Junior judoka focus on podium places

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Three young judoka from Focus Judo Club in Galashiels recently competed in two competitions within a two-week period and all three came away with medals.

All three players competed in the Hibari-Kan Junior Open in Larkhall. Monica Riddell (pictured front left) and Holly Shepherd (front right) both came away with gold from their categories and Ewan Jones (front centre), who had a very tough competition due to moving up an age group, came away with bronze.

Two weeks later at the Scottish Age Bands competition at Ravenscraig, Holly gained the silver and Ewan the bronze medal.

Focus coaches Tam, Stuart, James and Lee wish to congratulate all three players on their valiant efforts over those two weeks.

The club has also just completed an Active Schools programme where 84 pupils from Burgh Primary School took part. Find out more about Focus Judo at www.focusjudo.org

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The club will be holding an Xmas fun night on Friday, December 13, which will include accordion music and dancing. All members and friends of the club welcome.

Tweedbank Seniors

On Wednesday, November 30, the seniors were away to East Lothian and knew that the chances of a win were not good against a team which has not yet lost a single match this season.

When the match started it soon became clear that a win for Tweedbank was going to be unlikely. On completion of five ends, East Lothian already led by 19 shots.

At 10 ends, Tweedbank had managed to reduced the lead to 15 shots. However, This only acted as a wake-up call to East Lothian, who eventually won 83-48.


There was no match for the gents on Saturday, however, results elsewhere enabled them to maintain their position in third place. They are two points adrift of Headwell with a game in hand.

Ladies Fours

At club level the final of the ladies fours has now taken place and this saw Sheena White, Jeanette Redpath, Jackie Ormiston and Ella Brydon facing Margaret Aitken, Christine Kellett, Lauren Upton and Gail Lindores.

The match was very close early on and after nine ends, the two teams were locked together at five shots each. Lindores and her team then took two ends in a row to gain a four-shot advantage. Three singles were then scored leaving Lindores still three shots in front with 14 of the 21 ends completed.

On the 15th end, Lindores dropped a count of five so that not only did her lead disappear but also Brydon and her team were now two shots in front. This was not enough to be safe and with one end left to play Lindores had regained the lead.

But on the last end Brydon managed to secure a count of two to win the match by 16-15.

Club news

Draws have now been made for the gents’ and ladies’ triples competitions which are on the appropriate noticeboards.

On Saturday, the gents entertain Balbardie at home in what could be a very important match. At the same time the ladies are away to Bainfield.

On Sunday, the ladies’ junior trial takes place at Abbeyview, starting at noon. The club wishes Lauren Upton the best of luck and hopes she will make the team for theupcoming internationals.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, A. R. Gerrard, nett 40.


Winter Stableford: 1, I. Halliday 42 points; 2, J. Black 42.

Treble Six Pairs: 1, S. Turnbull & C Bell 74 (9.5) 64.5; K. Hush & J. Black 77 (11.5) 65.5; 3=, M. Ross & R. Scott: G. Welsh & D. Wilson 79 (13) 66.


After two weeks’ excellent scoring and just missing out on valuable Winter League points, the bridesmaid finally became the bride.

Billy Hunter’s consistent scoring paid dividends. It was a closely-run thing with Drew Kellet pushing Geordie Dun into third with a better inward half. Billy also kept up his good form at the quarry, winning the twos sweep for the second week in a row.

Ivor Aitchison’s soup qualified for ‘soup de jour’ as it was made at 1am on Sunday morning. It had an excellent flavour with an aftertaste of black pepper. Next week’s entry is supplied by Billy Hunter. It is rumoured the ewe has already been earmarked.

The podium positions and scores for the week of November 4 are as follows: 1, B. Hunter 78 (11) 67; 2, D. Kellet 85 (17) 68; 3, G. Dun 94 (26) 68.

The Winter League will be played every Sunday, first tee time 10.30am, until the end of March 2014.

Tournament rules are stroke play, 18 holes; best round each month is recorded with ‘The Winter League Champion’ being the golfer with lowest aggregate score recorded each month.

Results of the November round of the Winter League championship: 1, M. Whiteford 63; 2, I. Aitchison 64; 3, B. Hunter 65.

December’s competition will commence next Sunday.

The eclectic competition will continue to run alongside the winter League Championship.

There will be a weekly, monthly and all tournament prizes, with the overall winner being presented with The Winter League Championship.


