Kelso High School celebrate hockey double

Kelso's triumphant S2 Hockey teams

Kelso's triumphant S2 Hockey teams

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HOSTS Kelso High School claimed the ‘double’ in the Borders S2 Hockey Festival at the weekend.

Eight Borders schools competed at Shedden Park, with six also taking part in the B festival at Woodside Park. Both tournaments were extremely competitive with a high standard of skills and sportsmanship shown.

Kelso pipped Galashiels Academy in the A final with a goal from Rachel Burgher while, in the B final, the Tweedsiders edged a 3-2 victory over Peebles after a penalty shoot-out featuring excellent goalkeeping from Emma Simpson (Peebles) and Paige Blaikie (Kelso). Helena Tipper (Peebles) and Jemima Wharton (Kelso) both scored in real time.

Kelso S2s squad: N. Crombie, G. Green, E. Laing, A. McKenzie, G. Edwards, R. Burgher, J. Robson, H. Oliver, L. Curran, S. Stevens, L. McKay, L. Murray, A. Martin, P. Blaikie, E. Edgar, B. Miller, L. Gordon, C. Rock, R. Ward, M. Dickson, C. Robertson, A. Frater, R. Buckley, F. Lawrence, M. Matthews, J. Wharton, G. Crombie.

Sports digest

Bowling

Bentpath

An open pairs carpet bowling tournament took place in the hall at Bentpath last Saturday with 21 entries, and after a day of keen competition the finalists agreed to split the prize-money.

Ian Henderson from Langholm was playing with Kelvin Storey from Easton and they shared the money with Ian Hall of Canonbie and his playing partner Bruce Jeffrey from Lindean.

Alan Nixon of Gretna who played with Brian Murray from Corrie was put out in the semi-final. Also knocked out at that stage was local man Jim Wood and his playing partner Derek Murray from Wamphray.

The committee thanked tea ladies Jean Bell and Anne Wood, the bar staff and all who bought or sold raffle tickets.

Earlston

Continuing with their highly popular Winter Warmer social nights the club are holding a Darts and Dominoes evening on Friday, March 21. Members and friends welcome.

Langholm Legion

There was an entry of 46 for the single-handed carpet bowling tournament in Langholm British Legion clubrooms on Sunday.

The winner was David Orchiston from Tarbolton in Ayrshire who beat Alistair Sloan from Lockerbie in the final. Lee Beauly from Dumfries lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals. Lauren Scott of Newcastleton was also knocked out at that stage.

The Tag Hogg Memorial Cup was presented to the winner by Legion bowling club player Sue Roebuck. The sponsors were Kevan Hotson and Steven Jarzyna, who were thanked by Neil Campbell who organised the tournament with Paul Warwick. The bar staff were also thanked along with the women who provided the food, and Lawson Reid for helping to lay the boards.

Golf

Galashiels

In very blustery conditions, J Hardie posted the best score of the day in the David Steel Pairs competition with a 79 (12) 67. He was the only player to break par by a long way.

Results: 1, J. Hardie & J. Gillie nett 141; 2, D. Thomson & J. Berthinussen 149.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, W. Crighton nett 37 bih.

Lauder

With the Winter League competition coming to a conclusion at the end of March, things are hotting up on the leaderboard.

There was only five shots between first and last on Sunday. Ron Dick was on the top spot, his 68 topped Louis Scott’s 68 by way of a better inward six, while Micky Dunne is coming with a late run, his 69 claimed the last podium spot.

Results: 1, R. Dick 87 (19) 68 bi6; 2, L. Scott 87 (19) 68; 3, M. Dunne 80 (11) 69.

Sandy Thomson was off with Earlston Golf Club to Goswick, but still leads the way in Winter League aggregate score from Louis Scott and Tom Hogarth.

Standings: 1, S. Thomson 344; 2, L. Scott 345; 3, T. Hogarth 346.

With only two shots between first and fifth, the eclectic competition is even closer.

Eclectic results: 1, Tom Hogarth nett 52.75; 2, Dougie Bain 53; 3, Ron Dick 53.75.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League: 1, I.Ramsey 1up bih; 2, D. Gribbin 1up.

Congratulations to M. W. Gillie who had a hole in one at the third hole.

Torwoodlee

League to Dubai Pairs Stableford Qualifier: 1, J. Penny & K. Wilson 41 points bl6; 2, I. Thomson & A. Lundie 41 bl3; 3, J. Kelly & A. Grierson 41.

This weekend’s competition is a March Medal on Saturday.

Midweek 8 Hole Stableford: 1, R. Semple 16 points bih; 2, B. Aitchison 16.

The next Midweek Stableford takes place today and tomorrow. Holes in play – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th.

Orienteering

Roxburgh Reivers

Competing for Great Britain at the recent Mediterranean Orienteering Championships in Portugal, Doug Tullie had an excellent few days amongst the world’s elite.

Doug took a seventh place in the sprint final and then third in the 15km long final.

