Borders vaulters fly high at first Scottish international

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The South of Scotland Select Vaulting Team had a perfect warm-up for the European Championships with a good win at the inaugural Scottish International competition.

The team of Stacey Macpherson, Izzy Kyle, Sophie Aitchison, Charlie Lochead, Emma Counsell and Sam Kyle – who was in the team for the first time – put out a solid set of compulsories and then performed to confident rounds of freestyle to music by Take That. The team competed on Philip Hewit’s horse Ardblae Dickie Snow and was lunged by Rebecca Hewit.

The outfit now have six more practise sessions before their trip out to Austria in the first week of August.

They have all been training very hard and this has included personal strength and fitness programs organised by Simon Swanston, who does sessions with them fortnightly. On top of that they have been getting plenty practise on the other horses so that Arblae Dickie Snow and Zigourney can arrive in Austria in peak condition.

Sports digest

ARCHERY

Ettrick Forest

The club played host to the best longbow archers in the country on Sunday, for the BLBS Silver Arrow Wand Shoot.

This was won by Elizabeth Normand of the Green Hollow club.

Club Clout scores July 14: Ladies – 1, Elaine Pearson 41 hits, 114 scored, 3 clouts; 2, Ev Craig 39, 85, 1; 3, Jenna Agate 33, 77, 0; 4, Helen Ogilvie 21, 51, 2.

Juniors – 1, Kyle Fairbairn 27, 63, 1.

Gents – 1, Frank Brown 26, 65, 1 ; 2, Alex Blake 22, 58, 2; 3, Douglas Anderson 20, 47, 1; 4, Wullie Good 19, 35, 0; 5, Mike Pearson 12, 25, 0; 6, Michael Liddle 6, 8, 0; 7, Jim Craig 1, 3, 0 (retired).

Bowling

Hawick

Hawick Seniors travelled to Kelso on Tuesday and Tony Anderson created a wee bit of history by playing in two losing rinks, in the same match.

He started off in the ‘bounce’ rink, but after only seven ends was called in to sub for Freddie Willison, who had to retire though illness. However, both the rinks that he had played in, lost.

The B team travelled to Abbotsford with two players short and were consequently beaten 79-44.75.

On Wednesday the A team entertained Peebles at home and achieved an excellent result by 117-52.75. Top rink for Hawick was the sun-tanned Gary Scott’s rink.

Past Presidents are reminded that there is a new comp arranged for August 3 for the Taddei Trophy.

Rinks should be made up of one Past President and three bowlers. Names should be given to M. Todd or J. Reilly, both on 01450 375594.

Langholm New Town

The club held its open pairs tournament for the Castle Craigs cup last Saturday with an entry of 35.

The winners were Robert Aston of Langholm who was playing with Raymond Redmond of Hawick. Carolle Warwick, on behalf of the sponsors Ian and Betty Harkness, presented the cup.

Newtown

Championship Finals weekend at Newtown began on Saturday morning when Drew Redburn took on Jock Paterson in the seniors’ final.

In a nail-biter of a game Paterson was leading 17-7 at one point, but Redburn fought back to tie the match at 20-all and, after 29 ends, went on to secure the victory.

This year saw a poor entry in the Ladies’, with only two entries. This meant there was only a final which was between Anne Blacklock and Marie Todd, which the latter managed to win 21-15.

The gents’ final saw Calum Todd and Dod Smith play their final on a difficult rink with bare patches. Smith managed to secure victory.

Selkirk

After a fine day’s bowling the eventual winners in the annual Ladies’ Open Pairs were Ella Gardiner and Moira Weir, who beat Karen Ironside and Anne Parker from Broughton.

Last Saturday, the ladies’ four-bowl pairs took place with Hazel Scott and Betty Simpson, defeating Mattie Smith and Hope Ballantyne in the final.

Selkirk Invitation Rinks, sponsored by Dave Easton, was held on Sunday, and the winning rink was Stuart Henderson, Donald MacLeod, Jim Turnbull and Tam Yeomans.

The club would also like to congratulate its ladies’ league team on becoming Border League Champions for the first time.

Wilton

Last week’s Border League match saw a visit from Jedburgh.

The home team started well and, after maintaining a steady lead throughout, won by 48 shots. The B team were defeated by five shots at Gala Waverley.

Back at West Stewart Place, Gary Hughes and Rikky Paterson won the corner-to-corner Meikleriggs Quaich on Saturday.

CYCLING

Gala

The week started with a 10-mile TT at Abbotsford which saw Ross Laidlaw ride off with the win in 22 minutes and 34 seconds, beating David Johnston by 10 seconds (22.43).

The race for third and fourth was even closer with Ian Pearson and Andrea Pogson finishing within three seconds of each other.

Wednesday saw a double race night at Tweedbank Industrial Estate, with three riders taking on a 10-mile TT. Ian Pearson was home first in 24.11, with two youngsters completing in their first TT, Haden Watt finishing in 36.20 and Joe Agnew in 39.46.

The 25-mile TT saw Johnston chasing down Laidlaw again, both finishing under the magic hour.

Kelso Wheelers

The sponsored 13.5-mile Kelso Civic Week cycle ride attracted 27 riders. Results: Juniors, O. Onley (Kelso); ladies, J. Holmes (Duns); senior men/fastest from TD5, R. Laidlaw (Kelso); vets, K. Darling (Jedburgh).

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Turner Cup (qualifier): Winner, I. Casson nett 37.