Belhaven Winter League (Week 4): 1, K. Haldane 8 up; 2, T. S. Clark 7 up.


Christman Crackers Competition: 1=, J. Coyle, H. MacDonald, A. Pickersgill and J. Rae nett 32. Twos: I. Wilkie, L. Rutherford, P. Henderson, A. Pickersgill, J. Coyle, R. J. Wilson, J. Rae and N. Roxburgh (2).



Following an intensive eight-week coaching programme for U13 & U14 boys and girls from across the region, all were invited to a tournament at Tweedbank to showcase their skills and development to date. Borders Hockey Development delivered the block of sessions in line with the current performance criteria specified by Scottish Hockey. These criteria include fitness, mindset and coachability.

Three regional development centres delivered the coaching programme in Hawick, Tweedbank and Duns, of which each school were invited to select six participants from each year group with the potential to develop into future performance players.

The 80 boys and girls who took to the pitch over the afternoon were a credit to their coaches, Pippa Bell and Zoe Higgins as the speed, style and attitude of play was exceptional.

Janet Jack, Borders hockey development officer and Scottish hockey performance coach, was on hand to offer wise words of encouragement to all and cast her eye over the future hockey talent from the region.


Border League

After a free week and a Triples Qualifier it was back to League business for Borders pool players last week.

In the top flight, unbeaten Ship A went top as Reivers A went down tamely to High Level A while Waverley A and Niki’s both recorded impressive wins.

Division Two looks wide open with the top six separated by only three points after leaders High Level B lost at Red Lion A and chasing pack of Waverley B, Fleece B and Station all won, setting up a thrilling battle for the title.

Results – Division One: High Level A (Hawick) 7 Reivers A (Gala) 2; Reivers B (Gala) 2 Nikis Bar (Gala) 7; Waverley A (Hawick) 8 Dryburgh (Newtown) 1; Ship A (Melrose) 6 Fleece A (Selkirk) 4.

Division Two: Bridge Inn (Gala) 4 Waverley B (Hawick) 5; Red Lion A (Kelso) 6 High Level B (Hawick) 3; Station Bar (Hawick) 5 Red Lion B (Kelso) 4; Fleece B (Selkirk) 7 Ship B (Melrose) 2.



A STRONG first-half performance was enough to earn Selkirk A a welcome 20-12 win in Saturday’s Border League Cup fixture against Kelso 2nds at Poynder Park.

Selkirk took all their points in the first half with tries from Lewis MacLennen and Josh Welsh (2) with Mike McVie adding one conversion and a penalty.

Super Sunday

The 3G Arena in Netherdale, Galashiels, played host to an action-packed day of rugby last Sunday as eight Borders teams in the under-16 age group played back-to -back matches.

The first match of the event kicked-off at 10.30 am and saw Selkirk play Hawick.

This was followed by Kelso v Duns, Langhlom v Jedburgh and Peebles v Melrose.

Brian Renwick, regional development manager for the Scottish Rugby Union, commented: “The 3G Arena at Netherdale is the perfect venue for this type of rugby event.

“It provides a unique opportunity to play four matches back-to-back on the same pitch.”

The scores on the day were: Kelso 7 Duns 57; Peebles 5 Melrose 54; Langholm 0 Jedburgh 62; Selkirk 24 Hawick 5.


Border League

Results: Kelso Legion 1 Hawick Conservative Club A 5; Hawick Conservative Club B 5 Innerleithen 1; Selkirk A 6 Hawick Burns Club B 0; Jedburgh Legion 4 St Boswells 2; Hawick Burns Club A 4 Selkirk 2.

League standings (after eight rounds): 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 43; 2, Kelso Legion 29; 3, Selkirk A 29; 4, Hawick Burns Club A 28; 5, Jedburgh Legion 26; 6, Hawick Burns Club B 23; 7, Hawick Conservative Club B 21; 8, Selkirk B 16; 9, St Boswells 15; 10, Innerleithen 10.



Club Championship semi-final: J. Sharratt 3 I. Chalmers 0 (9-5, 9-1, 9-3).

Club Night matches: I. Chalmers 2 I. Yousef 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; G. Laing 2 D. Burnie 0; D. Sharratt 2 P. Borseth 0; I. Chalmers 2 D. Burnie 1; A. Gill 2 M. Delrud 0; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0.

Racquetball: D. Sharratt 2 P. Borseth 0.

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