History was in the making when, for the first time ever, boys from the Borders District stepped on to the pitch at the National Glasgow Hockey Centre to play in the Under-14 Inter-district Tournament on Sunday.
The local lads teamed up with neighbours East Lothian to make a Borders/East Lothian team and after three training sessions together headed off to the competition where two losses and a draw saw them finish fifth equal with Highland on points.
Borders hockey development officer Janet Jack said: “All the boys showed great effort and tremendous workrate in their first ever inter-district tournament.
“There was a lot to take in, but this was a great experience for all the boys.”
Borders (all Fjordhus Reivers) boys playing in the BEL squad: Mathew Comiskey, Charlie Jack, Nicholas Henderson, Calum Arnott, Calum Folan, Sam Prentice, Toby Dawson and George Godfrey-Faussett.
The tough annual Ben Lomond Junior Hill Race starting at scenic Rowardennan is always a very competitive affair and, under clear blue skies on Saturday, this year’s race was no exception.
Coming an incredibly impressive second in the under-15 girls’ race was Gala Harrier Susannah Godfrey-Faussett, who flew up and down the testing course in cracking form. And running for the first time in the under-20 men’s race was Thomas Otton, who put in an awesome effort to finish third in this tough new age category.
A day later, clearly recovered from his sterling efforts on the streets of London, Fergus Johnston completed the longer senior Ben Lomond Race in one hour, 14 minutes and six seconds, giving him 12th position out of 166 runners.
This week saw the start of the Border League with the A team at home to Melrose, the visitors clinching the points by winning 73-72.
On Friday, the team travelled to play Waverley, who managed to win comfortably by 98-65. The only winning rink for Abbotsford was John Hardie, Callum Riddell, Gordon Bowers and Andrew Hancock.
The senior team also played two matches on Tuesday at home to Peebles.
The match started in heavy rain and both clubs agreed to play the minimum 11 ends. At this point the score was 44-33 in favour of Abbotsford with Rob Simpson, Neil Miller and Tom Boyd the highest-up triple. On Thursday the team travelled to Kelso and achieved a 53-46 victory, with Jimmy Grieve, Bill Philip and John Manczak the highest up.
Finally on Sunday the two-bowl singles competition was contested, with the winner being the runner-up from last year, Scott Thomson, who defeated Colin Hancock in the final by two sets to nil.
This Saturday, there is a friendly against Summerside BC from Edinburgh. In the evening there will be live music in the clubhouse. On Sunday, the John Hardie-sponsored Open Triples is to be held and entries will be taken up until close of play today.
Hawick Seniors played an Earlston/Melrose combination on Tuesday, in what can only be described as horrendous conditions. After a closely-fought battle, it was Earlston/Melrose who emerged as narrow winners by 56-54.
On Wednesday, the A team played their first game of the season at Kelso. The Hawick side came away with a 10-shot victory, winning by 95-85. Top rink was the L. Clarkson-skipped rink, ably supported by W. Wells, A. Wilson and K. Ford.
Thursday saw the Seniors travel up to Innerleithen to play St Ronan’s, who have recently joined the seniors league. The weather remained dry, but bitterly cold, and it was the hosts who came away as comfortable winners by 62-43.
Langholm New Town
A rink from the club took the honours at the Invitation American Rinks tournament at Ancrum on Sunday.
The winners, who received the cup and £200 in prize money, were Paul Warwick, his mother Carolle Warwick, Sue Roebuck and Malcolm Johnstone.
Championship Qualifier No 1: 1, A. Bunyan 76 (11) 65; 2, J. McDonald 82 (16) 66; 3, S. King 72 (6) 66).
The next competition is the Gala Masters on Saturday and Sunday.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Turner Cup winner, A. Simpson net 35; Dickson Cup winner, I. Caisson 33.
RM Turner Trophy: 1, J. Hogg 77 (12) 65; 2, D. Young 81 (15) 66; 3, B. Purves 75 (7) 68 BIH.
McTavish Trophy: 1, K. Hogarth 83 (15) 68; 2, J. Hogg 81 (11) 70 BIH; 3, R. Wight 80 (10) 70.
Gents’ Open Texas Scramble: 1, K. Hook, K. Millar, B. Walker & A. Ballantyne 58 (-3.2) 54.8; 2, C. Disk, P. Boud, R. Nicholls & J. Donaldson 57 (1.8) 55.2. Many thanks to our sponsors for this competition, Border Safeguard.
Intersport Salver (2): 1, I. Rae 40 points; 2, Alan Snowball 34 BIH; 3, 3, D. Hirst 34.
Ladies’ Spring Stroke: 1, L. Mathewson 87 (16) 71; 2, L. Wilson 82 (6) 76.
Stroke Competition: 1, G. Hannah 69 (4) 65; 2, G. Lackie 70 (5) 65; 3, K. Haldane 74 (6) 68. Scratch: I. Ramsey 71. Seniors Cup: winner, K. Haldane; runner-up, I. Ramsey.
