United we stand at Gala Fairydean Rovers Juniors

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The recent Scottish Cup tie between Gala Fairydean Rovers and Linlithgow Rose marked an exciting new chapter in the ongoing process of growing the community side of the Netherdale club.

Both teams were led out by 22 players from the club’s junior section who recently changed their name from Galadean Juniors to Gala Fairydean Rovers Juniors, bringing them officially under the umbrella of the main club. Allied to youth, girls’ and walking football, Gala Fairydean Rovers now have more than 300 players making them one of the biggest sporting organisations in the Borders.

“It completes the process of unifying all of the different strands of football in the town and bringing them under a single entity for the benefit of the community and football in the town as a whole,” said Graeme McIver, Gala FR secretary.

Our picture shows club chairman Kevin Temple (right) welcoming chair of the junior section Jane Greene to the club, watched by Robert Fox, Jane’s predecessor as chair of Galadean Juniors FC.

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Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

Seven gents and one lady travelled through to Mugdock Country Park Glasgow on Sunday to take part in the last Scottish BLBS Clout event of the season.

Unusually for Mugdock, there was very little wind to contend with, but what there was, was unpredictable.

In the ladies’ event, the double round winner was Highland’s Barbara Campbell, with Green Hollow’s Emma Gillies and Elizabeth Normand winning the first and second round medals respectively. EFA archer Ev Craig finished a creditable fourth with a season best score of 40-103-2.

The ladies’ shoot-off was won by Kilwinning’s Eileen Bilby.

In the gents’ competition Green Hollow’s Scott Notman made a second-half revival to overhall EFA archer Jimmy Stillie for the double round. Jimmy, however, did get the first round medal for the morning session while Doug Anderson from EFA got the second round medal.

In the shoot-off by ends, fourth-placed EFA archer Martin Stillie joined his dad Jimmy in the shoot-off against Green Hollow’s Scott Notman and John McKellar, in which Jimmy gained revenge on Scott by taking the medal.

The awards for the Scottish Clout series were also made, where archers’ scores across the season are tabulated to give an ultimate champion. Barbara Campbell from Highland Longbows was the lady champion while Scott Notman retained the gents’ title. The silver platter for the gents’ best improved score over last year was won by Jimmy Stillie.

Placings for EFA archers were (gents from 16): 2, Jimmy Stillie; 3, Doug Anderson; 4, Martin Stillie; 9, Kevin Janiak; 11, Jim Craig; 12, William Good; 13, Rob Hale. Ladies from 8: 4, Ev Craig.

Curling

Border Ice Rink

It is with delight that Border Curling Development can report that the “Try Curling at Kelso” initiative got off to a great start over last weekend.

All who attended thoroughly enjoyed their taster session, so much so, they have decided they will come back for a further three-session course, as follow up coaching, to enable them to take part in full games with safety and confidence.

This scheme is made possible with funding from the Big Lottery and aided by the Border Ice Rink and Border Curling Development Group. These supporting partners hope that Borderers of all ages and abilities will be encouraged to come along and try the sport with the help of their qualified coaches. All equipment is supplied (stones and brushes/pads) you only need layers of loose clothing for warmth and ease of movement, and a pair of clean trainers to change into to keep the ice clean (preferably with a thick sole for warmth). The cost of a taster session is £3.

There are more taster sessions dates booked for “Try Curling at Kelso” which can be found on www.bordericerink.co.uk under “coaching”.

For more details, or to reserve a place in the next taster session on November 27 (7.15pm or 8.15pm) please get in touch with Helen on 01890 830717.

Football

Gala Fairydean Rovers

Gala Fairydean Rovers have bestowed the honour of Life Membership on local football legend Ellis McGregor.

The 85-year-old ran the line during the game against East Fife to open the Netherdale stand in 1964, received a gold badge from the French Football Association for helping officiate in a game between the Fairydean and the French national side prior to the 1966 World Cup and has been a well-kent face on the Borders football scene for six decades. He was presented with his award prior to the Fairydean Rover’s recent Scottish Cup tie against Linlithgow Rose.

Club chairman Kevin Temple said: “Ellis is a friendly and encouraging presence around Netherdale on matchdays with a wealth of knowledge and experience from a life immersed in football.”

