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BUCCLEUCH: Last Monday saw the seniors bring down the curtain on their league campaign with a 93 shots to 88 win at Gala, a result which earned the Teries a third-place finish this season.

The seniors were back in action last Tuesday, recording a fairly comfortable 67 shots to 48 victory at home to Newtown. Best for the homesters were E. Barker, E. Collie and F. Spalding (skip) 19-9.

Buccleuch hosted the annual friendly with Leadgate, County Durham, last Thursday, and it was the visitors who came away with a narrow 109 shots to 108 triumph. The home side’s sweep winners were N. Dunn and W. Walker (half-a-game each) and J. McLeod, A. Martin and C. Stitt (skip). The company then enjoyed a meal in the clubrooms.

HAWICK: The men travelled to Kelso for last Monday’s encounter and managed to notch a win by 85 shot to 78, with skips Bill Anderson and Martin Christy pulling them through. Details: R. Paxton 16 L. Clarkson 13; D. Pobergh 6 M. Christy 22; G. Fairley 20 S. Clarkson 15; A. White 25 C. Spalding 14; W. Scott 11 B. Anderson 21.

Last Tuesday, the seniors entertained local rivals Wilton at home and continued their recent run of successes by winning by 62 shots to 52. Top rink for Hawick comprised Davy Thomson, Jim Gray and Bobby McDonald (skip).

Saturday’s open two-bowl pairs competition, which attracted an entry of 32 players from around the district, saw some of the fancied pairs fall at the group stages, none more so than home duo Bill Anderson and Les Clarkson. The final saw J. Renwick and R. McCulloch (Ancrum) against C. Miller and D. Gentleman (Buccleuch), with the former emerging as winners with one end still to be played. Hawick club president J. H. Reilly presented the prizes to the winners.

WILTON: Local interest at last week’s national finals at Ayr centred on Wilton members’ participation in the junior single-hand and ladies’ rinks.

The West Stewart Place squad of June Robertson, Joan Kyle, Betty Gibson and Irene Bennett (skip) commenced their tilt for national glory on the Thursday when they recorded an excellent 18 shots to 12 victory over Arthurlie. On the Friday, the Teries held their nerve to defeat Dumfries by 16 shots to 13 following a hard-fought contest. Saturday’s quarter-final opponents were Crookston and again Wilton played well to win by 22 shots to 15 and earn a semi-final spot.

With the predicted rain spoiling things on Sunday morning, the Teri ladies battled away against Oban and eventually secured a tremendous 18 shots to 9 success.

In the afternoon with the elements deteriorating, the Wilton quartet were up against Newton Park in the final and with home advantage being a major factor, a dominant Newton recorded a 27 shots to six victory against the Wiltonians. Despite this defeat, it was a tremendous achievement for Wilton to reach the final of the nationals.

In the junior single-hand, Wilton’s Reece Taylor was up against Grant Thomson (East Linton) and notched an excellent 21 shot to 19 win. In round two, he faced J. Penrose of Port William and again Reece was successful with a 21 shots to 14 triumph. His opponent in the quarter-finals was C. Taggart from the Hynland Club and the latter caught the rink straight away, recording a comfortable victory before going on to win the competition.