Galashiels swimmers make the grade with swiMark award

Gala Swimming Club members with their club accreditation award
Gala Swimming Club members with their club accreditation award

After more than 12 months of hard work, Gala Amateur Swimming Club has been awarded the highly-acclaimed swiMark accreditation by Eilidh McCall-Lawrie (east regional swimming development manager) from Scottish Swimming.

The award is in recognition of the club effectively demonstrating a commitment to creating a sustainable swimming development pathway.

Gala ASC president Douglas Watt said: “swiMark is a benchmark accreditation, which is recognised throughout the swimming world.

“We have proved that we run a well organised and safe club, with comprehensive and robust policies covering all aspects of the club’s running and purpose. This accreditation now gives us the platform to go on and achieve better and bigger things.

“Many people have contributed a lot of time and effort to help the club reach this milestone, but special thanks must be paid to Des Roper and Robyn Methven for their efforts in helping us achieve this success.”

Sports digest



The A team had two home matches in the Border League last week. On Monday against Lauder, all five Abbotsford rinks won in a convincing 118-52.25 victory. On Wednesday against Jedburgh, it was a much closer affair with three rinks triumphing in an 81-65 success.

The B outfit played one match last week, away to Kelso. Three of the rinks lost and one managed a draw in a 79-59 defeat.

On Tuesday the Top Ten team travelled to Waverley for an opening round encounter. The team obtained a boost when Tommy Newall won his singles game by 21-16. The pairs and fours lost narrowly, but the triples had a comfortable 16-6 win. The result was a shots victory for Abbotsford by 67-55. The team now plays Stow in the next round, scheduled for Friday.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, the senior team travelled to play Kelso. The result was a 60-44 defeat.

The ladies’ team had two league matches. On Tuesday at home to Jedburgh, both rinks won, giving the team a welcome five points. On Thursday, away to Kelso, both rinks lost narrowly in a 5-0 defeat.

The Vice-president’s Pairs competition was held at the club and the winners were Frank O’Donnell and Kenny Johnstone (skip). The beaten finalists were Rob Simpson and Andrew Hancock (skip).

Entries are currently being taken for the Open Pairs tournament, sponsored by Clelands, to be held on Sunday, July 13. Enter at the club or by contacting Alan Howlieson (phone 01896 757629).

Congratulations to Elizabeth Waugh and Tommy Mann jnr for winning the district final of the mixed pairs. Go to page 84 for a list of all winners.


Hawick Seniors took on their Selkirk/Ettrick Forest counterparts and despite being in a fairly confident mood, the Teries went down by 63-53. The top rink for the home side was skipped by G. Lyall.

Wednesday night saw the A team travel to Melrose for a top-of-the-table clash, but it was the home side who came away winners by 84-68. Top rink for Hawick was N. Amos’.

The B team entertained their local rivals Wilton B, but unfortunately had to field three triple rinks, which meant they were up against it from the word go. Wilton duly took advantage and came away winners by 88-33.75.

On Saturday, 16 teams competed the Wallace Express Open Pairs where it came down to the last two couples on.

Club president J.H. Reilly and club secretary Margaret Todd played against A. Nixon and J. Brydon from Gretna. After some heavy rainfall it was Gretna who came out marginal winners by 8-7.

The club would like to thank Wallace Express for their sponsorship and Micky Hogg for his excellent organisation.


The club held its Mixed Pairs competition on Sunday in glorious weather. A plethora of good bowls resulted in a lot of close games being played throughout the afternoon, which ended in May Ogilvie and Rab Hutton overcoming Janet Darling and Alex Weir in the final.


The club held a fun day on Saturday, which included bowlers and non-bowlers.

A total of nine rinks competed in a round-robin competition, with the two best teams, the Blacklocks and the Purvises, playing a final. Going into the last end, the Blacklocks were behind when they pulled out a fantastic four to tie the competition up. This led to a final end where the Blacklocks came out the eventual winners.

Overall, a great day was had by all and the committee would like to thank everyone involved in making the day a great success.


Kelso Wheelers

Kelso Wheelers’ 20-mile time trial over the St Boswells course was run in heavy showers, but Ben Simpson survived the rain and a fall to post an impressive new personal best for the distance.

Times: M. Burgher 46 minutes and 35 seconds; D. Burgher 47.45; C. Stevenson 50.20; D. Richardson 50.49; R. Ure 51.46; G. Easson 52.20; R. Connell 52.49; R. Coupek 52.52; G. Dalglish 56.16; G. Moore 57.20; A. Ker 58.37; R. Kerr 60.00; R. Smith 62.29; D. Whitecross 63.30. Youths: B. Simpson 60.40; D. Easson 70.20.

The second round of the St Boswells league was also held last week. In Section One, Donald Richardson takes an eight-point lead into the final round. Scores: D. Richardson 38; D. Burgher 30; R. Ure 24; M. Burgher 20; I. McKenzie 18; J. Smith 16; C. Stevenson 14.

In Section Two, Richard Connell is in total command with a lead of 14 points. Scores: R. Connell 34; G. Easson and G. Veitch 20; G. Ford 18; K. Wilson 14.

