Kids enjoy smashing good tournament at Duns

editorial image

Duns Badminton Club held its annual Primary Tournament on Saturday at Berwickshire High School.

There were more than 50 players from all over the Borders playing singles and doubles, with just over 170 games played in total throughout the day.

Results (from finals): Callum Smith (Greenlaw) bt Isaac Weir (Duns); Jodie Black (Eyemouth) bt Iona Fox (Peebles); Callum Smith & Tyler Smith (Greenlaw) bt Issac Weir & Callum Stokes (Duns); Jodie Black & Iona Fox bt Ushika Kidd & Indie Lucas (Coldingham).

Best boy (based on overall conduct): Duncan Crowe (Coldingham); best girl: Jessica Mitchell (Peebles).

The club is grateful to Pete Hardie for making the tournament run smoothly, chairman David Rhind for presenting the trophies, Petlie Engraving of Duns for their continued support, Harry Turnbull (photography and video), as well as the parents, committee and secondary club players.

The day’s medal winners are pictured.



A total of seven couples entered the Seedless Tournament, a knockout doubles competition for members who are unseeded.

The final saw Craig Pollock and Bridget Gray take on Rian Stuart and Linsey Evans, the former duo winning 21-10, 21-12.

Next on the calendar was the Veterans’ Tournament, for club members over a certain age (40). The semi-finals saw Charlie Allison and Tracey Kirkpatrick beat Craig Pollock and Carolyn Higginson, and Paul Bishop and Moira Wright got the better of Gareth McRae and Joyce Lighbody.

The final was eventually won by Charlie and Tracey, who came from behind to record a 15-21, 21-16, 21-14 victory.

The Gents’ Singles Tournament saw seven players slog it out in a round-robin format. The top players then played the final which, this year, was contested by Craig Pollock and Charlie Allison, a great ding-dong match with Craig being the victor 21-19, 16-21, 21-10.

A final for the plate tournament was held between Hamish Bell and Graeme Lang, Hamish winning 21-18, 21 -16 after some fine badminton by both players.

Club members played for the Jed Tyre & Exhaust Trophy – a knockout tournament with no seeds or handicaps. Nine couples participated.

Craig Pollock and Violet Livingston beat Calum Muir and Gina Gordon in the final by 21-19, 21-13.



On Saturday, March 15, it’s quiz night at Newtown St Boswells BC. Come along and test your brain. Teams of four. Time: 7.30 for 8pm. Contact Drew Redburn by telephoning 01835 822147.


Border Ice Rink

Section one of the Agrii Border League stays unchanged following last week’s games as none of the front runners were involved.

Down the table somewhat, Lauderdale defeated Jedburgh and Swinton’s run of misfortune continued with Lees keeping them back. Glendale and Earlston now look forward to their final games with everything to go for, while Coldstream, having finished their programme, can only sit and twiddle their nervous thumbs regarding these games.

Duns, still a menace, have their final game on March 11.

In section two, front runners Kelso, Roxburghe and Ayton Castle all have a game to play, the big one on the 11th being Ayton Castle v Kelso.

Coldstream CC recently held their annual presidents’ game and associated bun fight with many of the Great and Good in attendance, as is the custom. All were well-behaved and no-one was asked to leave.

Borders Health curlers took on their Lothian opponents last Friday in two entertaining games, with the latter running out winners.

Friday evening was the time for Chirnside CC’s annual Invitation Bonspiel, as ever forged into reality by Geordie Johnston, aka, the blacksmith. So well did he do this that he nearly won the event, but had to settle for second spot behind Angus Duncan.

Saturday evening will be the date for Swinton CC’s annual Invitation Bonspiel, carefully crafted by James Dixon.


Hawick Legion

Legion suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Eyemouth Amateurs last weekend.

Although facing the wind, Legion had the better of the first half.

Callum Hope was denied a goal by a one-handed save from the Eyemouth keeper following good play by David Fraser.

The Amateurs’ number one then came to his side’s aid again, with another save, this time off a Fraser effort.

Five minutes from half-time, Eyemouth took the lead when scoring against the run of play with a free kick.

In the second period, the home men went further ahead with a headed goal, but Legion hit back to reduce the leeway. Chris Brown produced the scoring touch with a hooked shot on meeting a Davis Hope free kick.

Two minutes from time, Legion’s Jody Easdon was red-carded for speaking out of turn.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: winner, G. Turnbull nett 36 bih.


Calm conditions greeted the 11 golfers who turned up to pit their skills against the golf course on Sunday and, with five scores under par, the calm conditions showed up in the scoring.

