Kelso hockey marks year of success

Kelso Hockey Award winners
Kelso Hockey Award winners

Kelso Hockey Celebrated winning East League Division Two for the second year running at their annual Presentation Dinner.

Awards were presented to individual members of the teams but for Kelso II the highlight of the evening was being rewarded for winning East League Two having only been promoted last year from League Three.

The seconds had a fantastic start to the season and continued to hold out with some fantastic play and determination to win again.

Elsewhere, the Kelso Ladies 1st XI had to battle hard to retain their place in the East District Premier league and succeeded.

Kelso III, which is the young development squad, started off a little tentative but as the season progressed they grew in confidence and their skill shone through.

The players and coaches are now looking forward to next season.

See below for list of individual award winners.



Senior league leaders Selkirk and Ettrick Forest were the visitors last Tuesday for yet another match to be played in cool, showery conditions.

During the early stages, the score was close, but in the last few ends, Abbotsford pulled ahead to win by 68-52.

Highest -up triple for Abbotsford was that of Tom Cass, Bill Waugh and Alan Howlieson.

Last Wednesday evening, both A and B teams were in action. At Wilton, the A team led virtually from start to finish to obtain a 95-81 victory. Highest-up rink for Abbotsford was Craig Turnbull, Stuart Aitchison, Graham Prentice and Tommy Newall.

Meanwhile, back at Abbotsford, the B team played Hawick B. The scores were close in three of the rinks, but the rink of John Skinner, Donald Elliot, Sean Fraser and Bill Philip recorded a convincing win and Abbotsford won the match by 76-51.

On Friday the various men’s representatives played in the first-round qualifiers for the National Championships. Although the triple and junior singles lost, there were wins for the single, pair, four and senior four, while the senior single obtained a bye.

On Saturday, the men travelled to Edinburgh for the annual friendly against Corstorphine in warm, sunny conditions. Corstorphine past president John McPhail donated a trophy for the fixture and Abbotsford were the first recipients, winning by 92-57.

Finally, on Sunday, the ladies played for the Silver Jubilee Shield and in a closely-fought final, May Turner and Jackie Ormiston defeated Margaret Brown and Catriona Reid by 13-10.

This Saturday, there is a quiz evening at the clubhouse, starting at 7.30pm.


In another fairly good week on the greens for the club, Tuesday saw the Seniors travel up to Peebles, where they had a good win by 59-43. The game was briefly interrupted by a heavy hailstorm. Top rink was the one skipped by Bert Wear, ably supported by Campbell Anderson and Jim Reilly.

On Wednesday, the A team played Jed at home and also had a good win by 101-69.

Top rinks were those skipped by Bill Anderson and Scott Clarkson, who were both 14 shots up.

The B team travelled to Galashiels to play the Abbotsford club. It was a convincing victory for the home team by 76-51. Top rink for Hawick B side was the Tony Anderson-skipped rink, ably supported by Mark Reilly, Billy Killey and Jim Reilly.

Langholm New Town

Alan Aitken, Ian Scott and Hazel Jeffrey won their own tournament at the Langholm New Town bowling triples last Saturday in fine sunny weather.

In the final they beat the Gretna triple of Robin Nichol, Graeme Kirkpatrick and Brian Bryden. Two other New Town entries were knocked out in the semi-finals. Paul Warwick and his mother Carolle, along with Malcolm Johnstone, went out to the eventual winners, and also out at that stage were Tommy Morrison, his son Scott, and Roy Park.

There was an entry of 15 triples and the Arthur Gibson perpetual cup was presented to the winners by James McVittie, who sponsored the tournament along with Ian Patterson, Neil Campbell, Jock Corrie and New Town president Paul Warwick. The president thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success.


Kelso Wheelers

Seventeen riders faced the daunting prospect of a strong headwind and crosswind on the outward leg of the 20 mile St Boswells course, the bonus, if any existed, was the tailwind home.

Colin Stevenson, winning for the second week running with a pb, has hit a rich vein of form, just in time for the upcoming championship races and the Border Trophy. Simon Gaunt also produced a fine ride for a pb.

The Youths not only continue to challenge themselves but also the stopwatch, with Oscar Onley breaking the course record. Ben Simpson and Daniel Easson set new pbs and Harry Graves had an excellent time for his ride over the course.

Times: C. Stevenson 45.28 pb, S. Gaunt 48.12 pb; R. Norris 49.27; D. Richardson 49.46; K. Darling 49.56; J. Smith 50.05; R. Ure 50.26; M. Burgher 50.46; G. Ford 52.55; O. Onley 55.08 pb/cr; R. Connell 56.06; B. Simpson 56.33 pb; G. Dalglish 57.09; S. Onley 62.13; D. Easson 66.43 pb; J. Sinton 68.50; H. Graves 69.21.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner, R. Scott nett 36; B League winner, G. Turnbull 37.

Second Championship Qualifier: 1, O. Alexander 81 (20) 61; 2, W. Millar 81 (19) 62. The next competition is the Baxter Cup on Saturday.


Cameron Trophy, May 17: 1, G. Welsh & D. Wilson 76 (8) 68; 2, G. Kellington & P. Wilson 77 (7.5) 69.5.

Thistle Cup, May 23: 1, M. Ford 71 (3) 68 (bih); 2, B. Walker 75 (7) 68.

Lady golfer, May 19: 1, K. Wilson 95 (25) 70; 2, Margaret Wilkinson 93 (17) 76.

Tee times are still available for our Ladies’ Open Greensomes on Sunday, May 31, in both the morning and afternoon tee slots. Enter via the club website, by phoning 01573 223009 or by texting Doreen Pringle on 07803 159047.


Trophy Competition: 1, G. Lackie 73 (5) 68; 2, C. Campbell 74 (6) 68; 3, S. Ervine 82 (12) 70. Scratch: I. Ramsey 74.

May Clubhouse Competition: 1, K. Grieve 77 (12) 65; 2, I. Swan 84 (18) 66; 3, R. Falconer 80 (13) 67. Scratch: L. M. Wallace 71.

Gibson Trophy (Ladies): 1, J. Shirra-Gibb 33 pts; 2, J. Whiteford; 3, B. Robertson.


Seniors Summer League, May 18: 1, D. Miller 37 points (after countback); 2, A. Lauder 37;

3. J. Henderson 36.

Seniors Summer League positions: 1, D. Taylor 41.5 points; 2, N. Simpson 41; 3, D. Miller 33.25.

Ladies’ SLGA Brooch Competition, May 18: 1, L. Towers 86 (13) 73 (lowest gross); 2, L. Moore 87 (13) 74; 3, L. Bruce 95 (19) 76.

Gents Tuesday Stableford, May 19: 1, E. English 39 pts; 2, D. Howden 37 (after countback); 3, William Mackenzie 37.

Gents Tuesday Stableford League positions: 1, D. Wear 73 pts; 2, S. Paisley 72; 3, D. Howden 71.

Gents’ match against Torwoodlee, May 20: Minto lost their unbeaten record when Torwoodlee visited and defeated the home team by 3.5 rubbers to 2.5 in a closely-contested match.

Alnmouth Open, May 20: Eight teams of Minto ladies entered the Alnmouth Team of Three Open at Foxton Hall, Alnmouth, for their spring outing. Minto teams took second and third places from a large field, drawn from across north-east England and the Borders. Mary Towers, Irene Middlemiss and Sue James took second place and Ann Witherington, Kaija Sanford and Marion King were very close behind in third.

Juniors Mitchell Trophy No 2, May 22: 1, J. Flynn 76 (11) 65 (after countback) lowest gross; 2, F. Towers 82 (17) 65; 3, D. Murdoch 76 (8) 68 lowest gross.

Fox and Hounds No 4 / Chanpionship Qualifier No 1 and Ally Whillans Memorial Trophy, May 23: 1 G. Morrison 77 (13) 64; 2, E. Berridge 81 (15) 66; 3, Peter Gibb 70 (4) 66, lowest gross.

Morrison and Berridge qualify to play in the SGU Belhaven Best qualifier at Uphall Golf Club on August 7.

The Minto team of Mary Towers, Lily Towers, Margaret Bland, Lynn Bruce and Cherry Thom enjoyed a decisive victory in the Mail on Sunday Classic competition on Saturday, May 23, against a strong team from Dumfries and County.

In a match played at Minto in the best of spirits and with weather to match, all the Minto players performed exceptionally well and emerged winners by four rubbers to one.

The Dumfries ladies were magnanimous in defeat and paid particular tribute to Lily Towers for the strong fight she put up, losing only on the 18th hole to a much more experienced opponent.

