Abbotsford are best of the Burghs

Border Burghs Bowls. Winning Abbotsford  Team.
Border Burghs Bowls. Winning Abbotsford Team.



Last week turned out to be a good one for the club, with both the seniors and the A team recording wins over Gala and Kelso respectively.

Friday night brought the Borders Top Ten where the team faced Scottish champions Melrose. The match ended with both sides on four points, but Abbotsford winning on shots count. Tommy Newall brought home the first two points in the singles with a 21-13 victory, while the triple of Alan Howlieson, John Manzak and Colin Hancock gained another two points with a 22-8 win. This gave the home team a 22-shot advantage overall and the duo of Tommy Mann jnr and Brian Anderson, plus the rink of Keith Campbell, Kenny Johnstone, Gordon Bowers and Ecky Hancock kept their games tight, giving the team an excellent triumph against very good opponents.

They will now play Kelso in the semi-final at the Waverley Green on Saturday, with the victors going on to play the final at Melrose in the afternoon.

At the Keyline Open Pairs on Sunday, home entry Gordon Bowers and Tommy Newall had a convincing win in the final over Andrew and Matt Borthwick.


Newtown arrived with two players short for their match against Hawick seniors, so Wilson Blaikie and Bert Wear agreed to a free transfer to the visiting team.

However, the result was a success for the Teries whose top rink was the silver-haired trio of G. Lyall, W. Wells and C. Logan.

The A team travelled up the A68 to Lauder with hopes high that they could continue their good run of form. But nobody told Lauder how the script should go and the hosts won by a single shot, 87-86. Top rink for Hawick was again the N. Amos-skipped rink.

The B outfit made the short trip to Wilton and, in a closely-fought encounter, the homesters emerged 69-62 winners. W. Blaikie, ably supported by 1989 Pow Cup winner A. McCredie, J. Armstrong and M. Oliver were best rink.

Langholm Old Town

Colin Spalding from Hawick won the single-handed tournament last Sunday.

In the final he beat Langholm teenager Scott Morrison from the New Town club. There was an entry of 50 and the event was sponsored by Karl Nawrocki. In the semi-finals, the eventual winner overcame Paul Warwick from Langholm New and the other player knocked out at that stage was Ross Graham of Melrose.

Cornet Alasdair Cavers and his Right and Left-Hand men, Andrew Elliot and Lee Earsman, were led onto the bowling green by Ronnie Nichol of Hawick on the flute to present the cup to the winner prior to a social evening.


Ladies from across the region were made welcome at Lauder Bowling Club on Sunday for the annual open pairs event.

Played in ideal conditions, competition was stiff throughout, with the Hawick Buccleuch pairing of Caroline Hogarth and Charlotte Stitt coming away victors, having seen off Chirnside’s Kay Purvis and Shiela Douglas 7-5 in a well contested final. Semi-finalists were Earlston’s Scottish Pairs qualifiers, Denise Kellett and Gail Moffat, and Alice Telford and Isabel Macrae of the host club.

Competitors would like to thank Lauder BC for their excellent hospitality and friendly welcome.



Shooting for the Bruce Medal, Lindsay Gordon (Prestonpans) took top spot at Sunday’s outing at Braidwood with a score of 37 ex 40.

Gordon came just a break above defending title holder Kyle Smith (East Lothian) and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) on a score of 36, with Eric Forster (Heriot) just behind on 35.

In the afternoon session, the top score was again 37 ex 40, shot by Kelso’s Nigel Rock.

There were three guns in second place on a score of 35 – Forster, Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie) and Keith Learmonth (Fountainhall). There was also a trio of guns on joint third and a score of 34 – Jim Watt (Dunbar), John Ross (West Lothian) and Neil Cattanach (Innerleithen).

The venue is holding a Young Shots’ Day on July 31 for ages 12-16. No experience is needed and places should be booked in advance at


Galashiels CC

Gala members took on Round Two of the Gordon Rout Sporting Course.

Twelve riders tackled the hilly course with the fastest man, on this warm summer’s night, being Gary Robson. Ross Laidlaw edged out Nathen Beard in a close fight for second and third spots.

Results: 1, G. Robson 28:28; 2, R. Laidlaw 29:29; 3, N. Beard 29:36; 4, A. Meikle 30:04 PB; 5, N. Shepard 31:05; 6, J. Stark 31:33; 7, A. Pogson 32:21; 8, J. Houston 33:41; 9, C. Forsyth 35:09; 10, A. Power 36:28; 11, K. Veitch 36:57; 12, D. McCudden 43:26.

Next Wednesday sees a 10-mile TT at Abbotsford House. More details can be found on the club’s website.



