HHEAPS of fun and fitness for pupils from Heriot and Tweedbank

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PRIMARY school pupils from Heriot (pictured above) and Tweedbank have been learning how the country’s top rugby players stay fit and healthy.

And the programme, Hygiene, Healthy Eating & Activity in Primary Schools (HHEAPS), in tandem with rugby activities, has gone down a treat with the Borders youngsters.

The project was launched in 2007 when Scottish Rugby entered into partnership with the Food Standards Agency (Scotland) to deliver the food safety and healthy eating programme.

Gala Rugby has fully supported this project and Ian Millar, the Maroons’youth development officer, presented both schools with some rugby equipment for all their hard work and efforts on the playing field and in the classroom.

He said: “All the children loved the rugby sessions and the FSA booklet activities and it was great to see them having fun and enjoying themselves.”

Ian also sent a special thanks to the class teachers for their help in delivering the activities.




The seniors entertained their near neighbours Abbotsford last Tuesday and enjoyed a good victory by 57-46.

Top rink for the Hawick side was the Alec Wilson-skipped rink ably supported by the Langholm exile Tony Anderson and Bert Wear.

Wednesday saw the A team travel over to Newtown in Division Two.

From the start, the home team were up against it, having four players missing, with Hawick emerging 123-46 winners.

Top rink for the Hawick side was the one skipped by Les Clarkson.

Langholm Old Town

The club held a ladies’ mini tournament last Saturday in dry weather and the winning triple from Newcastleton was Jemima and Elizabeth Richardson and Carol Elliot.

The triples taking part were from Langholm New Town, Newcastleton, Canonbie and Eaglesfield, and all played each other with the winner being decided on points.

The winners were presented with the Nancy Nicol Memorial Cup by her daughter Hazel Bell.

Organiser Elma Aitken thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success.


An over-60s American triples tournament last Friday saw 16 entries and the winners from Castle Douglas were Stuart and Sandy Gilmour and Bruce Richardson. In the final, they beat the Langholm triple of Jock Corrie, Ronnie Johnstone and Jim Jackson.


Forty people took part in a fun day last Saturday with the winners being a rink entered by Ross Ovens.

The club thanked all members and visitors as well as Belhaven for its donation of prizes.

Sunday saw the Robbie Brown Two-bowl Trophy take place. The final was contested between husband and wife Mr and Mrs Jaffray and the vice-president and president Gary Craig and Marie Todd, with the latter pair winning.

Blair Jewellers was thanked for its sponsorship.


Border League

A rather low-key season is reported by the Border Wheelchair curlers, with a slight reduction in numbers and helpers, writes Alistair Lindsay.

However, the valiant Valerie Robertson continues as secretary, treasurer and overall chief administrator and is ever on the lookout for new members for this worthy club, which has opened new challenges for many disabled ladies and gents in the area.

For Earlston CC, this has been a nearly season in many competitions, although there are plenty clubs that would be happy to be “as nearly” as the Rhymers.

They were joint second in their Agrii Border League section, but short on shots up, losing finalists in the Laidlaw, Dickinson and Tweedmouth Kettle, second in the Border Bonspiel, and quarter-finalists in the Harry Hogg.

The Ralph Brooks was an all-Earlston final, and on individual efforts, Billy Byers and Graeme Cowe were in the Directors’ winning rink. Graeme skipped the winning rink in the end-of-season bonspiel, while Jim Cullen’s rink cleaned up in the Mixed Invitation.

Itchy-footed Jim was a member of the RCCC tourists who brought the Strathcona Cup back from Canada early this year, having been a member of the Swiss tourists just four years ago.

Jim will have to peel his own spuds come November when wife Liz heads off on the ladies’ tour to Sweden.

Presiding over all this is Billy Byers in his second season, aided and abetted by Graeme Wilson. Wendy Henderson continues as secretary and Jim Cullen counts the bawbees.



During the Braw Lads Week, the club race moved to the Thursday to avoid the Fancy Dress and Torwoodlee parades.

Members met at Torwoodlee and raced a 25-mile TT up the A7.

With the shows in town, it was Leahn Parry showing what he can do on a fine night, leading the eight riders home in under an hour and setting a personal best time this season so far in 59 minutes 49 seconds.

Other riders on the night also set a PB, notably Neil Shepherd and young Gareth Murray, who just keeps on getting better despite suffering some mechanical issues during the race that cost him valuable time.