Mary Towers and Lynn Bruce both won their matches 2 and 1, whilst Cherry Thom and Margaret Bland won theirs by 4 and 3 and 5 and 3 respectively. This brings Minto’s record in the competition to 20 rubbers played, 17 won, one halved and two lost – a remarkable record.

Today’s victory puts Minto in the sixth round of this national competition. This is a tremendous achievement, to which Lesley Moore and Anne Paterson have also contributed through their participation in earlier rounds.


Elsie Wilson Trophy: 1, M. Rae 87 (18) 69. Twos: P. McGhee.

Brooch competition: 1, J. Beattie 80 (13) 67. There were no twos.

St Boswells

Ladies Open, May 23: Handicap – 1, M. Allen & K. Telford net 68; 2, J. Greenshields & K. Gall net 68.2; 3, M. McGee & V. McKean net 70.8. Scratch – G. Oliver & S. Barrie 82.

Entries are now being accepted for the Seniors’ Mixed Greensomes Open on Thursday, June 11, Entry £12 per couple.

Junior Morrison Shield, May 18: 1, C. Townsend 103 (41) 62; 2, S. Murdoch 77 (14) 63; 3, A. Smith 106 (43) 63.

Ladies’ Cobblers Stableford, May 19: 1, G. Oliver 38 pts; 2, R. Thorburn 37; 3, S. Gerard 36.

Seniors May Medal: 1, R. Marr 92 (26) 66; 2, I. Murray 88 (21) 67; 3, K. Ovens 73 (6) 67.


Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit: 1, D. Gillie 68 (1) 67; 2, J. Berry 69 (0) 69 BIH; 3, I. Heard 73 (4) 69.

Championship 1st Qualifier, May 23: 1, Ewan Gunter 67 (4) 63; 2, Brian McLaren 74 (6) 68 BIH; 3, Rob Semple 77 (9) 68; 4, Andrew Brooks 71 (2) 69 BIH; 5, Ian Clinkscales 81 (12) 69 BIH; 6, Scott Carruthers 74 (5) 69; 7, Euan Robertson 90 (20) 70 BIH; 8, Brian Aitchison 75 (5) 70 BIH.



Kelso hockey clubs held their annual presentation night recently with the following awards being handed out.

Kelso HC 1st XI: Player of the year – Jude Mhairi; Dedication to the team – Suzanne Henry; Top Goal Scorer – Laura McColm & Evonne Jack; Most Improved – Amy McLean.

Kelso HC 2nd XI: Players Player – Sophie Aitchison & Jenny Thumwood; Most Improved – Lizzie Hunter; Coaches Player – Erin King; Goal of the Season- Rona Fleming; Game of the Season – Lyndsey Morris.

Kelso HC 3rd XI: Players Player – Linsey Young; Most Improved – Amy McKenzie & Rosie Browne; Coaches Player – Gemma Bootman; Goal of the Season – Lucy Murray.


Earlston & District

Members sent 158 birds to Newark, liberated at 10.15am into an east wind. 
Result: 1, 2, 3, 6, W. Gray & Son 1678.46; 4, 7, 8, A. Simpson 1627.96; 5, A. Bain 1620.90; 9, 10, S. Hardie & Sons 1582.78.


Ten members sent 224 birds to Newark on Saturday.

Result: 1, 6, 7, 10, Douglas & Spearman 1631.847; 2, 4, 8, J. Wyper 1610.315; 3, Austin R. Lindores 1605.593; 5, E. Jamieson 1583.620; 9, Douglas & Ward 1551.978.

Jedburgh & District

Five members sent birds to Newark.

Result: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 A. Agnew & Son 1672.113; 2 Mr & Mrs Simpson 1625.961.


Members liberated 67 birds over 188 miles from Woolaston last Saturday in a north wind.

Results: 1, Braban & Stewart 1356.491; 2 D Nordon 1341.229; 3 A Henderson 1319.232; 4 D Nordon 1309.543; 5 A Henderson 1278.889; 6 D Nordon 1267.329; 7 A Henderson 1261.378.



Club night friendlies: A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; I. Chalmers 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0; A. Gill 2 I. Chalmers 1; I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 0; A Gill 2 J. Barowska 0.

Racketball: D. Sharratt 2 J. Barowska 0.

Final standings: League 1 – D. Sharratt 9; J. Eyre 7; I. Chalmers 6; L. Molero 6; A. Gill 0.

League 2 – R. Kohler 12; J. Barrow 7; R. McAleese 2; L. Bertram 0; M. Hauwood 0.