Bonspiel a big hit

IN section one of last week’s Agrii Border league, both front runners suffered defeats in very close games, writes Alastair Lindsay.

Swinton went down 6-3 to Roxburghe and Yester 3-4 to Greenlaw, who have now leapfrogged into the lead by two points.

In the section two game, Ayton Castle had a 6-6 peel with Kelso, who along with Earlston, St Boswells and Lees, are in joint second spot behind Coldstream.

So, in the closing stages, there is much to play for in both sections.

Following the opening round of the Dickinson Trophy Coldstream I, Greenlaw I, Duns and Swinton will battle it out in section one while in section two Chirnside, Earlston II, Lammermuir and Foulden II are the contestants. The semis and final will take place tomorrow, book now for early seats.

Last Friday, a unique event took place in the form of the Border Union Bonspiel, involving all Border Show societies, Discussion groups, NFU, as well as old Uncle Tom Cobley and all. When all was done and dusted, the Glendale Show rink won under the guidance of James and Joan Dixon, Border Union came second and leading sponsor Agrii were third, with suitable feeding and merriment to wind up the evening.

The 20th Marie Curie Bonspiel was a busy one-day event on Saturday, with a slightly reduced number compared to previous times, but if width was lacking, quality was there.

A certain D. Brown had looked an early runaway winner, but in a later stage all was lost and newly returned Canadian tourist Jim Cullen took the honours.

An enjoyable evening meal was had and Tommy Grieve’s entertainment ensured a successful way of finishing the night.