Ping-pong project proves a massive hit in Kelso

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Local MSP John Lamont was in Kelso last weekend to present the awards at the inaugural Table Tennis Cup organised by the Kelso Youth Project.

The event invited local youngsters aged between nine and 18 years of age along to the High School to take part in a series of coaching master classes overseen by former Scottish national table tennis coach David Fairholm. A tournament was then held with the overall winner being Harry Graves, who beat fellow Kelso High School pupil Cameron Rendall Reid in the final. The winner of the girls’ section was Lauren Batey.

Mr Lamont said: “It was brilliant to see so many local youngsters enjoying it.

“The standard of play in the final was of a very high level and showed how far everyone had come since the beginning of the day.”

Cheviot Youth, in partnership with Active Schools and Kelso High School, look forward to the new year when more table tennis opportunities will present themselves.

SPORTING DIGEST

Athletics

Gala Harriers

Two club members pulled on a Scottish vest after their spectacular and well-deserved recent selection for the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International in Cardiff. Rachel Fagan and Fiona Dalgleish, the former and current ladies’ club captains, enjoyed the fast, flat course in Bute Park.

This Saturday, the East District Cross Country League, Round 2, takes place at Alloa.

Cross-country Series

Second Leg (held in Galashiels)

Juniors: 1, Nathan Cox (Morpeth) 9 minutes 51 seconds; 2, Thomas Otton (Gala Harriers) 10.09; 3, Kobe Stevens (Moorfoot) 10.21.

Senior Women: 1, Dianne Lauder 25.27; 2, Kirstin Maxwell (26.30); 3, Jenny Forbes 27.12.

Senior Men: 1, Michael Reid (Carnethy) 21.43; 2, Adam Craig (Lauder) 21.50; 3, Callum Reid (Haddington) 22.23.

Full results can be found on the Borders XC website and detailed Gala Harriers and TLJT reports at www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk.

Thanks to all who helped on the day and previously for setting up the course, and for continuing permission to use the fields.

Moorfoot

Sarah McCormack crossed the Irish Sea again for the Irish Inter-Counties Championships on Sunday which doubled as their trials for the European Cross-country Championships.

Reigning European champ Fionnuala Britton won impressively, but Sarah’s strong run for clear second place guaranteed her selection for the race on Sunday, December 8, in Belgrade, Serbia, where she hopes to help Ireland defend their European team title from last year.

Badminton

Border League

First-round results: Berwick 7 Hawick 2; Jedburgh 4 Duns 5.

Second -round results: Berwick 4 Duns 5; Jedburgh 6 Hawick 3.

Bowling

Galashiels

As part of a programme of winter events for the club members and friends, a successful quiz night and bingo was held last Saturday.

Thanks are due to Paul Greaves and Robert Fox for running this event. The next function will be the usual Wine & Dine, fixed for the first Sunday in December.

In the meantime, attention is also drawn to afternoon bowls taking place every Sunday and practice on the indoor short-mat facility on some Friday nights.

Tweedbank

Action this week has been mainly about league matches between Tweedbank and local opposition from the Teviotdale club in Hawick.

The first meeting was at Tweedbank when the two senior teams met. The home side still await their first win of the season and started well enough, but a recovery by Teviotdale saw them triumph by 58-55, having looked to be heading for a defeat during much of the match.

On Saturday, the ladies entertained Teviotdale and, like the seniors, they started well, keeping the match very tight.

Unlike the seniors, however, the home ladies held on with one rink scoring 12 shots without reply in the last four ends. The final score was 86-74 in favour of Tweedbank and as a result the ladies have moved off the bottom of the league.

While the ladies were being successful at home, the gents travelled to Teviotdale looking to repeat the splendid win they had last week against Berwickshire.

Once again, Tweedbank started well and this time kept up the momentum throughout to win by 109-67.

At club level the first of the Scottish competition finals took place with a very close game indeed to get the ball rolling.

Only a single shot separated the two teams with just three ends to play, but, on the penultimate end, a count of six sealed victory for Neil McNally, Derick Pearce, Ross Nichol and Kenny Johnstone over Craig Martin, Dougie Wilson, Tommy Mann Jnr and Stuart White.

Darts

Inter District

Border Area Darts pool of players to play Lanarkshire at home on Sunday, December 1.

