Forrest bowls some cracking woods to retain title

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JULIE FORREST has retained her British Indoor Bowling Singles title at Stanley, County Durham.

Sponsored by Teviotdale Leisure Centre, Forrest beat Carol Ingrouille of the Channel Islands in the semi-final and Bernie O’Brien of Ireland in the final.

Julie, pictured left, also played in the British Triples with her mother Betty Gibson and Joyce Dickie.

The team beat the favourites from England which consisted of three international skips in the semi-final. All three ladies played well. At the last end England were two shots in front when Joyce took the jack into the ditch and Scotland lay three.

The English skip then drew to overhang the jack with her last bowl, which Forrest took clean out with her last to take the game. In the final they could not quite catch the winning rink.


AGM – Robert Grieve stepped down from president after his two years in the post and Jock Corrie was elected as the new president with Neil Campbell the vice-president. Paul Mitchell is secretary with Avril Grieve the treasurer.

The green will open on Sunday, May 1, and it was decided that from the beginning of that month on each Tuesday there will be a come-and-try night.

Throughout the season there will be the usual factory cup tournament and the other open tournaments which includes one on the Castle Craigs day.


AGM – Last season had proved a successful one for the club and Grant Fletcher said he had enjoyed his first term as president, and thanked all the sponsors and helpers.

Secretary and treasurer Gavin Graham gave his final financial report which saw the club in a very healthy financial state. He announced his retirement from the post after many years of dedicated service, and on behalf of the club the president thanked him for his contribution over the years. The opening of the green and presentation of prizes will take place on Sunday, May 1, at 2pm.

Officials elected: president – Grant Fletcher; vice president – Colin Turk; secretary/treasurer – Grant Fletcher; assistant secretary – Wayne Irving.


For the senior men the second leg of the Portotweed Cup was held at Portobello.

With the hosts holding an advantage of 15 shots from the first leg Tweedbank had an uphill battle and Portobello retained the cup for another year.

At club level the final of the men’s pairs saw Ben McGregor and Tommy Mann Jnr succumb to Malcolm Thin and Alastair White.

In the final of the ladies’ singles, Marie Todd became club champion with a convincing victory over Gail Lindores.

The season will end shortly and more finals are due to be played in the next couple of weeks.

Saturday will be a very important day for Ralph Nicholson, Neil McNally and Alastair White, who will be playing in the semi-finals of the Scottish Triples at the West Lothian stadium in Livingston.

The match commences at 2pm and transport is being arranged from the Tweedbank stadium, leaving at 10.30 am.

There are still some seats left on the coach if any member, or anybody else, wishes to make the trip.

Proceedings will end with the usual prizegiving on Friday, April 15. Members should add their names to the list on the noticeboard.