On Sunday the Borders Badminton Group held an academy for squad players from around the region at Earlston High School.
The morning session was taken by Tom Courtney, from the Glasgow satellite squad, who gave the youngsters hints and tips on various aspects of the game, with the players being able put his coaching into practice.
The afternoon session was taken by Lynn Young, the Borders coaching convener, and included warming-up exercises, on-court foot movement, racket-practice routines and concluded with games and warm-down exercises.
Midway through the afternoon, a classroom session was held to discuss healthy eating and positive attitude in sport.
Hawick Bowling Club held its AGM on Sunday and the following were elected as the officials for the 2014 season.
President, J.H. Reilly; vice-president, Bill Anderson; hon. secretary, Margaret Todd; match secretary, J.H. Reilly; treasurer, Les Clarkson; committee, M. Hogg, C. Blaikie, M. Christy, J. Dickey, R. Johnstone; ex-officio, R. Bell.
The final round of Lauder Golf Club winter league lived up to all expectations.
The scoring was excellent on the day, with George Cessford finally topping the podium with an excellent five under par score of 65, pushing Micky Dunne yet again into second place with a 67. Geordie Dun claimed the last podium place with a net 68.
Result: 1, G. Cessford 86 (21) 65; 2, M. Dunne 78 (11) 67; 3, G. Dun 94 (26) 68.
Sandy Thomson proved to be the most consistent golfer this winter, winning the Winter League Trophy with a six under par aggregate score, closely followed by Louis Scott’s five under, with Tom Hogarth one shot further back.
Result: 1, S. Thomson 344; 2, L. Scott 345; 3, T. Hogarth 346.
The winter eclectic has ran alongside the winter league and for five months the lead has chopped and changed, with the final round producing a photo finish.
Ron Dick improved his eclectic score with birdies at the third and 18th to force a tie with the leader, Tom Hogarth. Tom scraped through on a better inward half countback, Dougie Bain slipping back to third.
Result: 1, T. Hogarth 63 (11.25) 51.75 BIH; 2, R. Dick 66 (14.25) 51.75; 3, D. Bain 65 (12) 53.
Belhaven Winter League: 1, W. Wallace 1 up; 2, I. Ramsey 2 down.
Millennium Pairs: 1, R. Forsyth & S. Carruthers nett 60.5; 2, J. Temple & I. Clinkscales 61; 3, B. Lillico & R. Kyle 62.3.
This weekend’s competition (Saturday): Captain v Vice-Captain. See noticeboard for details.
Midweek 8-hole: 1, G. Fraser 19 points.
This week sees the final Midweek Stableford which will take place today and tomorrow.
Start at hole 17 and play 17th, 18th, new 3rd (over the road), 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th & 16th. The old 3rd hole will be out of play for this competition.
Results (see corresponding report on page 90)
Division One: Waverley A (Hawick) 1 Ship A (Melrose) 8; Fleece A (Selkirk) 2 Reivers A (Gala) 7; High Level A (Hawick) 5 Niki’s Bar (Gala) 4; Reivers B (Gala) 4 Dryburgh (Newtown) 5.
Division Two: Bridge Inn (Gala) 7 Red Lion B (Kelso) 2; Red Lion A (Kelso) 4 Fleece B (Selkirk) 5; Ship B (Melrose) 3 Waverley B (Hawick) 6; Station Bar (Hawick) 6 High Level B (Hawick) 3.
Jed Thistle were back in league action this week after their trip to Wales, taking on Kelso Quins at Kelso.
On a near-perfect day, it was Kelso who had the early pressure, keeping Thistle pinned in their own 22 in the early stages. Thistle then put some phases together to put man-of-the-match Ryan Gibson in for the first try, converted by Shane Armstrong. Further tries from Rory Smith and two by Shane Armstrong, who converted one, made it 24-0 to Thistle at half-time.
Further tries from Ryan Gibson, Craig Cowan (2) and Kris Rowley (2), with Robbie Yourston converting three, made the final score 55-7. The Tweedsiders bagged a converted try early in the half.
