Curling capers in Kelso

Edenside Primary School pupils enjoying their curling session
Edenside Primary School pupils enjoying their curling session


Gala Harriers

East District Cross Country results (from Dundee): Under-13 Girls: Rhiannon Fagan (14th in 13 minutes 51 seconds), Eilidh Forbes (27th/14.38). Under-13 Boys: Kieran Bryson (36th/13.24).

Under-15 Girls: Susannah Godfrey-Faussett (7th/15.57), Lindsay Jack (18th/17.19), Katie Rourke (20th/ 17.27). Under 15 Boys: Jamie Logan (11th/14.57), Corri Campbell (16th/15.34), Andrew Hogg (23rd/15.49).

Under-17 Men: Thomas Otton (9th/23.11), Gavin Bryson (14th/23.41), Jason McIntosh (24.51).

Senior Women: Dianne Lauder (5th/24.30), Kirsten Maxwell (12th/25.37), Fiona Dalgleish (27.11), Jenny Forbes (27.30), Kate Jenkins (28.06), Rachel Fagan (28.34), Anya Campbell (29.04), Dawn Grant (31.12).

Senior Men: Darrell Hastie (19th/34.11), Fergus Johnston (55th/37.04), Wayne McIntosh (68th/38.08), Andrew Lawrie (39.42), Mark Bryson (40.37), Derrick Brydon (43.56), Alistair Laurie (45.41), Rory Campbell (47.36). More on this on page 74.

The next fixture for the Gala Harriers is the Ladhope Cross Country event to be held on Saturday.


East District Cross Country results (from Dundee): Under-13 Boys (3.2km): Ethan Elder (17th/12.43), Craig Angus (21st/12.51), Michael Smith (32nd/13.15), Corran Carrick-Anderson (37th/13.31); Team 10th.

Under-15 Girls (4km): Mairi Wallace (16th/17.08), Fiona Grant (22nd/17.32), Ailsa Innes (23rd/17.36); Team 6th.

Under-17 Men (6.4km): Kobe Stevens (18th/24.17).

Under-20 Men (8km): Jacob Adkin (10th/29.24), Sam MacNeil (17th/31.23), Lucas Cheskin (19th/31.47), Ben Hindley (21st/33.34); Team 5th. More on this on page 74.


Borders Ice Rink

The section A Agrii Border League games of last week offered up the following results: Greenlaw 6 Jedburgh3; Teviotdale 8 Ayton Castle 6; Glendale 7 Foulden 5; and the big one was St Boswells 9 Duns 3, which brings the Saints up to level pegging with the Dingers, both on eight points.

Yester and Teviotdale are on five points, so as the half-way stage in the league approaches, things are wide open.

The Saints had a good time in the Dun Trophy and although their games with Kelso were close, they ran away in the final against Selkirk who, in fairness, had to defeat Eildon and Roxburghe on their way through.

In the Rink Championship last Friday, Yester overcame Earlston One in the final. The “luck of the draw” found Earlston One and Two fighting out the semi-final spot.

This week’s round of the “Cheensaa”-sponsored Harry Hogg Trophy brings Selkirk against Coldstream Two, Duns versus St Boswells (will revenge be sweet?), Swinton versus Ayton Castle, Coldstream One against Glendale in the first session and, in the new testament session, Foulden and Teviotdale are in conflict. And, unbelievably, Earlston One and Two are at loggerheads again. Greenlaw One face Roxburghe and holders Yester take on Chirnside are the tail end. These games will be played on Wednesday, December 17.

The draw for the Border Bonspiel takes place on that evening, followed by some important meetings on the future of Borders curling.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, S. Scott net 38 BIH.


Winter showed its teeth on Sunday morning, a cold biting wind testing the golfers who showed up to pit their skills in the Winter League.

Billy Hunter was first in the clubhouse house with an excellent net 68 – in the conditions everyone thought it was a winning score. That was until captain Dougie Bain turned in a net 61 that eclipsed the field. Ron Dick continued his consistency, despite his now-reduced handicap, with a credible net 71.

No twos were recorded and next week will be a rollover. Turn up and play – everyone is welcome.

This week’s soup had a Mediterranean flavour, tinged with a bit of Stow. Billy Hunter assured everyone that his “Minestrone a la Craigendia” was made by his fair hand. On a cold winter’s day, it was very welcome.

