Sporting digest 22-10

Bowling

BLBA

The Borders’ Ladies bowling season concluded with their annual dinner which was held in the Kingsknowes Hotel where President Jackie Ormiston presented the League trophies along with the Borders’ Tournament medals. Prizewinners:

Borders’ Ladies Bowling League 2015: Winners, Hawick BC; Runners-up, Wilton BC; Top Shot, Hawick BC.

Borders’ Tournament: Ladies Championship winner, Lauren Upton (Waverley BC); Runner-up, Alison Clarkson (Hawick BC). Pairs Championship winners, Charmaine McDougall & June Robertson (Wilton BC); Runners-up, Moira Bell & Karen Thomson (Kelso BC). Triples Championship winners, Hazel Dodds, Ibby Currie & Gloria Smith (Innerleithen BC); Runners-up, Sonia Roden, Joan Kyle & Ruth Jones (Wilton BC). Fours Championship winners, Joyce Dickey, Pat Brady, Pat Wells & Zenda Borthwick; Runners-up, Maureen Hogarth, Cathy Scott, Carla Upton & Rachael Black (Kelso BC).

President Ormiston congratulated all the winners on their achievements.

Langholm New Town

The club held its end-of-season trophy presentations in the Royal British Legion clubrooms last Saturday.

After everyone had enjoyed an excellent buffet, club president Paul Warwick presented the trophies and prizes. There then followed a friendly carpet bowling match.

Ian Scott was club champion and also won the Douglas cup for singles, and the president prize. Scott Morrison was youth champion and in the ladies competitions Sue Roebuck won the White House cup and Alison Johnstone the Bell trophy.

Teviotdale

The senior men travelled to Edinburgh to play the Bainfield club, in the Gorgie area of the capital.

After a great victory the previous Saturday, Teviotdale were well and truly beaten by 125 shots to 29. Even early in the match it was clearly seen that all rinks were struggling.

Rink scores: K. McCartney 11 M. Marshall 30; C. Rae 9 W. Borthwick 30; R. McDonald 2 B. Little 33; G. Brownlee 7 A. Brock 32.

This week the team have a local derby with their near neighbours Tweedbank.

Darts

Borders Area Association

The County Team to play at home against Greater Glasgow on Saturday, October 31.

Men’s A Team: Darren Bohme, Barry Dalgleish, Norrie Forsyth, Kevin Green, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenbey, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Callum Stewart, Chris Waddell. Men’s B Team: Jamie Aitchison, Tam Craig, Michael Culley, Ian Graham, Darren Gray, Davie McEwan. Reserves: Adam Ballantyne, Peter Craig, Keith Hood & Kevin Richardson.

Women: Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Caroline McGinn, Alison Mitchell, Janice Mitchell. Jackie Purves, Karen Riddell, Lyn Scott, Susan Smith. Reserve. Alison Burnett, Laura Virtue.

Women to be at KRBL for 10am, Men’s B Team to be there at 10.30am & Men’s A Team to be there for 1pm. Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 07504 493 676.

Football

Hawick Royal Albert

Hawick Royal Albert have been granted their SFA club licence at entry level.

The licence has came about due to some tremendous work from the Albert committee. Work that has seen some sweeping changes and improvements within the Albert Park ground.

From new fencing to refurbished dressing rooms to disabled facilities, including a disabled viewing area and much more.

It’s certainly all been happening and as a result, Royalists have passed the strict measures laid down by the SFA and passed detailed inspections with flying colours.

A club spokesman said: “There were a lot of policies to follow to obtain the licence.

“This has all come about through a lot of graft in all kind of ways. Getting a licence shows that the Albert are an ambitious club. Amongst the benefits gained on getting a licence is that we now go straight into the first round of the Scottish Cup and don’t need to play in preliminary matches.”

Golf

Galashiels

Seventy-six players teed up at Ladhope on Saturday for the finale of the 2015 season - the Fraser James Partnership Gala Open.

The weather was kind but, with one exception, scoring proved difficult. Bruce Currie shot an exceptional 64 which included a back nine of 30.

