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Team Borders

Stirling was the venue for the first of the winter season’s East District Cross-Country League events last weekend.

Team Borders, the composite athletics team from Borders clubs, was again in action in the age-group races with the U13 Boys team taking pride of place with a narrow team win over their 2.4km course. Chirnside’s Josh Abbott had an excellent run for 3rd in 10 minutes 10 seconds with clubmate Jamie Kinghorn (10.32) home in seventh and Craig Angus (Moorfoot/Leithenburn) only six seconds further back in a tight finish for 13th.

In what looks like it will be a highly competitive age-group, the U17 Men’s team (Gavin Bryson, Thomas Otton and Kobe Stevens) finished 2nd.

Both the U11 (Harriet Woodland-Broome, Madeline Collins and Megan Hobbs) and U13 (Beth Hobbs, Elena McGorum and Rhiannon Fagan) Girls teams both took 3rd.

Although the U11 Boys team finished out of the top three, there was an individual 3rd place from Gregor Collins from Gala who stormed home in 5.22.

The next race in the League is at Alloa on November 22.


Agrii Border League

The Lees rink acquitted themselves in fine style last week, keeping their ancient Lammermuir opponents on their creaking toes throughout the game which was eventually won by the hill men. There was also a low scoring peel between Teviotdale and Yester, a single shot win to Duns against Coldstream and a single shot victory to Selkirk against Chirnside.

Agrii Border league action this week brings holders Glendale versus Greenlaw, and Ayton Castle versus St Boswells. Section B has a duck breaker between Swinton and Lauderdale and Earlston versus Roxburghe

Laidlaw Trophy

The Laidlaw prelims had Earlston beating Lammermuir, Foulden overcoming Ayton Castle and, in the next round, the Rhymers beat Foulden to bring them into a semi-final against Greenlaw this week. In the other qualifying round Swinton had a walkover due to the absence of a Lees rink and Coldstream turned the previous days tables over Duns, thus coming against Swinton in the other semi this Thursday.

Lees CC

Following their AGM the club now have Ewan Girvan as president with Robert Laidlaw as vice president.

After many years service, in admin both secretarially and financially Michael Fleming has handed these tasks over to Tamara Mallen, a fresh and pretty young face in the admin gallery and a competent young curler to boot.

Last week saw Lees enter what must have been the youngest rink in the history of the Border League, albeit with a suitably mature lady lead, more’s the pity that Lees CC found themselves unable to field a rink in the Laidlaw opening round on Wednesday, however this club has strength in numbers with some able young players on the roll.

Melrose Kettle

As threatened/promised last week a report on the Melrose Kettle is presented.

In the semi-finals St Boswells battled hard to overcome Selkirk, and Jedburgh went down valiantly to Kelso. A very good final brought the Saints up against Kelso but a late three to the Tweedsiders was just too much for the saints to come back at so David Kerr and gang came out worthy winners.



Border Area Darts pool of players to play Greater Glasgow away on Saturday, November 1.

Men: Graeme Bell, Darren Bohme, Barry Dalgleish, Callum Donaldson, Kevin Green, Darren Gray, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenby, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J Patterson, Kevin Richardson, Callum Stewart, Chris Waddell, Kevin Wright. Reserves: Adam Ballantyne, Paul Black, Ian Graham and Gordon Peters.

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

Mini buses leaving Kelso & Newtown St Boswells 8am, Gala 8.15am and Peebles 8.45am.

Any call offs or queries please contact Robert on 07504 493676.



Earlston Golf Club Society proudly presented Earlston Rhymers Youth football club with training equipment thanks to the generosity of the club and guests who entered this year’s annual Quaich competition at Monksford by kind permission of Mr Rooney.

The junior outfit received the donation of equipment from Club President Brian Hunter. Earlston Golf Club wishes to thank coach Robert Anderson, his friends and all who supported the Society Quaich Texas Scramble.


Margaret Fletcher CBAH Quaich: 1, E. Pearson 39 points; 2, L. Small 37.

