There was a larger than usual turn out for the boys Ba’ in Jedburgh last Thursday, and as a result the town was rewarded with some brilliant Ba’ playing, writes Len Wyse.
Although there was the usual smuggling, the Ba’s were also played at great speed with some fast moves from the players. Player of the day in the boys was Robbie Douglas who hailed three Ba’s. Some of them went on to play in the men’s Ba’, although both games did overlap for about an hour as the boys had nine Ba’s donated this year. The first three Ba’s were played in 25 minutes, the fourth took about an hour and a half.
The men’s Ba’ started bang on 2pm and finished bang on 8pm. Again the play was good but a wee bit slower than the boys – not saying age has anything to do with it, just the style of play! There was a good turnout from the town and the surrounding district, representing the other Ba’ playing communities, including Bonchester, Ancrum and Denholm. We also had our supporters from south of the border, who turned out in force. One of them, Doc Rowe, hailing the Belters Ba’ up.
The weather, on the whole, was good despite the odd wet snow shower which failed to dampen the enthusiasm. A big thank you must go to the folk that donated Ba’s for special occasions, be it wedding anniversary or memorial Ba’s. The pubs, too, must be thanked for their donations. And finally, thanks to the shopkeepers who pay to get the shutters up to protect glass and players.
A good crowd were there on the day and none of the players were injured, apart from pride, on the day.