Sporting digest


Ettrick Forest Archers

The weather gods again smiled on Thirladean on Sunday as members of Ettrick Forest Archers took part in the last club competition of the season in perfect weather conditions. The combined contest is the triathlon of archery with competitors shooting 4 dozen arrows in a target event, followed by 3 dozen at a 4in wand then 3 dozen at the long-distance clout. Archers are awarded points for their placings in each event to find the overall winner.

In the junior section Kyle Fairbairn was unable to shoot in his last club competition as a junior due to illness, but his place was ably filled by his sister, Logan Fairbairn, who was the overall junior winner, while Carley Patterson received the junior clout medal. The ladies’ honour went to new club member Elizabeth Arrowsmith, while Ev Craig won the ladies’ clout with a personal best single clout score. The gents’ event was closely contended, club chair Doug Anderson the eventual combined winner, with Jimmy Stillie lifting the clout medal. The target medal was won by Jason Fairbairn and the wand medal by Trevor Austin. The last BLBS event of the summer in Scotland takes place on Sunday with the Green Hollow clout at Mugdock country park near Glasgow where it is hoped a good turnout of EFA members will take part and Kyle will have his last junior shoot of a very successful stint before joining the seniors.



On a glorious Sunday morning, more than 40 runners, aged between 5-55, from Gala to Chirnside and beyond turned out to participate in the annual SPORTKelso 2 bridges race and fun run.

This informal, yet greatly contested, run was organised jointly with the Lynella School of Highland Dance and SPORTKelso.

Its 14th year saw Darrel Hastie take the winner’s trophy home once again. Sadly, there were no records broken on this occasion, but many worthy winners. Special thanks was given to Linda Abbott and her team from the Lynella Dancers for managing the entries and refreshments, Keith Lyall (race starter) for organising marshals and safety on the run, Gavin Horseburgh (Kelso Cricket club) for the use of the clubhouse and Blairs Jewellers for donating the medals.

Full results can be seen on the Kelso Crawlers website as well as via Linda Abbott.

1st Female - Fiona Dalgleish (Gala Harriers); 1st Male - Darrel Hastie (Gala Harriers + Kelso); 1st Female Vet - Jo Murray; 1st Male Vet - Wayne McIntosh; 1st Male U16 - Josh Abbott; 1st Female U16 - Robyn Harvey; 1st S1/2 Boy - No runners; 1st S1/2 Girl - Sarah Davenport; 1st Primary Boy - Gregor Collins; 1st Primary Girl - Sophie Matthews; 1st Primary Team - Lynella Dancers; 1st Secondary Team - Chirnside Chasers; 1st Adult Team - Gala Harriers.



Events for the closed season: Saturday, October 10 - Race Night, first race at 7.30pm (could members please have their sheet into a committee member by tomorrow). The clubrooms will be open from 4.30pm for the Wales v Australia game; Friday, October 30 - Borders Pet Rescue Quiz Night in the clubrooms; Friday, November 13 - Camera Club Quiz Night in the clubrooms; Monday, November 30 - AGM, 7pm in the clubrooms; Friday, December 11 - Christmas party with entertainment by Stuart Anderson, 7pm. Tickets are priced at £6, which includes a buffet – money to be paid to Jack Greer before Friday, December 4. All members and guests welcome.



Langholm Cricket Club held its end-of-season get-together and presentation of trophies in the Castleholm clubrooms.

The presentations were made by president Tony Reid and Duncan Elliott received the Player-of-the-Season trophy, along with the Players’ Player and Most Runs awards.

The trophy for Most Wickets went to Steven Johnstone and Chris Stewart picked up the Most Improved honour. Bailey Donaldson was chosen as Young Player of the Season.


Border Sport & Leisure

Borders Sport and Leisure has launched a new programme of classes designed specially for pre-school children in Kelso.

Taking place at the Abbey Row Centre in the town, the sessions, which start on October 22, will run each Thursday and opportunities on offer include mini-kickers – football-based classes for boys and girls aged 1.5-5 years and mini-tryers, rugby-based sessions for children aged 2-5 years.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “Our aim is to provide opportunities for exercise to people of all ages in the community, from little children through to retirees. We trialled some ‘minis sessions’ in Kelso over Easter and got a great response, so we are hoping that lots of children will come along to enjoy this new programme.”

