The good come out for Swan trophy

WITH the atmospheric disruption wrought over the countryside, some track has been lost of various curling results – so some attempt must be made to update things, writes Alistair Lindsay.

The recently-played RCCC competition was won by an Ayton Castle rink skipped by Tommy Fleming. Within that rink was Jimmy Hodge, who just lately was badly injured at his work. All his curling acquaintances will wish him a speedy and sound recovery from this misfortune.

Last week saw a goodish turnout of rinks, male and female, participating in the Swan Trophy, and come Friday evening two entertaining finals took place with Glynnice Lauder’s girls taking the ladies’ trophy and John Stevenson’s troops winning the men’s event.

This win for Stevenson was topped off by his winning number coming up in the 200 club draw, which took place after Jack Clark had presented the Swan trophies in his unique fashion.

Border League games were smitten by the November snows, with fixtures between Coldstream and Selkirk, Foulden and Greenlaw, Ayton Castle v Kelso and Border Wheelchair v Chirnside now in abeyance.

However, St Boswells have broken their duck by defeating Roxburghe, Earlston brushed Lammermuir aside, Lees were lucky to head off a late surge by Glendale, while Yester and Lauderdale have yet to do battle.

Following that sequence, Coldstream’s 6-2 victory over Swinton and Jedburgh’s 8-4 win against Roxburghe have moved the winners well up in section one. Section two now has undefeated Duns at the top following a 7-5 triumph over Ayton Castle, and Lammermuir going 7-4 against Teviotdale has eased the Hill men up the table a fair bit.

Those curlers with computer expertise will be able to log on to Bill Cleghorn’s informative newsletters to find out how the disrupted fixtures are being dealt with in the coming months. An abbreviated Berwickshire Bonspiel is to take place on Tuesday, with starting times of 10.30am and 12.30pm. Bill Stewart of ACCC is the man at the helm of this rearrangement on 01890 781339.

Here endeth this week’s lesson – with compliments of the season to all Borders curlers.