Adam and Alice serve up title-winning displays in Under-14s singles

Prize winners from the recent Hastings & Co Borders tennis tournament held at Kelso Orchard Tennis Club.
Prize winners from the recent Hastings & Co Borders tennis tournament held at Kelso Orchard Tennis Club.
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The Hastings and Company Borders Under-14 Boys’ and Girls’ Singles was held at Kelso Orchard Tennis Club in fine conditions.

There was a good turnout for the boys’ singles, with entries from many Borders clubs, with the format taking that of a knockout tournament and the first-round losers going into a consolation draw.

The boys’ final was a tense affair, with long rallies and clever play. Adam Fawcus (Berwick) overcame Gregor Nichol (Selkirk) to take the title 4-1, 4-2. Losing semi-finalists: Andrew Hogg (Berwick) and Alex Daunas (Melrose). Boys’ consolation: winner, Christopher Fagan (Berwick); runner-up, Christian Townsend (St Boswells).

The girls played a round-robin tournament.

Alice MacBrayne (Melrose/St Boswells) took the title, winning all of her matches with some excellent play. Joint runners-up were Robin and Zara Elliot.

Club coach Lesley Thomas presented the trophies and Hastings and Co was thanked for its support.

Sporting digest

Athletics

Gala Harriers

The club was instrumental in the success of the Queen’s Baton making its way around Tweedbank track last Wednesday, with Thomas Otton, Billy McCulloch, Ross Falconer and Neil Renton taking their turn, after Kerry Sandilands and Fraser Wardhaugh had accompanied it through Earlston.

The day after, Jenny Forbes and Colin Welsh won their respective gender categories in the club’s 800m race at the track. Males: 1, C. Welsh (2 minutes and 2 seconds); 2, G. Bryson (2.09); 3, D. Moffat (2.17). Females: 1, J. Forbes (2.32); 2, G. Duncan (2.35); 3, R. Fagan (2.36).

Bowling

Hawick

The seniors travelled to Earlston to play the combined Earlston/Melrose team. The match was a very tight affair, with the hosts emerging winners by four shots (52-48).

Wednesday night saw the A team entertain Lauder at home and the result was a great 99-63 victory for the hosts. Top rink for Hawick was the Scott Clarkson rink, ably supported by R. Bell, M. Hogg and B. McDonald.

Lauder

Congratulations to Lauder bowlers Margaret E. Scott and Billy Nisbet, who both won their respective Senior Single Finals at Eyemouth BC on Sunday, allowing them to compete in this year’s Scottish Finals at Ayr. Commiserations to Amanda Ogilvie and Gwenda Ainslie, who were beaten in the Ladies Pairs Final.

Newtown

Well done to Marie Todd who managed to win the Bowls Scotland district singles finals in Eyemouth on Sunday against Margaret Robertson (Berwick BC) by 21-17. Marie has now qualified for the finals at Northfield, Ayr, from Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10. Everyone is welcome to go along and support her.

Cycling

Border Trophy

The Border Trophy second leg moved on to Gala last Wednesday, where Gary Robson produced a storming ride of 21 minutes and 47 seconds to lead the home club’s team to a deserved win.

Trailing Berwick Wheelers by 5 minutes and 17 seconds from the first leg at Berwick, Gala reduced the deficit to just 55 seconds to set up an exciting third leg at Kelso.

The three clubs brought all their top riders to contest the final leg over Kelso’s Birgham course on Monday night. The 55 secs Gala were behind was soon obliterated as their riders dominated the race with nine of their 10 scorers under 25 mins for the 10 miles. A spectacular turnaround of 10 mins 46 secs from first to third leg gave Gala the overall win.

Times: Gala Cycling Club 3 hours 59 mins 20 secs (overall 12h 00m 42s); Berwick Wheelers 4:05m.44s (12:06.11); Kelso Wheelers 4:08.27 (12:17.47).

Football

Gala Fairydean Rovers

The annual general meeting of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC will take place in the Netherdale clubrooms this evening at 7.30pm. All members are invited to attend.

Golf

BLGA

The South Jamboree is being held this weekend at Torwoodlee Golf Club.

The matches are: Saturday, Borders v Dumfries (first morning tee 9.30am, first afternoon tee 2pm); Sunday, Galloway v Dumfries (9.30am/1.30pm); Monday, Borders v Galloway (9.30am/1.30pm).

Each match consists of three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon.

The Borders team for the Jamboree: J. Anderson (Hawick); J. Birdsall (Roxburghe); C. Bunyan (Roxburghe); L. Campbell (Torwoodlee); D. Ker (Roxburgh); T. Mactaggart (Minto); S. Paterson (Kelso); L. Wilson (Kelso).

Border Ladies held their Team Tournament at Kelso on Sunday with 12 club teams of four ladies entered. Three scores from each side counted in each category.

Results (team): Handicap, Minto (T. Mactaggart, M. Towers, L. Towers, C. Allott) 213; Scratch, Roxburghe (J. Birdsall, C. Bunyan, F. Ker, L. Flannigan) 243.

Individual winners: Nearest the pin at 12th – J. Preston (Duns); Longest Drive at 5th – A. Melvin-Ffinch (Hirsel); Bronze Handicap, K. McGinlay (Hirsel) 101 (32) 69; Scratch, C. Reed (Hirsel) 99.

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship qualifier: A League winner, A. Hitchcock nett 35; B League winner, H. Cairney 34.

