Peebles pupils fly the flag at athletics finals

Pupils from Priorsford (white bibs) and Kingsland (dark blue bibs) primary schools who took part in the Sportshall Athletics East Region Finals at Meadowbank.

Pupils from Priorsford (white bibs) and Kingsland (dark blue bibs) primary schools who took part in the Sportshall Athletics East Region Finals at Meadowbank.

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Pupils from Priorsford and Kingsland primary schools put in top performances when flying the flag for the Scottish Borders region at the Sportshall Athletics East Region finals, finishing in third and fifth place respectively.

The Borders’ outfits faced stiff competition from eight other teams representing Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian at the event, which took place at Meadowbank Stadium. The teams, comprised of P6 & P7 pupils, participated in a range of indoor track and field competitions.

Paul Murray of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “The whole region should be proud of the pupils from these two schools as they showed not only great talent, but also a great attitude and sportsmanship. Priorsford and Kingsland won the right to represent the region by being placed first and second in the Borders-wide final. Over 150 schools have been involved with this initiative so to have finished third and fifth is a great achievement.”

Sporting digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

The club held its first scoring round of the year on Sunday – a mixed Portsmouth

Results: 1, Terry Dakin 59 hits, 325 score, 7 golds, 0 inners; 2, Alan Lindsay 57, 309, 7, 1; 3, Mike Pearson 57, 297, 7, 3; 4, Richard Tice 57, 289, 5, 0; 5, Doug Anderson 57, 287, 8, 2; 6, Jimmy Stillie 53, 267, 7, 0; 7, Ev Craig 51, 225, 2, 0; 8, Wullie Good 50, 258, 9, 6; 9, Jim Craig 40, 194, 4, 0; 10, Jason Fairbairn 38, 148, 4, 1; 11, Rosie Shiels 37, 171, 3, 1; 12, David Oliver 36, 142, 3, 0; 13, Kyle Fairbairn 34, 160, 2, 0; 14, Theo Emberey 28, 122, 2, 1; 15, Hayley Emberey 23, 65, 0, 0; 16, Charlotte Burrows 18, 60, 0, 0.

This Sunday sees the first scoring clout of the season. First arrow will be at noon. After the shoot, the AGM will be held down at the indoor shooting range at 3.30pm.

Athletics

Selkirk Fund Runners

The group raised £257 from their annual Heart Attack Hill run/walk and this year the money will go towards helping injured rugby player Connor Hughes.

Twenty-six walkers and 18 runners enjoyed the hilly 10km route, taking in Corbie Lynn, Linglie Hills, Peat Law, Foulshiels and Tibbie’s. First male and female runners home were Ryan Henderson and Jane Lange Taylor.

Bowling

Hawick

Teviotdale senior men travelled to Tranent to play their third game in the Jock Brophy round robin tournament against East Lothian B.

The match was keenly-fought between the three rinks, with both Colin Rae and Jim Murdie winning by 16-14. The third rink, skipped by Ken McCartney, came up against a strong East Lothian rink and went down by 22-11.

But as this tournament goes on points scored as opposed to actual shots, Teviotdale emerged winners by six points to four.

They now await the result of the Perth v Falkirk game to see if they progress to the semi-finals.

Paul Butterfield

It was with much sadness that the Borders bowling fraternity and the wider community learned of the sudden death of Paul Butterfield last week.

Secretary/treasurer of Tweedbank Bowling Club and an active member of Galashiels BC, Paul was one of those people who did everything and was very instrumental during the takeover of Tweebank by BSLT, thus securing the future of bowls at the venue.

Paul also furnished these very columns with expansive reports on bowling at Tweedbank, Galashiels and the Borders Bowling Association.

He will be a great loss to all.

Paul’s funeral will take place on Monday, March 16, at 2pm at Melrose Crematorium.

Golf

Earlston

Thirty-one golfers braved the testing conditions at Berwick on Sunday to play the Hambleside Danelaw Wallace Cup Stableford Competition (the oldest trophy in the club, first played for in 1907) at Goswick GC.

The wind and squally showers made the scoring tricky, but Katie Whiteford came out a convincing winner with 38 points.

Lauder

The club’s Earlston members were off to Goswick for the first of their monthly outings, so a depleted field turned up to test their skills against the course and the March winds in last weekend’s Winter League competition.

A visitor from Motherwell, Adam Manzie, started with a 24 handicap, but the club was advised after the first few holes that 18 would be a more appropriate number. Ex-greyhound owner Ronnie Malcolm walked the legs off Sandy Thompson to the point where Sandy has now booked gym membership to get himself fitter for the coming season.

