Season ends on a high note for Borders’ hockey ace achievers

SPORTING DIGEST

BOWLING

Abbotsford

The A team played Jedburgh at home last week on a night where the match started off in sunshine, but ended with the players having to battle to play their bowls through the hailstones which covered the green.

The match was close throughout, but once again the home team lost, this time by 71-77.

The first round of the Scottish ties was played last week and through to the next round are the two junior singles, the single, and the triple.

BBA

A perfect summer’s day was a welcome sight for both the Borders and Stirling County East when they met in an Andrew Hamilton Trophy match at Spittal on Saturday.

Despite getting off to a good start, at 15 ends there was only one point in it (79- 78). Three ends later, however, the Borderers had re-established their lead and took this through to the final ends with the overall score Borders 124 Stirling County East 104.

Earlston

The sun shone brightly on Earlston Bowling Club on Sunday and there were some hotly-contested ties in the Club Pairs.

Silver-topped duo Michael Scott and Walter Russell, however, burnt themselves out in the pool stages leaving Steven Greer and George Dougal to cruise to a sizzling 7-0 victory in the final. A fine day was had by all in attendance.

Galashiels

A visit by Jedburgh in the Tuesday morning triples league was close, but Gala managed to keep their opponents at bay and gain their third win in succession.

On Wednesday, the A team were also looking to keep their unbeaten run in a home match against Peebles. With weather conditions poor, they managed to get in 11 ends, which was enough to ensure the hosts victory.

For the ladies, the visitors were from Buccleuch and the match was again very close, but Gala ladies took a full five points.

Success for the club in the Scottish competitions came in the senior fours where Angus Tait, Les Thin, Ian Niven and Rob Fulton came from behind to win.

The ladies’ senior four of Anne Forsyth, Naz Rutherford, Moira Blyth and Gail Lindores also got through their qualifiers to take them through to the district finals at Hawick on June 23.

Hawick

The seniors entertained an Ettrick Forrest/Selkirk combination in the league last week.

The match was played in excellent spirit and was in the balance right up to the end when the hosts lost narrowly by 53-57. Top rink was the Jim Gray skipped rink.

Last Wednesday saw the Hawick A team play Lauder at home and it was the Teries who triumphed by 99-68. Top rink for the Hawick was skipped by young Martin Christy.

The B team travelled the 22 miles to Kelso, and had a close game, but again the home side prevailed by coming out on top by 73-60.

Langholm

Two Langholm Old Town triples contested the final of the Langholm New Town club American open triples tournament last Saturday.

The winning triple was Grant Fletcher, Billy Currie and Colin Turk who beat Roy Park, Robert Phillips and Kevin Irving.

The Arthur Gibson memorial cup was presented to the winners by committee member Carolle Warwick.

Melrose

Melrose progressed to the semi-final stages of the national Top Ten competition following a hard fought 71-63 victory over Wellington Park on Sunday.

The semi-finals and final will be played on Sunday, June 9 at Eddlewood Bowling Club. If enough support is given, a coach may be laid on by the club for a nominal charge. For information contact 07554 734519.

Newtown

Sunday was the semi-final of Bowls Scotland Two-bowl Triples. The club was represented by M. Todd, S. Blacklock and A. Blacklock.

This game was played in sets and the club’s ladies lost the first and won the second. The match moved to a tie-break which the Newtown ladies won. They will now play in the district finals.

The next event is the Dryburgh Trophy. Names should be in the draw for Friday.

Selkirk

Sunday saw Selkirk Bowling Club host their Australian Pairs competition. After a very close final, the eventual winners were Harry Bell and Eck Chalmers, beating Ian Borthwick and Lesley Carruthers.

GOLF

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A. League winner, W. Morrison nett 36.; B.league winner: 1, P. Seggie 39 bih.

Wednesday Stroke 1, J. Shiel 80 (16) 64; 2, J. Rigg 83 (18) 65.

Championship Qualifier (2): 1, S. King 71 (9) 62; 2=, D. King 75 (10) 65, K. Turnbull 72 (7) 65.

Earlston

On a blustery spring day Earlston Golf Club ventured onto the fairways at Peebles Golf Course to thrash it out for the coveted Hunter Cup.

Ross Aitchison lifted the trophy with a 68, Stevie Brown following him in with a 69.

Thanks go to club president Brian Hunter for his sponsorship on the day and Peebles Golf Club for their kind hospitality and excellent catering.

Hawick

Medal: 1, A. Martin 94 (23) 71; 2, R. Middlemas 101 (28) 73. Scratch: L. Douglas 91.

Ladies Open Greensome: 1, S. Coltman and M. Turnbull nett 65.5; 2, F. Turnbull and D. Richards 72.

Kelso

Thistle Cup: 1, C. Sweenie 75 (10) 65; 2, K. Hook 85 (19) 66; 3, D. Wilson 82 (15) 67. Scratch: M. Ford 72.

Calum Romanis Trophy: 1, M. Henderson 87 (18) 69 bih; 2, I. Symons 89 (20) 69; 3, C. Sweenie 79 (9) 70.

Melrose

Gibson Trophy (Ladies): 1, V. Hogg (20) 33 points; 2, A. Holton (21) 32; 3, B. Robertson (27) 30.

May Clubhouse Competition: 1, C.Creamer 79 (11) 68; 2, D. Grant 80 (11) 69; 3, A. Duncan 85 (16) 69. Scatch: L. M. Wallace 72.

