Around the region’s bowling greens


LAST week was one of mixed fortunes for the A team.

On Monday they travelled to Earlston, and with two rinks well beaten, lost by 11 shots. On Wednesday they entertained Kelso, and in what was another tight game, they managed the better finish over the last two ends to win by 11 shots.

On Saturday the club travelled to Maitland for the annual friendly match. Due to adverse weather conditions only six ends could be played, with the match declared a draw.

In their last two league games, the ladies played Ettrick Forrest at home, winning their match 3-2, but lost 5-0 away to Gala on Tuesday.

The ladies’ club triples were played on Sunday with a disappointing entry of only three triples. The winners, with one win and a draw, were Libby Simpson, Nan Davidson and Jackie Ormiston (skip).


THE sixth match in the Hamilton Trophy series on Saturday was against Edinburgh and Leith at Hawick.

Heavy and persistent rain on Friday through into the Saturday morning put the fixture in doubt, but the green was deemed fit for play despite being heavy.

Due to the conditions, it was difficult for both teams, however, after completion of five ends, Edinburgh Galashiels and Selkirk Leith had gained a small lead.

By 10 ends the scores were level and with three rinks still up on each side it looked like the match would be close all the way through.

It was therefore of concern to the Borderers that they fell 16 shots behind with 15 ends finished.

Although they fought hard they were not able to completely eradicate the gap, finally losing by 120-109.

The result makes little difference to the Borders, but Edinburgh Galashiels and Selkirk Leith now head the league with just one match left and look very likely to be one of the two teams to make the quarter-finals.

The highest rink up for the Borders was Reece Taylor (Wilton), Chris Macdougall (Wilton), Alan Brady (Wilton) and Graeme Forsyth (Chirnside) who ended 21-14 ahead.

The last match for the Borders is on Saturday when they will face a team from Midlothian at Polton. Although they will have no chance of reaching the quarter-finals they will be keen to erase the memory of the heavy defeat inflicted on them in 2010 at the same venue.


THE seniors have been lucky so far with the weather and this was again the case for their visit to Ettrick Forest in the Senior Triples League last week.

Despite a defeat on one of the rinks, the team won overall to continue the run of success since the early loss to Buccleuch. They sit second in the table, behind Wilton.

The same evening, the ladies were in action against neighbours Abbotsford who unfortunately were only able to field seven players. The ladies were not so lucky with the weather, although Gala did win on both rinks to take maximum points.

The gents’ A team were at Wilton and on four rinks did very well, but not for the first time this season, one rink suffered badly. As a result Wilton were the winners and Gala remain near the bottom of the league, but with two games in hand.

The B team also had a match away to neighbours Waverley where they suffered a heavy defeat.

Due to the continual bad weather the club now has a full week of matches with the seniors and league matches taking place in their usual spots and a home game against Jedburgh tonight.

Also tonight, the first round of the Border Senior Fours against St Ronan’s takes place at Stow, where the club will return tomorrow evening for a Top 10 tie against Abbotsford.