Due to some technical problems the 2012 remainder of the 2012 season reports wil be written here:
Ladies Championship. Played between Laura Lightbody and Irene Watters, this final was a close affair untill late in the game when Laura pulled away to win her first final 21-13
Gents Championship. With both players each winning thier semi finals 21-20, this final shapped up to be a cracker. David lightbody was playing in his 4th final looking for his 2nd title whilst Euan Lindores was playing in his 1st final. Unfortunatly for the spectators this was not to be a close exciting affair but they did get to see Lindores play some great bowls to wipe the floor with Lightbody to win by a masterfull 21-8
Gents H' Cap. This was another final which on paper shapped up to be a close one as the last time these two met was in the 2010 Champ Final with Lightbody winning 21-20. John Taylor was playing well and took an early lead but David was able to claw him back and with the scores tied at 13 all D Lightbody pulled away to win by 21-13.
Sets. Played between Club President Rob Hogg and David lightbody, this tie was always going to be a close affair tith Hogg playing in the final for the 2nd year running and D Lightbody playing in his 3rd Major final of the year. Hogg came out of the block on a flyer and never gave lightbody a sniff winning the 1st 2 sets by 7-3 and 7-4. the 3rd set looked like Hogg was going to claim the trophy 3-0 but with the scores set at 5-5 lightbody claimed 2 shots to sneek it 7-5. The 4th set saw lightbody win it 7-0 but hogg rallied in the 5th to take the scores to 4-4. Lightbody then went on to win the trophy by 7-5 and by 3 sets to 2
The Club Pairs got under way with a full days bowling infront of the gents.
The 1st semi final was between D Scott and J Straker v J Taylor and G Nagle.
This was to be a tight one with all 4 players on top form.
The Game came down to an extra end and Nagle played a cracking shot to lay game. Unfortunatley for him, Straker hadn't read the script and with his last bowl traiked the jack to win the tie.
The 2nd semi was a repeat of last years final between D Lighbody and E Lindores v R Lindores and D Munro.
This time revenge was had over the ageing pair and the young guns took them down to win with 3 ends of the 11 to spare.
The final its self was another cracking match with D Scott in inspired form and E Lindores matching his every bowl.
It all came down to the last 2 bowls of the last end with the scores standing at 9 all.
E Lindores playing a tricky shot, nailed the chap and lie and held the shot. Straker needing to chap the shot bowl to spring the jack to his back bowls missed it by the smallest of margins leaving Lightbody and Lindores to lift the trophy.
Winners; D Lightbody, E Lindores. R Up; D Scott, J Straker.
Best Dive of the day: J Straker 9.99pts for artistic impression.
Jed travelled to Wilton in this re-arranged match having been 17 shots up in the rained off match.
Under league rules the game is restarted but this time there was to be no repeat of such scoring for the Jed boys.
4 of the rinks started brightly enough but team Munro were toiling and ended the evening with a heavy defeat.
The other 4 rinks fought hard for results but it was to be in vain as it was the home side that ran out comfortable winners.
Playing the relegated Gala side, Jed had high hopes of claiming the 2 pts.
The game was lucky to be on as 2 days beforehand the green had been under 2" of flood water and as a result the game was held on different rinks as normal.
This ment a slow start for the Home side as they got used to playing on the other rinks.
However, They soon built up a healthy lead and neaver looked back, winning comfortably in the end.
Top Rink, S Fisher, G Sommerville, D Scott, N Hill
Jed travelled to the League leaders looking to avenge the drubbing they suffered at home earlier in the season.
A heavy rain shower, just as the game got underway, nearly brought an early end to the game but fortunatley this soon blew over and the match carried on.
The visitors were in a determind mood and were giving as good as they got. At the half way stage Jed held a slender lead of 6 shots.
As the game approached the final end, Waverley had actualy taken a 2 shot lead but 4 out of the 5 Jed rinks scored and jed went on to win by 6 shots.
A great performance which should give the club some much needed confidence.
Top Rink. I Dick, D Hill, D Lightbody, D Munro
In another 1st for the club, the Mixed pair of Laura Lightbody and Dougie Munro have qualified for the finals of the 2012 mixed pairs competition to be held at the Bainfield Club in Edinburgh from the 17th-19th Aug.
Qualifying over 5 weeks the pair have seen off some top pairs and are now preparing for the Finals.
report to follow.....
The Ladies Rink of Helen Hogg, Mabel Dick, Ann Gilfillan and Irene Watters (skip) travelled through to Ayr to take part in this years Scottish Championships.
This was the 1st time in the Clubs history that we managed to get a Ladies Rink through to the Finals and they took a sizeable support through with them.
Playing a foursome from Balgownie The Jed team started will and at one stage held a 4 shot lead.
