Hogg ties are played

The opening round of the Harry Hogg competition, sponsored by Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower services, took place last week, writes Alistair Lindsay.

Results: Roxburghe beat Foulden, Coldstream beat Lammermuir, Greenlaw beat Swinton, Duns beat Chirnside, Ayton Castle beat Selkirk, Kelso walkover versus Lauderdale, Earlston beat Teviotdale and Yester beat Jedburgh.

The quarter-final games will take place well into the New Year.

A visiting minibus-load of Kinross lady curlers didn’t have much luck against their Borders opposition last Thursday, playing in a prelim round of the Morton trophy, and returned home empty-handed, but not with empty stomachs.

A minibus-load of Edinburgh curlers fared better in the umpteenth-plus Corstorphine friendly, going home 2-1 in games. This fixture goes back to the days of Jack Cavers and Bobby Baxter at Haymarket in the 1950s, and maybe before that.

The most recent round of the Masstock Border League saw no change in the section leaders with Glendale consolidating their position with an 8-3 win against Selkirk, and Teviotdale beating Yester 7-5.

In Section Two, Roxburghe posted their first win at 7-4 over Foulden and a good show by Lees saw them triumph 7-6 over Greenlaw.

After last season’s cancellation of the Mixed Invitation due to the early winter, the event took place last weekend.

Slightly diminished in size, it was still keenly contested on the Schenkel system with James Stark winning overall. The event was hosted by the sometimes outrageous Peter Bowyer in his own great style, as president Harry Dodds is felled with a bad back just now, so a steady recovery must be wished upon him.