Orchard club bears fruit

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Kelso Orchard Tennis Club has been awarded Club Accreditation status by Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, and this week was presented with a plaque and certificate.

The club’s treasurer, David Laing, and head coach Lesley Thomas are pictured above with the plaque.

The club already holds LTA ‘Clubmark’ status.

Also, the club has been awarded a grant of £3,900 by Club Sport Roxburgh for the refurbishment of its courts and the work will take place from the end September to the beginning of October when the courts are quieter.

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Jedburgh Badminton Club will be entering its 40th season this year and will be commemorating the event later in the season. Former players are encouraged to make contact and help celebrate the occasion.

Adult club evenings restart on Wednesday, September 3, from 7- 10pm – all abilities welcome.

Junior club coaching will restart on Tuesday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 10. Tuesdays from 7 – 8pm is for primary 5-7 pupils and 8 – 9pm is for grammar school pupils. Primary 2-4 pupils are on Wednesdays from 6 – 7pm.

Contact Christine Wylie (phone 07989 584968, email p10caw@aol.com) if you require any further information on the adult or junior club or coaching.

Borders Badminton also have all the information on clubs and coaching around the region, please visit the website www.borders-badminton-group.co.uk.



The B team travelled to play Kelso B in the Knockout Plate, but were defeated 63-51. Stuart Aitchison skipped the highest-up rink for Abbotsford.

On Tuesday the seniors travelled to play Buccleuch. There were narrow wins for two triples, but the overall score was 65-40 in favour of their hosts.

On Wednesday, the A team played a Knockout Cup quarter-final tie away to Hawick, the hosts winning comfortably by 92-55. Tommy Mann Jnr skipped the only winning rink for Abbotsford.

Also on Wednesday, at home, the B team played a rearranged league fixture against Hawick B and lost by 77-57.

On Saturday, two rinks from Abbotsford played in the Border Championships at Berwick. The rink of Alan Howlieson, John Purves, Gordon Bowers and Tommy Newall (skip) had qualified on Tuesday when they defeated a rink from Wilton.

The other rink of Iain Macdonald, Graham Prentice, John Manczak and Colin Hancock (skip) had qualified previously, but for the finals day, Brian Anderson substituted for Manczak.

The draw for the semi-finals kept the two rinks apart, with Hancock’s rink playing a rink from Spittal and Newall’s rink playing Tweedmouth. Both matches were closely fought throughout, but it was Spittal and president Tommy Newall’s rink that progressed. In the final, the Abbotsford rink was never behind and in the last third pulled away for a 20-9 victory to lift the Sir Thomas Henderson Shield.

Also on Saturday, Liz Waugh played in the Champion of Champions semi-final against Laura Lightbody from Jedburgh, but lost by 21-17.

On Sunday, club members competed for the Wolfson Trophy. In the round-robin stage, John Skinner, Bill Waugh and Keith Campbell won section 1, while Rob Simpson, Taylor Johnston and Craig Riddell took section two. In the final, Riddell’s triple won the opening triples game 4-3, so only needed one more win from the singles or pairs.

In the singles, Riddell lost to Campbell by 9-7, but the duo of Simpson and Johnston won by 6-4 to clinch the trophy.


The Border Bowling Association finals were held on Saturday at Berwick Bowling Club.

The day started bright, but breezy, and the bowling was to the usual high standard.

A considerable amount of spectators enjoyed a good day’s bowling and some fine weather, apart from a heavy shower during the finals.

Results – Junior Singles: S. Brown (Kelso) beat David Tait (Stow) 21-19. Singles: Stuart Bebbington (Ayton) beat Alistair White (Kelso) 21-18. Pairs: Craig Martin and Kevin Donaldson (Gordon) beat Alan Brady and John Smyth (Wilton) 22-7. Triples: Ian Ford, Mick Hogg and Euan McGregor (Hawick) beat Ross Nichol, Neill McNally and Lee Haldane (Melrose) 16-14. Fours: Ian McDonald, Graeme Prentice, John Manczak and Colin Hancock (Abbotsford 1) beat Eddie Smith, Donald Wilkinson, Paul Copland and David Kerr (Spittal) 20-9. Senior Fours: Dave Watson, Robert Flannigan, John Davidson and Jim Anderson (Berwick) beat Sandy Munro, Scott Sinton, Ronnie McCulloch and Jimmy Renwick (Ancrum) 14-11.


Monday night saw the B team travel to play Gala Waverley in the Knockout Plate and won by two shots. The top rink for Hawick side was the R. Johnstone-skipped rink, supported by A. McCredie; R. Johnstone and B. Wear.