However, the closing few ends turned out to be a close affair and playing the last end Jed held a slender 1 shot lead.
Unfortunatley this proved to be the last end that the Jed Ladies would play in the 2012 Championships as they unfortunatley lost 3 shots to go down by 15-17.
Well done to the Ladies for their performance on the day.
Playing at home for the 1st time in a fortnight the Jed boys were slow out of the blocks in this one.
Earlston came to Jed knowing a win for them would all but see them safe in Div 1 for next season and they certainly started off on a mission.
At one stage the visitors were over 30 shots up on the hosts but in the space of 2 ends Jed cut that lead to 16 and over the last 6 ends Jed cut it down to 1.
The last game on the green saw team Nagle looking for 2 shots to claim an unlikley win however with a dangerous head a count of 1 for Bagle was enough to draw the game.
Over all, a point gained rather than a point lost
Jeds gents headed to Gala in this re-arranged match in a boyant mood and looked to pick up the 2 pts over the struggling Gala team.
The match started slowly for the Jed boys but after 5 ends 4 rinks began to pull away with only D Munro's 4 struggling.
Some superb Bowling from the visitors imparticulary David Cook, saw them race away to win by a confortable margin.
Top Rink; J Straker, D Cook, R Hogg jnr, G Nagle.
Jed travelled to Gala to take on the strong Abbotsford team hoping to create an upset to keep their title dreams alive.
The reality was that the Jed boys seemed to leave their bowls back in Jed and after a long night they were on the end of a heavy defeat with all but 1 rink losing.
This result all but ends Jeds chances of winning the League this year but the team is still pushing on to finnish as high up the table as possible.
Congratulations goes to K. Cassie for a fine debute performance as the selectors look to the future by introducing some younger blood.
Hawick travelled up to Jed looking for a much needed result to help them climb out of the relegation zone but the Jed team were also looking for a result to help climb the league and consolidate their position in Div 1 for next season.
It wasn't the best of starts by the Jed team and and a loss off 7 shots by Euan Lindores's rink on the 3rd end left the home side trailing by 11 shots.
The lead then changed hands several times before the Jed boys finally took hold of the match to take the lead and close out the match by 12 shots.
This win takes Jed up to 4th in the League
Results so far...
Earlston/Melrose 66 - 41 Jed
Jedburgh 72 - 41 Selkirk/Ett Forest
Wilton 59 - 49 Jed
Newtown 44 - 53 Jed
Kelso 63 - 41 Jed
Jed 63 - 39 Buccleuch
Peebles 43 - 49 Jed
Jedburgh 63 - 43 Gala
After a slow start to the season with winning and losing
on alternate weeks, we now have a string of 3 wins in a row. Two of these were
against Buccleuch and Gala who are currently challenging at the top of the
league – so well done and let’s keep it up. Both of these wins were by a
substantial margin and hopefully we can continue on this winning streak. We are
now only a couple of points off the league leaders.
Fair to say, there hasn’t been any outstanding triple
this season and we have played more like a team overall.
There are still a couple of games to go before we reach
mid-season, so there is still a long way to go to retain our status as
champions. With the addition of the combined Selkirk/Ettrick Forest team to the
league, our season does not finish until the end of September. Let’s hope the
weather improves although we have been lucky so far in having virtually dry
conditions for every game.
The biggest problem for the selectors this year, has been
the larger number of players available for selection than before and the
disappointment that many of our opponents have been unable to raise a reserve
triple. As a consequence of this, several players have not yet had a game or
have only played a few. We hope you understand the situation. The consolation
is that Jed bowlers must live longer than our colleagues in the other clubs.
The Gents travelled the short distance down to kelso looking to keep their good run of form going and a win would see them move into 3rd place overall.
With this in mind the Jed team came out fighting and took a slender lead early on. However, the Kelso side had other ideas and played some brilliant shots to pull right back.
Unfortunatley for the Jed team, with the scores near level, the last 3 ends proved to be a disaster and several rinks lost heavy scores resulting in a 20 shot defeat.
Top Rink; D Hill, C Hogg, H Fisher, D Munro
On a dull overcast day, 9 triples took part in the annual Club Triples tournament.
Always a popular tournament, a hottley contested days bowling got underway and after 6 hours play the final came down to a battle between Ann Gilfillan, I Waters and J Taylor against J Straker, D scott and R Lindores.
It was a cracking final with both triples going hammer and tongs at it. but at the end of the 9th end it was J Taylor's triple that came away with the title
R-up; J Straker, D Scott R Lindores (skip) Winner; Ann Gilfillan, D Scott, J Taylor (skip)
After suffering a 7 shot defeat at the hands of Melrose, the Jed team were out for some revenge over the reigning Champions.
