Sporting digest November 12

BADMINTON

Jedburgh

Jedburgh Badminton Club held the Catherine Finkle Memorial Tournament recently.

Eight couples played. Partners are drawn on the night and no seeded players are allowed to play together.

The teams are then given a handicap and the two top-seeded teams head the two groups where round robin games are played.

The winner from one group plays the runner-up from the second in the semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, Gregor Simpson and Myra Younger beat Stuart Mawson and Carolyn Higginson 21-12, while Craig Pollock and Violet Livingston beat Gordon Yule and Agi Moczuiska 21-19.

The final was a hard-fought contest, but Gregor and Myra eventually beat Craig and Violet 17-21, 21-6, 21-16.

Bowling

Teviotdale

Teviotdale Senior Men took on a strong West Lothian team at the Leisure Centre and after six ends the home side found themselves trailing by some 17 shots.

However with a mixture of some good bowling, and some erratic bowling from the West Lothian, Teviotdale managed to claw back this arrears, and finally emerged as winners by 66 shots to 55. Top rink for Teviotdale was the Colin Rae skipped rink, ably supported by Jim Thomson, Drew Johnstone and Harry Bell.

Rink scores: J. Taylor 14 R. McKay 15; C. Rae 25 J. Lynas 8; B. McDonald 13 D. Wilson 15; G. Brownlee 14 G. Marshall 17.

Tweedbank

It was another home fixture for the gents this week, against Dumbarton.

And it was another good team effort, with the Bankies winning 91-73.

The game was very close throughout, with the scores level at 39-39 midway through the game.

But, as they do, Tweedbank stuck in and pulled clear in the last few ends.

They now have three wins from the opening four games.

In the Gents’ Senior League on Wednesday, Tweedbank travelled to Balbardie and went down by 90-40.

Saturday saw the ladies in action again, this time away to Bainfield in Edinburgh, and lost the game by 13 shots with a score of 93 shots to 80.

The gents’ senior triple of Mike Dillon, Davey “The Bronzed Adonis” Miller and Tommy Mann Jnr, were at West Lothian on Sunday in the Scottish Playdowns following their two previous wins at Midlothian, but lost out 20-3.

Tweedbank are having an open day on Sunday, November 15. Come along and give it a go. The stadium is open from 11am to 4pm.

Equestrianism

Morebattle Primary

Morebattle Primary School Equestrian Team, comprising of Katie Edgar, Katy Mcfadyen, Vicky Edgar & Alex Edgar recently travelled a 700 mile round trip south to Addington Manor Equestrian Centre to compete in the National Schools Equestrian Championships.

The Morebattle girls who had led their 70/75cm show jumping class all day, seeing off competition from another 40 teams, were under a huge amount of pressure as the team went head to head against the other top seven teams in an evening jump off.

As they rode into the massive arena where the British Olympic team had trained, they knew it could have gone any way. They all had to go clear & fast to win! From a spectator point of view, the atmosphere was absolutely electric with a huge audience and very enthusiastic commentator adding to the pressure.

The girls rode impressive rounds which saw them hold on to their lead position and be crowned National Schools Champions. Certainly a moment they will treasure forever.

The team went on to finish 10th in the 80/85cm show jumping class & 6th&7th in the arena eventing competitions, two of which saw children up to the age of 18 competing.

A massive achievement, not only for Morebattle Primary to have four such talented P7 children who can achieve success at this level of competition but for the community, who were supportive throughout the weeks leading up to the Championships and are now delighted to see the beaming faces of four girls who have grown up in their village and have well and truly put Morebattle on the equestrian map. Pretty impressive from a three class small country school.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: winner, G. Turnbull net 36.

Hockey

Kelso IIs

Kelso 2s met Edinburgh Uni 6s at Peffermill on Saturday, but were missing a number of regular players due to work commitments, so it was a very different match to when the Tweedsiders beat the Uni 5s team at the end of last month.

The students started well with a goal in the first 10 minutes and followed this up with two more in rapid succession shortly after.

The Kelso defence did well to clear the ball on numerous occasions, but the strong Uni team scored twice more before half-time to take the score to 5-0.

Kelso held the opposition at bay for the first 20 minutes of the second half before the uni added to their tally.

Kristy Logan scored with about seven minutes to go and although the girls kept trying they couldn’t convert any more of their chances even though there was no lack of commitment from this young team.

Edinburgh Uni finished off with their seventh just before the final whistle.

Fjordhus Reivers III

Fjordhus Reivers 3rds travelled to Edinburgh to play the Cala 5th team.

Cala were first to score, but Claire McCall’s equaliser ensured the score was level going into the break.

The city side again went into the lead as the rain lashed down, and it looked as if the Borderers were heading for defeat until the final minutes, when Sara Robson levelled.

The visitors kept plugging away and Laura Holmes’ late winner got her team a victory in the dying minutes.

