Around the region’s greens


A THREE-shot victory over Buccleuch meant the seniors continued their unbeaten run in their latest round of league games.

Both the A and B teams also kept up their good form with the former completing a 54-shot victory on home soil over Wilton A and the latter team enjoying a good win over Gala B.

On Friday, the junior singles, triples and fours were in action in the latest rounds of the Scottish play-offs. Callum Riddell faced a tough test against the Wilton junior at Melrose, while the triple of Charlie Reid, Andrew Hancock and Brian Anderson faced Waverley at Selkirk, where the four of Alan Howlieson, Gordon Bowers, John Purvis and Tom Mann Jnr were also playing Melrose.

Both the junior and four were beaten, while the triple kept the Abbotsford hopes alive by progressing to the penultimate round of qualifying.

On Sunday the annual Hunter Cup pairs competition takes place with entries from all three Gala clubs taking part. The competition is played on all three greens with the final on the Abbotsford green.


COLINTON was the venue for the Hamilton Trophy team this week to meet a team representing Edinburgh & Leith.

It was the Borders that came to terms with the blustery conditions first and after building up an early lead managed to hold out for a 134-118 victory.

With the results from the other matches the Borders has moved up to fourth place, being second equal on points, but beaten on shot difference.

On Sunday the Under-25 team played their fourth and final league game against Midlothian at Penicuik. Although they had won just one of the three played so far they still wanted to finish on a win while Midlothian wanted to triumph to make sure of a place in the semi-finals. The match was close right from the start and although the Borders went ahead early on, Midlothian caught up and won by 114-105.25 , with the Borders losing 3.75 shots for having to use a triple.


MIXED fortunes befell the Earlston bowlers last week with a narrow win for the seniors over Newtown, keeping the blended Earlston/Melrose outfit among the league high-flyers, and a heavy defeat for the men away to Waverley.

In the Scottish competitions the ladies pairing of Gail Moffat and Denise Kellett (skip) were the first from the club to make it through to the area finals at Melrose on June 12 after cruising to a 29-5 victory over their Newtown opponents. Pat McNally and Alex Moffat (skip) were just edged out in the mens pairs 21-19 by Berwick while the rink of Alex Fairley, Martin Goodfellow, Steven Greer and George Cessford (skip) beat Lauder 21-12. They go on to play Jedburgh tomorrow night for a place in the finals.


HAILSTONES halted progress during the seniors’ game away to Peebles last week and it was agreed to limit the match to 11 ends. The Gala team had started well and – although the gap was narrowed – were able to hold on for a win.

The ladies had a home game against Ettrick Forest. The result was one winning rink for each team, however, Ettrick Forest took the extra point for an overall win on shot-difference.

Still looking for their first league win, the men’s A team travelled to Ancrum. Gala were already weakened by the non-availability of some players and a comfortable win for Ben McGregor’s rink did not prove to be enough to compensate for other losing rinks, and the team remains without a win.

The B team played Abbotsford B on the Gala green and were also unable to gain the win which would have kept them just behind league leaders Ettrick Forest.

In the Scottish competition Ben McGregor beat Callum Riddell in the junior singles on the Melrose green and will now play the West Borders final tomorrow night.

In the fours category, the Gala team played at Waverley against a four from Ettrick Forest. The Gala four lost, leaving McGregor as the only representative from the club left in the Scottish playdowns.


LAST week the senior team were at home to Wilton and the game ended in a draw.

The following night the A team were at home to Melrose and won by 13 shots while the B team were away to Stow and were heavily beaten.

In the Scottish qualifiers the Kelso triple were beaten by a shot at Berwick by Tweedmouth.

On Saturday The Peter Hogg Mixed Triples took place and in a very close final C. Grant, A. Stewart and J. W. Miller beat P. Lees, G. Douglas and H. Thomson by one shot.

The club would like to thank Peter Hogg for sponsorship of this tournament and also Maxwell Motors for sponsoring the A and B team games.

On Sunday the Legion Fours took place – the winners were Kelso A, the runners-up were Kelso B.


THE open triples tournament was won by Ian Scott and his son Alasdair from the host club who were playing with Ian’s niece Lauren Scott from nearby Newcastleton.

In the final they beat another local triple of New Town president Jock Corrie, Jim Jackson and Robert Cavers.

There were 10 entries and the winners were presented with the Arthur Gibson Perpetual Challenge Cup by Jock Corrie.