Melrose football kids dig deep

Melrose Junior FC players present a cheque to the Margaret Kerr appeal
Melrose Junior FC players present a cheque to the Margaret Kerr appeal

Children from Melrose FC’s Under-13 and Under-12 teams have donated £500 to the Margaret Kerr Unit.

The money was raised in conjunction with fundraising for their recent Dutch tour.

The boys and girls wanted to donate some of their hard-earned cash to a local charity.

Thomas Billet, captain of the Under-13s, who handed over the cheque, explained to the staff at the Margaret Kerr Unit that they did an apprentice scheme, dances, car boot sales, sponsored walks etc. to raise the funds.

Ray Fenton, chairman of Melrose FC, said: “Personally, I was particularly pleased that the children had nominated the Margaret Kerr Unit as their chosen local charity. My father Jimmy was recently cared for by the staff there and I cannot speak highly enough of the care they gave to him.”

It is hoped that the children will continue the good work, as they are now planning for the next tour to Holland.

Sports digest


Border Bowmen

Congratulations to Border Bowmen’s Leigh Christie on winning the Bannockburn Bowmen Open held at Alloa at the weekend.

Archers shot a Fita round which is 60 arrows at a distance of 18m using a 40cm target face. Leigh scored 508 to take first place.

She would like to thank Roxburgh Sports Council and Forbes Technologies for their support.



There was an entry of 48 for the single-handed bowling tournament at Bentpath last Friday evening and owing to the late finish, which went beyond the midnight hour, the finalists shared the prize-money.

Local club member Jim Wood reached the final and divided the money with the entry of Cappercleuch (1). In the semi-final Wood beat Cappercleuch (5) and the Wamphray entry also went out at that stage.

Thanks go to the bar staff and all who helped sell and buy raffle tickets, and also to the tea ladies, Anne Wood and Jean Bell, who kept everyone supplied with food.

Langholm Legion

Steven Barker of Langholm, who was playing with Craig Davidson and Steven Gall from Lockerbie, won the Langholm Legion carpet bowling triples tournament in the clubrooms last Saturday.

In the final they beat the Milton entry from near Brampton, of John Davidson, Jeremy Robinson and Gerald Davidson.

The entry of Nitelife from Dumfries – Jimmy Anderson, Brian McDonald and Lee Beauly – lost to the eventual winners in the semi-final. The other beaten semi-finalists were the Langholm triple of Shirley Fisher, Lorna and Sue Roebuck.

Paul Warwick, who organised the tournament with Neil Campbell, presented the new J & S Hotson (Builders) Cup to the winners. There was an entry of 24 and the carpet bowling club would like to thank Pelosis Cafe for sponsoring the tournament and also J & S Hotson for the cup.


The draw for Saturday’s Newcastleton carpet bowls tournament is as follows: 1pm: Westerkirk C v G. Anderson (Lanton); Kirkton ‘P’ v G. Buchannan (Lanton); Four Snad Shoes (LBL) v Greg; Curtis v Booba; Maxwellton Mains ‘Z’ v Moff (Lockerbie); Dalbeattie ‘A’ v Quickely Wamphray; Lindean ‘B’ v Three S and Hel (LBL); Jackie v I. Henderson.

2.15pm: Capper ‘R’ v Easton No.1; A. Elliot v S. Gall (Lockerbie); Capper ‘O’ v Coulter ‘G’; Stapleton No 1 v Maxwellton Maines ‘Y’; L. E. v Curle; Coluter ‘W’ v Bob Davidson (Langholm); Sanquhar No 1 v M. Irvine (N/ton); Toto (N/ton) v Roy Park (LBL); M. Richardson v Dalbeattie ‘B’; Moffet Water ‘A’ v Stapleton No 5.

3.30pm: Stapleton No 2 v Tootie (Langholm); Westruth ‘G’ v Lauren (N/ton); K. Mercer v Capper ‘J’; D. Oliver, (N/ton) v Westerkirk ‘B’; Ronan (C/Douglas) v Gretna ‘A’; Fecan ‘A’ v Lindean ‘N’; Nicola Powell (Dalbeattie) v Sid (N/ton).



Langholm cricket club held its annual general meeting in the clubrooms last Friday evening and Duncan Elliott was re-elected captain for another season, with Jack Pool replacing Ben Maxwell as vice-captain.

Andrew Bell will continue as the 2nd XI captain with Ross Rae his vice.

