Laying foundations for sport in Earlston

Earlston HS pupils pictured with Michael Crawford (far right) of local builder firm JS Crawford, who has sponsored Earlston school sport with a substantial package'. Accepting the sponsorship, Malcolm Changleng (far left), Head of Health and Wellbeing.
Earlston HS pupils pictured with Michael Crawford (far right) of local builder firm JS Crawford, who has sponsored Earlston school sport with a substantial package'. Accepting the sponsorship, Malcolm Changleng (far left), Head of Health and Wellbeing.

Sporting success at Earlston High School now has a future set in stone thanks to a local building firm.

JS Crawford has contributed a substantial package to the Berwickshire school’s sports department which will allow the 500 pupils who participate in extra curricular sport to benefit from on-the-field and off-the-field support.

Medal winners from left: Beth Johnston, Jenna Brus and Finlay Lindores

Medal winners from left: Beth Johnston, Jenna Brus and Finlay Lindores

Speaking at the launch of the new partnership, Michael Crawford – pictured on the far right of our photograph – said: “I am delighted to support the local sports community and hope we can contribute to many future generations of Borders sportspeople.”

Accepting the sponsorship, Malcolm Changleng – far left in picture – the school’s head of health and wellbeing, remarked: “In 20 years of being involved in extra curricular sport I have never seen such a generous sponsorship and it will make a significant difference to all of our young sportspeople, allowing them to make the most of their potential.”

Sports digest



The Seniors travelled to Tranent to play league leaders East Lothian, who included former Hawick man Peter Laidlaw in their line-up.

The result was a win for East Lothian by 70 shots to 49. The only winning rink for the Teviotdale side was the Colin Rae-skipped rink, which also included J.H. Reilly, D. Johnstone and K. McCartney.


Border Ice Rink

Due to a dose of computerstipation the past few weeks, results etc have accumulated to an alarming degree.

A slightly depleted Matthew Templeton contest was won by Colin Martin, the Rink Championship Pairs went to a very close final, with Jim Cullen and Wendy Henderson taking the honours. In the Sheep Breeders & Feeders Hope Hunter Trophy at Kinross, the North (the feeders) won by a single shot.

Sundry Agrii Border League results have seen St Boswells defeat Coldstream, Earlston triumph over Chirnside, Lauder peel with Roxburghe, and in a battle of giants, Ayton Castle holding out against holders Glendale.

The visiting Swiss tourists were welcomed through an archway of brushes on the evening of Sunday, November 9, treated to a splendid dinner, and then 13 of these gents were put through “the discrete and dignified induction” to become curlers in a specially convened court. Also going through was a local curler of Italian extraction.

The visitors had a successful curling session the following day, notching up two wins, a peel and a loss.

Following an enjoyable musical session including some genuine yodelling, the Swiss moved on to Lockerbie. With luck, next week’s report should be less worse than this one.



Border Area Darts pool of players to play West Ayrshire at home on Sunday, November 30.

Men: Adam Ballantyne, Graeme Bell, Barry Dalgleish, Callum Donaldson, Ian Graham, Kevin Green, Darren Gray, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenby, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J Patterson, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart, Chris Waddell and Kevin Wright. Reserves: Kenny Lattimer, Darren Bohme, Peter Craig, Paul Black and Gordon Peters.

Women: Karen Darling, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Alison Mitchell, Janice Mitchell, Jackie Robertson, Lyn Scott, Susan Smith and Laura Virtue. Reserves: Alison Burnett and Moira Middlemas.

Women to be at KRBL at 10am for 10.30 start, men to be there by 11.30am.

Any call-offs or queries, please contact Robert on 07504 493676.



November sees the start of the ever-popular Winter League Winter Eclectic and Soup-a-thon.

Competition is fierce with many golfers in peak form.

In the third week of competition, the scoring improved again, despite pea soup conditions. On only his second outing, Keith Hutchison fired an excellent net 62, with Ron Dick coming a close second with net 63; Matty Whiteford’s net 67 was only good enough to claim last place on the podium. The twos sweep was shared by Keith Hutchison, Matty Whiteford and Tom Hogarth.

Captain Dougie Bain entered the Soup-a-thon with his version of a classic ‘Cupboard de Jour’, tomatoes, lentils and ham and everything else from the back of the cupboard – making up an excellent tasty treat for the golfers.

Result: 1, K. Hutchison 78 (16) 62; 2, R. Dick 83 (20) 63; 3, M. Whiteford 76 (9) 67.

All are welcome to play, just turn up at 9.30 for 10am running draw, 18 holes of golf, followed by soup and pies.


