Crichton Cup kids get behind the Commonwealth Games

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The world’s oldest junior sevens, The Crichton Cup, was held at the Greenyards on Saturday with more than 350 youngsters from the local area taking part.

A break with tradition saw the event being run as part of a Commonwealth Games initiative, with teams representing countries taking part in Glasgow later this year. New Zealand, Australia and Samoa were just some of those competing for the honours.

Borders wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn was on hand to present the trophies and medals.

Sports digest


Ettrick Forest

Three hardy archers made the long trip to Inverness for the Highland Longbows Club’s double header at the weekend.

For once, on the Saturday clout, Elaine Pearson (45 hits, 117 score, 2 clouts) didn’t blow away the opposition, but still gained a bronze medal for the best first-round score, while Ev Craig held her own in fourth place with 40, 94, 1. Winning the ladies’ section by a hefty margin was the home club’s Barbara Campbell.

The Selkirk outfit’s sole male competitor, Mike Pearson, found the going tricky, but finished sixth with 13, 26, 0.

On the Sunday, however, Mike ruled the roost in the mixed Albion target round, coming out on top, winning the silver medal with 73 hits, 313 score, 5 golds – a fantastic effort.

Barbara won the ladies’ medal again, but Elaine grabbed another bronze with a 49, 177, 4; Ev coming in 18th overall with 22, 90, 1.



Hawick opened up their Border League campaign for 2014 with a game on Tuesday night, against last year’s champions Melrose, and enjoyed a really good victory, winning by 81 shots to 71. Top rink for Hawick was the Les Clarkson-skipped outfit.

On Thursday, the seniors travelled to Kelso, and came up against a strong side. However, careful selections resulted in a good win for the Teri seniors by 57-46. Hawick’s top rink was the G. Lyall-skipped one.

Friday night saw the A team make the short journey to their Wilton counterparts at the other end of Hawick, and again the away side triumphed with a good victory by 89-80. Top for the Hawick side was the Bill Anderson skipped-rink.


The club would like to congratulate Amanda Ogilvie and Gwenda Ainslie, who have qualified for the District Pairs final to be held at Eyemouth BC at the end of June.

Last Thursday, the club was the scene for an initiative organised by Gemma Ross of Borders Sport and Leisure, schools and communities, whereby local primary children try a number of various sports that are included in the Commonwealth Games.

A total of 15 primary 4 and 5 youngsters from Lauder, Westruther and Channelkirk schools attended and a good afternoon was had by all. The same will happen today for those children in primaries 6 and 7.


The annual playing of the Mac Robert Thistle Cup saw 12 hardy players turn out to contest the title.

The weather was kind in that it did not rain, however, the wind-chill factor had everyone in hats and coats.

The competition is run as a round-robin and there was some great bowling from all the players. There were some very close games, but the eventual winners with six points, three games won and no losses, were Drew Redburn, Sandra Thomson and Stuart Grange.

The runners-up, with two wins to one loss, were Gary Craig, Marie Todd and Winnie Milligan.

The cup was presented to the winners by club president Gary Craig.

Newtown Bowling Club is open to all ages of player, and there is always room for anyone to come and try out at the club.



Bert Ranking competition: 1, A. Simpson 89 (25) 64; 2, A. Temple 80 (15) 65; 3, S. Scott 78 (12) 66.

This was another good weekend for Alexander Simpson which has carried on his excellent form and saw him clinch another victory.

May Medal: 1, J. Gillie 80 (11) 69.

Baxter Cup: 1, K. W. Simpson 42 points; 2, W. Morrison 41; 3, S. Robertson 40.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors A. League Turner Cup Qualifier: Winner, W. Morrison nett 36 BIH; B. League Dickson Cup Qualifier: Winner, A. R. Gerrard 33.


Thistle Cup: 1, J. Morton 75 (11) 64; 2, G. Sweenie 82 (16) 66; 3, R. Newton 72 (5) 67.

Ladies Spring Stroke: 1, L. Wilson 80 (9) 71; 2, P. Laing 90 (12) 78.

Kelso Ladies played a Texas scramble at Duns on Sunday, joining players from the host club and St Boswells for a team competition. A very enjoyable day and the winners were Anne Wood (Duns), Margaret Wilkinson (Kelso) and Norma Burnyeat (St Boswells) with 73.1.

Entries are now being taken for the Gents’ Open Texas Scramble (teams of four) on Saturday, May 24, and the Ladies’ Open Greensomes on Sunday, June 1. Please email or telephone 01573 223009 to enter.


The first 18-hole Stableford of the season took place last week with 11 members taking part, as well as two men playing for their handicaps.

Result: 1, M. Dunne (10) 39 points; 2, H. Moffat (18) 38; 3, Robert Anderson 35 pts (16).

On Sunday, a small but select field played in the second round of the Laidlaw Homes eclectic and although the scoring was generally high, Ian Scott produced a fine round of a net 68 to take the spoils.

Results: 1, I. Scott 80 (12) 68; 2, R. Dick 93 (20) 73; 3, D. Kellett 90 (17) 73.

