Ready preppy go for Melrose school pupils

St Mary's School athletics squad with coach Fiona Bell
St Mary's School athletics squad with coach Fiona Bell
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St Mary’s School Melrose had their most successful haul of medals to date at the recent Scottish Prep School Athletics Championships, held at Fettes College, Edinburgh.

Thirty athletes from 8-13 years competed in a variety of track and field events and between them they brought 14 gold, 10 silver and 15 bronze medals back to Melrose. The day’s highlight was head girl, Susannah Godfrey-Faussett, breaking both the 800m and 1,500m records and being presented with the outstanding girl athlete award – an excellent afternoon’s work.

Sports digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest

The Selkirk-based club held the annual gents’ Selkirk Arrow double clout shoot on Sunday, along with the Philiphaugh Silver Arrow for ladies.

It was to prove former winner Adair Anderson’s day, his 42 hits for a score of 97 edging out Doug Anderson by 14 points. Doug and Jim Stillie took the individual round bronze medals.

For the ladies, Elaine Pearson put in another fantastically high score (50 hits for a 157 score, including four clouts) to win, with Ev Craig picking up the bronze medal for the first round score. Ev and Doug both got their own back on the champions with a win in the best ends shoot-off.

The club is hosting a come and try on Saturday for D.S. Dalgeish staff and guests, and the BLBS Wand Shoot takes place on Sunday from 10.30am, both events at Thirladean.

Bowling

Abbotsford

Last week’s action began on Tuesday morning with the senior match against Wilton which had to be abandoned after four ends due to heavy rain.

By Tuesday evening, the weather had improved, however, and the ladies enjoyed pleasant conditions for their league match at Melrose. Both rinks had close games, with one rink finishing two shots ahead and the other losing by two shots for a 2.5/2.5 draw.

There were no league matches for either A or B teams last week.

On Friday the Top Ten team played a quarter-final tie at home to Melrose. On a warm sunny evening, the large audience were treated to some excellent bowling from both teams. Melrose had narrow wins in the singles and triples, while in the fours Abbotsford won by nine shots. The outcome now hinged on the pairs and in an exciting finish Keith Campbell clinched the match for Abbotsford with the last bowl of the game.

On Saturday, the club hosted the annual Border Burghs tournament between the eight clubs from Galashiels, Hawick and Selkirk. The winners were Hawick BC with eight wins from a possible nine. The prize for top individual rink was won by Wilton BC.

On Sunday, the club held an Open Pairs tournament. In the semi-finals, Gordon Bowers and Tommy Newall defeated Graeme Prentice and John Manczak, while Alan Howlieson and Craig Riddell defeated Brian Anderson and Kenny Johnstone. In a closely fought final, the Bowers/Newall combination just managed to edge out Howlieson and Riddell to claim the first prize. Thanks go to Clelands for sponsoring this event.

Entries are still being taken for the Open Singles tournament to be held on Sunday, sponsored by Prosperity Independent Financial Advisors and Stockbrokers. Enter at the club or by contacting Alan Howlieson on 01896 757629.

Hawick

It’s been quite an interesting week for the club.

On Monday the A team made the short trip to Jedburgh and following an early season defeat, the tables were turned and Hawick emerged winners by 88-79. Top rink for the Hawick club was the Norrie Amos-skipped rink, winning by 33-5, ably supported by N. Anderson, C. Anderson and G. Scott.

On Wednesday, the B team entertained Gala Waverley. The Gala side had a somewhat comfortable victory, winning by 84 - 53.

Friday night saw the A team travel to Gala to play the Waverley A team. Unfortunately, it was the Gala side who came away victors, winning by 94-81.

Yet again, it was the Norrie Amos rink who were the highest, this time supported by N. Anderson, R. Johnstone and G. Scott.

Saturday saw the club play in the Border Burghs annual competition, played on the three Gala greens. After a great day’s bowling it was the Hawick club who emerged as winners, resulting in President J.H. Reilly being presented with Border Burghs trophy. The Hawick skips of L. Clarkson and S. Clarkson both had three out of three wins, while Martin Christy lost just one match. This meant Hawick had 16 points with Wilton taking the runners-up spot on 14 and Abbotsford third on 10.

Langholm Old Town

The club held its annual single-handed tournament in fine weather last Sunday.

There was an entry of 39 and the eventual winner after a long day’s competition, was Stewart Gilmour from Castle Douglas, who beat Alastair Elliot of Newcastleton in the final.

In the semi-finals, Gilmour beat last year’s winner Colin Spalding of Hawick, and also knocked out at that stage was Scott Morrison from the Langholm New Town club.