Jed Joggers raised £194 by holding a one-mile Sport Relief Jog.
The event, which took in Riverside Park before heading back to town via Bongate, proved popular.
Elsewhere, a Spinathon organised by Leanne Ewart of Laidlaw Memorial Pool was held over a 24-hour period, with various members of the public taking stints. The final sum raised is still to be announced, but the event was well attended by many from the Jedburgh, Ancrum and surrounding area.
Kelso Swimming Pool hosted a Sports Relief Swimathon on Sunday as local residents got together to raise money for this year’s appeal.
The event encouraged those taking part to raise money through sponsorship to swim a variety of distances, from 1.5km to 5km.
It was one of a number of similar events held throughout the UK, and one of those taking part was local MSP John Lamont, who joined several other Borderers in raising money for the charity. In total, this year’s Sports Relief appeal has so far managed to raise more than £53million.
Mr Lamont said: “It was great to see so many people across the UK and in the Borders take part in this appeal. Sport Relief does a brilliant job of bringing the entire nation together to get active, and it was encouraging to see it being supported in Kelso over the weekend.
“Although the distances involved were all quite challenging, everyone taking part did very well to reach their target. I found it tough at times to swim my 5km, but it was worth it at the end to know that we’d managed to raise money for a great charity.
“The cash raised for Sports Relief helps to change lives both at home and abroad.”
The MSP added: “It is undoubtedly a worthwhile cause and I know that a lot of people in the Borders will have donated money to them this year. There is time still to donate, so I would encourage those still thinking about giving money to do so.”
Peeblesshire primary school pupils have raised more than £1,000 for Sport Relief.
Over 850 youngsters took part in the Peebles Sport Relief Mile on March 21.
Organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, the event saw over 350 youngsters from P1-3 complete a 0.5-mile walk, while a further 450-plus P4-P7 pupils undertook a one-mile walk or run. The activities took place on the common ground next to the Gytes Leisure Centre.
Paul Murray, BSLT’s Active Schools co-ordinator, said: “It was a great, fun event involving all of the local primary schools. The children brought along a £1 donation to participate and this was supplemented by a donation from Kingsland nursery and a fabulous £135 that was raised by Rory Barker, Jack Jones and Myles Harrison, who sold baking and gave all the proceeds to the cause. As a result, we have managed to make £1,016.40 for Sport Relief.”
Priorsford Primary School head teacher Sandra MacGregor added: “This was a great event that brought all the communities of Peebles together to raise valuable funds to support this charit.”
Initiated and organised by Lucy Bell (F6), St Mary’s pupils from reception-form 8 were invited to wear funky socks for Games Time and asked to donate £1 to Sports Relief for the privilege.
In an assembly taken by the F6 girls, the school were shown a DVD of 10-year-old Ghanian Daniel and it was explained what any money raised would be put towards. Nearly all pupils participated and the school was treated to a rainbow of colours on the netball courts and rugby pitches. St Mary’s raised £122 for Sports Relief.
Look out for our Sport Relief slide show at www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk
Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League results: Innerleithen 4 Hawick Conservative Club A 2; Kelso Legion 2 Hawick Burns Club B 4; Selkirk A 2 Selkirk B 4; Hawick Con B 1 Jedburgh Legion 5; Hawick Burns A 4 St Boswells 2.
Tonight’s fixtures: Jean Yule Cup Final at Hawick Conservative Club (7.30pm), Jedburgh Legion v Hawick Burns A; Jean Yule Plate Final at Selkirk Conservative Club (7.30pm), Innerleithen v Hawick Con B.
The Border Billiards Competition is onSunday (noon for 12.30pm start, entry on day).
Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 1; A. Rocha 2 S. Walker 0; R. Kohler 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; R. Kohler 2 A. Rocha 0; D. Burnie 2 S. Walker 0.
Racketball: I. Ross 1 P. Ross 0; D. Burnie 2 I. Ross 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Rocha 0.