin Stanners went down to Johnstone and John Purves by 11-1.

The second singles tie of the night saw Brian Anderson take the lead against Ian Macdonald, and when Anderson scored a four to pull away all looked lost for Macdonald. However, he struck back on the next end by scoring four himself and this, followed by two counts of three, gave him a 17-12 success.

In the final match of the night Gordon Bowers and Scott Thomson beat John Hardie and Vic Graham 9-6.

The visitors on Friday were Stevie’s Sharks – and in the rinks games both home teams emerged triumphant. In the pairs afterwards, Vic Graham and Robbie Graham had a close win against John Hardie and Jimmy Grieve.

Anyone hoping to buy horses for the race night this Saturday can still purchase them at the bar.


BEREFT of bowlers during the winter break, the new Earlston BC extension is crying out to be put to good use and the club is looking for some help in its latest project.

Keen to start a regular carpet bowling crusade, the club is looking for boards to allow members to get the ball rolling. Anyone who knows of any such items which are not in use and could be loaned to the club should contact or 07926 529710.

The club will hold its AGM on Sunday, November 25, at 7pm in the clubhouse. On Friday, November 30, at 7pm a quiz night will take place.

Entry is £5 a team (up to five people per side) and members are asked to take a raffle prize.


LAST Wednesday saw the seniors entertain Balbardie Club from Bathgate.

With five ends completed across the four rinks, counts of six and seven had already been conceeded by the hosts.

Consequently, at this stage, Balbardie already had a lead of 24 shots. The closest Tweedbank rink was three shots adrift at 4-1.

At 10 ends, Balbardie remained ahead, although not having managed to widen the gap. At this stage one home rink had even managed to go in front, albeit by a single shot.

As the second half of the match progressed any chances of a Tweedbank revival were lost and the divide began to widen, reaching 35 shots after 15 ends. Balbardie ran out 83-48 victors.

There were no winning rinks for Tweedbank, although one did manage to recover from 11-4 down to finish with a draw, while a second rink which had battled hard throughout were just five shots adrift.

Skips and scores: Rob Fulton 16, I. Drysdale 25; Peter McGauchrane 10, R. Templeton 15; Hugh Clifton 14, R. McIvor 14; David Weir 8, H. Marshall 29. Result: 48-83.

There was again no match for the gents on Saturday, but the ladies were away to Teviotdale.

The visitors enjoyed the best of the early stages, leading by 21-17 with five ends completed.

In the course of the next five ends, Tweedbank managed to increase their lead, which stood at 12 shots after 10 ends. Three of the four visiting rinks were now in front and the fourth level.

However, Teviotdale began to fight back during the second half and in the course of the next five ends they turned the deficit into a single-shot advantage. Two Tweedbank rinks remained ahead, but the other two had fallen behind.

Teviotdale continued the stronger team in the final quarter and they pulled away for a 77-61 victory, Tweedbank ending with all four rinks down.

Skips and scores: Gail Lindores 15, Joyce Dickey 22; Pat Houston 14, Caroline Hogarth 19; Jackie Ormiston 15, Julie Forrest 17; Ella Brydon 17, Irene Bennett 19. Result: 77-61.

With no gents’ league it was the national playdown in the junior singles, and in this event Tweedbank was represented by Ben McGregor.

Facing an opponent from Dundee IBC in the first round of the event hosted by the Abbeyview Indoor Club in Dunfermline, McGregor started reasonably well. There was little between the two during the early ends before the Dundee junior took a small lead, however, McGregor pulled the score back to seven shots each.

McGregor then made a mistake which became crucial to the match. He lost the jack in the ditch and the change in jack length suited his opponent, who began to take control and eventually triumphed 21-8.

At club level, the finals of the ladies’ and gents’ fours were played on Friday.

It was a somewhat one-sided affair in the female contest with Rita Jefferson and Jeanette Redpath both playing particularly well at the front, supported by Jackie Ormiston at third and Ella Bryden (skip). The match did not go the full 21 ends, the final score being 20-5.

The same could not be said in the case of the gents, with Ben McGregor, Gary Thorburn, Ryan Thorburn and Malcolm Thin facing Ross Nichol, Derick Pearce, Neil McNally and Kenny Johnstone.

After losing three shots on the first end, Johnstone’s team gained seven shots in the next three ends. They then lost three singles, making the tally 7-6 for Johnstone. Another four shots in three ends put Johnstone five ahead, and with seven ends left to play his team was up 13-9.

The 15th end was vital for Thin’s team, bagging a count of four which levelled the score. But the four-shot difference was restored by Johnstone with just three ends left. Two singles for Thin left his side needing three shots on the last end to win. With the situation not in Thin’s favour, the first two attempts to complete the last end were burnt and on the third bid the three required were gained by Thin’s team to triumph 18-17.

The final of the gents’ senior fours will be held tomorrow at 7pm.

On Monday, draws were made for the national triples competitions for seniors, gents and ladies, together with the teams for the ladies’ triples league. As has been the case with the fours, dates were allocated for the playing of all ties up to and including the finals.

This information can be obtained from the stadium noticeboards.