Coaches and pupils hone their skills at Netball Academy

Peebles Netball coaches launch the first of three Netball Academy's
Peebles Netball coaches launch the first of three Netball Academy's

Bowling

Earlston

The club is holding a quiz night tomorrow night (Jan 16), starting at 7.30pm. Teams of up to five players (£10) per team. There will also be a raffle. Members and guests welcome.

Jedburgh

The annual New Year Rinks tournament, held at Jed-Forest Rugby Club, saw the foursome of June Clark, Ena Lauder, Ronnie McCulloch and Donald Clark (skip) take custody of the Border Carpet Bowling Association Cup for the second consecutive year.

Runners-up were Lesley Anderson, Ian Anderson, Kenny Anderson and Grant Buchanan (skip). John Evans presented the prizes. Eighty bowlers took part.

Langholm

David McMath and Julia Wilson from Castle Douglas won the annual New Year’s Day carpet bowling pairs tournament, which had an entry of 36, in the Langholm Royal British Legion clubrooms.

In a tight final which went to an extra end, they beat Richard Fox and Graham Denby from Stapleton.

The beaten semi-finalists were Shona Little and Bill Davidson from Langholm, and George Robinson and Kelvin Storey, who were entered under Gretna.

The tournament was sponsored by members of Langholm carpet bowling club and organised by Paul Warwick and Neil Campbell, and the former thanked everyone who had helped make the tournment a success. He then called on club steward Ian Patterson to present the M & D Potts Challenge Cup to the winners.

Tweedbank

There was a return to the Scottish League on Saturday when the ladies entertained leaders East Lothian.

In the first few ends neither team made any significant progress and even though the visitors did start to edge ahead this was quickly countered by the Tweedbank ladies.

For much of the match there was only a couple of shots separating the teams and it was not until the last few ends that East Lothian managed to pull away. Even then, Tweedbank were not out of it and the result was in doubt right to the last end. The Tweedbank ladies could consider themselves unlucky, losing the match by just five shots despite their efforts towards the end of the match.

The best rink for Tweedbank was Margaret Aitken, Sandra Somerville, Isobel Downie and Pat Houston.

The gents travelled to East Kilbride, where they suffered a defeat by 85 shots to 70. Despite this, they remain in fourth position in their league, four points clear of the bottom two teams with just two matches to go. The first of these is on Saturday, when a tough away fixture at Inverclyde takes place. The last match for the ladies is another home fixture against local rivals Teviotdale.

Due to commitments with players attending Scottish trials etc, the first and second round matches in the gents’ club singles will now be on Sunday, Jan 25. Another date in Feb/Mar will be made available for the next stages for gents and also ladies.

This Sunday (Jan 18), the stadium at Tweedbank will be one of six venues to play host to the qualifying stages of a Scotland-wide competition to pick a youth team to play in the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa later next year. There will be 16 junior boys playing in a round-robin format with one winner moving forward to the next stage on Saturday, Jan 24. This initiative is jointly being organised by Bowls Scotland and the S.I.B.A.

Also on Sunday, ten Tweedbank players will be contesting the next round of the Scottish Team Championship at Midlothian, where their opponents will be neighbours Teviotdale.

Curling

Border Ice Rink

The first round of the Tweedmouth Kettle was the opening event of the new year with Greenlaw defeating Lees, and then Ayton Castle to a semi-final game versus Swinton.

Ayton Castle had pipped Lauderdale by a single shot in their opening round. Swinton set Earlston back on their heels, the Rhymers having beaten Chirnside in the opening round. In the afternoon games, Foulden took Coldstream by a single shot to bring themselves up against Duns, who kept Lammermuir at long arm’s reach to get to the semi against Foulden.

The finals were played on Saurday with the following results: Swinton beat Greenlaw and Foulden just pipped Duns by the odd shot. This brought Foulden and Swinton to do battle for the magnificent trophy in which one game had been pretty close, but a fired-up Michael Sutherland did a demolition job on his opposition to bring Foulden their second win this century.