Minto Golf Club was very pleased with the successful outcome of the Open Day held last Sunday.
Visitors, young and old, toured the course, played golf, practised putting and chipping, and benefited from coaching.
The target was to gain at least 10 new members and that goal was exceeded, with people joining from across the age spectrum.
Club members played an important role on the Open Day with sterling leadership from ladies’ captain Sue James and club captain Albert Thompson. Minto also recognises the support given by the Scottish Golf Union.
Seniors Summer League: 1, D. Taylor 41 points; 2, N. Simpson 38; 3=, T. Kerr, M. Laidlaw 37. League positions: 1, D. Taylor 37.5 points; 2, N. Simpson 37; 3, J. McFarlane 26.
Tuesday Stableford: 1, G. Ferguson 36 points (after countback); 2, S. Paisley 36; 3, R. Pringle 35.
Junior Medal: 1, J. Goodfellow 99 (39) 60; 2, R. Nichol 82 (18) 64; 3, D. Murdoch 74 (8) 66 (lowest gross).
Juniors’ Chips ‘n’ Cheese League: 1, R. Nichol 7 points; 2= A. Brown, 2= J. Goodfellow 6.
In a closely-contested friendly match between Minto and Torwoodlee gents, honours were shared, with each team scoring two wins and two matches were drawn.
Wm Marjoribanks Mixed Open: 1, B. Taylor & F. Turnbull net 62.6 BIH; 2, R. Thorburn & B. Thorburn 62.6; 3, J. Oram & G. Oram 64.8. Scratch: J. Mc Donald & S. McDonald 76.
Many thanks to all who entered and to sponsor Wm Marjoribanks Heating & Plumbing Ltd, St Boswells for its continued support of the club and competitions.
Marjoribanks May Medal (Championship qualifier No 1): 1, K. Graham 77 (19) 58; 2, N. Lowrie 71 (12) 59 (lowest gross); 3, C. Hardie 74 (11) 63.
Ladies’ Club Trophy 2: 1, R. Thorburn 101 (23) 78 (lowest gross); 2, S. Gray 107 (27) 80; 3, L. Crow 110 (29) 81.
Junior May Medal: 1, D. Murdoch 71 (9) 62 (lowest gross); 2, A. Smith 108 (44) 64; 3, R. Macdonald 82 (18) 64.
Gents’ Millenium Salver: 1, C. Hardie 73 (11) 62; 2, A. Smith 68 (5) 63 (lowest gross); 3, J. Quinn 76 (11) 65.
Gents’ President’s Putter: 1, M. Ovens 73 (10) 63; 2, C. I. Ovens 66 (2) 64 (lowest gross); 3, D. Tindall 92 (28) 64.
Spring & AJ Thomson results: 1, S. Whitehead 74 (11) 63; 2, J. Fotheringham 81 (14) 67 BIH; 3, D. Gillie 68 (1) 67 BIH.
Earlston & District
Five members sent 131 birds to Ripon, into a light north west wind: 1, 4, 7, 9, S. Martin 1102.28; 2, 3, 5, 6, W. Gray & Son 1071.26; 8, A. Bain 1028.00; 10, S. Hardie & Sons 1018.55.
Nine members sent 159 pigeons to Ripon, a distance of 115 miles. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, Douglas & Spearman 1054.972; 5, A. R. Lindores 1012.735; 8, W. Hopewell 975.574.
Members liberated 96 birds last Sunday from Lymm over 126 miles in a south east wind. Result: 1, A. Henderson 1698.799; 2, D. Nordon 1666.666; 3, A. Henderson 1460.709; 4, 5, W. Irving 1401.406.
M. Brook 1 D. Sharratt 1; R. Kohler 2 F. Forrest 1; M. Brook 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 1 F. Forrest 1; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 0; M. Brook 2 J. Barrow 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0.
Plate Tournament quarter-final: J. Barrow (-4) beat J. Barowska (+9) 3-2 (5-11; 15-13; 13-15; 8-15; 15-13).
League Two: J. Barrow 3 Rachel McAleese 0 (9-6, 9-7, 9-6).
Jed Thistle finished off their season in style, winning the Under-18s Cup at the Emirates Glasgow 7s.
Thistle beat West of Scotland (17-14), Glasgow Accies (17-7) and Dollar Academy (17-7) before coming up against St Aloysius in the final, which the Jed youngsters won 19-10.
Kelso High School S2 continued their amazing success by winning an invitation sevens tournament in Glasgow this week.
They qualified as Borders representatives after their success at local tournaments and on their way to winning they beat Garnock, Strathavon and Greenock Wanderers. The tournament was decided not only on performance, but also on the spirit in which they played the game.
They used their full squad throughout the event and displayed a fine team ethic with outstanding support play and discipline.
A good end to their year and evidence of the success of Kelso High School as one of the SRU’s Schools of Rugby.