Forrest falls to Welsh wizard

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BORDERS bowling ace Julie Forrest just failed to repeat last year’s triumphs in the Scottish, British Isles and World Indoor Bowling Championships last week when she was beaten in a tie-break in the final of the world championships by Betty Morgan of Wales at Islwyn Bowling Club near Cardiff.

On her way to the final she defeated champions from Canada, Australia, England and the Channel Islands. Also participating were Dutch and Irish players.

She did not drop a set until she met the Welsh wizard in the final and finally succumbed.

Julie also played in the mixed pairs with Scottish Singles Champion Robert Grant, but they were beaten in the semi-final by Morgan again and her partner Carl Wood.

ANCRUM

GREEN opening on Saturday at 2.30pm. All members are asked to attend as the league starts Wednesday, May 4. Teams will be on the noticeboard. Scottish ties start on Friday, May 6.

BBA

THE new season started for the Under-25s with the Walter Blair Trophy on Sunday.

Played on the Hawick greens, this is a triangular tournament involving teams from the Borders, Midlothian, Fife and the Scottish Ladies Under-25 team.

In the round-robin, the Borders were drawn against the Scottish Ladies in the first game, while Midlothian played Fife. Borders won this by 97-53, Midlothian defeating Fife.

After a short break, the second match for the Borders was against Midlothian which proved more of a challenge, the latter winning by 33 shots.

After a very close match, Fife defeated the Scottish Ladies on the last end, leaving the Borders with an uphill struggle in the final match against Fife.

Having came back from a 16-shot deficit, Borders lost out by just five shots.

The winners of the Walter Blair Trophy were Midlothian with three wins out of three, while last year’s winners Fife were runners-up.

Presenting the prizes, Borders’ Alan Bennie thanked a number of sponsors.

With individual prizes being given to the best rink for each team the Borders winners were J. Condy (Chirnside), M. Oliver (Hawick), C. Ainslie (Lauder) and G. Nagle (Jedburgh).

This rink won all three of their games. The prize for the best Borders player was given to S. Morrison of Langholm.

On Sunday the Under-25s start their league campaign with a home match at Lauder against Edinburgh & Leith.

SELKIRK

ON Sunday, the first club competition of the season took place.

From an entry of 22 members, J. Jackson defeated C,. McMinnon in a keenly-contested final.

Runners-up were D. Weir and club president T. Heatlie.