Summer weather smiles on Borders bowlers


THE season starts early for the under-25s with the annual tournament on the Hawick greens on Sunday.

This competition was very successful last year with teams taking part from Midlothian and Fife, together with the Scottish Ladies’ Under-25 team.

The Borders Under-25 side is drawn from players all over the region, including Berwickshire, and a good turnout of supporters will give them plenty of encouragement for the Scottish League which follows very soon afterwards.


IN ALMOST tropical conditions Earlston opened their green on Sunday.

Long-standing member Muff Young threw the first jack before the club held its annual triples tournament, where the team of Pat McNally (skip), Ronnie Stewart and Malcolm Scott beat Barry Johnstone (skip), Gail Moffatt and Bill Peffers in an entertaining final.


The club had its opening day on Saturday and after the initial ceremony in which the first jack was played by Claire Greaves, 32 members had an enjoyable outing in very pleasant weather.

This was followed by a meal in the clubhouse and president Paul Greaves welcomed members to the new season with the hope that it would be an enjoyable one.


The club will open its green this Saturday at 7pm with president David Laidlaw’s wife Lorna throwing the first jack.

Following this there will be an evening of fun bowls and a quiz night in the clubhouse.

On Sunday, the annual president’s v vice-president’s game will begin at 2pm. All new members will be made very welcome.

The club is also proud to continue its association with A. J. Learmouth Butchers as its main sponsor for 2011. More info can be found at


The one important event for the last full week of the season was the final of the Jock Brodie competition at Meadowmill.

The Tweedbank seniors had reached the final for the first time for some years, but faced a difficult task against East Lothian on their own carpet.

The match started well for East Lothian and a lead was soon built up, but the Borderers fought back well.

Unfortunately, two winning rinks could not keep up with the losses on the third and it became clear that a win for Tweedbank was becoming unlikely.

The final result was victory for East Lothian who, on the day, were the better team.

The club’s presentation night on Friday was well-supported with a maximum 48 players taking part in a final game on the green.

The club will remain open during the summer months on Thursdays from 10am for the disabled. If any members wish to continue with “bounce” games this will be possible on Thursdays between noon and 2pm.

For details please contact the secretary on 01896 750601.