Bowls battle at Buccleuch brings Berwickshire win

Borders Ladies squad who hosted Berwickshire in the first round of the Bowls Scotland Inter Association qualifying leagues at Buccleuch Bowling Club.
Borders Ladies squad who hosted Berwickshire in the first round of the Bowls Scotland Inter Association qualifying leagues at Buccleuch Bowling Club.

The battle of the regions began on Friday as the inter-association bowling qualifiers kicked off with a local affair as Borders played host to Berwickshire at Hawick’s Buccleuch green.

The match was a close encounter, with the hosts pressurising the current Scottish champions, but at the end of the day Berwickshire Ladies walked away 7-5 victors (97 shots to 93), having won three and drawn one of the six rinks.

After tea, the ladies were entertained by Berwickshire’s Liz Dickson whose version of “It’s a long way to Tipperary” paid hilarious tribute to those seeking places at the national finals.

Borders: Ann Gilfillan, June Robertson, Ella Brydon, Irene Bennett, Audrey Kerr, Gail Moffat, Marion Pearson, Jackie Ormiston, Betty Gibson, Frances Spalding, Isabel MacCrae, Lauren Upton, Charlotte Stitt, Joan Kyle, Alison Murray, Denise Kellett, Isabel Downie, May Ogilvie, Sandra Sommerville, Caroline Hogarth, Margaret Aitken, Fiona Scott, Mary Martin, Irene Watters.

Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest Archers

The BLBS Silver Arrow Wand Shoot takes place at Thirladean on Sunday, June 28, hosted by the club.

Archers are asked to muster at 10am for a 10.30am start. The morning will consist of shooting at a 60-yard target to gain the seedings for the afternoon’s knock-out wand shoot. Archers are asked to get their entries in to Doug Anderson or let him know by email (, or phone to say you will be attending.



Six candidates took up the opportunity to sit their UKCC Level 1 badminton coaching qualification recently – and all passed.

This will enable more coaches to work alongside others in their existing clubs.

Borders Badminton Group chairperson Christine Wylie congratulated new coaches Linsey Young, Annabel Young, Judith Younger, Pearl Ford, Ewen Hutchison and David Rhind.

“We sincerely appreciate the time they all gave to obtaining this qualification,” she added.

“All the candidates’ existing knowledge and experience of the game has now officially been enhanced, and new confidence and experience gained to work alongside children and adults in the great game of badminton.

“We look forward to seeing talented players coming through the system and gaining experience from their qualification.”



The seniors played Jedburgh and, while the overall score stayed close for most of the match, the visitors finished strongly to win 52-69. Best triple for Abbotsford was Bert Adamson, George Kerr and Tommy Mann Snr.

The ladies had a home match against top-of-the-table side Hawick, the Teries finishing two shots ahead for a 2-3 victory.

Looking to end a poor run of results in their home match against Kelso, the A team achieved their goal with all five rinks winning in a convincing 109-52 victory. Highest-up rink was Ian Macdonald, Donald Elliot, Scott Thomson and Kenny Johnstone.

Meanwhile, the B team travelled to play Kelso B. In a close match, each side had two rinks ahead, but Kelso clinched the points with a 64-61 shots victory. Highest-up rink for Abbotsford was Arthur Hancock, Jimmy Grieve, Rob Simpson and Sean Fraser.


The Seniors travelled down the road to Kelso, with hopes high that a win was on the cards. In a closely-fought match it was the Tweedsiders who emerged as victors by 55-52. Top rink for the Hawick side was the Bobby McDonald-skipped rink, ably supported by Drew Johnstone and Jim Gray.

The A team took on Earlston at home and, after a closely-fought encounter, came out winners by 76-72. Top rink for the Hawick side was the Martin Christy-skipped rink, ably supported by G. Lyall, S. Spalding and R. Bell.

The B team were also away, taking on Waverley B at Gala. This was a somewhat disappointing display by the Bs, losing out by 71 shots to 50.


At last, some summer weather arrived in Earlston for the club’s open pairs competition on Saturday and it turned out to be a real sizzler, as the Kellett family bowlers from Greenlaw set their sights on world domination at the annual event.

Alas it was not to be, although it was touch and go for a while. The semi-final saw father and daughter Kellett (Norman and Denise) push Earlston double act George Cessford and Bob Beattie all the way before the latter came out of their earlier slumber to take the match, and the credit, on the final bowl. Mother and son Kellett (Alison and Neil) experienced better fortunes when obliterating Alec Fairley and George Douglas three doors down.

The final was a fiery affair to say the least, but it was Cessford and Beattie, both now wide awake, who prevailed to take the title by 11 shots to six.

The club would like to thank Michael Scott Joinery for sponsoring the tournament.



Thirty-two members of Earlston Golf Club travelled to Torwoodlee on Sunday to play the Black Bull Shield Stableford.

The showers and blustery wind made the scoring tricky, and in a close competition Rose Thorburn emerged the winner with 38 points. Runner-up was Craig Douglas on 37 points (bih), with Mark Reilly third, also on 37 points.

Nearest the pin in one, and also nearest pin in two, went to Rodger Whiteford, nearest pin in three to Barry Nelson, with longest drive going to David Johnston (295yds). Thanks go to Brian and Rose Thorburn for their generous sponsorship of this event.

