Jed Thistle in sevens heaven at The Gytes

Jed Thistle, winners of 2015 Peebles Colts 7s
Jed Thistle, winners of 2015 Peebles Colts 7s

Following on from their Booker Border Cup success, Jed Thistle travelled to Peebles on Sunday to take part in the Peebles Colts 7s at the Gytes.

On a cold and wet day, Thistle reached the final, beating a president’s team (33-0), Selkirk Youth Club (48-0), Hawick Wands (17-10) before playing Melrose Wasps in the final. Thistle scored first through Gary Munro, before man of the tournament Rory Marshall scored a hat-trick, with Calum Young finishing the scoring to give Thistle a 29-5 victory.

Jed Thistle: Craig Cowan, Robbie Douglas, Robbie Yourston, Calum McNeil, Gary Munro, Rory Marshall, Calum Young, Aiden Walker, Ben McNeil, Rory Smith & Kyle Amos.

This Saturday, the 58th Kelso Harlequins Sevens takes place at Poynder Park, first tie 1.30pm.

First round draw: Peebles v Selkirk YC; Melrose Wasps v Berwick; Jed Thistle v Haddington; Hawick PSA v Kelso Quins B; Gala Wands v Duns; Musselburgh v Morpeth; Kelso Quins A v Edinburgh BATS; Hawick Wands v Tynedale.

Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest Archers

Sunday saw the opening shoot of the 2015 Scottish Clout Series take place at Green Hollow Archers’ Mugdock Park ground, near Glasgow. 
Five archers travelled through from the club. In the ladies’ section, Elaine Pearson won with a score of 57 hits for a score of 150, including three clouts as well as winning the shoot-off by ends.

Kyle Fairbairn was the only junior competitor and scored 25-55-2, and also showed his prowess at fence-climbing to retrieve wayward arrows.

The gents’ competition was won by Bosco Hazard with a score of 35-76-0.

EFA placings were: 3, Doug Anderson 29-63-0; 7, William Good 20-42-0; and 10, Mike Pearson 10-23-0.

The placings for last year’s series were finally confirmed, with IOUs being issued for the trophies which will follow.

First for the ladies last year was Elaine Pearson.

Kyle Fairbairn received a certificate for junior improver, while Scott Notman of Green Hollow was the top gent of 2014.


Borders’ Schools Cross Country Championships

P6 boys’ 2k: 1, Gregor Collins (St Peters) 7.52; 2, Murray Aiken (Priorsford); 3, Spencer Ramsay (Kingsland). First team – Kingsland 17pts.

P6 girls’ 2k: 1, Madeline Collins (Kingsland) 9.15; 2, Erin Fulton (Kingsland); 3, Samantha Dagg (Earlston). First team – Kingsland 24pts.

P7 boys’ 2k: 1, Michael Girdler (West Linton) 8.10; 2. Cameron Fowler (Eyemouth); 3, Jai Patterson (Drumlanrig). First team – Kingsland 41pts.

P7 girls’ 2k: 1, Hannah Little (West Linton) 8.29; 2, Madison Hewitt (Newcastleton); 3, Charlotte Morrison (West Linton). First team – West Linton 8pts.

Overall Primary School Championship winners - Kingsland.

S1 girls’ 2k: 1, Beth Hobbs (Peebles) 8.00; 2, Molly Falconer (Peebles); 3, Charlotte Clare (Peebles). First team – Peebles 6pts.

S1 boys’ 2k: 1, Ethan Elder (Peebles) 7.37; 2, Rory Williams (Berwickshire); 3, Jamie Kinghorn (Berwickshire). First team – Peebles 13pts.

S2 girls’ 3k: 1, Anna McGorum (Peebles) 12.52; 2, Rhiannon Fagan (13.14); 3, Lindsay Jack (Selkirk). First team – Earlston 17pts.

S2 boys’ 3k: 1, Josh Abbott (Kelso) 11.42; 2, Euan Hood (Peebles); 3, Yousuf Khurshead (Earlston). First team – Peebles 17pts.

S3 girls’ 3k: 1, Zaynah Aziz (Selkirk) 12.26; 2, Mairi Wallace (Peebles); 3, Katie Rourke (Earlston). First team – Peebles 12pts.

S3 boys’ 3k: 1, Matt Dougal (Galashiels) 11.09; 2, Callum Tharme (Berwickshire); 3, James Logan (Galashiels). First team – Galashiels 10pts.

Open girls’ 3k: 1, Zoe Pflug (Selkirk) 12.56; 2, Niamh Shaw (Peebles); 3, Linsey Young (Kelso). First team – Peebles 11pts.

Open boys’ 4k: 1, Thomas Otton (Galashiels) 15.42; 2, Kobe Stevens (Peebles); 3, Gavin Bryson (Earlston). First team – Peebles 11pts.

Overall Secondary School Championship winners – Peebles.

Gala Harriers

The inaugural 5k Easter Challenge at Tweedbank took place on Saturday, and the lure of a chocolate egg for all finishers attracted almost 100 runners of all ages and abilities from running and jogging clubs across the Borders.

