Not much room on the ice

IT’S been a busy old time at Kelso Ice rink recently as Borders curlers catch up on their various competitions.

The latest round of the Border league offered up two very close games.

In section one leaders Yester had their unbeaten run upset by Foulden (5-4), while dark horses Jedburgh went 8-7 over holders Coldstream, sending them into second spot in the section behind Yester with both clubs having three games each to play.

Section two had a 9-2 win for Glendale against Borders Wheelchair. Ayton Castle had a much-needed walkover with Teviotdale, which no doubt gave them the strength to manage to win the Border Bonspiel on Thursday. Coldstream won the quizspiel following the Bonspiel.

A very useful sum of money was raised during the quiz – at which Alan Nisbet acted as quizmaster.

David Oliphant had an impressive win in Friday’s Auld Yins session to keep him at the top of the table. Friday evening saw a highly-successful Chirnside invitation bonspiel take place with a full turnout of curlers from a number of other Borders clubs and a rink skipped by Jim “Cruiser” Wood took the honours in fine style, with serial winner Ronnie Wardhaugh playing at third. Ralph Cowe and Bert Duncan were first and second respectively. Generous sponsorship was laid on by Berwick Garden Centre and Andrew Morgan, cruising club secretary.

The Tweedmouth Kettle was played out on Saturday with Chirnside overpowering Earlston and Foulden doing likewise to Greenlaw, which brought a fresh look to the final of this venerable competition, neither club having attained this giddy height in many a long year. In the event a fairly even and hard-fought final went to Foulden with Chirnside, as runners-up, winning the Crawford Cup.

The first session of the rearranged second round of the Harry Hogg trophy, sponsored by Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower services, was remarkable. Three out of the four games went to an extra end to decide the various winners, and the fourth almost went the same way. The following session wasn’t quite as tight, with just one game going the extra distance. Lammermuir pipped Jedburgh, Foulden just shaded Greenlaw as did Yester over Swinton, while Selkirk managed at least a couple of shots over Roxburghe. Session two witnessed Glendale winning the extra end over Coldstream, with Kelso, Earlston and Ayton Castle defeating Lauderdale, Chirnside and Teviotdale respectively.

Alastair Brooks attended the final of the Ralph Brooks Final to present the prize to Billy Byers, who managed a win over Jimmy Green’s outfit.

And, finally, the abbreviated Berwickshire Bonspiel took place and when all was added up the final result was a victory for Coldstream.