Tight Border matches

THE main feature of this week’s Borders Ice Rink curling action is the Ladies’ Challenge which will be virtually over even as these words are sent to print, writes Alistair Lindsay.

Details will appear next week. By then it is to be hoped that the Laidlaw draw will have been dealt, with along with the later Berwickshire competitions.

All clubs, bar Chirnside, have now started their Masstock Border League campaigns. In the most recent round, Ayton Castle beat Coldstream 7-6, in section one, while a similar single-shot margin at 6-5 went in Jedburgh’s favour against St Boswells, a battle of the Dodds, Andrew versus Harry.

The game result was Earlston’s 8-3 win over neighbouring Lauderdale in section two.

This Saturday sees the open come and try day at the rink – all welcome. Participants are asked to remember to come with clean footwear, to change within the premises.

Curlers of a certain age and era will be saddened to hear of the death of Wat Hume of Selkirk CC, a hardy chiel both off and on the ice. The best of company and a handy player, Wat was better as a fellow than an adversary, but always sporting, win or lose, with a raised voice that probably could be heard over at least two hill parishes. Condolences go to his family.