Bruce not only won the competition by three shots from Andy Lawrie and Wullie Simpson, but he also featured heavily in the nearest-the-hole prize list.

Many thanks to Fraser James Partnership for their continued sponsorship of this event.

Results

Scratch: 1, B. Currie 64; 2, K. W. Simpson 67; 3, D. G. Gillie 68; 4, C. Finlay 69; 5, D. J. Gillie 71; 6, S. Robertson 73; 7, S. Nightingale 75.

Handicap: 1, A. Lawrie 67 (1) 66; 2=, M. Niven 73 (5) 68; B. Barnard 78 (10) 68; S. Scott 78 (10) 68; D. Hancock 80 (12) 68; 6, D. Clyne 81 (12) 69; 7, G. Lawrie 82 (11) 71 BIH.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors’ Winter League: Winner, P. Seggie 36 BIH.

Kelso

The first leg of the Belhaven Shield took place with the winner being Peter Wilson with 41 points and Bill Hastie second with 40 points.

The first Sunday winter competition was a Texas Scramble on October 11. The winners were Tony Pringle, Mark Cowe, Michael Purves and Jimmy Green, 60 (6.4) 53.6, with Gordon Welsh, Les Murray, Dougie Wilson and Jim Henderson, 60 (6) 54.

The Ladies Thistle Brooches Greensomes were also played. The winners were Dawn Tomlinson and Doreen Pringle with Lena Anderson and Isobel Boyd in second place.

The final Ladies competition of the summer season was played on Sunday, October 11, and the winner of the CBAH Margaret Fletcher Quaich was Karina Wilson with 35 points with Margaret Wilkinson in second place with 32 points (BI6). After play, the remaining presentations for the season took place. Leanne Wilson was presented with the Thomson Trophy for the knockout singles with Margaret Wilkinson the runner up. The knockout doubles for the Foursomes Trophy was won by Ann Wild and Laura Mathewson who beat Dawn Tomlinson and Lynne Flannigan in the final. This year the Eclectic was won by Sharon Paterson with Leanne Wilson the runner up. The Handicap Trophy for the best two scores from the spring, summer and autumn stroke competitions was presented to Dawn Tomlinson with Leanne Wilson in second place. Ann Wild was winner of the SLGA Silver Medal and Doreen Pringle the SLGA Bronze Medal. The Birdie Tree was won this season by Leanne Wilson from Sharon Paterson in second place and the Par Tree (bronze) was won by Doreen Pringle from Karina Wilson in second place. The Birdie Tree and Par Tree competitions were sponsored by Dawn Tomlinson.

The Seniors singles knockout match play for the George Robson trophy was won by Ron Scott, with Ian Thompson the runner up. The Seniors mixed foursomes knockout match play for the Dave Cowe Quaich was won by Mel Ross and Dawn Tomlinson winning against Grahame Webb and George Paterson in the final. The final results for the Summer Points League for the John Brooks Trophy resulted in Allan Lauder being the overall winner with 155 points, Bert Taylor was second with 148 points, Willie Redpath was third with 147 points and Lynn Small was fourth on 144.

Rugby

Earlston

The game at the Haugh was a typical Borders derby, scrappy at times, ferocious at others, and two teams fired up for a win.

Straight from Earlston’s kick-off, Gala gave away a penalty which Scott Bell converted but only minutes later the visitors added a similar effort following an offside offence.

Three minutes later it was the Gala side who were caught wandering, allowing Craig Lawrie to slot a long-range penalty goal to edge his team ahead once more.

Some poor tackling by the hosts allowed Gala to score the games first try in the corner and, right on the 40-minute mark, Bell slotted his team’s third penalty to close the gap to 11-9 in favour of the visitors at half-time.

YM added another penalty just after the restart and a spell of stalemate ensued as both teams looked for that final push.

And it was Earlston that pushed the hardest. After some great defence by both teams the hosts received a lineout eight metres out and a good catch by Matt Henry set up a maul which was driven over at speed for Pie McDougal to score. Bell slotted the conversion before adding another penalty.

