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Sunday, August 12, 2018, 21:00 | No Comments »

In the race for a top 4 finish our Gents Team knew that a win at home against Wilton B on Monday night was crucial. The Hawick side started the night 4 points behind their hosts in the knowledge that a victory at Lauder would give them a good chance of taking the top 4 race down to the wire.

Three of our four rinks on the night all had to battle hard - From 8-4 down after 7 ends, Guthrie, Moorhead, Nisbet & Ainslie won 8 of the last 10 ends for an excellent 19-12 victory. It looked like being a comfortable night for Landells, McDonell, Hogarth & Hutton as they stormed into a 9-1 lead after 7 ends but they lost 7 of the last 10 ends as the Hawick side battled back to secure a 12-12 draw. 

Our 3rd Rink of Clarke, Gillie, B. Ogilvie & Gilchrist had a nightmare start to their match and trailed 7-0 after 5 ends. They however did well to rally and in the end only lost out by 12 shots to 11. A tight match across the board at that point - that was until our best rink on the night had their say - T. Ogilvie, Atkinson, Weir & Wilson were never in trouble as they won emphatically by 29 shots to 8 thus giving the home team a terrific 71-44 win.

Following that crucial Monday night win against Wilton B our Gents travelled to top of the table Selkirk on Wednesday knowing that a win would all but guarantee a top 4 finish and retain their Division 2 status for next season.

The visitors task was made more difficult as they faced Selkirk with one triple - Davidson, Weir & Ainslie however got off to a great start which they were never to reliquish - an 18-7 victory, but a quarter chalked off as a result of not fielding a full side.

Elsewhere Clarke, Gillie, B. Ogilvie & Gilchrist looked to be cruising to a good victory at 14-6 up after 9 ends but their Selkirk opponents clawed their way back into the match and in the end nearly pulled off a great comeback - 17-16 courtesy of a shot on the last end for Lauder.

T. Ogilvie, Moorhead, McDonell & Wilson never really recovered from lying 3 on the first end only for the Selkirk skip's last bowl to trail the jack into the ditch for 4. They lost out by 18 shots to 12.

So only a couple of shots separated the teams across those three rinks. As with the win on Monday night, however, one of our rinks played a blinder - on this ocassion it was Landells, Atkinson, Young & Hutton who stormed to a 21-8 victory thus securing an overall 63.5-49 win.

A terrific result for the Gents who are now 6 points clear of 5th placed Wilton B and only 2 points behind league leaders Selkirk. Whilst mathematically Lauder still need a point to ensure a top 4 finish, they have a far superior shot difference and are virtually there! This coming week sees an away match v Gala A with whom they share second spot in the Division.

League Table 12-8-18

Monday, July 23, 2018, 00:25 | No Comments »

The Centenary Pairs Club Competition took place on Sunday 22nd July 2018. In "Section A" Lee & Danny and Ian & Roddy looked like strong pairings, whilst in "Section B" Anne & Rab and Al & Jimmy started as favourites.

Going into the last round of matches in Section A it looked as if any of 4 teams could progress to the final. A draw between Ian & Roddy and Greig & Alex ended both teams hopes. Undefeated going into their match Lee & Danny would surely progress to the final but a heavy defeat to Lenny & Tom saw the latter pair progress to the final on shot difference. In Section B Anne & Rab were in terrific form and progressed as the only side on the day to remain undefeated.

The final saw some terrific bowls and Anne in particular led brilliantly - a couple of big ends for the Clarkes saw them win a fairly one-sided final and lift the 2018 Centenary Pairs Cup - well done to them.

Monday, July 23, 2018, 00:12 | No Comments »

Our Gents Team faced an away match on Monday evening against Gala Bowling Club and the summer again palyed havoc with team selection with various regulars unavailable - this resulted in the Gents travelling to Gala with only 14 players rather than the 16 required. At the midway point of the evening it was a worrying score across the Board with one of our Triples on the wrong end of a big deficit and the Club at one stage were a dozen or so shots behind. In fairness to the Gilchrist rink, they steadied the ship and recovered from a 20-3 deficit to lose 20-9 - with a qurter deducted, however, due to playing as a triple the victory margin was effectively 14 shots. Having made a brilliant start, the Wilson rink let a 10-2 advantage disapper and ended up somehow losing out by 13 shots to 12. Fortunately our two other rinks had terrific wins - Hutton's rink were pulled back at one point but a terrific finish saw them defeat their Gala opponents by a 21-10 scoreline - they too, however, had to put up with a quarter deduction resulting in their being a 9 / 10 shot lead for Galashiels going into the last rink. That rink was skipped by Chris Ainslie and they had a resounding 23-9 victory meaning the overall score resulted in a narrow 4 shot win for Lauder by a 56-52 scoreline.

This was a match which could have gone badly wrong for the visitors - Gala B were bottom of the table and with the fight for the top 4 being so close it could have been a costly slip up. As it is, the Gents now have a short break from league action and sit in 3rd place in the League but importantly 4 points ahead of 5th place Wilton - next match for Lauder - Home v Wilton!

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