Curling capers at Kelso

The last games of the Agrii Border League 2014 sessions have taken place, with Ayton Castle defeating Greenlaw and Duns going down to Glendale in Section A.

This, being Duns’ second loss of the season, has knocked them off the top of the table with St Boswells now in front and Glendale and Yester not far away.

Section B sees Earlston at the top following a win over Lees and Swinton’s defeat of Roxburghe brings them into second spot.

The league resumes its 2015 sessions on Tuesday, January 13.

With the possible/probable change of things relating to John Swan’s auctioneers, if the pun can be pardoned, the recent playing of that trophy may mark the swansong thereof. This long-contested event, mostly the domain of senior sons of the soil with livestock leanings, just lately became the province of the professionals. In the men’s final, the peasantry were swept aside by the pros. Jim (Houdini) Cullen scraped through his first-round game with a final stone of devastating effect on his opposition, and his team went on to triumph in the aforementioned final.

Creeping ever earlier is the Border Bonspiel, which at this rate will fall on Hogmanay if something isn’t done to halt its forward movement. This event concludes today, followed by the Quizspiel.