Mercer retains carpet crown


AS the Borders carpet bowling season reached its climax the battle for the player of the year title was hotting up and with two events left the prize was anybody’s.

In the penultimate event at Cappercluech an excellent performance by Davie Jackson, finishing runner-up to Jock Bell, meant that with one event to go at Lindean, there were seven players all in with a chance.

After some excellent bowling victory on the night went to Stuart Coltherd, who defeated Ryan Simpson in the final. Semi-finalists were John Jackson and Bruce Jeffrey.

Jackson’s semi-final appearance pushed him into a tie for third place in the overall standings – which he shared with Graham Anderson and Bill Hedley.

Runner-up was Jim Mercer, with the winner, successfully defending the title he won last year, Kevin Mercer.

The champ told TheSouthern: “This season saw a lot more players sharing the point scoring events and the standard was high.

“There is no big divide in class which made retaining the title a great achievement. I wish I could take all the credit, but I have to thank some of the players I have teamed up with along the way – players like Donald Clark and Kenny Forster. On behalf of the association I would like to thank all clubs for supporting the season and look forward to doing it all again next year.”


AFTER a long day of keen competition in the village hall the finalists agreed to share the cash at the open pairs carpet bowling tournament.

There was a good entry of 38 and the money was shared between local pair John Kinstrey and Colin Little, and Ian Hall of Canonbie, who was partnered by Bruce Jeffrey of Lindean.

Henry Lawrie and his playing partner from Crawford were knocked out in the semi-finals, along with Donald Clark and his partner from Traquair.

Thanks go to Ann Wood and Jean Pringle for their work in the kitchen and to everyone else who helped to contribute to a successful tournament.


THERE was an entry of 38 for the singles carpet bowling tournament in the Royal British Legion clubrooms.

In a tightly contested final Alan Hall of Canonbie emerged the winner, defeating local bowler Jim Wood of the Potholm.

In the semi-finals the eventual winner knocked out Davy Jackson from Lindean, and local player Stevie Barker also went out at that stage.

Paul Warwick who helped organise the tournament with Neil Campbell and Tom Reay, presented Alan Hall with the Tag Hogg memorial trophy.


WITH the season nearing its end, finals of various categories of competition are taking place and this week it was the men’s singles between Ian Crawford and Kenny Johnstone.

After building an early lead, Johnstone was chased all the way, but managed to hold out in the end for a 21-9 victory. This win climaxed an excellent season for Johnstone in which he gained a Scottish trial. It is hoped that he can take this further in October when competing in the Scottish singles.

On Saturday, the ladies competed in the Nan Wintrup Two-bowl Pairs competition at the stadium.

There were 16 ladies divided into two sections of four pairs, playing in a round robin format.

After what had been an enjoyable day’s bowling, with most of the ladies staying for the final, the cup was presented to Ella Gardiner and Rita Jefferson by Jimmy Wintrup.

On Sunday, the annual general meeting of the club will be held at the stadium, starting at 7pm.