More than 20 members attended the meeting including, for what appeared to be the first time, two female members.

Chairman David Pool was away attending a minor teams Scottish cup game, so Duncan Elliott filled the position for the evening. He gave the report from Mr Pool, who mentioned that once again the season had been a great success, with the 1st XI gaining promotion to Division One of the Eden Valley cricket league. There was special mention for Duncan Elliott on the way he led the team during the season and the contributions of Gregor Park, Steven Johnstone and Andrew Paisley had seen them rewarded with EVCL silverware. He also gave special praise to Gregor Masterton for his batting performances throughout the season. Gregor Park was praised for his charity bike rides for the Parkinson charity which raised £1,000.

Treasurer Gregor Park gave his report, stating that the club had shown a loss of £1,600 for the year. This was mainly due to the purchase of a new mower and artificial wicket, and the membership had dropped from 180 to just over 100. The treasurer said the club would be seeking a new sponsor as the current one had gone out of business.


St Boswells

Three St Boswells sports clubs will split £5,500 after a successful joint fundraising event on Saturday.

For the second year the clubs organised a 6 Nations day in the Salmon Room at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel, kindly donated free of charge by Billy Hamilton, with members from all three clubs and local people enjoying the rugby and a pie and beans supper.

An extensive list of auction lots and wide variety of raffle prizes helped generate a fantastic final total, significantly exceeding the amount raised in 2013.

All the clubs involved would like to thank Billy Hamilton for providing the venue, and all the generous local businesses and individuals who donated auction lots and raffle prizes, and all those who attended on the night.

Significant thanks must also go to the organisers who, once again, put a lot of effort into ensuring the success of the event.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: winner, A. D. Bunyan nett 35.


Belhaven Winter League: 1, K. Haldane 1 up; 2, D. Page 1 down.


The extreme cold and increasing wind speed made conditions testing for last week’s Winter League round.

Tom Hogarth’s 69 was the only score under par, followed by an injured Louis Scott’s 72. Louis’ pleas for an increase in his handicap after allegedly being savaged by Billy Hunter’s dog fell on deaf ears. Despite his injuries, Louis made a very acceptable pot of soup du jour. It was assumed that the ‘dog that bit’ didn’t add additional flavour.

Results – Winter League: 1, T. Hogarth 84 (15) 69; 2, L. Scott 91 (19) 72; 3, M. Dunne 84 (11) 73.

Winter League Eclectic: 1, T. Hogarth 52.75; 2, D. Bain 54; 3, R. Dick 54.75.


Midweek Eight-hole Stableford: 1, G. Fraser 19 points.

All future midweek Stableford competitions will be played over the bottom of the course only. Holes in play will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th.

Play on Thursday or Friday – £2 members, £5 visitors – includes soup.

Please be sure to post your entry fee and scorecard through the letterbox above the PSI terminal.

Horse racing


Cheltenham Gold Cup victor Long Run is planning to have his prep race for this year’s Crabbies’ Grand National at Kelso races today (Thursday).

Long Run’s owner, Robert Waley-Cohen, has confirmed his intention to run the 2011 Gold Cup winner provided there is no change in the current going.

Nicky Henderson, trainer of Long Run, who also won the 2010 King George, is also planning to bring J.P. McManus’s My Tent or Yours, a leading contender for the Champion Hurdle.

The prospect of recent Cheltenham Winner Knockara Beau and Long Run competing in the Ivan Straker race is sure to draw a bumper crowd to the Borders track.

The Met Office forecast light rain on Tuesday in the run-up to the meeting.


League Cup

With League Cup and Challenge Cup group stages now finished, there were no shocks as such, with little to play for in most groups.

Waverley A and Ship A were joined by both Reivers and Fleece. Reivers A beat Fleece A 7-2 to decide who topped their group, while Red Lion B edged past Ship B 5-4 to snatch second spot from Station and qualify in the Challenge Cup to join Red Lion A, Waverley B and Fleece B who also went through on points difference.

Semi-final fixtures to be played on March 30, starting at 1pm. League Cup at Bridge Inn (Gala) and Challenge Cup tbc.

Draws – League Cup: Ship A (Melrose) v Fleece A (Selkirk); Reivers A (Gala) v Waverley A (Hawick).

Challenge Cup: Red Lion A (Kelso) v Fleece B (Selkirk); Waverley B (Hawick) v Red Lion B (Kelso).


Border League

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