Rugby stars honoured at Roxburgh Sports Awards

Roxburgh Sports Council Awards from left: Kevin Barrie (coach of the Year); Jed Thistle squad (Team of the Year); David Rose (Service to Local Sport Award).
Roxburgh Sports Council Awards from left: Kevin Barrie (coach of the Year); Jed Thistle squad (Team of the Year); David Rose (Service to Local Sport Award).

Jed Thistle Rugby Club notched a hat-trick on Friday night when carrying off three of the five honours on offer at Club Sport Roxburgh’s annual awards ceremony.

The 2013/14 squad, development officer Kevin Barrie and Thistle legend David Rose picked up the Team of the Year, Coach of the Year and Service to Local Sport awards respectively.

Borders Commonwealth Games athletes from left: Sarah Robertson (hockey); Jo Pettitt (netball); Lucy Hope (swimming); Guy Learmonth (athletics).

Borders Commonwealth Games athletes from left: Sarah Robertson (hockey); Jo Pettitt (netball); Lucy Hope (swimming); Guy Learmonth (athletics).

The trio were in excellent company on the night’s honours list as the other two prizes, Senior and Junior Sports Personalities of the Year, were scooped by Commonwealth Games track gold medallist Libby Clegg, from Newcastleton, and Kelso ASC swimmer Lucy Hope, who also competed at Glasgow 2014. Neither of the girls were present at the awards ceremony, due to ongoing training commitments.

Jed Thistle started the 2013/14 season with high hopes of a top-four finish in the Borders Semi-Junior League, with the players having moved up from the successful Under-16 team, who had won their league two years in a row under the guidance of former Jed-Forest 1st XV coach Barrie.

With coaches Calum Brown, Gary Goodfellow, Gary Hill, Kevin Armstrong and Doug Moffat also guiding them, it soon became clear a successful season was on the cards.

The league ended up being contested by Thistle and Melrose Wasps in a winner-take-all play-off which saw Melrose run out victors.

Selected athletes from Commonwealth Games Scotland at the People's Palace in Glasgow Green. Libby Clegg a visually impared athlete. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 25th Sept 2013

Selected athletes from Commonwealth Games Scotland at the People's Palace in Glasgow Green. Libby Clegg a visually impared athlete. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 25th Sept 2013

But it was the Scottish National Cup which brought huge success for Thistle. A top-two finish in the league gave them a quarter-final tie against Dalziel at Riverside, which they won 47-0.

A tough trip to Boroughmuir in the semi-final was next and again good team work saw them victors 17-3.

The final was played at Lasswade against Ayr. With a huge support travelling from Jed it was more like a home game. The match itself was very close with the top two teams in Scotland playing entertaining rugby and Thistle, captained by Oliver Ryan, winning 11-7 to carry off the spoils.

Friday night’s trophy was collected by last season’s vice-captain Rory Marshall and this season’s captain Craig Cowan, who were cheered by a large portion of the squad.

Rose, who won seven caps for Scotland in rugby union and four GB caps in rugby league, also started his playing career at the Thistle and is still a stalwart supporter of both senior and junior rugby in the town.

Club Sport chairman Norman Anderson warmly congratulated all the winners and ended the evening by presenting former chair David Laing and his wife Ella with a special award for their service to the group.