Soaring Selkirk win Club of the Month award

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Christmas arrived early for the boys and girls at Selkirk Rugby Club last week when they were named BT Club of the Month for November.

The accolade was given, not only for the club’s continued success on the field, but their ability to engage with the community and desire to remain sustainable off its many assets.

Club president Mick Craig was delighted that the club had been acknowledged in this way. “Everyone involved at Philiphaugh is really chuffed to have received this award, as it adds to what has already been a successful season for us,” he said.

Selkirk’s first XV currently epitomise the club’s ambition and desire to achieve while other contributory factors in gaining recognition were the successful running of two reserve teams, Selkirk A and Selkirk Stormers; maintaining a strong link with the high school and Selkirk Youth Club to ensure that the best home-grown talent is coming through the system; and having an extremely strong mini rugby section in Selkirk Rhinos.

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BADMINTON

Langlee

Given that the fledgling club play on Thursday evenings, and that Christmas and New Year both happen to fall on that day, there will therefore be a short hiatus.

However, it is hoped that those in the Langlee community and beyond, who are looking to work off a few extra pounds from festive frivolities would choose to do so in the confines of the community centre hall, from Thursday, January 8, between 5.15-7pm. It’s quite possibly the best value £1 you’ll spend all week.

Players old and new, of all abilities and experience, will be made most welcome to turn up at any time.

For further information, call chairman Kevin Janiak on 07825 269667.

Bowling

Teviotdale

On Wednesday Teviotdale Senior bowlers travelled through to Dalkeith to play in their 1st game of the Jock Brodie Senior Trophy tournament.

They were drawn against Berwick and came away with a very good result winning two out of their three matches. Both Jim Murdie and Ken McCartmey recorded good wins with the only losing rink being the Colin Rae skipped rink. Jim Murdie’s rink comprised of H. Fisher; J. Blaikie and A. Waugh. Ken McCartney was ably assisted by A. Dickson; O. Gibson and B. Jaffray.

The scores were: K. McCartney (7 shots up); J. Murdie (7 shots up); C. Rae (2 shots down).

Tweedbank

There have been mixed fortunes for the club so far this season, with the ladies and gents’ seniors having little success in their respective leagues.

The seniors have now finished, however, and did manage to win their last match at home to neighbours Teviotdale. This will at least give them a little confidence for the Scottish Cup to come and the Jock Brodie competition which starts on Wednesday, January 14.

The ladies have two matches to go in the new year, having so far managed to win just two of the eight matches completed.

It has been a different story for the gents, who had a difficult start with two tough away matches, both of which were lost, one of them by the narrow margin of just by three shots.

Since then, they have managed to win all four of the home matches played and are currently in third place with three matches left to play, two of which are away.

The preliminary round of the Scottish Team Championship was a very good day for the club, achieving a cracking 6-2 victory against Bainfield.

The next match will be on Sunday, January 18, against neighbours Teviotdale in Midlothian.

The club has been successful in gaining trials for Lauren Upton in the ladies’ and Ross Nichol in the gents’. It is hoped that one or both of them will make the Scottish team.

The playdowns for the season were completed with the fours and on Saturday, the ladies were represented by Sheena White, Ella Brydon, Jackie Ormiston and Marie Todd, playing against a four from Midlothian at the West Lothian stadium in Livingston.

This was always going to be a tough encounter, although they did keep the match very close in the initial stages. However, Midlothian began to pull ahead and eventually were winners by 24-6.

The gents were Derick Pearce, Neil McNally, Kenny Johnstone and Ross Nichol, who, after a bye in the preliminary round, were against a team from Headwell on the Saturday afternoon at Bainfield. They started off very well and early on looked in control, but Headwell pulled back and the match became very close, eventually going into the last end with Tweedbank just one shot in front.

The Tweedbank four held on to win by 19-17.

On the Sunday morning, they played a strong four from East Lothian. The Borderers fought hard, but in the end lost by 25-20.

At club level, the season is proceeding reasonably smoothly, with the first session of leagues completed for the gents.

The new leagues for the second half of the season, with promotion and relegation, will commence on Monday, January 12.

The sheets showing dates and matches, etc will be sent to the team organisers shortly.

In the afternoon leagues, there remains one session to be played, with matches to be played on the first Tuesday and Thursday in the New Year.

Their second session, also with promotion and relegation, will commence the following week.

Draws will soon be made for the ladies’ and gents’ singles, pairs and fours, with the matches being played on the dates already specified in the fixture list, a copy of which is on the noticeboard. At the same time, draws will be made for the senior competitions, the dates for which are also on the fixture list.

Juniors are reminded that entries to the competition relating to the games in Samoa must be received by the S.I.B.A. secretary by December 31.

Golf

Galashiels

Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott (Plumbing & Heating): Winter League, winner – I. Casson net 36 bih.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (week 8): 1, I, Ramsey; 2, K. Haldane; 3, D. Page.

Rugby

Semi-juniors

Jed Thistle gave their supporters the perfect Christmas present with a comfortable 84-10 win over Gala Wanderers on Saturday at the Glebe.

With the forwards winning plenty of good ball, the home backs were able to stretch the Gala defence at every opportunity.

Scrum half Gary Munro utilised good positional kicking, which allowed Thistle to play in the Gala half for long periods.

The Jed lads went in at half-time with a 46-point lead.

The second half saw Thistle continue to dominate play, allowing them to use all their subs and giving Jamie Bowie his debut.

Gala scored two late consoloation tries.

Thistle scorers were Rory Marshall (2), Gary Munro (3), Calum Young (2), Aiden Walker, Calum McNeil, Oliver Ryan, Rory Smith, Robbie Yourston (one try , nine conversions and two penalties).

Selkirk Youth Club were unfortunately unable to raise a team to play Peebles Colts on Saturday due to a shortage of players, mainly due to at least six being ill, two injured and one working. It is, however, hoped that game can be rearranged soon.

East Division One

Langholm have been finding it difficult to get a team together on a number of occasions this season, especially for away fixtures, with some players working on a Saturday morning, writes John Smith.

The Muckle toon men had already been docked points for not going to Berwick. So praise must go to Berwick for making the switch to Milntown on Saturday as they wanted to get a game under their belt.

The match turned out to be a very one-sided affair with Berwick winning 85-10 – with a try count of 12-2 – and they certainly got a good runout as they dominated possession and spent the large majority of time in the Langholm half.

The visitors ran ball from all areas of the pitch and created many of the tries from their own half.

Berwick fullback Gareth Hill had three dazzling touchdowns and flanker Shane Armstrong had a personal tally of 35 points from two tries, a penalty goal and 11 conversions. Scrum half James Pick had a brace of tries and others who got on the scoring list were prop Gareth Clarke, flanker Tony McDougal, No8 Dave Gilchrist, fly half Jock Webster and hooker Gareth Black.

Langholm secured a couple of tries in the second half, with full back Lewis Miller dashing in at the corner when the ball was spread wide, and No8 Steven Nicol got the touchdown after a good forward drive.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 3 Selkirk B 3; Hawick Burns Club A 4 St Boswells 2; Hawick Burns Club B 4 Jedburgh Legion 2; Selkirk A 4 Hawick Conservative Club B 2.

League standings after 14 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 56; 2, Hawick Burns club B 44; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 43; 4, Jedburgh Legion 40; 5, Selkirk B 40; 6, St Boswells 39; 7, Selkirk A 39; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 35.