Melrose

Girls’ football has come into a league of its own at Melrose Football Club with the launch of a female-only section for primary and secondary age group girls.

The club committee, aware of the limited numbers of girls who were playing mixed football, decided to gauge interest in a girls’ only section by asking parents for their views. The response was overwhelming – girls did want to play football, but not with the boys.

The committee, working with Drew Kelly, SFA development officer, set about sourcing and training female coaches to take the girls for their weekly training session. Now the five female coaches put approximately 30 girls through their football skills, drills and games each week.

Following a recent visit to the club, Karen McConnell, SFA girls’ development officer, said: “The girls’ sections was brilliant to see and they all looked like they had a fantastic time. I am confident there are big things ahead for the girls at the club.”

For further information on how to get involved with football at Melrose FC, email melrosefootballclub@gmail.com

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: 1, H. Carruthers net 34 BIH.

Autumn Tankard: 1, H. Ormiston 81 (18) 63.

Kelso

The final gents’ competition of the season, the Glenfiddich Greensomes, was held on Saturday.

The winners were Ian Halliday and Jim Black with a 75 (10) 65 with Gog Welsh and Dougie Wilson in second place with 75 (8) 67. Winter competitions start this weekend and will continue through until the end of March next year.

The ladies also held their Glenfiddich Greensomes competition on Saturday. The winners were Doreen Pringle and Dawn Tomlinson with 85 (19.5) 65.5 and in second place were Sharon Paterson and Laura Mathewson with 81 (10.5) 70.5. The final ladies’ competition of the season, the Margaret Fletcher Quaich, will be played this coming Sunday after which the remaining trophy presentations will take place.

Minto

Senior gents’ match versus Peebles: Minto’s victory in a tightly fought contest, by 3.5 rubbers to 2.5, reversed the away defeat Minto had suffered earlier in the season. This win brought Minto’s tally this year to six matches won, four lost and one tied.

Jean Penman Mixed Triples Trophy: 1, Lesley Moore, Shay Diggin and Albert Thompson; 2, Trish Kirkpatrick, Ray Johnson and David Miller.

Ladies Medal No 7: 1, Lily Towers 85 (13) 72; 2, Mary Walker 103 (30) 73 BIH; 3, Sue James 100 (27) 73.

Rugby

Earlston

Lismore 29

Earlson 33

Earlston ground out a hard-fought win against a strong Lismore team in an East League Three match last Saturday.

Scott Bell got the first points on the board with a well-struck penalty before Kris Rowley went over for the opening try.

Craig Jamieson added another try minutes later, but thoughts of a rout were soon dismissed as Lismore closed the gap with two unconverted tries.

Tries from Ben McNeil and Steven Cessford cancelled out the previous scores, but the hosts were not for lying down and another two tries, one converted, saw Earlston take a narrow 23-22 lead into the break.

Lismore went ahead for the first time after the restart with a converted try which was quickly matched with another touchdown for Rowley, Bell converting.

Right on full-time a misdemenor by Lismore allowed Bell a chance at goal which he slotted successfully to seal the win – another great result with a bonus point against a strong Lismore outfit.

The next game is at home to Duns in the first leg of the Berwickshire Cup.

Langholm

Langholm 19

Hawick Harlequins 40

Langholm played a friendly against Hawick Harlequins at Milntown last Saturday in fine dry conditions.

Territorially, Langholm appeared to have the edge, but some slack tackling and lack of pace allowed the visitors to run in tries from their own half.

Early pressure from the Milntown men saw flanker Gregor Masterton secure possession and go over near the corner, and Nathan Smith missed the difficult conversion.

A missed tackle by the home defence allowed centre Sam Bandeen to race away for Quins for a try at the posts which was converted. Neil Douglas ran virtually the length of the field for a Quins try and Scott Peffers converted with 35 minutes on the clock.

The visitors attacked again from inside their own half and weak defending saw Bandeen go in for another try which was not converted and it was 5-19 at half-time.

With 17 minutes of the second half played, Scott Anderson increased Quins’ lead with a try which Peffers converted. Langholm hit back with a strong attack and prop Steve Jardine powered over to score and Martin Chisholm converted to make it 12-26.

Quins ran in two late tries through Peffers and Matt Young, both converted.

A bout of handling by the home side saw Masterton finish what he started by going over to score.

Chisholm converted to end the scoring.