Players mourn Ian

SNOOKER players Borders wide are shocked and saddened on hearing of the sudden death of Border League chairman Ian Robson last Friday.

Ian, 62, was a regular team member for Innerleithen and turned out for them as usual last Thursday night in a home tie against Hawick Conservative Club. On Friday morning, league secretary Johnstone Cox received a phone call from Ian’s wife Betty to say that his friend and team-mate had died.

Johnstone told TheSouthern: “It was a huge shock to myself and all those who knew Ian through the snooker league. He loved his snooker, was a great man and will be sorely missed.”

Ian had been chairman of the league for the last two years and began playing snooker in the Borders for Peebles after moving down to the area from Gorebridge, before moving on to Walkerburn and then his current residence in Traquair.

Speaking at the recent Borders Under-25 singles tournament Ian told of his pride in the young local players, both for their skills on the table and their conduct at matches. A minute’s silence was held at the four venues holding opening rounds of the Borders Pairs competition on Sunday.

A celebration of Ian’s life will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium on Monday at 12 noon and thereafter at Newbattle Miners Museum Newtongrange.

Brown Brothers Peebles Honda Mazda Border Snooker League results – week 19

Premier Division

Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Selkirk A 2; Border Club 4 Jedburgh A 2; Kelso A 4 Hawick Burns Club A 2.

Team Pts

Hawick Con A 64

Kelso 61

Hawick Burns A 54

Peebles 53

Selkirk A 37

Border Club* 34

Jedburgh A 31

First Division

Innerleithen 0 Hawick Conservative Club B 6; Jedburgh B 1 Selkirk B 5; Hawick Burns Club B 4 St Boswells 2.

Team Pts

Hawick Burns B 87

Hawick Con B 61

Innerleithen 56

Selkirk B 55

St Boswells 52

Jedburgh B 25

*deducted 8 points

z The big event on Sunday is the semi-finals and final of the Borders Pairs competition, sponsored and hosted by Hawick Burns Club, noon for 12.30pm start. Dress code applies.