Forrest v Foster – a match to remember

St. Ronan's Primary School attain bronze award of the Scottish Bowls Association.
St. Ronan's Primary School attain bronze award of the Scottish Bowls Association.


HAWICK bowling ace Julie Forrest was invited to play in East Lothian Indoor Bowling Club’s 25th anniversary international singles last weekend.

On her path to the last eight on Sunday, Julie, sponsored by Teviotdale Leisure Centre, beat, among others, double Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Willie Wood 21-15.

On the Sunday she started well by overcoming Scottish Internationalist Scott Kennedy 21-14, she then met World Singles Champion Paul Foster in the semi-final which proved to be the tie of the tournament.

With some beautiful drawing and running shots from both parties, it was nip and tuck till the 18th end when the score stood at 13-11 for Foster. He then scored five without reply and was six shots clear with two ends to play.

Then Julie fired in the penultimate end, clearing all of Foster’s bowls out and scoring four. She then went on to score two shots and take the game into an extra end at 18-18.

Unfortunately for Forrest, Foster scored the deciding shot, leaving the spectators to agree it was a game they would remember for a long time.

Foster was beaten in the final 21-18 by David Peacock of East Lothian.


FOLLOWING their success of last year, 35 pupils from St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen, have completed the bronze award of the Scottish Bowls Coaching Scheme.

The youngsters were presented with their diplomas and badges by past president of St Ronan’s Bowling Club, Bob Heaney, at an assembly of the school last Thursday.

This is the second year that the school and the club have completed this project and hope to continue the success next year with even more pupils taking part. All were commended on their hard work in passing the various tests.

Also at the presentation, the hon. president of Edinburgh & Leith BC’s Ex-Presidents’ Association presented a cheque for £160 to St Ronan’s BC to support their Junior Development Programme.


PLAYING on a fast carpet, the seniors suffered a heavy defeat against a strong East Lothian outfit at Meadowmill.

Although two of the four rinks battled well, especially early on, East Lothian piled up the shots and in the end none of the Tweedbank rinks managed a victory. The team remains ahead of neighbours Teviotdale, but only on shot difference.

On Saturday, the ladies travelled to play West Lothian at Livingston.

Despite leading throughout the first half, the visitors lost their grip on the game, eventually losing by 105-71.

This Saturday, the ladies entertain West Lothian at the Tweedbank stadium, where they will be looking to reverse the result.

On the same day the men continue their league campaign with an away match at Methil against East Fife.

At the stadium, the list is now on the noticeboard for the St Andrew’s game on Friday, November 25. There are already 27 names up with 36 required.

Some categories of Scottish competition have been dated and members involved should note the dates and times of matches, together with the rules which will apply when matches cannot be played on the date shown.