No quarter given in Scottish pool finals

Picture L to R: (back) Scott Bowers, Stan Thomson, (front) Les Hunter, Craig Reid, Scott Simpson,  Ally Mooney and'Jason Bowers.
Picture L to R: (back) Scott Bowers, Stan Thomson, (front) Les Hunter, Craig Reid, Scott Simpson, Ally Mooney and'Jason Bowers.

At the Scottish Inter-League pool finals at Aberdeen, the Borders played well before eventually going down in the quarter-finals.

In the group stages they started well, beating East Neuk 15-9 in impressive fashion before crashing to eventual winners Dundee 20-4.

Under pressure to qualify, they then won a tight match against a decent Oban A side 13-11 to keep in the hunt for a good seeding in the knock-out stages, but luck deserted them in their final match, losing 14-10 to Elgin B.

In the quarters they held a top-class Elgin A team for most of the match before their opponents took the last five frames to win 15-9.

Overall, the Borderers played some cracking pool, but succumbed to better class teams, in David and Goliath terms, with some excellent performances from rookies Jason Bowers and Les Hunter, ably assisted by the nucleus of the local players for the last few years – Scott Bowers, Scott Simpson, Craig Reid and Stan Thomson, who all returned good stats with some brilliant finishes thrown in. Ally Mooney and Clive Marsh also held their own in an excellent Borders team. Captain Bowers added: “It was a great team performance with everyone over 50 per cent in stats and the new boys coped extremely well with the pressure.

“The future looks rosy with youngsters now breaking through at regional level, so onwards and upwards.”

Pictured from left (back): Scott Bowers and Stan Thomson; (front): Les Hunter, Craig Reid, Scott Simpson, Ally Mooney and Jason Bowers.

Sporting digest

Bowling

Langholm

The annual New Year’s Day pairs bowling tournament took place in the Royal British Legion clubrooms at Langholm with an entry of 40.

The winners were the Lockerbie pair of Eric Turnbull and John Aitken, who beat Graham Denby and Richard Fox from Stappleton in a tightly-fought final.

Paul Warwick and Neil Campbell, who organised the tournament, were knocked out in the semi-finals by the eventual winners. Ian Hall and Jock Fawkes were the other beaten semi-finalists.

Paul Warwick thanked the five anonymous local carpet bowlers who donated the prizes and also praised the bar staff for their hard work throughout the day. He then called on his mother, Carolle Warwick, to present the Matt and Dorothy Potts Challenge Cup to the winners.

Curling

Borders Curling Development Group

The Border Ice Rink at Kelso, through the auspices of the Borders Curling Development Group, have been fortunate in securing generous funding for curling for children between the ages of eight and 16 from Weir Charitable Trust, Edinburgh.

The funding of £3,000 will also support wheelchair curlers.

The opportunity to learn a great, friendly, team-building sport is for all juniors in this age group. The Monday Club welcomes juniors from 4pm to 5.30pm every Monday, while Saturday coaching will always welcome children, and their parents too, between 9.30am and 11am most Saturdays.

The sessions are organised and run by qualified coaches. No equipment is required, but please wear layers of loose clothing for warmth. Due to this funding, the cost to the children will only be £3 per session. Please phone Border Ice Rink on 01573 224774 to check availability.

The rink is proud of its successes of both juniors and seniors. They include world championship holders and Scottish schools winners among their membership, who are willing to pass on their skills and are amazing role models for all aspiring champions.

Please come along and enjoy a game.

Darts

Inter District

Border Area Darts pool of players to play West Lothian at home on Sunday, January 19 – Men: Graeme Bell, Norrie Forsyth, Kevin Green, Paul Hannaway, Robert Hay, Ewan Hyslop, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J. Patterson, Gordon Peters, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart, Mike Vietch, Chris Waddell, Kevin Wright. Reserves: Michael Sharp, Adam Ballantyne, Peter Craig.

Women: Alison Burnett, Karen Darling, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Alison Mitchell, Janice Mitchell, Jackie Robertson, Lyn Scott, Laura Virtue. Reserve: Moira Middlemas.

Women to be at Kelso Royal British Legion for 10.30am, men at 11.30am.

Golf

Lauder

A welcome window in the weather greeted 10 players who wished to blow away the festive cobwebs with a round of Winter League golf to end the year.

The course was wet underfoot, but the winter sunshine kept everyone cheerful even if, for the majority, the golf didn’t. Christmas festivities are not the ideal preparation for a game of golf.

Par golf was good enough on the day, however, with Ivor Aitchison topping the list with an excellent 70.

Dougie Bain came a close second, closely followed by Ron Dick, who claimed the last podium position. There were no twos, so next week is a rollover.

Results: 1, I. Aitchison 85 (15) 70; 2, D. Bain 87 (16) 71; 3, R. Dick 91 (19) 72.

Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Christmas and New Year Texas Scrambles, an enthusiastic group of golfers turned up for the first Winter League of the new year.

Unfortunately, the enthusiasm quickly dissipated as the cold January winds cut in. Par was once again good enough and it was a past winner Sandy Thomson who came top of the pile, closely followed by Mr Consistency Harry Moffat, who pushed the previous week’s winner Louis Scott into third with a better inward half.

Results: 1, S. Thomson 91 (21) 70; 2, H. Moffat 88 (17) 71 bih; 3, L. Scott 90 (19) 71.

Louis still leads the winter league aggregate score, with Sandy and Harry two and three shots behind Robin Runciman and Lewis Keddie, who were the only golfers who managed to improve their eclectic score this month. The table is still led by Tom Hogarth, closely followed by Dougie Bain and Ron Dick.

There were no twos this week, so next week is a triple rollover.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (week 8): 1, W. Wallace 1 up; 2, D. Grant 1 down.

Belhaven Winter League (Week 9): 1, R. Falconer level; 2, M. W. Gillie 1 down.

Selkirk

Winter Woolies Competition: 1=, P. Henderson and T. Welsh nett 27; 3=, G. Easson and L. McAllister 28.

Twos: L. McAllister, G. Easson and C. Neilson (2 each); T. Welsh, J. S. Kemp, L. Rutherford, H.MacDonald.

Torwoodlee

Midweek Eight Hole Stableford: 1, M. Brydon 18 points; 2, B. Aitchison 17.

Saturday/Sunday Winter Greensomes: 1, B. Aitchison & J. Berry 61.4.

This weekend is a singles competition – £2 entry for members – £10 for visitors. Rules on noticeboard.

Midweek Eight-hole Stableford: 1, K. Turner 20 points.

This week’s holes will be the bottom eight due to weather conditions. Play on Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10.

Squash

Galashiels

Club Night Friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 D Sharratt 0; D. Burnie 2 D Sharratt 1; D. Burnie 2 I. Chalmers 1, M. Sharratt 2 D. Sharratt 0; G. Laing 2 D. Burnie 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; G. Laing 2 A. Gill 0, A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0, G. Laing 2 D. Sharratt 0, D. Sharratt 2 D. Burnie 1.

3/4 Court Threesomes: M. Sharratt 15, D. Burnie 10, D. Sharratt 4; M. Sharratt 15, D. Sharratt 14, D. Burnie 13.

Snooker

Borders

J J Express Borders Singles first round ties will be played on Sunday at the following venues: Kelso Legion, Selkirk Conservative Club, Jedburgh Legion, Hawick Conservative Club, all noon for 12.30pm.