The 2011 season is fast approaching and most outdoor clubs will be opening their greens very soon.
For the under-25s the programme starts very early with the Hawick tournament on Sunday, April 24. This will be held on the same basis as last year with the same teams competing, including the Scottish under-25 ladies’ team.
Anyone under the age of 25 can be involved in the programme and therefore should ensure that they have been registered so that they can be considered for selection, not only for the above tournament, but also for the under-25 league in May. To be registered, contact Duncan Macdougall on 01450 376559.
For the men, the warm-up game for the Hamilton Trophy will be held at Lauder on Saturday, May 7, and clubs should make their nominations of players to secretary Paul Butterfield at Butterfield153@btinternet.com or tel 01896 750601.
Any players wishing to be given consideration but not nominated by their club can make contact direct as above and their names will be passed on to the team manager and selectors. It should be remembered when seeking nomination that the league is over a seven-week period and all players need to be available for most if not all the games.
The club will be opening this season on Saturday, April 16, and it is hoped there will be a good turnout on the day.
There is a list on the noticeboard in the clubhouse and if attending on the day members should add their names to the list. If unable to gain access to the club, members can contact the secretary on 01896 750601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note that actual play will depend on the readiness of the green, but this will not affect the actual opening.
Meadowmill Stadium in East Lothian was the venue for the seniors last week in the third of three games in the round-robin phase of the Jock Brodie competition.
The opponents were Falkirk and the overall position showed that four points would probably be enough to secure a place in the semi-finals.
The match started well for Tweedbank with two of the three rinks leading.
Following some closely-fought games, the Borderers won the match overall, earning eight points – leaving Falkirk with just two – and passage to the semis, where they play Bainfield.
At club level the only final played was the men’s pairs. Ben McGregor and Tommy Mann Jnr were against Malcolm Thin and Alastair White.
McGregor and Mann needed four shots to force an extra end, but were unable to achieve this, leaving Thin and White 19-14 winners.
On Saturday, Ralph Nicholson, Neil McNally and Alastair White competed in the semi-final of the triples category at the national finals, where their opponents from Blantyre edged through 19-15 before becoming Scottish champions, beating a triple from Stonehaven in the final.
The season is nearly finished and at club level there are just two events left – the Easter game tomorrow and the presentation of prizes on Friday, April 15.
Anyone interested in attending either should add their names to the noticeboard.