Start of season marked by some tight matches

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ABBOTSFORD

MONDAY saw the first hat night of the season. Any members wishing to play should be in the clubrooms for the 7pm start every Monday evening.

Wednesday evening saw the A team defeated by 10 shots at Melrose for the first league match, while the B team beat Stow by 11 shots at home.

Saturday saw a biennial fixture on the Abbotsford green against Edinburgh club Maitland.

This game is always played in great spirit (in all senses of the word) and although the match was cut short by rain, the friendly rivalry continued on the pool table well into the evening.

Tomorrow the Scottish Championship play-offs start with all categories in action.

And Saturday sees another friendly fixture take place with Summerside (Edinburgh) visiting. They will stay down for the weekend and take part in the Murray and Burrell-sponsored Open Triples on the Sunday. Entries accepted until 7pm tonight.

BBA

Team for the first Hamilton Trophy game against West Lothian at Pumpherston on Saturday: Rink 1 – Callum Donaldson (Gordon), Chris Macdougall (Wilton), Ross Nichol (Lauder), Kenny Johnstone (Melrose); Rink 2 – Matthew Fairley (Coldstream), Euan Lindores (Jedburgh), Kevin Donaldson (Gordon), Graeme Forsyth (Chirnside); Rink 3 – Ralph Nicholson (Waverley), Dougie Wilson (Waverley), Tommy Mann Jnr (Abbotsford), Ian Crawford (Melrose); Rink 4 – David Miller Jnr (Waverley), David Miller Snr (Waverley), Norman Amos(Hawick), Neil McNally (Melrose); Rink 5 – Derek Pearce (St Ronans), Greg Nagle (Jedburgh), Robert Crawford (Waverley), Malcolm Thin (Gala); Rink 6 - Reece Taylor (Wilton), Marc Alexander (Lauder), Stuart Bebbington (Tweedmouth), Alan Brady (Wilton).

Reserves: Euan McGregor (Hawick), Campbell McNeil (Eyemouth), Ivan Hogg (Ettrick Forest) and Craig Martin (Gordon).

GALASHIELS

DURING the past week the first league matches were played and the Gala A lost at home to Wilton by two shots.

The B team had an away match against Wilton B and, regrettably, were unable to provide a full team. Two rinks were required to lose a quarter of the total shots gained using only three players.

After what was a very close game the loss of shots was unfortunate, but did not alter the final result which was in the favour of Wilton.

The mixed pairs competition was held last Saturday to determine which pair would represent the club in the National Mixed Pairs. After a close contest the winners were Mel and Moira Blyth.

Last Sunday saw the ladies hold their open pairs event and the final was between two players from Broughton and Matty Smith with Pat Houston.

The final did not go well for the Broughton pair, who failed to score a single shot.

After the final the ladies’ president thanked the sponsors.

MELROSE

MELROSE gents started the new season with the annual friendly curtain-raiser at Galashiels with a reduced side and lost out to the home team.

The Gents Border League fixtures started last week with a home game against a strong Abbotsford side.

At the halfway stage, ’Rose were a handful of shots down, and both teams had rinks scoring well.

But at the finish, Melrose emerged winners by 10 shots, with their rink of Billy Swanston and Neil McNally finishing well up.

Thursday saw Melrose Ladies host the well-attended Mixed Open Triples, where 20 teams took part.

The result was a win for the Melrose side: M. Dillon, J. Wardhaugh, and B. Au.

The Abbotsford triple took second spot, with P. McNally’s triple third, and P. Houston’s fourth.