Local derby for seniors

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PLAYING in the Scottish league, the Tweedbank seniors were at home last week to Teviotdale.

Neither team has started well this season and this was a chance for one of them to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

Tweedbank played well right from the beginning and with 10 ends completed, led with a substantial 34 shots and a win for the home team already looked a certainty.

To their credit, Teviotdale fared much better in the second half of the match, but the early damage proved too much to recover and Tweedbank won 79-38.

This first victory of the season was enough to lift the team two places off the bottom of the table.

On Saturday the ladies were away to East Lothian and unfortunately they were only able to field three rinks. Their poor start continued, with another defeat leaving them firmly at the bottom of the table.

The men had no match as the men’s singles playdowns were taking place at Abbeyview. The club was represented by last season’s champion Kenny Johnstone, who had a match early on the Saturday morning against Colin Walker of Midlothian.

Johnstone played very well against a quality opponent who played very few loose bowls. The match was close throughout and the Borderer always had chances, but Walker was able to play the right bowl when needed to deny Johnstone of counts and won by 21-15.

This Saturday sees the return to league action with a home match against Cumbernauld. With two wins out of two already, the men will want to make it three in a row against a side who have yet to win a match this season.

On Sunday, the senior playdowns take place with singles and pairs at Falkirk, while the triples category is at Midlothian.

At club level, November 1 sees the first of the social games and members wishing to play should add their names to the list as soon as possible.

Time is also running out for the ladies to put their names forward for the triples league and anyone interested should put their name up on the board.