WITH the preliminaries over, the first game of the Hamilton Trophy series was played on Saturday.
The opponents were West Lothian and the location for the game was Pumpherston.
Borders started very well and held their own over the first few ends, but as the second half progressed, West began to exert some pressure, and their slim lead began to increase.
It became a question of damage limitation, but the gap continued to widen and all efforts to stem the tide proved fruitless as West Lothian won by 130-88.
This Saturday, the same team face Stirling County at Lauder.
On Sunday, the Under-25s played their second game, against East Lothian, at Hawick’s Wilton club.
After their previous defeat at the hands of Edinburgh & Leith they needed a recovery to keep hopes of winning the league alive.
It turned out to be an excellent game for the youngsters who finished ahead.
This Sunday they have an away match against Fife at Markinch and a second win will add interest to the final game in the series against Midlothian the following week.
DURING the last week the first game of the senior triples league took place with a home tie against Wilton. Gala finished 12 shots up.
The ladies also started their league campaign with a home game against Melrose. A close match ended with one rink up and the other down, both teams gaining two points, however the Gala ladies were up overall on shots, taking an extra point for the win.
Both A and B teams for men were in action against Waverley with the A team travelling. A strong home side had the better of the match with all five rinks winning. For the B team there was better news as they inflicted a heavy defeat on their visitors.
The first rounds in the various categories of Scottish competition started with defeat for one of the senior fours teams, while the other team is yet to play, having been dealt a bye.
Once again, Malcolm Thin moved on in the singles without playing a bowl in the absence of any opponent to represent Stow.
At the same time Ben McGregor was successful in the junior singles ,disposing of his opponent from Buccleuch by a comfortable margin. The other junior, Sam Ormiston, played very well, but did not manage a win.
There were defeats in the pairs and triples categories, while the fours take up their challenge tomorrow when there will also be second round games in the singles, junior singles and senior fours.
In the first two league games of the season, the A team have won by six and three shots, away to Earlston and at home to Ancrum respectively.
The B team were at home to Ettrick Forrest and were beaten by 27 shots, and had a walkover against Hawick B. The Presidents v Vice-presidents resulted in a narrow win for the VP team.
In the Scottish competitions the two senior rinks won their single, triple and four.
On Sunday, the Community Triples were played, the winners being Maureen Hogarth, Jim Davidson and Doug Jackson, who beat the Red Lion team of Jim Todd, John Hogarth and Peter Dun. The beaten semi finalists were Border Concrete and Kelso Laddies.
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The ladies started their season away at Gala where the going was not fast. The match finished with one rink up for each team with Gala taking the extra points.
In the ladies’ Scottish ties the senior rinks were narrowly beaten, as were the pairs and one of the triple entries.
The triple of M. Aitken, P. Simpson and M. Graham won their tie well, and go forward to the next round.
Elsewhere, the gents continued their good star at Wilton, where they managed to win comfortably, gaining the upper hand early on in the game.
This week saw the gents’ Scottish ties played on Friday, with wins in the singles (B. Johnston) and rinks (I. Crawford). The pairs had a bye and C. Brown’s triple lost out to a single shot.