Formerly the Berwickshire Sports Council, ClubSport Berwickshire, held their annual awards ceremony at Duns Golf Club on Friday night with a wide range of athletes being honoured for their achievements during the past year.
And the winners were: Sports Personality of the Year - Richard Adams (swimming); Junior Sports Personality of the Year - Toby Douglas (swimming); Coach of the Year - Stephen and Leeann Ross (Chirnside Chasers); Junior Coach of the Year - Erin King (hockey & tennis); Team of the Year - Berwickshire High School (badminton); Service to Local Sport (male) - Derek Simpson (rugby); Service to Local Sport (female) - Fiona Hodge (curling); Special achievement awards - Ellenor Gracey (swimming), Keira Waddell (javelin), Geordie White (boxing), Callum Smith (badminton), Keith Renton (fly fishing), Berwickshire High School (badminton), Joyce Mark (triathlon).
Teviotdale Seniors made the short trip to play their Gala counterparts at the Tweedbank stadium last Wednesday.
Right up until the last end, Teviotdale were never behind, But on the last end the Hawick side lost by 10 shots, and as a result lost the game by one shot, with the match result being 58-57 to Tweedbank.
Top rink for the Teviotdale side was the Graham Brownlee skipped rink, ably supported by Jim Reilly, Bill Jaffray and Alan Waugh.
Rink scores: J. Murdie 17 P. McGauchrane 13; C. Rae 7 R. Fulton 23; G. Brownlee 19 D. Weir 13; K. McCartney 14 J. Redpath 9.
Tweedbank Gents hosted Auchinleck and the visitors led throughout, but typically the Bankies fought hard to keep themselves in the game and it all came down to the last bowl of the last end with Tweedbank needing five shots to win.
Skip Kenny Johnstone played a fantastic bowl to remove an Auchinleck bowl to give Tweedbank a one-shot victory 73-72, which silenced a very vocal visiting team and sent the Bankies wild with delight. A great team effort that gives them two wins from their opening games.
It was a similar story in mid-week when the senior gents defeated local rivals Teviotdale by 58-57 having picked up 10 shots across the board on the last end to claim the victory.
Tweedbank Ladies were on the wrong end of a 85-69 scoreline to Teviotdale ladies on Saturday.
On Sunday, Senior Gents Fours and Ladies Senior Singles both lost their ties in the Scottish Play Down at Bainfield to Falkirk and East Lothian respectively.
Border Ice Rink
Last week’s Laidlaw semi-finals witnessed Coldstream dominating Lees 10-2. After a couple of close opening ends the Streamers steamed away with no let-up.
Ayton Castle v Earlston went first half to the Rhymers 6-1, then ACCC came back with three doubles, and no reply from the opposition running out 7-6 winners.
In the final, Ayton went down to the three Coldstream youths plus veteran Willie Johnson, in an entertaining game. The honourable Alan Nisbet was on hand to present the trophy. Agrii Border League A Section action saw Ayton Castle just pipping Yester, a worthy peel between Chirnside and Kelso, Roxburghe just shaded St Boswells, while the predictable absence of Lammermuir’s fourth member let Selkirk in to beat Lammermuir which now resides at the foot of the league table.
Action this weekend will see more Gala Cup games on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Great Greenlaw Invitation Bonspiel.
Earlier, on Thursday, the Hope Hunter Trophy will be contested at Kinross with the South (sheep breeders) versus the North (sheep feeders). God knows how old this game is but further details will be available next week. The B and F club dates back to the 1920s!
Borders Training Group
There were some Amazing results for all the Scottish Borders schools at the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire (see page 77 for full report).
This trip obviously took a lot of planning and financing. All the schools involved would like to take this opportunity to thank all individuals, organisations and businesses that supported and donated to their fund raising efforts. A mention also to the parent’s and team managers who organised all the logistics.
Teams: Kelso High School sent 13 riders and 12 horses (Louise Hebdon, Erin Lathangie, Emily Edgar, Duncan McFadyen, Jessica Howlett, Amy Ralston, Frankie Home Mossop, Georgia Buckley, Rebecca Buckley, Morven Shanks, Olivia Stratford, Angus Lathangie & Hannah Thomson).