Dickson Cup (qualifier): Winner, G. Henry 34.

Tom Birnie Pairs: 1, A. Spalding & J. Rogers nett 55; 2, B. Barnard & J. Thomson 56; 3, A. Hitchcock & D. A. Johnston 59.

July Stroke: 1, N. Redhead 78 (11) 67.

Wednesday Washout: 1, S. Nightingale 67 (5) 62.

Next competition is the Baxter Cup on Saturday – start list on noticeboard

Melrose

July Medal (ladies): 1, A. Holton 93 (21) 72; 2, J. Shirra-Gibb 92 (17) 75; 3, V. Hogg 99 (20) 79. Scratch: A. Fleming 87.

Open Mixed Foursomes: 1, F. Falconer & K. Haldane 72 (6.5) 65.5; 2, G. Black & G. Black 81 (10) 71; 3, A. Craig & D. Craig 94 (23) 71. Scratch: L. Wallace & L. M. Wallace 80.

Minto

Ten- year-old Lily Towers won the Minto Junior Open on Saturday with a stunning net score of 85 (23) 62. Jordan Brockie 88 (23) 65 and Ross Graham 84 (17) 67 were second and third respectively.

This was Lily’s lowest ever scratch score at Minto. Her success came on the same day as Tara MacTaggart, another Minto Junior, played in the final of the Scottish Ladies’ Golf Association Under-18 Championship at Ranfurly Castle Golf Club.

Tara had reached the final from a field of nearly 60, but lost to Connie Jaffrey of Troon 4 & 3.

Next week, Tara plays in the Scottish Junior Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship at Inverness Golf Club.

Gents’ Tuesday Stableford: 1, J. Graham 41 points; 2, I. Learmonth 38; 3, B. Howden 37.

Ladies’ Medal (no 4): 1, S. James 101 (27) 74; 2, M. Walker 105 (29) 76; 3, J. Beattie 91 (13) 78 (lowest gross).

Ladies’ 9-hole Stableford: 1, C. Mackie 14 points; 2, I. Henderson 13; 3=, A. Mather, C. Morris 12.

Juniors’ Stableford (no 2): 1, S. Murdoch 46 points; 2, R. Latta 44; 3=, D. Murdoch, G. Dodds 40.

Ladies’ SLGA Brooch & Teviotdale Cup (no 2) Silver Division: 1, M. Towers 91 (20) 71 (overall winner). Bronze Division: J. Elliot 97 (25) 72.

Junior Summer Competition (no 3): 1, R. Nichol 102 (34) 68; 2, A. Brown 86 (15) 71 (lowest gross); 3, L. Towers 99 (25) 74.

Ladies’ Millennium Trophy: 1, L. Geatons 96 (24) 72; 2, I. Fletcher 97 (24) 73; 3, M. Towers 94 (20) 74. Scratch: S. Lees 83.

St Boswells

Ladies Millenium Salver: 1, R. Macdonald (25) 47 points; 2, J. aiston (27) 43; 3, M. Allen (22) 41. Division One: 1, J. Knox (19) 35; 2, S. Keddie (19) 35; 3, A. Forrest (18) 32. Divison Two: 1, L. Runciman (22) 35; 2, V. Shirra-Gibb (21) 35; 3, R. Thorburn (23) 34.

Seniors’ July Medal: 1, J. Rutherford 81 (18) 63; 2. J. Brown 92 (27) 65; 3, J. Cumming 80 (14) 66 (lowest gross).

Last Day of Open Comp: 1, L. Douglas 71 (14) 57 (lowest gross); 2, S. McMullen 80 (17) 63; 3, P. Crookshanks 79 (14) 65.

Millennium Trophy (juniors) 1, J. McDonald; 2, R. Lacon.

Centenary Trophy (juniors): 1, S. Murdoch; 2, J. McDonald; 3, R. MacDonald.

Torwoodlee

Wednesday Stroke: 1, I. Thomson 76 (8) 68; 2, J. Penny 71 (2) 69 (lowest gross); 3, B. Aitchison 74 (5) 69.

The Woll

Ladies’ 9-hole: 1, S. Smith 37 points; 2, B. Hill 35; 3, M. Turnbull 34.

Ladies’ Stableford: 1, J. McNicol 39 points; 2, J. Cambridge 38; B. Hill 34.

Gents’ Seasons Cup (round two) A Class: 1, S. Watson 76 (7) 69; 2, A. Lindores 75 (3) 72; 3, D. Miller 82 (9) 73. B Class: 1, P. Forsyth 86 (20) 66; 2, J. Heatley 90 (18) 72; 3, A. Willison 90 (18) 72. Hole in One: J. Heatley.

Tuesday Sweep: 1, D. Sherratt 85 (19) 66; 2, A. Brunton 81 (13) 68; 3, S. Batchelor 86 (16) 70.

Saturday Medal A Class: 1, J. Easdon 78 (8) 70; 2, J. Dalgleish 85 (13) 72; 3, R. Turnbull 86 (14) 72. B Class: 1, A. Willison 86 (18) 68; 2, R. McDougall 90 (19) 71; 3, N. Stevens 93 (20) 73.

Pentanque

Tweed Valley

The club held its annual Bastille Day celebrations in Kailzie Gardens, Peebles.

On a perfect afternoon, a good turnout of members competed for the trophy.

The team who were on form on the day were Tommy O’Rourke and Roddy Beatson.

Lady Angela Buchan-Hepburn presented the Bastille Day competition trophy to the winners.

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