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BUCCLEUCH

LAST Tuesday saw the seniors at home to Kelso, and it was the visitors who tasted victory by 50 shots to 48 following a nail-biting encounter. Best for Buccleuch were E. Barker, K. Lyle and F. Spalding (skip) 18-13.

ALSO last Tuesday, the ladies were in league action in an evening tie at home to Newtown, and with one rink drawn at 10-10, it was the squad comprising M. Johnston, H. Megahy, L. Sykes and C. Hogarth (skip) who carded an incredible 37 shots to one win, and four points for the hosts.

LAST Wednesday saw the men securing the spoils by 67 shots to 58 after a closely-contested home match against St Ronan’s. Best for the home team were R. Silver, T. Little, C. Miller and G. Johnstone (skip) 23-7.

TOMORROW (Saturday) sees the annual friendly against visitors South Tyneside, followed by a meal. Club colours please.

HAWICK

THE Seniors played host to Newtown last Tuesday, and as the visitors arrived two players short, both Wilson Blaikie and Bert Wear agreed to turn out for the visitors. In the end, the result was a good win for the homesters. Top rink for the Teries comprised G. Lyall, W. Wells and C. Logan. Details: J. H. Gray 17 D. Jaffrey 9; A. Wilson 14 G. Corcoran 17; R. McDonald 8 M. McCall 14; G. Lyall 22 B. Dessane 10.

LAST Wednesday, the ‘A’ team’s good run of form came to an end at Lauder, where they were edged out by 87 shots to 86. Top rink for Hawick was the N. Amos-skipped squad. Details: A. Gillan 25 L. Clarkson 10; I. Hogarth 7 N. Amos 23; D. Cassidy 17 M. Christy 22; L. Wilson 18 G. Lyall 12; C. Ainslie 20 C. Spalding 19.

The ‘B’ team made the short trip to Wilton, and a closely-fought game saw the hosts emerge winners by 69 shots to 62. Top rink for Hawick comprised A. McCredie, J. Armstrong, M. Oliver and W. Blaikie (skip). Details: K. McCartney 15 T. Anderson 17; G. McPherson 19 R. Bell 9; R. Redmond 15 W. Blaikie 25; L. Forrest 20 K. Oliver 11.

The club’s Colin Spalding won the Zanders Turnbull open single-hand event on the Langholm old green, defeating Scott Morrison (Langholm New).

WILTON

Last Wednesday night, the five-rink ‘A’ team boosted their hopes of retaining top division status with an 87 shots to 64 victory at Selkirk.

The visitors recorded four wins and one defeat, but they had to come from behind as after seven of the 17-end contest the home team led by 30 shots to 28. However, by the completion of the same amount of heads, the West Stewart Place side had forged ahead and were leading by 66 shots to 52; and added another 37 to their tally to seal victory.

The ‘sweep’ winners for the visitors were John Smyth, Malcolm Scott, Stuart Anderson and Alan Brady (skip).

Details: D. Macleod 12 R. Taylor 19; S. Henderson 13 A. J. Kyle 18; I. Borthwick 17 C. Macdougall 10; S. Hislop 11 C. Sutherland 16; E. McGregor 11 A. Brady 24.

the ‘B’ team played host to their local rivals from the Hawick Club in last Wednesday night’s 17-end league match, and it was the home team who held the advantage from start to finish to record a 69 shots to 62 triumph. After seven ends, the score was 38-28, and following the completion of 14 heads only two shots separated the teams (55-53). Over the concluding ends, the West Stewart Place side notched another 14 shots to Hawick’s nine.

Top Wilton squad comprised Elliot Halliday, Eddie Pollard, David Smart and Gordon McPherson (skip).

Details: K. McCartney 15 T. Anderson 17; L. Forrest 20 K. Oliver 11; R. Redmond 15 W. Blaikie 25; G. McPherson 19 R. Bell 9.

LAST Friday night’s Top Ten game at Ettrick Forest saw the singles going the way of the home team’s I. Hogg who defeated Wiltonian Alan Brady by 21 shots to 17. The pairs were contested between Stuart Anderson and Chris Macdougall (Wilton) and P. McVie and S. Bell (skip), with Anderson and Macdougall winning by 16 shots to ten.

The triple of Ryan Brady, Alan Waugh and Reece Taylor (skip) dominated their game against the A. Elder-skipped trio, winning by 22 shots to 13. In the fours match, Wilton’s Bruce Millar, Duncan Macdougall, Andrew Kyle and Colin Sutherland (skip) lost out to Jock Wilson’s rink by 16 shots to 18, However, the Sutherland squad added five vital shots to their tally at the last end to help the team’s overall score.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the semi-finals, with Wilton up against Ayton at Abbotsford, with the winners contesting the final at Melrose. The other semi is between Kelso and Abbotsford at Waverley.

the Armstrong round-robin triples was contested on Sunday, with competitors playing three games of seven ends, and the section winners and highest up overall qualifying for the the last four.

In the semi-final between Brian Stormont, Kenny Lyle and Robert Potts and Stuart Anderson, Graham Brownlee and Alan Brady (skip), it was the last-named who won by five shots to 2. The semi-finalists in the bottom half of the draw were Alistair, Jordan and Reece Taylor (skip) who lost out to Rob Drysdale, Michael and John Smyth (skip) who claimed victory by seven shots to three.

In the final, Anderson, Brownlee and Brady led by six shots to nil after three of the seven-end clash. Smyth’s squad then scored 4, 1 to close the deficit to 6-5, and over the last two ends both sides added two shots to their total but it was the Brady-led side who won by eight shots to seven.

Alistair Taylor gave the vote of thanks before handing out the Armstrong-supported prizes.

The Border Burghs tournament was played at Selkirk and Ettrick Forest on Saturday, when the winners were Abbotsford. The three-rink Wilton team were third in this prestigious event, and also made their mark by scooping the best individual prize with the squad of Ronnie Nichol, Ryan Brady, Stuart Anderson and Alan Brady (skip), recording three wins (50 shots up).