Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest

One of the best days of the year greeted archers with a smiling face on Sunday for the Harvest Clout, the last BLBS-hosted shoot for the Selkirk club.

However, that smiling face hid wicked crosswinds for which Thirladean is reknowned, and several archers struggled with it.

There was joy for one of the club’s newer members, though, as Kerry Holmes scored a double clout on one end, a feat achieved by very few.

And soon-to-be senior, Kyle Fairbairn, amassed a fantastic total score of 112 from 39 hits with a massive 76 scored in the second half. It’s time he joined the men on the 180-yard target!

Winners were as follows – Ladies: Champion, Barbara Campbell, 48, 134, 1. First round, Elizabeth Arrowsmith 19, 48, 0. Second round, Ev Craig 23, 49, 0.

Juniors: Champion, Kyle Fairbairn 39 112 1. First round, Logan Fairbairn 6 12 0.

Gents: Champion, Jim Stillie 36, 92, 2. First round, Ned O’Neil 17, 35, 0. Second round, Martin Stillie 23, 54, 1.

Shoot-off by ends: Ina Morris and Alex Blake.



Last Tuesday, the seniors travelled to Jedburgh for the final away fixture of the season. The home team stayed in front throughout the match for a 64-50 victory, with only one Abbotsford triple – Jimmy Grieve, Stuart Aitchison and George Kerr – finishing ahead.

On Tuesday evening, Taylor Johnston retained the Junior Championship with Robbie Johnston as runner-up. He had earlier won the under-16 trophy, with Cameron Beatty as runner-up.

On Friday, the last ladies’ competition of the season was decided, with Margaret Brown and Catriona Reid playing against Frances MacDonald and Jackie Ormiston for the club pairs title. The match was closely contested with the lead changing several times, but it was Brown and Reid that were victorious in the end by 16-13.

On Saturday, four Abbotsford rinks travelled to Edinburgh for the annual friendly against Goldenacre.

This year, the clubs were playing for the Vic Graham Memorial Shield. Vic served Abbotsford with distinction as president, match secretary and bar convener, while as a player he particularly enjoyed the friendlies with the Edinburgh clubs.

In the match, the players enjoyed lovely sunny conditions and with three rinks finishing ahead, Abbotsford became the first recipients of the shield.

Finally on Sunday, Keith Campbell competed in the Borders Champion of Champions tournament at Selkirk BC. His opponent in the first round was Jedburgh’s Dougie Munro.

The early stages were dominated by an in-form Munro as he raced to a 16-3 lead. This proved too great a task for Campbell, and Munro eventually won the match by 21-12.

Scant consolation may be taken from the fact that Munro was the eventual winner of the competition.

Border Bowling League

The league has now been completed, with Melrose claiming the title of Border League Champions, finishing on 28 points, two clear of nearest challengers Hawick.

Abbotsford and Jedburgh had a strong finish to the end the league in third and fourth respectively.

Defending champions Waverley finished in fifth position.

Earlston, Wilton and Kelso kept their First Division status, while Selkirk and St Ronan’s, the two promoted teams from 2014, make a return to Division Two after finishing in the bottom two positions.

Ancrum won Division Two on shots difference after an exciting final round of games. Ancrum lost to Gala and this left Ettrick Forest needing a win to take the title, however they also lost out at Buccleuch.

Both Ancrum and Ettrick Forest will compete in Division 1 in 2016. Gala finished clear in third place followed by Newtown, Peebles, Buccleuch, Lauder and Stow.

The B League came down to the last game between Wilton B and Kelso B.

It was Wilton who won the game and the league with an 83-38 win.

The Senior league has been won by the Earlston and Melrose combined side who are four points clear of Wilton in second place with just one round of games remaining.

Attention now turns to the Knock-out Cup and Plate finals on Saturday at Gala Bowling Club.

Jedburgh meet Abbotsford in the Cup final at 2pm, but prior to that, at 11.15am, Kelso B and Wilton B will go head to head again in the Plate Final.

