Around the region’s greens


THE A team travelled to Stow last week for the first round of the Knockout Cup and managed to come away with a comfortable win.

Saturday saw the qualifying rounds for the Border Tournament. In the junior singles, Michael Gilchrist won his first game 20-5 against Cameron Wilson (Gala), but despite playing some excellent bowls he lost out in the second round to more experienced David Tait (Stow).

Last year’s winners of the triples – Ian Macdonald, Ecky Hancock and Brian Anderson – travelled to St Ronan’s where they came up against a triple from Waverley. After a keenly-contested game the score was all-square at the last end and, despite a good effort from Anderson, they lost the tie by one shot.

In the pairs, last year’s semi-finalists Kenny Johnstone and Colin Hancock won their first two games against Waverley and Melrose, before coming up against St Ronan’s in the last qualifier. Despite trailing throughout the game, they managed to stage a comeback and won a competitive tie on the extra end.

The ladies played their last Border League game against Melrose and finished on a high, gaining five points.

Elsewhere, the ladies’ triple of Frances MacDonald, Liz Waugh and Ella Brydon (Skip), who recently won at the Border tournament, will now play in the Torrance Purvis next year.

On Saturday, Craig Riddell and Tommy Newall contested the championship final. Riddell went 5-0 up in the opening stages before Newall settled down and raced into a 13-5 lead. Riddell scored singles on the next three ends, but could not match the consistency of Newall, who eventually won 21 - 10.

Tomorrow, 21 club worthies travel to Perth for the highly anticipated weekend tour, and it is hoped that all 21 will make it back.


THE last match in the Matt Purdie series was held at the Selkirk club, where the visitors were from Stirling County.

After a disappointing campaign, the Borderers wanted to finish with a win and, with this in mind, they started well and at the completion of 10 ends the team remained in front by the small margin of two shots.

The match was delicately poised at this stage and neither side was certain of a win. Stirling County did make some progress, but were held back by the hosts and there was a tense finish.

Unfortunately, with just a few shots separating the two teams, two Borders rinks dropped counts of three on their last ends and the match finished with a win for Stirling County by 56-48.

Following completion of area play-offs except in Area Three, which had been the victim of the recent bad weather, the Border Championship finals will be on Saturday, August 27, at Gala. In the meantime, draws will be made for the Fours Championship this week to be played at four different venues this Saturday.

Club secretaries will be advised which venue and the time of matches during the course of this week. Any queries to the secretary on 01896 750601.


ANOTHER week of mixed fortunes began with the senior triples league when the club was able to put out a strong team for the visit of Buccleuch.

This proved to be one of the best results of the season with all four rinks up and a win by almost 60 shots.

However, with only four matches left, there is little chance of becoming champions for the second year in succession.

The ladies played their last league match of the season and finished with a poor result away to Kelso.

On the same evening, the B team played a re-arranged match against Waverley B. The Gala men were well in front early on and a win looked likely, but a collapse towards the end meant they lost this final match of the season.

The A team met Jedburgh in the preliminary round of the League Cup and, despite a good start, they fell away towards the finish and only one rink managed a win – by a single shot on the last end.

The area play-offs for the Border Championships in all categories except the fours were played on Saturday and there was some success for the club in the performance of Malcolm Thin in the singles.

Following the recent rain, the St Ronan’s green was very heavy, but he produced an excellent performance to reach the semi-finals.

The triple of Iain Wilson, Eddie Czajka and Paul Butterfield also did quite well, winning the first two matches before being well beaten by the triple representing Gala Waverley, who will now go forward.

Sixteen teams from the Borders took part in the annual ladies’ invitation triples. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather, this had to be cancelled after lunch.

One section had only been able to play one game. The ladies did not wish to be refunded with their entry money and it was agreed to donate £300 to three local charities – Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, Macmillan Centre at the Borders General Hospital and the new Palliative Care Unit at the BGH.


FOR some, especially considering the constant bad weather experienced lately, it will be good news to hear that the indoor facilities at Tweedbank will be open from Monday, September 5, initially between noon and 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The same deal will be in place for the current season, with half-price memberships available for all new members and any old members returning after a two-year break.

All new members will be most welcome and can either visit at the times stated above or can obtain full details by contacting the club on 01896 756396 during the same times or the secretary on 01896 750601 at any time.