Around the region’s greens

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LAST week’s action began with the A team playing Hawick at home in the D R Lightbody Border Bowling League.

As in the previous encounter, this was an extremely close game, and with only one rink left on the green and Abbotsford winning overall by two shots, Hawick only managed to score one shot at the last, leaving the hosts winners by 75-74.

The B team played Hawick Wilton away where their recent good form deserted them. They were beaten 89-66.

The Top Ten competition continued on Friday with Waverley the opponents on the Gala green. Abbotsford got off to the best possible start, with Tommy Newall in inspired form, securing a quick 21-7 victory over Robert Crawford. This was followed by the pair of Kenny Johnstone and Brian Anderson racing into a 13-0 lead against Craig Elliot and David Miller Jnr, eventually winning 24-10. The rink game was tight all the way through, with Scott Thomson, Graham Prentice, Gordon Bowers and Eckie Hancock winning 12-11 against the rink skipped by Ralph Nicholson.

The triple of Craig Turnbull, Jackie Hardie and Colin Hancock suffered the only defeat on the night, losing 15-19 against Jimmy Paterson, Gary Thorburn and Dougie Wilson.

The next round will be against Melrose tomorrow night at Waverley BC.


IT HAS been another week of bad weather, but fortunately it did not affect the matches due to be played in the various leagues.

It being the Gala week, the normal Wednesday league matches were switched to the Monday and the A team had an away fixture against neighbours Waverley. For one of the five rinks the game was a disaster and early success on the other four rinks was not enough to prevent Waverley from taking the lead.

The one rink continued to suffer and in the latter half of the match the others began to lose shots.

The final result was a decisive victory for Waverley, leaving the Gala A team still fighting relegation.

The following day, the seniors travelled to Jedburgh for the triples league, knowing that another win would consolidate their position at the top of the league.

The match started badly, and although two of the four rinks recovered to finish with 10-shot and 7-shot wins, it was not enough to prevent Jed from winning overall. Fortunately, results elsewhere were helpful and Gala managed to retain their pole position.

Club members are advised that the draw for the handicap singles has now been made and also players are still needed for the Border Burghs.


JAMES LITTLE from Gretna, and his playing partner Clive Richardson of Caldbeck, won the open pairs tournament last Sunday.

In the final, they beat the host club pair of Colin Turk and Grant Fletcher.

In the semi-finals, the eventual winners defeated the Melrose entry of Mike Patterson and Gordon Graham. Also knocked out in the semi-finals were Scott Smith and Davy Ferguson from Eastriggs.

There was an entry of 35 and the tournament was sponsored by Zander Turnbull. The David Pool Memorial Cup was presented to the winners by Elma Aitken.

Old Town president Colin Turk thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success.