All league titles will be presented at approximately 1.30pm, between the finals.


Congratulations go to the Senior Men’s team of Earlston/Melrose who have won the Border Senior League.

As the season draws to a close most of the club competitions have been played for.

The winners and runners-up this year are, Men’s championship: Martin Goodfellow beat George Douglas. Ladies championship: Gail Moffat beat Beatrice Cameron. Presidents: Martin Goodfellow beat George Moffat. Nomination Pairs: Barry Johnston and Peter Scott beat Dave Benton and Bob Beattie. Pro-Am tournament, sponsored by the Scottish Building Society: Stuart Stevens and Steven Greer beat Julie Lyall and George Cessford. 7-up Tournament: Steven Greer beat Bob Beattie.

Twenty-four pairs attended the annual Ladies’ Open Pairs last Wednesday and enjoyed some rare good weather. Following some entertaining group matches and a superb lunch and high tea provided by the Earlston ladies, the semi finals took place with Ellen Haldane (Melrose) and Jean Casson (Gala Waverley) beating Ancrum pair Rachel Sinton and Marion Black, while Rachel Black and Joan Duncan (Kelso) beat Joyce Thomson (Earlston/Lauder) and Margaret Scott (Lauder).

In the final Black and Duncan saw off a late challenge from Haldane and Casson to take the title.

The club thanked sponsor Border Chainsaw and Lawnmower Services.


The seniors entertained their Kelso counterparts on Tuesday in very summery conditions, and the Teries enjoyed a very good 66-46 win.

Top rink for Hawick was the Bobby McDonald-skipped rink, ably supported by Drew Johnstone and Antony Anderson.

On Friday night, Steve Richardson won an incredibly tight final for the Gents’ Singles Championship, beating Scott Clarkson 21-16.

On Saturday, the club hosted the Wallace Express and Luxury Lawns Open Pairs, and attracted a good entry from pairs as far afield as Castle Douglas.

After an afternoon of good bowling, Euan Lindores and Ross Nichol emerged as the winners.

The club would like to thank the sponsors.

Langholm New Town

The mother and son partnership of Carolle and Paul Warwick won the Langholm New Town club open pairs bowling tournament last Saturday in fine, sunny weather.

Paul Warwick is president of the club and they beat the Old Town entry of Grant Fletcher and Robert Phillips in the final.

Alastair and Carol Elliot from Newcastleton lost in the semi-finals to the eventual winners. The other beaten semi-finalists were Scott Morrison and Steven Milligan from the host club.

There was an entry of 24 and the tournament was sponsored by the Langholm Royal British Legion Club, and chairman Roger McMurdo presented the Tom Bell Memorial trophy and prizes to the winners.

Neil Campbell thanked everyone who had helped make the tournament a success.

Langholm Old Town

Alastair Elliot and Elizabeth Richardson from Newcastleton won the Old Town open mixed pairs tournament on Sunday.

In the final, they defeated Robert Phillips from the host club, who was playing with Jemima Richardson from Newcastleton.

In the semi-finals, the eventual winners knocked out Donald Little, the Old Town president, who was playing with Stella Geddes from the Canonbie club. The other losing semi-finalists were William Graham and Isabel Fraser from Eaglesfield.

There was an entry of 19 and Mr Little thanked everyone for helping make the day a success, and called on Robert Phillips, who sponsored the tournament, to present the J. A. Irving memorial trophy to the winners.


Ladies’ Two-bowl Pairs, August 22: 1, Louise MacLennan and Marjorie Lawrie.

Club Finals day, August 23: Gents’ Championship: 1, Ian Borthwick; 2, Colin McKinnon.

Ladies’ Championship: 1, Mattie Smith; 2, Margaret Milne .

Gents’ Senior Championship: 1, David Weir; 2, Harry Bell.

Ladies’ Senior Championship: 1, Mattie Smith; 2, Margaret Milne.

Charity match, August 27 – proceeds going to the Dialysis Unit at the Borders General Hospital – 1, Louise Maclennan, Ben Wallis and Dorothy Monks. £352 was raised.

