High achievers get recognised at Thistle Awards

Tweedbank Thistle P7s at there recent Awards evening
Tweedbank Thistle P7s at there recent Awards evening

Tweedbank Thistle recently held their annual presentation night and disco to mark the end of the 2013/14 season at the Community Centre.

This year, as well as medals, the players received individual awards for their efforts over a wide range of achievements.

The full list of awards winners is as follows – Coaches’ Most Improved Player of the year: Ben McColm (2008 team); Kyle Fitzgerald (2007); Lyle Gille (2006); Sam McAneny (2005); Michael Paszkiewicz (2004); Daniel Murray (2002).

Players’ Player of the year: Mateusz Paszkiewiczi: Josh Miller (2005); Gary Flinn (2004), Daniel Tait (2002).

The night also marked the send-off for the 2002 P7 players, with many of them now moving on to play for Gala Fairydean Youths. The club wished them all the best for the future and thanked them for their efforts over the years.

Training will reconvene on Wednesday, August 20. For more information call 07974 350373.

Sporting digest



A quieter week for the club began with the A team travelling to Kelso for a Border League match.

Overall, there was little between the two teams, but in the last third Kelso managed to edge ahead and win the game by 82-78. Keith Campbell skipped the highest rink for Abbotsford.

On Friday and Saturday, representatives from the club played in the area qualifiers for the Border Championships. Ties were played at Melrose, Gala and Waverley with the exception of the rinks, which were played on the Wilton green. In the singles, Kenny Johnstone won against Waverley and Melrose, but lost the final game to Peebles. The junior singles and the senior fours each lost their opening matches while the pairs and triples won their first games before losing at the next stage.

In the rinks competition, Abbotsford 1 had wins against Stow and Melrose, while Abbotsford 2 defeated Ettrick Forest and then Selkirk. Each rink had one more match to play, with the winners qualifying for the finals to be held at Berwick on August 23. The opponents were Wilton, playing against rink one, and Waverley, against rink two. The matches began, but the rain became heavy and the decision was taken to abandon the competition and replay it on Tuesday (August 12).


The Border Ladies Bowling tournament was held recently over two days, with the qualifying rounds being played on the Saturday on the Ettrick Forest and Selkirk greens.

The semi-finals and finals were played on the Sunday on the BLBA President’s green at Waverley BC.

Results: Singles: winner, M. Todd (Newtown); runner-up, J. Dickey (Hawick). Pairs: winners, A. Clarkson/I. Wilson (Hawick); R/U, G. Ainslie/A. Ogilvie (Lauder). Triples: winners, B. Irvine/M. Riddell/M. Todd (Hawick); R/U, M. Anderson/I. Currie/H. Dodds (St Ronan’s). Fours: winners, L. Clark/L. McKenzie/A. Carruthers/M. Bower (Peebles); R/U, S. Blacklock/H. Redburn/W. Milligan/S. Thomson (Newtown). Senior Fours: winners, M. Milne/M. Smith/M. Inglis/M. Weir (Selkirk); R/U, C. McVie/B. Currie/R. Elder/V. Gillie (Ettrick Forest).

The winners of the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours will make up the team to represent the Border Ladies in the Torrance Purves competition in 2015.


The Seniors travelled to play Peebles on Tuesday morning, and for the fourth game in a row, came away with a very good win, played on a somewhat tricky green. Top green for the Hawick club was the J. Reilly-skipped rink, ably supported by W. Killey and W. Blaikie.

The A team entertained Earlston at home on Wednesday night and finished up with a comfortable victory, winning by 96-64. Top rink for the home side was the B. Anderson-skipped rink of S. Spalding, S. Johnstone, G. Brady.

Also played on Wednesday, the B team travelled to play their Kelso counterparts in a rearranged league match. With a depleted side, they went down by 82-44.


The club hosted its annual Ladies’ Pairs on Saturday and, although the weather forecast was never good, the 18 pairs did well to get their qualifying games played. After some exciting pool games, the semi- finals saw Jedburgh beating Newtown and Gala Waverley beating Peebles. Both teams attempted to play for the trophy, but it was decided to call it a day when the heavens opened for the umpteenth time and the green was deemed to be dangerous. Newtown would like to thank everyone for their support on the day.



Graham Cup: 1, I. Casson 41 points; 2, D. Cairns 38; 3, M. Swatton 34.


Intersport 5: 1, G. Liddle 45 points; 2, R. Liddle 43.

Kelso Show Stroke: 1, J. Chisholm 83 (20) 63; 2, G. Borthwick 78 (12) 66.

AA Hunter Trophy: 1, R. Cowe 69 (4) 65 BIH; 2, C. Thomson 70 (5) 65.

Ladies’ Summer Stroke: 1, D. Pringle 93 (22) 71; 2, E. Pearson 94 (22) 72.

The Ladies’ Invitation Tri-Am was played on Friday, July 25 with the two best net scores at each hole counting.

Thirteen teams participated and Anne Scott, who donated the trophy, presented the prizes. Result: 1, K. Wilson, D. Wilson and G. Welsh 129; 2, L. Wilson, G. Fairgrieve and R. Hastie 131 BIH; 3, D. Tomlinson, G. Fletcher and I. Halliday 131.