A closer race is unfolding in Section Three, despite Gordon Dalglish winning both rounds to date. Scores: G. Dalglish 40; R. Smith 34; A. Ker and R. Kerr 30; D. Whitecross 26.

The youths’ section is led by Ben Simpson on 40 points, F. Veitch and D. Easson have 18 and O. Onley 16.


Kelso Thistle

Kelso Football Club are looking for a manager for Border Amateur Division C team Kelso Thistle.
Contact Mike Tait on 07977 038151.



Championship Qualifying (round 1): 1, S. Oliver 71 (7) 64; 2, J. O’Donnell 95 (28) 67; 3, S. Henderson 81 (13) 68 BIH. Ladies: 1, K. Chapman 101 (34) 67; 2, M. Smail 104 (34) 70; 3, H. Hughes 106 (35) 71.

June Medal: 1, C. Brown 69 (4) 65; 2, A. Field 90 (23) 67 BIH; 3, J. Field 90 (23) 67.

Fay Douglas Cup: 1, M. Forsythe 96 (23) 73 BIH; 2, P. Hogg 88 (15) 73; 3, D. Oliver 107 (32) 75.


Club Championship: Men’s Champion: M. Ford; runner-up, I. Jerdan. Ladies’ Champion (Hogg Trophy): L. Wilson; runner-up, Sharon Paterson. Boys’ Champion: J. Logan; runner-up, K. Wilson. Bert Donaldson Trophy: A. Malone; runner-up, S. Hawker.

Middlemas Trophy: 1, R. Ainslie nett 133; 2, K. Hook 134; 3= R. Cowe, Alan Malone 136.

Ladies SLGA Medal: 1, L. Wilson 82 (8) 74 BIH; 2, K. Wilson 99 (25) 74.

Margaret Scott Trophy: 1, L. Wilson nett 136; 2, L. Flannigan 143; 3, S. Paterson 144.


Lewis Stableford (Tuesday): 1, S. Thompson (22) 39 points; 2, D. Kellett (18) 36; 3, I. Scott (11) 34.

Lewis Stableford (monthly): 1, M. Dunne 76 points; 2, D. McPherson 68; 3, I. Scott 68.

Ladies June medal: 1, G. Dun 93 (18) 75; 2, L. Gray 99 (20) 79; 3, A. Holton 104 (22) 82.

Best Stableford score for June: L. Hogarth 17 points.


Club Champions 2014: Scott Cup (A): I.Ramsey; runner-up, C. Creamer. Northfield Cup (B) C. Creamer; runner-up, S. Ervine. Elliot Amos Trophy (C): D. Inglis, runner-up, G. Wilks.

Ladies’ Championship Final: In a very close match, Linda Wallace beat last year’s winner Janet Shirra-Gibb by two holes.


Club Championships: Division 1: D. Whiteley; runner-up, P. Gibb. Division 2: D. Howden; runner-up, S. Paisley. Division 3: S. Taylor; runner-up, D. Minto. Ladies’ Silver: C. Thom; runner-up, C. Allott. Ladies’ Bronze: J. Elliott; runner-up, M. Short. Junior A: J. Flynn; runner-up, D. Murdoch. Junior B: F. Lothian; runner-up, S. Murdoch.

Junior June Medal: 1, L. Towers 87 (21) 66; 2, F. Towers 87 (18) 69; 3, R. Nichol 96 (25) 71.


Club Championship: A Champion: P. McVie; runner-up, M. McVie. B Champion, J. Coyle; runner-up, P. Henderson; C Champion, M. Easson; runner-up, M.Brass. Junior Champion: M. McKay; runner-up, L. Cassidy.

St Boswells

Mark Humble Captain’s Prize Day: 1, D. Murdoch nett 127; 2, B. Gracie 131; 3, K. Swinton 131.

Ladies Centenary Trophy: 1, H. Rennie 96 (27) 69; 2, J. Oliver 89 (19) 70; 3, V. Bell 95 (25) 70.

Championship Qualifier (3): 1, G. Donald 79 (23) 56; 2, S. Makepeace 68 (6) 62; 3, W. Jackson 81 (19) 62.


Tuesday Order of Merit (round 8): 1, R. Lacon 69 (4) 65; 2, M. Dodds 79 (13) 66; 3, F. Bell 72 (5) 67. Scratch: S. Fairburn 67.

Braw Lads Stableford: 1, J. Grierson 37 points BL6; 2, G. Bertram 37; 3, A. Bertram 36.

The Woll

Club Championships: A Champion: J. Easdon; runner-up, A.Lindores. B.Class: C.Thorburn; runner-up, D.Main. C. Class: S.Bell; runner-up, K. Hendrie. Ladies Champion: M. Innes; runner-up, B.Hill.



Nine members sent 69 pigeons to Maidstone, a distance of 336 miles. Result: 1, 7, 8, 9, Douglas & Spearman 1134.489; 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, E. Jamieson 1124.626; 6, W. Hopewell 1097.824.


Two members sent 13 pigeons to Maidstone. Result: 1, D. Finnigan 1033.795; 2, 3, H. Pretswell & Son 1005.184.


Three members sent 37 pigeons to Maidstone, a distance of 325 miles. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, A. Agnew & Son 1202.133; 7, F. Taylor 1103.699.