GB judoka gets a grip of things at Tweedbank

GB Judo star Theo Spalding-McIntosh met pupils of Tweedbank Primary School
GB Judo star Theo Spalding-McIntosh met pupils of Tweedbank Primary School
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Great Britain judo star Theo Spalding-McIntosh visited Tweedbank Primary School for the day ahead of his appearance at this year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The visit was in connection with ‘Game On Scotland’ in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games. Theo worked with all children in school from nursery to P7 and talked to them about nutrition and health, and his own determination and dedication to succeed.

The 24-year-old multi-medal winner also held a question and answer session and took some active sessions at the Galashiels school.

Headteacher Alyson Weir told The Southern: “The children had a great time, learned a lot and were delighted to meet Theo. Good luck in the Commonwealth Games, Theo, from all at Tweedbank Primary School.”

Some children wore their judo kit in honour of Theo visiting school. They are pictured above with the star judoka, wearing his medals.

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Langlee group

The Borders’ newest badminton group, run at Langlee Community Centre on Thursday evenings, has called for more of the community to have a go.

Organiser Kevin Janiak said: “There is a steady core of players who come along, but as this is a community-led project, we would like to see more people come along.

“The hall committee and the Borders Healthy Living Network have been excellent since we started up a couple of months ago, by subsidising the group, making it affordable and accessible to all.

“We are at the hall from 5.15-7pm, but people are welcome to just turn up at any time and join in. All equipment is provided, and it just costs £1 per session.”

Call Kevin on 07825 269667 for more information on the group.



A healthy gathering of brave bowlers turned out for the opening of the Earlston green on Sunday with the ladies, at least, grateful of the hand-knitted scarves presented to them by long-serving member Rachael McKenzie.

The men, for their part, were left to freeze in the bitterly cold wind and rain that intermittently swept down the green.

This did not appear to have any effect on the outcome of the annual Club Triples which saw former president Bob Beattie and his team, consisting of husband and wife Norman and Alison Kellett, who didn’t get a scarf either being a new member, win the trophy with a convincing 8-1 scoreline. They never lost a game all day.

Losing skip Barry Johnston commented after the final: “The wheels just fell off in the rain. We’re fair-weather bowlers really.”

Johnston was joined in defeat by Graham (Mooty) Rutherford and Walter Russell.

Prizes were given out by president Michael Scott, whose wife Karen threw the first bowl to open the green.

Hopes are high of a more pleasant forecast on Saturday when club members hold their annual fundraising coffee morning at Hanover House. It starts at 10am, with a raffle and cake and candy.


Hawick Bowling Club’s opening day picnic takes place this Saturday at 2pm.

President Jim Reilly is hoping for a good turnout and looks forward to welcoming old and new members for what should be an exciting season ahead.


The opening of the green will take place at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, preceded by a coffee morning which starts at 10am.

On Sunday, Selkirk BC will hold an open afternoon from 2pm onwards where coaches and members will be on hand to help out anyone who wants to go along and give it a try.


Kelso Wheelers

This week, Kelso Wheelers held their first 10-mile time trial of the season on the Birgham course.

It was an excellent turnout – 25 riders took part, of which six were youths, who notched all the personal best times.

Oscar Onley took first place for the youths in 28.27pb; 2, B. Simpson 31.59pb; 3, D. Easson 33.29pb; 4, F. Veitch 33.48; 5, R. Gillie 34.15pb; 6, D. Patterson 38.53.

The seniors was won by David Burgher in 24.00. 2, M. Burgher 24.42; 3, J. Smith 24.55; 4, D. Richardson 25.12; 5, R.. Norris 25.14; 6, I. McKenzie 25.35; 7, R. Ure 25.50; 8, S. Gaunt 25.55; 9, G. Veitch 27.09; 10, R. Connell 27.22; 11, P. McGreal 27.32; 12, K. Wilson 27.38; 13, G. Ford 28.15; 14, G. Easson 28.26; 15, R. Coupek 28.43; 16, D. Small 31.50; 17, R. Smith 32.37; 18, J. Sinton 34.34; 19, D. Whitecross 32.56.

Next week is a two-up 10-mile time trial on the Birgham course.

Competitors are asked to sign in at Woodside Park at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.



Border Area Darts pool of players to play Renfrewshire away on Saturday, April 26.

Men: Adam Ballantyne, Graeme Bell, Darren Bohme, Peter Craig, Tommy Crossett, Kevin Green, Darren Gray, Paul Hannaway, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J. Patterson, Callum Stewart, Mike Vietch, Chris Waddell, Kevin Wright. Reserves: Robert Hay, Gordon Peters and Kevin Richardson.

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

Mini buses leave: St Boswells 8am, Gala 8.15am, Kelso 8.30am, Peebles 8.45am. Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 07504 493 676.



