Galashiels kids are HHEAPS healthier thanks to rugby club

Children from St Peters Primary School joined in with the Food Standard Agency backed by Scottish Rugby and Gala Rugby Club
Children from St Peters Primary School joined in with the Food Standard Agency backed by Scottish Rugby and Gala Rugby Club

Gala Rugby Club has been helping to promote Hygiene, Healthy Eating & Activity in Primary Schools (HHEAPS) in local schools.

In 2007 Scottish Rugby entered into partnership with the Food Standards Agency (Scotland) to deliver the programme in tandem with rugby activities to thousands of primary school pupils across Scotland. They firmly believe that sport can play a powerful role in providing the catalyst to improving the quality of life for young people in communities across Scotland, in particular to improving their health and wellbeing.

Gala Rugby have fully supported this project and are pleased that both St Peters Primary School and the Burgh Primary School have made the grade. Ian Millar, the Gala Rugby youth development officer, presented both schools with some rugby equipment.

Pictured are St Peters pupils with their new rugby balls and cones. The programme will be delivered again next year to two more schools.

Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest Archers

No less than 21 archers arrived at a sunny Thirladean on Sunday for the BLBS Silver Arrow Wand Shoot, hosted by the Selkirk club.

A National target round was played to determine playing positions for the wand.

Results – morning sessions: gents – most hits, Jim Dodd; highest score, Scott Notman; most golds, Doug Anderson.

Ladies – most hits, Elaine Pearson; highest score, Catriona Charters; most golds, Elizabeth Normand.

The Junior Jim Selby Trophy winner was the lady paramount’s son, Kyle Fairbairn.

Afternoon session: In the main wand competition, the ultimate winner of the BLBS Silver Arrow was Scott Notman, who defeated Alan Beatty in the final shootout.

The best of the rest, and winner of the coveted twisted arrows for the second year running, was junior Kyle Fairbairn.

The club thanked Sir Michael Strang Steel by whose kind permission they shoot at Thirladean, and to all who helped set up and strike the field.



In the morning events at Jedburgh Games, the Race round the Town was won by Mac Wilson from Kelso and the first attending Callant’s Ball was the Galashiels Braw Lad Gavin Young. Callum Young of Jedburgh recorded a fine double, winning the Youths’ 90m Football/Rugby Sprint for the Albert Straker memorial trophy and the 90m Col. Jackson Confined Sprint.


Jedburgh athlete Sophie Elder ran a personal best of 25.77 seconds, competing in the senior women’s 200m at the Scottish Womens League meeting at Meadowbank.

Competing for Team Lothian, Sophie finished second in a very tight final.

Teviotdale Harriers

Registration for the annual Hawick 10k and two-mile Fun Run on Sunday, August 31 is now open.

This year is the Hawick club’s 125th anniversary and they are also hosting the jogscotland Hawick 5k challenge to run in conjunction with the annual race.

The entry fees via entry central in advance are: 10k, £12; 5k, £8 – with the standard £2 discount for SAL members. Book soon at to secure a place. If places are left some registration on the day may be available for an additional £2. The 5k is open to anyone aged over 12 on the day.

The fun run, which may interest younger members, starts half an hour before the 10k and 5k challenge. Entries will be taken on the day with an entry fee of only £2.

Refreshments will be available after the runs at the Volunteer Park building, where registration will be open from 11.30 am. The fun run starts at 12.30pm with the 10k and jogscotland Hawick 5k challenge both off at 1pm.



The Langlee badminton group has paused its activities until September 18.

The group, which began life in May, has attracted a good number of players, both experienced and beginners, but gorgeous summer evenings bring a natural hiatus.

Any questions should be relayed to organiser Kevin Janiak on 07825 269667.



The A team resumed Border League action last week with an away fixture against Earlston, where two rinks lost narrowly, but the other three rinks won, giving Abbotsford a convincing 104-76 victory.

Meanwhile, the B team played at home to Wilton B. Here, each of the four rinks had close games, but it was Wilton that managed to win the match by a seven-shot margin.

On Tuesday, the senior team travelled to play Newtown, where three of the four triples were ahead in a 64-47 victory for Abbotsford.

Later, on Tuesday evening, the ladies’ team played a home fixture against Newtown. Both rinks lost in a 5-0 win for the visitors.

On Saturday, the Top Ten team travelled to Tweedmouth to play a semi-final tie against Chirnside. In a closely-fought match, Abbotsford won the singles and pairs, but lost in the triples and fours. The outcome was therefore decided on shots with Chirnside winning by 62-61.

The final was played at Spittal BC on Saturday afternoon between Jedburgh and Chirnside. The outcome was a 6-2 points victory for Jedburgh.

The final action for the week was on Sunday when the club held its Open Singles tournament. In the semi-finals, Keith Campbell defeated Colin Hancock, while in the all-Waverley tie, David Miller Snr defeated Liam Nicholson.

In the final, Campbell had a comfortable victory over Miller.

Thanks go to Prosperity Independent Financial Advisors and Stockbrokers for sponsoring the tournament.