Ladies and Gents’ Two-bowl Singles, August 30: Ladies – 1, Evelyn Clapperton; 2, Hazel Scott. Gents – 1, Ian Borthwick; 2, Donald MacLeod.

Selkirk Bowling Club was this year’s host for the Gents’ Champion of Champions which was held on Sunday. Congratulations go to Dougie Munro from Jedburgh, who beat Steve Richardson from Hawick in the final.



Seniors section, sponsored by John Scott (Plumbing & Heating): Stableford – 1, A. Redhead 18 pts bih.

JFL Contracts Tri-Am: 1, S. Nightingale, J. Shiel & G. Shiel 126 BIH; 2, C. Armstrong, W. J. Taylor & I. Casson 126. The club thanked sponsor Alan Jeffrey.

The next competition is the Gala Open, any late entries please phone 07807 975913.


Ladies’ Open, September 5: Stacy Cameron from Gullane Golf Club, playing the Minto course for the first time, won the Silver Scratch prize in Saturday’s Ladies Open with an excellent score of 79.

Like the other competitors on Sunday, she found the course in great condition, a tribute to the hard work of Paul Cranston, the head greenkeeper, and his staff.

The Open, one of the few remaining ladies’ individual stroke play competitions in south east Scotland and north east England, attracted an entry of 40 players, around half of whom were from other Border clubs and from Tyneside and Northumberland.

Three members of Minto’s Mail on Sunday Classic team (see opicture story above) showed remarkable powers of recovery from their recent exertions and featured amongst the prize winners. Cherry Thom won the Silver Division handicap prize, with Mary Towers and Margaret Bland winning the second and third handicap prizes respectively. Two other Minto ladies, Ellen Learmonth and Irene Middlemiss, won the remaining Bronze prizes for scratch and handicap scores, while Helen Todd, the ladies’ vice-captain, won the bronze prize for nearest the pin on the 17th hole.

Mail on Sunday Classic, September 3: Minto ladies travelled to North Yorkshire to play the ladies of Malton and Norton Golf Club for a place in the last eight of the Mail on Sunday Classic.

Although they lost the tie by 4.5 rubbers to 0.5, all members of the team said that they had enjoyed not only this match, but all the preceding ones that had made this season one of the most successful for many years.

The members of the team, Mary Towers, Lesley Moore, Lynn Bruce, Cherry Thom, Anne Paterson and reserve Margaret Bland paid tribute to the work of the ladies’ competition secretary, Linda Geatons, in making arrangements for the season’s fixtures.

With Lily Towers, the seventh member of the squad, who did not travel to Malton, they look forward to similar Minto success in next year’s competition.


Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit, September 1: 1, G. Lawrie 77 (13) 64; 2, S. Nightingale 71 (4) 67 BIH; 3, R. Speirs 80 (13) 67 BIH. Scratch: David Gillie 67.

Captain’s prizes, August 29: 1, G. Lane 83 (19) 64; 2, J. McDonald 78 (12) 66; 3, S. Whitehead 77 (10) 67. Scratch 1, A. Brooks 70; 2, A. Lawrie 71 BIH. Closest to 3rd, Jimmy Kelly; straightest drive at 16th, David Dods; closest to 18th in two, Iain Heard.



Six members sent 35 pigeons to Newark, a distance of 192 miles. Results: 1, 7, 10, Austin R. Lindores 990.104; 2, 8, 9, Douglas & Spearman 990.033; 3, 4, 5, J. Wyper 960.511; 6, Kenny G. Lawrie 934.620.


Members liberated 34 birds in a north wind from Lymm.

Results: 1, 2, 4, D. Nordon 1061.198; 3, 5, 6, A. Henderson 1008.561.


Peebles S1s

A team with a hard act to follow – that of Peebles S1 netball – has been chosen.