Conditions were tough with only two scores par or better. Tom Hogarth topped the pile this week with an excellent score of net three under par, Micky Dunne secured second place with a competitive net par; the aforementioned Ronnie Malcolm secured last spot on the podium with a net two.

Result: 1, T. Hogarth 81 (14) 67; 2, M. Dunne 78 (8) 70; 3, R. Malcolm 84 (12) 72.

There were no twos scored, so next week will be a triple rollover.

There were improved scores in the Winter Eclectic from Tom Hogarth, birdie at the 18th, Ron Dick, birdie at the 9th and 18th, and Micky Dunne, birdie at the 2nd. With three weeks to go, competition is fierce with only 4.8 shots covering the first seven places.

Result: 1, T. Hogarth 51.7; 2, R. Malcolm 52; 3, R. Dick 53.

There is still a three-way tie for the Winter League Cup between Tom Hogarth, Micky Dunne and Ron Dick.

Once again it is too close to call in the Road to Lauder competition with £50 of prize money still to be played for and only £16.25 covering the first eight places.

This week’s entry for the Soup-a-thon was provided by Linda Hogarth, using the ‘Roast Pepper’ recipe provided by Matty Whiteford; ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’.

Unfortunately, Matty was at Goswick with Earlston Golf Club, so it was lacking a critique.

There are still a few spaces for willing participants in the quiz night on Friday, April 3, so book soon to avoid disappointment. Contact Tom Hogarth 07808 479858 or email tom@whatsonscotland.com

The 2015 season opening match takes place on Sunday, April 12, 12.30 for 1pm shotgun start, all are welcome to come and see how much Lauder has improved since you last played.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (week 19): 1, K. Lochrie; 2, W. Wallace; 3, S. Marshall.

Minto

A decisive 5-0 win over visitors Moffat Golf Club on Sunday means that the ladies of Minto are now in the third round of the biggest, numerically, golf competition in the world, the Mail on Sunday Classic.

The matchplay competition attracts hundreds of entries every year from clubs across the UK and is played on an area basis, with the leading teams going forward to national finals.

The Minto captain, Mary Towers, led from the front and played the first rubber, followed in the second by her 12-year old daughter, Lily, whose handicap is the same as her age.

Margaret Bland, Lynn Bruce and Lesley Moore completed the Minto line-up.

This convincing win will give the team confidence for their third-round tie against opponents who will be announced on Sunday.

The Woll

Four Ball Better Ball: 1, C. Thorburn & D. Turnbull; 2, J. Gillie & J. Donaghue; 3, B. Pettie & S. Graham.

This Saturday is the Woll Waltz, while Sunday, March 22 sees the Captain’s Challenge – all members welcome to play in both. Please contact Lorraine or Cleona.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results (week 22): Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Selkirk A 2; Selkirk B 4 Hawick Conservative Club B 2; Hawick Burns Club B 3 St Boswells 3; Jedburgh Legion 1 Hawick Burns Club A 5.

Week 23: Hawick Conservative Club B 1 Hawick Conservative Club A 5; Hawick Burns Club A 3 Hawick Burns Club B 3; Selkirk A 4 Jedburgh Legion 2; St Boswells 1 Selkirk B 5.

League standings after 23 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 89; 2, Hawick Burns Club A 79; 3, Hawick Burns Club B 78; 4, Selkirk B 68; 5, Selkirk A 65; 6, St Boswells 61; 7, Jed Legion 56; 8, Hawick Conservative Club 56.

Rallying

McRae Challenge

Amongst the first entries received at Knockhill for May’s ‘McRae Rally Challenge’, backed by Beatson’s Building Supplies, are five times Scottish Rally Champion and former British Rally Champion, David Bogie from Dumfries, (co-driven by Hawick’s Kevin Rae), and reigning Scottish Rally Champion and past British ‘BTRDA’ Champion, Euan Thorburn from Duns.

Already Thorburn is relishing the fight.

He said: “I’ve never competed at Knockhill before, but my dad Alistair did. In fact, it was his first ever rally. He contested the Knockhill Rally Challenge way back in 2001 in a Subaru Impreza. I’ll be driving my Ford Fiesta S2000 and it should provide a good test for it.”

Held over Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning the McRae Rally Challenge will be contested over eight Special Stages, with three separate categories representing past, present and future rally stars. Other entries will be confirmed shortly.

This competitive event will be interspersed with on-track demonstrations and parades and along with the static displays around the circuit will ensure that there is something for everyone on the weekend of May 16/17.

Squash

Galashiels

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

This Sunday, members are off to the Dean Squash Club in Edinburgh for the East of Scotland Squash Conference between Gala, Grange Collinton and The Dean (2.30pm).