On the last play of the game YM won a scrum on their own five metre line but, now playing with their tales up, Earlston took a strike against the head and Darren Cessford scored in corner to deny Gala a losing bonus point. F/T Earlston 24, Gala YM 14.

Another good display by the Earlston lads to make it five out of five in the league. Their next outing sees them away to RDVC.

Hawick Linden

Injuries and unavailability resulted in an understrength Linden team slumping to their fourth consecutive league defeat of the season with a 52-10 home loss to Dalkeith.

Seven players made their first appearance of the League campaign with debutants Aiden Fairbairn and Liam Sharkey giving determined performances.

An early converted try for the visitors was responded to when Steven Beattie stroked over a penalty goal. Two more converted touchdowns stretched the Dalkeith lead to 21-3 as the strong running of their centres in particular was cutting holes in the Linden defence not helped by some poor tackling.

Dalkeith had secured the try bonus point before adding a fifth on the stroke of half-time to leave the Linden 33-3 in arrears at the break.

The Linden could not capitalise on a yellow card for one of the visitors’ forwards with no scoring during his 10-minute break. Once back to a full complement Dalkeith showed great hands when attacking from their own 22 for a cracking length-of-the -field try.

The Linden secured their only touchdown of the day when, following a line out catch and drive, hooker Peter Drysdale came on a short ball to stroll over and under the posts for Beattie to convert.

The home joy didn’t last long as Dalkeith went up the other end to score another try.

The Linden couldn’t prevent the visitors from adding to their total, resulting in the home team leaking over 50 points for the third time this season.

The Linden forwards stuck in well against a big pack with Simon Spalding and Barrie Keown showing up well. Ryan Hamilton did admirably filling in at stand-off whilst Will Barker and Euan Hair never gave up in the centre against slick opposite numbers.

Langholm

Langholm gained their most impressive win for some time when running out 30-12 victors against Leith last Saturday.

The result was rarely in doubt as Langholm controlled the game up front, with the back row trio of Elliot Little, Scott Howatson and Jaimie Ashton- Smith always to the fore.

Howatson decided to return to action after not playing during last season and this was his first time out in the present campaign and was a big plus to the side and secured plenty lineout ball.

Langholm went in front with a Niall Cubbon penalty goal after 13 minutes, but the home side hit back with a try from a fortunate bounce, then another from a lineout attack, and one conversion made it 12-3. Cubbon kicked a brace of penalties for Langholm and then Howatson surged over for a try which the former converted and it was 12-16 at half time.

Langholm dominated up front in the second half and secured tries from forwards Smith and Callum Bell, both converted by Cubbon, who had a red letter day with the boot.

Langholm went down to 13 at one stage with both Howatson and Stuart Hagen in the sin-bin, but they held out against home attacks.

This away win for Langholm moves them away from the relegation zone up to seventh in the league.

Squash

Galashiels

Club Championship 1/4 Finals: John Sharratt 3-0 Ruaridh Kohler (9-4, 9-3, 9-5).

Ladies Semi-Final: Jane Logan 3-2 Sandra McCutcheon (3-9, 5-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-4).

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2-0 J. Barrow; P. Spence 2-0 C. Saetre; R. Kohler 2-0 S. Hale; P. Spence 2-0 D. Sharratt; R. McAleese 2-1 D. Quinn; J. Barrow 2-0 C. Saetre; R. Kohler 2-0 S. Hale; P. Spence 2-0 S. Hale; R. Kohler 1-1 A. Gill; D. Sharratt 2-1 R. McAleese; P. Spence 2-0 J. Barrow; D. Quinn 2-0 C. Saetre; D. Sharratt 2-0 C. Saetre.

Stock Cars

Cowdenbeath Racewall

Formula II driver Paul Reid somehow managed to get his car into take-off mode at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on Saturday night when he took avoiding action to miss a spinning car.

However all that happened was that his car hit a marker tyre and clambered up and almost over it, coming to rest at a 45 degree angle off the track.

Although Holly Glen led the formula II Dash for the Cash race, it was Chris Burgoyne who ended up with the money then went on to win a heat then the Grand National.