Fjordhus Reivers IVs

Fjordhus Reivers 4s played league leaders Linlithgow 2s at Tweedbank on Saturday.

The rain had poured for the club’s earlier fixtures, but thankfully the deluge stopped just before the 4s took to the pitch.

Both sides started positively with strong teamwork from the Reivers. However, the first goal came for the travelling side following indecision in defence. With the attacking player taking a shot close to the circle, the Reivers’ keeper was unsure whether to make the save or trust that it was taken from outside.

Another Linlithgow striker capitalised on the moment of hesitation after the initial save and touched the ball in past the keeper. Undeterred, the home side began the attack. Super linking play and leading runs saw the Reivers side have numerous opportunities in the circle.

One opportunity was provided from an Abbie Forster pass to Emma Suddon in the circle. Suddon then touched the ball across for Polly Bell to finish.

Later chances to take the lead were unfortunately denied by the Linlithgow defence and the goalpost. The first half ended with the scores level at 1-1.

The second half started with all to play for. The Reivers side showed their youthful speed and were able to stage numerous attacks towards the Linlithgow circle. Unfortunately, the home side were unable to use that speed and ability to work around the solid defence in the circle.

Linlithgow were able to make breakaway attacks which resulted in a couple of questionable penalty corners.

However, the Reivers side maturely composed themselves and cleared every attempt at goal, with Emma Duncan on a few occasions managing to steal the ball straight from the player at the top of the circle.

Unfortunately, another attack saw the Linlithgow side take a shot at goal and this time it hit the backboard.

With the Reivers trailing and not long left on the clock, the home side sustained continuous pressure in the Linlithgow circle. The young players were desperate to gain something for their efforts, but there momentum was halted by the away side.

The final score of 2-1 to Linlithgow did not reflect the worrate and great teamwork shown by the Reivers side against the league leaders, with many positives to take into the next fixture.

Kelso IIIs

Kelso 3s played host to Edinburgh Uni 9s on Saturday at Earlston HS and started very positively, building up play well, but were unable to finish off in front of the goal either through the goalkeeper making some great saves or by shots missing the target. Uni themselves had their share of the play but rarely made it into Kelso’s circle, with the Kelso defence distributing the ball well from the back. Just before half time, however, Kelso broke the deadlock with a well struck ball coming through from centre midfield and captain, Rachel Burgher to Aimee Gillie who scored her second goal in only her second game with a superb deflection. Kelso continued to press in the second half, but on a rare break, the students equalised, crossing the ball from the right to find an unmarked player in front of goal. The midfield of Holly Hay, Jodie Osbourne and Rachel Burgher worked tirelessly throughout the game with Rachel in particular making some outstanding tackles and then setting up a new attack. This pressure eventually produced several penalty corners and from one of these Emma Mack slipped the ball to Shania Dalgleish who with a great strike made no mistake in hitting the winning goal, to make the final score 2-1.

Selkirk hockey school

Selkirk High school has recently been given the fantastic opportunity of running a “School of Hockey” programme.

From the success of “School of Rugby” programmes, Scottish Hockey provided funding to three areas in Scotland to set up a School of Hockey programme.

Borders Hockey development officer Janet Jack, has set this up along with Selkirk PE teacher/hockey coach Katie Kay.

The programme has been launched in the school for committed S1 and S2 pupils who are currently playing extra-curricular hockey.

This includes two extra coaching sessions through the week within curricular time and one coaching session at Fjordhus Reivers/Fjordhus Selkirk club, along with their current school training and games.

Borders hockey development coach and Fjordhus Reivers player, Sara Robson has been appointed as the School of Hockey lead coach. The aim of the programme is to provide an enjoyable, structured programme that develops pupils’ understanding and performance in the sport. It is also to create a clear pathway of progression for pupils from development to performance through school and club hockey.

Coach Kay said: “We are delighted to have the School of Hockey programme set up in Selkirk.

“There are 35 girls and boys who have committed to the programme and are thoroughly enjoying the sessions so far.

“It will not only develop their performances in hockey, but also instil key qualities such as a hard work ethic, commitment and all-round positive attitudes.

“I am extremely excited to see the benefits of this set-up and the enjoyment and success the pupils get from it.”

As part of the new programme starting, the pupils recently enjoyed a trip to the Glasgow National Hockey Centre to watch Scotland Senior Women v Ireland Senior Women.

Selkirk High’s former head girl, Emily Newlands, gained her first full international cap in this game, so it was fantastic to be able to support Emily on this great occasion.

Netball

Schools Tournament

One pool of five teams and one pool of six played a series of round robin matches, with the winners and runners-up from each pool playing in semi-final crossover ties, the winners of which then progressed to the final.

Denholm was crowned as the overall winner after a 2-7 victory over runners-up, Newtown. The other semi-finalists were Coldingham and Newcastleton.