Minto

Teams of Minto and Bellingham Golf Club senior ladies played a highly enjoyable Texas Scramble at Eyemouth. Gill Cartwright, Anne Turnbull and their Bellingham partner were the winners.

Minto juniors beat a team of Minto adults by 3.5 rubbers to 0.5 in a 4 ball better ball matchplay competition, underlining the promise of the current juniors.

Ally Whillans Memorial Trophy: Division One winner, R. Allott gross 74 (8) 66; Division Two, J. Currie 79 (13) 66; Division Three, C. Black 88 (20) 68.

Philco Salver: 1, A. Thompson & R. Pringle 31 points; 2, T. Glendinning & M. Glendinning 30.

St Boswells

Championship qualifier (2): 1, C. Rae, 68 (04) 64; 2, K. Watson 79 (14) 65; 3, K. Ovens 74 (08) 66.

Championship qualifier (3): 1, A. Hume 83 (20) 63; 2, D. Murdoch 84 (18) 66; 3, T. Cass 84 (18) 66.Scratch: C. Ovens 69.

Eildon trophy (1): 1, M. Ovens 74 (10) 64; 2, C. Hardie 78 (13) 65; 3, N. Linton 75 (9) 66.

Seniors May Medal /Championship Qualifier: 1, W. Macrae 79 (13) 66; 2, F. Bain 87 (21) 66; 3, H. Oliver 92 (22) 70.

Ladies Cobblers Stableford: 1, R. Macdonald (36) 49 points; 2, G. Oliver (6) 39; 3, P. Baillie (24) 37.

Congratulations to Hazel Thomson and Kath Hardie who will represent St Boswells Golf Club in The Ladies Coronation Foursomes Final.

Torwoodlee

Open Mixed Greensomes: 1, I. Thomson & D. Richards (Torwoodlee) 69 bih; 2, T & N. Coleman (Swanston) 69; 3, G & F. Melrose (St Boswells) 69.4. Scratch: R. C. Brydon & V. Scott (Torwoodlee) 75.

Tuesday Stroke: 1, R. Forsyth 72 (5) 67 after count back; 2, D. G. Gillie 67 (0) 67; 3, J. Graham 79 (11) 68.

Championship Qualifier (1): 1, R. Forsyth 70 (4) 66; 2, K. Anderson 83 (16) 67 bih; 3, J. Kelly 74 (7) 67. Scratch: C. Riddle 68.

The Woll

Championship Qualifier A Class: 1, A. Lindores 67 (4) 63; A. Gillie 73 (6) 67; 3, S. Watson 76 (7) 69. B.Class: 1, M. Innes 86 (16) 70; 2, A. Willison 90 (19) 71; 3, P.Forsyth 95 (20) 75.

HOCKEY

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Betty Scott, chairperson of Ettrick and Lauderdale Sports Council, and Euan Dodds from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust, presented awards in several categories at the Tweedbank Festival of Hockey last weekend.

They were: Susannah Godfrey-Fawcett (U12); Iona Kellett (U14); Morven Cawthorn (U16); Claire Hill (U18); Emily Newlands (senior); Ashley Robson (junior coach); Susan Pettie (grassroots coach); Julie Abbott (senior coach); Moira Anderson (volunteer); Spencer Pitman (umpire).

Certificates of merit: M. Haines, S. Cartmail, R. Holloway, J. Clarke, T. Naylor, R. Anderson, E. Jamieson, H. Kemp, H. Stewart, J. Peace, A. Young, I. Young, E. Lawrence, E. Mack, K. Morris, C. Aitchieson, W. Seeley, C. Jack, D. Walker, C. Wright, E. Pearce, K. Stevens, L. Crawford, R. Gowans, M. Cawthorn, J. Wright, T. Catto, A. Linton, I. Johnstone-Jones, L. Young, L. Inglis, K. Millar, L. Mackinnon, J. Robson, J. Lochrie, L. Grant, C. Scott, J. Tyreman, Z. Higgins, N. Laing.

HOMING

Earlston & District

Members sent 200 birds to the Dryburgh Arms sponsored Newark race, liberated at 6am into a north wind.

Results: 1, 4, 5, I. Gray 1193.96; 2, W. Gray & Son 1188.45; 3, 8, 10, A. Simpson 1170.53; 6, S. Hardie & Sons 1152.99; 7, A. Bain 1149.84; 9, S. Martin 1126.05.

Galashiels

Eleven members sent 160 pigeons to Newark, a distance of 193 miles. Results: T. Klasicki 1191.592; 2, 6, 7, J. Wyper 1179.672; 3, 5, 9, 10, Douglas & Spearman 1174.077; 4, B. Dixon 1172.863; 8, J. Douglas 1131.581.

Jedburgh

Seven members sent 130 pigeons to Newark, a distance of 185 miles. Results: 1, 2, 3, A. Agnew & Son 1174.204; 4, 5, 7, Mr & Mrs Simpson 1122.180; 6, F. Taylor 1074.094; 8, T. Wilson 1039.601.

Langholm

The club liberated 97 birds from Wollaston over 189 miles in a light north wind. Results: 1,2,3,4,5, 7, 8, R V Graham 1361.731, 1349.430, 1348.158, 1347.160, 1342.643; 6 D Nordon 1340.240; 9 D Nordon 1334.431; 10 A Henderson 1296.389.