Mercers in pole

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THE player of the year competition is approaching an exciting end with only two ranking events left.

The current standings are: 1, K. Mercer (Fountainhall) 10 points; 2, J. Mercer (Fountainhall) 9; 3 equal, G. Anderson (Lanton), B. Hedley (Westruther) 8; 5, J. Jackson (Lindean) 6; 6, G. Sandilands (Ancrum) 5.

After a excellent day which saw 44 rinks take part in the most competitive day of the season, the final of the Newcastleton Rinks was contested by Jock Bell and Kevin Mercer.

After a close and exciting game, which went all the way to the last end, victory went to Kevin and his team of David and Kenny Foster and Jim Mercer. Jock Bell was well supported all day by Eric and Lesley Simpson and Sandy Dobbie. Special thanks for the day went to the organisers and sponsors.


Lanton Singles: 1, G. Anderson; 2, J. King; 3, R. Buchanan; 4, G. Buchanan (All Lanton).


THE last of the current season’s play-offs was the fours, held on Saturday at the Meadowmill Stadium in Tranent.

For the men, Tweedbank was represented by Ben McGregor, Derek Pearce, Neil McNally and Kenny Johnstone.

Their first game in the preliminary round resulted in a 20-13 victory against West of Scotland. Next up were Falkirk and the Tweedbank four turned in a superb performance. McGregor had an excellent game at lead and was well supported by Pearce and McNally, leaving Johnstone at skip very little to do. During the whole game Falkirk were limited to scoring five singles and finally lost by 23-5.

The Tweedbank four moved to the Midlothian stadium in Dalkeith on Sunday where their first opponents were Perth. Once again McGregor was in good form at lead and the other three Tweedbank players also continued where they left off on the Saturday to amass 25 shots for another emphatic victory.

The last match in the play-offs prior to the semi-finals at the beginning of April was against a very tough quartet from West Lothian. In a closely fought match the Tweedbank four were never out of it, however, things did not go their way and they were finally beaten 18-15.

For the ladies the club was represented by Jackie Ormiston, Moira Blyth, Gail Lindores and Marie Todd, also at Meadowmill. They had a bye in the preliminary round and played Portobello in the next. The ladies played some good bowls, but unfortunately were never really able to make any significant challenge, losing 21-10 to a team which finally lost out to Abbeyview in the final match on Sunday.

The next action for the club will be the second round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday when the men will travel to the Headwell Club in Dunfermline to face a team from Stonehaven.

On Sunday Tweedbank will host the annual Eddie Johnstone Open Triples and there are currently 16 entries.

There is still time put in a team and members are again asked to give this competition their support.