On Tuesday, the Seniors played their counterparts from Jed, losing 62-45.

On Wednesday, the A team met Abbotsford in the Knockout Cup and had an emphatic victory by 92-55. Top rink for the Hawick side was the L. Clarkson-skipped rink, supported by A. Oliver; A. Wilson; and K. Ford.

The B team hit the road to play Abbotsford B team in a rearranged league match and enjoyed a comfortable victory by 77-55. Top rink was the T. Anderson-skipped one of D. Johnstone, C. Logan and B. Wear.

On Saturday, the Seniors’ Four and the Gents’ Triple made the journey to Berwick to play in the Borders Play-0ffs. The Seniors – W. Wells, J.H. Reilly, B. McDonald and G. Lyall – were beaten 17-11 by Berwick. The triple of I. Ford, M. Hogg & E. McGregor, however, came away as 2014 champions, beating a very good Melrose team in the final by 16-14. All three played superb bowls in the final.

Sunday saw 16 pairs contest the Alan Barker Trophy. The final saw E. McGregor & Z. Borthwick overcame F. Willison & A. Wilson.


Ian Scott from the host club retained the trophy at the Langholm New Town bowling club single-handed tournament last Saturday, which had 20 entries. In a keenly-fought final, he defeated Steven Barker.

Jake Reid went out in the semi-finals to the eventual winner and Avril Grieve was also knocked out at that stage. The tournament was sponsored by Duncan Ritchie, who presented the winner with his trophy.


The club hosted its Ladies Triples competition, with Newtown – Winnie Milligan, Helen Redburn and Marie Todd – beating Melrose in the final.

The club would like to thank everyone for their support.


Auld Yins League

With a dynamic and relatively youthful committee at the helm of the Auld Yins League for the coming season, the prospects for a fuller competition look very promising.

Some 13 teams are shaping up to be in contention, an increase of two on last season.

The current selection of curlers available indicates that a”wide rinnin’ dug” has worked well with a flock ranging from Teviotdale to the Tweed valley, the Lammermuirs, the East Coast and Glendale; and that’s the perimeter, without including the “inbye getherin”.

It now remains for non-participating players, and retirees, to come to witness these games throughout the season.

From Glendale comes an update on that worthy club’s administration, with Debbie Higgins presiding, Andrew Reed at her right hand, Candice Bell as secretary, and Caroline Cumming treasurer. The Northumbrians gently came into view late on in the Agrii Border League to serve up a last-stone win in the final, while lifting the Border Bonspiel was icing on the cake.



Seniors section, sponsored by John Scott ( Plumbing & Heating) – Championship qualifier, A League winner: G. Ford net 32. B League winner: W. Crighton net 35.


McHutchison Trophy, Saturday, August 23: 1, T. Pringle 67 (4) 63 bih; 2, G. Kellington 70 (7) 63; 3, A. Mulvie 84 (20) 64.

McRobert Thistle Cup, Saturday, August 23: 1, M. Wilkinson 40 points; 2, L. Anderson 34 points.

Ladies Open Texas Scramble, Sunday, August 24: 1, L. Small (Kelso), J. Knox (StBoswells) and J. Oliver (St Boswells) 72 (10.2) 61.8; 2, L. Wilson (Kelso), C. Bunyan (Roxburgh) and Julie Birdsall (Roxburgh) 66 (3.4) 62.6.


SLGA Medal: 1, J. Shirra-Gibb (15) 70 nett; 2, C. Dalgleish (19) 71 nett (bih). Scratch: Linda Wallace 85.

Centenary Lady: 1, J.Shirra-Gibb (15) 75nett; 2, Janice Whiteford (13) 77 nett.

SLGA Brooch: 1, L. Ritchie(19) 73 nett; 2, Linda Wallace (14) 79 nett.

Kings Arms Competition: 1, L.M. Wallace 69 (2) 67; 2, I. Swan 86 (18) 68; 3, G.S. Craig 74 (6) 68. Scratch: G. Hannah 72.


Minto Bell: 1, C. Allott gross 82 net 69 (winner of the Minto Bell); 2, F. Kerr 96, 76; 3, S. James 103, 77. Scratch, J. Beattie 95.

This was Carole Allott’s second trophy of the weekend, as she won the Steward’s Invitation Ladies competition with Jill Wright on Saturday.

Seniors’ Stableford League: 1, M. McFarlane 39 points; 2, A. Lauder 36; 3=, T. Glendinning & R. Johnston 33. League positions: 1, T. Glendinning 71.25; 2, J. Lunn 58; 3, Ray Johnston 48.50.

