FOR the second week in succession Hawick got the better of Gala in the shortened game.
But for the second week in a row they came a cropper in their subsequent tie.
The Greens made easy work of Gala in the opening tie at Melrose, running out 24-7 winners.
Bruce McNeil did all the work to create Hawick’s first try before allowing Stuart Hogg to carry the ball over the line and touch down.
The teenage Glasgow full-back is recovering from a shoulder injury but showed flashes of brilliance throughout.
Gala edged into the lead with a converted try from Bruce Dick to make the half time score 5-7 to the Maroons.
But Hawick switched up a gear after the restart with Gary Lowrie and Ryan Hogg (2) adding further tries and Rory Hutton making two conversions.
Things didn’t go as smoothly in the next round however as they took on the hosts.
Melrose cruised to a 19-0 half time lead with tries from Jamie Murray, Allan Dodds and Scott Wight, the latter converting two. The rout continued after the restart with further touch downs from Wight, Scott McCormick and Fraser Thomson, Wight again adding two conversions to make the final score 38-0 to the hosts.
Melrose progressed with victories over Selkirk and Jed-Forest before disposing of last year’s winners, Hamilton, from South Africa, 31-26 in the final to lift the Ladies Centenary Cup for the first time in 13 years.