Tories have the power
IT WAS with a great sense of sadness that the Selkirk Bowling Club Pub League ended last Friday night.
Sadness for everyone that is apart from the Tory Club, who won the thing, and the Masons, who drowned their sorrows with the booby prize miniatures.
The grief soon evaporated, however, and a minute after the final bowl was played teams were back to their usual jovial selves, enjoying the camaraderie of the last night and musing over what might have been. None more so than the Ex-Standard Bearers, who did everything that was asked of them in their final game, but were still pipped by the talented Tories, whose team of Tom Heatlie, Elma Young, Bob Wilson and Eck Prentice did just enough to maintain their top-of-the-table position.
Not in the picture, but aiding the Conservative crackers to victory over the season were Jim Turnbull and Davie Weir.
Down at the bottom, The Southern Reporter tried to help out the Babychams by bringing in two Earlston ringers for a rearranged mid-week match, but on Friday night George Lyalls’ team blew it by beating the Merchant Company and amassing a further two points.
And so it was. Having realised early doors that a fifth consecutive title win was unlikely, Donnie McLeod’s Masons made a beeline for the booby prize bottles, only tripping up once by winning a game en route.
At the end of an enthralling evening’s bowls, prizes were given out and patter exchanged with equal enthusiasm. Gordon Munro thanked organiser Tom Heatlie for all his hard work throughout the competition and in return Mr Heatlie attempted to offload the job onto someone else.
“It has been a very rewarding experience,” he fibbed.
“Despite all the whinging that goes on, the underhandedness of teams trying to reach both the top and bottom levels of the league, the excruciating task of trying to work the scores out, and, not to mention being misquoted in the press week after week, it has been quite a pleasurable two months. Please, please, please could someone else do it next year!”
Thanks go to all the teams, bar staff, greenkeepers and Mr Heatlie for once again making the Selkirk Bowling Club Pub League such an enjoyable event.
Results: Southern Reporter 8 Ex-Standard Bearers 20; Town Arms 13 Tory Club 9; Merchant Company 13 Babychams 16; New Fleece 21 Masons 6.
P W L D Diff Pts
Tory Club 7 6 1 0 +42 12
Ex-SBs 7 6 1 0 +14 12
Town Arms 7 3 3 1 -3 7
Southern 7 3 3 1 -27 7
Fleece 7 3 4 0 +25 6
Merchants 7 3 4 0 -6 6
Babychams 7 2 5 0 -33 4
Masons 7 1 6 0 -7 2
z Elsewhere, Ettrick Forest kept their promotion hopes alive last week with two important victories.
The first was an excellent 102-64 away win at Peebles, which has always been a hard place to gain points, on a warm sunny night.
With the Forest having to win all their remaining games, the pressure was still on when they entertained Lauder on Friday night. Again, on a balmy evening, the home team took the game by the throat and secured victory by 110-55.25 to keep them in contention.
With only one game left, at home to Buccleuch, Forest are only a point behind St Ronan’s, who have a local derby against Peebles.
Sunday saw the Mitchell Mclean trophy contested on the Forest green with an excellent turnout.
After a good day’s bowling, Rose Elder was runner-up with husband Alec winning the trophy.
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