Roxburgh Reivers run riot in Coldstream

Roxburgh Reivers Orienteerers, from left: Yousuf Khursheed, Lindsey Knox, Ian Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, John Tullie, Elena Heger.
Roxburgh Reivers Orienteerers, from left: Yousuf Khursheed, Lindsey Knox, Ian Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, John Tullie, Elena Heger.
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Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club hosted the 2014 East of Scotland Championships over a new map of The Hirsel at Coldstream on Sunday.

The club welcomed more than 125 runners from as far away as Perthshire to contest the various age-group titles.

Taking the top two places on Light Green were Yousuf Khursheed and Marc Heger, both running in the M14 class, while Elena Heger came out first in the W14 class.

On the adult course it was a clean sweep in the 50+ and 55+ classes with Reivers lifting all four trophies. Jedburgh’s Eileen and Ian Maxwell made it a family double, winning W50 and M50, while Lindsey Knox and John Tullie were the winners on W55 and M55. Fiona Forrest (W40) was the remaining local winner. The next event is at The Eildon Hills on Saturday, December 6. Check club website for details. Pictured, from left: Yousuf Khursheed, Lindsey Knox, Ian Maxwell, Eileen Maxwell, John Tullie and Elena Heger.

Sporting digest

Curling

Border Ice Rink

The Eddie Kellie Memorial (Berwickshire) Bonspiel had a full muster of clubs with a minimal shortage of curlers on Saturday afternoon.

Once things were totted up, Ayton Castle ran out as winners, Earlston in second spot and Lauderdale taking third place, the latter two clubs only winning one game each, but amassing big wins in their triumphant efforts.

Duns still take all before them in the A section of the Agrii Border League with full points from four games. Foulden’s win over St Boswells was the Saints’ first loss of the season, and Greenlaw broke their duck by beating Teviotdale.

In section B, Earlston’s win over Lammermuir brings the Rhymers to the top of the section in front of Selkirk, and in the other game Lauderdale beat Chirnside by a single shot.

The Harry Hogg Trophy opened yesterday (Wednesday) with some 24 rinks in contention, with every Borders club playing, plus current holders Yester. Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services is again the sponsor of this long-standing fixture.

Equestrianism

Equibuddy

Last month, the team headed south from their base in the Borders to Bury Farm in Buckinghamshire to perform a session at the 2014 Dressage Convention.

The two-day event was led by Olympians Carl Hester and Richard Davison, with a programme designed to challenge ideas and provoke discussion, as well as explore the boundaries of modern dressage.

Jenny Leggate led a multi-component session comprising of three horses, three children, one world-class vaulter, one national dressage rider and one award-winning RDA dressage rider – all with the aim of demonstrating how balance and harmony are essential skills for riders of all ages and abilities.

The two Equibuddy horses, Spotty and Sparkles, were the stars of the show. Both have been trained by the Greenlaw-based outfit since coming off the Welsh hills as youngsters.

The display started with a world-class vaulting demonstration from Lucy Phillips, who first learnt to vault with Jenny many years ago. The three children – Minta Younger, Archie Pilcher and Kirsty Gibb, who are all from the Borders – then followed her lead, and showed how they are using these gentle, giant horses to learn gymnastics on horseback.

The Equibuddy display finished with a lap of honour from Jane Currie and Sparkles, who were presented with their Carl Hester trophy (by Carl himself) for the highest score (79.4 per cent) at the RDA Dressage Championships at Hartpury earlier this year.

Equibuddy was founded by Jenny Leggate in 2005 and is a member of Riding for the Disabled Association.

To find out more about this charity and how you could support them, please contact enquiries@equibuddy.org or look us up online Equibuddy Vaulters Facebook page and www.equibuddy.org.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott Plumbing & Heating Seniors Winter League: 1, W. Crighton 37 BIH.

Lauder

Cloud cover was the order of the day as the golfers set off for the penultimate Winter League Sunday in November, but the sun soon burnt away the clouds to reveal a fantastic winter morning.

There can be nowhere finer on a morning like this. The weather once again inspired “Big Dick” to a winning score of 67, with Micky Dunne and Louis Scott both returning 69. Micky took second place by way of a better inward half, while Ron’s reward is a well-earned handicap reduction.

Matty Whiteford continued his success in “The Road to Lauder” with yet another two at the quarry hole.

This week’s entry for The Soup-a-thon came over the hill from the Gala Water, made and transported by former captain Louis Scott. It nearly didn’t make it as a careless driver in a 4x4 nearly ran Louis off the road on Lauder Hill. Better men than that have tried and failed and our soup arrived safely, if a little less in the pot.

Result: 1, Ron Dick 87 (20) 67; 2, Micky Dunne 78 (9) 69; 3, Louis Scott 87 (18) 69.

