Around the region’s greens

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The teams had very mixed results in the various leagues matches, with the seniors and the ladies being beaten by local rivals Gala.

However, the ladies’ triple of May Turner, Liz Waugh and Nan Davidson have secured a place in the second round of the East of Scotland competition.

On Wednesday, the A team suffered a heavy defeat at home to Waverley A, but the B team had better fortunes and returned from playing Kelso B with a very good win. On Friday evening, the penultimate rounds of the Scottish Play-offs took place with both the triple and rink in action on the Wilton green.

Unfortunately, the triple did not progress, however, contrary to last week’s report, the rink of Alan Howlieson, Gordon Bowers, John Purves and Tom Mann Jnr progressed to the district finals this Sunday in Melrose (apologies gents).

Also through to the district finals are the senior four of Liz Waugh, Ella Stewart, Nan Davidson and Ella Brydon, while the ladies triple skipped by Jackie Ormiston fell at the final hurdle against a strong Chirnside team.

On Sunday, in rather cold conditions, the annual Hunter Cup competition took place on the Abbotsford green with an entry of 23 pairs. The final was an Abbotsford versus Waverley affair, with Craig Turnbull and Tom Mann Jnr (Abbotsford) defeating Jim Watson and Charlie Stark (Waverley) after eight ends. This Sunday, Abbotsford are holding an open day as part of the Borders Festival of Sport. Any budding bowlers of any age wishing to try the game, are invited along to the club at Eastlands Road (beside the public park) for 2pm. Club coaches and players will be on hand for a fun afternoon’s bowling.

All first-round ties of the Club Championship need to be played by Sunday or players risk being scratched.


IN the Hamilton Trophy series, the Borders had a home fixture against Midlothian at Gala Waverley and the home team recorded a fine 132-97 victory to move up to third in the table behind West Lothian on points scored.

The highest win for the Borders was achieved by Matthew Fairlie (Coldstream), Euan Lindores (Jedburgh), Kevin Donaldson (Gordon) and Graeme Forsyth (Chirnside). In the first seven ends they scored 13 shots without reply, including two counts of four. In the last six ends their Midlothian opponents managed to stop the flow of shots against them, but the result was still a magnificent 27-8 victory for the Border four.

Once again, Reece Taylor (Wilton), Leighton Henderson (Gordon), Stuart Bebbington (Tweedmouth) and Alan Brady (Wilton) finished with a win, as did Ewen McGregor (Hawick), David Miller Snr (Waverley), David Miller Jnr (Waverley) and Neil McNally (Melrose).

Saturday sees the team with an away fixture to Fife at Kennoway before taking on West Fife on Saturday, June 18, with a real chance of a spot in the quarter-finals.


ANOTHER rollercoaster week for the club saw the blended Earlston/Melrose men’s senior team jump another place up the league to sit right on the tails of leaders Jedburgh, thanks to a 67-45 away win at Hawick Buccleuch.

No such form could be found for the men’s team who once again struggled on the road, this time being slaughtered 100-58 on the Melrose green.

More disappointment came on Friday night when the rink of Alex Fairley, Martin Goodfellow, Steven Greer and George Cessford (skip) were edged out of the Scottish Qualifiers (19-14) by the Jed four of Jim Straker, Robbie Lindores, Greg Nagle and Ewan Lindores (skip).

The club wish good luck to ladies’ pair Gail Moffat and Denise Kellett who will be the sole Earlston representatives at Sunday’s regional finals at Melrose.

Last Sunday saw 16 teams of four from all over the Borders converge on the Earlston green for the club’s annual invitation rinks tournament, but it was the hosts who proved the hottest, with Denise Kellett, Bill Scott, Steven Greer and Neil Kellett (skip) scorching to an 8-4 victory over their opponents from Gordon.


THE club’s last survivor in the Scottish qualifiers for men, Ben McGregor in the under-25 singles category, defeated Reece Taylor from Wilton to make the Borders finals this Sunday.

The winner of this last match will represent the Borders in the Scottish finals at Ayr in the last week of July.

In the senior triples league, unbeaten Abbotsford were the visitors, but Gala rallied in the end to win the match and leapfrog their neighbours in the table.

The mens A team were at home to Kelso and while there was a good win for one rink there were defeats for two others which left the team still looking for their first win of the season.

Meanwhile, the B team were unable to field a full side at Ettrick Forest in the third division and succumbed to defeat.

But good news came in the ladies’ triples category in Scottish competition as Pauline Anderson, Moira Blyth and Gail Lindores qualified for the finals at Melrose to face a triple from Chirnside.


LAST Tuesday the senior team were away to Jedburgh and were beaten by 21 shots.

But the A team returned from Gala with a fine 30-shot win the following day. The B team were at home to Abbotsford B on the same night and were beaten by 23 shots.


THE host club triple of Kevin Irving and his son Wayne, along with Billy Currie, won the Langholm Old Town bowling club invitation triples last Sunday.

A total of 16 triples took part in the round-robin event and the runners-up were Old Town president Grant Fletcher – who was playing with his brother Stuart – and Colin Turk.