Junior badminton players from the Borders had another successful tournament when the under-12s team travelled to Ashington to play in the annual Anglo-Scottish Invitational Tournament.
Over two days of competition, they played teams from five other regions in Scotland and England. The young Borderers played brilliantly throughout the weekend, winning three out of the five matches, and ended the tournament in third place overall. At one stage it looked as though the Borders team may end the tournament as runners up to Yorkshire.
Results: Borders 7 Lothian 8; Borders 6 Yorkshire 9; Borders 9 Lanarkshire 6; Borders 15 Cumbria 0; Borders 13 Northumberland 2.
Borders team: L. MacDonald (Charterhall), I. Lucas, U. Kidd (Coldingham), I. Weir, K. Burns, C. Stokes (Duns), J. Black (Eyemouth), T. Smith (Greenlaw), M. Goldie (Hawick), J. Palmer (Jedburgh), S. Younger (Kelso), J. Mitchell (Peebles) and D. Crowe (St Abbs).
The final leg of the Borders Winter Cross-country series was held on Sunday at Conundrum Farm near Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Gala Harriers’ juniors and seniors went into the final leg well-placed for team and individual honours after their good form over the seven-stage series, and they certainly did not disappoint.
The juniors retained the overall trophy with consistently high placings. Callum Tharme led the race home in nine minutes and 34 seconds, closely followed by Jamie Logan (9.41) and Corri Campbell (9.58), who only missed out on third place by two seconds.
For the girls, Susannah Godfrey-Faussett flew home first in 10.50, holding off fellow Harriers Cara Hogg (11.44) and Harriet Woodland-Broome (12.21).
Throughout the series, placings are accumulated within each age group (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) and there was a good haul of Gala medallists from all categories which combined to secure the overall trophy.
Gala’s seniors were led home by Gavin Bryson, who finished third in 24.04, but it was the women who shone on the day with highly-placed runs from Kirstin Maxwell (27.24), Anya Campbell (30.28), Rachel Fagan (30.34) and Eileen Maxwell (33.40), and with fine performances from all Gala women, the defence of the women’s prize was assured.
Overall, Dianne Lauder achieved second in the female senior category, with second and third places in 40+ going to Fiona Dalgleish and Rachel Fagan. Third place in 50+ went to Eileen Maxwell and the only top podium position for the seniors went to Chrys Murphy for his superb 60+ win.
All results can be found on the Borders Cross-country website.
The Duns Primary School Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 28, at Berwickshire High School.
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Borders Badminton Group website.
Players entering the tournament must either be a member of a club which is affiliated to Badminton Scotland and/or attend a primary school within the Borders region which is affiliated to Badminton Scotland.
The Borders Badminton Group would like to thank sponsors Topling Biomass Systems, Eshiels Gundogs & Greenvale AP for their support this season.
The single-handed bowling tournament at Bentpath last Friday went on late into the evening and the two finalists decided to split the prize-money.
Garry Paisley from Langholm and Ryan Simpson from Cappercleuch, near St Mary’s Loch, headed home with the money.
Ali Sloan of Wamphray was put out in the semi-final and also knocked out at that stage was Richard Fox of Stapleton. Benty Bowling Club thanked tea ladies Anne Wood and Jean Bell, who kept everyone well fed, and the bar staff did a fine job. Thanks also go to those who sold or bought raffle tickets.
The youngest competitor was Newcastleton primary school pupil Curtis Charlton, who reached the last eight.
The pairs tournament is on Saturday, March 14.
The club is holding a Race Night this Saturday (8pm). Members and bona fide guests welcome.
The finalists agreed to share the prize-money at the triples bowling tournament in the Langholm Royal British Legion clubrooms last Saturday.
They did, however, play five ends for the honour of winning the J. & S. Hotson Builders trophy. The winners were Ian Hall of Canonbie, Brian Murray of Corrie and Derek Murray from Moffat. They beat the local triple of Jim and Chris Wood and Wull Little.
The tournament was sponsored by Pelosis and 22 triples took part. Mac Johnstone, Robbie Vevers and Colin Reid were knocked out in the semi-finals and also out at that stage were Stevie Barker, Colin Davidson and Steven Gall.
The tournament was organised by Neil Campbell and Paul Warwick, and the former presented the trophy to the winners. He also thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success.