Midweek, between the Kettle rounds, the Grow How Border Bonspiel took place, with rinks from all province clubs (bar Gala Water) taking part, with numbers of rinks playing according to the size of each club. After a 30-year break, Roxburghe CC came through as winners, all three rinks beating their opponents with sufficient margins to accomplish this task. To the amazement of all concerned, a five scored by Lammermuir gained the hill club a special “Biggest End” prize.

Following the Kettle session, Selkirk CC held a full house Invitation Bonspiel, with curlers mustered from a good variety of other clubs; in fact they used “a wide-rinnin’ dug”. Gary Craig roared his rink to win this cheerful event.

Cycling

Wooler Cycling Hub

Cyclists are set for a triple test in 2015 with the Wooler Wheel ‘Triad’.

The hugely popular sportives will number three in 2015, with a second cross-border event added to the calendar.

Two of the rides will be limited to 1,000 riders and the other 500, and as the word continues to spread about the highly-respected Wooler Wheel events it is more important than ever to enter early.

Entries for the Wooler Wheel Borderlands in May – which takes in iconic viewpoints such as Scott’s View near St Boswells – the new Big ’Un, incompassing the Cheviots and Kielder, in July, and the Classic in October are now all open via the British Cycling website.

Darts

Borders Area

The pool of players to play West Lothian away on Saturday: Men – Adam Ballantyne, Graeme Bell, Peter Craig, Barry Dalgleish, Norris Forsyth, Ian Graham, Kevin Green, Darren Gray, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenby, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J Patterson, Gordon Peters, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart, Reserves: Paul Black, Darren Bohme, Callum Donaldson, Kenny Lattimer, Chris Waddell and Kevin Wright.

Ladies – Karen Darling, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Alison Mitchell, Janice Mitchell, Jackie Robertson, Lyn Scott, Susan Smith and Laura Virtue. Reserves: Alison Burnett and Moira Middlemas.

Buses leaving Kelso and Newtown St Boswells at 8.30am, Gala 8.45 and Peebles at 9.15. Any call-offs or queries, please contact Robert on 07504 493676.

Golf

Lauder

At last, Lauder’s Young Guns finally bared their teeth with a clean sweep of podium places in the first Winter League outing of 2015.

Playing in firm and cold conditions ex-Cornet Gregor Ker led the way with a net 72, pushing Gullane Golf Club greenkeeper David McPherson into second place with a bih. Local fireman Shane Paton was two shots further back with a 74.

There was little change on the eclectic scoreboard ... Ronnie Malcolm still leads the way with 54, Tom Hogarth is still hard on his heels with 55.7; Ron Dick and Keith Hutchison are in third place with 56.

There has now been £116 in prize money won in ‘The Road to Lauder’. Dougie Bain has a small lead over Matty Whiteford, with Keith Hutchison in third.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (week 9): 1, S. Marshall; 2, W. Wallace; 3, D. Page.

Belhaven Winter League (week 10): 1, D. Gribbin; 2, I. Ramsey; 3, C. Creamer.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Hawick Con A 5 Hawick Con B 1; Hawick Burns A 3 Hawick Burns B 3; Jedburgh Legion 2 Selkirk A 4; Selkirk B 4 St Boswells 2.

League standings after 16 weeks: 1, Hawick Con A 64; 2, Hawick Burns B 51; 3, Hawick Burns A 51; 4, Selkirk B 46; 5, Selkirk A 46; 6, Jedburgh Legion 43; 7, St Boswells 43; 8, Hawick Con B 40.

Squash

Galashiels

League One: I. Chalmers 3 D. Sharratt 2 (9-4, 9-6, 9-10, 6-9, 9-5).

Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 1; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; I. Chalmers 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 3 R. McAleese 0; I. Chalmers 2 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; A. Gill 2 R. Kohler 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 1; B. Dennyson 2 A. Doyle 0; A. Doyle 1 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt 2 B. Dennyson; R. Kohler 2 D. Sharratt 0.

The East of Scotland Squash Conference will take place this Saturday at Watsonians Squash Club – Gala v Grange v Collinton Castle v Watsonians. Gala Team: A. Gill, D. Sharratt, L. Molero, R. Kohler, R. McAleese.