Result: 1, D. Bain 79 (18) 61; 2, B. Hunter 79 (11) 68; 3, R. Dick 89 (18) 71.

At the Royal Burgh of Lauder ladies’ golf annual general meeting held in the Town Hall, the following officials were elected for 2014/15: captain, Wendy Bryson; vice-captain, Maureen Rennie; secretary, Maggie Herkes; handicap secretary, Gwen Dun; treasurer, Linda Hogarth; committee, Jane Stevenson and Senga Towers.

Thanks go to past captain Linda Hogarth and her committee for all their hard work last season. Special thanks to Helen Lumsden who has given up her job as treasurer, keeping all finances in order.

There will be a Christmas Texas scramble at 9.30 for 10am on Saturday, December 27. All members and guests are welcome and hot soup will be served on the day. Entries to Tom Hogarth on 07808 479858 or email


Belhaven Winter League (Week 6): 1, D. Gribbin; 2, D. Page; 3, S. Marshall.

There will be a Christmas nine-hole Stableford this coming Sunday with a 10am shotgun start.


BT Cup

Hawick YM will take no further part in the BT Cup competition after non-fulfillment of their fixture against Lasswade on November 15.

The championship committee decision is per Cup, Shield and Bowl Regulation 11.1 – “Any club, without just cause, not fulfilling a Cup, Shield or Bowl knockout format fixture on a date notified by the championship secretary may be disqualified from the tournament.”

Lasswade now progress to round three and will play Boroughmuir.

BT Cup round three (Saturday, January 3): Kelso v Musselburgh; Gala v Stirling County; Edinburgh Accies v Hawick; Glasgow Hawks v Melrose.

Hawick Linden

Saturday’s game against Langholm (see report on page 78) was preceded by a pre-match lunch in the company of 10 Scotland internationalists, namely Finlay Calder, Jim Calder, Andy Irvine, Roy Laidlaw, Iain Milne, Steve Munro, Jim Renwick, John Rutherford, Alan Tomes and Iwan Tukalo.

Following a wonderful meal served up by Moira Black and her helpers, president John Tait made a very special presentation of life membership to Jim Millar.

Having first played for the Linden in 1971, “Bamp” is now in his 44th consecutive year with the club, 31 of them as a committee member.

Former Linden cap Ian Barnes then presided in his inimitable way over a hugely-entertaining question-and-answer session with the esteemed guests. They all entered into the occasion with their recollections of past rugby stories and thought-provoking views on the current game, all with large quantities of humour. The large gathering continued to enjoy themselves post-match with a good old sing-song that had the Linden clubrooms buzzing well into the evening.



JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results:

Selkirk Conservative Club B 3 Jedburgh Legion 3; Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Hawick Burns Club B 2; Hawick Burns Club A 2 Hawick Conservative Club B 4; St Boswells 5 Selkirk A 1.

League standings after 13 weeks:

1, Hawick Conservative Club A 53; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 40; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 39; 4, Jedburgh Legion 38; 5, Selkirk B 37; 6, St Boswells 37; 7, Selkirk A 35; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 33.

This weekend’s big event is the Hawick Championship, to be played at the town’s Conservative Club on Sunday at 11am prompt. Dress code applies to all players. The tournament is sponsored by the SAFFRON Indian restaurant and other backers.


Galashiels ASC

That well-known Christmas song, “Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly”, was more a case of “Deck the Necks with Medals and PBs” as seven Galashiels ASC members travelled to Prestonpans last weekend for the Trannet Annual Christmas Gala.

The festive fun came thick and fast over the morning and afternoon sessions, crammed full of short-distance races across all stroke disciplines.

In the morning competition, Laura Frizzel and Gregor Collins put in some great swims which resulted in Laura securing one silver and one bronze, with Gregor collecting a bronze for his efforts.

The afternoon session saw Bethany Hamilton, Sarah Frizzel, Sophie Wilson, Ryan Goudie and Andrew Watt all compete, and with some fantastic swimming, they managed to rack up an impressive 14 PBs between them.

The medals also flowed for Bethany (one gold and one silver), Sarah (two silver and one bronze) and Andrew (one gold, two silver and one bronze) to ensure the trip back to Galashiels was more Jingle Medals than Jingle Bells.

Well done to all the swimmers and a thank-you to Robyn and Alexa for looking after members poolside.