In the saloons, Alex Cunningham was forced wide on the last bend of the White/yellow final challenge race by Kyle Hegg who just managed to stay ahead on the run to the finish line.

Formula II driver Paul Moss just made it to the track in time for the meeting, having had mechanical troubles with the van before getting caught up in traffic problems. Other visitors to the track were John Broatch whilst Robbie Dawson was making a rare appearance from Crimond. Local driver in action was Brian Hogg Jnr (Berwick) and whilst he was on the grid for the RS Motorsport-sponsored Dash for the Cash race, pulled out when the car cut out and wouldn’t restart.

Although Hogg was back out he struggled with a mechanical problem and wasn’t classified in any of his races.

The final weekend of the season brings the cream of the saloon drivers from England and Northern Ireland to the Racewall where they will contest the saloon Superbowl on Saturday night where Stuart Shevill Jnr will be hoping to defend his title. A couple of weeks ago his saloon was badly damaged in a spectacular shunt and he is spending as much time as possible to get his car ready. However with the likes of David Aldous, Eddie Darby, Danny Colliver and a host more heading to the Racewall, he has a formidable task on his hands. Also in action on Saturday will be the formula IIs who have their Champion of Champions race and the James Clarke Cochrane Memorial trophy to defend, the ministox and the microf2s.

On Sunday the saloons have the Gordon Barclay Memorial trophy and a Dash for the Cash race, the stock rods their Turner trophy and they are backed by the 1300cc saloons, prostox and the microf2s.

On Saturday the meeting starts at 5pm whilst on Sunday the meeting starts at 1pm,

However, there are roadworks planned at the Forth Bridge, so allow extra time for the journey or take an alternative route.

Swimming

Duns ASC

A small contingent of Duns ASC swimmers made the short journey across the Borders to compete in The Galashiels Centenary Meet. Whilst the numbers were small, the results were huge with the 10 Duns swimmers gathering 14 Gold, 5 Silver and 11 Bronze individual medals. The first event, 100 IM, saw Duns off to a flying start with Golds for James Thompson (15) , Ellenor Gracey (15) and Rachael Dawson (11), Silver for Gaby Gracey (12) and Bronze for Matthew Dawson (13).

Just outside the medals were Kirsten Bennet and Mhari Howey, both registering over 17 second time improvements. Next up was Back Crawl with youngsters Tilly Lakie (9) registering Gold and Alfie Gracey (10) Silver. Ellenor, James and Rachael all picked up a second Gold apiece with Gaby, Matthew and Jake Wright (14) picking up Bronze. The last event of the morning session was Breast Stroke and the Duns swimmers were not letting up. James delivered yet another individual Gold, Gaby and Alfie achieved Silver and it was bronze for Tilly, Rachael and Matthew.

Altogether a great day out with fantastic swimming from Duns and the other Border teams. Thank you to Galashiels ASC for inviting the Dingers to celebrate their 100-year anniversary with them.

Gala ASC

Reaching the milestone of becoming 100 years “young” is a great achievement for any club these days and Gala ASC did just that when it held its Centenary Meet at the Galashiels Swimming Pool on October 18. This was the first time in over 9 years that the Gala club had held its very own competition and although it was new territory for the Club committee it would be fair to say that it was a resounding success both in and out of the water.

Over 80 Swimmers from Kelso, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick & Teviotdale, Peebles and Gala converged on the Gala Swimming Pool and over 2 full sessions delivered a feast of swimming at the highest level across all age groups.

The aim of the competition was to encourage as many of the younger swimmers from all the Borders Clubs to swim in a competition environment, many for the first time, whilst also allowing the more senior members to show off their skills, and at the end of the day no one was left disappointed.

The Gala Squad did themselves proud with over 28 competitors collecting over 80 medals and countless PBs throughout the day across all stroke and age group disciplines, a truly remarkable achievement by any standard.

Gala ASC would like to thank all the competing clubs and officials who readily gave up their personal time to make the day a success and in particular RP Adam, JRW and Ian Hall for sponsoring the medals on the day. However, a massive thank you must go to our fantastic committee members for all their hard work in helping deliver a great competition to help mark the Clubs centenary millstone.