It’s nice to catch up on events on the ice

DUE to a strangling of broadband to nearly noband last week, there is a double ration of results being served up this week, starting with Keith Prentice and his rink taking the honours in the RCCC rink championship a fortnight ago, writes Alistair Lindsay.

Next comes a double ration of Agrii Border League results, starting with Foulden 6 Glendale 2 – a turn up for the books. Rampant Greenlaw went 11-5 over Jedburgh; more rampant Kelso were 13-2 against Chirnside and even more rampant Rhymers smothered Teviotdale 16-2.

More recently, Coldstream took Ayton Castle’s scalp at 8-4, St Boswells held Selkirk at bay 6-3 while Yester and Duns settled for a 5-5 peel and Roxburghe outran Jedburgh 13-5.

The long-established Swan Trophy took place at the end of last week with a full house of male curlers and half as many ladies’ rinks. By Friday evening’s finals, two seasoned rivals of female persuasion, namely Glynnice Lauder and Fiona Turnbull, served up a very entertaining final indeed, with just one shot the difference in Glynnices’ favour.

Not quite so close, but spiced up by a couple of tail-end ends, the men’s final went to Harry Dodds, who instilled sufficient discipline and inspiration into his ruffianly mob to take the honours over Peter Bowyer’s motley crew in a lively game.

This was possibly a unique occasion in that the current club president and his immediate predecessor were the rival skips. Jack Clark of John Swan’s made an entertaining presentation of the prizes.

In the 200 club big draw, Margaret Hall’s number was first out of the bag.