Lauder Golf Club hosted the BGA four-man team scratch tournament on Sunday with nine teams from Borders clubs competing. The winning team was David Gillie, Jackson Berry, Colin Riddle, and Simon Fairburn, representing Torwoodlee, with the best three scores counting 227. Kelso took second place with 235, closely followed by Lauder’s 236.


July results (ladies): Hamilton Trophy, V. Hogg 34 points; SLGA Medal, C. Dalgleish 87 (20) 67; Nine-hole Medal, M. Hart 13 points; Bank Trophy, C. Dalgleish 90 (19) 71; Captain’s Prize, J. Shirra-Gibb 87 (15) 72; 9 Hole(2), M. Hart 18 points.

August Clubhouse Competition: 1, I. Hogg 76 (9) 67; 2, A. G. Brown 83 (15) 68; 3, R. Falconer 83 (13) 70. Scratch: G. Hogg 76.


Seniors’ Summer League: 1, R. Gower 41 points; 2, A. Lauder 40 BIH; 3=, R. Johnston, J. Lunn 40. League positions: 1, T. Glendinning 56.25 points; 2, J. Lunn 53.50; 3, T. Kerr 39.

Junior Stableford (No 3): 1, O. Cranston 41 points; 2, J. Flynn 37; 3, C. Patterson 35.

Junior Section Outing to the Hirsel: 1, C. Patterson 40 points; 2, D. Murdoch 37. Team Competition: 1, J. Flynn, A. Brown, C. Patterson and A. Towers.

Minto Seniors maintained their good match record this season with a 4-2 victory against West Linton away.

Margaret Donaldson Memorial Trophy (mixed pairs): 1, S. Lees & A. Scott (Minto) 79 (9.5) 68.5; 2, M. Towers & A. Towers (Minto) 86 (15) 71; 3, P. Hogg & H. Hogg (Jedburgh) 81 (9.5) 71.5. Scratch: A. Kennedy & J. Kennedy (Harburn) 79.

St Boswells

Club Championship Finals, sponsored by Lawries Garage St Boswells: Division A, Steven Makepeace beat Allen Whellans; Division B, Derek Hancock beat M. Ovens; Division C, C. Lowrie beat W. Jackson; Senior Gents, D. Curle beat H. Oliver; Ladies Silver Division, M. Allen beat J. Oliver; Bronze Division, H. Rennie beat S. Barrie; Under 14, J. McDonald beat S. Murdoch.

Eildon Trophy: 1, E. Johnstone 79 (19) 60; 2, W. Jackson 81 (19) 62; 3, I. Barr 78 (15) 63.

Dryburgh Cup (2): 1, L. Bell 76 (14) 62; 2, G. Hogg 70 (6) 64; 3, C. I. Ovens 66 (2) 64 (lowest gross).

The Ladies’ Peebles Memorial invitation competition was won by Sammy Barrie and her partner Sharon Patterson of Kelso Golf Club. The founder of the competition, Anne Melrose, presented the trophy and prizes.

Congratulations also go to junior member Rebecca MacDonald who won the Torwoodlee Junior Open, and Keir Gullen, who won the Boys’ Under-15 Handicap.


Tuesday Order of Merit (round 13): 1, B. Calder 82 (18) 64; 2, D. Turner 69 (3) 66; 3, A. Brooks 68 (2) 66. Scratch: D. Gillie 68.

The Woll

Tuesday Sweep: 1, D. Sceats 86 (17) 69; 2, F. Armstrong 93 (21) 72; J. MacKenzie 80 (8) 72.

Saturday Sweep: 1, R. Stark 77 (10) 67; 2, A. Lindores 71 (4) 67; 3, A. Henderson 95 (27) 68.


Earlston & District

Two members sent 70 birds to Ridsdale, liberated at 8.50am into a light south wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, W. Gray & son 1209.92; 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, S. Martin 1006.99.


Five members sent 49 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 48 miles. Result: 1, 2, 4, J. Ramage 1310.280; 3, 5, 7, A. R. Lindores 1299.807; 6, G. Irvine 1233.773; 8, 9, B. Dixon 1229.834; 10, J. Douglas 1060.725.


Five members sent 126 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 38 miles. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Mr & Mrs Simpson 1359.987; 7, 9, 10, T. Wilson 1316.239; 8, A. Agnew & son 1306.788.


Jed Thistle

Jed Thistle , as part of the RBS Rugby Force Weekend, are holding an open day on Saturday, starting at 2pm at the Glebe. There will a fun training session, followed by a barbeque. Anyone interested in playing rugby at Under-18 or Under-16 level is welcome. Parents are invited for a look round and meet committee & coaches.



Scottish Borders Snooker AGM will take place on Sunday, August 17, at Hawick Burns Club (1pm).



Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; L. Molero 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; L. Molero 2 R. Kohler 1; L. Molero 2 D. Sharratt 0; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 1 L. Molero 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 1 R. McAleese 1.