Cougars tamed at The Greenyards by Melrose Ladies

Dawn Hope ships the ball out.
Dawn Hope ships the ball out.

A third win in succession was the reward for Melrose Ladies against RHC Cougars at The Greenyards last weekend.

Although never prepared to give up, the visitors had no answer to the individual skills of the home backline as they ran in 12 tries to the opposition’s two.

Again leading by example, captain Lana Skeldon was outstanding, while Chloe Rollie and Lisa Thomson scored a handful of spectacular tries.

Even without influential Scottish internationalist Gillian Inglis, who had to leave the field with a painful knee injury, the home team piled on the points to amass their best score of the season.

This was a tremendous team effort and sees the girls consolidate their second place in the BT Women’s Premier League.

The Ladies play their next game on Sunday, October 26, away to Murrayfield Wanderers (2pm).

Douglas Hardie’s picture (above) shows Dawn Hope shipping the ball out during the game.

Sporting digest


Langholm New Town

Langholm New Town Bowling Club held its end-of-season social evening and presentation of trophies in the clubrooms last Saturday.

President Neil Campbell called on green ranger Bobby Fenton to make the presentations to prize winners, as follows:

Club champion – Ian Scott, runner-up – Alan Aitken; Douglas Cup – Ian Scott, runner-up – David Reid; President’s prize – Robert Warwick, runner-up – Duncan Ritchie; Youths’ champion – Scott Morrison, runner-up – Christopher Tait; White House trophy – Avril Grieve, runner-up – Alison Johnstone; Hillside Cup – Nancy McLure, runner-up – Alison Johnstone; Club Pairs – Ian Scott and Mark Grieve, runners-up – Nancy McLure and Duncan Ritchie; Mixed Pairs – Rob Barnfather and Duncan Ritchie, runners-up – Nancy McLure and Ian Scott; Henry Graham trophy – Robert Warwick and Tommy Morrison, runners-up – David Reid and Melvin Hair.


Border Ice Rink

After the Golden Anniversary celebrations, it’s back to auld claes an’ parritch, at the ice rink, with a full round of Agrii Border League fixtures and another walkover.

In Section A, St Boswells conquered Greenlaw and Jedburgh went down to Foulden. Section B had Earlston beating Swinton, with Selkirk having the walkover – Roxburghe turning up somewhat short-handed for the occasion.

The first of the Border Province competitions got under way, namely the Melrose Kettle, with seven clubs taking part. Teviotdale went down to St Boswells and Selkirk defeated Eildon. Following that, St Boswells had a hard game against Selkirk. Kelso beat Roxburghe, which brought them up against Jedburgh. Further news next week on this titanic struggle.

The first Berwickshire trophy will start midweek, namely the Laidlaw. This competition started in 1929, played at Haymarket ice rink in the days of rail travel, when the LNER offered some concessionary travel to that station for curlers.



Year End Scramble: 1, D. Carruthers, D. Thomson, J. Hardie & J. Berthinussen 59 (5) 54; 2, W. Taylor, I. Casson, R. Scott & A, Simpson 61 (5) 66; 3, S. Robertson, S. Yeomans, B. Barnard & D. Cairns 60 (3) 57.

October Medal: 1, K. Moffat 73 (11) 62; 2, J. Hardie 76 (12) 64; 3, N. Moffat 71 (6) 65.


Ladies Medal No 7: 1, H. Todd 105 (35) 70; 2, F. Kerr 93 (20) 73 lowest gross; 3, A. Paterson 97 (20) 77. Scratch: L. Bruce 103.

The seniors’ match v Tantallon was played on the championship course at North Berwick and Minto achieved a very creditable draw. This brings the Seniors’ tally to won five, drawn two and lost two, with one match remaining against Goswick.

Council Trophy: 1, D. Howden 77 (9) 68; 2, J. Rae 86 (17) 69; 3, I. Oliver 74 (5) 69 lowest gross.


After a delayed start due to thick fog, the October Monthly Medal saw Les Rutherford clear the field with a winning score of net 64.

Lying second with the same net score was Mark Easson, who only lost out on a countback. Third was Jocky Hume on net 65.

A number of annual events were concluded this month. The ‘Brown Cup’ for the best three scores in the Monthly Medals was won by Stephen Henderson; the Order of Merit, awarded for the number of points gained during the year, was won by Jocky Hume; the inagural Gents Net Eclectic, for the lowest score recorded at each hole, was won by Chris Kemp and the Gold Medal, played on Sunday, was won by Stephen Henderson.

This week sees the hardy members of the club start off the first of the winter competitions.


Gents’ Stroke: 1, J. Temple 80 (13) 67; 2, J. Berry 68 (0) 68; 3, D. Gillie 70 (1) 69.


Border League

Division One: Waverley A 7 Niki’s 5; Fleece A 4 Ship A 8; Reivers A 8 Waverley B 4; High Level 6 Fleece B 6.

Division Two: Dryburgh 3 Reivers B 9; Ship B 12 Red Lion B 0; Bridge 6 Golden Lion 6.



League Two: J. Eyre 3 D Sharratt 2 (7-9, 9-2, 8-10, 9-2, 9-3).

Club Championship quarter final: A. Gill 3 John Sharratt 0 (9-5, 9-5, 9-3); D. Burnie 3 L. Molero 1 (7-9, 9-7, 9-5, 9-2). Semi-finals confirmed as: Dave Burnie v Ian Chalmers; Del Sharratt v Andy Gill.

Ladies’ Championship semi-final: J. Logan 3 E. Rome 0 (9-7, 9-4, 9-1). Full report from final between Jane Logan and Sandra McCutcheon on page 74.

Club night friendlies: A. Gill 1 I. Chalmers 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Burnie 1; L. Bertram 0 I. Chalmers 2; A. Gill 0 D. Burnie 1; L. Bertram 0 D. Burnie 2; A. Burnie 0 I. Chalmers 2; I. Chalmers 2 D. Burnie 1; L. Bertram 1 A. Burnie 1.

Galashiels Squash and Racketball Club is having a quiz night on Friday, November 7, at Quins Restaurant in Galashiels, 8pm start, £10 for team of four. Big prizes, including raffle, all welcome.