Championship Qualifier (3) 1, J. Gillie 74 (12) 62; 2, S. Nightingale 68 (4) 64; 3, C. Forsyth 77 (13) 64.

Melrose

Championship Qualifier (4): 1, J. Shirra-Gibb 87; 2, L. Wallace 88.

Ladies Championship Draw: J. Shirra-Gibb (bye); V. Hogg v A. Fleming; L. Wallace v J. Brown; C. Dalgleish v F. Falconer.

June Clubhouse Comp, Round 2, Campbell Family Trophy: 1, G. S. Craig 77 (8) 69; 2, I. Ramsey 73 (2) 71; 3, M. W. Gillie 83 (10) 73. Scratch: D. Page 78.

Minto

Mary Towers and Lesley Moore played in the SLGA Area Final at the Lochmaben course in Dumfriesshire for the chance to go through to the national finals. Mary (20) had a stunning nett score of 68 (gross 88), which was three under par for the course. She attributed her success to some excellent putting and is hoping that this continues in the national finals at the King James VI course, Perth, on September 7.

Gents’ Tuesday Stableford: 1, N. Douglas 42 points; 2=, D. Minto, R. Taylor; R. Latta 37. The current league leader is Stewart Mabon with 141 points.

Minto Seniors won convincingly against Tantallon by 4.5 rubbers to 1.5, bringing their season tally to won three, lost one. The home team just got the better of their Minto opponents at St Boswells, winning by 4 rubbers to 2. In spite of their defeat, the Minto team was full of praise for the excellent condition of the St Boswells course.

Junior Six-hole Pre-handicap Championship: Winner (from 20 yards out), A. Richards nett 30. 150 yards: 1, C. Hewitt nett 35 (B Champion); 2, C. Riddell 34. Blue tees: 1, C. Patterson nett 35 (A Champion); 2, L. Nichol 34.

Juniors’ Daily Telegraph Competition (Boys): 1, S. Murdoch 86 (24) 62; 2, D. Murdoch 85 (11) 74 (lowest gross); 3, M. Bannerman 105 (30) 74 after countback. Girls: 1, C. Campbell 103 (32) 71; 2, L. Towers 93 (17) 76 (lowest gross); 3, R. Middlemiss 104 (25) 79.

Gents’ Three-man Team Competition: 1, E. English, J. Hood & K. Spiers nett 208; 2, J. Adams, J. Law & A. Thompson 216; 3, J. Geatons, T. Glendinning & D. Joyce 217 after countback. Scratch: S. Fairbairn, D. Gillie & D. Gillie 223.

Selkirk

Saturday, June 21, saw the First Class Marquees open triples take place.

Played in excellent conditions, the winning triple was Colin McKinnon, Rob Kelly and Ian Borthwick, who defeated Pat Houston, Hazel Scott and Isobel Downie in a very close final. Selkirk Bowling Club would like to thank Chris Lightfoot from First Class Marquees for his continued sponsorship.

St Boswells

Ladies President’s Cup (overall): 1, R. Macdonald 86 (15) 71 (lowest gross); 2, S. Barrie 94 (23) 71; 3, S. Braithwaite 94 (23) 71. Division One: 1, J. Knox 95 (17) 78; 2, A. Forrest 99 (18) 81. Division Two: 1, J. Heard 109 (28) 81; 2, L. Crow 110 (28) 82; 3, J. Aiston 108 (26) 82.

Seniors June Medal and Championship Qualifier: 1, H. Oliver 86 (20) 66; 2, D. Curle 85 (17) 68 (lowest gross); 3, J. Tait (Snr) 85 (15) 70.

Torwoodlee

Order of Merit (round 7): 1, J. Meehan 72 (7) 65; 2, R. Lacon 70 (4) 66; 3, M. Morrison 83 (16) 67. Scratch: D. Gillie 67.

Qualifier (3): 1, J. Graham 74 (10) 64; 2, M. Morrison 81 (15) 66; 3, J. Shiel 76 (10) 66.

Belhaven Six-man Team Qualifiers (at Minto GC on July 13): Handicap 9 & Under – J. Kelly & W. Gilroy (reserve, B. Aitchison); Handicap 10 to 15 – J. Graham & M. Morrison (reserve, J. Shiel); Handicap 16 & Over – S. Irvine & J. Neil (reserve, S. MacPherson). Please notify the club as soon as possible if you are available to play.

Qualifier Lists for the Gents’ A, B & C Championships are on display on the noticeboard. Please advise of your availability by this coming Monday. The draw will take place after the closing date. If you have not indicated your availability by the closing date, it will be assumed you are unavailable.

Squash

Galashiels

Handicap tournament: Plate quarter-final: D. Mills (-6) 3 S. Walker (+5) 1. Semi-final: J. Eyre (+4) 3 I. Chalmers. Plate Semi-final: L. Molero (-5) 3 Maria Silies (+10) 1.

League 2: R. Kohler 3 Luis Molero 2.

Club night friendlies:

L. Molero 2 D. Sharratt 1; R. McAleese 2 M. Silies 1; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Silies 0; A. Gill 2 L. Molero 0; S. McCutcheon 1 R. McAleese 0.

Tennis

Kelso Orchard

The club would like to express its thanks to Charity Begins At Home who provided the coaching/disability/youth project with a generous grant of £2,000.

This was accepted by president Gareth Stott at a ceremony on June 1 at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso.