Gala’s nearly men are rightly rewarded

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Gala RFC sealed the closure of their 2013/14 season with the player of the year awards.

The timing of the awards was fitting as it fell on the weekend which would have seen the birthday of Edwin Garrett, who set up the trust which sponsors the player of the year award.

George Graham summarised the season as one that many clubs would be proud of, but emphasised that they need to dig deeper next season if they want to win the ultimate goal that is the league title.

Winners on the night were Young Player of the Year – Gregor Mein, Most Improved Player – Craig Borthwick, Players Player – Craig Borthwick, Gala A Player of the Year – Mark Kibble and Gala First XV Player of the Year – Rory Sutherland.

Pictured above are, from left, Gregor Mein, Rory Sutherland and Craig Borthwick.

Sports digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest

This weekend, the club hosts a double BLBS competition, with a Western round target shoot in the Saturday (June 7) and a BLBS clout shoot on the Sunday.

The best longbow archers from clubs across the country will be in attendance and first arrows on both days will be fired at 11am. Spectators welcome.

Bowling

Border Ladies

Week three: Ettrick Forest 20 Buccleuch 31 (2:3); Gala 26 Wilton 31 (2:3) ; Waverley 32 Selkirk 14 (5:0); Jedburgh 29 Melrose 26 (5:0); Kelso 26 Lauder 20 (5:0); Hawick 53 Newtown 21 (5:0). Abbotford bye.

Week four: Melrose 25 Kelso 25 (2.5:2.5); Newtown 31 Jedburgh 27 (3:2); Selkirk v Hawick rescheduled; Wilton 32 Waverley 25 (3:2); Buccleuch 28 Gala 29 (2:3); Abbotsford 22 Ettrick Forest 33 (2:3). Lauder bye.

Hawick

The A team travelled to play Ancrum last Monday and came away with an excellent 86-79 victory, with Mark Reilly making his debut for the A side.

Top rink on the night for Hawick was the L. Clarkson skipped rink.

The next day, the seniors played their counterparts from Newtown and also had a comfortable victory by 72-40. Top rink on the day was the Bobby McDonald skipped rink.

The Wednesday league matches scheduled to be played at Hawick and Kelso were cancelled due to both greens being waterlogged, and will be arranged for later dates.

Henderson Trophy

Borders played East Lothian in pleasant conditions at Cockenzie and Port Seton.

After a steady start, East Lothian edged ahead and stayed there, winning 124-110. The Borderers will be hoping for better fortune on Saturday when they play West Lothian at Melrose.

Langholm

Old Town Invitation Triples: A. & C. Elliot & D. Hetherington (Newcastleton) beat A. & K. Brady & M. Harkness (Gretna) in the final, after an extra end. Semi-finalists: S. McKenzie, B. O’Hara and T. Latimer; and D. Ritchie, A. Aitken and I. Scott. There were 21 entries.

Factory Cup Triples, May 31: 1, Morrison’s Garage (T. & S. Morrison and M. Borthwick); 2, Legion (S. & L. Roebuck and I. Patterson.

Selkirk

Open Triples, sponsored by Ben and Jean Wallis, May 31: In a good final that went to an extra end, S. Hislop, S. Henderson and J. Jackson defeated D. Carruthers, G, Munro and J, Turnbull. Beaten semi-finalists were Athelstaneford 1 and a triple skipped by H.Bell. The club would like to thank Ben and Jean for their continued sponsorship.

Ladies’ Three-bowl pairs, June 1: M. Milne and E. Gardiner beat E. Clapperton and J. Scott.

Golf

Cardrona

The course record was broken last week at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf and Spa ... by a 17-year-old. Glasgow’s George Burns recorded the record round of 67 on the way to lifting the Under-18 boys’ Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy, contested by 60 of Scotland’s top young golfers.

Galashiels

Kenny Hood Pairs, May 31: 1, K. W. Simpson & A. Simpson 133; 2, H. Carruthers & A. Temple 135; 3, I. Gillie & J. Gillie III 135.

Jedburgh

McTavish Trophy: 1, J. Hogg 77 (12) 65; 2, G. Johnstone 74 (7) 67; 3, P. Richards 79 (11) 68.

Jubilee Cup: 1, M. Smail 109 (34) 75; 2, E. Raeburn 99 (23) 76; 3, M. Forsythe 107 (23) 84.

Kelso

Bert Taylor Trophy, May 28: 1, R. Cowe 35 points, 2=, B. Taylor (Blair Quaich), I. Symons (Dave Cowe Salver) & J. A. Anderson 34 points.

Roxburghe Cup, May 31: 1, S. Pettigrew 69 (6) 63; 2, T. Pringle 69 (5) 64; 3=, K. Swinton 76 (11) 65, C. Cockburn 80 (15) 65 & J. Hughes 83 (18) 65.

Ladies’ SLGA Medal, May 27: 1, S. Paterson 76 (5) 71 (bih); 2, L. Wilson 80 (9) 71.

Ladies’ Open Greensomes, for the Nancy Scott Trophy, June 1: 1, L. Wilson & J. Anderson 74 (5.6) 68.4; 2, S. Paterson & A. Mitchell 79 (8.2) 70.8. Nearest pin 2nd, J. Corbett (Torwoodlee), nearest pin 15th, J. Anderson (Hawick), longest drive 13th, L. Wilson (silver), D. Pringle (bronze).