Jedburgh Grammar were represented by eight riders and 10 horses (Emma Stenhouse, Samantha Martin, Rebecca Dun, Ellie Meldrum, Millie Scott, Becky Forster, Lucy Brown & Lucy King).
Morebattle Primary had four riders & eight ponies (Katy McFadyen, Katie Edgar, Vicky Edgar & Alex Edgar).
Earlston High School had three riders and four horses (Shannon Purves, Gabrielle Purves and Katie Rourke).
Results: 95cm Showjumping: 1st & Champions, Jedburgh Grammar School (Emma Stenhouse, Samantha Martin, Rebecca Dun, Ellie Meldrum); 6th, Earlston High School (Shannon Purves, Gabrielle Purves, Katie Rourke).
1m Jumping with Style: 8th, Kelso High School (Duncan McFadyen, Jessica Howlett, Erin Lathangie, Louise Hebdon).
75cm Showjumping: 1st & Champions, Morebattle Primary School (Katy McFadyen, Katie Edgar, Vicky Edgar, Alex Edgar); 2nd, Kelso High School (Amy Ralston, Frankie Home Mossop, Georgia Buckley, Rebecca Buckley).
75cm Showjumping (Individual) 8th, Kelso High School (Frankie).
75cm Jumping with Style: 6th, Morebattle Primary School A (Katy, Katie, Vicky, Alex); 7th, Morebattle Primary School B (Katy, Katie, Vicky, Alex).
85cm Showjumping (Individual): 3, Jedburgh Grammar School (Ellie).
85cm Jumping with Style: 9th, Earlston High School (Shannon, Gabrielle, Katie); 10, Morebattle Primary School B (Katy, Katie, Vicky, Alex).
85cm Jumping with Style (Individual): 6th, Jedburgh Grammar School (Ellie).
Dressage (P17): 7, Jedburgh Grammar School (Samantha).
H’wck Utd 5-2 Duns Ams
Duns got off to a flying start by sailing into the lead in the fourth minute when Ethan Pollard cut in from the left flank to find the net with a sweetly-struck angled drive.
United then showed what they had to offer with some enterprising attacks during which Ross Scott and Kevin Strathdee both came close to grabbing an equaliser.
After Dean Carruthers had blasted a shot wide at the other end, Duns keeper Phil Short pulled off a top notch save in diving to hold a Robbie Kelly shot at full strength.
United continued to push forward and Short put up the shutters again in keeping out a David Strathdee free kick.
Within minutes of this, however, United got their opener.
Having his last outing for the Hawick outfit before moving to New Zealand, Kelly produced the scoring touch in rattling home a pass from Kevin Strathdee for a fine equaliser. In the 63rd minute Kelly struck again when firing past Short following a thrusting run.
Apart from Jamie Lackenby being just off target with a free kick, Duns rarely looked like scoring and it came as no real surprise when United added to their tally in the 68th minute through a Scott strike.
After Kelly had squandered a chance to complete his hat trick by hitting a penalty wide, the ‘Dingers’ reduced the leeway in the 75th minute. Steven Mitchell threaded a pass to the feet of Luke Turner who produced a spot on finish.
Boosted by this Duns began to strike for an equaliser and Matt Lawson came near to achieving this with an effort which went inches over the upright.
In the 82nd minute Kevin Strathdee put an end to any hopes of a Duns come back when tucking away a Daniel Bolton cut back.
Although the game was now as good as over there was more action to come in the closing stages.
United’s Michael Clark was red carded for making remarks towards the referee before Terry Storrie made it a nap hand for the home side in netting a penalty.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League: Winner, S. Scott net 34.
At The Roxburghe Golf Club last Sunday, captain Cameron Thomson and ladies’ captain Fiona Ker presented Domino, a seven-year-old Colt, to The Riding For The Disabled group.
Domino was bought from a £2,333 fund which has been raised over the last 12 months.