From the start, all the games were a close run thing except for D Scotts rink who shot into a 8 shot lead. This was a margin that they were able to extend to 12 shots and help the team to a famous win
A really close game with just the one jed rink managing to pull away and 2 drawn matches made for an exciting nights bowling.
Top Rink; D Laidlaw, R Hogg snr, D Lightbody D Scott (skip)
In the 1st local derby in over 6 years the Jed boys travelled the short distance to Ancrum to take their friendly rivals.
With the Villagers looking to put one over on their neighbours, the Jed boys turned up in a determind mood. This was to show itself on the green with some great play from the visitors and they set about laying down a commanding lead early on.
Some great front end bowling from D Hill, Pringle S Fisher, A law, Somerville and Cook gave the back end the confidence to play some attacking shots to keep the score ticking over.
Overall a great team performance!.
Top Rink; D Cook, G Somerville, J Taylor R Lindores (skip)
After last years eforts by the Gents Rink, who went all the way to the semi finals at Ayr, the club set a target of getting a qualifier through to Ayr once again. The Ladies sent out a pair and a rink whilst the Men also sent out a pair and a rink.
Unfortunatly for the two pairs, Helen Taylor, Margaret Gray and Robbie Lindores with Dougie Munro, both went out in the earlier rounds whilst the gents rink of John Taylor, David Lightbody, Greg Nagle and Euan Lindores, managed to reach the semis of the area once again but this time were defeated by an Eyemouth rink by 1 shot 13-12.
However the ladies rink of Helen Hogg, Mabel Dick, Ann Gilfillan and Irene Watters (Skip) made it it the finals day down at the Spital green.
Playing against an experienced Gala Waverley rink the Ladies shot into a 9 -0 lead early on and never looked back winning through to the finals bu 21-13.
A Fantastic result fot the ladies and the club and we think this is the 1st time in the clubs history that we have had ladies represent the club at the National Finals.
The 2 Bowl pairs were played out on yet another glorious day with over 14 pairs entering this years competition.
The Final was played out between Babs Hogg with Noxie Ervine and Connor 'two in a row' Hogg and Robbie Lindores who were drawn out of the hat together for the 2nd competition in a row.
The final was played in great spirits and was a close run thing untill Hogg and Lindores pulled away late on to win the title.
This was Connors 1st title and together with Robbie a thoroughly deserved one.
R-up; B Hogg, N Ervine (skip) Winner; C Hogg, R Lindores (Skip)
A night to forget.
Jed came up against a strong Waverley who were out on a mission as the Jed green is not normally a happy hunting ground for them.
From the off Jed were up against it and it stayed that way right to the end as Waverley boys never took their foot off the pedal all evening with some superb bowling. A great result for them and a wake up call for the hoem team.
No top rink this evening as there were no rinks up.
On a glorious day 12 pairs, drawn out of the hat,set out to win the annual Challenge pairs title.
Some top class bowling was on show and the final came down to a shoot out between Connor Hogg with Robbie 'the Dog, Lindores and John Taylor with Greg Nagle.
Connor was playing in his first Club Final and had played some great bowls all afternoon but Unfortunatley for him Nagle had his shooting boots on and played some fine weighted shots to help him and Taylor claim the title.
R-Up; C Hogg, R Lindores (skip) Winners; J Taylor, G Nagle (skip)
Jed traveled to Earlston for what turned out to be yet another nail bitting finnish.
Trailing by 6 shots going into the last end, big counts from team Munro and R Lindores led to J Taylors rink defending a 1 shot lead.
Whilst as a rink they were being defeated by 19-11 at the time the rink dug deep to claim 1 shot which gave Jed a 2 shot win overall.
Top Rink D Hill, G Pringle, H Fisher, D Munro
The Jed boys looking for two home wins in a row took on the Wilton boys in what turned out to be an cracking match.
With only one game left on the green the whole match came down to a measure but unfortunatly for the home side it was the Wilton side who took the honours by the thinnest of measures.
On reflection, A Cracking game but perhaps 2 points thrown away.
Top Rink S Fisher, A Law, D Lightbody, R Lindores (skip)
Playing thier 2nd home game of the season the Jed boys were hoping to continue thier winning ways against a strong Abbotsford outfit.
After a close 1st few ends the Jed boys slowly started pulling away and at the half way mark led by 11 shots.
Some big bowls from the Hill brothers, Lindores's, Fisher, Law and Hogg Jnr led to Jed stretching the lead even further to win by a handsome 23 shots.
Well done also goes to Connor Hogg for a fine debut performance.
Sweep winners; S Fisher, A Law, D Lightbody, R Lindores (skip).
scores to follow
5 pairs took to the green on yet another cold and windy sunday afternoon to compete for the Agnes Veitch trophy.
A round robin tournament was held with all pairs playing each other and just like the Starrett Cup the result came down to a count back on shots between the pairs of L Lightbody, I Watters and Ann Michie, Anne Gilfillan. with both pairs winning 3 games and losing 1.
A tense shot countback took place and the man with all the counting skills of Fred Goodwin at the helm, John Taylor, needed all of his fingers and toes to come to the final result. A win by 1 shot went to Ann and Anne.
Winners; Ann Michie, Anne Gilfillan (Skip) Runners Up; Laura Lightbody, I Watters (skip)
The Jed team headed to last years Div 2 champions Hawick, still looking for their 1st win of the season and on a green that hasn't held much fortune for the visitors in recent seasons, were in for a real battle.
This time the Jed team shot out of the blocks and headed into the lead straight from the off.
As the game went on the team across the board held off any sort of fight back and took a commanding lead which they never looked like surrendering.
Overall a good performance by the Jed boys to take the 2pts back over the Dunion.
M Chrysty 6 - 30 E Lindores N Amos 11 - 14 J Taylor A Renwick 13 - 21 D Munro l Clarkson 15 - 10 G Nagle G Scott 17 - 13 N Hill
Sweep winners; I Dick, G Somerville, G Hill, E Lindores (skip)
Jed's 1st home game of the season ended in a comprahensive defeat to local rivals Kelso.
Jed never really turned up on the night with only two rinks enjoying narrow wins and two rinks being heavily turned over.
This result leave jed with no wins from 2 games.
E Lindores 16-11 R Paxton D Munro 20-17 S White J Taylor 11-27 A White G Nagle 13-21 R Purdie N Hill 12-16 D Polozek
Sweep winners; I Dick, G Somerville, G Hill, E Lindores (skip)
The annual round robin tournament, the Starrett Cup was played on a cold Sunday afternoon.
Twenty six entries were taken with the format being pairs playing three games of five ends.
A very good afternoon's bowling led to Scott Taylor and I Dick claiming the Cup after a shots count back.
Winners; S Taylor, I Dick (skip)
The Gents team got their 2012 season underway with a tricky away match to current Champions Melrose.
Jed arrived full of hope and optimism to cause and upset but this was to turn out to be a faulse hope.
Jed were never actually infront but at the 10 ends mark they had cut Melrose's lead from 16 shots down to 3. Unfortunatly Melrose hit back and regained the 16 shots. A late charge from Jed proved too little to late and Jed were defeated by 7
Well done goes to Michael Weekley for a fine Debut performance playing 2nd for G Nagle.
K Johnstone 12-15 E Lindores L Haldane 12-19 J Taylor I Crawford 16- 18 G Nagle B Swanston 18- 10 N Hill N McNally 21 - 10 D Munro
sweep winners; R Hogg snr, J Purves, R Lindores, J Taylor (skip)
On sunday 15th April President Rob Hogg officially declaired the green open for season 2012.
After addressing the members, President Rob went on to raise the Club Flag and then ask his wife, BIB, to roll the first jack of the year.
After the ceremony, the annual President v Vice President game was held with a norrow victory for the Presidents team being the result.
This year the Club house will be opened on sat 14th April will an evening of fun bowls and a stovie supper.
The evening will start at 7pm and all are welcome.
President Hogg will open the green on sun 15th April at 2 pm by raising the club flag and by asking his wife, Bib to roll the 1st jack of the season.
The annual President team V Vice President team match will then be held.
Names to be in by 1.50pm. Cream tea and sandwiches to be had in the clubrooms afterwords.
The Club AGM was held in the Royal British Legion at 2pm on sunday the 18th March. President Laidlaw welcomed everyone to the meeting and a minutes silence was obsrerved for the passing of former member Angus Tyson.
President Laidlaw went on to thank everyone who helped make his term of office a happy and successful one and commented that the Gents team gaining promotion to div 1, the Rink making to the semi finals at Ayr and the Senior Team winning the Morning League as special highlights of his year.
David's last act as President was to nominate the 2012 president and so Robert Hogg snr was elected into office. Robert thanked David and told the meeting that he was looking forward to the year ahead.
The Vice President was next to be elected and this year, long standing Secretery, John Taylor took up the position.
THe only other change to the Office bearers was that after 18 years, Match secretery Niki Hill wished to stand down. Niki was thanked by the meeting for his hard work over so many years and Greg Nagle took office.
With the Gents League season starting earlier the Club is looking to open the green earlier than normal to get people back into the swing of things. A date of Sat 15th of April set to open the clubhouse and Sunday 16th to open the Green.
A Social function will be held in the Club house on Sat 15th April so watch this space for more info.