Summer Competition and Championship Qualifier: Winner, I. Nisbet (Hirsel). Silver Division: 1, J. Knox (St Boswells) 90 (19) 71; 2, L. Flannigan (Roxburghe) 87 (14) 73; 3, C. Thom (Minto) 88 (14) 74. Scratch: J. Whiteford (Melrose) 82. Bronze Division: 1, A. Wild (Kelso) 92 (22) 70; 2, L. Tait (Duns) 98 (22) 76; 3, G. Cartwright (Minto) 109 (32) 77. Scratch: J. Pearson (Minto) 98 BIH.

Championship Qualifiers: J. Whiteford (Melrose); V. Scott (Torwoodlee); L. Flannigan (Roxburghe); M. Waddell (Peebles); J. Cambridge (Innerleithen); M. Brydon (Torwoodlee); A. Wild (Kelso); R. Roxburgh (Selkirk).


John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner: I. Casson nett 33 BIH; B League winner: E. Macgregor 32.


Wullie Douglas Trophy: 1, M. Minto 76 (14) 62; 2, G. Leifer 82 (19) 63; 3, P. Kerr 84 (20) 64.

Midweek Points (3): 1, G. Leifer 43 points; 2, P. Stewart 41; 3, R. Hastie 39.


D. S. Dalgleish & Son Claret Jug Trophy: 1, G. Hogg 42 points; 2, C. Creamer 40; 3, M. Cowe 40.

Hamilton Trophy (ladies): 1, J. Shirra-Gibb 37 points; 2, C. Dalgleish 34; 3, L. Wallace 34.


In sweltering heat, Castle Park had a convincing win by five matches to one against Minto seniors on Thursday. Minto players hope to turn the tables in the return match on August 22.

Seniors July Medal: 1, P. Brooks 76 (12) 64 (lowest gross); 2, A. Bailey 90 (19) 71; 3, D. Shiell 91 (19) 72.

Gents and Seniors Stableford: 1, A. Scott 41 points (after countback); 2, A. Thom 41; 3 (equal), C. Black, P. Inglis 38.

Ladies Salver (no. 4) Silver Division: 1, T. MacTaggart 72 (2) 70 (lowest gross); 2, L. Manson 92 (16) 76. Bronze Division: 1, M. Towers 89 (22) 67 (lowest gross); 2, S. James 97 (17) 70.

Juniors July Medal: 1, M. Bannerman 107 (45) 62; 2, R. Nichol 101 (34) 67; 3, R. Latta 75 (7) 68 (lowest gross).

Club captain Ron Elliot and ladies’ captain Lesley Moore expressed delight with the good turnout when they presented the prizes for the Captains’ Prize Day at Minto on Saturday evening.

Nearly 50 competitors contested the men’s event and 12 teams, of three, entered the ladies’ section, both played in glorious weather under a blazing sun. The Minto course, prepared by greenkeeper Paul Cranston and his team, was in excellent condition. Afterwards, players enjoyed tucking into a buffet and entertainment.

Gents’ Captains’ Day: 1, G. Morrison 77 (13) 64; 2, D. Jardine 71 (5) 66; 3 (equal), B. Elliot 83 (16) 67, S. Paisley 83 (16) 67.

Ladies’ Captains’ Day Team competition: 1, G. Cartwright, D. Elliot, M. Short 229 strokes; 2, J. English, L. Lendrum, L. Manson 236. Handicap: K. Sanford 95 (27) 68. Scratch winner: S. Lees 84.

St Boswells

J&J Tait Holmes Cup (3): 1, R. Barrie (12) 8 up; 2, J. M. Ross (11) 6 up; 3, D. Shiel (8) 4 up.

Border Potatoes Medal/Dryburgh Cup (2): 1, S. McMullen 80 (19) 61; 2, D. Murdoch 78 (15) 63; 3, D. Shiel 72 (9) 63 (lowest gross).


July Medal: 1, 74 (10) 64; 2, M. Jones 83 (18) 65; 3, W. Kirk 77 (11) 66 BIH. Scratch: C. Riddle 68.


Kelso Orchard Club

The Civic Week American-style-adult and junior tourney was played off at Poynder Place courts on Saturday in glorious sunshine.

A record entry of 36 participants and 22 supporters enjoyed some super fun tennis.

The winners of the Graeme White cups on the day were Maggie Stewart (adult)and Gregor Welsh (junior), who overcame Sabrina Schindler (adult) and Archie Mowat (junior) in a closely-contested final.

The winners’ trophies were presented by the Kelso Laddie, Callum Thompson. David Laing thanked Callum, his Right and Left-Hand Men, and Neil Hastie for taking the time out of a tiring schedule to come along to present the silverware, and Ella Laing and Chris Smith for organising and running the successful tournament.