Saturday was the start of the Hamilton Trophy series for season 2012 and the first match for the Borders was against Fife the venue being the Waverley Bowling Club.
Following the recent rather unpleasant weather it was surprising to find that it was a much brighter day to start the series with the Borders having high hopes of success with the new team manager in place.
It turned out to be a bad start for the Borders and with five ends completed Fife already had a nine shot advantage and five of the six Border rinks were trailing their opponents.
The overall situation worsened during the course of the next five ends with Fife increasing their lead to 17 shots. Five of the six rinks were still behind and the sixth only had a two shot lead.
It was only in the second half of the match that the Borders at last began to exert some pressure on the Fife team slowly reducing the deficit. By fifteen ends the overall difference had been cut to just three shots and there were now four Border rinks in the lead.
The momentum continued and a few ends later the Borders gained a slender lead however this change of fortunes was very shortlived as the Borders faltered and once again fell behind. Even so the match remained very close right to the end but it was Fife who took the spoils by 119 shots to 114.
The highest up rink for the Borders was Matthew Fairley (Coldstream), Bob Au (Waverley), David Miller Jnr (Waverley) and Robert Kerr jnr (Ayton). They started slowly and were five shots tom 1 adrift after six ends. After ten ends they had reduced the deficit to three shots and then scored nine shots in five ends to take a six shot lead. After losing two singles another six shots in three ends increased their overall lead and although they dropped a count of three on the last end they still won by seven shots overall.
There were also wins for David Smart (Peebles), Derick Pearce (St.Ronans), Dougie Wilson (Waverley) and Ian Crawford (Melrose) by three shots and Ivan Hogg (Ettrick Forest), Greg Nagle (Jedburgh), Stuart Bebbington (Tweedmouth) and Alan Brady (Wilton) who led by two shots.
Skips and scores as follows:-
Neil McNally 17, W Hogg 22; Alan Brady 18, D Comrie 16; Robert Kerr 19, C Stein 12; Ian Crawford 27, G Curran 24; Stuart White 16, J Forbes 24; Graeme Forsyth 17, C Falconer 24.
This was not the start the Borders would have wanted and it makes the task of qualifying more difficult however there are six more matches to be played and a better performance against West Fife at Newtown on Saturday, May 19 will start to repair the damage.
The Under 25’s are yet to start their league campaign for 2012 however a practice game has been organised for the evening of Monday 21 May the venue being Gordon.
All young players who wish to be considered for selection in these league matches are invited to attend the practice session. In the meantime any queries to Duncan Macdougall on 01450 376559.