Nancy Scott Salver, sponsored by W. J. Blair, May 30: 1, L. Anderson and I. Thompson 86 (17.5); 2, G. and D. Herriot 88 (18) 70; 3, P. Robson & G. Webb 89 (15.5) 73.5. Scratch, S. Paterson and T. Pringle 76.

Entries are still being taken for the Gents Seniors Open which will be held on Thursday, June 12. Please email secretary@kelsogolfclub.co.uk or phone 01573 223009 to enter.

Lauder

Torwoodlee Pitcher, Sunday, May 25: 1, R. Malcolm 85 (15) 70; 2, M. Whiteford 82 (9) 73; 3, M. Dunne 87 (10) 77; 4, B. Hunter 92 (12) 80.

Lewis Stableford, May 27: 1, E. Forsyth 36 pts (8); 2, .H. Moffat 34 pts (17); 3, D. McPherson 34 pts (13). 17 played. M. Dunne won the five-week rollover twos pot and was also first in the month with 76 points, with Harry Moffat second on 72 points.

Melrose

Captain’s Prizes: 1, R. Falconer 38 pts; 2, C.Creamer 38; 3, B.Neil 38pts; 4, G.Hogg 38 pts.

Gibson Trophy, May 20: 1, J. Shirra-Gibb (16) 43 pts; 2, A. Fleming (14) 36pts; 3, A. Holton (22) 33 pts.

Peugot Coronation Foursomes, May 27: 1, V. Hogg and A.Holton (32 pts); 2, M. Scully and L. Bryce (29 pts).

Minto

Gents’ Stableford and Marie Curie Trophy, May 27 : 1, D. Howden 38 pts (after countback); 2, R. Taylor 38; 3, R. Elliot 37. Congratulations to Marc Scott, who had a hole in one on the fourth.

Ladies’ Salver No 3 May 28: Handicap – 1, L. Lendrum 102 (29) 73; 2, F. Robertson 108 (32) 76; 3, L. Bruce 98 (21) 77 (after countback); 4, L. Geatons 100 (23) 77. Scratch, L. Moore 94.

Adults v Juniors 4 Ball Better Ball, May 30: This competition resulted in a decisive victory for the Juniors.

Gents’ June Medal, May 31: 1 N. Douglas 75 (11) 64 bl9; 2, C. Smith 71 (7) 64 bl9; 3, D. Whiteley 72 (8) 64; 4, F. Stevenson 81 –(16) 65.

Lady Captain’s Charity Stableford, June 1: 1, M. Towers 36 points; 2, J. Elliot 35; 3, S. Lees 34; 4, G. Cartwright 32. This event raised £130 for the Borders group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, based at Ancrum.

Gill Cartwright, the 2014 Lady Captain, expressed her gratitude to all who had helped to raise this sum for the RDA.

St Boswells

Championship qualifier (2)/ Skoda Trophy, May 31: 1, S. Brown 77 (16) 61; 2, G. Dalglish 75 (13) 62; 3, D. Johnston (75 (12) 63. CSS: 66. Scratch: 1, G. Hogg 71.

Ladies’ Holmes Cup 2, May 27: 1, R. Macdonald 10 up (19); 2, C. Hunter 1 down (35); 3, S. Gray 1 down (26).

Torwoodlee

Tuesday Order Of Merit, round four, May 27: 1, D. Catto 76 (14) 62; 2, T. Martin 79 (14) 65; 3, R. Lacon 70 (5) 65; Scratch, S. Fairburn 67bih. 53 played, CSS 69, 15 twos.

First qualifier, May 31: 1, J. Grierson 83 (19) 64; 2, D. Gillie 65 (1) 64; 3, J. Denham 72 (6) 66. CSS 69, 27 twos, 90 played.

Competition, Saturday, June 7: Belhaven Qualifier – enter online at Howdidido or via PSI terminal.

Homing

Earlston

Five members sent 73 birds to Peterborough, liberated at 9.15am into a west wind. Results: 1, 5, 9, A.Simpson 1259.07; 2, 3, 4, 7, W.Gray & Son 1196.21; 6, 8, A.Bain 1167.66; 10, S. Martin 1141.72.

Galashiels

Nine members sent 73 birds to Peterborough, a distance of 235 miles. Results: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Douglas & Spearman 1230.830; 6, 9, 10, B. Dixon 1172.007; 7, W. Henderson 1166.035; 8, W. Hopewell 1146.882.

Jedburgh

Two members sent 37 birds to Peterborough, a distance of 227 miles. Results: 1, 3, 4, 5, A, Agnew & Son 1259.070; 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, Mr & Mrs Simpson 1229.834.

Langholm

The club liberated 74 birds over 227 miles from Cheltenham last Saturday with no wind. Results: 1, W Irving 1208.946; 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, R. V. Graham 1200.904; 9. A. Henderson 1081.640.

Squash

Galashiels

League 1 result: Ian Chalmers 3 Del Sharratt 0 (10-8, 10-8, 9-6).

Club night friendlies: M. Silies 2 R. McAleese 1; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; D. Sharratt 2 D. Mills 1; A. Gill 2 M. Silies 0; A. Gill 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Silies 0; D. Mills 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 2 D. Mills 0.