Borderers shine at Scottish bowls finals
A large number of bowlers from the Borders travelled to the National Centre for Bowling on the Ayr Northfield greens, and the Borders were successful on several fronts.
The Chirnside senior rink of Michael Morrison, Brydon Simpson, Dave Buglass and Dave Luggett (skip) fought their way through to the final only to be defeated by the Upper Cowal team on Thursday afternoon.
The ladies rink from Chirnside represented by Helen Kenny, Veronica Cockburn, Kay Purves and Sheila Douglas (skip) started their quest for national honours on Tuesday when they defeated the Kim and Hunters Key squad by 28-2. Next up was Strathmiglo and they won by 16-13. On Friday afternoon they secured a hard fought 16-10 win over Dunblane. On Saturday they took on an Eskmills side and defeated them to reach the final on Sunday where they played the Townholm quartet by lost out by 15-10.
In the ladies four bowl pairs Gail Moffat and Denise Kellett (skip) overcame teams from Bellshill and Mossend, Eskmills and Currie to reach the semi-final on Sunday morning when they took on Lauren and Leanne Baillie, the winners for the last two years. On the day they lost out to the eventual winners.
Other teams to do well were the Waverley triple of Jimmy Hill, Davy Miller snr and jnr who won against Banchory and Thornton but were defeated by Castle Douglas 21-12, who were defeated in the semi final.
The mixed pair of brother and sister Valerie and Ian Angus of Duns Park won their first game but were defeated in their second.
A new competition to the championships was the two bowl triples and the Borders were represented by Anne and Sandra Blacklock and Mari Todd (skip) of Newtown who won against Cambus but lost to Colville Park.
Joyce Dickey from the Hawick Club was beaten by Anne Dunwoodie in the ladies single-hand.
The Galashiels ladies senior four of Jill Butterfield, Naz Rutherford, Moira Blyth and Gail Lindores (skip) also won their first match but were defeated by Newburgh on Wednesday morning.
In the ladies senior singles Helen Kenny (Chirnside) lost out to Catherine Kinnear Rattray. Gordon Case (Berwick) was defeated by Stewart Banks (Dumbarton).
Other first day winners were Jojo Dougall, Andy Borthwick, Dereck Pearce and Robert Crawford (skip) St Ronans who won against the Kelvindale squad but lost out the next day to the Bathgate four. Also from St Ronans was Irene Bell, Elizabeth Currie and Hazel Dodds (skip) who lost out in the first round of the triples.
The Jedburgh pair of John Taylor and Greg Nagle (skip) Jedburgh who out played the Hillington Estate duo by 22-9. On Saturday morning they were beaten by A. Kennedy and B. Mellors (West Barns) the last named went on to win the title.
Campbell McNeil from the Eyemouth Club produced one of the highlights for the Borders. He defeated Brian McVittie (Garlieston), on Saturday morning and then took on five times indoor champion Paul Foster in the second round and played tremendous bowls to win by 21-14. Unfortunately in the afternoon he lost to beaten finalists Ian Murray (21-10).
In the junior singles Jamie Mitchell (Chirnside) lost to Jack Montgomrie (West Kilbride) in the first round.