A FAIRLY solid curling programme took place during the last week of November, starting with the Agrii Border League games, writes Alistair Lindsay.
Earlston ran away from Selkirk, St Boswells contained Kelso, Lammermuir beat Lauderdale by a single shot on the last stone, while Foulden and Greenlaw had a 7-7 peel.
The following day saw the opening round of the Harry Hogg knock-out competition, sponsored by Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services. In session one, Earlston shut the gate on Coldstream, Yester overcame Lammermiur, Kelso had to work a bit to head off Jedburgh and an early burst by Chirnside was gradually whittled down by Roxburgh. Session two games were as follows: Selkirk beat Swinton, Ayton Castle defeated Greenlaw, Glendale topped out against Foulden and Duns dinged Teviotdale.
On the same day at Murrayfield the great Border v East Lothian provincial contest took place for the Potty/Chanty – East Lothian winning by two shots following a two-games-each peel.
This was the first time the competition was played at Murrayfield and the overall score so far is in East Lothian’s favour by one game.
A few carloads of Borderers invaded the same venue the following day for the Sheepbreeders and Feeders annual Bonspiel. They came away empty handed curling wise but in good shape bodywise.
Back at Kelso, the Mixed Invitation event took place over the weekend with principal organiser Jim Cullen coming out as overall winner. Much off-ice enjoyment was supervised by President Peter Bowyer while Joe Wright and his staff saw to it that nobody went hungry, while Tommy Grieve entertained.