THE climax of an excellent series of matches in the Torrance Purvis Competition saw the Border Ladies travel to Wishaw for the semi-finals and final of the competition.
For once, the players were greeted with sunshine and they began their quest with a semi-final match against West of Scotland.
The local players rewarded their large travelling support by having the best of the early part of the match. In the singles category, which is so often crucial in deciding the eventual outcome, Hazel Scott of Selkirk built on a solid start to win by 21-12.
At the same stage the pairs and triples were both having close games while the fours were being well beaten. With the match likely to be decided on shots, it was important to keep the scores close and with just a few ends left to play, the position looked quite favourable for the Borders.
In the triples category Zenda Borthwick (Hawick), Liz Waugh (Abbotsford) and Joyce Dickey (Hawick) secured a win by 19-12, but Jean Casson (Waverley), Frances Spalding (Buccleuch), Margaret Aitken (Melrose) and Margaret Wilson (Waverley) lost their fours match by 23-10 despite a spirited comeback from being 16-2 adrift.
The pair of Mary Martin and Caroline Hogarth, both from Buccleuch, fell away on the last two ends and were defeated 22-13.
With both teams having four points the match was decided on shot difference and the loss of shots late on proved very costly to the Borders with West of Scotland going into the final.
In the afternoon, the ladies met Aberdeen in a play-off and a clean sweep meant that the Borders team clinched third place overall.
IT WAS the turn of the untried and untested to tout their skills on the turf of Earlston Bowling Club on Saturday and following a mammoth effort to drain and dry the greens, the annual pro-am tournament got underway.
Great fun was had by all, with the non-bowlers giving their more experienced partners moments of pleasure and pain in equal dosage. The same could be said in reverse, in some cases.
At the end of a long and gratifying day, Steven Greer and Stuart Stevens met Steven McNally and David Young in an enthralling final.
Greer and Stevens surged ahead and amassed a six-point lead with three ends to play. McNally and Young came back with two twos, leaving them requiring three shots on the final end to win, but it wasn’t to be and their single shot left the final scoreline showing 6-5 to Greer and Stevens.
The Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils supports a number of events each year, one of which is a gents’ bowls competition which is open to teams from sports council areas from all over Scotland.
For 2012, the honour of staging the event was given to the Roxburgh Sports Council, the venues being the Hawick and Buccleuch bowling clubs.
Unfortunately, the weather was not favourable and on arrival it seemed likely that the match would have to be abandoned, even though some teams had travelled long distances to take part.
However, the rain did subside, and thanks to hard work by the greenkeeper, the competition went ahead.
Fourteen teams were divided into four sections, each team playing three games of six ends, with the winners of each section going forward to the semi-finals, where Inverness beat North Fife 6-1 and Roxburgh triumphed over Ross and Cromarty 7-2.
In the final, Roxburgh was represented by Jim Wallace, Grant Moyse, Frank Spalding and Watt Thomson from Buccleuch, and for Inverness the team was Niven Ross, Peter Smeaton, Roddy Mitchell and Tom Mackenna.
The local spectators were hoping for a Roxburgh win, but thanks to some inch-perfect shots from the Inverness skip, this was not to be.
The day was concluded with the presentation of prizes by David Laing, the chairman of the Scottish Association and also Roxburgh Sports Council.