Streamers win Laidlaw

ONLY three Masstock Border Curling League games took place last week – Chirnside’s first of the season saw them go down by a shot, 8-7, to Swinton, while in the other two games greater margins prevailed as Kelso defeated Lauderdale 10-1 and Earlston went up 13-4 against Lees, writes Alistair Lindsay.

The full Laidlaw trophy programme went thus: Earlston defeated Swinton in the prelim and then went out to Coldstream; Ayton Castle defeated Duns; Greenlaw got the better of Lammermuir and Chirnside beat Foulden.

In the semis, Coldstream defeated Ayton Castle and Greenlaw went down to Chirnside. Come the final Chirnside’s worthy giant-killing run ended against Coldstream, at 11-4 to the Tweedsiders.

On Saturday afternoon and evening, Greenlaw CC laid on a splendid two-session Bonspiel which was narrowly won in session one by Frank Forrest, just one shot up on second-placed George Whiteford. It should be mentioned that in the winning (and also the losing) rinks, wheelchair curlers Val Robertson and Euan Girvan took part as leads.

The Hope Hunter Trophy was keenly contested at Kinross last Thursday, this being one of the two traditional Sheepbreeders v Sheepfeeders fixtures. This club tournament, basically North of the Forth v South etc., goes back to 1925.

This year, the trophy went north. On games it was two each, but on shots up it was very north. There were several Borders players involved, as is usual.

The next fixture is the Bonspiel at Murrayfield on December 1 at 3pm.