Ednam’s young curlers sweep opposition aside in schools competition

An Ednam Primary School team came out winners at an inter-school curling competition at the Border Ice Rink in Kelso last week.

A total of 258 children took part in the Curling Cool schools programme, which cul;minated in last Tuesday’s final.

Ednam Primary 7 pupils Kyle McLain, Corinne Murray, Chloe Aitchison, Joanna Sutherland and reserve Morven Shanks faced tough opposition in the final from Kelso’s Broomlands Primary School.

Broomlands came from two shots down after two ends to take a two-shot lead going into the last end.

But showing great composure under considerable pressure, Ednam took two shots in the last end to take the game to a extra end. In the final end, Ednam got some early stones in the house and Broomlands couldn’t break through the guarding stones.

Pictured above is Ednam Primary’s Corinne Murray, Chloe Aitchison, Joanna Sutherland, Kyle McLain and Morven Shanks.

Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest Archers

The annual advance of clocks by 60 minutes is a sure sign of the start of the British Longbow Society’s Scottish calendar.

The Spring Forward Clout is held at Mugdock Country Park in Glasgow, by the Green Hollow Bowmen, and the Ettrick Forest club is normally well represented.

And it was no different on Sunday as Elaine Pearson, in imperious form, was head and shoulders above the competition in the ladies’ section, while Kyle Fairbairn kept the arrows flying in the juniors.

The gents showed they haven’t lost any form during the winter break, but the home club’s Bosco Hazard took the win.

Ettrick Forest results: Ladies – 1, Elaine Pearson 50 hits, 151 score, 5 clouts.

Juniors – 1, Kyle Fairbairn 18, 40, 0.

Gents – 3, Jimmy Stillie 31, 61, 0; 4, Martin Stillie 26, 60, 0; 8, Doug Anderson 23, 52, 1; 11, Willie Good 16, 34, 0; 12, Mike Pearson 14, 34, 0.



The club held its annual Inter-Schools tournament last week with Howdenburn Primary (two teams) and Parkside Primary represented.

The children played various badminton-related games, from balancing the shuttlecock on their heads over obstacle courses, running with the shuttle balanced on the racket, shuttle runs and much more. They all played very well and had a great time, as did organiser Myra Younger and helpers Fiona Haig and Linsey Evans.

On this occasion, Parkside were the eventual winners with 27 points followed closely by Howdenburn (1) with 26 points and Howdenburn (2) with 24 points.

Teams – Parkside: Molly Noble and Amy Graham.

Howdenburn 1: Katie Watson, Chloe Webb and Matthew Palmer.

Howdenburn 2: Caris Williams, Poppy Webb and Matthew Domingo.


Border Ice Rink

The Eildon Curling Club raised £110.80 for Sport Relief at their closing Bonspiel last Thursday after a fun curling event which included many old and new members.

Curling has had a tremendous surge of interest due to the television coverage of the Winter Olympics in Russia.

The coaches and staff at Border Ice Rink in Kelso, have given more than 240 people from all around the Borders and even Holland, the chance to Try Curling because of this amazing interest in the sport. Indeed, lots of people who came to Try Curling sessions have signed up for beginners courses to start in September.

Curling as a sport is a healthy fun way to relax and get fit at the same time.

Anyone whatever age or ability is welcome to phone the Rink for further details.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League: Winner, S. Scott nett 38 bih.


As the first fourball wandered up the first fairway and very quickly disappeared into the mist, the scene resembled a Sunday morning in Rwanda; it would not have been a surprise if Sigourney Weaver had joined us on the first tee.

Despite the conditions where it was possible to hit it out of sight with a sand wedge, the scoring was good with level fours taking up the rear.

Tom Hogarth and Louis Scott topped the poll with a five-under 65, chased down the finishing straight by Mick Dunne and Harry Moffat, while third place was taken by the pre-tournament favourites, Winter League champion Sandy Thomson and George Cessford.

The twos sweep was won by captain Dougie Bain and his vice-captain Ivor Aitchison.

An excellent winter season was finished off with the presentation of The Winter League Trophy to Sandy Thomson and The Winter Eclectic to Tom Hogarth by captain Dougie Bain. A vote of thanks was given to Micky Dunne and Santa’s little helpers.


JMS Harkin Trophy: 1, A. Armstrong nett 64; 2, T. Murray 65; 3, I. Borsuk 66 bih. Best scratch W.Gillies 76


Friday night brought to a conclusion the Belhaven winter Pool and Darts Leagues at Melrose Golf Club.