Borders Sport and Leisure already runs “minis sessions” in Galashiels, Hawick and Peebles as part of the organisation’s commitment to encouraging children to be active from an early age.

Mr Jackson continued: “Involving children in exercise and sport in a fun and accessible way from an early age can have a long -lasting impact on their lives and set them on the pathway to becoming active adults and enjoying the many health benefits this brings.”

Class times for the sessions taking place at the Abbey Row Centre in Kelso are:

Thursdays Mini Kickers stage 1 (1.5-3 years) 09:30-10:15

Thursdays Mini Kickers stage 2 (3-5 years) 10:15-11:00

Thursday Mini Tryers stage 1 (2-3.5 years) 13:15-14:00

Thursday Mini Tryers stage 2 (3.5-5 years) 14:00-14:45


Hawick Legion

West Barns Star 4 Hawick Legion 2

West Barns were first to do the business when opening the scoring through an early goal.

Two tip-top saves from Legion keeper Euan Reilly then prevented Star from adding to their tally. The home men, however, kept up the pressure and duly put away a second counter.

Legion began to pick up their game after this and with five minutes of the first half remaining, reduced the leeway, Scott Duncan heading home a Sean Solley lay-off following a Craig McCutcheon cross.

But just seconds from the interval whistle, West Barns restored their two-goal advantage. And in the second half Star slotted away a fourth.

Legion’s Callum Hope brought an end to the scoring by beating the West Barns keeper with a lobbed shot after being fed by an Aiden Reilly pass.



On a glorious sunny day with no wind, Earlston Golf Club travelled to Duns to play the Scotts Garage Pairs Two Ball Texas Scramble.

The winners were Matt Whiteford & Wullie Brien, runners-up Ross Aitchison & Euan Whiteford, and third was Shane Paton & Helen Todd. Longest drive – Shane Paton. Nearest the pin – Ross Aitchison. Thanks to Michael Scott for his generous sponsorship of this event.


John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors September Medal: A League winner, G. Ford net 34; B League winner, G. Turnbull net 37 BIH.


The end-of-season prizegiving was held on Sunday for the junior section of Minto Golf Club. An excellent turnout of 29 girls and boys took part in the prizegiving competition, with four categories being contested.

The results were: 8 holes 100m - 1, Neave Bolland 46; 2, Sophie Oliver 50. 10 holes 150m - 1, Ewan Stevenson 49; 2, Charlie Farquarson 53. 10 holes blue tees - 1, Sophie Allott 51; 2, Lucy Nichol 52; 3, William Brodie 54. Handicap - 1, Corrie Patterson 60; 2, Gregor Dodds 69; 3, Finlay Campbell 70; Scratch - Daniel Murdoch 69.

After the day’s competition, the prizes were given out for the season: 3 Club champion, Ross Nichol; Kenneth Oliver Trophy, Ross Nichol; Outing Cup, Corrie Patterson; Stuart & Paula Aitchison Memorial Trophy, Lily Towers; Gordons Trophy, Owen Cranston; Mitchell Salver, Corrie Patterson; Summer Competitions, Ross Nichol; Eclectic Competition, Ross Nichol; Chips ‘n’ Cheese League, Jay Goodfellow; “A” Champion, Daniel Murdoch; “B” Champion, Ross Nichol; 6 Hole “A”Champion, Lucy Nichol, 6 hole “B” Champion William Brodie; Most Improved Player, Jay Goodfellow.

Junior convener Angus Towers thanked all the adults who have helped throughout the season, in particular their help in taking the beginners out on the course. A big thanks also to all the people for their generous donations of prizes to the junior section.

Junior captain Angus Brown gave a vote of thanks to Mary and Angus Towers for their help and support, to the bar staff for keeping everybody fed on Friday nights throughout the season, and to the greens staff for the excellent condition of the course. See photograph of prizewinners on page 77.

