Earlston orienteerers on fast track to World Championships

Earlston High School pupils selected for Scottish Team at World Schools Orienteering Championships 2015. From left, Elena Heger, Faisal Khursheed, Patrick Heger, Yousuf Kursheed & Marc Heger
Earlston High School pupils selected for Scottish Team at World Schools Orienteering Championships 2015. From left, Elena Heger, Faisal Khursheed, Patrick Heger, Yousuf Kursheed & Marc Heger

Earlston High School pupils Faisal Khursheed, Yousuf Khursheed, Patrick Heger, Elena Heger and Marc Heger have qualified to represent Scotland at the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Kemer and Antalya in Turkey from April 18-24.

The five join a team of top school orienteerers from around Scotland and are the first to be selected from the Borders schools in several years. They will face teams from around the world at the competition, including schoolchildren from Sweden, Iran, Russia and Brazil.

All the qualifying pupils are also members of Roxburgh Reivers and Gala Harriers, whose excellent junior training has helped in their quest for success.

“We hope that we can inspire other schoolchildren to have a go at orienteering and follow in our footsteps,” said Faisal.

In order to help fund their trip, a ceilidh has been arranged ... navigate to orienteering section below.



Gala Harriers

The next outing for the Harriers is the last leg of the Border Winter Cross-country series at Conundrum Farm near Berwick on Sunday. Juniors start at 11.30am, seniors at noon, prizegiving to follow.



The club held its annual singles tournament, with the gents’ final being contested between Gordon Yule and Stuart Mawson, Yule winning 21-17, 21-17.

The ladies’ final was won by Myra Younger who beat Rebecca Waldie 21-17,17-21, 21-17.


Ettrick Forest

The AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday, March 8, at 2pm. Scottish skips are to be picked on the day.


Teviotdale’s senior gents travelled to play their first round tie in the Scottish Cup against Abbeyview from Dunfermline in the Dalkeith Indoor Bowling arena.

Out of the four rinks that played, Teviotdale triumphed in three with one rink struggling to catch the pace of the carpet. The match result was 69-49 to Abbeyview.

Top rink for the Teviotdale side was the A. Waugh-skipped rink, ably supported by E. Collie; A. Martin and T. Edmison.


The seniors had their second match in the round-robin stages of the Jock Brodie competition at Meadowmill against Falkirk.

The three rinks started off well enough, but as the match reached the latter stages only one rink was ahead and the team was behind on shots. The rink of Sandy Batchelor, Danny McLean, Paul Butterfield and Alan Howlieson went on to win by five shots, but the second rink to finish were beaten. This left the third rink, skipped by Rob Fulton, who were a shot adrift playing the last end. Unfortunately, they did not gain the two shots needed for a win so the final result was 6-2 to Falkirk.

On Saturday, the ladies travelled to Headwell to meet a team from East Fife in the preliminary round of the Scottish Cup, but the Borderers were well beaten, the final score being 96-67.

To end a busy week it was the second round of the Scottish Team Championship, with the team travelling to Bainfield to play a team from Abbeyview.

Tweedbank started well with Stuart White taking two points in the singles. In the pairs, Lauren Upton and Ross Nichol were well ahead and finished with a comfortable victory leaving just a win required in either the triples or the fours for victory. In the fours, Tweedbank was five shots ahead and the triples just a shot adrift. Tweedbank being well ahead on shots, Abbeyview conceded defeat by 6-2. The quarter-finals of this event take place on Sunday, March 1, when the Tweedbank team will meet a team from Balbardie at Stirling.

At club level, the final of the senior fours was played with Mike Dillon, Ron Shearer, David Miller and Tommy Mann Jnr facing Alan Howlieson, Clark Chalmers, Billy Nisbet and Rob Fulton.

It was a close match throughout, but Fulton’s team had the edge and won.



Chairman David Pool opened the Langholm Cricket Club Annual General Meeting last Friday and made a heartfelt tribute to club stalwart and life member Gordon Johnstone, who sadly passed away recently.

There was an attendance of 16 members and Gregor Park was elected captain, taking over from Duncan Elliott, while Chris Stewart is now vice-captain, replacing Jack Pool.

