Commonwealth teammates inspire Borders’ Judoka

Over 70 juniors from Edinburgh, Galashiels, Peebles & Bigger attended a Judo training session, with 5th Dan Sarah Clark, at the sports complex at Peebles High School.
Over 70 juniors from Edinburgh, Galashiels, Peebles & Bigger attended a Judo training session, with 5th Dan Sarah Clark, at the sports complex at Peebles High School.
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Young players and coaches from the Focus Judo Club in Galashiels made the short journey to Peebles on Sunday to attend a training day hosted by Commonwealth duo, Sarah Clark and Patrick Dawson.

A very well attended session saw players from Peebles Outreach Judo, Focus Judo and The Edinburgh Club coming together. Focus coach, Lee Allan, told The Southern: “Sarah and Patrick offered their high-level experience to these young aspiring players. One of the great things about Judo is that the barriers between the youngest, most inexperienced players and top level elite players is very small. It’s amazing to see so many kids enjoying this experience and get the chance to share the mat with some of our country’s best Judoka.

“We are planning to make this a regular event.”

Focus Judo classes are held at the Focus Centre, Galashiels, on Monday nights (www.focusjudo.org) and Outreach Judo classes at Peebles High School on Wednesday nights (www.outreachjudo.org).

Sporting digest

Athletics

Netherdale

In view of the weather conditions last Thursday, with an amber warning issued by the Met Office for most of the region, a decision was taken to postpone the Borders Schools Cross Country Championships due to take place at Netherdale.

The Championships will be re-arranged to take place on the planned stand-by date of Thursday, March 26.

Organisers will contact the competing schools nearer the time with a reminder, but all the arrangements and timings will be the same and all entries will stand.

Badminton

Jedburgh

The latest tournament held at Jedburgh Badminton Club was for the Seedless Cup, played for by club members minus the top gents and ladies seeds for the year.

The trophy was donated by Vaughan Hammond and the idea was to give other players an opportunity to win a trophy.

A total of seven couples played a knock-out handicapped tournament, with the final taking place between Stuart Mawson partnered with Gina Gordon, against Gordon Yule and Carolyn Higginson.

The latter pair were the worthy winners, beating their opponents 21-14, 21-10.

Bowling

Earlston

The next event on the winter social night calendar will take the form of a Beetle Drive on Friday, February 13.

For more information or to book a table, call Anne Black on 01896 849 705.

Langholm

The Dumfries rink of Alex Waugh, Stuart Hiddleston, Jim Broach and Jim Marchbank won the Royal British Legion rinks carpet bowling tournament, beating the Lockerbie entry of Steven Gall, Craig Davidson, Kenny Davidson and Keith Davidson in the final.

Roy Park, Ali Park, Alan Nixon and Davy Dalgleish were beaten in the semi-final and also knocked out at that stage was the other Dumfries rink of Lee Beauly, Jim Anderson, Brian McDonald and Eric Turnbull.

The tournament was organised by Neil Campbell and Paul Warwick and the latter thanked all the helpers and bar staff, and the Legion for sponsoring the tournament. The chairman of the Royal British Legion Club Roger McMurdo presented the trophy to the winners.

Golf

Earlston

Twenty-four hardy golfers braved the sunny but cold and windy conditions on Sunday to play the annual Captain vs President Fourball Betterball Matchplay competition.

While most of the Borders was under snow, the conditions at Berwick were excellent.

Team captains: Club President Ron Darling; Club Captain Michael Scott.

C. Bain Knock-out sponsor: Dougie Bain.

Prize winners: Ivor Aitchison (overall winner); Rodger Whiteford (nearest the pin); David Gordon (longest drive).

Orienteering

Roxburgh Reivers

Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club celebrated their 50th birthday with a double-header of events last weekend.

Saturday saw the first round of the 2015 Scottish Urban League which took place at Riccarton University Campus, a mixture of complex buildings and woodland.

The race consisted of a prologue then a chasing start, with the fastest from the prologue starting first and being chased, with first over the line declared the winner. The only winner from local club Roxburgh Reivers was Lindsey Knox on W55 who was third in the prologue, but managed to catch and pass the two runners ahead of her for a victory by 23 seconds.

Robin Sloan on M65 finished second in the prologue and despite getting the fastest time for the chase, didn’t quite manage to take the overall win, finishing only eight seconds behind top spot.

Kirstin Maxwell, on the women’s open class, also took second place with two other club members just failing to make the podium – Faisal Khursheed and Ian Maxwell both finishing fourth in their classes.

Sunday’s event returned to a sunny Dalkeith Park for a traditional South of Scotland league event.

On the green course, Robin Sloan gained revenge for his defeat on Saturday with a nine-second win over the man who beat him, meaning a one-second overall advantage over the two days. Also on green, Lindsey Knox was first W55+ to finish and Marc Heger was first M16.

Yousuf Khursheed took the win on light green and Cathy Rooney was first senior lady on the same course. Khursheed had another good run to finish third M16 on the blue course, against stiff opposition, and Elena Heger was also third on her course.

The next local event is at Bowhill on February 21. More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk

Pool

Borders

Belhaven Border Pool League results (Division One): Reivers A 6 Waverley A 6; Fleece B 5 Fleece A 7; Nikis 2 Ship A 10; Waverley B 3 High Level 9.

Division Two: Ship B 8 Red Lion A 4; Golden Lion 3 Dryburgh 9; Eildon Centre 12 Reivers B 0; Red Lion B 3 Bridge 9.

Snooker

Borders

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

League standings after 19 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 72; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 65; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 63; 4, Selkirk A 55; 5, Selkirk B 53; 6, St Boswells 51; 7, Jedburgh Legion 50; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 47.

Squash

Galashiels

A mixed team from Grange, Watsonians and Collinton squash clubs made up the Edinburgh Select that travelled to Galashiels for the third event in the East of Scotland Squash Conference.

Galashiels were confident of a victory, having home advantage with a fairly strong team of John Sharratt, Del Sharratt, Luis Molero, Rachel McAleese, Jamie Dalrymple (guest) and Dawn McBrayne.

In what was a very exciting and closely-run match, a strong Edinburgh team sneaked it 25-24.

The first tie pitched the joint players of the match from the first event together, John Sharratt and Mark Crease, and in what was a very tight and enthralling affair, Gala’s Sharratt edged it 2-1, winning 11-8 in the deciding game.

Gala captain Del Sharratt found it tough going in his first tie, losing to Gordon Robertson 2-0, (11-8, 11-10) and then losing to Mark Crease by 2-0, again by 11-8, 11-10, before a stunning 2-0 victory over Edinburgh’s Jim McConnell. Dawn McBrayne secured some valuable points for Gala as she remained unbeaten in her three matches and claimed the maximum six points, defeating Greg Brown (2-1), Anne Robertson (2-0) and Shane Martyn (2-1). Gala’s other victories came with Rachel McAleese beating Greg Brown 2-1, John Sharratt beating Jim McConnell 2-0 and Jamie Dalrymple beating Christy Looby 2-1.

Full results: J. Sharratt 2 M. Crease 1; A. Robertson 2 R. McAleese 0; G. Robertson 2 D. Sharratt 0; J. McConnell 2 L. Molero 0; J. Dalrymple 2 C. Looby 1; D. McBrayne 2 G. Brown 1; J. Sharratt 1 G. Robertson 2; D. Sharratt 2 J. McConnell 1; S. Martyn 2 R. McAleese 1; G. Robertson 2 L. Molero 0; M. Crease 2 J. Dalrymple 0; D. McBrayne 2 A. Robertson 0; J. Sharratt 2 J. McConnell 0; M. Crease 2 D. Sharratt 0; R. McAleese 2 G. Brown 1; A. Robertson 2 L. Molero 1; D. McBrayne 2 S. Martyn 0; J. Dalrymple 0 G. Robertson 2.

The next event takes place on Saturday, February 21, at Grange Sports Club.

League One: Del Sharratt 3 Luis Molero 2 (5-9, 9-5, 3-9, 9-0, 9-3).

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 0; R. McAleese 2 D. Sharratt 0; L. Molero 2 F. Forrest 0; F. Forrest 2 D. Sharratt 0; R. McAleese 1 L. Molero 0.

Swimming

Galashiels ASC

The Broadies Scottish Schools Championships were held in Aberdeen last Saturday.

The venue was the impressive Aberdeen Sports Village, where more than 800 competitors converged to battle it out for the honour of being crowned Scottish schools champions. Four Gala ASC members made the long journey north to “pit their wits” against the best in the country and didn’t disappoint with some fantastic swims.

In the morning session, Sarah Frizzel came fourth in the 200m breaststroke; Lindsay Jack was seventh in the 100m fly and Andrew Watt came sixth in the 100m fly. In the afternoon session, Elsbeth Roper came 11th In the 50m fly, Sarah Frizzel sixth in the 100m breast and Lindsay Jack ninth in the 200m back. The evening session saw Andrew Watt finish fifth in the 200 fly. There were PBs aplenty and the report card will show an A+ for all the representatives. More than 2,500 swimmers started this event through the regional qualifiers, so all swimmers and their respective schools should be very proud of their performance, a great achievement by any standard.