Anne Paterson collected the Lothian Rosebowl, one of Minto Ladies’ most prestigious competitions, with a net score of 70. Anne’s splendid inward half of 42 gave her the trophy over Lynn Bruce, who had won the competition in 2013. Margaret Bland was third on 71.

Mary Glendinnning scored a hole-in-one during the competition. Using a four iron, Mary recorded her ace on the fourth hole, described in the course guide as the most challenging par three on the course.

Everyone playing in the competition was delighted for Mary and enjoyed the celebratory drinks she provided at the end of the competition.

Mary’s achievement means that she has qualified for the How Did I Do H1Club, an exclusive organisation for golfers scoring a hole-in-one during a club competition. Following the contest, the ladies enjoyed a buffet salad prepared by club chef Scott Daley.

The Roxburghe

The Roxburghe hosted the first round of qualifying to get onto the European Tour.

A field of 84 played three rounds, with 48 making the Thursday cut at +5 and ties to play a further 18 holes on the Friday. After a miserable practise day on the Monday, the next four days were perfect for golf, with sunshine and a light breeze. The course was again the winner, with some very good golfers struggling to post scores to keep themselves in contention.

In the end, 21 players who were -1 or better proceeded to the next round, with winner Jonathon Caldwell carding a fantastic 64 on the last day to get to -16, to triumph by five shots.

The course was immense, and comments from players and tour officials alike were that it was the best it has ever been. So high praise indeed for new course manager Ross Ovens and his staff.


JC Hall Trophy & October Medal: 1, Stan Irvine 86 (21) 65; 2, Alistair Lundie 79 (12) 67; 3, Derek Gillie 68 (1) 67; 4, Ewan Davidson 80 (12) 68; 5, Dave Sutherland 85 (16) 69.

Hogg & Thorburn Order of Merit: 1, George Parker 80 (11) 69 BIH; 2, Jonathan Brown 78 (9) 69; 3, Jimmy Graham 78-8-70 BIH. Scratch: David Gillie 70.

September Medal & Champion Of Champions: 1, Jack McDonald 77-11-66; 2, Brian Aitchison 73 (5) 68; 3, Andrew Broooks 70-1-69 BIH; 4, Gerry Smyth 83 (14) 69 BIH. Scratch: Simon Fairburn 68. Champion of Champions Winner: Brian Aitchison.

Hogg & Thorburn Order Of Merit: 1, Andrew Brooks 69 (1) 68; 2, Derek Gillie 70 (1) 69; 3, Anoop Chadha 80 (10) 70 BIH.

Junior 9 Hole Comp: 1, Kyle Anderson 45 (15) 30 - new handicap - 12; 2, Gregor Brydon - 47 (10) 37; 3, Lewis Gillie 65 (26) 39.



One year on from judo’s immense success at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, JudoScotland is launching an award winning girls-only judo programme in the East of Scotland.

With the support of Scottish Borders Council, Girls on the Move and Active Schools, the project aims to create opportunities and encourage females to participate in judo.

The sessions, which are being run in conjunction with Outreach Judo Club, are designed to engage young females, a group at high risk of inactivity, through the sport. Research has highlighted that only 41% of girls aged 13-15 in Scotland meet the target of an hour’s physical activity a day. The sessions, developed from an award-winning pilot in the West of Scotland, will focus on physical movement similar to dance, introducing judo gradually.

Dougi Bryce, chief executive officer at JudoScotland, said: “It is important to utilise the opportunities bestowed to us following the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Projects such as the Girls Judo Project is just one way JudoScotland can harness that legacy and implement real change.”

The East of Scotland Girl’s Judo project is keen to develop more than just female participation – it also aims to develop female coaches and volunteers. If you would like to get involved in the Female Participation Judo Programme, contact or call the JudoScotland Development Team on 0131 333 2981. Girls-only judo sessions are on Tuesdays (4.15-5pm) at Selkirk High School and Wednesdays (4.15-5pm) at Peebles High School. Outreach Judo also run a female-only fitness and self-defence through judo class on Wednesday mornings at Cardrona Village Hall for adults.