The seniors travelled to play local rivals Gala on Tuesday for a very hotly-contested match, with Hawick taking the points with a 63-55 win.

Top rink for the Hawick side was the G. Lyall-skipped rink, ably supported by W. Wells and C. Logan.

President JH Reilly was delighted to take the scalp of R. Fulton, a bowler he has held in high esteem over the many years they have known each other.

He was supported by R. Graham and T. Anderson.

A very wet Wednesday night saw the A team play Ancrum with the Hawick triumphing 85-80.

Top rink for the Hawick was the N. Amos skipped rink, supported by N. Anderson, C. Anderson and comeback man C. Spalding.

On Friday night, the A team travelled up the A68 to take on Earlston in the first round of the Knockout Cup and came away with an excellent result in winning by 82-66.

Top rink for the Hawick side was the L. Clarkson-skipped rink, supported by W. Wells, A. Wilson and K. Ford.


Saturday saw the club host the ladies’ 4-bowl pairs, and in a good final the winners were Evelyn Clapperton and Effie Robertson, who beat Moira Weir and Betty Simpson.

On Sunday, the Dave Eason Memorial open rinks tournament, which was played in glorious sunshine, took place and after a long day’s bowling the winners were a rink from Pathhead skipped by Wullie Melrose, who beat the home rink from Selkirk skipped by Harry Bell in a good final.

The beaten semi-finalists were Tynemouth, skipped by R. Robson and Selkirk, skipped by Scott Hislop.

The club would like to thank Val Easson for the continued sponsorship.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors’ Championship Qualifier: A League winner, A. Simpson nett 35; B league winner: W. Crighton 35.


Civic Week Stroke: 1, M. Purves 73 (7) 66; 2, G. Crozier 90 (22) 68; 3, P. Wilson 82 (13) 69.

Ladies’ Golf Foundation Brooch: 1, L. Wilson 77 (8) 69; 2, S. Paterson 76 (6) 70.


Lauder Golf Club will hold its Gents Open this coming Sunday. There are some spaces left and catering and refreshments are available throughout the day. Contact David Dickson on 07778 141602 or email for more information.


Seniors’ Stableford: 1, G. Wilks 40 points; 2, J. Humphreys 38; 3=, J. Adams, J. Henderson, D. Shiels 37. The current leader is Tam Glendinning with 56.25 league points. Tom Kerr is second with 39.

Gents’ and Seniors’ Tuesday Stableford: 1, A. Richardson 41 points BL9; 2, I. Oliver 41; 3, I. Elliot 39 BL9.

Ladies’ Medal No 4: 1, L. Bruce 91 (20) 71; 2, M. Adams 101 (28) 73 (after countback); 3, C. Mackie 100 (27) 73. Scratch: J. Beattie 86.

Juniors’ Stableford No 2: 1, L. Towers 45 points; 2, M. Bannerman 44; 3, O. Cranston 43.

Juniors’ July Medal: 1, J. Flynn 73 (12) 61 (lowest gross); 2, I. Rolland 101 (39) 62; 3=, A. Brown 80 (16) 64, R. Nichol 87 (23) 64.

Twenty competitors from seven Borders clubs took part in the Minto Juniors’ Open competition, held in conjunction with the BGA U14 and U16 tournaments. Two Minto players, Lily Towers and her brother Frazer, took first and second places in the Open, with Lily retaining her title, a feat never achieved before. Nearly two thirds of the field scored 72 or better, a splendid achievement.

Results: 1, L. Towers 79 (17) 62; 2, F. Towers 84 (18) 66. Scratch: D. Howie (Peebles) 72. U16 competition: Scratch winner, D. Howie (Peebles) 72; Handicap winner, F. Towers (Minto) 66. U14 competition: Scratch winner, B. Wright (Hirsel) 87; Handicap winner, A. Webb (Hawick) 104 (36) 68

Ladies’ Millennium Trophy: 1, M. Adams nett 71 BIH; 2, H. Todd 71.


Sunday Stableford: 1, George Black 34 points BIH; 2, Grace Black 34; 3, C. Morrison 33 BIH.

Tuesday Order Of Merit (round 11): 1, B. Dodds 86 (18) 68; 2, S. Nightingale 73 (4) 69; 3, J. Berry 70 (0) 70. Scratch: S. Fairburn 69.

Competition Update: The Dave Brydon Tyres & Exhausts Torwoodlee Open will take place on Saturday, August 2. Entries are now being taken online at or add your name to the entry sheet in the gents’ locker room and post your entry fee of £12 in an envelope through the office letterbox. This is filling up, so to guarantee a tee time, please enter as soon as possible.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please get in touch with the competition committee.



Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; M. Sillies 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; S. Walker 2 R McAleese 0; R. Kohler 2 M Sillies 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; S. Walker 2 M Sillies 0.

League final standings (division one): 1, I. Chalmers 6; 2, A. Gill 5; 3, D. Sharratt 3; 4, G. Laing 0. Division two: 1, D. Burnie 6; 2, R. Kohler 5; 3, L. Molero 3; 4, J. Eyre 0.