Laidlaw Home Eclectic (after round 2): 1, B. Hunter 79 (9) 70; 2, T. Hogarth 81 (10) 71; 3, I. Scott 80 (8) 72.

This Sunday sees the Bells Scramble take place – entries close on Saturday. Book now on competitions@laudergolf


SLGA Medal: V. Hogg 91 (21) 70. Scratch: J. Shirra-Gibb 93.


It has been a busy and very successful week for Minto golfers, both at home and away. Goswick was the scene of a major Minto triumph when club champion Peter Gibb won the scratch competition there with a score of 77, while two other Minto golfers finished in the top four in the handicap competition. David Howden won this with a net score of 70, with Tommy Mulvee in fourth place with net 72.

John Law, the club captain, won this week’s Seniors’ Summer League competition with 37 Stableford points. Tam Glendinning, David Howden and Iain Oliver retain the top three places in the league with 27.5, 23.5 and 16.5 points respectively.

Gents’ and Seniors’ Stableford competition: 1, T. Mulvee 39 points; 2, R. Gray 36; 3, B. Cureton 35.

Minto Seniors continued their winning ways in their second match of the season by beating Goswick decisively by 4.5 rubbers to 1.5. This followed a win against Rothbury by 3.5 rubbers to 2.5.

A strong Torwoodlee gents’ team brought Minto’s run of success to a close in their match played at Torwoodlee, winning by 4 rubbers to 2.

Minto ladies were determined not to let the Minto men take all the glory when they competed in the Borders Veteran Ladies’ Spring competition at the Hirsel. Flora Kerr was the overall winner with 34 Stableford points, whilst Cherry Thom won the Division 1 competition, also with 34 points. The Minto ladies’ captain, Gill Cartwright, came third in the Division Two competition with 28 points.

There was further success for Minto ladies when they visited St Boswells for an inter-club match and won.

Fourteen juniors took part in the annual junior captain’s v vice-captain’s Stableford team competition.

The vice-captain’s team, led by Angus Brown, won a very close contest, beating the captain’s team, led by Joseph Flynn, by 245 points to 234. Rhea Middlemass won the individual competition on countback from Frazer Towers with 40 Stableford points.

Fifteen juniors without handicaps played in their first competition of the season, a Texas scramble played over six holes. Lucy Nichol, Elle Forster and James Wieczysty won with a score of 35.

Gents’ and Seniors’ May Medal: 1, S. Taylor 84 (16) 66 BIH; 2, A. Johnston 79 (13) 66; 3, D. Miller 83 (16) 67 BIH.

Ladies’ May Medal: 1, C. Allott 84 (13) 71; 2, F. Kerr 93 (21) 72; 3, L. Bruce 100 (22) 78. Scratch: J. Beattie 97.

The coffee morning organised by the ladies’ committee, led by ladies’ captain Gill Cartwright, raised a fantastic sum of £1,100 for club funds. Thanks to all those who contributed to the tremendous success.

St Boswells

Ladies Club Trophy (2): 1, R. Macdonald 88 (21) 67 (lowest gross); 2, S. Barrie 96 (23) 73; 3, M. Allen 93 (20) 73.

Marjoribanks Mixed Open Greensomes: 1, C. & L. Ovens nett 66.4; 2, B. Marjoribanks & L. Ritchie 67; 3, M. Ovens & M. Callander 67.4. Scratch: I. Craigie & M. Nightingale 74.

Marjoribanks May Medal (Championship qualifier No. 1): 1, A. Whellans 73 (9) 64 (lowest gross); 2, D. Johnston 78 (12) 66; 3, W. Marjoribanks 75 (9) 66.


Tuesday Stroke (Order of Merit round 1): 1, R. Gladstone 76 (12) 64; 2, G. Fraser 93 (27) 66; 3, R. Hastings 76 (10) 66. Scratch: D. Gillie 66.

Spring & A. J. Thomson Cup - Dickson Cup (round one): 1, D. Catto 80 (16) 64; 2, C. Forsyth 76 (11) 65; 3, Mark McCall 76 (11) 65.


Earlston & District

Members sent 108 birds to Ripon, liberated at 10.45am into a west wind. Results: 1, 2, 3, W. Gray & Son 1438.25; 4, S. Martin 1393.69; 5, 6, 7, A. Simpson 1337.06; 8, 9, A. Bain 1328.70; 10, S. Hardie & Sons 1288.53.


Eleven members sent 228 pigeons to Ripon, a distance of 112 miles. Result: 1, 3, Douglas & Spearman 1316.160; 2, W. Hopewell 1301.259; 4, 9, J. Wyper 1279.557; 5, 7, 8, W. Henderson 1241.243; 6, B. Dixon 1237.599; 10, A. R. Lindores 1228.850.



Club night friendlies: R. Kohler 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Rocha 0; A. Gill 1 I. Chalmers 1; R. Kohler 2 D. Burnie 0; S. Walker 2 A. Rocha 1; D. Sharratt 2 I. Chalmers 0; A. Gill 1 D. Burnie 1; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; I. Chalmers 2 A. Rocha 0; D. Burnie 2 D. Sharratt 0; A. Gill 2 S. Walker 0.