Earlston 54 Edinburgh Uni Medics 20

A resounding home win last weekend sees Earlston top the East League Division Three table.

Scott Bell put the hosts in front after eight minutes with a penalty goal, but the visitors replied with a try followed by a penalty.

After some dominant scrums and numerous forward breenges, Mark Stewart went over from short range, with Bell adding the conversion and a penalty to see Earlston 13-8 up at the break.

A change of gear after the restart saw the hosts in cruise control with tries from Steven Cessford, Bell, Shaun Tippen, James Rowley and Ben McNeil, plus a penalty try, one penalty and two conversions from Bell, with Kris Rowley converting two tries. Uni added another two tries and a conversion to their tally, but rarely troubled the home line during the half.

This weekend Earlston travel to play Lismore.


Langholm 17 Edinburgh Northern 10

Langholm grabbed their first victory of the season with a hard-working display at Milntown.

The match started with the powerful Edinburgh outfit scoring an unconverted try at the corner after three minutes.

Langholm won possession from the restart and before the visitors knew what had hit them, live-wire scrumhalf Stuart Hagen went in to score.

The Milntown men kept play alive and good work by the pack ended with No. 8 Jordan Reid bursting over for a deserved try, Niall Cubbon converting.

Most of the play was in the visitors’ half and Langholm were awarded a penalty 30 metres out. From a tap-and-run, the ball was fed wide and flanker Gregor Masterton went over to score in the corner to make it 17-5 at half-time.

The Edinburgh outfit appeared to step up a gear after the resumption and, following forward pressure, battered over for an unconverted try with only four minutes of the second half played.

Much of the play thereafter was rather scrappy and although Langholm rarely looked in danger, there was always the chance that Northern could hit back. Cubbon missed with a penalty, but the hosts held out for a deserved win.


A level 1 refereeing course is to be held between 10am and 4pm on October 4 at the Greenyards, Melrose.

Course leader – Malcolm Changleng.

Applications – www.ScottishRugby-Everyone’s Game-Referees-Courses.

Contact – Bill Calder (07935 340949).



Club night friendlies: J. Barrow 2-0 J. Borowska; P. Spence 2-0 A. Niemczewski; R. Kohler 2-0 C. Saetre; D. Sharratt 2-0 J. Barrow; I. Chalmers 2-0 J. Borowska; A. Gill 2-0 P. Spence; C. Saetre 2-0 J. Borowska; A. Gill 2-0 J. Barrow; P. Spence 2-1 I. Chalmers; C. Saetre 2-0 J. Borowska; D. Sharratt 2-0 C. Saetre.

League One: I. Chalmers 3-0 D. Sharratt (9-5, 9-6, 9-2).



Melrose Waverley Tennis Club’s annual general meeting is in the Ormiston Rooms’ upper lounge, Melrose, on November 2 at 7.30pm. The annual presentation of club trophies will precede the AGM, beginning at 7pm.



The group took three horses to the Scottish Championships at the Morris Equestrian Centre in Kilmarnock.

Jaffa, Spotty and Sparky all worked hard and helped the vaulters achieve some good results.

In the Walk A class, Connie White was second, Grace White seventh and Nicola Thomson 10th. In Walk B, Keira Thomson was 15th. In Walk E, Olivia O’Leary was placed first, Taylor Brown second, Kirsty Gibb third, Rihanna Watson fourth, John Oliver sixth and Olivia Robertson seventh. In the Walk Team classes, Get Physical were placed first, Cowboys were fourth in Section A and Oompa Loompas led the way in Section B. In the Canter classes, Catherine Baker won the Novice Individual, with Lottie Redpath runner-up and Kira Darling fourth. In the Child Individual class, Minta Younger was second female, with Eva Walley 12th and Ailsa Chalmers 13th. Archie Pilcher finished fifth male. In the Junior Individual, Sophie Thomson clinched 10th female, with Ally Simmonds 11th. In the Male Senior class, Sam Corson came second.

Following on from another successful outing, all the Equibuddy vaulters and parents offer their appreciation to Jenny Leggate, Gemma Hope, Claire Wishart, Claire Marshall and everyone who made the weekend such a success.