Also bought out of the charity fund was a music system for The Arena at Harestanes, Ancrum. The balance will be used for other essential requirements. The fund was raised through a Captains Charity bunker, a Pro/Cptn Challenge, Ladies Charity Day, and a Big Prize Draw on Captains Day, and many other smaller events.
The captains would like to thank the members for their generosity towards this fantastic charity.
Accepting Domino and the cheque on behalf of the RDA (local) was Suzie Elliot, who thanked the Roxburghe members for raising this fantastic sum of money, and guaranteed them that every penny goes towards the running of the facility. She also mentioned that it’s all volunteers who do this very rewarding work at Harestanes.
Last weekend saw the first round of the new Winter League (sponsored by Jonathan Brown).
A promising turnout of 36 including four lady members played over the weekend in excellent weather conditions. Results: 1, Scott NIghtingale 41 points; 2, Andy Sinton 38; 3, Jack Temple 37; 4, Craig Lees 36 BIH. Closest to 7th (sponsored by Davy & Anne Dods) Graham MacDonald; Closest to 15th (sponsored by Ryann Stisi of Border Bingo Clubs) Graham Lawrie.
Fjordhus Reivers III
The Reivers 3rd XI added to their recent run of success last weekend with a superb away win against Grange III.
From the outset the Borderers had Grange pinned into their own half and after countless attempts to score claimed a first penalty corner which was fired into the goal by Dizzy White.
Minutes before half-time Alex Bell managed to get the ball past a hard working home keeper to stretch Reivers lead to 2-0 at the break.
Grange grabbed a goal back just minutes after the restart and slotted away an equaliser soon after having put continuous pressure on the visiting defence.
Working hard to get the win, however, Reivers upped the pace and applied some pressure of their own. As time ran out the ball was played into the D for White to chip over the home keeper to claim victory for the team.
Kelso 3s have had a mixed start to their season with a big 9-0 win over Civil Service and then have followed that up with some very tight matches, losing 0-1 to Edinburgh University 8s, winning 2-1 against Boroughmuir and just losing out 0-1 to league leaders Linlithgow when the team played really well but were unable to convert pressure into goals. Last weekend’s match was equally close with Shania Dalgleish scoring the only goal of the first half and then in an evenly contested game Fjordhus Reivers scored in the second half to ensure the game ended in a 1-1 draw (full report on page 75).
More than 200 boys and girls from the Hawick and Jedburgh area pulled on their boots for the second staging of the Denholm Cup rugby tournament played on the village green.
Competition was keen throughout the afternoon as youngsters from Denholm, Burnfoot, Wilton, Stirches, Trinity, Drumlanrig, Parkside, Howdenburn and Ancrum battled it out for custody of the primary four-five and primary six-seven age group trophies.
Final results: P4/5 Trinity 3-1 Burnfoot; P6/7 Denholm 5-0 Drumlanrig.
Hawick RFC’s Rory Hutton and Robbie Shirra-Gibb from Jed-Forest RFC presented the medals and trophies to the winners and runners-up.
Julie Patterson, one of the tournament organisers, said: “The sight of more than 200 children playing rugby on the village green on an autumn afternoon was quite spectacular.
“The boys and girls all looked really smart and it was great to see them work together in the true spirit of the game. Their skills, determination, sportsmanship and passion for rugby was evident and they were all a credit to their schools.
Mrs Paterson added that the afternoon fostered a real community spirit with villagers doing their bit to help run the tournament. Organisers would like to thank the following for their support: Denholm Primary School staff and parents, Denholm Feuars, Denholm Village Hall Committee, First Aid, Sheila Hartop, Scott Amos, Active Schools co-ordinators Paul Scott and Ewan Lindores, Young Ambassadors from Hawick High and Jedburgh Grammar, Hawick and Jedburgh rugby development officers Rocky Johnstone and Kev Barrie and their apprentices Fraser Renwick and John Feeney who refereed, as well as Murray Renwick and Greg Thomson, all school rugby coaches and staff from both areas, Hunter’s Bakers, Denholm Meat Suppliers, Cream Puff, Fiona Lothian, Dawn Armstrong, Isobel Cunningham and Alan Walker.