Belhaven Winter League Week 3: 1, D. Gribbin; 2, K. Lochrie; 3, I. Ramsey.


Minto Seniors showed true fighting spirit in their match against Goswick, played over the Northumberland club’s links course last Tuesday.

Despite trailing in a number of rubbers in the early stages, the Minto men rallied and led by three rubbers to two when the last group approached the 18th tee all-square.

Minto club captain-elect, Albert Thompson, managed to negotiate the treacherous bunkers that surround the green, landed his ball within chipping distance of the hole and calmly chipped in for a birdie, victory in the rubber and more importantly, victory in the match.

Modest as ever, Thompson gave his playing partner, Stephen Mather, credit for the pair’s success, saying that he had played what was probably one of his best rounds.

This was a fitting end to a great season for Minto Seniors. In one of their best seasons ever, they played 12 matches, won eight, tied two and lost two, an enviable record.

Minto Golf Club is holding its Annual Scottish Night on Friday, November 28 to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

Top Borders band Carlenjig, featuring the fabulous singing star Pat Douglas, are back by popular demand. With a star-studded band, stovies and great craic, the night promises to be a sell-out, so book now and don’t be disappointed. Ring 01450 870220, Option 2.



Belhaven Border Pool League Cup Section A: Waverley B 7 Nikis 5; Fleece A 8 Fleece B 4. Section B: Reivers A 4 Waverley A 8; High Level 4 Ship A 8.

Challenge Cup Section A: Ship B 6 Red Lion B 6; Dryburgh 7 Reivers B 5. Section B: Reivers A 5 Golden Lion 7; Bridge 6 Eildon Centre 6.



Club Night friendlies: F. Dickey 2 R McAleese 0; L. Molero 2 D. Sharratt 1; A. Gill 1 R McAleese 1; F. Dickey 2, S. McCutcheon; D. Sharratt 2 F. Dickey 1; D. Sharratt 2 R McAleese 0; A. Gill 1 L. Molero 1; L. Molero 2 S. McCutcheon 0.


Border Barracudas

Three swimmers from the Border Barracudas team competed at the Scottish Disability Sport Junior Championship and scooped an incredible eight gold medals between them.

The event, held at Grangemouth Sports Complex, saw Beth Johnston (Galashiels Academy) win an incredible five gold medals – including breaking the 50m backstroke Scottish record, which has stood since 1996 – and winning the Best Girl title.

Finlay Lindores (Galashiels Academy) won two golds in the 100m individual medley and 25m butterfly, while Jenna Brus (Burgh Primary), attending the Scottish Junior Championships for the first time, won gold in the 25m backstroke.

Louise Johnston, team manager for the Barracudas, said: “It was a fantastic day, competing against all Scottish regions. We did ourselves proud.”

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure’s disability development officer added: “It was inspiring watching the swimmers do so well.

“Their performances were exceptional.

“All the swimmers train really hard and to see their efforts payoff is fantastic for them and for their development.”

Formed in 2013, the Border Barracudas is the region’s first disability swimming team.

They have gone from strength-to-strength, attracting a growing membership and achieving great success in the pool.

The club always welcomes new members and more information can be obtained by contacting Louise Johnston (Border Barracudas co-ordinator)

See correponding picture on page 71.

Gala ASC

On Sunday, Hawick Swimming Club held its Annual Graded Meet at the Teviotdale Leisure Centre, where Gala ASC assembled their biggest team seen this year and travelled the short distance down the A7 to pit their talents against not only their hosts, but also an array of other top Border and Edinburgh based teams.

The swims, turns, heats, finals, personal bests and medals came thick and fast all afternoon.

The entire Gala team gave a great account of themselves, swimming very well and showing their head coach Robyn Methven, that their efforts in the pool on training nights are starting to pay off.

When the afternoon was over, Gala had amassed a whopping 35 PBs, nine gold medals, seven silver, six bronze and eight speeding tickets.

They finished a very credible second overall behind their hosts Hawick, and each and every one should be proud of their efforts.

Special thanks go to coach Methven, Louise Johnstone, Louise Wilson and Len for looking after the kids on poolside.

The Gala team included: Jake Shepherd, Jack MacDonald, Amy Headspeath, Abbey Turnbull, Layla Whitson, Gregor Collins, Sam Shepherd, Beth Johnston, Laura Frizzel, Meghan Campbell, Lucy D’Agrosa, Kerr Johnston, Sophie Wilson, Finley Lindores, Emily Mitchell, Loiuse Garwood, Herather Westbury, Anna D’Agrosa and Charlotte Irvine.

Focus now switches to this week’s final Club Championship night where there is still a lot to swim for.