Girls praised aloud

GIRL power was the name of the game on Friday night as the Roxburgh Sports Council held its annual awards ceremony at the Lothian Park Pavilion in Jedburgh.

It has to be said, though, there were one or two accolades for the gents as well.

But with numbers in abundance, it was the Hawick High School girls’ football team that made the biggest impression on the night with their impressive list of achievements (see left) and the manner with which they conducted themselves.

Indeed, the youngsters were given high praise from sports council member Valerie Robertson who introduced the Team of the Year category and presented the girls with their well-deserved award.

She said: “Perhaps more significant than the nature of these triumphs is the manner in which they have been achieved. Everywhere the girls have gone, they have played football the way it should be played – with style, courage, flair and good sportsmanship. They have cheered opponents at the end of games, combined genuine self-confidence with genuine modesty and never – well, almost never – moaned at referees.

“They have been a wonderful example to any sporting young girl – or boy.”

Team captain Lauren Mackenzie, 14, told TheSouthern: “We are thrilled to get this award.

“Part of the success of the team is that we all support each other and concentrate on our game rather than fighting and arguing among ourselves. The highlight of our year was definitely our Scottish Cup win and I would like to say well done to everyone for achieving that.”

Teviothead orienteerer Douglas Tullie picked up the Sports Personality of the Year award, and although the 23-year-old student had quite a bit less to say than the girls he was equally delighted.

He told us: “It’s quite an honour to win this. It’s been a wee bit of a struggle to balance all my training this last year with my studies, but it has been well worth it and I think this award recognises that.”

A member of Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club, Douglas is one of a large family of orienteerers with both his parents and two brothers participating in the sport.

He added: “There is always a bit competition amongst us, but that’s a good thing as it keeps you on your toes. They all give me great support also, which is good.”

Kelso hockey internationalist Kirsty Hill won the junior award but could not attend Friday night’s celebrations due to illness.

Hawick swept the board in the coaching section with Hawick YM chief Jammy McFarlane taking the senior award and swimming instructor Lesley-Anne Aitken lifting the junior accolade.

Hawick bowling stalwart Kenny White received the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils Award for Service to Local Sport.

The evening was hosted by sports council chairman David Laing, while the vote of thanks was given by member Malcolm Bell.