Border Ice Rink
The most recent round of Agrii Border League saw a selection of three section A games, the most important being that between leaders St Boswells and close contenders Yester.
At the end of a solid battle, the Saints came out in front, now being untouchable section leaders, with Duns or Yester battling for second spot.
In the other two games Ayton Castle won over Coldstream, and Greenlaw showed little mercy towards Foulden.
The opening rounds of the Dickinson last Wednesday saw Foulden regrouping in great style, showing their opponents no mercy at all. Swinton pipped Chirnside by two shots, Greenlaw overcame Eildon, while Greenlaw’s other rink got a bye due to Lauderdale being unable to field one. Earlston were ruthless over Lammermuir, and Duns and Ayton castle had a hard game with the Dingers coming out on top. The next round and finals will take place this week.
Dave and Cathy Brown plus other equally capable curlers put together a very successful Marie Curie Bonspiel, of which further details may appear next week.
Curlers and ex-curlers of a certain age were saddened to hear of the death of Jean Fleming. Jean was, in her own way, a star, a capable curler, great hostess, and in the days of proper aprez –curl, a singer of great ability, with a wonderful sense of humour thrown in for good measure. Condolences from all.
Rovers produced a 5-0 victory against Dunbar last weekend with goals from Tosh Fleming (2), Alan McMath (2) and Scott Leitch.
This win moved Rovers into second spot in the A division and they can now set their sights on leaders Gala Rovers in what will be a cracking run-in to the end of the season.
On Saturday, the Innerleithen outfit welcomes Shotts Victoria AFC to Victoria Park in the quarter-final of the South of Scotland Amateur Cup (2pm).
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League: Winner, I. Casson nett 38 BIH.
Winter League: 1, M. Dunne 75 (9) 66; 2, B. Hunter 80 (11) 69 BIH; 3, T. Hogarth 84 (15) 69.
Winter League Cup Aggregate Scores: 1=, M. Dunne, R. Dick 270; 3=, T. Hogarth, Billy Hunter 273.
Winter Eclectic: 1, R. Malcolm 61 (9) 52; 2, T. Hogarth 65 (11.3) 53.7; 3, R. Dick 70 (15) 55.
Road to Lauder: 1, R. Malcolm; 2, D. Bain; 3, M. Whiteford.
Entries are piling in for the quiz night on Friday, April 3, in the clubhouse at 7 for 7.30pm. There is a restricted number of entries ... contact Tom Hogarth to secure your team of four – email email@example.com or phone 07808 479858.
Belhaven Winter League: 1, K. Lochrie; 2, K. Haldane; 3, I. Ramsey.
The AGM takes place on Thursday, February 26, at 7pm in Bar 19.
The first two Scottish orienteering titles of 2015 were settled at the weekend with a double header in the Strathclyde area.
On Saturday afternoon, the Scottish Sprint Championships were held in the complex housing schemes of Erskine.
With at least 14 controls to find and winning times of between 15 and 18 minutes, the action was fast and furious.
Roxburgh Reivers had a strong contingent and came away with three titles, Eileen Maxwell W50, Pauline McAdam W60 and Ian Maxwell M55 (see picture on page 71). None of the junior runners managed to make it onto the podium this time, but the race was also a counter for the Scottish Urban League, and Faisal Khursheed now lies in second place on M16 with Patrick Heger in fourth. Elena Heger is fourth on W16, while Lindsey Knox leads the W55 and Ian Maxwell is sitting in second place on M55.
The Scottish Night Championships at Drumpellier Country Park on the outskirts of Glasgow brought another clutch of podium places for Reivers. Barry Veitch had a convincing win on M40, Ian Maxwell and Pauline McAdam both took runners-up places, and Kirstin Maxwell finished third on Womens Open.
The next local event is at Bowhill on Saturday (1-2pm). Beginners will be very welcome, and there are more details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk
JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Selkirk B 2 Hawick Con A 4; Hawick Con B 4 Selkirk A 2; Hawick Burns A 3 St Boswells 3; Jedburgh Legion 2 Hawick Burns B 4.
League standings after 20 weeks: 1, Hawick Con A 76; 2, Hawick Burns B 69; 3, Hawick Burns A 66; 4, Selkirk A 57; 5, Selkirk B 55; 6, St Boswells 54; 7, Jedburgh Legion 52; 8, Hawick Con B 51.