All the ingredients for a sporting night out

Pictured are Bruce Aitchison, John Htet-Khin, Scott Dalgleish Gala RFC President, Lesley Thomson, and David Ferguson.
Pictured are Bruce Aitchison, John Htet-Khin, Scott Dalgleish Gala RFC President, Lesley Thomson, and David Ferguson.

Around 200 members and guests attended this year’s Gala RFC Sportsman’s Dinner at the Volunteer Hall last weekend, and all were well entertained by various well-known local celebrities.

Speakers on the night were Bruce Aitchison (ex-Gala player, now Boroughmuir head coach); Lesley Thomson (Scotland’s Solicitor General and Scottish Rugby board member); David Ferguson (The Scotsman newspaper rugby correspondent) and John Htet-Khin (retired local government officer).

Providing the musical interlude was piper and ex-Braw Lad Bruce Hastie.

As always, a well-supported raffle and charity auction raised a significant sum for the Gala RFC Injured Players’ Fund. Organisers wish to thank all the speakers as well as those who donated prizes or otherwise contributed on the night.

Pictured, from left, are: Bruce Aitchison, John Htet-Khin, Scott Dalgleish (Gala RFC president), Lesley Thomson and David Ferguson.

Digest

Athletics

Selkirk Fund Runners

The charitable athletics group held their second “Heart Attack” Valentine’s weekend hill run on Sunday.

It was just a wee informal gathering with 17 walkers and 13 runners taking part, and the group managed to raise £160 for heart charity Live Life then Give Life.

It was another great day and the weather was perfect on the 6.5-mile route from Corby Lynne over to Linglie, Peat Law, over to Fouls Shiels and back down to Corby. The prize giving of red roses and heart chocolates etc. was back at the cricket club.

First walkers were Bob and John Black – 20 mins in front of all the rest, and the first runners were Ciaran Beattie and Jason Hendrie – taking part in their first “Heart Attack” and brought in by Alan Tonto Scott.

Angela Scott – descending those hills like a mountain goat – was first lady, while

Sally Bell finished third lady to get her first place on a podium.

And Fiona Miller took the “most improved runner” title as she didn’t get lost this year.

National Championships

Several TLJT club members competed in the national age-group championships, held in the Emirates stadium, Glasgow, last weekend.

On Saturday, Craig Smith recorded 7.61 in his heat of the 60m, and 24.31 in his 200m heat, both runs taking him through to the semi-finals. Jazmine Tomlinson recorded 8.23 in the 60m and 26.77 in the 200m. Both times were lifetime bests and she qualified for both semi-finals, but she was narrowly beaten in both to deny her a place in either final.

On Sunday, Laura Munro showed that she was championship material. Following her win over 60m at the New Year Sprint, she recorded a personal best time in the heats, bettered her time again in the semis and ran the race of her life in the final of the under-14 60m to pick up the silver behind Ireland’s Priscilla Ademore in 8.47 seconds. This ranks Laura as the fastest 12-year-old in Scotland this year by a margin of about half a second.

Emily Dagg reached the final of both the 60m and the 200m. Medals are won and lost on the start in a 60m dash. Unfortunately, Emily’s start was just below her best and she was denied a medal as she fought hard to pull it back.

She finished fifth in a keenly-contested race for the places. She then came through the heats and semis of the 200m to finish sixth in the final.

Christie Rout of Gala Harriers, now training at TLJT, recorded a PB in the 60m and narrowly missed out qualification into the final after slipping at the start of her semi. She made amends in the 200m by reaching the final and recorded the fastest time for an under-13 in Scotland this year when she was timed at 28.83.

Coached by Peebles’ own Linda Nicholson, Bryony Patterson (aged 13) produced a PB in long jump of 4.58m, missing the final cut by 1cm.

Curling

Border Ice Rink

With results in the Agrii Border League section one as follows – Earlston 8 Yester 6, and St Boswells 9 Swinton 4 – the Rhymers moved into top spot on 12 points, but just one game to play. With Duns, on 11, and Coldstream (10) – both having two games in hand – the closing stages are wide open as to who might enter the playdowns.

Ayton Castle’s 7-3 victory over Greenlaw has them on 10 points, level with Kelso and Roxburghe, but just one game to go, while the other pair have two games in hand.

In the opening round of the well-subscribed Dickinson Trophy, Lees, Coldstream 1, Foulden 1 and Earlston are through in section one, while Greenlaw 2, Coldstream 2, Duns and Foulden 2 are winners in that section, which will be played out on February 19, with the semis and final taking place on tomorrow (Friday).

At the time of going to press, the winner of the Marie Curie Bonspiel has not been revealed to this correspondent, but rumour has it that June Swan skipped the winning rink on the 20th anniversary of the original Bonspiel.