Sandy Thomson was top of the pile with a putting display that astounded his playing companions, pushing Mick Dunne into second place and George Cessford into third. Billy Hunter had an excellent two at the third hole to scoop the sweep.

Results: 1, S. Thomson 85 (21) 64; 2, M. Dunne 76 (11) 65; 3, G. Cessford 87 (21) 66.

It’s all change in the Winter League aggregate with Sandy Thomson taking the lead by one shot from Louis Scott, with Tom Hogarth a shot further back.

Winter League aggregate scores: 1, S. Thomson 344; 2, L. Scott 345; 3, T. Hogarth 346.

With no improvements from the leaders of the Eclectic, there are only four shots between first and ninth. With a maximum of three rounds left, the competition is heading for a close finish.

Results: 1, T. Hogarth nett 52.75; 2, D. Bain 53; 3=, R. Dick and L. Scott 54.75.


Belhaven Winter League: 1, W. Wallace 3up; 2, D. Gribbin 1up.


Minto Golf Club recently recruited 17-year-old apprentice Daniel Murdoch to the ground staff to work alongside highly-experienced greenkeepers Paul Cranston and Craig McNeill.

Daniel, a former Earlston High School student, will undertake practical work at Minto during his two-year modern apprenticeship, which will also include six weeks study at Elmwood College in Cupar, a specialist horticulture and groundsmanship college. This will lead to an SVQ level 2 qualification in groundsmanship.

Head greenkeeper Paul commented that the club’s decision to take on a modern apprentice reflected the club’s continued commitment to improve the Minto course.

The club now plans further improvements to the course and is making a series of funding applications in a bid to bring these to fruition.

Like his colleagues, Daniel is a golfer and last year was runner-up in the Minto Junior Club Championship. His targets for this year are to reduce his handicap, currently 10, and to go one better than last year in the Junior Championship. Craig, who is this year’s captain of St Boswells Cricket Club, plays mostly social golf, while Paul plays in club competitions over the course he has helped to maintain.

Paul and Craig say that the most satisfying part of their job was to see other golfers playing and enjoying the Minto course in good condition. They now look forward to training Daniel to match their own high standard of work.


League To Dubai Qualifier: 1, G. Meiklem 37 points; 2, J. Berry 35; 3, A. Lawrie 34 BIH; 4, D. G. Gillie 34.

Next week’s contest is a League to Dubai - Mens Pairs Better Ball 3/4 handicap Stableford - Pick your own partners. Players may play in 2 balls or 4 balls on Saturday or Sunday. Members may play with a guest. Entry £6 per couple. The winning pair qualify for the league stages of the League to Dubai.

Midweek Eight-hole Stableford: 1, B. Aitchison 21 points; 2, A. Lawrie 18.

Next Midweek Stableford is today and tomorrow. Holes in play – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th.



Tommy Douglas Storage Border League results: Selkirk A 3 Hawick Conservative Club A 3; Kelso Legion 6 Innerleithen 0; Hawick Burns Club A 5 Hawick Burns Club B 1; Jedburgh Legion 4 Selkirk B 2; Hawick Conservative Club B 5 St Boswells 1.

League standings after 16 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club 79; 2, Hawick Burns Club A 61; 3, Kelso Legion 61; 4, Selkirk A 60; 5, Hawick Burns Club B 51; 6, Jedburgh Legion 51; 7, Selkirk B 35; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 35; 9, St Boswells 29; 10, Innerleithen 18.

Tonight’s fixtures: Hawick Conservative Club A v Kelso Legion; Innerleithen v Hawick Conservative Club B; Hawick Burns Club B v Selkirk A; St Boswells v Jedburgh Legion; Selkirk B v Hawick Burns Club A.

The J J Xpress Borders Singles Competition is on Sunday, March 9, at Hawick Burns Club. J. Nicol v S. Bell, P. Crolla v D. Clark (12.30pm). L. McAllister v F. Kelly; G. Ford v R. Scott (14.30pm).



League Two: J. Eyre 3 D. Mills 1.

Club night frendlies: A. Gill 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Rocha 0; I. Chalmers 2 R. Kohler 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Rocha 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharatt 1; A. Gill 1 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0.

Racketball: A. Rocha 2 S. Walker.

Final League Standings (League One): 1, I. Chalmers 5; 2, A. Gill 5; 3, D. Burnie 4; 4, G. Laing 0; 5, S. Moffat 0.

League Two: 1, D. Sharratt 21; 2, D. Mills 17; 3, I. Ross 8; 4, J. Eyre 7; 5, I. Youseff 3.