So bad it’s a secret

THERE is good news, bad news, and sad news on the go in this report, so a mixture of sad bad news is an adequate description of the Pate Trophy played on Saturday at Murrayfield on Ian Baxter’s cunningly manipulated ice, writes Alistair Lindsay.

There were no winning Border rinks out of the seven taking part, while the winning margin is covered by the unofficial secrets’ act, dated 8/10/2011.

Midlothian province had a clean sweep and apart from Duns having a brief lead over Mid Calder for one end, no further joy can be reported.

Good news was the start of the Masstock Border League on the fourth of the month, with wins for Foulden, Kelso, Duns, Glendale and Lammermuir.

Sad news came with the death of John Henderson of Chirnside CC. John was club president in the late 80s following his retirement from Lloyds, Chirnside in 1987 – an event remembered by a select assembly on the day.

He was a true club member, always available, he encouraged his salesmen to take up the game as there could be a business opportunity up the stair or on the ice.

His pairing with the late John Dickson on more than one occasion was a delightful display of laidback play getting results, and he leaves those of a certain age with many happy memories of a thoroughly decent citizen.