Sporting digest – November 19



Teviotdale senior men travelled up to Tranent to play the East Lothian Club who featured Willie Wood and former Hawick man Peter Laidlaw in their ranks.

Teviotdale knew that they would be in for a hard game. The end result confirmed this with East Lothian emerging as winners by 77 shots to 41, with all four visiting rinks being defeated.

Rink scores: J. Taylor 13 A. Russell 14; G. Brownlee 9 W. Wood 21; C. Rae 10 P. Laidlaw 23; R. McDonald 9 T. Young 19.


The Senior Gents played host to Bainfield on Wednesday and suffered a narrow defeat 62-65. This was unfortunate having three winning rinks out of four.

The ladies also had a home fixture on Saturday versus West Lothian with the visitors only being able to field one rink and three triples Tweedbank won by 90 shot to 42.

The Gents were on the road again this week travelling to East Kilbride. They had a dream start leading by 28 shots to 11 and did so for a lot of the game by the midway point this lead was reduced to just 44 to 42. The home side then took the lead 54-44 and it was to remain at 10 shots until they pushed well clear in the final few ends to win 101 to 61.

The Scottish Fours play Downs Return and the Gents Fours will play at East Fife while the ladies four will travel to Headwell in Dunfermline.

This will give Ross Nichol a chance to do his Jack Dee Tribute Act with no league fixtures. Good luck with that Smiler.

Tweedbank Open day on Sunday was very successful with a good turnout of all ages and well done to all involved in making it a good day.


Border Development Group

The Border Curling Development Group will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 7.30pm in the Planet Centre adjacent to Border Ice Rink, Kelso

Anyone is welcome to go along and hear what the group are doing to encourage their sport in the region. Anyone who feels they can offer any skill/time/energy to helping the Group in any capacity please do not hesitate to let us know - we always need a fresh perspective, help with administration, coaching assistants, minutes taker, the list goes on! Please come along or email or phone 01890 830 717 to let’s know what you can offer to assist with this Groups achievements.

In addition Group secretary Linsay McGillivray is stepping down in December due to other commitments and is seeking someone to take over as minute taker and distributor of minutes of this pro-active group at the Border Ice Rink. The meetings are approx. one per month with a wee break in the summer months. The group raises funds to promote curling in the Borders and provides Try Curling sessions for newcomers, assists younger curlers with funding for ice and attendance at competitions, purchases new equipment for coaching and much more. You can get more involved in the activities if you like and depending on your availability. It is a very rewarding group to be involved in. Contact Linsay on 07803002032 or 01896 849379 or if you would like to know more or would consider the position.


Borders Area Association

County Team to play away against West Ayrshire on Saturday, November 28.

Men’s A Team: Darren Bohme, Norrie Forsyth, Darren Gray, Kevin Green, Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, Kevin Inglis, Richard Lackenbey, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Callum Stewart, Chris Waddell.

Men’s B Team: Adam Ballantyne, Stuart Bell, Tam Craig, Michael Culley, Ian Graham, Keith Hood. Reserves: Jamie Aitchison, Peter Craig, Davie McEwan & Paul Simpson

Women: Alison Burnett, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Caroline McGinn, Alison Mitchell, Janice Mitchell. Jackie Purves, Karen Riddell, Lyn Scott. Reserve: Susan Smith & Laura Virtue

Buses leaving Newtown St Boswells & Kelso 7.30am; Gala 7.45am; Peebles 8.15am.

Any call offs or queries contact Robert 07504493676


Border Amateur Leagues

A minute’s silence was observed at all Borders Amateur League matches on Saturday following the acts of terrorism in Paris at the weekend.

The weather forced the cancellation of several games but there were goals aplenty in those which did go ahead.

In Division A Gordon won 4-1 to come away with the bragging rights in their derby match against Greenlaw.

Gordon started well and took the lead early on when a corner from Gillie was headed in from close range by Kevin Utterson. Tattie Greenlaw went close with a free-kick before Gordon went 2-0 when Utterson netted from the penalty spot.

Greenlaw dominated for a spell early in the second half but the result was put beyond doubt when Utterson completed his hat-trick from close range. The home side pulled a goal back but Gordon sealed the win with a fourth.

Chirnside notched up an excellent result winning 3-1 at home against Stow.

In Division B Duns Reserves were comfortable winners at Gavinton against Earlston Rhymers. Two goals from striker Dean Carruthers and two from Watson saw Duns to victory.

Eyemouth Amateurs found their scoring touch trouncing Ancrum 5-0 at home while Tweedmouth travelled to take on Hawick United and returned home pointless losing 6-3.

Tweedmouth took the lead on the ten minute mark when a speculative cross from Tait was misjudged by the home keeper. However, Hawick hit back and a hat-trick by Strathdee gave the home side a 3-1 lead.

Tweedmouth pulled a goal back before the break through Wood. Tweedmouth started the second half stronger but fell further behind when Hawick went 5-2 up. Tweedmouth did pull one back through Tait but United then put the game beyond doubt with their sixth goal, five minutes from time.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, R. Turnbull net 36.


Fjordhus Reivers II

In the first game of a double header weekend Reivers travelled up to a cold Dunfermline on Saturday but were warmed by a 5-1 win against Dunfemline Carnegie, the only side to beat them last season.

Reivers created chance after chance but the opposition keeper was on top form and saved everything thrown at them. Another break from a corner allowed Sara Robson to deflected the ball into the D towards sister Ashley who spun and fired the ball past the keeper.

After the break Reivers started how they finished the first half, on the attack but couldn’t find that much needed second goal.

