Albert Park, Hawick was blessed with bright evening sunshine for a very special football game last Friday.
It was a match held in memory of 18-year-old Hawick footballer Dale Whillans, who died following a recent car accident.
And it turned out to be a memorable occasion and a fitting tribute to Dale, a top-notch young player who had played for Hawick Royal Albert, Hawick United and Hawick Legion, as well as starring in youth football.
A big crowd of more than 1,000 took in a game that featured the West End All Stars against Dale’s XI. The two respective sides were made up of Dale’s close friends and members of both teams had the number six on the back of their shirts, which had been Dale’s number.
Prior to the game’s 6pm kick off there was a minute’s applause in respect of Dale, as the teams stood in the centre circle. Dale’s XI emerged 3-2 victors of a closely-fought encounter.
Last week saw the start of the senior league, with two matches being played in rather cool conditions for outdoor bowling.
On Tuesday, league newcomers St Ronan’s were the visitors. Each club had two winning triples, but the overall score was 61-53 in favour of St Ronan’s. Best winning triple for Abbotsford were Rob Simpson, Neil Miller and Tom Boyd.
On Thursday the team travelled to play Gala and although Abbotsford had one winning triple in Colin Ballantyne, Bill Philip and John Manczak, the match ended in a 69-56 victory for the hosts.
On Saturday the club hosted the annual friendly against Whitehouse and Grange from Edinburgh. The chilly conditions remained, but everyone enjoyed the day and Abbotsford recorded a comfortable win.
Finally, on Sunday, Liz Waugh and Keith Campbell played in the Scottish Mixed Pairs qualifiers, held at the Buccleuch club in Hawick. Their opponents in the first round were from Broughton and District. Persistent rain made playing conditions difficult for both teams, but it was the Broughton pair that coped best, winning the tie 17-9. This week, the Border League fixtures begin and the Abbotsford A team has a tough start with a home match against Melrose, followed on Friday with an away match against current champions, Waverley.
On Sunday the two-bowl singles competition will be decided. All the other main singles draws will be displayed on the noticeboard.
Last week saw the start of the Border Bowling Seniors league when Hawick BC opened their new season against near neighbours Buccleuch on Tuesday.
With the match being played on a bitterly cold morning, it was a ding-dong battle throughout, with Hawick leading right up until the last end by three shots, but losing big in the final end, giving Buccleuch victory by 59-55. Top rink for the Hawick side was the Bobby McDonald-skipped rink, ably supported by Drew Johnstone and Jim Gray.
On Thursday, Hawick travelled over the Dunion to play Jed Seniors. Again played on a bitterly cold morning, this was a very disappointing display by the Hawick side who were well and truly trounced 82-42, with only the one rink recording a win. This was the Graham Lyall rink, ably supported by Wullie Wells and Charlie Logan.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Scott Cup Stableford: 1, A. Finlay 18 points.
Geoff Garratt Trophy: 1, E. Wilson 86 (18) 68; 2, A. Lauder 85 (17) 68; 3, G. Borthwick 80 (11) 69.
Tee times are still available for the Gents’ Open Texas Scramble (teams of four) on Saturday and the Seniors’ Mixed Open Greensomes on Thursday, May 14 – contact the club on 01573 223009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Ladies’ nine-hole Stableford: 1, L. Small 16; 2, Karina Wilson 12.
Ladies Margaret Scott Trophy (36 holes): 1, S. Paterson net 75+71=146; 2, L. Wilson 78+69=147, 3, D. Pringle 77+71=148 BIH.
The club held its first coaching session of the season in glorious sunshine, when they welcomed some new faces to the Lauder golfing scene.
In all, 23 youngsters took part which helped John McDougall and Tom Hogarth to formulate their plan for the rest of the term.
Things did not go so well for the second session of the week when 20 turned up for coaching and, just as they were about to get started, the snow came down.
Groups were taken into the clubhouse, where various games were devised with the following results: Group 1 (youngest and girls) putting winner, Bruce McDougall; target chipping joint winners, Rowan Mitchell and Bruce McDougall; bullseye chipping, Bruce McDougall. Group 2 (middle age group): putting winner, Calum Clark; target chipping winner, Ewen Lillico; bullseye chipping winner, Cammie Robertson. Group 3 (oldest): putting joint winners, Patrick Heron, Aron Gunn and Alasdair Buchanan; target chipping joint winners, Patrick Heron and Jamie Clark; bullseye chipping winner, Jamie Clark.
Lewis Stableford: 1, R. Malcolm 18 points; 2, S. Thomson 16 BI6; 3, B. Hunter 16.
Friday Night Bash (nine holes): 1, R. Malcolm 15 points; 2, J. Bell 13 BI6; 3, T. Hogarth 13. M. Dunne had a two at the 6th.
May Medal (first championship qualifier): 1, I. Scott 84 (11) 73 BIH; 2, S. Paton 88 (15) 73; 3, D. McPherson 86 (12) 74. Colin Jeffs and Alan Thomson won the twos sweep.
Full results, tables for all competitions and diary dates for the week ahead can be found on the website at www.laudergolf.com
Spar Competition (round two): 1, S. Ervine 37 points; 2, D. Grant 37; 3, C. Creamer 37. Spar Combined: 1, D. Gribbin; 2, K. Lochrie; 3, W. Wallace; 4, S. Ervine.
Ladies’ Championship Qualifier: 1, F. Falconer net 88; 2, J. Shirra-Gibb; 3, J. Brown.
Senior Stableford League: 1, J. McFarlane 40 points; 2, B. Elliot 39 (after countback); 3, D. Shiell 39. League positions: 1, N. Simpson 28 points; 2, D. Taylor 27.5; 3, J. McFarlane 26.
Mary Towers captained the Minto team to a 5-0 win over the ladies of Eden Golf Club, Cumbria in the Mail on Sunday Classic. Mary Towers, Anne Paterson and Lesley Moore each won 2 & 1, Cherry Thom won 4 & 3 and Lynn Bruce 5 & 3 in the fixture played at Minto. The ladies will learn the identity of their next opponents on Monday, May 11.
Ladies’ Medal No 1 (Championship qualifier No 1): 1, M. Adams 100 (29) 71; 2, M. Towers 92 (20) 72; 3, G. Cartwright 103 (29) 74 (after countback). Scratch: M. Glendinning 92.
Fifteen adult and junior pairings took part in the Cash for Kids Stableford foursomes, with some of the juniors playing the full course for the first time. The competition winners were rugby legend Scott Nichol and his daughter Lucy with 41 Stableford points. In second place was another former rugby player, Derrick Patterson, and his son Corrie (39) while ladies’ vice-captain Helen Todd and her junior partner, Scott Murdoch (36) took third sport by way of a better inward half. £152 was raised and the money will be spent on helping underprivileged children in the local area.
Club captain Albert Thompson led his team to a clear-cut victory by 5.5 rubbers to 3.5 in the annual match against the vice-captain’s team led by Pim McDonnell, while in the ladies’ equivalent the Captain’s team, led by Sue James, recorded a seven matches to four win.
Minto Golf Club will be opening its course and clubhouse to all comers this Sunday, May 10, from 10am to 4pm, when it holds its Open Day for 2015.
Golfers of all abilities and ages are invited to play a few holes, while coaching from local pro Frank Scott, as well as Minto’s own coaches, will be available at times throughout the day. Further details can be found at mintogolf.co.uk
Ladies’ Holmes Cup: 1, W. Davidson (36) 4 up; 2, S. Gray (27) 1 up; 3, S. Braithwaite (20) all square.
Gents’ J. & J. Tait Holmes Cup (1): 1, M. Reilly (15) 8 up; 2, N. Lowrie (13) 6 up; 3, C. Hardie (12) 5 up.
Juniors Jubilee Trophy (1): 1, S. Murdoch (18) 7 up; 2, C. Townsend (43) 6 up; 3, F. Campbell (20) 4 up.
Junior Medal: 1, J. McDonald 80 (17) 63; 2, D. Murdoch 74 (9) 65 (lowest gross); 3, S. Murdoch 84 (18) 66.
May Medal results: 1, B. Aitchison 73 (6) 67; 2, R. Hastings 78 (10) 68; 3, J. Shiel 79 (10) 69 BIH. Scratch: C. Riddle.
Centenary Cup: 1, J. Berry 65 (0) 65; 2, B. Dodds 82 (16) 66 BIH; 3, M. Morrison 79 (13) 66. Scratch: J. Berry.
Tuesday Stroke: 1, J. Denham 74 (6) 68; 2, A. Chadha 78 (8) 70 BIH; 3, R. Stisi 91 (21) 70 BIH. Scratch: C. Riddle 72.
Earlston & District
Members sent 126 birds to Tow Law, liberated at 8.15am into a light south-east wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, S. Martin 1648.53; 6, 8, 16, 17, A. Bain 1545.09; 9, 11, 14, 18, S. Hardie & Sons 1487.43; 10, 12, 13, A. Simpson 1457.54; 15, W. Gray & Son 1434.33.
Seven members sent 94 pigeons to Tow Law, a distance of 71 miles. Result: 1, 3, 4, 9, Douglas & Ward 1637.679; 2, 10, W. Hopewell 1616.105; 5, 6, A. R. Lindores 1584.313; 7, K. G. Lawrie 1561.494; 8, G. Irvine 1548.564.
Due to bad weather, the Langholm Homing Club brought the race back to Shap at the weekend and 40 birds were liberated in an east wind. Result: 1, W. Irving 1901.049; 2, 3, 6, A. Henderson 1884.379; 4, 5, D. Nordon 1873.149.
Handicap Tournament 1/4 final: R. McAleese (+8) 3 J. Barrow (-2) 0 (15-3; 15-10; 15-9).
League One: D. Sharatt 3 J. Eyre (10-8, 9-6, 9-6) 0.
Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 F. Forrest 0; R. McAleese 2 J. Barowska 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Barrow 0; R. Kohler 2 D. Sharratt 0; J. Eyre 2 F. Forrest 1; D. Sharratt 1 J. Barowska 1; L. Molero 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 1.