Jed Thistle crowned Semi-Junior League champions

Jed Thistle winning Semi-Junior League.
Jed Thistle winning Semi-Junior League.

Jed Thistle were crowned Border Semi-Junior League Champions on Saturday after beating Berwick Colts at the Glebe, where the cup and medals presented by the league vice-president Keith Green and SRU representative Alan Brown.

Thistle are unbeaten in the league this season, with one remaining league game against Melrose Wasps still to be arranged.

The game against Berwick was played on a pitch that cut up badly, which didn’t allow either team to play to their potential, but both teams did their best to entertain the crowd.

Head coach Gary Goodfellow praised the players and his coaches Calum Brown, Gary Hill, Doug Moffat and physio Brian Colvine for their efforts to achieve league success, but reminded everyone that Thistle had tough games ahead, starting with Ayr this Saturday in a Scottish Under-18s National cup semi-final, before competing in the Border Cup .

Scorers against Berwick were: Ben McNeil, Gary Munro, Kieran Slingsby, Rory Smith, Kyle Amos, Oliver Ryan, Robbie Douglas and Calum McNeil (2), Rory Marshall (2), Robbie Yourston (one try and six conversions.)

Sports digest

Bowling

Teviotdale

Teviotdale Senior men travelled to Tranent to play their round robin match in the Jock Brodie Trophy competition against Perth.

The Teviotdale side were under early pressure, and after only five ends found themselves trailing by 22-6.

However, as the match progressed, Teviotdale reduced the deficit to 33-32.

The match finished up drawn at 41 ends each, but because the Teviotdale side were up in two of the matches out of the three played, they came away with the points.

Top rink for the Teviotdale side were the J. Murdie-skipped rink, ably supported by E. Collie; H. Fisher and A. Waugh.

Rink scores were as follows: J. Murdie 6 shots up; C. Rae 1 shot up; K. McCartney 7 shots down.

Their next game in this competition is scheduled for March 4, against East Lothian B.

Curling

Kelso Ice Rink

Ayton Castle Curling Club held its great annual two-session Invitation Bonspiel last Wednesday, with many clubs providing guest players for the event.

John Hodge’s rink came out winners by a single-shot margin, much to the relief of the scorers, as there was a neck-and-neck battle right to the very end.

In the first session, Joan Dixon’s rink came within a kick in the nether regions of scoring an eight. However, under the threat of the aforementioned kick, the opposition skip managed to clear one of Joan’s shots out, which still gave her the biggest end trophy for her seven.

In the most recent round of the Agrii Border League, St Boswells’ win over Glendale has consolidated their section lead, while in the other game Ayton Castle won against Jedburgh.

Section two saw Earlston defeat neighbours Lauderdale, thus putting the Rhymers well out of reach at the top with just one game to play in March.

It must be hoped that they don’t seize up with rust in the meantime.

Roxburghe defeated Lees in the other game.

Downhill

SDA series

Scottish Cycling and the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA) are delighted to announce that online entries have now opened for all the 2015 race series – and it opens in Innerleithen.

The season offers great downhill racing on exciting, technical SDA courses right across the country.

It continues at 7 Stanes Ae Forest in Dumfries and Galloway, with the Scottish Cycling National Championships, then to Glencoe and Fort William in the Highlands, Pitfichie in Aberdeenshire and rounding off the season back in the Highlands at Glencoe.

Each round offers nine categories of racing to accommodate all ages and abilities and, as with all SDA events, a friendly and welcoming helping hand will be there to greet everyone from the experienced to the new starts coming to their first race.

Race entries are live and riders can enter at www.britishcycling.org.uk/events – using the key word Scottish DH Series.

There is also a special early bird rate, offering a discount on the normal entry prices. To make use of this, you need to get your online pre-entry in before the 11.55pm on February 14.

