COLIN HANCOCK’S triple (scratch) suffered a heavy defeat by the triple skipped by the unusually in-form Jimmy Grieve (6) in last week’s Indoor League.
With one match to play, Grieve’s three can secure third spot in the league if they clinch a win this week.
On Friday night, a friendly match was played against the Lindean Indoor bowlers. Abbotsford won both rink games, and in the pairs final, K. Stanners and A. Tyson proved too strong for J. Hunter and D Mitchell.
There is a list on the noticeboard for entries for the quiz night on Saturday, March 3, and members entering a team are asked to append their names as soon as possible.
The rinks carpet bowling tournament in the Langholm Royal British Legion last Sunday was won by a rink from Crawford.
A total of 28 rinks produced plenty of keen competition throughout the day and the winners, who received the trophy from Legion club chairman Roger McMurdo, were Jock and Sandra Bell, Eric Simpson and Henry Lawrie.
In the final, they beat the Ian Henderson rink, and the Langholm man was playing with Kelvin and Graham Storey and George Robinson.
In the semi-finals the eventual winners knocked out Lindean B and the Sue Roebuck rink was also beaten at that stage.
The tournament was organised by Neil Campbell and Paul Warwick, with help from Tom Reay and Roger McMurdo, who were thanked for their hard work, along with the bar staff and Eleanor McMurdo who did the catering.
With all the Scottish leagues finished, action has now switched to the various knockout cup competitions and the remaining play-offs for triples and fours.
On Saturday, it was the triples and, for the men, Tweedbank was represented by Craig Elliot, Ralph Nicholson and Neil McNally at Falkirk. In the preliminary round Castlemilk, Glasgow, were the opposition. The Tweedbank men always looked favourites to win the match and that they did by 17-7.
In the following round they faced a much tougher task against a strong triple from Bainfield. While not playing at their best they managed to keep pace with their opponents, often due to good bowls from McNally who was on good form all day.
Unfortunately, with the score at 13-13 and just a few ends left to play, disaster struck. With just the skips left to play Tweedbank had just the one bowl in the head and when the Bainfield skip added two more McNally needed to play with weight. A cruel result left them five shots down and the Bainfield skip added another for a count of 6.
The Tweedbank triple were unable to recover from this blow and lost by 21-13.
While the men were at Falkirk the ladies’ triple of Jeanette Redpath, Jackie Ormiston and Ella Brydon were at the West Lothian stadium in Livingstone.
After a bye in the preliminary round they also came up against a triple from Bainfield.
This was a tough match for them, which they eventually lost by 22-11.
In the coming week, action reverts to the Scottish Cup which will mean a trip to Midlothian for the men, where their opponents will be local rivals Teviotdale.
On Saturday, the ladies travel to Stirling where their reward for winning against Headwell in the preliminary round is a meeting with East Fife.
At club level, Scottish competitions are reaching the final stages and some dates are already on the noticeboard. Further dates for semi-finals and finals will be allocated shortly. The next fun game is Valentines, which is on Friday, February 10.