Around the region’s greens

ETTRICK FOREST

Ettrick Forest Bowling Club held their presentation night on Saturday with the following winners all receiving their trophies for the past season.

Gents’ championship: 1, G. Rees; 2, E. Roberts. Gents’ Handicap: 1, I. Hogg; 2, B. Hermiston. Gents’ 3-bowl: 1, C. Lowrie; 2, G. Sandilands. Gents’ 2-bowl: 1, I. Hogg; 2, F. Forster. Mens’ Pairs: 1, E. Roberts & G. Sandilands; 2, T. Brown & K. Hermiston. Arch Brownlee Rinks: 1, J. Fisher & E. Fraser; 2, D. Mitchell & B. Hermiston. Alex Piercy Triples: 1, E. Roberts, B. Currie, T. Brown; 2, J. Fisher, C. Mcvie, V. Gillie. Lauderdale Glass Pairs: 1, J. Fisher & P. Houston; 2, G. Sandilands & S. Oliver. Mclean Mitchell Cup: 1, P. Houston; 2, E. Weldon. A. McFarlane Cup: 1, J. Orr; 2, J. Pringle. Mixed Pairs: 1, S. Bell & A. Allan; 2, J. Fisher & P. Houston. Over-60s Singles: 1, J. Orr; 2, F. Forster. President’s Prize – Gents’: G. Sandilands; Ladies, C. McVie. Junior Championship: 1, D. Sandilands; 2, G. Sandilands. Men v Women: Women; Ladies’ Championship: 1, P. Houston; 2, S. Oliver. Ladies’ Handicap: 1, P. Houston; 2, R. Elder. Ladies Pairs: 1, P. Houston & F. Sharkey; 2, B. Currie & V. Gillie. Ladies’ 2-bowl: 1, P. Houston; 2, F. Sharkey. Ladies’ 3-bowl: 1, F. Sharkey; 2, P. Houston. Ladies’ President’s Prize: 1, R. Elder & S.Oliver.

TWEEDBANK

The second week of Scottish league matches started with the seniors travelling to Bainfield.

The team had a poor start and after completion of five ends they were already 15 shots adrift. Unfortunately, worse was to come as the gap between the two teams steadily increased, reaching 36 shots after 10 ends.

There was little chance of a comeback, but to their credit the Tweedbank seniors did manage to prevent Bainfield from running away from them in the second half of the match, finally losing by a margin of 40 shots.

On Saturday, the men were in action at Balbardie.

The match turned out to be a very good one, which could have gone either way right to the end.

The lead fluctuated between the two teams and at the halfway stage, the Borderers were nine shots in front. Balbardie fought back, and with the available ends beginning to run out, they managed to pull ahead.

With three ends left to play on each of the four rinks, Tweedbank needed to pick up – and this they did, taking 12 shots across the four rinks at a crucial time.

This enabled them to go into the last ends on each rink with a 12-shot cushion, which was enough to secure victory by 92 shots to 81.

This second win keeps them well placed in the league, but there is still a long way to go. The next match, on Saturday, October 22, is at home to Cumbernauld.

The ladies also had a league match on Saturdaym, at home to neighbours Teviotdale.

The visitors could only bring three rinks so the Tweedbank ladies started with an eight-shot advantage.

Unfortunately, this proved to be not enough to prevent them from losing the match by six shots – with only one rink finishing ahead.

On Sunday, the playdowns for the 2-bowl pairs took place and for the men the club was represented by Ben McGregor and Kenny Johnstone, who made their way to the quarter-finals by beating Teviotdale, East Lothian and Portobello.

Playing a pair from Bainfield in the quarters, the Tweedbank pair won the first set before losing the next two to end their run.

The mens’ singles takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the Abbeyview Club in Dunfermline.

In this the club will be represented by its champion, Kenny Johnstone.