The presentation of seasonal trophies took place after play. The Thomson Trophy (knockout singles) was won by Lynne Flannigan, the Foursomes Trophy (knockout doubles) was won by Leanne Wilson and Doreen Pringle, the Handicap Trophy was won by Leanne Wilson who also won the Eclectic. The Silver Medal was won by Leanne Wilson and Karina Wilson won the Bronze Medal.

Seniors Summer Points League for the J R Brooks Trophy: 1, J. Anderson 158; 2, G. Small 154; 3=, M. Ross, R. Scott and B. Taylor 152.


October Medal: 1, J. Martin 80 (13) 67; 2, A. Chadha 77 (9) 68; 3, W. Kirk 79 (11) 68. Scratch: S. Fairburn 67.

Torwoodlee Golf Club wish to congratulate member Simon Fairburn on winning the BGA Border Championships at Roxburghe Golf Club on the weekend of 11th & 12th of October 2014.

Great effort Simon, Well Done.



Belhaven Border Pool League week six results (First Division): Ship A 4 Waverley A 8; Nikis 7 High Level 5; Fleece B 4 Reivers A 8; Waverley B 5 Fleece A 7.

Second Division: Reivers B 6 Red Lion A 6; Eildon Centre 11 Bridge 1; Golden Lion 7 Ship B 5; Red Lion B 4 Dryburgh 8.



JJ Express Border League results (week five): Hawick Burns Club A 4 Selkirk A 2; St Boswells 3 Hawick Conservative Club B 3; Hawick Conservative Club A 5 Jedburgh Legion 1; Selkirk B 2 Hawick Burns Club B 4.

Week six: Hawick Conservative Club B 3 Hawick Burns Club A 3; Selkirk A 3 St Boswells 3; Jedburgh Legion 4 Selkirk B 2; Hawick Burns Club B 1 Hawick Conservative Club A 5.

League positions after six rounds: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 24; 2, Selkirk B 19; 3, Selkirk A 18; 4, Jedburgh Legion 18; 5, Hawick Burns Club A 18; 6, Hawick Conservative Club B 17; 7, Hawick Burns Club B 16; 8, St Boswells 14.



Club Championship 2014 gents semi-final: A. Gill 3 D. Sharratt 0 (9-5, 10-8, 9-4).

League 2: J. Eyre 3 R. Kohler 0 (9-4, 9-7, 9-7).

Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 0; L. Molero 2 F. Dickey 0; I. Chalmers 2 L. Molero 0; F. Dickey 2 D. Sharratt 0; L. Molero 2 R. McAleese 1; L. Molero 2 D. Sharratt 1.



14 Gala ASC Swimmers represented their respective schools last weekend at the East Lothian and Borders Schools Meet which was held at the Mercait Gate in Prestonpans.

Four Borders Primary Schools and three Secondary Schools were represented by the Gala members.

The morning session saw five of the junior members all perform very well with each swimmer recording PBs and notching two Gold and one Bronze medal.

If the report card in the morning was ‘very good’ the afternoon session read a resounding ‘excellent’ with a constant flow of PBs and a medal haul which included sevens Gold, nine Silver and three Bronze medals.

President Douglas Watt commented: “All our members performed very well and should be proud of the efforts, as should their respective schools.

The final reports card will not read “could do better”, but “go to the top of the class.”

The Gala ASC Swimmers were Elsbeth Roper (Melrose PS), Layla Whitson (Stow PS), Jack MacDonald and Gregor Collins (St.Peters PS), Laura Frizzel (Glendinning PS), Lindsay Jack (Selkirk HS), Bethany Hamilton (Earlston HS), Andrew Watt, Amy Headspeath, Maili Brown, Sarah Frizzel, Beth Johnston, Robbie Czajka and Paige Minnikin (all Galashiels Academy).

Gala ASC would also like to congratulate Beth Johnston on winning the Young Star Award for the Scotland & Northern Ireland region for the OCS Young Sports Person Awards 2014. Beth will attend the awards evening in London at the end of November and will receive a medal and certificate. Well done Beth.