Funding boost just ace for Kelso tennis players

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Kelso Orchard Tennis Club recently received a huge boost in the form of a three-year sponsorship deal with local plastics company Emtelle UK Ltd.

And now the funding has been Sportsmatched to the tune of £1,000 for the first year.

The club, a registered charity in Scotland, No SC034005, will put the money towards its expanded youth/disability coach project 2015/17 to try to encourage more young participants to train, exercise and play tennis.

Our photo above shows club treasurer David Laing accepting the £3,000 sponsorship cheque from Angela Chatterton, credit controller on the finance team at Emtelle.

Also in the picture, from left, are Lesley Thomas (head coach) Josh McKellar (junior), Kate Bull (assistant coach), Martina Stingl and Jacqui Welsh (volunteers), Gregor Welsh and Nik Stingl (juniors) and Lee Brown (assistant coach), who are responsible for ensuring the success of the project over the next three years.

Sports digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

Members braved puzzling cross-winds and a freak hail shower in the double clout round, held on Sunday, April 26, at Thirladean.

Results: Ladies – 1, Ev Craig 32 hits, 81 score, 1 clout; 2, Steph Lindsay 3, 8, 0.

Juniors – 1, Kyle Fairbairn 36, 98, 4.

Gents – 1, Jim Stillie 35, 84, 0; 2, Adair Anderson 35, 66, 0; 3, William Good 19, 45, 0; 4, Doug Anderson 19, 43, 0; 5, Malcolm McVittie 17, 42, 1; 6, Alan Lindsay 21, 41, 0; 7, Trevor Austin 17, 33, 0; 8, Jim Craig 13, 25, 0; 9, David Oliver 10, 22, 0; 10, Kevin Janiak 8, 18, 0; 11, Jason Fairbairn 4, 10, 0 (missed eight ends).

Athletics

Gala Harriers

Mixing it with 37,000 runners at last weekend’s London Marathon, four male and four female Gala Harriers put together a raft of superb performances to kick off the summer road racing season.

Dianne Lauder came across the famous finishing line at the end of the Mall just over 12 minutes behind Paula Radcliffe in a stunning two hours, 49 minutes and 15 seconds, celebrating a personal best and her position as the 22nd woman home and 19th in her age category.

Other Harriers’ times: Mark Bryson 3.06.52; Fergus Johnston 3.08.32; Billy McCulloch 3.20.48; Gillian Duncan 3.28.04; Fiona Dalgleish 3.33.14; Dave Nightingale 3.35.28; Annie Weir 3.45.46.

Bowling

Langholm New Town

President Paul Warwick delivered the first bowl of the season, watched by a good turnout of members, including a number of young players.

Everyone enjoyed a short game in chilly but dry weather. The new vice-president is Melvin Hair, with Paul Mitchell secretary and Avril Grieve treasurer.

Langholm Old Town

The club held its AGM on Sunday, then opened for the new season, with new president Donald Little delivering the first bowl, watched by a good turnout of members.

The vice-president is Elma Aitken, with Tom Stothart secretary and Gavin Graham treasurer, and the tournament secretary is Robert Phillips. Kate Turk is the only new member on the committee.

Newcastleton

President Stuart Beadle delivered the first bowl of the season on opening day, when around 18 members had an enjoyable afternoon with a short friendly match and then a good blether in the clubrooms.

Cycling

Kelso Wheelers

The first ‘two-up’ of the season was raced over the Birgham course last week.

The benefit of this form of racing is being able to draft legally, which was amply demonstrated by Oscar Onley, riding with Liam Thomson, who posted a time two minutes better than his previous best. Five other pairs also recorded better times than their pbs.

Times: K. Darling/D. Burgher 22.47; C. Stevenson/S. Gaunt 22.54; J. Smith/R. Ure 23.14; D. Richardson/I. McKenzie 24.07; G. Ford/R. Coupek 25.07; L. Thomson/O. Onley (Y) 25.08; G. Easson/D. Scott-Watson 26.15; R. Connell/K. Wilson 26.25; D. Whitecross/G. Gauld 28.11; R. Smith/A. Ker 29.04; H. Graves (Y)/D. Easson (Y) 31.04; J. Sinton/K. Miller 36.22.

The Wheelers also staged a solo 10-mile race in which three riders competed. Times: A. Power 27.57 pb; B. Simpson (Y) 28.12 pb; G. Moore 29.17.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating ) Seniors April Medal: A League winner, R. Turnbull net 33; B League winner, I. Young 35.

Seniors’ outing to St Boswells: 18 holes winner, G. Turnbull net 69; nine holes winner, I. Young 37.

Kelso

Berrymoss Trophy: 1, S. Pringle 78 (12) 66; 2=, P. McNulty 84 (16) 68, G. Fairgrieve 73 (5) 68.

Intersport Trophy (round 1): 1, E. Wilson 41 points; 2= C. Sweenie, G. Ford 40.

Ladies’ Nine-hole Stableford: 1, L. Small 17 points; 2, Karina Wilson 16.

Ladies’ 18-hole Stableford: 1, L. Wilson 33 points; 2, A. Fleming 29.