Men: Graeme Bell, Barry Dalgleish, Norrie Forsyth, Kevin Green, Paul Hannaway, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven Patterson, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart, Mike Veitch, Chris Waddell, Stuart Whellans & Kevin Wright. Reserves: Gordon Peters, Brian Johnstone, Michael Sharp & Adam Ballantyne.

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

Ladies to be at Kelso Royal British Legion for 10.30am, men to be there for 11.30am. Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 075044 93676.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, I. Young nett 35.

Kelso

Winter 4Am: 1, S. Anderson, I. Mathewson, S. Turnbull, K. Roughead 193; 2, I. Halliday, K. Hush, M. Purves, K. Wilson 195.

Lauder

The third round of the Gents’ Winter League brought out the best in the 11 golfers who enjoyed Lauder Hill at its best.

The star of this week’s show was Mathew Whiteford with an excellent level fours scratch score, his lifetime best.

Billy Hunter had good reason to be disappointed, improving last week’s score to a net 65 and finishing second for the second week in a row.

This week’s podium was: 1, M. Whiteford 72 (9) 63; 2, B. Hunter 77 (12) 65; 3, T. Hogarth 82 (15) 67.

The twos sweep was divided between Billy Hunter, who had two apiece, Mathew

Whiteford, Ron Dick and Harry Moffat.

The winter league will be played every Sunday, first tee time 10.30am, until the end of March 2014.

Tournament rules are stroke play; 18 holes; best round each month is recorded with the Winter League champion being the golfer with lowest

aggregate score recorded each month. Current leaders: 1, M. Whiteford 63; 2, I. Aitchison 64; 3, B. Hunter 65.

Running concurrently will be a season-long Eclectic competition, best gross score at each hole; handicap adjusted off the gross score.

Current leaders of Eclectic competition: 1, T. Hogarth 57; 2, B. Hunter 58; 3, M. Dunne 58; 4, R. Dick 58.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League: 1, K. Grieve 4 up; 2, K. Haldane 2 up bih.

Selkirk

Christmas Cracker results: 1, N. Roxburgh nett 30; 2=, P. Henderson, C.Neilson 31; 4=, J. Rae, J. Coyle, I. Wilkie, A. Webster 32.

Twos: N. Roxburgh (2), C. Neilson, J. Rae, J. Coyle, H. Macdonald, M. Pow, W. Walton, R. J. Wilson, L. McAllister, G. Beggs, S. Galloway, M. McDairmid.

Torwoodlee

Saturday/Sunday Winter Stableford: 1, R. Thomson 43 Points BF3; 2, B. Aitchison 43; 3, J. Temple 40; 4, I. MacDonald 39 bih.

Midweek Eight-hole Stableford: 1, S. Nightingale 19 points; 2, G. Low 16.

Orienteering

Roxburgh Reivers

The last serious race of the current orienteering season was the East of Scotland Championships, held in lovely sunshine at Duns Wood on Sunday.

Roxburgh Reivers had a good turnout and came away with several of the trophies. Hawick’s Lindsey Knox secured the W50 trophy for the fifth time, John Tullie won the M55 convincingly and Barry Veitch, on M40, bagged his first orienteering trophy.

There were runners-up certificates for Fiona Forrest and Pauline McAdam as well as recent convert to orienteering Fiona Johnston.

Cathy Rooney and Keith Murray also seem to be benefiting from the club coaching sessions and both finished third in their respective classes.

The next local event is at The Hirsel on December 7 with an earlier than usual start.

More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk

Snooker

Borders

Tommy Douglas Storage Border League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Selkirk A 2; Innerleithen 1 Kelso Legion 5; Hawick Burns Club B 1 Hawick Burns Club A 5; Selkirk B 0 Jedburgh Legion 6; St Boswells 3 Hawick Conservative Club B 3.

League standings after seven weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 36; 2, Kelso Legion 28; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 24; 4, Hawick Burns Club B 23; 5, Selkirk A 23; 6, Jedburgh Legion 22; 7, Hawick Conservative Club B 16; 8, Selkirk B 14; 9, St Boswells 13; 10, Innerleithen 9.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night matches: A. Gill 3 I. Chalmers 0; D. Mills 3 I. Yousef 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Gill 1; I. Chalmers 2 I. Yousef 0; D. Sharratt 2 D. Mills 0; A. Gill 2 D. Mills 1 D. Sharratt 2 I. Yousef 0.