Steven Lauder of Tweed Striders held off some fast-finishing juniors in a field of 95 fun runners, featuring some of the newer jogscotland clubs, notably the well-named Gallavanters in a highly successful and fun event, despite very unspringlike weather.

The next day the ante was upped with the annual National Road Relay Championships in Livingston, with senior male and female Harriers heading to Almondvale for this popular team event, and with a golden outcome for some slightly more mature athletes to add to an astonishing tally of female masters titles for Gala women.

Female teams need four runners to count and race over four legs of two different distances, 3.1 and 5.8 miles alternately. Fiona Dalgleish, Gillian Duncan, Rachel Fagan and Kate Jenkins brought home the honours in the Masters women’s category.


SSBU U12 Inter-area Tournament

Junior badminton players from the Borders had another successful tournament when the Under-12 team travelled to Ravenscraig Regional Sports Complex to play in this annual event. The Borders team lost to Edinburgh, North East and Lanarkshire, all with a 3-2 scoreline, and ended the tournament in fourth place out of nine teams. Final positions went on games won.

U16 Anglo-Scottish Invitational Tournament

The Under-16 Borders team travelled to Tyneside Badminton Centre to participate in the Anglo-Scottish Invitational Tournament. During the two days of competition, the Borderers played teams from seven other regions in Scotland and England. Despite only winning two matches, against West of Scotland and Cumbria, the youngsters played brilliantly throughout the weekend and ended the tournament in sixth place. Yorkshire won the event with Cheshire runners-up and Lothian in third place.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: winner, R. Gerrard net 36.


The traditional opening event of the season, the Captains v Vice-captains match, was played on Saturday and was well supported with the Captains team scoring a narrow victory.

John Wichary Trophy: Winners, A. Chalmers, G. Fairgrieve, P. McNulty and C. Foster 59 (4.0) 53.0.

Winter Points League for the Geordie Duncan Trophy: 1, Bert Taylor 140 points; 2, L. Flannigan 132; 3, J. Anderson 131.


The final competition of The Winter League had to cope with a final flurry of snow early in the week.

Fortunately, it cleared up in time to play the final round. Result: 1, R. Malcolm 77 (12) 65; 2, D. Bain 84 (15) 69; 3, S. Thompson 89 (19) 70.

Winter League Aggregate: 1, D. Bain 64; 2=, R. Malcolm, Shane Paton 65.

Winter League Cup 2015: 1=, R. Dick, T. Hogarth 336; 3, R. Malcolm 339.

Winter Eclectic 2015: 1, T. Hogarth 50.7; 2=, R. Dick, R. Malcolm 52.

Road to Lauder 2015: 1, Tom Hogarth £81.25; 2, D. Bain £35; 3, K. Hutchison £33.50.

With £290 of prize money being shared between 11 players and 191 rounds of golf being played competitively throughout the winter, the 2014-15 Winter League has proved to be a roaring success and, as an added bonus, £437.15 has been raised which will be donated to the club.

The first competition of the summer will be The Lewis Stableford on Tuesday, April 7 (5pm), running draw.

There is one table left for tomorrow night’s quiz night – contact Tom Hogarth 07808 479858 or email


Belhaven Winter League (final Week): 1, D. Gribbin; 2, K. Haldane; 3, W. Wallace.

Final Placings: 1, D. Gribbin; 2, W. Wallace; 3, K. Lochrie; 4, I. Ramsey.


Club captain Albert Thompson organised a highly successful season opener on Saturday when around 50 members, comprising ladies, gents and juniors, played 18 holes in the combined Billy Hughes Memorial Trophy and Captain’s Fun Day Texas Scramble.

Billy’s widow Gina and daughter Karen were warmly welcomed at the club, with Karen presenting the trophy to the winning team. Result: 1, D. Whiteley, D. Miller, F. Robertson & M. White 59.3; 2, R. Latta, L. Bruce, T. Mulvee, J. Craig, & R. Johnston 60.1; 3, P. McDonnell, D. Howden, H. Todd, N. Simpson.63.4.


Hawick Linden 7s

The third Hawick Linden Sevens takes place at the Volunteer Park on Saturday.

St Boswells return to defend the trophy they won by defeating Selkirk in last year’s final.

The eight competing teams are split into two groups of four. Pool A consists of Hawick Harlequins, Selkirk, Langholm and Berwick with Pool B made up of Hawick Linden, Jed-Forest, St Boswells and Penicuik.

The event is sponsored by Desport & Gray, Flooring Specialists, with medals provided by the family of the late Billy Russell, past-president and Linden life member. The teams will be playing for the Life Members’ Cup with the player of the tournament trophy donated by Moira Black.

It was won last year by Ryan Hogg of St Boswells.

The first tie between Hawick Harlequins and Selkirk takes place at 12.30pm with the final scheduled for 5.15pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £2 for OAPs and Under-16s free.



Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Barrow 0; L. Molero 1 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barrow 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 1; D. Sharratt 1 R. Kohler 0; J. Barrow 2 J. Barowska 0; L. Molero 2 J. Barrow 0; L. Molero 2 J. Barowska 0.