Enhorabuena! Reivers do well on Spanish soil

Roxburgh Reivers members who travelled to Aboyne for the Scottish qualifying round of the UK Club Trophy, from left,  John Tullie, Robert Cranston, Barry Veitch, Robin Sloan, Lindsey Knox.
Roxburgh Reivers members who travelled to Aboyne for the Scottish qualifying round of the UK Club Trophy, from left, John Tullie, Robert Cranston, Barry Veitch, Robin Sloan, Lindsey Knox.

Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club have been on their travels again with a succession of weekends away.

First up was the Andalucia O-meet in Spain, which four members attended, partly as a result of the club’s Pauline McAdam winning free entry and accommodation in a worldwide orienteering magazine competition.

Ian Maxwell took top spot in the M50+ sprint race through the streets of Huelva, while Pauline claimed bronze in the two-day forest competition.

The first weekend in March saw the traditional first league race of the season, this time hosted by Edinburgh Interlopers at Gullane. Reivers produced two class winners – Fiona Forrest W40 and John Tullie M55. Ian Maxwell finished third in M55. Lindsey Knox headed for Spain instead of Gullane and picked up first place in the Trofeo Costa Calida for the eighth time in 11 years.

Last weekend saw many members in very sunny Aboyne for the Scottish qualifying round of the UK Club Trophy.

Reivers’ chances were dashed at the end when a late finisher for a rival club came in with a good time and the Borderers were denied a place in the final by 1,240 points to 1,238 – a massive disappointment – but it was a real team effort and there were some excellent runs for the club, including a class win for Robin Sloan and an epic 3.5 hours from Eb Rooney which gained points for the club as well as cramp for himself.

Pictured above are Reivers at the finish in Aboyne: from left – John Tullie, Robert Cranston, Barry Veitch, Robin Sloan and Lindsey Knox.

The next local event is at Bowmont Forest, near Kelso, on Saturday, March 28, with starts from 1-2pm.

More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk

Sporting digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

Results from the recent club double clout competition, held at Thirladean, were as follows: Ladies: 1, Elaine Pearson 49 hits, 126 score, 2 clouts. Juniors: 1, Kyle Fairbairn 30, 78, 0. Gents: 1, Doug Anderson 35, 84, 2; 2, Jimmy Stillie 41, 81, 1; 3, Mike Pearson 18, 37, 0; 4, Alex Blake 12, 32, 1; 5, Terry Dakin 11, 22, 0; 6, Trevor Austin 9, 16, 0.

Badminton

Langlee Badminton Club

The Langlee club’s chairman Kevin Janiak has called for more of the community to come and try their hand at the sport.

The club meets every Thursday at the local community centre from 5.15-7pm. Anyone can turn up at any time to meet the players and hit a few shuttlecocks – for only £1.

Mr Janiak told The Southern: “We’re very much a club for the community. At the moment, we run things informally and it’s a social evening as well as a chance to clear the pipes with a good old-fashioned workout.

“But in the future, it would be nice to set up a few competitive matches with other Borders clubs. To do this, we really could do with more people coming along.”

For more information, call Kevin Janiak on 07825 269667.

Bowling

Ettrick Forest BC

The green will be opened on April 11 at 2pm.

Skips for Scottish and Borders ties will be picked on the day.

Teviotdale Bowling Club

The men’s indoor bowling section held their fairly belated Christmas bowling competition.

The event was sponsored by Amplifon Hearing Aids, and Reflex Disco supplied the prizes.

The event was a pairs competition with the ever-youthful Colin Rae and Oliver Gibson emerging as winners.

Results: 1, C. Rae and O. Gibson 2 wins, 11 up; 2, E. Collie and J. Thomson 2 wins, 10 up; 3, K. McCartney and M. Scott 2 wins, 9 up.

Hawick Bowling Club

The club held its AGM on Sunday and enjoyed an excellent turnout of 30 members. Retiring president JH Reilly said that the club had enjoyed an excellent year both on and off the green.

The committee elected for this year 2015 were as follows: president, W. Anderson; vice-president, M. Christy Jnr; hon. secretary, M. Todd; treasurer, L. Clarkson; match secretary, J.H. Reilly.

General committee: M. Hogg; R. Bell; R Hale; E. McGregor; C. Blaikie. Ex officio: J.H. Reilly.

Carpet Bowling

Player of the season

As the season drew to a close, the race for the player of the season title saw a very close and tense final few competitions.

With one competition left, the title could have gone to any one of five players. Slowly, as the night went on, the challengers drifted away one by one, and it became a straight shoot-out between Ryan Simpson (Capper) who started the night with a slight one-point advantage, and Gary McLarty (Westruther) who fancied his chances with the slight advantage of playing on his old home boards.

After the dust had settled on another well-supported event, (won by home bowler Bruce Jeffrey), the player of the year title had to be shared between the two of them as McLarty fought hard through the early rounds and reached the quarter-finals to grab a point and take both players onto 10 points.

This can be seen as a victory not only for youth, but for two players who have shown great commitment to bowling across the whole season.

McLarty said: “It’s been a good season for both Ryan and me, and while I would have liked to have won this title outright, it is great to share with such a good friend and playing partner as Ryan.”