The darts final between Bruce Brodie and Derek Grant went all the way to the deciding leg before a winner was found, with the pool final between Bruce Brodie and Ian Swan also having to go to the deciding frame. For the first time in the competition’s nine-year history, both titles were won by the same person as Bruce Brodie edged both matches to take the title.

Keith Grieve, on behalf of Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd, presented Bruce with both the David Campbell Pool and Darts trophies.

Belhaven Winter League Final Results: 1, D. Gribbin; 2, R. Falconer; 3, D. Page.


Nineteen weeks of hard-fought competition in the Seniors Winter League reached a climax recently with John Lunn finishing seventh in the week’s competition, but first overall for the season, thus taking the Harry Vardon Trophy. The weekly competition was won by David Miller with 39 Stableford points, followed by John McLaren, Iain Oliver and Mouse White on 37. 43. Seniors took part over the winter and their attention now turns to the summer league.

The Billy Hughes Memorial Trophy saw Minto’s spring and summer season start in fine style with an excellent entry of 59, including Billy’s daughter, Karen.

With a gross score of nett 55.4, Gill Cartwright (Ladies’ captain), Joseph Flynn (Juniors’ captain), Tom Hartop and Albert Thompson (club vice-captain) won the event from Ron Elliott, Brian Howden, Robert Johnson and Agnes Mather nett 57.7.

Gina Hughes, Billy’s widow, was present for the award of the trophy which bears her late husband’s name.

St Boswells

Captain’s Welcome Competition: 1, J. Melrose 76 (10) 66; 2, J. Quinn 80 (11) 69; 3, B. Marjoribanks 78 (9) 69.

On Sunday, April 27, from 2-5pm, the club are holding a come and try day for prospective new adult members, where professional instruction and the opportunity to play a few holes will be available. For further details, please visit the clubs website at stboswellsgolfclub.co.uk


Midweek Stableford 8 Hole: 1, G. Low 16 Points Bl2.

This was the last Midweek Stableford Competition and the end of the Winter Competitions. Thanks to all who played, if you have any suggestions or improvements/changes you would like to see for next winter then please get in touch or speak to any of the comps committee.


John Laing Sevens

To be played at Poynder Park on Tuesday, April 8 (6.30pm): Gala v Berwick; Hawick Linden v Selkirk; Peebles v Kelso; Jed-Forest v Melrose.

Kelso Quins Sevens

To be played at Poynder Park on Saturday (first tie 1.30pm): Hawick Wanderers v Duns Colts; Jed Thistle v Tynedale Colts; Melrose Wasps v Selkirk YC; Morpeth Colts v Kelso Harlequins B; Berwick Colts v Gala Wanderers; Musselburgh Colts v Hawick PSA; Haddington Colts v Kelso Harlequins A; Edinburgh BATS v Peebles Colts.

Semi-Junior League

Melrose Wasps eventually overcame a committed Selkirk side in a relatively close game last weekend and now face Jed Thistle to decide the league title winners. The match will be played at Philiphaugh tomorrow night (7.30pm).


Border League

With Ship clinching the title Waverley A are now in pole position for second after blowing away a plucky Dryburgh outfit last week.

Reivers A edged a last-frame thriller over High Level A to challenge them. Relegation issues look a certainty for Dryburgh and Reivers B, who lost out in a tough derby to Niki’s.

Division Two goes right to the wire with Fleece B and Station playing for the title in the final week after Waverley B slipped up to a rejuvenated Bridge.

Results – Division One: Dryburgh (Newtown) 1 Waverley A (Hawick) 8; Fleece A (Selkirk) 0 Ship A (Melrose) 9; Reivers A (Gala) 5 High Level A (Hawick) 4; Nikis Bar (Gala) 5 Reivers B (Gala) 4.

Division Two: Red Lion B (Kelso) 4 Station Bar (Hawick) 5; Ship B (Melrose) 1 Fleece B (Selkirk) 8; Waverley B (Hawick) 2 Bridge Inn (Gala) 7; High Level B (Hawick) 3 Red Lion A (Kelso) 6.



Border Billiards Competition: Winner, Lee McAllister (for 6th time in succession); Runner Up D. Clark.

Jean Yule Cup final: Jedburgh Legion 1 Hawick Burns A 4.

Jean Yule Plate Final: Innerleithen 0 Hawick Con B 4.



Club Night friendlies: S. Walker 2 A. Rocha 1; D. Burnie 2 D. Sharratt 1; M. Sillies 2 R. MacAleese 0; M. Cameron 2 S. Walker 0; A. Gill 2 M. Cameron 0; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 0; D. Burnie 2 S. Walker 0; M. Cameron 2 I. Yousef 0; A. Gill 1 D. Sharratt 1.