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Rugby – Melrose RFC celebrate season of success

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

The monthly club clout competition was held at a windy Thirladean on Sunday, and the stand-out performance in tricky conditions came from seven-clouter Elaine Pearson.

Results: Ladies (120yd) – 1, Elaine Pearson 50 hits, 157 score, 7 clouts; 2, Jenna Agate 37, 88, 0.

Gents (180yd) – 1 Adair Anderson 31, 68, 0; 2, Doug Anderson 24, 66, 1; 3, Mike Pearson 17, 47, 0; 4, Wullie Good 22, 41, 0; 5, Michael Liddle 11, 21, 1; 6, Richard Tice 7, 13, 0.

Bowls

Abbotsford

After losing their first game in the Border Bowling League against Melrose, the A team managed a win at home against Ettrick Forest last week, winning 105-66.

The club hosted Summerside in a friendly match on Saturday with the home side winning 74-43.

The Seniors also got their season off to a winning start at home against Kelso last Tuesday, edging a close match by three shots.

Names are still required for the match against Corstorphine this Saturday, and please note the Hat night will commence on Monday, May 20.

BBA

The Borders met West Lothian in the Hamilton Trophy at Newbridge BC on Saturday and despite a bitterly cold wind blowing and a heavy green, the Borders started with a very positive lead.

However, West Lothian fought back to take a seven-shot lead going into the closing stages.

It was becoming a tight match, despite Graeme Forsyth still being the only Border rink in front, and in the last three ends the overall score was changing constantly, with the final scoreline reading Borders 123 West Lothian 124.

Hawick

Hawick’s A team entertained their Newtown counterparts and recorded a very good victory by 81-61.25.

Late call-offs from the Newtown team meant that they had to field three triples rinks, and as a result lost a quarter of their shots.

Top rink for Hawick on the night was the Les Clarkson-skipped rink.

Melrose

Melrose BC represented the Borders in the Top 10 competition against Glaisnock Valley, Ayrshire, on Sunday at Melrose.

Both teams got of to a slow start with the exception of Melrose Triples, who were romping away from the first bowl. After a close game each team had four points which brought it down to shots and Melrose won by 75-60.

The next game, which will also be at Melrose, is against either Dalgety Bay ,West Fife or Marchmount Dumfriesshire on Sunday at 2pm.

Scottish play-offs

Selkirk Bowling Club held the Ladies Scottish Play-offs on Sunday with Borderers qualifying in the Singles and Pairs.

Joyce Dickey (Hawick) and Marie Todd (Newtown) went through in the Singles, with Earlston’s Denise Kellett and Gail Moffatt and Selkirk’s Hazel Scott and Louise Maclennan going through in the Pairs.

They now play in the District Finals to be held at Hawick Bowling Club on Sunday, June 23.

Clays

Braidwood

The first round of the Ian Hume Shield saw Jim Brodie (Denholm) with a score of 35 ex-40 retain the trophy.

Hawick’s Hugh Sadler took second place with 34, followed by Donald Livingstone and Stuart Donaldson on 33.

The second round saw Brodie still on form with a 34 followed by Dick McCallum and John Ross on 31, while third place was jointly held by Jim Watt, Neil Cattanach, Donald Livingston and Stuart Donaldson on 30.

Brodie’s overall score of 69 was enough to win on aggregrate.

Cycling

Kelso Wheelers

On Monday night, Kelso Wheelers held a 10-mile time trial on the Birgham course.

Eighteen riders took part.

Junior results: 1, O. Onley 33.04pb; 2, B. Simpson 37.11pb; 3, A. Martin 37.12pb.

Senior results: 1, D. Burgher 23.55; 2, M. Burgher 24.35; 3, J. Smith 25.15; 4=, C. Stevenson and R. Ure 25.49; 6, W. Ford 26.21; 7, D. Richardson 26.27; 8, E. Ford 26.31; 9, K. Wilson 26.39; 10, R. Connell 27.33; 11, G. Ford 28.33; 12, G. Easson 29.24; 13, A. Ker 30.40; 14, A. Martin 32.04; 15, Robin Kerr 32.07.

Next week is the 10- mile Club Championship on the Birgham course, sign on before 6.30pm at Woodside Park.

Galashiels CC

It has been a busy week for the club’s racers, with two 10-mile TTs.

Monday results: 1, L. Parry 23.18; 2, I. Pearson 23.56; 3, D. Johnston 24.01; 4, A. Meikle 24.27; 5, S. Mills 24.40; 6, J. Stark 25:18pb; 7, P. McGreal 25.21; 8, S. Lowes 25.41; 9, B. Lowes 25.43; 10, B. Hamilton 26.06; 11, N. Shepard 26.33; 12, C. Tough 26.43; 13, K. Brydon 26.52; 14, S. Purves 27.24; 15, J. Weston 27.32; 16, J. Houston 28.12; 17, K. Veitch 29.00pb; 18, Craig Forsyth 29:19pb; 19, B. Watson 30.29; 20, D. McCudden 30.48pb; 21, G. Murray 33.12pb.

Wednesday 2 up results: 1, G. Robson & R. Laidlaw 21.43; 2, B. Hamilton & B. Lowes 26. 10; 3, C. Forsyth & T. Dawson 30.04; 4, B. Watson & D. McCudden 30.18; S. Lowes & G. Murray 31.26. Individual riders: 1, D. Johnston 23.58; 2, Neil Shepard 25.43; J. Weston 26.49.

Next Wednesday will see a 25-mile TT at the new meeting point of Torwoodlee layby, 7pm start. Entries are now open for the John Fairbairn Memorial 25-mile TT Open to be held on Wednesday, May 29, see Bill Hamilton for entry.

Hawick CC

Thursday night saw the first in the hilly series of time trials .

Results: 1, Kenny Darling 27.10; 2, D. Cavers 27.15; 3, G. Jackson 30.39; 4, C. Telfer 31.07; 5, T. Harkness 32.04; 6, P. Smith 32.07; A. McKerrracher 33.42.

Darling was also in action representing Hawick at the Scottish 10-mile time trial championships with a very credible time of 22.10.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner, A. Fulton nett 34 bih; B League winner, G. Turnbull 35 bih.

Championship Qualifier (1): 1, J. Shiel 84 (18) 66; 2, N. Moffat 76 (9) 67; 3=, I. Casson 81 (13) 68, B. Learmonth 80 (12) 68.

Lauder

Bell’s Texas Scramble: 1, I. Scott, J. Lumsden, A. Anderson, J. Stevenson nett 58.8; 2, K. Gillan, D. Cockow, B. Hollands, A. Scott Aiton nett 59; 3, R. Scott, B. Cadogen, G. Dun, Linda Hogarth nett 60.

Ladies’ May Medal: 1, G. Dun 94 (19) 75; 2, H. Lumsden 110 (27) 83; 3, E. Brotherstone 117 (31) 86.

Melrose

Ladies’ Monthly Medal: 1, J. Shirra-Gibb 90 (18) 72; 2, Vivien Hogg 96 (20) 76. Scr, A. Fleming 91.

Seniors Cup/Belhaven Qualifier: 1, C. Creamer 78 (11) 67; 2, K. Grieve 83 (14) 69; 3, G. Wilks 87 (17) 70. Scr, K. Haldane 77. Seniors Cup Winner, G. Wilks.

St Boswells

Ladies’ Club Trophy 3: 1, J. Crombie 92 (30 ) 62; 2, J. Knox 89 (20) 69; 3, J. Reed 103 (31) 72.

Congratulations to Ian Stewart of Gifford Golf Club who scored his first hole in one on the second at St Boswells during the Senior Gents St Boswells v Gifford match last week. The round of drinks was much appreciated by all.

Marjoribanks May Medal and Championship Qualifier (1): 1, C. Rae 75 (11) 64; 2, J. P. Melrose 74 (10) 64; 3, K. Ovens 73 (08) 65.

Marjoribanks Mixed Open: 1, R. Young & J. Knox 59.8; 2, D. Shiel & S. Redfearn 63.8; 3, Mr & Mrs A. Pearson 65 bih. Scr, N. Ashleby & L. Grieve.

Torwoodlee

Tuesday Stroke: 1, J. Graham 77 (12) 65; 2, C. Lees 73 (6) 67 bih; 3, T. MisKelly 88 (21) 67. Scr, S. Fairburn 69 bih.

The Woll

Ladies’ Monthly Medal: 1, M. Turnbull 96 (21) 75; B. Hill 108 (32) 76.

Ladies’ Nine-hole Sweep: 1, M. Innes 36 points; 2, J. McNicol 33.

Gents Open: 1, S. Lunts; 2, B. Pettie; 3, C. Thorburn. Scr, F.Bell.

Homing

Earlston & District

Members sent 208 birds to the D.Renton & Son’s Wetherby race, liberated at 0650 into a south west wind. Results: 1, 4, K. Heppingstall 1695.15; 2, 5, 7, 11, I. Gray 1660.57; 3, 6, 8, 9, W. Gray & Son 1616.46; 10, 15, 16, A. Simpson 1567.93; 12, 13, 14, A. Bain 1517.95; 17, 20, S. Hardie & Sons 1452.49; 18, 19, 21, S. Martin 1375.30.

Galashiels

Eleven members sent 169 pigeons to Wetherby, a distance of 130 miles. Results: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, Douglas & Spearman 1505.275; 3, G. Whitehead & Son 1472.068; 6, W. Hopewell 1408.651; 8, 9, 10, J. Wyper 1361.871.

Jedburgh

Six members sent 127 pigeons to Wetherby, a distance of 122 miles. Results: 1, 3, 4, A. Agnew & Son 1660.755; 2, 5, 6, Mr & Mrs Simpson 1604.109; 7, F. Taylor 1320.833; 8, 9, 10, T. Wilson 1282.837.

Langholm

The club liberated 103 birds from Lymm over 125 miles in a light south-west wind. Results: 1, 2, D. Nordon 1403.499; 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, R. V. Graham 1378.239; 6, A Henderson 1342.469.

Rugby

Melrose RFC held their annual awards evening in front of a capacity audience at The Greenyards on Saturday evening.

President John Reed was MC for the event, introducing the presenters in his inimitable way. The evening was brought to a close with a special presentation to Craig Chalmers, who has been head coach at the Greenyards for eight years. In his final official duty, before heading south to coach at Oxfordshire club Chinnor RFC, Chalmers thanked all at Melrose for the assistance he has received during his time at the club.

The following awards were presented: Volunteer of the Year – Jim Lauder; Ladies Player of the Year – Gillian Inglis; Young Player of the Year (Joint) – Russell Mackay and Zak Rowlands; Storm Player of the Year – Colin Arthur; Players’ Player of the Year – Grant Runciman; Player of the Year – Bruce Colvine; Special Award for Services to the Club – Craig Chalmers. Our picture shows the prizewinners along with Mr Reed.