Gents’ Tuesday Stableford League: The summer league was brought to a dramatic conclusion as I. Learmonth’s stunning score of 41 points propelled him to the top of the league, where he tied with R. Latta on 185 points. Rory’s score of 37 points put him in second place this week. R. Taylor and R. Elliott shared third in the league with 183 points. Over the season an excellent turnout of 71 golfers took part.

The Seniors beat Castle Park 5-1, reversing a loss earlier in the season to their East Lothian opponents.

Junior Summer Competition No5: 1, D. Murdoch 76 (10) 66 after countback; 2, R. Nichol 86 (20) 66; 3, A. Brown 83 (15) 68.

Stewart and Paula Aitchison Memorial Trophy: 1, A. Towers 78 (11) 67 after countback; 2, R. Pringle 78 (11) 67; 3, B. Howden 74 (6) 68. M. Laidlaw attained a hole-in-one on the 8th hole. Ladies: 1, M. Bland and L. Bruce net 72, after adjustment. Juniors: 1, A. Brown 66.

Fox & Hounds No 9 and Autumn Medal: 1, A. Johnston 78 (13) 65; 2, S. Paisley 78 (12) 66; 3, R. Taylor 81 (15) 66. Lowest gross R. Latta 73.


Ladies’ August Medal: Silver – J. Beattie 82 (12) 70. Bronze – L. Robertson nett 74. The club would like to thank sponsor Tower Street Guest House.

Bogey Cup: 1, J. Craig 2up.

St Boswells

Border Potatoes Medal: 1, D. Hancock 73 (10) 63; 2, K. Baillie 81(18) 63; 3, K. Ovens 71 (7) 64 (lowest gross). CSS 65.

Ladies Holmes Cup 3: 1, N. Burnyeat all square (29); 2, V. Shirra-Gibb all square (22); 3, A. Forrest two down (18).

Gordon Melrose Design Gents Open : 1, K. Swinton, St Boswells 73 (13) 60; 2, D. Shiel, St Boswells 69 (8) 61; 3, D. Murdoch, St Boswells 72 (10) 62; 4, J. Megson, Leeds 85 (21) 64. Scratch: C. Ovens 69.


T.J. Walker & T.T. Sanderon Qualifier: 1, D. Bowden 71 (7) 64; 2, G. MacDonald 74 (8) 66; 3, S. Dodds 84 (17) 66. Scratch: E. Gunter 70.

CSS 70, 70 played.


Entries now being taken for the Gents Open on Sunday, August 31, sponsored by Scotbet; the Junior open on the same day; the Four-player Team Event on Sunday, September 7, sponsored by Caddon Designs; and the Mixed Open on Sunday, September 21.



Four members sent 116 birds to Ripon, liberated at 10am into a north-west wind.

Results: 1, 3, 4, W. Gray & son 1083.13; 2, 6, 7, S. Hardie & sons 1068.73; 5, 8, A. Simpson 958.63; 9, 10, 11, 12, S. Martin 877.90.


Nine members sent 89 pigeons to Ripon, a distance of 117 miles.

Result: 1, 2, J. Wyper 912.844; 3, Douglas & Spearman 878.656; 4, J.J. Ramage 854.640; 5, 6, A. R. Lindores 818.267; 7, W. Hopewell 799.644; 8, 10, J. Douglas 794.476; 9, B. Dixon 781.467.


Four members sent 74 pigeons to Ripon, a distance of 105 miles.

Result: 1, 2, A. Agnew & son 1027.167; 3, 7, Mr & Mrs Simpson 947.077; 4, 6, T. Wilson 934.979; 5, J. G. & S. Brown 911.711.


The Langholm Homing Club liberated 81 birds from Charnock Richards (over 100 miles) last Saturday.

Results: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, R.V. Graham 1285.352; 6, W. Irving 1231.789; 10, A. Henderson 1122.242.

Members liberated 83 birds from Lymm over 126 miles in a north-west wind.

Results: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 R. V. Graham 1098.560; 7 , 9, D. Nordon 1054.964; 8, A. Henderson 1038.749; 10, W. Irving 1005.739.



Club Night Friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 Oscar Lindsay 0, A. Gill 2 M. O’Donnell 0, Olivia Lindsay 1 D. Sharratt 0, D. Sharratt 2 D Burnie 0, Olivia Lindsay 1 Oscar Lindsay 0, M. O’Donnell 2 Oscar Lindsay 1, A. Gill 1 D. Burnie 1, A. Gill 1 Olivia Lindsay 0.

Racketball Ladder: D. Sharratt 2 D. Burnie 0 (11-9, 11-6)