WITH the Hamilton Trophy series now completed, the Matt Purdie Trophy competition has begun for seniors.
The first match for the Borders was at Berwick, where the visitors were from Midlothian.
Pleasant weather and the good condition of the green allowed for a good match to start the series. The conditions certainly suited Midlothian, who built up an early lead. The Borderers fought back, but were not quite able to catch up.
The result was a win for Midlothian with two rinks up and two rinks down overall.
Coming up on Saturday are the semi-finals and final of the Top Ten Competition.
The semi-finals are being held at the Hawick and Buccleuch greens with the final at Wilton in the afternoon.
IT was a hectic week at the Earlston club, kicking off with the annual Civic Week Rinks on Thursday night.
With an entry of 56 (14 club members and 42 non-members) the green was split into seven rinks for what was an entertaining and closely-contested evening of bowling.
Dave Benton’s rink secured the victory, having built up a 12-shot advantage, with Brian Turner’s four in second with six. Tom Burnham of the Earlston Civic Week committee presented the trophies and congratulated the club on the running of yet another successful tournament, the longest running event on the Civic Week programme.
On Sunday the club welcomed the return of their mixed pairs competition after a break of 11 years. And time was of no consequence to the evergreen Pat McNally and Marion Black, who retained the title they last won in 2000 with a convincing victory over George Moffat and Christine Hope.
A mixed bag of results started when the seniors had a home game against Newtown.
The Gala team started well and for most of the match a win for the visitors looked most likely. However, three of the four rinks suffered towards the end. Fortunately, the fourth rink had a good result which compensated for the others, ensuring the seniors had their second win in a row to keep their hopes alive with just half of the matches now completed.
For the ladies there was an away trip to Buccleuch. Not for the first time this season the match ended with a draw, one rink being ahead and the other losing. Unfortunately, the overall shots total was in Buccleuch’s favour, earning them three points while Gala had to be content with two.
The A team lost their away battle against neighbours Abbotsford.
On Saturday the Borders ladies tournament began and although the weather was far from ideal, all the preliminary matches were successfully completed. Gala were left with survivors in two categories to contest the semi-finals.
The weather was much better on Sunday morning with all semis taking place at Melrose. In the singles Gail Lindores played Sharmaine Macdougall from Wilton. Lindores started well and at 18-11 the winning post was in sight, but a persistent opponent took the score to 20 shots each to force a last-end decider. A single took Lindores into the final.
In the final, the opponent was Hazel Scott (Selkirk). Scott led from the start and the nearest Lindores came was to within a point.
The score moved on to 20-12, but it took four ends for Scott to gain the single needed to become the Borders singles champion.
In the seniors, Gala were represented by Nessie Bell, Marjory Fulton, Nora Turnbull and Moira Blyth. Their semi-final was against a team from Ettrick Forest and the match was evenly poised throughout, however, a valuable count of five for the Gala seniors in the latter stages was enough to secure victory.
In the final they faced a team from Selkirk who had already achieved an impressive win in their semi-final. For the first five ends the score was very close, reaching four shots apiece.
But Gala took control and after 11 ends they led 16-5. Three shots in two ends for the Selkirk team were not enough to stop their opponents from becoming 2011 senior fours champions.