Results: 1, L. Parry 59.41 (PB); 2, D. Johnston 1.00.32; 3, I. Pearson 1.01.57; 4, A. Pogson 1.02.02; 5, N. Shepherd 1.04.58 (PB); 6, J. Stark 1.05.07; 7, D. McCudden 1.23.16; 8, G. Murray 1.23.34 (PB).

At the weekend, riders travelled through to Ayr to take part in the National 50-mile TT Championship.

David Johnston did well to finish midfield and commiserations to Chris Adamson who did not finish due to mechanical failure.

Also on Saturday during the Gala Day, the Alston and Back Audax took place over a total distance of 300km.

Riders completed the race, visiting the Samye Ling Temple en route for a short stop.

Next week, Wednesday, July 10, is round two of the Gordon Rout Sporting Course. Competitors are asked to sign on early and wear a rear light during the race.



John Scott ( Plumbing & Heating ) Seniors June Medal: A League – 1, W. Crighton 33 nett; B League – G. Turnbull 36 nett bih.


Rover Cup: 1, M. Munro 73 (9) 64; 2, G. Borthwick 80 (14) 66; 3, R. Hastie 75 (8) 67.

Midweek Points 1: 1, A. Malone 39 points.

Midweek Points 2: 1, R. Glendinning 38.

Middlemas Trophy (two rounds): 1, M. Ford 131 ; 2, D. Jack 136; 3, R. Hastie 137.

Golf coaching for ladies and girls at Kelso starts this month.

Ladies coaching begins this Sunday from 9.30-10.30am and July 12 sees P5 to P7 from 4.30-5.30pm and S1 to S3 from 6.30-7.30pm.

Equipment is provided. All beginners and improvers welcome.


Ladies Championship Qualifier (4): 1, J. Whiteford nett 84; 2, A. Fleming 86; 3, L. Wallace 90.

St Boswells

Buller Trophy (juniors): 1, J. McDonald; 2, R. Lacon; 3, D. Murdoch.

Belhaven Medal: 1, A. Hardie 73 (12) 61; 2, M. Ovens 72 (10) 62; 3, R. McLean 76 (13) 63.

Ladies’ LGU Brooch: 1, R. Thorburn 89 (24) 65; 2, V. Shirra-Gibb 87 (22) 65; 3, R. Macdonald 91 (26) 65.


Tuesday Stroke: 1, J. Graham 77 (12) 65; 2, B. Aitchison 71 (5) 66 BIH; 3, R. Rutherford 74 (8) 66. Scratch: C. Riddle 67.

Brad Lads’ Stableford: 1, E. Davidson 37 points (bih); 2, D. Thorburn 37; 3, J. Thomson 34.



Nine members sent 64 birds to Maidstone. Result: 1, 4, 7, 8, Douglas and Spearman 101.679; 2, 6, 9, W. Hopewell 982.873; 3, J.J. Ramage 940.158; 5, G. Irvine 917.527; 10, K. Jamieson-Mcdermott 866.944.


Three members sent 21 birds to Maidstone. Result: 1, 3, 4, 5973.102; 2, I. Oliver 876.929.



Pre-season has started on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Haugh, from 7pm.

Everyone welcome, no matter what their rugby experience.

A new players day will be held on Saturday, July 13 from 3pm, with potential new signings able to come along and meet the team as well as train, before enjoying a barbecue.


Scottish Rally

Duns driver Garry Pearson’s hopes of a Rally Two title ended at Saturday’s RSAC Scottish Rally with his second non-finish.

The result was extremely frustrating for all the Border Rally Sport team who had been busy repairing the www.StoveSales.co.uk Ford Fiesta R2 after the crew’s accident in the last round, the Jim Clark Rally.

Pearson and his co-driver Tom Hynd from Inverbervie saw their racing ended two miles into stage five when they encountered a large rock in the middle of the road, bending up the car’s thick gravel spec Sump-Guard which then cracked the sump and the resultant loss of oil.

With no chance of winning the inaugural R2 Championship and the prize of a free Rally GB entry, the only remaining goal for the crew this year is to try to win a yellow jersey on one of the three remaining events, which would give Pearson a place in the Pirelli Star Driver end-of-year shoot-out.



Handicap Cup semi-final: D. Sharratt (-5) 3 A. Burnie (+9) 2. Plate semi-final: S. Moffat (-4) 3 I. Youseff (+9) 1; A. Gill (-2) 3 D. Burnie(+2) 1.