Glendale and Glynnice top leagues

Curling Border League: Winning Glendale team, from left: Harvey Curle; Richard Murray; Niel McLean, manager of Agrii; Andrew Dickson; and James Dickson.
Curling Border League: Winning Glendale team, from left: Harvey Curle; Richard Murray; Niel McLean, manager of Agrii; Andrew Dickson; and James Dickson.

BORDERS curlers have been wrapping up their seasons with a whole variety of events, writes Alistair Lindsay.

A very close Agrii Border League final between Earlston and Glendale went to the last stone, with the latter taking the honours by a single shot.

Curling ladies: Winning golfers team, from left: Hillary Bowyer; Gillian Smith; Marion Pate, ladies' president; Venetia Scott; and Glynnice Lauder.

Curling ladies: Winning golfers team, from left: Hillary Bowyer; Gillian Smith; Marion Pate, ladies' president; Venetia Scott; and Glynnice Lauder.

The Rhymers must be wondering what it takes to win this elusive prize, having come second in three finals in the past few years, especially after an undefeated run in their section.

When a rink of competent lady golfers meets up with an equally able rink of tennis players there’s a chance that some pretty good curling might take place. And the Ladies’ League final turned out to be a fine game with Glynnice Lauder’s golfers overcoming Fiona Hodge’s tennis girls with the aid of one or two useful rubs.

The schools’ games, running concurrently, served up some great entertainment and skilful play, especially the two last stones in the Newtown v Ednam game which had the spectators on their feet as the St Boswells stone decided the result.

The Auld Yins’ Bonspiel was a full house event with any three of the four winning rinks looking like possible winners at the last end.

The most senior rink, consisting of John Somervail snr, Allan Watt, Charlie Lockie and young Avril Inglis, came out on top, not sparing their opposition very much at all.

The aggregate age of the winning rink was in excess of 320 years – you just can’t beat experience.

The End of Season Bonspiel saw James Swinton Dixon’s rink taking the honours. An enjoyable supper followed, with president Harry Dodds emerging from the lambing shed to conduct the raffle and sum up his second season with thanks to one and all for their support, and a well-deserved tribute to Jim Keddie for the power of work he puts in to keep the rink going, with help from Norma and Ray.