Weather takes its toll as season draws to a close

ABBOTSFORD

IN the popular Skippy’s Taxis Factory Fours Tournament the semifinal line up was British Legion v British Telecom and SBC Cleansing 1 v The Window Wipes.

The British Legion and SBC Cleansing 1 had comfortable wins and in the final the British Legion team (Tam Cass, Jimmy Thomson, Scott Thomson and Stevie Graham) powered their way to victory over SBC Cleansing 1 (James Prentice, Rae McLaughlan, Graham Prentice and John Manczak). The prizes were presented by Skippy and the club is grateful for his continued sponsorship.

In their final league games, the A team entertained Ancrum and, after a close contest, lost by nine shots while the B team travelled to Hawick and came away with a fine 13-shot victory. The seniors’ game on Tuesday was cancelled because of rain.

Teams from the Borders, the Lothians and Dumfries and Galloway took part in the Guardian Care Homes Invitation Rinks Tournament on Saturday. The sections were played off in heavy rain, with Earlston, Abbotsford 1, Kelso and David Hardies coming out on top of their respective sections. With the rain persisting, and after a pitch inspection, no further play was possible and the four section winners shared the prize money. Thanks are extended to Guardian Care Homes for their first sponsorship of this tournament.

BBA

THE fifth match in the Matt Purdie series for seniors was against Fife at Kinglassie.

The weather was reasonable and the Border team hoped to continue the success of the previous week against Midlothian.

Fife got off to a great start and at ten ends had a 12-shot lead, largely thanks to the efforts of one rink. It became apparent that much work would be needed in the final third if a win for the Borders was going to be obtained.

Unfortunately, in the last five ends across the four rinks there was a dramatic collapse for the Borders with just seven shots obtained and 37 conceded. The last match in a disappointing campaign for the Borders is at Selkirk against Stirling County.

The play-offs in the Border Championships were due to take place on Saturday but because of the weather, some areas were unable to complete all the matches.

However qualifiers were obtained in area four: junior singles, Reece Taylor (Wilton); Singles, Davie Carruthers (Selkirk); pairs, David Gentleman and Mark Hogarth (Buccleuch); triples, Stuart Anderson, Colin Sutherland and Alan Brady (Wilton).

GALA

ACTION was due to start with the seniors playing neighbours Abbotsford in the triples league, but the match had to be cancelled due to excessive rain.

The rain had relented and the ladies’ match against Newtown went ahead. Things were close and near the end it looked likely that Gala ladies would emerge with one winning rink and two points. However the other rink caught up and needed just three shots on the last end for a draw. At one stage they held the three but finished losing a single. At the same time the other rink, which had been ahead, lost ground and also lost giving all five points to Newtown.

The last match for the A team was at home to league champions Melrose. The match was close and could have gone either way but Gala finished stronger and took the match with a lead of eight shots.

On Saturday it was the ladies’ invitation triples which started well, with all teams managing the first two sessions of the round robin, before the match fell victim to the rain. The prize money was given to local charities.

It was a similar situation for the men’s pairs on the Sunday, with the first round completed before play was abandoned. The semifinals will be arranged between the teams involved.

Lists are up for the annual challenge against Gala YM and more names are needed for this. Players should add their names as soon as possible.