Melrose juniors go Dutch on tour

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Last Tuesday the seniors had a home match against Wilton and, while one Abbotsford triple managed a draw, the visitors proved too strong and won the match by 34-67.

Later, on Tuesday evening the ladies were at home to Gala, each team had a winning rink but Gala scored more shots for a 2-3 victory.

On Wednesday the A team travelled to play Hawick where Abbotsford had three winning rinks but lost the match overall by 80-74.

Meanwhile back at Abbotsford the B team played against Wilton B. Each team had two winning rinks but Wilton secured the points with a 49-60 win.

On Friday the remaining representatives from Abbotsford continued their quest to reach the National Championship finals. In the afternoon John Manczak played in the senior singles against Duncan Macdougall from Wilton. There was little to separate the players but it was Macdougall who clinched victory by 21-18. In the evening Scott Thomson and Gordon Bowers played against a pair from Peebles and eventually pulled ahead in the last few ends to win 17-8. There was also success for the four of Ian Macdonald, John Purves, Andrew Hancock and Tommy Mann Jnr who defeated a Hawick four by 17-13.

On Saturday the Vice-Presidents Pairs competition was held in blustery conditions. The final was played between Donald Aitchison & Scott Thomson against Tommy Mann Snr & John Manczak. The match was all square going into the last end with the Aitchison and Thomson pairing playing the decisive bowls to claim the trophy.


After a successful days bowling in blustery conditions, the winners of last Saturday’s Invitation Rinks were the Earlston quartet of George Douglas, Norman Kellett, Stephen McNally and Pat McNally who retained the trophy. They beat the Gordon rink of Heather Donaldson, Rena Donaldson, Dave Hunter and Billy Donaldson in the final.

The beaten semi finalists were Ettrick Forest and Ray McLaughlin’s rink. Thanks to all other rinks who took part on the day.

The club would like to thank Thomas Brown & Sons Funerals Directors for sponsoring this event.

The club also recently held their club pairs which was won by the Southerns’ own Fiona Scott, parterned by a very much on form Neil Kellett, who beat Malcolm Scott and Alex Fairley in the final.

The club held a friendly with Falkirk BC on Sunday May 31, the game was played in good conditions and enjoyed by all involved.

The next open competition is the club pairs on Saturday June 20, we are still looking for entries, if you are interested please contact the club.


Hawick Seniors travelled over to Newtown to play their seniors league match on the biggest green in the Borders.

Strong winds made life tricky for the skilful players and the match went in favour of the home team who emerged winners by 62 shots to 55. Top rink for the Hawick side was the Bobby McDonald skipped rink ably supported by J. H. Gray and Drew Johnstone.

On Wednesday night the A team had a home fixture with Abbotsford, and this match went right to the wire with Hawick eventually emerging winners by 80 shots to 74. Top rink for the Hawick side was President’s Bill Anderson’s rink, ably assisted by A. Oliver; M. Hogg; I. Ford.

Hawick Ladies are holding a coffee morning in the Congregational Church hall on Saturday, June 20 starting at 10am.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors June Stableford: Winner, I. Caisson 20 points BIH.


Bert Taylor Trophy: 1, W. Redpath 40 points; 2 (Sandy Blair Quaich), D. Brotherston 39; 3 (Dave Cowe Salver), A. Binnie 38.

The Summer Stroke Competition on Saturday had to be abandoned due to high winds. As this was the third Championship Qualifying Competition it has been rescheduled for this Saturday and on completion of the results the Championship draws will be made in advance of the first round on Sunday.

Intersport Trophy (Round 4): 1, N. Hinnigan 39 points; 2, Ralph Cowe 35.

The Ladies played for the SLGA Flag Brooch on Tuesday 2nd June. This competition is the only one of the season based on gross scores and the winner was Leanne Wilson (80) with Lynn Small in second (88).

Langholm Old Town

The Gretna entry of Nathan Davidson, Paul Crosbie and Jamie Johnstone defeated British Rail in the final of the Langholm Old Town bowling club open triples tournament last Sunday. The British Rail Club triple was Frank Hadwin, Martin Kennedy and Ivor Ward.

In the semi-finals the Langholm New Town entry of Scott and Tommy Morrison and Roy Park lost to the eventual winners. Also knocked out in the semi-finals was another New Town triple of Alan Aitken, Duncan Ritchie and Ian Scott.

There was an entry of 20 triples and the trophy was presented by Old Town president Donald Little.