Avril Gibson, Denholm Primary School coach, said: “I am extremely proud of the Denholm team. They played some great netball, both in attack and in defence. They played their hearts out in the final and were delighted to bring the trophy back to Denholm.”

Gemma Ross, Borders Sport and Leisure Active Schools coordinator, added: “The morning was full of nervous energy and excitement and it was great to see representation from most corners of the Borders in what can only be described as a highly competitive morning, full of hard-fought games.

The standard this year was particularly high, with very close results and single points separating teams in the final pool standings. Thanks must go to all PE staff, teachers and parents who helped prepare pupils for the competition, and assisted with umpiring on the day.”

The full list of schools participating in the contest is as follows: Pool A – Denholm, Newtown, Gordon, Westruther, Stirches

Pool B – Stow, Newlands, Channelkirk, Yetholm, Newcastleton, Coldingham.

Orienteering

Roxburgh Reivers

Two urban orienteering leagues came to a conclusion last weekend with some good results for Roxburgh Reivers, although for many it was a case of close second places.

The unlikely venue of Cumbernauld hosted the final two rounds of the Scottish League and among some complex housing, Kirstin Maxwell came out on top on both days in Women’s Open, finishing the league in second place.

Faisal Khursheed managed a win on Saturday’s sprint distance race to also take second in the league.

Saturday’s race saw other second places for Marc Heger, Elena Heger and Cathy Rooney.

The longer Sunday urban race, which also counted for the UK Urban League, resulted in second places on the day for Ian Maxwell, Robin Sloan and Lindsey Knox, the same as their final Scottish League places.

Lindsey Knox was the only local member to properly contest the UK league season and had a busy weekend, racing in a counter in Basingstoke on Saturday then travelling to Cumbernauld on Sunday.

Unfortunately, too many second places over the 14 races, including being beaten by a mere 14 seconds in Cambridge the previous weekend, meant she had to settle for runner-up spot this year.

The next local event is this Saturday (November 14) at Gordon Community Woodland. More details at www.roxburghreivers.org.uk

Racing

Kelso

Results from the meeting on Saturday, November 7 (see page 74 for report): 12.30 – JONNIESOFA (C Nichol) 9-2; 2, Western Rules 1-4 fav; 3, Jackofhearts 25-1. Six ran. R Dobbin, South Hazelrigg.

1.05 – THROTHEHATCH (P Buchanan) 9-4 fav; 2, Tomorrow’s Legend 5-2; 3, Carnaross 5-1. Eight ran. L Russell, Milnathort.

1.40 – ISAACSTOWN LAD (B Harding) 11-4 fav; 2, Neptune Equester 12-1; 3, Donna’s Diamond 7-2. Seven ran. N Richards, Greystoke.

2.15 – KILFEGIN STAR (H Brooke) 7-2; 2, Present Lodger 7-4 fav; 3, Gleann Na Ndochais 6-1. Five ran. M Smith, Kirkheaton.

2.50 – INDIAN VOYAGE (D Bourke) 12-1; 2, Vengeour De Guye 10-1; 3, Quick Decision 6-1. 10 ran. M Barnes, Brampton.

3.25 – CLAN LEGEND (B Campbell) 4-1; 2, Alizee De Janeiro 15-8 fav; 3, Desert Island Dusk 13-2. Seven ran. N Alexander, Leslie.

4.00 – BAMBYS BOY (J Dawson) 3-1; 2, Black Ink 9-4 fav; 3, Captain Mowbray 14-1. Six ran. K Reveley, Saltburn.

Squash

Galashiels

Club Championship quarter-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.

Swimming

Galashiels ASC

Round 1 of the East District Age Group Championships (EDAGs), got under way at the Michael Woods Leisure Centre at Glenrothes.

This event was meant to be swam on October 31-November

1, but due to the Forth Road Bridge being closed it was spread over the Saturdays of October 31 and November7.

Although the change of dates may have irked the parents of those taking part, the swimmers themselves remained unphased as they put in some fantastic performances.

Round 1 is the distance events, featuring the boys’ 1,500m and girls’ 800m, and also the 400IM and 400m freestyle for both in all age-group classes.

The Gala ASC representatives didn’t disappoint themselves or their club with some great swims. Sarah Frizzel, Lindsay Jack, Andrew Watt, Maili Brown and Courtney Stewart certainly showed their coach that the hard work being put in on club night training is starting to pay off.
Lindsay had three very strong swims against some stiff opposition, narrowly missing out on some PBs.

Sarah, Andrew and Maili had great PBs in all three events over the two Saturdays while Courtney who only swam in the 400m freestyle knocked a massive 16 seconds of her previous time.

Round two will take place at the end of November when the shorter distances come into play and if the performances in round one are anything to go by, the Gala ASC team should look forward to more successes in the pool.

Hopefully no more road disruptions will put a smile on the faces of the parents as well.