Funding appeal could help Rebecca stay on track

Earlston mountain biker Rebecca Kennedy launches her Crowd Funding appeal at Trifitness
Earlston mountain biker Rebecca Kennedy launches her Crowd Funding appeal at Trifitness

Downhill mountain biking is an expensive and extreme sport – and Earlston’s Rebecca Kennedy, who is the Scottish, national senior women’s and 2014 senior women’s UK downhill champion, launched her crowdfunding appeal this week at Trifitness in Galashiels.

Rebecca, who had her race bike stolen last year and also recovered from a serious finger injury, hopes to raise £7,000 which will go towards joining the Steve Peat Syndicate team, which includes kit, race bike, coaching and development and support at the British Downhill Series races where, for the first time, she will join the Elite category.

“I have to thank a few people who have helped behind the scenes, not least my parents, but especially Trevor Bryant, who is completely addicted to biking, just like me, Kirsty Gilchrist of Soloco as my crowdfunding adviser and Rachel Rigg, who generously manages my website,” said Rebecca.

Visit for more information on the appeal.

Sporting digest


Gala Harriers

Some Harriers decided to share their love with 515 others on five tough Pentland Hills in the Carnethy 5, with excellent performances from Fergus Johnston (56.36), Dave Nightingale (1.13.36), James Purves (1.17.36), Fiona Shepherd (1.22.15) and Shelagh King (1.53.20).

Liam Shipperlee took an impressive second place in the 5kg shot putt at the EAC open graded meeting at Meadowbank at the weekend, with a personal best of 8.93m, and then followed it up with a well-earned fourth place in the indoor long jump with his final leap of 4.63m.


Ettrick Forest

The AGM will take place on Sunday, March 8, at 2pm in the clubrooms.


Teviotdale Seniors made the short journey over to Gala to play their Tweedbank counterparts in a friendly game last Wednesday, as both teams had a blank date in their fixture calendar.

It gave both clubs the chance to field five rinks, and see what the fringe players could do to impress the selectors. The game was a ding-dong affair, with the Gala club eventually emerging winners by 88 shots to 85.

Top rink for the Teviotdale side, with all four players gelling well on the day, was the Bill Jaffray-skipped rink, ably assisted by Jim Reilly, Andrew Dickson and Guy Johnstone.


Border Ice Rink

As a start to this week’s report, the Marie Curie Bonspiel, held last weekend, was pronounced a great success, well put together by committee members Dave and Cathy Brown, Brenda Robertson, Marion Pate and Rachel Stark, with help from son Innes.

There were very few runaway results and when all was computed, counted and calculated, the winning rink was skipped by Dave Brown, second came Ian Dykes and Marion Pate was third.

Moving on to the Dickinson Trophy and following the opening round, Swinton went down to Duns, both Foulden rinks fell after their amazing start to the eventual finalists, Greenlaw One and Earlston respectively, while Lees, whose first victims were Coldstream, and then Greenlaw Two, came up agin Earlston and put up a gritty display in an interesting semi-final.

In the the other semi, a close game between Duns and Greenlaw One went to the last stone, with the Greenlaw rink losing a very one-sided final at the hands of Earlston.

In the Agrii Border League, a fired–up rink of Dingers kept Teviotdale out of contention, winding up in second spot in A section with a game to play. Coldstream were made to work hard against Jedburgh, while Kelso and Selkirk slugged out a noisy battle, with the former winning. History was repeated with Lammermuir’s skip being beguiled into deep folly by Swinton, who, on the strength of this, are now second in B section.

This week sees the prestigious Henderson-Bishop ladies’ competition being played out at Kelso for the second time within the past decade, a notable effort by all concerned in bringing the event to the Borders again.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League: winner, G. Turnbull net 37.


A clear morning accompanied by a biting wind greeted this week’s golfers.

The wind and firm conditions proved difficult to handle and the scoring in the Winter League was a bit higher than normal – with one exception.

Tom Hogarth claimed the top rung of the ladder with an 81 (15) 66, with Shane Paton’s 87 (15) 72 and Billy Hunter’s 85 (11) 74 a few rungs below.

Moving into the last month and five rounds to go, the scoring is even closer for the Winter League Cup.

Tom Hogarth’s 66 on Sunday has moved him into a tie for first place with Micky Dunne and Ron Dick, but only six shots cover the first six places – it is all to play for.

Winter Eclectic: R. Malcolm 61 (9) 52; 2, T. Hogarth 65 (11.3) 52.7; 3, R. Dick 70 (15) 55.

Road to Lauder: 1, T. Hogarth; 2, R. Malcolm; 3, M. Dunne.

