Clubs looking forward to getting indoors

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THE last ladies’ and gents’ competitions were decided over the last two weeks.

In the ladies championship, Liz Waugh beat Ella Brydon 21-17 and in the two-bowl pairs Liz Waugh and Ella Stewart met Nan Davidson and Mary Birse. With the score 9-9 in the last end, Waugh and Stewart scored one shot to win by the closest of margins.

In the confined pairs Tommy Mann Jnr and John Purves beat Ben Reid and Tommy Mann Snr and in the Woolfsen Trophy final, Charlie Ferguson, Bill Philip and Kenny Johnstone overcame Doug Orr, Bill Waugh and Colin Hancock.

More than 40 members turned up on Saturday for the closing day and presentation of prizes, and a good time was had by all.

The Border Computing Ltd Indoor League will start soon and any one wishing to enter should add their team players’ names to the list on the noticeboard.


THE senior triples league remains to be decided.

With two matches to play the Gala seniors. Tuesday’s away fixture at Newtown was very close and for some time it looked to be a win for Newtown. A count of eight on one rink made the overall score very close. An extra effort from the Gala seniors, aided by a count of five, gave them the lead with very few ends left and they held on for a win by 54 shots to 47.

Gala are second place on the same shots as Wilton but with an inferior shot difference. Wilton has two matches outstanding and Gala can win the league with a win in the last game if Wilton lose in their remaining matches.

Friday’s junior championship final, between Lewis Watt and Shane Smith, was an excellent display. Lewis took an early lead of six shots to nil. Shane fought back to a four-shot lead but in two ends, Lewis had levelled the score at 14 shots each.

The next six ends were shared, leaving the score at 18 shots each. The next end was the last as for once Lewis failed to recover a match winning lie and Shane won by 21 shots to 18.

The final club event was the gents pairs. The final, between Graham Smith partnered by Angus Tait and Eddie Curran with Eck Ormiston, was close early on but Smith and Tait took control to win.

Saturday is the closing day and presentation of prizes. Members intending to play should arrive by 1.30pm. The dress for players will be greys/whites with club jerseys/ties if appropriate.


CONSIDERING the current weather Border bowlers will be relieved that the indoor leagues start next week with the gents on Monday, the ladies on Wednesday and mixed on Thursday.

The afternoon leagues start today at 2pm.

There is a newsletter available and the programme for the first two weeks is on the main noticeboard. Events include a new Hat Game session on Saturdays at 6.30pm starting on October 6. Players will earn points each week with one point for each player, two points for each winning team and four points for the highest up rink overall. There will be prizes at the end of December. It is hoped that there will be good support for this new venture.

With the outdoor season now finished it is also a chance for old members and others new to the indoor to give it a try. You do not need to be a member to come in and play. You will not get wet or need to wrap up against the cold.

Anyone interested can contact the club on weekdays, noon-4pm or evenings, 7-9pm, by telephoning 01896 756396.

For all new members half price membership is available for the first year.