Mini Maroons take Murrayfield by storm

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Around 100 Mini Maroon players, parents and coaches travelled to Murrayfield to participate in events during the recent Edinburgh v Munster match on the opening day of the Heineken Cup.

Flag-waving children from primaries 3, 4, 5 and 6 made up the guard of honour from tunnel to pitch as the players ran out at the start of the match.

At half-time, the P6s played a 10-a-side match in the National Stadium against the Royal High School club. All 18 Mini Maroons played their part in the game which Gala won by two tries to one. At the end of the game, all took to their seats to watch a very exciting match which Edinburgh won against the odds to add to the excitement of the day. At full-time, the Gala party took photos at the tunnel and trackside.

Edinburgh officials were impressed by the play, behaviour and enthusiasm of the Gala group throughout.



Ettrick Forest

A HARDY few archers braved the elements on Sunday for the last scoring clout of the club calendar.

Ev Craig won the ladies by dint of being the only one, but still recorded an absolutely cracking score. And in the gents, Doug Anderson came out on top, the rest finishing in an ungodly tight scrap, one point difference between four archers.

Results – Ladies: 1, Ev Craig 50 hits, score 127, clouts 3.

Gents: 1, Doug Anderson 26, 59, 0; 2, Mike Pearson 20, 43, 0; 3, William Good 19, 43, 1; 4, Jim Craig 19, 43, 1; 5, Michael Liddle 19, 42, 0.

This Sunday sees the last competition of the year, the Combined – a clout round followed by a short target then a wand shoot. First arrow, 11am.



Team Borders Stirling Cross-country results: U-11 Girls: 34, S. Davis (Moorfoot); 42, I. Taylor (Chirnside). U-13 Boys: 11, J. Logan (Gala); 15, J. Kinghorn (Chirnside); 19, C. Angus(Moorfoot); 20, J. Abbot (Chirnside); 28, F. Collins(Moorfoot); 43, H. Fuller (Chirnside). U-13 Girls: 11, M. Falconer (Moorfoot); 12, C. Hogg (Gala); 22, R. Fagan (Gala); 26, C. Rout (Gala).

U-17 Men: 18, Jack Stanners (Moorfoot); 22, J. Mercer (Gala). Read more about Team Borders’ success at Stirling on page 90.

More Gala Harriers, Teviotdale Harriers and Moorfoot results from Stirling at



Friday night was the club’s annual presentation of trophies with grateful thanks to the following sponsors: Scott’s View Chip Shop; Colin Robertson Fencing; Ruthven Alarms; Blairs Jewellers.

Diary date: Sunday, November 24 (1pm) – AGM. The club needs a good turnout.


A busy week started with a match for the seniors at home against East Lothian who emerged winners by 89-41.

On Saturday, the gents started their league campaign with an awkward away fixture at Balbardie.

The visitors fell behind right from the start and an early deficit proved to be hard to pull back. Balbardie won by 86-70.

The Tweedbank gents’ team travel to Headwell this Saturday.

While the gents were at Balbardie, there was no league action for the ladies as the singles was being played at Abbeyview. In this category Tweedbank was represented by last season’s club champion, Lauren Upton. Her preliminary round match was a tough one against Caroline Ruxton from Arbroath. A close match looked likely, but heavier scoring by Ruxton enabled her to open up a gap which resulted in victory for Ruxton by 21-11.

On Sunday, October 20, Kenny Johnstone was invited to take part in the Champion of Champions, which was also being held at Abbeyview. In the morning Johnstone beat Paul Boyd 2-1 following an extra-end decider.

His next match was against Willie Wood, who remains a tough proposition for any opponent. Indeed. Wood won the match 2-0.

On the same Sunday, the playdowns were at Falkirk in the senior singles, senior pairs and senior triples categories. In the singles, the Tweedbank player lost 21-7, while the pair lost to a duo from Bainfield.

This left the triples, where Tom Thorburn, David Miller and Rob Fulton faced a triple representing Abbeyview. The team managed a 2-0 victory and will play Midlothian on November 10, at Dalkeith.



John Scott (Plumbing & 
Heating) Seniors John Phillips Trophy: 1, R. Johnson & 
G. Henry nett 29.5; 2, G. Ford 
& R. Brown 30; 3, R. W. Scott 
& T. Wilson 31.5.


Glenfiddich Greensomes: 1, I. Lauder & I. Edwards 74 (9) 65; 2=, J. Anderson &J. R. H. Taylor 83 (17.5) 65.5, M. Purves & J. Black 77 (11.5) 65.5.

Four Am: 1, R. Cowe, G. Fletcher, J. Anderson, B. Taylor 186; 2=, M. Ford, S. McElrath, R. Glendinningm K. Hook 190, G. Taylor, M. Cowe, P. McEwan, P. Kerr 190.

Challenge Trophy (Scratch): 1, I. W. Lauder 71 bih; 2, S. McElrath 71; 3=, R. Cowe, B. Hogarth 74.

J. F. Thomas Trophy: 1, S. Anderson 72 (8) 64; 2, M. Ross 78 (12) 66; 3= R. Ainslie 84 (17) 67, M. Minto 79 (12) 67, I. Edwards 86 (19) 67.

