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WITH the Hamilton Trophy series completed, it was the turn of the Borders’ seniors to shine in the Matt Purdie competition last week in a home fixture at Wilton against Midlothian.

They hoped for a good start, but as the match progressed, Midlothian held a small lead.

The result was clearly going to be a close one and could have gone either way.

As the match neared its end, the Borderers managed to erase the deficit and with two rinks finished, they led by two shots. The other two rinks were playing their last ends and, when one of them finished, dropping a single, a draw looked most likely with the other rink showing one shot for Midlothian.

With the last bowl of the end, however, W. Kerr of Duns Park managed to move the shot bowl to one side of the jack and his own bowl finished the other side. His bowl proved to be the nearer one and the Borders emerged with an excellent two-shot victory.

The highest-up rink for the Borders was Paul Butterfield (Gala), David Weir (Selkirk), Harry Bell (Selkirk) and Rob Fulton (Gala).


THE Borders’ ladies have been doing well in the Torrance Purvis competition and having beaten Edinburgh & Leith faced a tough fixture against Midlothian.

The first leg of the match played on the Abbotsford green proved a disaster for the ladies who lost all four categories. Consequently Midlothian carried an 8-0 score forward to the second leg played at Dalkeith.

To win the ladies needed to succeed in all four categories away from home and score enough shots to win overall on shot difference.

Despite the odds being very much against them achieving this desired result, they did all that could be asked of them.

Their reward is a match against East of Scotland, the first leg of which will be at Selkirk on Friday.

In the meantime, the ladies’ Border Tournament has been held with preliminary rounds on Saturday followed by semi finals and finals on Sunday.

Not only did the Saturday programme get completed but very hard work undertaken by the Newtown members made the green fit to play on the Sunday.

In the finals of the singles category, Marie Todd of Newtown was up against Allison Clarkson of Hawick, with the former holding onto a narrow lead throughout to finish 21-13 ahead.

In the pairs, Zenda Borthwick and Joyce Dickey of Hawick met Aileen Allan and Pat Houston of Ettrick Forest. A second-half surge from the Selkirk-based duo saw them win by 22-13.

In the triples there was another Newtown team – Melissa Craig, Sandra Thomson, and Sandra Blacklock. Their opponents were Irene Bell, Ibby Currie and Hazel Dodds of St Ronan’s. This was a hard-fought battle with Newtown gaining a single in the penultimate end and another in the final to give them a 12-10 victory.

Glenda Currie, Sheena Jamieson, Margaret Wilson and Alison Murray represented Waverley in the fours against Joan Duncan, Rachel Black, Jean Miller and Maureen Winning of Kelso. After a good start, Kelso managed to hold on to win by 18-14.

The last category was the senior fours and Nessie Bell, Marjorie Fulton, Nora Turnbull and Moira Blyth of Gala were defending the title gained last year against Jean Scott, Hope Ballantyne, Evelyn Clapperton and Ella Gardiner of Selkirk.

Gala sprinted off to an early lead and although Selkirk narrowed the gap, it was all too late with the Gala four finishing 16-8 ahead.

Trophies were presented by Border Ladies president Sue Davis, who thanked everybody for the work done to make the day a success, especially her own club members who had produced a near miracle in making the green playable.


IT takes more than a little drizzle to keep the Earlston members down and so it proved last week when the club played host to its annual Civic Week tournament and Open Mixed Pairs.

On Thursday night, the Civic Week rinks event took place with a full card of games.

Teams consisted of two bowlers and two non-bowlers, the winners being decided on the greatest shot difference.

Following some closely-fought ties, and much hilarity, the team of G. A. Cessford, F. Scott, A. Reid and A. Forsyth took the trophy with G. P Douglas, M. Hope, J. Brotherston and R. Aitchison emerging runners-up.

Sunday saw a closely-contested and well-attended mixed pairs event take place and, while Messrs Murray and Federer were going at it hammer and tongs at SW19, an equally intense battle was taking place at TD4 BC.

For a repeat of last year’s final between Pat McNally (Earlston) and Marion Black (Ancrum) – aka The Evergreens – and George Moffat and Christine Hope (both Earlston) was under way with both looking to lift the stylish and much sought-after trophy.

Almost a mirror of the forementioned tennis final, the match was a closely-fought encounter in the early stages until team McNally stepped up a gear and put their opponents to the sword as the ends ran out.

Unlike Murray, however, Moffat managed to keep his opponents in check and even managed to produce his trademark whistle as he strode towards his bowls on the penultimate end with defeat staring him in the face.

The trophy was presented by president Bob Beattie, who congratulated all the players on the standard of play and sportsmanship.


DESPITE another poor week of weather, the seniors entertained Newtown, knowing that only another win would keep them in contention.

They started very well and for most of the match looked reasonably comfortable. Towards the end, Newtown did make some progress, but this was too late to prevent the overall result being in favour of Gala.

The A team were lucky enough to be able to clear an outstanding fixture at home to Hawick on Thursday, although the result did not favour the hosts as only one rink managed to achieve a win.

The team lost by 30 shots overall and are now firmly entrenched at the bottom of Division One.

The ladies also managed to complete their league fixture and the ladies from Waverley took all five points.

The A team will play the re-arranged match against Jedburgh tomorrow evening and on Saturday it is the Burghs which will be played on the three Hawick greens.

The team for this is on the noticeboard.