Earlston RFC is one of 24 rugby clubs from all over Scotland to to benefit from the FastTrack strand of the SRU’s Club Sustainability Fund, which allows clubs to apply for 50 per cent of maintenance and improvement projects up to £2,000.
Earlston have been given part funding of £1,150 towards the refurbishment of changing rooms and gym equipment.
The fund was one of the union’s key policy initiatives, along with the new academies, which was rolled out after the latest injection of sponsorship from BT Sport earlier in the year when it became official national team shirt sponsors.
Nick Rennie, Scottish Rugby’s head of club services, said: “We’re delighted the successful clubs can benefit from this funding, and develop their facilities to make their club a better place to play, train and socialise.
“We want to ensure that clubs can act as community hubs, and live at the heart of their respective areas’ sporting and social activities. This money can help contribute towards that objective and enable the clubs to build for their future. We look forward to seeing the projects develop over the coming months.”
Last week’s charity match which saw club members team up with BGH staff (see picture on page 72) provided an awesome final between Brendan Callaghan and Andy Gill that could have gone either way.
Everytime Brendan pulled away Andy fought back and there was some thrilling rallies as each player didn’t want to concede anything to the opponent. After the match Brendan said: “It was an intense affair and I had to keep focus and concentration to win, Andy Gill played really well and was a tough opponent.”
In the Plate Tournament, Gala squash Club Captain Del Sharratt won a slightly easier match against Andy Greenfield 11-9, 11-6, and in the Shield tournament final, Top Porter held out 11-7, 11-6 against Steve Brown.
Sandra Henwood, representative of The Friends of the BGH, said: “A big thankyou to Gala Squash Club for helping with this, this was an amazing and thoroughly enjoyable event; and a special Thankyou to Del Sharratt for organising the tournament and draw for the occasion.
“The money raised is an extremely big step to purchasing the PDT Lamp, which is vital in the treatment of skin cancer.”
Main event 1/4 finals: Brendan Callaghan 2-0 Bill Urquhart; Paul Neery 2-0 Rachel McAleese; Andy Gill 2-0 Ruaridh Kohler; Sandy Morris 2-0 Luis Molero. Semis: Callaghan 2-0 Neery; Gill 2-0 Morris. final: Callaghan 2-0 Gill
Plate Tournament 1/4 finals: Del Sharratt 2-0 John Barrow; Dawn McBrayne 2-0 Darren Quinn; Andy Greenfield 2-1 Vineeth Ravindran; John McLaron 2-0 Simon Watson. Semis: Sharratt 2-0 McBrayne; Greenfield 2-0 McLaron. Final: Sharratt 2-0 Greenfield.
Shield Tournament semis: Steve Brown 2-0 Joy Borowska; Tom Porter 2-1 Simon Watson. Final: Porter 2-0 Brown.
Club championship 1/4 finals: A. Gill 3-1 I. Chalmers; L. Molero 3-0 M. Haywood.
Once again the charity Cheviot Youth is staging the Borders Table Tennis Challenge Cup Tournament at Kelso High School Games Hall this Saturday.
This annual event, now in its third year, is attracting club players from the Lothians and Northumberland with organisers hoping 2015 will see the number break through the 30 entries barrier.
David Harvey, chair of Cheviot Youth, said: “We know how difficult it is to start something new, especially with a minority sport such as table tennis; however we do believe that table tennis is a physical activity well worth supporting and encouraging in the Scottish Borders.”
The event is supported by Table Tennis Scotland the games governing body and with ex-national coach David Fairholm as tournament director promises to be another Challenge Cup to remember.
David will also be running a special table tennis masterclass from 10am to noon with on the day registration for the tournament starting at 12.30pm with the first matches scheduled to start at 1pm.
To get a registration form for both the masterclass and Challenge Cup please email Ian at email@example.com or give him a ring on 07958 277766 for further information.