The main change for the new season is that the seconds have came out of the Border Sunday League due to lack of games and the match secretary will look for friendly fixtures.

On the junior front, the club has entered several national and regional age-group tournaments to get the youngsters more match experience.



A small but select band of golfers turned up desperate to play in the Winter League on Sunday.

The course was technically unplayable, but with a bit of adaptation and some newly-formed local rules; ‘any snow drifts to be treated as casual water and as such take a free drop’ – play commenced.

Results: 1, R. Dick 88 (18) 70; 2, S. Paton 89 (15) 74; 3, Sandy Thompson 94 (19) 75.

Following the success of the quiz nights last year, Ron Dick has volunteered to help organise another event on Friday, April 3. There will be refreshments and stovies served all night. The cost will be £15 per team of four.

Places are limited, entries to Tom Hogarth tel: 07808 479858 email tom@whatsonscotland.com

LEGGS has organised its spring outing to Winterfield on Monday, March 2, entries in the clubhouse or to Archie Anderson.

The Woll

The AGM will take place on Thursday, February 26, at 7pm in Bar 19.


Fjordhus Reivers

Fjordhus Reivers Rangers and Raiders (Under-14s) were in action on Sunday at a cold and frosty Meggetland.

Both teams came out with a slow start against Watsonians B2 and B3 respectively, but some good tackles and play were made. Rangers went down 4-0, while Raiders lost 5-0.

After a couple of team talks both sides came out for their second games against Grange Panthers and Pumas, with formation being held, more cohesion, tackles going in and the ball going in the goal. Rangers won 3-2 and Raiders won 4-3.

All players were a credit to the club and their coaches. More Reivers reports on page 77.


Primary Schools Tournament

Kingsland Primary School in Peebles won the Borders Primary Netball final, held at the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels.

The event brought together 10 teams – area competition winners and runners-up – to play for the overall regional title.

Teams were split into two pools with Knowepark, Kingsland, Melrose, Newcastleton and Chirnside in Pool A and St Peter’s, St Ronan’s, Lauder, Denholm and Edenside in Pool B.

Kingsland won Pool A with Melrose Primary as runner-up. Denholm won Pool B with St Ronan’s securing second place. In cross-over ties, Kingsland beat St Ronan’s and Denholm and Melrose initially tied with a highly exciting extra-time golden goal securing Denholm the win.

The final saw Kingsland beat Denholm 9-3 to take the trophy home to Peebles.



Five Earlston High School pupils have been selected to represent Scotland at the World Schools Championships in Turkey this April (see picture story above).

Costs for the trip are high and more than £3,000 needs to be raised to compete, and to cover travel and accommodation.

The group has been raising money through cake and candy sales at orienteering competitions, film nights and other events. Riddell Fiddles has kindly arranged a fundraising ceilidh for the group on Saturday, February 21, at Darnick Village Hall, providing the music for free as team members Faisal and Yousuf Khursheed play the fiddle too. The fun starts at 7pm for 7.30pm with tickets at £10 including supper (£5 child).

Roxburgh Reivers

The next local orienteering event takes place at Bowhill Estate, Selkirk on Saturday, February 21, with start times from 1pm. Just turn up to try. £1.50 for juniors.


Melrose Wasps

Melrose hosted Invergordon-based Ross Sutherland at The Greenyards for their Scottish Under-18 Bowl semi-final. This was the first time the northern club has visited Melrose and it is hoped they enjoyed the overall experience.

The game took place as a result of considerable time and effort from groundsman Gordon Barkham.

As it turned out, you could not have asked for a much better afternoon for a game of rugby, with virtually wall-to-wall sunshine.

The game started with the home side not exactly firing on all cylinders, but they had sufficient firepower to notch up three tries in the first half. The second was virtuallly a mirror image of the first, with three converted tries taking the total to six, with five conversions in total.

The visitors perhaps deserved more for their efforts than the scoreline indicated, however, credit must go to both sides for providing an entertaining game.

Melrose Wasps now progress to the final of the competition, where they will play the winners of the match betweenMusselburgh Colts and Peebles Colts.



Club Night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; L. Molero 1 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molreo 0; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; R. Kohler 2 L. Molero 0.