McNeil crowned Champion of Champions

Kelso were winners of the Border League knockout competition
Kelso were winners of the Border League knockout competition


THE final event of the season was Champion of Champions on Sunday, with Eyemouth’s Campbell McNeil defeating Alan Brady of Wilton 21-16 in the final.

In the semi-finals, McNeil defeated Selkirk’s Colin McKinnon 21-9 while Brady knocked out Euan Lindores of Jedburgh 21-10.

Both Brady and McNeil had previously won the cup and the final was very close from the start. The lead exchanged hands on a number of occasions until Brady jumped 19-13 ahead.

Needing just two more shots for victory, he had to wait another five ends before being crowned champion.

Border President Duncan Macdougall presented the trophy to McNeil.


The finals of the Border League Knockout competitions were held on the Selkirk green on Saturday, and in the Plate contest Wilton B took on their counterparts from Gala.

The four-rink Wilton side grabbed the initiative and led by 32-12 and went on to claim a comfortable 83-43 win.

Rink scores (Wilton first): R. Drysdale 16 I. Ormiston 12; L. Forrest 25, E. Curran 14; G. Fraser 18, P. J. Devine 8; R. Redmond 24, K. Wilkinson 9.

Kelso then took on Abbotsford in the five-rink Knockout Cup final, the fourth time in succession that the Gala-based club had made the final.

However, it was the Tweedsiders who secured a 77-64 victory. Rink scores (Kelso first): D. Poloczek 11 K. Johnstone 15; A. White 18 A. Hancock 12; S. White 18 C. Hancock 13; G. Frogley 19 J. Manczak 9; R. Purdie 11 B. Anderson 15.

Presentations for the Border League were also made, including the winners of the First Division (Waverley), Second Division (Selkirk) and B Division (Wilton).

The only other title to be decided is the Tuesday Senior League.

Border League president John Gibson made special mention of league sponsor D.R. Lightbody painter and decorator.


BOWLS Scotland is to hold a roadshow at Gala Bowling Club to update the region’s clubs on the work being done to develop the sport.

The roadshow is on Wednesday, 7-8.30pm.


THE club held its annual Scottish Building Society Pairs competition. Played in a round-robin format, the winners and runners-up of each section qualified for the semi-finals.

Ivan Hogg and Stuart Henderson defeated evergreen Pat Houston and Isabel Downie 8-3 in the first semi-final, while Eryl Roberts and Gordon Munro knocked out Tom Brown and Davie Weir in the other 7-3. 

In an entertaining final, the Hogg/Henderson pairing eased to victory by a score of 8-2 to lift the trophy for the second year in a row.

Ettrick Forest thanked the Scottish Building Society for their continued support. The raffle raised £60 for the Margaret Kerr Unit at the BGH.

Meanwhile, the Lauderdale Glass Mixed Pairs saw Aileen Allan and Craig Lowrie defeat Rose Elder and Colin Sandilands in an extra-end final.


IN a very important match for the seniors at Wilton, Gala failed to win any of the four rinks, and the Hawick club consolidated its position at the top of the Triples League.

There are still three weeks to go and if Gala can succeed in all four of their remaining matches there is still a chance of winning the league.

Entry lists for the remaining club competitions are on the noticeboard and there is still time to add names to the list for the club pairs previously postponed due to the weather.

Also, the list is up for the closing day match and presentation of prizes. Members are requested to add their names to the list as soon as possible.


BILLY Currie and Elma Aitken from the host club won the Old Town mixed pairs bowling tournament.

In the final they beat Willie Graham and Isabel Fraser from Eaglesfield.

Barton Leah and Sue Sanders from Newcastleton were knocked out in the semi-finals, and also out at that stage from Newcastleton were Joe and Terri Sergeant.

The tournament was sponsored by Ronnie Tait, builders, and the trophy was presented by Old Town president Colin Turk.