On Sunday, Kelso hosted a Tri-club Texas Scramble with five teams consisting of a player from Kelso, Duns and St Boswells in each team. The weather, although cool, was kinder than anticipated and the match was enjoyed by all. The winners with a net 70.5 were Doreen Pringle (Kelso), Lorna Crow (St. Boswells) and Liz Laye (Duns).

Melrose

April Clubhouse competition: 1, D. Gribbin 83 (17) 66; 2, M. W. Gillie 77 (9) 68; 3, D. Corry 91 (22) 69. Scratch: I. Ramsey 75.

Captain’s v Vice-captain’s Scramble: Captain’s Team 56.6 Vice-captain’s Team 54.8.

Nine-hole Stroke: 1, M. Robbie.

Eighteen-hole Stroke: 1, V. Hogg 95 (20) 75; 2, A. Fleming 92 (14) 78.

Torwoodlee

Tuesday Stroke: 1, E. Robertson 89 (22) 67; 2, C. Lumsden 71 (3) 68 BIH; 3, D. Brydon 73 (5) 68.

Minto

The Gents Seniors continued their great form of 2014 in their first match of the new season against Rothbury, winning by 3.5 rubbers to 2.5.

Seventeen seniors took part in the annual trip to Kinross for three days of golf. The overall winner of the tour was Roy Johnson with 104 Stableford points over the three courses. Second was John McFarlane with 102 and third was Jim Adams with 101. The tour was organised by the club captain, Albert Thompson, and Duncan Shiell provided valuable assistance as the record keeper and handicap adjuster.

After their success in the club’s Daily Mail foursomes competition last year, Janice Elliot and Mandy Short once again showed that they are a formidable foursomes combination when they won the club’s qualifying event for the 2015 National Coronation Cup. Their excellent score of 36 Stableford points put them only one point ahead of Vivienne Fairbairn and Ellen Learmonth on 35 with Mary Glendinning and Linda Geatons one point behind them on 34.

Junior three-club competition: 1, R. Middlemass 94 (29) 65; 2, F. Campbell 87 (20) 67; 3, J. Goodfellow 107 (39) 68. Lowest gross: Jack McDonald 91. Clubhouse Trophy: 1, D. Miller 82 (15) 67; 2, G. Arres 74 (6) 68 lowest gross; 3, G. Morrison 82 (13) 69.

Homing

Earlston & District

Five members sent 113 birds to Tow Law, liberated at 8.45am into a west-north-west wind. Result: 1, A. Simpson 1205.51; 2, 15, 17, S. Martin 1193.02; 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, S. Hardie & Sons 1084.46; 4, 9, 16, W. Gray & Son 1094.48; 8, 12, 13, 14, A. Bain 1078.99.

Galashiels

Seven members sent 66 pigeons to Tow Law, a distance of 71 miles. Result: 1, 6, G. Irvine 1184.662; 2, 3, 5, A. R. Lindores 1167.034; 4, 7, 8, Douglas & Ward 1135.642; 9, W. Hopewell 1005.409; 10, J. Ramage 843.654.

Langholm

The club liberated 33 birds in a north-west wind from Charnock Richards on Sunday. Result: 1,2,3,4, A. Henderson 1201.202; 5, 7, 8, D. Nordon 1157.392; 6, W. Irving 1131.735.

Swimming

Gala ASC

Round Two of the Border League was held at Galashiels Swimming Pool on Sunday, with five of the six local swimming clubs battling it out across the various age groups. Gala were able to field a 21-strong team that continued where they had left off at Hawick in March with some great swims.

The Border League is all about getting team points, and as the personal bests came thick and fast for all team members, so did the points, which keeps Gala in contention going into the final round at the end of May.

All team members can be especially proud of their efforts and a special mention goes to Erin Liddle, Hannah Bradley, Finlay Thomson and Arran Little, who were competing for the first time.

The other team members were Elsbeth Roper, Andrew Berlansky, Lindsay Jack, William Taylor, Laura Frizzel, Sophie Wilson, Ryan Goudie, Andrew Watt, Lucy D’Agrosa, Ellie Glendinning, Sarah Frizzel, Jake Shepherd, Bethany Hamilton, Layla Whitson, Aimee Goodship, Anna D’Agrosa and Meghan Campbell.

The club would like to thank Robyn Methven and Louise Mercer for looking after the team at poolside.

Gala ASC would also like to say a huge congratulations to Sandy Blacklock who swam in the Scottish National Masters Age Group Championships last Saturday, gaining a great pb in the 100m back stroke and collecting a bronze medal when finishing just outside his pb in the 50m freestyle.

Squash

Galashiels

Handicap Tournament (first round): M. Haywood 3 L. Bertram 1 (15-12, 13-15, 15-13, 17-15). second round: L. Molero 3 J. Barowska 1 (15-13, 17-15, 10-15, 15-12).

Club night friendlies: J. Barrow 2 R. Kohler 0; M. Brook 2 L. Molero 1; R. McAleese 1 J. Barowska 1; J. Barrow 1 G. Mitchell 0; A. Gill 1 R. Kohler 1; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0; M. Brook 2 R. McAleese 1; R. Kohler 1 G. Mitchell 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barrow 0; A. Gill 2 M. Brook 1. Racketball: D. Sharratt 2 G. Mitchell 0.