Forrest on fire to clinch national finals spot

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TEVIOTDALE’S Julie Forrest was in superb form over the weekend when she won through to the national finals at Falkirk in January.

In her first game at Inverclyde on Saturday she took on K. Cullinan, from the Headwell club, and wrapped up the game in eight ends with scores of 1, 4, 3, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3 to win 21-0. Tweedbank’s Gail Lindores was Julie’s next opponent and after 17 ends she had won by 21 shots to 9.

On Sunday morning Julie was up against the experienced Julie Sword, from East Fife, and her consistent form resulted in a win by 21 shots to 10.

Her quarter-final opponent was former world champon Margaret Letham and after 14 ends completed Julie was 14 shots to 12 down. However, she countered with a full house of four shots to regain the advantage; and secured a 21-15 victory at the 19th end.

The four-rink Teviotdale gents team travelled to the Headwell club in Dunfermline for their second match of the national leagues, and, on the day, the hosts were more than a match for the visitors and led by 11 shots after seven of the 21 ends (33-22). After the same amount of heads had been completed again the deficit had grown to 22 shots, and the Teries’ agony continued right to end with the home side winning by 102 shots to 60. Two of the visiting rinks were only three shots down, namely M. Hogarth, R. Paxton, A. J. Kyle and E. Lindores (skip) and J. Darling, A. Taylor, D. Poloczek and S. White (skip). Details: G. Martin 29 A. Brady 14; C. Martin 29 C. Macdougall 12; J. Roxburgh 21 S. White 18; J. J. Watson 21 E. Lindores 18.

LAST Wednesday’s Teviotdale senior side won two of the four rinks at home to Tweedbank, but it wasn’t to be enough as the visitors ran out winners by 71 shots to 51. Best for the home side were A. Martin, J. Blackie, W. Mabon and H. Fisher (skip) 16-14. Hawick bowlers are urged to consider putting their names down for future games.

Drew Johnstone and Gordon McPherson (skip) competed in the national senior fours at Falkirk on Sunday and won their first game against Tweedbank by 17 shots to 12. In the afternoon they were defeated by a squad from Alloa.