On the domestic scene, members were in Livingston at the weekend for a double-header. On Saturday competitors navigated the intricate streets and alleyways of the town in search of both UK Urban League and Scottish Urban League points.

Best result of the day went to Robin Sloan, an easy winner of the M65+ class while Lindsey Knox finished second on the W55. Eileen Maxwell was third on W40+ and Karen Maxwell took fourth place in the Women’s Open.

On Sunday, runners were in more traditional woodland with a South of Scotland event at nearby Deans and Dechmont Law. Fiona Forrest finished top woman on the blue course, Pauline McAdam (first W55 on green); Eileen Maxwell (1st W50 on blue); Patrick Heger (third on short green) and Marc Heger (fourth on orange.)

The next local event is at Bowhill on March 29.

Pool

Border League

With three games to go in both leagues, Ship A are long odds-on to clinch the top division after scraping through against Reivers B last week, while Waverley A chase them valiantly, overcoming a tough Reivers A to stay in touch.

Dryburgh fall towards relegation after losing to Niki’s.

Division Two is still wide open as Fleece B and Waverley B both won to stay one point ahead of the Station and four ahead of High Level B, who both lost vital games.

With results changing every week, an exciting finish looks on the cards.

Results – Division One: High Level A (Hawick) 6 Fleece A (Selkirk) 3; Nikis Bar (Gala) 6 Dryburgh (Newtown) 3; Reivers A (Gala) 3 Waverley A (Hawick) 6; Ship A (Melrose) 5 Reivers B (Gala) 4.

Division Two: Bridge Inn (Gala) 5 Station Bar (Hawick) 4; Fleece B (Selkirk) 5 High Level B (Hawick) 4; Red Lion B (Kelso) 7 Ship B (Melrose) 2; Waverley B (Hawick) 7 Red Lion A (Kelso) 2.

Rugby

Melrose

The line up of squads for this year’s Melrose Vets Tournament has been announced and once again the list includes a mixture of international teams competing alongside a number of UK and Scotland-based sides.

2012 and 2013 cup winners Islay Starwill return to defend their title and will be joined by regulars Cayman Harlequins and Hong Kong Veterans. Also making up the draw are Northumberland side Tynedale RFC; Crusaders RFC, a unique rugby club made up of players who have either had cancer personally or within their family; and Northern Gas Pilgrims from Leeds.

Scottish teams competing in the one-day event include Melrose; Ayrshire side Millbrae RFC; GHK Myths from Glasgow; Aberdeen Exiles RFC and Edinburgh Northern.

The tournament will also feature the debut of Charity Sporting Prints Rugby Legends, a team set up to aid a project which raises funds by providing touring sides with limited replica canvas rugby prints which they use for charity fund-raising auctions and sales.

The sponsor of the 2014 Melrose Vets Tournament is commercial law firm Davidson Chalmers.

The event, being held on Friday, April 11, is the precursor to the Melrose Sevens tournament and features clubs from across the UK and abroad, playing top level social rugby in the Borders town.

As part of this year’s tournament, Davidson Chalmers is supporting Children 1st, with an opportunity for spectators to donate to the charity on the day of the tournament.

The firm is also contacting clients and other stakeholders, inviting them to give their support via their Just Giving weblink: www.justgiving.com/DavidsonChalmersMelroseSevens

Snooker

Borders

J J Xpress Borders Singles Competition quarter-final results: J. Nicol 3 S. Bell 2; P. Crolla 3 D. Clark 1; L. McAllister 2 F. Kelly 3; G. Ford 1 R. Scott 3.

Tommy Douglas Storage Border Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 5 Kelso Legion 1; Innerleithen 4 Hawick Conservative Club B 2; Hawick Burns Club B 1 Selkirk A 5; St Boswells 2 Jedburgh Legion 4; Selkirk B 5 Hawick Burns Club A 3.

League standings after 17 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 84; 2, Selkirk A 65; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 64; 4, Kelso Legion 62; 5, Jedburgh Legion 55; 6, Hawick Burns Club B 52; 7, Selkirk B 38; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 37; 9, St Boswells 31; 10, Innerleithen 22.

Tonight’s fixtures –Jean Yule Cup semi-final: Hawick Burns Club A v Selkirk A; Kelso Legion v Jedburgh Legion.

Jean Yule Plate semi-final: Hawick Conservative Club A v Innerleithen; Hawick Conservative Club B v Selkirk B.

Squash

Galashiels

Racketball Ladder: D Burnie 2 I Yousef 0.

Club night friendlies: D. Burnie 2 L. Molero 1; A. Rocha 2 M. Sillies 1; R. Kohler 2 S. Walker 0; L. Molero 2 I. Yousef 1; D. Burne 2 D. Sharratt 1; A. Rocha 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero; I. Yousef 2 M. Sillies 0; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; L. Molero 2 A. Rocha 1; M. Sillies 2 S. Walker 0.