Fitting send-off for football coach Fred

After 30 years coaching youth football Fred Blackie retires. Pictured with Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths, seniors and officials

After 30 years coaching youth football Fred Blackie retires. Pictured with Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths, seniors and officials

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A standing ovation from players, parents and fellow coaches in a packed stand at Netherdale on Saturday afternoon was a fitting send-off for Fred Blackie after 28 years of coaching youth football in Galashiels.

As coordinator of Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths he has been responsible for developing generations of young footballers in the town.

This year, his under-17 team finished league champions, which was the perfect way to end a coaching career which began with sessions at local primary schools and leading to the formation of Gala Fairydean Rovers Youths in 2006 alongside Garry Fraser, taking it on to another level.

His dedication to the cause was reflected on Saturday with countless tributes and presentations during a one-hour long ceremony. He was presented with life membership of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC for services to youth football in the town.

More on Fred’s coaching career in next week’s Southern.

Sporting digest

Bowling

Abbotsford

Last week’s action began with a top-five tie at home to St Ronan’s, in which comfortable wins for Gordon Bowers, Tommy Newall, Keith Campbell and Andrew Hancock enabled Abbotsford to progress to the quarter-finals.

The ladies made the short trip across town to play Waverley where two winning rinks and a 32-18 shot difference was enough to give Waverley a 5-0 victory.

Waverley was the venue for the West Borders area qualifiers for the National Championships. Abbotsford were represented in the fours by Ian Macdonald, John Purves, Andrew Hancock and Tommy Mann Jnr, who gradually edged ahead during their match against Ettrick Forest and ended up winning by 19-10. In the pairs Scott Thomson and Gordon Bowers from Abbotsford had a close battle against the Melrose pair before winning 18-17. The winners from the west of the region now play against representatives from the east at Jedburgh on Sunday.

On Saturday, Edinburgh club, Maitland, attended for the annual friendly fixture and it was the visitors that managed a narrow win by 61-64.

On Sunday the ladies played in the club triples tournament. The final was played between Gina Howlieson, Ann Merry and Ella Brydon (skip) against Karen Hay, Mary Gilchrist and Jackie Ormiston (skip), with the Brydon triple winning by 12-3.

Hawick

Thursday saw the second playing of the Davie Johnstone Memorial Open Triples.

Eighteen teams turned up to do battle from around the Borders, and it finally came down to T. Edmison’s Buccleuch rink, assisted by G. Godfrey and E. Collie coming out on top against W. Blaikie’s rink, assisted by C. Logan and K. Oliver from the Hawick club. The presentation of the prizes was done by past president Rob Johnstone, eldest son of the late Davie Johnstone.

Langholm New Town

The singles tournament took place last Saturday and president Paul Warwick emerged the winner, beating Callum Ogilvie of Gretna in the final.

Alistair Elliot of Newcastleton lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals.

Robert Phillips of the Langholm Old Town club was also knocked out at that stage.

There was an entry of 32 and the tournament was sponsored by Duncan Ritchie.

z See page 88 for all gents league results and tables.

Cycling

Kelso Wheelers

Light rain at the start of the 10-mile league may have been a blessing in disguise as the dampness provided just enough slickness for one course record and nine pbs to be set.

The four divisions were raced separately, with the Yellow Division providing the surprise of the round when Ben Simpson smashed the previous course record by 17 seconds. In the Red Division, Colin Stevenson – the fastest time on the night – and Donald Richardson are equal on points, as are Oscar Onley and Daniel Easson in the Yellow Division.

Red Division: C. Stevenson 22.43 pb/38 points; D. Richardson 24.18 pb/38; J. Smith 24.46/28; K. Darling 23.01/24; D. Burgher 23.48/22; M. Burgher 23.54/20; R. Ure 24.24/16.

Pink Division: S. Gaunt 24.15 pb/40; G. Ford 25.51 pb/36; I. McKenzie 25.42/24; D. Scott-Watson 27.37 pb/20; A. Power 28.20/18; R. Coupek 27.00/14; R. Connell 26.41/14; J. Bader 26.46/14; K. Wilson 27.39/12.

Polka Dot Divison: D. Whitecross 28.46 pb/40; S. Onley 30.03 pb/36; J. Sinton 33.08/36; R. Smith 30.44/32; A. Ker 30.00/14.

Yellow Divison: O. Onley 27.32/36; D. Easson 31.08 pb/36; B. Simpson 26.58 pb-cr/20.

The first round of the Border Trophy was hosted by Gala Cycling Club last week.

Contested in glorious sunshine, Kelso Wheelers took the win in 3.55.59, followed closely by Gala on 3.57.20, Berwick on 4.03.46 and Hawick on 4.05.43.

Golf

Galashiels

Championship Qualifier (3): 1, A. Redhead 71 (9) 62); 2, G. Turnbull 74 (12) 62; 3, J. Thomson 74 (11) 63. Scratch: S. Nightingale 68.

The next competition is the Tom Birnie Pairs.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner, W. J. Taylor net 34 BIH; B League winner, W. Crichton 36.

Jedburgh

Captains Day: 1, C. Redpath 78 (15) 63; 2, B. Hogg 79 (14) 65; 3, E. Redpath 69 (3) 66 BIH.

Kelso

Summer Stroke Competition (Championship Qualifier 3): 1, Kenny Roughead 83 (17) 66; 2, A. Chalmers 68 (1) 67; 3=, P. Stewart 81 (13) 68, D. Hirst 78 (10) 68.

Intersport Trophy (round 5): Winner: C. Sweenie 39 points.

Ladies (SLGA) Hill Medal (1st qualifier): 1, L. Small 83 (15) 68; 2, A. Wild 91 (20) 71.

This week is Championship week, culminating with Finals Day for all categories on Saturday. We look forward to seeing support for all ties from members and also at the prizegiving on the Saturday evening.

Lauder

Mike Todd Foursomes: 1, M. Todd & M. Whiteford 80 (14) 66; 2, M. Dunne & S. Thomson 83 (15.5) 67.5; 3, H. Moffat & I. Scott 85 (15.5) 69.5.

Wednesday Ladies Stableford (nine holes): 1, J. Stevenson 17 points; 2, G. Dun 15; 3, E. Brotherstone 13.

The Anderson Open Greensomes take place on July 5 (9am and 1pm). To enter and for more information on format etc, contact Archie Anderson, secretary@laudergolf.com or telephone 07999 450139.

Melrose

June Medal: 1, A. Fleming (14) net 71; 2, J. Brown (19) 71. Scratch: F. Falconer 84. Nine-hole Medal: M. Scully.

Minto

Seniors Summer Stableford: 1, D. Taylor 44 points; 2, S. Mather 37; 3=, E. Berridge, J. Henderson 36.

Tuesday Stableford: 1, D. Wear 40 points; 2, I. Oliver 39 (after countback); 3, G. Ferguson 39.

Ladies Medal No 3: 1, L. Geatons 93 (23) 70; 2, J. Michie 103 (30) 73 (after countback); 3, J. English 98 (25) 73. Lowest gross: L. Moore 90.

Senior Gents v Duns: Minto Seniors won by 4.5 rubbers to 1.5.

Juniors’ Mitchell Trophy Round 3: 1, L. Towers 87 (17) 70; 2, A. Brown 86 (14) 72 (lowest gross); 3, J. McDonald 88 (14) 74.

Fox and Hounds Trophy No 6 (Championship Qualifier No 3): 1, G. Morrison 74 (11) 63; 2, B. Howden 71 (6) 65 (after countback/lowest gross); 3=, G. Arres 72 (12) 65; W. Sanderson 78 (13) 65.

Torwoodlee

The Senior Open, sponsored by Monorene Guest House, attracted a record entry of 137, with competitors from the Borders, Lothians and Northumberland, playing the course with captain Sandy Stenhouse, coming out overall winner.

The club would like to thank the sponsors, the greenstaff and helpers (in particular Lorraine White and Liz Campbell) who made it such a successful day.

Results – Senior Open Champion and Quaich Winner: S. Stenhouse 89 (24) 65.

Category A (55-62): 1, J. Donoghue (The Glen) 81 (14) 67; 2, D. Thorburn (Torwoodlee) 78 (10) 68 BIH; 3, J. Meehan (Torwoodlee) 75 (7) 68. Scratch: George Black (Torwoodlee) 75.

Category B (63-69): 1, M. Bowden (Torwoodlee) 80 (14) 66; 2, J. Duncan (Torwoodlee) 81 (11) 70 BIH; 3, K. McMurchie (Duns) 81 (11) 70. Scratch: W. Morton (Dunbar) 74.

Category C (70 and over): 1, I. Finlayson (Torwoodlee) 79 (12) 67; 2, J. Marshall (Torwoodlee) 91 (21) 70; 3, D. Chisholm (Galashiels) 87 (15) 72. Scratch: R. Hastings (Torwoodlee) 81.

June Medal & Belhaven Qualifier: 1, B. Gilroy 76 (7) 69 BIH; 2, R. Brydon 71 (2) 69; 3, A. Brooks 72 (2) 70 BIH.

Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit: 1, R. Forsyth 70 (3) 67; 2, C. MacDonald 69 (1) 68; 3, N. Babington 72 (3) 69. Scratch: D. Gillie 69.

Homing

Galashiels

Nine members sent 121 pigeons to Tow Law – 71 miles. Result: 1, Douglas & Ward 1078.013; 2, 4, 6, E. Jamieson 1062.787; 3, 5, 9, Douglas & Spearman 1037.418; 7, J. Wyper 990.962; 8, W. Hopewell 974.653; 10, K. G. Lawrie 921.919.

Earlston & District

Members sent 127 birds to Tow Law, liberated at 12.40pm into a light north-east wind. Result: 1, 6, 7, W. Gray & Son 1090.04; 2, 8, S. Hardie & Sons 1048.60; 3, 10, A. Simpson; 4, A. Bain 1036.78; 5, 9, S. Martin 10366.60.

Langholm

Members liberated the birds in an east-north-east wind from Lymm. Result: 1, W. Irving 1267.42; 2,3, A. Henderson 1215.874.

Rugby

Jed-Forest RFC


The club is holding its AGM on Thursday, June 25 at 7.30pm at the Riverside Park clubrooms.

Squash

Galashiels

Plate tournament semi-final: I. Chalmers (-3) 3 J. Barrow (+5) 2. Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 3 D. Sharratt 0; J. Barrow 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 3 J. Barrow 0; I. Chalmers 2 R. McAleese 0; R. McAleese 2 D. Sharratt 1; I. Chalmers 2 J. Barrow 0.