Autumn Stroke: 1, G. Leifer 78 (15) 63; 2, A. Roxburgh 74 (9) 65; 3=, M. Ford 70 (4) 66, I. Halliday 75 (9) 66, A. Neil 82 (16) 66; K. Hook 84 (18) 66.


Seniors Match against Tantallon: A strong Tantallon team recently beat Minto Seniors on the windswept dunes of North Berwick.

The Minto Senior Gents have, nonetheless, had a very good season, and hope to finish on a high in their final match against Goswick.

Seniors Inter Club Competition: Pim McDonnell, Iain Oliver, Albert Thompson and Mouse White played at Innerleithen and came fourth out of nine.

Council Trophy: 1, John Law 38 points; 2, A. Towers (on countback); 3, J. Rae.

Seniors’ League (with one week left): 1, Duncan Shiell 78 points; 2, Patrick Brooks 74.5.

Ladies’ Outing to Longhirst GC: Winner, G. Cartwright.

Ladies outing to the Hirsel GC: 1, Susan Law, Lesley Manson and Kaija Sanford; 2, Flora Kerr, Joan McLaren and Anne Paterson.

Ladies’ three-club competition: Winner, L. Bruce.

St Boswells

2013 prize winners – Juniors: Jubilee Trophy, Morrison Shield, G. A. White Trophy & Order of Merit winner – Rebecca Mcdonald; Buller Trophy, U14s winner, Millenium Trophy – Jack Mcdonald; Under-18S winner – Daniel Murdoch; Centenary Trophy – Scott Murdoch; Medal Table winner – Robbie Lacon.

Ladies: KOSB Trophy, Holmes Cup – M. Allen; Invitation Foursomes – R. Macdonald & L. Wilson; Club Trophy, Captains Prize Day, Silver Medal – J. Knox; Centenary Quaich – S. Gray; Millennium Trophy, President’s Cup, Bronze Medal, Bronze Championship – R. Macdonald; Senior Salver – W. Davidson; Silver Championship – G. Oliver; M. Ovens Quaich – R. Thorburn.

Gents: Skoda Trophy, Eildon Trophy, Dryburgh Cup, Order of Merit, C Championship – D. Murdoch; Millennium Salver, Captain’s Prize – I. Barr; Ford Trophy – C. Hardie; W. W. Ballantyne Quaich – S. Brown; Holmes Cup winner – D. Hancock; Presidents Putter – R. Lacon; Barrie Trophy – R. Laidlaw; J. Scott Salver – J. Cumming; Eddie Scott Trophy – H. Oliver; Centenary Trophy – S. Taylor; Seniors Championship – F. Bain; B Championship – C. Ovens. Mixed: Marjoribanks Mixed Greensomes – J. Knox & R. Young.


Tuesday Stroke: 1, R. Kyle 81 (13) 68 bih; 2, A. Brooks 70 (2) 68 bih (lowest gross); 3, S. Nightingale 72 (4) 68.

Gent’s Stroke: 1, B. Aitchison 70 (4) 66 (lowest gross); 2, D. Rutherford 76 (9) 67; 3, A. Brooks 72 (2) 70.

The Woll

Diary dates: Saturday, October 26 – Woll Waltz, teams of three and Wear something Pink in aid of Breast Cancer; Saturday, November 2 – Winter League starts; Friday, November 15 – annual club dinner and prize giving. Tickets available at reception – all family and friends welcome.


Roxburgh Reivers

The next Borders event is at Gordon Community Woodland on Saturday, November 2. More details at



League Cup results: Waverley A (Hawick) 7 Dryburgh (Newtown) 2; Nikis Bar (Gala) 3 Ship A (Melrose) 6; High Level A (Hawick) 2 Reivers A (Gala) 7; Reivers B (Gala) 3 Fleece A (Selkirk) 6.

Challenge Cup: Bridge Inn (Gala) 3 High Level B (Hawick) 6; Fleece B (Selkirk) 8 Waverley B (Hawick) 1; Red Lion B (Kelso) 9 Station (Hawick) 0; Ship B (Melrose) 2 Red Lion A (Kelso) 7.



Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League week five: St Boswells 0 Hawick Conservative Club A 6; Jedburgh Legion P Innerleithen P; Hawick Burns Club A P Kelso Legion P; Hawick Conservative Club B 2 Selkirk A 4; Selkirk B 2 Hawick Burns Club B 4.



2013 Championship 1st Rnd: A. Gill 3 D. Sharratt 2 (9-2; 5-9; 9-4; 4-9; 9-2).

Club night results: I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 0; I. Youseff 2 M. Marina 0; A. Gill 2 G. Laing 1; A. Kasif 2 I Youseff 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Marina 0; D. Sharratt 1 A. Gill 1 (timed out).

Table Tennis


The Borders Table Tennis Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 9, at Kelso High School Games Hall. The day will see top coaches presenting a morning of coaching, followed by an opportunity to compete for the first Borders Under-18 Table Tennis Cup with trophies and prizes to be won.

For further details or booking form please email: