THE season started off with the annual Under-25 Tournament, sponsored by Ian Smith of the Waverley Bar, on the Hawick and Buccleuch greens.
There was a cold wind blowing all day, however, the rain stayed away until the last couple of ends.
As per last year, the tournament was supported by teams from Fife and Midlothian, together with the Scottish under-25 ladies’ team.
In the morning session the Borderers were up against Fife on the Buccleuch green and they were soon lagging behind. The deficit reached 22 shots at one stage and hovered at this level for most of the match.
To their credit, they did reduce this deficit to just nine shots towards the end, but the gap quickly widened again with the Borders finally losing by 88-64.
In their second match, the home team moved to the Hawick green to face the ladies’ under-25s. This was a more successful encounter with the team quickly going 13-1 in front. This soon became 13-8, but this was the closest the ladies came with the Borderers winning by 93-80.
The last match was against Midlothian, who had already won both their earlier matches. With Fife looking on the way to winning their third match against the ladies, Borders looked to be going to frustrate Midlothian by taking this match, resulting with three teams sharing four points and the winner of the tournament being decided on shot difference overall.
The Borders team was ahead throughout, although the lead was a slender one at around 10 shots. Unfortunately in the very last few ends the Borders fell away, allowing Midlothian to catch up.
The capital outfit led by 45-44 with two ends in play. The first of these finished with two shots for the Borders to regain the lead, but the last end resulted in a single for Midlothian for a draw, which was enough to give them the cup with a total of five points.
For the Borders, 31 youngsters took part on the day and although they could only take third place overall they performed very well. The Scottish League programme starts later in May and there will be a get-together for the under-25s on the evening of Monday, May 21, venue yet to be decided.
Both the New Town and Old Town bowling clubs in Langholm opened last Sunday.
President Jock Corrie, now in his second year of office, welcomed a good turnout of members to the New Town club, then delivered the first bowl to open the new season and this was followed by a short friendly few ends in cold but dry conditions.
The Old Town club president Colin Turk welcomed a good attendance of members prior to delivering the first bowl of the season. A short friendly game then took place in what was a bitterly cold wind.
ON A cold Sunday afternoon it was a presidential affair at Selkirk Bowling Club.
Playing for the first time with his new bowls, vice-president Stuart Henderson won the Millenium trophy, beating president Jean Hinchliffe 13-4.
The semi-finalists were Graham Smith and Rob Pringle.