The brave bunch of girls comprises: Abbie Sorrell, Melissa Watts, Emily Wilson, Lily Robertson (all ex Kingsland Primary), Emma Latto, Imogen Lewis, Molly Saxon (all ex Priorsford Primary), Ruby Finn, Eleanor Smith (both ex St Ronan’s) and Hannah Little (ex West Linton).

The previous two Peebles S1 teams became Scottish Schools’ and Scottish Youth Cup champions.

However, the new crew all attended the Peebles Netball Primary Academy last season and their standard of play is already very high. They play their first match in the Aitken Turnbull Border League on Sunday, October 4, against Earlston U13s.

Adults League

Sunday sees the start of the new season for the Border Adult Netball League (BANL).

The league was established last year, supported by the national lottery, and was highly successful in attracting eight teams.

This year, the league which is run by Peebles Netball, has expanded to 10 teams with players coming to take part from as far afield as Coldstream and Edinburgh to West Linton and Peebles.

More than 100 ladies will participate on 13 Sundays between September and March, all striving to become champions of Divisions one or two.

The league grew from strength to strength last year, not only attracting increasing numbers of women back to the netball court, but also prompting several of the players to go on to take umpire and coaching qualifications.

The lottery funds provided the base for getting the league up and running, but already this year several of the individual teams have attracted sponsorship from local firms.

Linda Nicholson, BANL co-ordinator and coach at Peebles Netball said, “we were delighted with the success of BANL last season and the women have been raring to go again ever since the league finished in March. The lottery funding supported Peebles Netball’s expansion from a junior club to include an adults’ section and we now run five adult teams: Arrows, Dragons, Hawks, Jets, Hotshots and Pumas, in addition to our junior squads for girls aged 12 – 18 years. We are very grateful indeed to our new sponsors who have come onboard to support our adult teams and who will be announced over the coming weeks.”

This Sunday’s matches will be played at Peebles High School’s new games hall and will bring together some intriguing clashes with outcomes hard to call. Spectators are welcome and entry is free. Fundraising activities will be hosted with action ongoing from 2.45pm until 9pm.


Roxburgh Reivers

A busy weekend saw club members scattered across the country making the best of the glorious weather.

The bulk of the club headed north to Grantown on Spey for a series of events, plus an evening ceilidh. On Saturday afternoon, the sprint race round the town was a counter for this year’s Scottish Urban League and the club had one winner in the shape of Ian Maxwell on M55. Pauline McAdam was third on the W55 class, where less than a minute separated the top four runners, as was Robin Sloan on another competitive M65 class.

On Sunday, there was a more traditional forest event at nearby Loch Vaa and Robin Sloan continued his good form with a satisfying win on M65.

Three members of the club travelled south to The Howgills for a mountain marathon. John Tullie had a cracking run to take third place on the five-hour course, while James Purves and Robert Cranston finished 12th and 14th resepcively on the four-hour course.

Lindsey Knox travelled even further south to Loughborough for the latest round of the UK Urban League and had a comfortable victory to maintain her lead in that league, but relinquishing her lead in the Scottish League by missing the Grantown event.

Further afield, Kirstin Maxwell was part of a GB team trip to Antwerp in Belgium for the first round of a new EuroCity series and had a good weekend, finishing in the top 15 of each race.

The next local event is an urban race in Jedburgh on September 27, planned by Kirstin Maxwell. See the club website – – for details.



Club Championship first round: R. Kohler 3 J. Barrow 0 (9-6, 9-6, 9-7); D. Sharratt 3 D. Quinn 0 (9-1, 9-3, 9-0).

League 1: L. Molero 3 D. Sharratt 2 (1-9; 3-9; 9-3; 9-3; 9-4).

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 1 C. Saertre 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Borowska 0; J. McLean 2 R. McAleese 0; R. Kohler 2 C. Saertre 0; M. Brooke 1 J. Barrow 1; R. Kohler 1 D. Sharratt 1; C. Saertre 2 J. Borowska 0; A. Gill 2 D. Quinn 0; M. Brooke 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Sharratt 2 J Borowska 0.