This week sees the last Sunday in November and the final chance to record a score for the 11th month of the year and be in with a chance of winning the Winter League Cup.

All are welcome, just turn up and play 9.30 for 10am, soup and pies are served after golf.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League Week 4: 1, M.W. Gillie; 2, D. Page; 3, W. Wallace.

Torwoodlee

Midweek Stableford: 1, J. Berry 20 points; 2, B. Aitchison 19.

Foursomes: 1, D. Pitt & A. Sinton 60; 2, W. Kirk & G. MacDonald 63.5.

This week is a Bogey v Par singles comp. – play on either day of the weekend.

Rugby

Scotland Club XV

Heriot’s head coach Phil Smith will take the reins of the Scotland Club XV team for the 2014/15 season, with Hawick’s Gordon Henderson as assistant coach and Heriot’s Jamie Parker as skills coach.

The side will play two fixtures in February 2015. The first will be against Ireland Club International, followed by a match against English Counties for the first time. The final dates for these matches are to be confirmed.

With the team’s first training session just around the corner, a squad of 28 players has been selected from eight of 10 BT Premiership clubs. Thirteen of the group are new to the squad, with 11 Borders players in the mix.

2014/14 Club XV squad

Forwards: **Ewan McQuillin (Melrose/Edinburgh Rugby), Struan Cessford (Heriot’s), *Stephen Findlay (Glasgow Hawks), *Shaun Muir (Hawick), *Nick Beavon (Melrose), **Fergus Scott (Ayr/Glasgow Warriors), Russell Anderson (Gala), Scott Sutherland (Ayr), *Russell Nimmo (Heriot’s), Callum Templeton (Ayr), **Tommy Spinks (Glasgow Hawks/Glasgow Warriors), Ross Weston (Currie), Jason Hill (Heriot’s), Gary Graham (Gala) and *Peter Eccles (Melrose).

Backs: Fraser Thomson (Melrose), *Sam Pecqueur (Edinburgh Accies), *Harry Boisseau (Heriot’s), Craig Gossman (Ayr), *Scott McLeod (Hawick), *Liam Steele (Heriot’s), Ross Curle (Ayr), **Chris Auld (Gala/Edinburgh Rugby), *Rory Hutton (Hawick), Stuart Edwards, *Gregor McNeish, *Graham Wilson (all Heriot’s) and George Graham (Gala).

*Uncapped.

**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 Player.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Express Border Snooker League results: Hawick Burns Club A 4 Hawick Conservative Club A 2; Selkirk A 3 Selkirk B 3; Hawick Conservative Club B 2 Hawick Burns Club B 4; St Boswells 3 Jedburgh Legion 3.

League standings after 11 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 45; 2, Hawick Burns Club A 34; 3, Hawick Burns Club B 34; 4, Jedburgh Legion 33; 5, Selkirk B 32; 6, Selkirk A 31; 7, St Boswells 28; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 27.

Squash

Galashiels

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

Final League standings (League One): 1, L, Molero 7; 2, A. Gill 6; 3, I. Chalmers 1; 4, D. Burnie 0; 5, D. Mills 0. League Two: 1, D. Sharratt 15; 2, J. Eyre 10; 3, R. Koher 2; L. Bertram 1.

Swimming

Gala ASC

Gala ASC held its annual club championships over the first three Monday nights in November, ending in a pulsating finale.

November 3 saw the IM and backstroke events take place and it was quickly established that the standard of swimming on show was going to make the next two weeks something to look forward to. Next up was the butterfly and breaststroke on November 10. More fantastic swims throughout the night meant that it would go down to the freestyle events on November 17 to decide who the eventual champions would be. None more so than in the Girls’ 14 and Under which saw Sarah Frizzel and Lindsay Jack, tied on the same points, go into the last event and serve up a truly nail-biting final race, with Lindsay edging it by less than a second.

The 2014 champions were: Lucy D’Agrosa (girls 8), Ciaran Corcoran (boys 10), Laura Frizzel (girls 10), William Taylor (boys 12), Maili Brown (girls 12), Andrew Watt (boys 14), Lindsay Jack (girls 14) and Bethany Hamilton (senior women).

Well done to the newly-crowned champions, and all who took part in such a hard-fought championship.

The last night also saw the club draw of the championship raffle, with 47 prizes drawn. The club would like to thank all the local business who donated spot prizes for the event, with a special well done to Ronnie Frizzel, and Steven and Maurine Brown for all their hard work.

Lastly, a huge congratulations to Lindsay Jack, Sarah Frizzel, Maili Brown, Aimee Goodship, Andrew Watt, Andrew Berlanski, Ryan Goudie and Matthew Kirk, who won the Combined Boys & Girls Intermediate Relay Shield at the Border Relay Championships on Sunday.