Victory went to the Uppies in the annual Jethart Hand Ba’ played in sunny but cold conditions on Thursday.
Barricaded shop doors and windows provided the touchlines for this ancient and bruising sporting encounter.
The Uppies won the Boys’ Ba’ by five hails to four in an extremely close clash. The nine Ba’s was the largest number thrown for many years and the game had to be re-started an hour after it had finished when it was discovered there was still a ba’ to play for.
The men’s encounter lasted seven hours – finishing under the street lights at 9pm with the Uppies celebrating a 9-7 victory.
The boys got themselves under way at noon with the Schule Ba’ which was hailed for the Uppies by Cameron Bell who is in his last year at the Grammar School.
Declan Wallace was outstanding and secured himself a hat trick for the Doonies and he went on to secure a hail in the men’s game.
Councillor Len Wyse commented : “The young lads played a lot of good ba’ which bodes well for the future. There was a surprise with the late Ba’ but there were still plenty of them hanging around to play.”
The Callants Club Ba’ heralded the mammoth men’s match and the Doonies were given an early lift when it was hailed by stalwart Chris Gillon.
Tom Miller hailed a Ba donated by his father Douglas but the hero of the day was eight-year-old Doonie Gareth Williams who hailed the Porterfield Ba’.
Councillor Wyse revealed: “I believe his uncle smuggled it to his mum who in turn smuggled it to Gareth who went for a saunter round the scenic route to score over the burn.”
The usual suspects from Hobkirk, Denholm and Ancrum joined the fray while Boz Davison, who travelled from Sheffield, was rewarded by hailing Mary and Bob Beaton’s golden wedding anniversary Ba’.
Also in the middle of the action was English author Hugh Hornby who wrote the excellent book Handball Around the UK. He hailed the Billy Gillies Ba’ for the Uppies.
Uppies 5 Doonies 4
Schule Ba’: Cameron Bell, Up
L S Starrett:- Declan Wallace, Doon
Jedburgh Events: Declan Wallace, Doon.
Jedburgh Community Council: Declan Wallace - Doon
Eileen and Ian Maxwell 25th wedding anniversary: Andrew Thomson, Up
Billy Gillies: Jack Fraser, Up
John Frater: Scott Grant, Up
Ken Moffat: Ryan Stewart, Up
Devon McGinn: Glen Young, Doon
Uppies 9 Doonies 7
Callants Club Ba’: Chris Gillon, Doon
2010 Callant: Stewart Ramsay, Up
Lesley Porterfield: Gareth Williams, Doon
Irene and Lindsay Sayer’s Birthday: Graham Slorance, Doon
Mary and Bob Beaton 50th wedding anniversary: Boz Davison, Up
Jedburgh Rotary: Cameron Bell, Up
Douglas Miller: Tom Miller, Up
Beltars Bar: George Young, Up
Royal British Legion: Declan Wallace, Doon
The Pheasant: Graham Slawrance, Doon
Royal Hotel: Kerr Harper, Up
Carters Rest - Graham Slawrance, Doon
The Tavern: Gary Goodfellow, Up
Martin Wylie: Ross Goodfellow, Doon
Clock Tower Restaurant: Lee Notman, Up
Billy Gillies: Hugh Hornby, Up