The next outing will be The Campbell Claret on Sunday, August 9, at Minto.


John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner, A. Simpson net 33; B League winner, W. Crighton 36.


Gents Championship Qualifier (1): 1, J. Hall 78 (15) 63; 2, S. Henderson 78 (12) 66; 3, R. Cockburn 78 (11) 67 BIH.

Ladies’ Championship Qualifier (1): 1, M. Smail 97 (27) 70; 2, P. Hogg 86 (15) 71; 3, M. Forsythe 96 (23) 73.

Jedburgh Ladies Open: 1, P. Rourke (Gosforth) 34 points; 2, P. Hogg (Jedburgh) 33; 3, K. Chapman (Jedburgh) 32.


Club Championships – Gents: B. Hogarth beat A. Chalmers; Ladies: L. Wilson beat S. Paterson; Boys: K. Wilson beat C. Sweenie; Gents B: M. Kerr beat P. Wilson; Gents C: A. Snowball beat W. Foster.

Thanks to everyone who supported the matches and assisted throughout.

Rover Cup: 1, I. Symons 86 (20) 66; 2, G. Kellington 73 (5) 68.

Tee times are still available for the Ladies Senior Open Greensomes on Thursday, July 9. Enter via the contact form on the club website – – or by phoning 01573 223009.


Lewis Stableford: 1, M. Dunne (10) 37 points; 2, M. Whiteford (9) 35; 3, S. Thompson (21) 33.

Louis Scott Friday Night Bash: 1, S. Paton (7) 19 points; 2, R. Malcolm (6) 17; 3, I. Scott (5) 17 pts (5). Order of Merit: 1, R. Malcolm 14; 2=, M. Dunne, T. Hogarth 9; 4, I. Scott 7.

Laidlaw Homes Eclectic: 1, M. Todd 84 (19) 65; 2, K. Hutchison 85 (16) 69; 3, R. Runciman 93 (20) 73.

Ladies Wednesday Medal: 1, G. Dun 89 (20) 69 BIH; 2, L. Gray 90 (21) 69; 3, L. Hogarth 109 (36) 73.

The Anderson Open Greensomes takes place on July 5 – entries to Archie Anderson or telephone 07999 450139.


June Clubhouse Competition: 1, T. S. Clark 81 (17) 64; 2, C. Campbell 71 (6) 65; 3, S. Marshall 78 (13) 65. Scratch: L. M. Wallace 70.


Seniors’ Summer League: 1, A. Lauder 36 points; 2, M. Cooper 35; 3, Duncan Shiell 34.

Gents’ Senior Stableford: 1, W. Mackenzie 38 points (after countback); 2, D. Minto 38 (after countback); 3, R. Kellett 38 (after countback).

Minto Gents v St Boswells: Minto won by 3.5 rubbers to 1.5.

Pre-handicap Junior A Championship: 1, W. Brodie net 35 (BIH); 2, E. Forster 35. B Championship: 1, L. Nichol 35 (BIH); 2, S. Allott 35.

Macmillan Mixed Greensomes Charity Open: 1, J. Elliot & G. Thom (Minto) net 64.4; 2, L. Galloway & S. Lange (Canmore) 66.8; 3, G. Cartwright & R. Elliot (Minto) 67.

Macmillan Cancer Support will receive £571 from money raised from entry fees, raffle and donations. Organisers Ann and Doug Joyce thank everyone who contributed.

In her first year as a past lady captain, Gill Cartwright achieved a stunning victory in the past captains’ Stableford competition with 42 points, seven points ahead of Karen Hughes in second place, with Cherry Thom in third slot on 33 points.

St Boswells

Gents Medal: 1, J. Melrose 73 (9) 64; 2, E. Johnstone 82 (18) 64; 3, M. Humble 81 (16) 65.

Ladies President’s Cup: 1, R. Thorburn 95 (23) 72; 2, H. Rennie 98 (26) 72; 3, C. Hunter 104 (31) 73.

Seniors May Medal: 1, J. Forsyth 75 (12) 63 (lowest gross); 2, I. Murray 87 (21) 66; 3, R. Marr 95 (26) 69.

Championship qualifier (3): 1, M. Gallagher 83 (24) 59; 2, N. Lowrie 72 (10) 62; 3, M. Ovens 72 (9) 63

Junior Open: 1, D. Murdoch net 58; 2, C. Townsend 67; 3, A. Smith 67. Scratch, J. McDonald 79.

Entries for the Senior Gents Open on Wednesday, July 1, are now being accepted.


Championship Qualifier (3): 1, B. McLaren 70 (5) 65; 2, C. MacDonald 73 (7) 66 BIH; 3, R. Gladstone 75 (9) 66.

Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit: 1, I. Thomson 73 (8) 65; 2, R. Thomson 85 (19) 66 BIH; 3, S. MacPherson 87 (21) 66. Scratch: S. Fairburn 67.

Congratulations to Ronnie Speirs who holed in one at the 12th.


Gala Fairydean Rovers

The club is holding its annual general meeting in the Netherdale clubrooms this Thursday at 7pm. All members are asked to attend.