Final standings: 1=, Ryan Simpson and Gary McLarty 10pts; 2, Derek Murray 8pts; 3=, David Johnston and Kevin Mercer 7pts.

Curling

Border Ice Rink

In the Page playoffs, a ruthless Duns shut Swinton out in a manner suggestive of the Irish thumping of Scotland at Murrayfield, while in a much tighter game between Earlston and St Boswells, a last-stone silent take-out (FSST) by the Saints’ skip was enough to give the Rhymers a free passage to the Agrii Border League final.

A slow start by Duns saw the Saints move into an early lead, but the Dingers came gently back into the game and another of those FSSTs saw the Dingers into the final to be played on Tuesday, March 24.

So after a successful League campaign the Saints shot themselves in both feet, limping out of the competition.

The Ladies’ League Page games brought Judith Dixon up against Marion Pate, with Dixon taking the honours, while Marion took on Elspeth Bell, who had earlier disposed of the Glynnice Lauder/ Venetia Scott rink.

Pate won through, and so she faces Dixon in the final concurrent with the league final.

It must be hoped that the candleholder first prize does not self-dismantle at the presentation to the winning Ladies’ rink, as has happened in the past.

After a season in abeyance, the Corstorphine Friendly came to life in a smallish way last Friday when a minibus-load of two rinks came from the city to do battle with two Borders rinks.

Two very close games then took place, with the mandatory single-shot lead going to the Borders.

The Gala Cup final took place on March 16 between Duns and Earlston, with a fairly close contest going to the Dingers.

Golf

Galashiels

Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League. Winner: A. Hitchcock net 34.

Jedburgh

March Medal: 1, G. Young 72 (5) 67; 2, T. Dawson 86 (18) 68 BIH; 3, J. Hall 83 (15) 68.

LGU Medal: 1, D. Oliver 108 (31) 77; 2, M. Forsythe 101 (23) 78; 3, P. Hogg 99 (14) 85.

Lauder

The penultimate week of the Winter League and a calm spring morning brought out an enthusiastic field of golfers.

Results: 1, D. Bain 80 (16) 64; 2, T. Hogarth 80 (14) 66; 3, K. Hutchison 84 (14) 70.

Twos sweep: Keith Hutchison secured the quadruple rollover with a chip-in at The Quarry hole on the front nine, taking him to the top of the table for The Road to Lauder.

Winter League March: 1, D. Bain 64; 2, S. Paton 65; 3, T. Hogarth 66 BIH.

Winter League Aggregate: 1, T. Hogarth 336 BIH; 2, R. Dick 336; 3, M. Dunne 340.

Winter League Eclectic: 1, T. Hogarth 50.7; 2, R. Dick 52 BIH; 3, R. Malcolm 52.

Race to Lauder: 1, K. Hutchison £33.50; 2, T. Hogarth £31.25; 3, D. Bain £25.

The Soup-a-thon was an excellent beef soup supplied by Shane Paton, a man of many talents – motor mechanic, fireman, golfer and chef supreme.

This Sunday sees the final week of the Winter League. All are welcome to come up and play golf, have a bowl of soup and a Donaldson’s pie.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League: 1, K. Lochrie; 2, K. Haldane; 3, I. Ramsey.

Torwoodlee

Competition results below from Saturday’s Stableford and League to Dubai Qualifier: 1, S.Nightingale 38 points; 2, G. Lawrie 34 points; 3, C. Riddle 33 points; 4, J. McDonald 32 points BIH. 32 played.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night Friendlies: R. Kohler 2 D. Brown 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Barrow 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barrow 1; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0; R. Kohler 2 L. Molero 1; L. Molero 2 J. Barrow 1; A. Gill 1 R. McAleese 1; J. Barrow 2 J. Barowska 0; R. McAleese 2 L. Molero 0.

Swimming

Galashiels ASC

Gala ASC took a breathtaking haul of medals in the Portobello Mad March Meet at the Mercat Gait Leisure Centre, Prestonpans at the weekend. It may not have been the biggest Gala squad to enter, but the medals came thick and fast over the weekend with a total haul of 22 PBs, 20 medals and two best-in-age-group awards from a total of 28 competitive swims.

Elsbeth Roper and Laura Frizzel were the only Gala members competing on the Saturday in the 8-11 age groups and between them they managed a whopping 10 PBs, three gold, two silver and six bronze from 12 swims. Elsbeth also collected the trophy for the Best Girl in the 11 years age group.

Having set the tone, the pressure was on the older members to try to emulate their younger colleagues’ successes and again they didn’t disappoint with some great swims. Bethany Hamilton, Lindsay Jack, Sophie Wilson, Bailey Jai MacLeod and Andrew Watt competed on the Sunday in the 12-18 age groups and grabbed 12 PBs, four golds and five bronze from 16 swims.

Andrew also lifted the trophy for the Best Boy in the 13 years age group.

A truly magnificent weekend for the team and one the club is extremely proud of.

The club would also like to thank head coach Robyn Methven for looking after
the swimmers over the two days.

This week will see Beth Johnston compete in the Para International Championships at Tollcross, Glasgow, where she swims in five events over four days.