The dates & venues for the 2015 series are as follows:

z March 28/29 – SDA 2015 Series – Race 1 (Innerleithen)

z April 26 – SDA 2015 Series Scottish Cycling National Championships – Ae Forest

z May 23/24 – SDA 2015 Series – Race 2 (Glencoe)

z June 27/28 – SDA Series 2015 – Race 3 (Fort William)

z July 26 – SDA 2015 Series – Race 4 (Pitfichie)

z August 29/30 – SDA 2015 Series – Race 5 (Glencoe)

In addition to the SDA Series, Scottish Cycling underpins and co-ordinates the organisation of more than 650 events each year. This provides a full calendar of competition within the six core cycling disciplines across the length and breadth of the country, which can be found here: www.britishcycling.org.uk/events

You can also keep up to date and in contact via twitter: @SDA races or Facebook – search for “Scottish Downhill Association”.

Darts

Borders

Following their great 21-7 win over West Lothian in their last game, the following pool of players has been picked to play Ayrshire at home on Saturday, February 7 – Men: Graeme Bell, Darren Bohme, Peter Craig, Callum Donaldson, Norris Forsyth, Ian Graham, Darren Gray, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenby, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J. Patterson, Gordon Peters, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart and Chris Waddell. Reserves – Adam Ballantyne, Paul Black, Barry Dalgleish, Kevin Green, Kenny Lattimer and Kevin Wright.

Women: 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.

Ladies to be at Kelso Royal British Legion at 10am, men at 11.30am. Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 07504 493676.

Golf

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (week 13): 2, W. Wallace; 3, D. Gribbin.

Lauder

Winter League: A good field of eager golfers appeared after the recent spell of wintry weather, all with high expectations.

The resurgence of the young guns continued with Shane Paton, who, despite two triple bogies in the first four holes came back well to record a three under par net 67 to scoop this week’s prize money and the best score in January.

The old brigade, this week represented by Tom Hogarth, trailed in one shot back on net 68, the second best score in January. And Ron Dick, with a 69, pushed Ronnie Malcolm off the podium with a better inward half.

Micky Dunne and Dick shared the rollover twos sweep with twos at the quarry on the front and back nine.

Results: 1, S. Paton 82 (15) 67; 2, T. Hogarth 83 (15) 68; 3, R. Dick 87 (18) 69 (bih).

With the aggregate competition more than halfway through, Dougie Bain has been caught by Ron Dick. They share the lead on aggregate 200 with Ronnie Malcolm two shots back on 202.

Bain has also been pushed back into second on the ‘Road to Lauder’ with Ronnie Malcolm now leading the way; early leader Matty Whiteford is still hanging on to third place.

In-form Ronnie Malcolm leads the way in the eclectic with Dick a close second and current holder Hogarth in third place.

The Soup-a-thon entry this week was prepared in the Stow kitchen of the Hunter family. We are assured the tattie and leek was prepared by Billy’s own fair hand; excellent it was. Matty had three bowls.

After the success last year, a quiz night will be held on Friday, February 27, at 7.30 for 8pm, members and non-members welcome at the clubhouse; maximum four per team. Stovies and refreshments served throughout the evening. Book your table with Tom Hogarth, tel: 07808 479858, or email tom@whatsonscotland.com

Selkirk

In last weekend’s Winter Woollies competition played in cold wintry conditions, George Easson was red hot.

Results: 1, G. Easson net 32; 2=, L. McAllister and L. Rutherford 33; 3, J. Coyle 34. Twos: A. Brown and L. McAllister.

Pool

Belhaven League

League Cup: Section A – Waverley B 5 Fleece A 7; Fleece B 4 Niki’s Bar 8. Section B – Ship A 6 Waverley A 6; Reivers A 8 High Level 4.

Challenge Cup: Section A – Dryburgh 8 Ship B 4; Red Lion B 6 Reivers B 6. Section B – Bridge 8 Red Lion A 4; Eildon Centre 7 Golden Lion 5.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 0 Hawick Burns Club A 6; Hawick Burns Club B 6 Hawick Conservative Club B 0; Jedburgh Legion 3 St Boswells 3; Selkirk B 3 Selkirk A 3.

League standings after 18 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 68; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 61; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 61; 4, Selkirk B 51; 5, Selkirk A 51; 6, Jedburgh Legion 48; 7, St Boswells 48; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 44.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night friendlies: F. Forrest 2 R. McAleese 0, D. Sharratt 2 F. Forrest 1, D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0.

Three-quarter court threesomes: D. Sharratt 15, F. Forrest 14, R. McAleese 13. D. Sharratt 15, F. Forrest 12, R. McAleese 4.