PLAYING their last club competition of the season, Earlston bowlers enjoyed a fine day on Saturday before returning to the clubrooms for the annual presentations.
Competition on the final day was stiff, with six rinks battling it out to get their names on the roll of honour before the shutdown.
In the end it was club president Bob Beattie who led his team of Andrew Black, Neil Adams and George Dougal to victory following a dramatic showdown for the title against whistling greenkeeper George Moffat (skip), Alex Fairley, Malcolm Scott and Trish Cessford.
Mr Beattie’s triumph was gratefully received later on in the evening when he filled the cups.
However, some members were not quite as grateful on the Sunday morning.
In his closing speech, Mr Beattie congratulated the winners and thanked all the members for their continuing support of the club.
Fundraising will continue throughout the closed season, beginning with the much-anticipated race night on Saturday, October 13, which will be held in the clubrooms.
Members and friends will be made most welcome.
Earlston Bowling Club trophy winners 2012: Men’s Championship, G. A. Cessford; Ladies’ Championship, G. Moffat; Handicap, S. Greer; 2Bowl, N. Kellett; 7-Up, D. Kellett; Nomination Pairs, B. Turner and A. Moffat; Aussie Pairs, Malcolm Scott and G. Moffat; Points, M. Young; Seniors, A. Black; Club Triples, S. Weatherhead, Michael Scott, G. A. Cessford; Club Pairs, M. Hope and G. A. Cessford; Club Rinks, B. Beattie, A. Black, N. Adams, G. Dougal.
DURING the last week, the only outstanding match was the final game in the Tuesday morning triples for the seniors.
The Gala team was in second place prior to the final game, on the same points as Wilton, but behind on shot difference.
Once again the weather turned out to be the only winner with all the last games being abandoned.
It is likely that the winners of the league will be decided at the beginning of the 2013 season, at which time all outstanding games will be played.
The club closed for the 2012 campaign on Saturday and once again there was a good turnout.
The weather was fine and members enjoyed a game on the green, followed by a buffet and presentation of prizes.
Special mention was made of the number of junior players at the club and it was hoped they would return in 2013.
The indoor carpet will soon be laid and the aim is to organise Friday night games.
Members were reminded about the October race night and the wine and dine in early December.
WITH most of the outdoor clubs having finished playing for the season, the indoor stadium games have started with the first ones in the various leagues taking place during last week.
The Scottish leagues got under way this week.
The men have a home fixture on Saturday against the Headwell club from Dunfermline, while the ladies travel to East Lothian.
There will also be a hat game every Saturday, starting this weekend at 6.30pm, open to members and non-members.
Points will be earned each week and prizes awarded to those with the highest number of points at the end of December.
Entries for the Scottish competitions should be made as soon as possible.
Each category will be drawn and played to a finish before the next one starts.
The first is the ladies’ and gents’ fours, and entries close on Monday.
THirty-four St Ronan’s Primary School pupils completed the Scottish Bowls coaching scheme bronze award this year at the club.
St Ronan’s is one of the few Borders schools that provide children with the opportunity to learn green bowls – and the only one that encourages them to study for the bronze award.