Cornet Dale Irving and his right and left-hand men, Alasdair Cavers and Andrew Elliot, were led onto the bowling green by Ronnie Nichol of Hawick playing the flute. Old Town president Paddy Laing thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success, and the Turnbull cup was presented by Cornet Irving to the winner. The tournament was sponsored by Karl Nawrocki.

There then followed a social evening in the clubrooms with musical entertainment and speeches.

Lauder

Sunday saw the Ladies’ Open Pairs competition, sponsored by Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Service of Earlston, take place.

A great day was had with 24 pairs taking part in a round robin format. The eventual winners were the pairing of Margaret Aitken and Maureen Graham from Melrose, who defeated Janet Darling (Lauder) and Joyce Thomson (Earlston).

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Macgregor Cup: Winner, A. Fulton nett 35. The trophy was presented by Hayley Macgregor from Australia.

Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner, A. Scott nett 36; B League winner R. Gerrard 32.

Kelso

Gents’ results – Intersport Midweek 4: 1, B. Young 40 points; 2, W. Paterson 39.

Gents’ Open: Overall handicap winner, S. Carnegie (Kelso) 80 (20) 60; Overall scratch winner, A. Lawrie (Torwoodlee) 69; First Class handicap winner, A. Roxburgh (Kelso) 74 (8) 66; First Class scratch winner, J. Berry (Torwoodlee) 71; Second Class handicap winner, C. Russell (Hawick) 78 (15) 63; Second Class scratch winner, I. Rae (Kelso) 76; Third Class handicap winner, R. Cockburn (Duns) 85 (16) 69; Third Class scratch winner, K. Cuthbert (Southmoor) 87.

John Wilson Trophy: 1, J. Logan 41 points; 2, D. Thomson 40.

Ladies SLGA Medal and 2nd Hill Medal Qualifier: 1, Lynn Small 83 (14) 69; 2, K. Wilson 98 (25) 73.

Melrose

K.R. Cars & July Clubhouse Competition: 1, B. Rout 85 (20) 65; 2, L. M. Wallace 71 (3) 68; 3, D. Inglis 89 (18) 71. Scratch: G. S. Craig 77. D. Inglis had a Hole in One at the third hole.

D. S. Dalgleish Claret Jug Trophy: 1, K. Grieve 45 points; 2, G. S. Craig 42; 3, C. Creamer 41.

Minto

April Medal, Fox & Hounds Trophy No 1 (rescheduled): 1, S. Huddart 81 (18) 63; 2, D. Wear 82 (17) 65; 3, J. Rae 83 (17) 66. Lowest gross: R. Latta 75.

Seniors’ July Medal: 1, T. Glendinning 79 (16) 63 (lowest gross); 2, R. Johnston 81 (13) 68 after countback; 3, S. Diggin 82 (14) 68. This result means that Tam Glendinning has increased his lead at the top of the Seniors’ League to 17.25 league points over the rest of the field.

Gents’ Stableford No 9: 1, A. Thom 43 points; 2, R. Pringle 39; 3, B. Cureton 38.

Ladies’ Salver No 4: 1, K. Telfer 90 (19) 71; 2, S. McCarthy 107 (35) 72; 3, M. Walker 103 (29) 74. Scratch and David Marchbanks Trophy winner: C. Thom 90 (13) 77 BIH.

Minto seniors played their match against Castle Park in glorious weather and on a course in fine condition.

They did well to halve this away fixture, in which the result was in doubt until the 18th hole of the last rubber.

Juniors’ Summer Competition No 2: 1, G. Dodds 100 (43) 57; 2, R. Nichol 91 (15) 66; 3, O. Cranston 108 (40) 68. Lowest gross: Joseph Flynn 82.

There was a really good turn-out for Ladies’ Captain’s Prize Day, one of the highlights of the Minto Ladies’ golfing calendar.

Gill Cartwright had asked the ladies to “go for colour”, and many took her at her word and arrived wearing their most spectacularly colourful golf clothes.

Susan Law won the individual competition and Karen Telfer added to her success on Thursday in the Ladies’ Salver by winning the team competition with Sandra McCarthy and Sue James. Margaret Bland, Sharon Lees and Joan McLaren were in second place. Cathie Mackie won the nine-hole competition and Lesley Moore won the prize for nearest the pin.

St Boswells

Dryburgh Cup: 1, D. Shiel 73 (9) 64; 2, C. I. Ovens 66 (2) 64 (lowest gross); 3, D. Murdoch 76 (10) 66.

Torwoodlee

Wednesday Order of Merit: 1, R. Thomson 86 (19) 67; 2, L. Nicholson 89 (22) 67; 3, G. Parker 79 (10) 69. Scratch: I. Wilson 74.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night friendlies: A. Gill 1 D. Sharratt; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; R. McAleese 1 L. Molero 0.