South girls test their skills on Commonwealth pitches

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The South Under-18 hockey squad travelled up to the newly-opened Commonwealth pitches in Glasgow on Saturday morning.

And, after seven weeks of very intense training, the girls were prepared for what was going to be a very tough tournament.

Six districts from all over Scotland competed against one another over two days with the South girls recording the following results: Midland (lost 2-1); East (lost 2-0); North (won 4-0); South West (1-1); West (0-0).

The squad finished fourth behind East, Midland and South West. Thanks go to all the parents and friends who went up to Glasgow to support the girls over the weekend.

South Under-18 squad: Emily Newlands (captain), Claire Hill (vice), Lucy Ramsay, Gina Ramsay, Lorna Dagg, Lucy Inglis, Rhona Forbes, Kirsty Veitch, Kirsty Millar, Zoe Higgins, Caroline Duff, Tamara Cook, Jennie Robson, Jeannie Robertson, Jade Tyerman and Skye Sheill.

Sports digest
Athletics

Gala Harriers

The Two Breweries Race between Traquair and Broughton is amongst one of the longest and toughest in southern Scotland.

Running over a distance of 18 miles and total ascents of 4,920ft, Gala Harrier Fergus Johnston put in an amazing performance to come over the finishing line in second position in two hours and 52 minutes, only four minutes behind the winning runner from Lochaber. Other results: Tony Lunn 3.59.27, Marcus Taylor 4.01.44, Billy McCulloch 4.10.50, Joeleen McKeen 4.17.00, Fiona Dalgleish 4.25.09, Alan Johnston 5.12.27, Keith King 5.13.57, and James Purves 5.21.21.

Elsewhere, Anne Purves was delighted with her time of 60 minutes and 50 seconds in the Nova Great Scottish Run 10km while Mark Bryson clocked 3 hours and 40 seconds at the Loch Ness Marathon, earning him 15th position in his age category and 62nd place overall.

Bowling

Tweedbank

The new season is now under way and the first games in the various leagues have been completed.

In the Scottish competition, the ladies played their first match on Saturday against neighbours Teviotdale.

Tweedbank got off to the best start, but by 15 ends hosts Teviotdale had closed a sizeable gap to surge ahead and ensured victory by 78-72.

While the ladies played at Teviotdale, the playdowns for the gents singles took place at Arbroath. Tweedbank was represented by Kenny Johnstone and in the preliminary round he faced Andy Sneddon from Fintry. This was a close match and unfortunately the result went against Johnstone by 21-18.

The next match for the ladies will be on Saturday, October 26, when they will entertain East Lothian at the Tweedbank stadium.

The gents start their league campaign on Saturday, October 19, with an away match against Balbardie.

Clays

Braidwood

A breezy autumn day was the setting on Sunday at Braidwood for the October Quaich, when there was 52 entries.

A new format was tested with 80 birds being shot straight through, with lunch afterwards.

Members and guests present voted for what format they would like the next competition to be and it was voted that once again we hold an 80-bird straight through, with an option to shoot 100 birds if wanted (80 only for competition).

Sunday’s winner on 60 out of 80 was Lindsay Gordon, with second place, on 59 out of 80, jointly going to Denholm’s Jim Brodie and Jack Carlyle. Third place on 58 were Michael Nairn, Bobby Bruce and Stu Dawson. Ladies’ winner was Mel Thomson and Junior winner was Selkirk’s Lewis Hislop.

The next competition is on Sunday, October 20, shooting from 10am.

Curling

Border Ice Rink

With the curling season now fully up and running, Graeme Baxter is well into the swing of things, including a supply of swinging ice.

The Pate trophy was contested at Murrayfield on Saturday, and regrettably it returned to Midlothian after only spending seven months in Border possession.

Ayton Castle and Duns were the only winning Border clubs and the winning margin was 17 shots up.

The Agrii Border League started, the results of which are as yet unknown to this correspondent. Draws for the Laidlaw trophy, the Berwickshire bonspiel and the Tweedmouth Kettle and The Auld Yins are now in the public domain.

John Stevenson is now an assistant to ice manager Graeme Baxter, good news for the rink.

Golf

Charity

Following a charity golf outing, in aid of the Margaret Kerr Palliative Care Unit, at Monksford Golf Course, the sum of £475 was raised.

This was one of several golf outings organized by Hawick’s Albert Thompson for the Unit and the sum raised by him to date totals £4,379.00.

After the event, Albert voiced his appreciation and paid tribute to course owner Paul Rooney for his generosity in once again allowing his course to be used free of charge for the charity, and to all those players for their time, money and participation.

The cheque was presented in the newly-built and fully-operational Margaret Kerr Unit by Albert to specialist nurses Caroline Wood and Hilary Douglas.

Galashiels

Phimister Trophy (for player with best three scores over the year): Scott Nightingale 204.

Dryburgh Cup: Mike Moody & Scott Weir 2 & 1.

Galashiels Club Outing Trophy (played at Bellingham): Alan Redhead.

Victory Cup: 1, A. Simpson & G. Ford 85 (15) 70 bih; 2, A. Bunyan & S. Scott 82 (12) 70.

October Stroke: 1, S. King 79 (8) 71.

Melrose

October Clubhouse competition: 1, I. Ramsey 67 (2) 65; 2, R. Falconer 84 (17) 67; 3, D. Page 76 (8) 68.

Minto

Seniors’ league positions: 1, D. Shiell 75 points; 2, A. Muir 66; 3, J. Law 62.5.

Senior gents’ matches: Minto Seniors lost their last match to Peebles on Thursday, but now look forward to playing their last two matches of the season against Tantallon on North Berwick West Championship Links and at Berwick upon Tweed Golf Club, Goswick.

Ladies’ Medal (No 7): Silver scratch, L. Moore 90; Silver handicap, M. Glendinning nett 75; Bronze scratch, M. Bland 105; Bronze handicap, M. Towers nett 74.

Torwoodlee

Tuesday Stroke: 1, J. Pollitt 80 (17) 63; 2, J. Berry 68 (1) 67; 3, D. Gillie 66 (+1) 67 (lowest gross).

October Medal: 1, Ian Thomson 71 (8) 63 (lowest gross); 2, D. Rutherford 75 (10) 65; 3, T. MisKelly 83 (17) 66.

Orienteering

Roxburgh Reivers

The club has been well represented in the Home International events, held over the last few weeks.

In the Junior Internationals in South Wales, Jedburgh’s Karen Maxwell, now a student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, captained the Scottish Junior Squad to second place behind England.

The mountains of Ireland were the venue for the Senior event, where Karen’s older sister Kirstin helped the Scotland Senior Squad to a superb and very narrow victory over the English after two days of competition in difficult conditions.

Last weekend, it was the turn of the veterans with Norfolk being the venue. Lindsey Knox, John Tullie and Ian Maxwell were all competing for the Scots team, who unfortunately couldn’t match their younger counterparts and finished in third place.

On the same weekend near Banchory in Deeside, Yousuf Khursheed, Faisal Khursheed, Marc Heger and Karen Maxwell all represented the East of Scotland in the Junior Inter-District Championships.

The next big weekend for the local club is the Compass Sport Cup final which will be held in the Forest of Dean on October 20.

Pool

International

Last weekend saw the International Festival of Pool played in Edinburgh with Hawick Waverley duo Scott Bowers and Scott Simpson both representing Scotland.

In the team events, Scotland lost out narrowly on frame difference with top performances from both Borders players. Simpson started quietly losing early to several top players, but bounced back to record a healthy six wins and six losses. Bowers started well and slightly tailed off with eight wins and four losses to rank fifth in the individual team standings.

In the Singles, Simpson eventually went out to old foe Scott Kennedy in a pulsating match and Bowers reached the quarters with a couple of scalps, including Welsh captain Gareth Williams, before falling to Steve Haswell.

Border League

There was only one game played last week with Station (Hawick) recording a resounding 7-2 victory over the Bridge (Gala) in Division Two.

Snooker

Border League

Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League results week three: Hawick Conservative Club A 6 Selkirk B 0; Innerleithen 3 St Boswells 3; Kelso Legion 2 Jedburgh Legion 4; Selkirk A 2 Hawick Burns Club A 4; Hawick Burns Club B 4 Hawick Conservative Club B 2.

League positions: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 17; 2, Hawick Burns Club A 13; 3, Hawick Burns Club B 11; 4, Kelso Legion 10; 5, Selkirk B 8; 6, Selkirk A 7; 7, Jedburgh Legion 7; 8, St Boswells 4; 9, Innerleithen 4; 10, Hawick Conservative Club B 3.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night results: A. Gill 2 I. Chalmers 0; D. Burnie 2 D. Sharratt 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 1; D. Burnie 2 I. Chalmers 1; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 1.

Club Championship quarter-final draw: J. Eyre or I. Chalmers v I. Youseff; J. Sharratt v D. Burnie; D. Sharratt or A. Gill v S. Moffat; J. Armitage or W. Dennyson v G. Laing. Ties to be played by end of October.