Captains Prizes: 1, A. Duncan 35 points; 2, R. Chisholm 34; 3, K. Borthwick 34; 4, C. Tiemessen 34. Nearest Pin (3rd), L. M. Wallace; Longest Drive (6th), C. Creamer; Nearest Pin in two (8th), G.Wilson.

Coronation Foursomes: 1, F. Falconer and A. Holton 35points; 2, J. Shirra-Gibb and L. Wallace 28.


Seniors’ Summer Stableford Monday: 1, T. Glendinnig 41 points; 2, A. Lauder 40; 3, R. Johnson 35.

Tuesday Stableford: 1, R. Pringle 39 points; 2, W. Mackenzie 38; 3, I. Douglas 37 (after countback).

Minto Senior Gents v Peebles: Minto lost by 2.5 rubbers to 3.5.

Minto Gents v Langholm: Minto lost by 2 rubbers to 3.


The Souter Cup was held on Sunday, beaten semi-finalists were Jamie Purves, Tommy Reilly, Ian Yardley and David Cassidy, runners-up were Donald MacLeod and Hazel Scott and the winners were Ian Borthwick and Colin McKinnon.

The club is open today from 6pm and Common Riding day from 11am. All welcome, club rules apply.


Championship Qualifier (2): 1, J. Quinn 75 (11) 64; 2, A. Hume 81 (17) 64; 3, S. Makepeace 70 (5) 65.

Ladies June 9 Hole Stableford: 1, J. Aiston 16 points; 2, J. Heard 16; 3, N. Burnyeat 15.

Ladies Club Trophy (3): 1, M. Allen; 88 (21) 67 (lowest gross); 2, R. Thorburn 92 (23) 69; 3, S. Gray 100 (27) 73.

Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit: 1, I. Heard 70 (3) 67; 2, D. Gillie 69 (1) 68; 3, C. Lumsden 72 (3) 69.

St Boswells

SB & Co Invitation 4BBB: 1, D. Shiel & G. Shirra-Gibb, net 60; 2, K. Graham & D. Hendry 63; 3, G. Melrose & S. Kemp 66. Scratch: M. Ovens & M. Gillie 70. Nearest The Pin: L. Oxton.

Many thanks to our Sponsor SB&Co of Newtown St Boswells for their continued support of the club.

The Woll

Ladies Monthly Medal: M. Innes 93 (17) 76; B. Hill 104 (27) 77; B. Cheong Davis 103 (26) 77. David Paton Memorial Trophy winner, M. Innes.

Gents Sweep: M. MacKay 92 (19) 73; A. Lindores 78 (4) 74; I. Hogg 85 (9) 76. Two’s winner, M. MacKay.



Eight members sent 93 pigeons to Weatherby, a distance of 130 miles. Result: 1, G. Irvine 1489.875; 2, W. Hopewell 1417.612; 3, Douglas & Ward 1417.179; 4, 5, 7, Douglas & Spearman 1395.875; 6, 10, J. Ramage 1361.312; 8, 9, K. G. Lawrie 1336.454.

Earlston & District

Five members sent 125 birds to Wetherby, liberated at 0600 hrs into a south west wind. Result: 1, 4, 5, S. Hardie & Sons 1638.71; 2, S. Martin 1628.83; 3, 6, 7, 8, W. Gray & I. Soniazid 1621.94; 9, 10, A. Bain 1509.07.



Seven Gala ASC swimmers travelled to Tyneside to complete as part of the Borders Elite Swim Team (BEST) at the Sunderland Last Chance Qualifier Meet.

Elsbeth Roper, competing in the younger age groups, finished in the top seven for all her races picking up two third place finishes.

Maili Brown had some strong swims with recorded PBs in a strong girl’s 13yr section while Sarah Frizzel had three great swims on the Saturday making the final of the 50M Breast where she came third.

Lindsay Jack reached four finals for the 100M Fly (3rd), 100M Back (7th), 50M Fly (2nd) & 50M Back (5th).

Bethany Hamilton joined her clubmates on the Saturday afternoon and continued the good work with some great swims in the older age group events.

Beth Johnston swam very well over the weekend, picking up the Top Para Girl award and, not to be outdone by the girls, Andrew Watt made three finals for the 50M Fly (1st), 100m Fly (5th) and 50M Free (10th).

A haul of three Golds, three Silvers and six Bronze for the Gala ASC Members was just reward for a superb effort.