The Soup-a-thon was provided this week by past lady captain Linda Hogarth. An intriguing “spicy tomato and lentil” sparked debate as Matty Whiteford was convinced it was mulligatawny, while Gregor Ker said it had “a bit of a kick”.

The entries are piling in for the quiz night on Friday, April 3, in the clubhouse at 7 for 7.30pm – there is a restricted number of entries, so to avoid disappointment, contact Tom Hogarth to secure your team of four at or 07808 479858.

Stovies and refreshments will be served on the night. If the need arises, transport to and from the clubhouse can be arranged.

The club have obtained a mobile phone to enable visitors to book and check tee times. The number is 07999 450139.


Belhaven Winter League: 1, K. Lochrie; 2, W. Wallace; 3, D. Gribbin.



JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Selkirk A 2; Selkirk B 4 Hawick Conservative Club B 2; Hawick Burns Club B 3 St Boswells 3; Jedburgh Legion 1 Hawick Burns Club A 5.

League standings after 21 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 80; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 72; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 71; 4, Selkirk A 59; 5, Selkirk B 59; 6, St Boswells 57; 7, Jed Legion 43; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 43.



The latest event in the East of Scotland Squash Conference saw Gala Squash Club team up with hosts Grange Sports Club to take on the city heavyweights Collinton Castle and Dean Squash Club.

Gala were missing some key players and travelled with Luis Molero, Michael Howard, Rachel McAleese and Stephanie McDowell, who were joined by Dean Turner, Shane Martyn and Jonathan Hughes from Grange. Collinton Castle had stalwarts Mark Crease and Gordon Robertson, who were joined by Gregg Brown and Anne Robertson, topped up with Dean’s Russell Ogg and Patrick Jones.

There was quite a broad standard of talent on display, and Gala and Grange got off to a winning start when Shane Martyn triumped 2-0 against Gregg Brown in the first match. Top seeds Mark Crease and Dean Turner then battled out a close-fought 2-1 game in Collinton and Dean’s favour.

When the Gala players took to the court, Luis Molero won 2-0 against Patrick Jones and Michael Howard went down 2-0 to Gordon Robertson. Molero later turned the tables on Robertson by taking a stunning 2-0 victory over the seasoned veteran which won the match for Gala and Grange. In the absence of the injured Del Sharratt, the Gala captain for the day was Molero, who said afterwards: “It has been an extremely enjoyable occasion. To top it off with a victory makes it extra special.”

Full results (G&G first): S. Martyn 2 G. Brown 0; D. Turner 1 M. Crease 2; M. Howard 0 G. Robertson 2; L. Molero 2 P. Jones 0; R. McAleese 1 A. Robertson 2; J. Hughes 1 R. Ogg 2; D Turner 2 G. Robertson 0; S. McDowell 0 A. Robertson 2; S. Martyn 2 P. Jones 1; L. Molero 0 M. Crease 2; M. Howard 1 P. Jones 2; J. Hughes 2 A. Robertson 0; S. McDowell 0 R. Ogg 2; R. McAleese 2 G. Brown 0; L. Molero 2 G. Robertson 0; M. Howard 1 M. Crease 2; R. McAleese 0 R. Ogg 2; S. McDowell 0 P. Jones 2; D. Turner 1 R. Ogg 2; J. Hughes 2 A. Robertson 0; S. Martyn 2 G. Brown 1.

Final Standings: Gala & Grange 26 Collinton Castle & Dean 25.

Club night friendlies: R. Kohler 2 D. Sharratt 1; F. Forrest 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 F. Forrest 0; R. Kohler 1 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; F. Forrest 2 D. Sharratt 1.


Gala ASC

With the Scottish National Age Group Finals only five weeks away, the pressure is on for swimmers to find competitions to get the all-important qualification times, and the Bellshill Shark Open Meet on February 14 and 15 was no exception.

The large entry saw more swimmers turned away than actually competed and although many were left disappointed, Gala ASC were fortunate to have five representatives compete over the weekend.

Laura Frizzel, Lindsay Jack, Elsbeth Roper, Andrew Watt and Maili Brown made the journey to Lanarkshire and performed extremely well in a very tough competitive age-group field.

Laura (five swims) had two PBs and some credible times at longer distance swims, Lindsay (four swims) had two PBs with great placings in a very strong field, as did Andrew (one swim).

Elsbeth (one swim), took on the 400 IM for the first time and performed well, giving her a target to now beat in the future.

The star of the day was Maili who, in her five swims, managed to PB in all of them and collect two bronze medals in the process (12 yrs, 200 back and 200 IM). Well done to all the swimmers.

Gala ASC would also like to thank Lauren Jocelyn (BEST coach) for looking after the swimmers over the weekend.