Due to the depredations and dislocations brought about by the annual commemoration of a well- known Scottish poet, some curling news has almost become history, and so an attempt must be made to bring things up to date, starting with the Border League.
In the most recently played games there was a catch-up between Chirnside and Glendale, with Glendale moving up the table at 9-4, this being a section two game.
Staying in that section Lees went down 9-3 to Ayton Castle, while Lammermuir won 12-2 against the Border Wheelchair in a game of good and bad luck, with Wheelchair copping more than their share of bad luck.
In section one Coldstream went a ruthless 10-1 over Lauderdale, and Foulden had a walkover against understrength Roxburghe, surely a poor state of affairs in such a large club.
In the previous run of games Yester beat Selkirk 10-3 to stay top of section one and St Boswells going 11-3 over Jedburgh brought the Saints up the table to sixth spot.
Section two had Earlston at 8-6 against Teviotdale, one point behind leaders Duns, while an 8-8 peel between Glendale and Kelso keeps Glendale one point in front of Kelso.
The Directors Trophy witnessed a change in what was almost an established order with holders the James Stark rink going out in the semi-final against Jim Lawson.
John Stevenson’s merry men beat Graeme Wilson on his way to defeat the Lawson team in the final.
In the well sponsored Harry Hogg quarter-finals, Lammermuir managed to keep Selkirk at bay in a good battle, while Foulden and Yester had a titanic match, going to the last stone, with Yester winning.
Glendale were reluctant to let Kelso on the board for much of their game with a rearguard effort by Kelso being too little too late, while a storming effort by Earlston had Ayton castle waving the white flag well before the bell.
The 18th Marie Curie Invitation Bonspiel took place last weekend with many of the usual suspects taking part in this well established and organised event. Visitors from Fife and Musselburgh were to the fore as ever. Frank Forrest skipped the winning rink, James Stark came second and principal organiser Jim Cullen took third spot.
Somewhere in the region of £3,500-£4,000 was raised for this worthy cause, a great effort in these straitened times.
This week will see the first round of the Dickinson Trophy take place, the last of the Berwickshire competitions for the season.