Spring Tankard: 1, C. Armstrong 76 (9) 67 bih; 2, R. Horsburgh 76 (9) 67 bih; 3, A. Simpson 80 (13) 67.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship: A League winner, W. Morrison nett 35; B League winner, P. Seggie nett 36 bih.


LGU Medal: 1, D. Oliver 113 (33) 80; 2, K. Chapman 117 (34) 83 bih; 3, P. Hogg 97 (14) 83.

Tom MacDonald Trophy: 1, M. Smail & E. Raeburn 75.5; 2, D. Oliver & K. Chapman 78.5; 3, T. Steele & M. Forsythe 94.5.


Jock Wichary Trophy: 1, G. Welsh, P. Henderson, L. Murray & D. Wilson 60 (3.4) 56.6; 2, S. McElrath, R. Glendinning, K. Hook & N. Hinnigan 62 (4.7) 57.3.

Wat Ford Spring Stroke: 1, M. Ford 70 (3) 67; 2=, G. Fairgrieve 74 (5) 69. S. Little 79 (10) 69.

War Blinded Trophy: 1, H. Patterson 88 (15) 73; 2, S. McElrath 77 (4) 73.

Ladies’ Threeclub Competition: 1, A. Fleming 82 (17) 65; 2, L. Wilson 77 (9) 68.

G Duncan Trophy (Winter Points League): 1, B. Taylor 130 points; 2=, R. Paterson, C. Reid 129.

Treble 5 Pairs: 1, B. Taylor & C. Reid 49.5; 2, A. Chadwick & J. Gibson 53.5.


The opening night of the 2014 Lewis Stableford nine holes was played in blustery conditions and the scoring reflected this. However, George Cessford (16 points) triumphed, beating Mr Consistent Harry Moffat by a better last 6, with Micky Dunne finishing a close third.

It is hoped that the weather will be better next Tuesday and encourage a few more competitors.


Fullarton Foursomes (Ladies): 1, V. Hogg & A. Holton; 2, S. Whiteford & J. Shirra-Gibb.


Old Course Cup (Ladies): 1, S. Lees 80 (8) 72; 2, L. Bruce 98 (25) 73; 3, M. Innes 95 (17) 78.

Gents: 1, S. Sharkey 85 (21) 64; 2, R. Allott 74 (7) 67; 3, J. McVee 95 (28) 67.

Ladies’ three-club competition: 1, L. Lendrum nett 58 bi6; 2, M. Walker 58.

Ladies’ Salver No 1: 1, L. Bruce 96 (25) 71; 2, S. Law 112 (35) 77; 3, M. Hart 101 (21) 80. Scratch winner: J. Beattie 96.

The family team of Barry and David Whiteley emerged the winners from a strong field of 17 pairs in this year’s Famous Grouse Foursomes with a net score of 67 (gross 79). George Thom and Jim Geatons were second with 69 (gross 87), with Billy Mackenzie and George Arras third on 70 (gross 80).


Girls from across the south of Scotland played in the SOSGGA Medal held at the Roxburghe.

The gale force winds proved very difficult with most of the players shooting well over their handicap. Home player Danielle Ker (handicap 4) was the exception with a very creditable gross 78. Her score won her the scratch prize. Katie Malcolm, playing off 11 from Dumfries, won the handicap with a net 76.

St Boswells

Juniors April Medal: 1, R. Lacon; 2, D. Murdoch; 3, J. McDonald.

Ladies Club Trophy: 1, S. Gerard 108 (32) 76; 2, S. Braithwaite 99 (22) 77; 3, V. Shirra-Gibb 99 (21) 78.


April Medal: 1, S. Wright 82 (14) 68 bih; 2, A. Lawrie 69 (0) 69; 3, D. Dods 79 (9) 70.

Junior OOM Round 2: 1, L. Nicholson 101 (28) 73.

This weeks’ competitions: Tuesday – Stroke. Pick your own partners. See noticeboard for rules; Saturday – Stroke. Enter via the PSI terminal or online through the Howdidido website.



The fourth round of the 2014 Kings of the Sevens series sweeps into Berwick on Sunday (first tie 1pm). Draw: Gala v Morpeth; Northumberland v Watsonians; Earlston v Selkirk; Edinburgh Accies v Melrose; Berwick v Alnwick; Edinburgh University v Hawick; Kelso v Peebles; Jed-Forest v Trinidad & Tobago.

Turn to pages 94 & 95 for Hawick Sevens draw and feature.



Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 M. Cameron 0; L. Molero 2 A. Rocha 0; D. Burnie 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 1, A. Gil 2 C. West 0; S. Walker 2 A. Rocha 0; A. Gill 2 R. McAleese 0; M. Cameron 2 C. West 0; D. Burnie 2 L. Molero 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Rocha 0; C. West 2 S. Walker 0; A. Rocha 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 C. West 0; A. Gill 2 M. Cameron 0; D. Burnie 1 A. Gill 0.

Racketball Ladder Match: D. Sharratt 2 D. Burnie 0 (11-3, 11-7).