Come and Try

Border Ice Rink and The Curling Development Group are holding a series of Try Curling sessions to coincide with the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sessions are available, free of charge, on Monday, February 24 (4.45pm - 6.15pm); Saturday, March 1 (9.15am-11:30am and 1.30pm-3.30pm); Thursday, March 6 (12.15pm-1.45pm).

For further information or to register please contact Liz Cullen at liz@royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org or telephone 01573 224 744/07745 428 130. Website: www.bordericerink.co.uk

Darts

Borders Area Darts Association

Pool of players to play West Ayrshire away on Saturday, March 1.

Men: Graeme Bell, Peter Craig, Barry Dalgleish, Norrie Forsyth, Kevin Green, Paul Hannaway, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J. Patterson, Gordon Peters, Kevin Richardson, Mike Vietch, Chris Waddell, Kevin Wright. Reserves: Adam Ballantyne, Dave Dickie, Callum Stewart.

Women: Alison Burnett, Karen Darling, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Moira Middlemas, Janice Mitchell, Jackie Robertson, Lyn Scott, Laura Virtue. Reserve: Trish Condy.

Buses leaving Kelso 7.45am, Newtown St Boswells 8am, Galashiels 8.15am. Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 07504 493676.

Equestrianism

Borders Academy

British Showjumping Edinburgh and Borders Junior Academy members enjoyed a successful outing on Saturday to the new venue – Ian Stark’s equestrian centre.

Rory McFadyen, 8, from Morebattle, took the winning pace on Beauty in the 55cm class.

Tabitha Scott, 11, from Galashiels, and her pony Candy pulled out all the stops to lift both the 65 cm and 75 cm classes, closely followed in second place by Katy McFadyen, 11, on Raffy in the 75cm.

Duncan McFadyen, 13, secured a second place in the 85 cm on Milo, with Louise Hebdon, 14, from Eccles, taking sixth slot on Blue.

In the first round, Dengie qualifiers Duncan McFadgen rode Milo into second to secure a place in the next round and Megan Morris, 10, from Lauder, rode both her ponies, Bertie and Mimi, into third and fourth to clinch their places in the second rounds next month.

footbALL

Development

The Borders Sport and Leisure Advanced Football Player Development Squad will receive their first guest coaching session at the 3G Arena tomorrow.

More than 100 young players aged from 11 to 15 will attend the event, which will be hosted by Keith Wright (Scottish FA development officer), Alan White (Hearts FC Community Trust) and Aidan Forbes (Scottish FA development squad coach).

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Section Winter League, winner: S. Scott nett 36.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League: 1, W. Wallace 6 up bih; 2, R. Falconer 6 up.

Torwoodlee

Weekend Par/Bogey: 1, S. Wright 6 points; 2, T. Miskelly 4.

Weekend Two-person Scramble: 1, A. Lawrie & G. Frater nett 61.25; 2, J. Penny & J. Thompson 62 bih.

This weekend’s competition – Individual Stableford, on Saturday or Sunday.

Midweek Eight-hole: 1, D. Richards 18 points.

Rugby

Referees

A level 1 rugby referee course will be held this Sunday at Jed-Forest RFC clubrooms, Riverside Park, starting at 10am. Anyone interested should contact Iain Heard either by phone, 0131 346 5000 (mobile 07764 178926) or email to iain.heard@sru.org.uk

Snooker

Borders

Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Hawick Burns Club A 2; Innerleithen 1 Selkirk A 5; Kelso Legion 6 Hawick Conservative Club B 0; Hawick Burns Club B 5 Jedburgh Legion 1; Selkirk B 4 St Boswells 2.

League standings after 15 weeks: 1, Hawick Con A 76; 2, Selkirk A 57; 3, Hawick Burns A 56; 4, Kelso Legion 55; 5, Hawick Burns B 50; 6, Jedburgh Legion 47; 7, Selkirk B 33; 8, HawickCon B 30; 9, St Boswells 28; 10, Innerleithen 18.

Tonight’s fixtures, Jean Yule Cup: Hawick Cons A v Hawick Burns A; St Boswells v Jedburgh Legion; Kelso Legion v Hawick Con B; Innerleithen v Selkirk A.

Squash

Galashiels

League 2: Dave Mills 3 Issam Youseff 0.

League 1: Andy Gill 3 David Burnie 1.

Club Night Friendlies: A. Gill 1 L. Molero 0; L. Molero 1 A. Rocha 0; A. Gill 2 D. Mills 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Rocha 0; A. Gill 2 D Burnie 0.

Racketball: A. Gill 1 P. Ross 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Rocha 0; P. Ross 1 I. Youseff 0.