Reivers defence played a solid game at the back, with Lauren Grant and Jenny Sharp in the middle giving Dunfermline very little opportunity to test Alanna Taddei in goal.

Dunfermline pulled a goal back from a penalty corner, and with 15 minutes remaining it looked to be a nervy end to the game. However Reivers took the lead from a penalty corner through a bullet of a strike from Sarah Mathers at the top D. The third and fourth goals came from Laura Mclean, one which she took the ball on one of her trade mark runs taking the ball round the keeper and slotting the ball into the goal.

The fifth and final goal came from another penalty corner from the last play of the game, a well worked move saw Elena Lunn play the ball across goal for Ashley Robson to deflect the goal in. This was an excellent all round team performance against a very tough opposition.

Read Sunday’s match report on page 75.

Fjordhus Reivers III

It was a case of seventh heaven for Fjordhus 3rd XI on Saturday when cruising to a 7-3 victory against Fidra 2nds.

The game started in a pacy fashion and in the first few minutes Katie Mclaren scored the opener for the Reivers with Emma Suddon doubling the tally just minutes later.

Laura Holmes scored to widen the gap further and make it 3-0 to the Borders girls at the half way stage.

After the break Fidra came back fighting, a lot of the play was held in Fjordhus’ defensive 25 and increasing pressure led to a first goal for the opposition.

Reivers came back on the attack and Mclaren scored again from a great ball in from Suddon. Minutes later Mclaren made it a hat-trick to take the score to 5-1.

Credit to Fidra who continued to challenge and were rewarded by a fine breakaway goal following a great effort from the Fjordhus goalie.

With the score now at 5-2 spectators were treated to some great play as both teams tried to increase their tallies. Reivers broke first and Suddon scored her second goal.

Fidra came back on the attack, still playing their game and not giving up and scored a well deserved goal. Finally in the last minutes Lauren Taylor scored for the Reivers to secure the win.


Cala ladies travelled to Earlston on a cold day to take on Kelso Ladies II but couldn’t get into the game in the first half.

Kelso scored after the first five minutes when Olivia Kerr placed a perfect pass on to Lucy Murray’s stick in the middle of the circle for her to slot home the first goal of the day.

Kelso continued to pile on the pressure after 17 mins when Kirsty Logan’s shot came back off the post and Olivia Kerr was in the right place to sneak it past the Cala goalie.

Kelso`s third was very similar with the goalie saving Kirsty Logan’s strike and Olivia Kerr pushing it in to the back of the goal for her second.

Cala came out stronger in the second half but the Kelso defence worked the ball away with some great passing and Lucy Murray took a strong strike to slam the ball home for goal number four.

Cala played some good hockey after this but only managed to slot one away in the second half to take the final score to 4-1.


East March Club

The Foulden-based East March Judo Club has had a very successful year in the Grand Prix League with David Fotheringham finishing second, Johnny Rutherford fourth and Caitlin Black seventh in their respective age/weight categories, a remarkable achievement for such a small club.

Their success would not have been possible without all the help from their coaches and training partners in the club.

For anyone wishing to try judo East March meet in Foulden Village Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.

The first lesson is free and a kit will be provided. Anyone from the age of six is welcome and no previous experience is necessary.

East March and Judo Scotland will also be demonstrating the art of judo at Eyemouth High Schools open evening on December 15, between 6pm and 8pm.

All are welcome.


Crail Raceway

The debut rally for Berwickshire’s newest driver was cut short by a mechanical fault at the weekend, but Dun’ Gina Walker says she wants to get straight into more racing in the new year.

A broken clutch put paid to Gina’s and co-driver Edwin Cook’s first event together. The accident occurred on the fourth of six stages in the Crail Raceway.

Gina said this week: “Things were going really well, and then the clutch broke. “We’d been going well up to that point, and I had been getting used to the car and everything really nicely, but that’s racing - these things happen!

“We had been given a seeding of 99th, which isn’t too bad, and then we’d managed to get up to around 48th or 47th, so I’m very pleased with how things went.”

She went on: “Despite the clutch going I was very pleased with the times that we were getting.” She added that any pre-race nerves ebbed away once she was away and on to the course.

“Of course, it was a little bit different to the practice races I’ve done,” she said.

“There were a few nerves while we were sitting there watching the timer go down at the start, but they soon went and once we were off then we just got into the zone.” Walker, the daughter of former world rallying champion Louise Aitken-Walker said that she plans on getting back behind the steering wheel sometime in early 2016.

“I’m not exactly sure when, but we’ll be getting back out on the tarmac, probably in some of the races in January or March,” she added. Berwickshire was also represented well by Colin ‘Hacker’ Aitchison, who was placed 38th in the overall standings and seventh in his class.



In a very even and closely contested East Regional Bowl tie on a heavy pitch both hosts Earlston and Edinburgh Medics still wanted to throw the ball wide and play an open game.

Four minutes into the Game Earlston got caught offside at the breakdown to give the medics a kick at goal which was converted. It was on the 18 minute mark when Earlston got a penalty for Scott Bell to draw the scores level. Five minutes later Medics give away another penalty which resulted in a yellow card and Bell added another three pointer to put Earlston 6-3 ahead at the break.

Just after the restart the Medics kicked through and, aided by the luck of the bounce, scored the first try of the game.

Some great work by the pack put Bell through to score Earlston’s first try with the same man adding the conversion.

By the 35th minute Medics had added another two tries and things were looking ominous for the Borders outfit but with five minutes to go Greg Wight went over from short range to put the hosts back in the lead.

Neil MacDonald took a good catch from the kick off but a misunderstanding in the Earlston backline led to a knock-on which the Medics took heart from and scored in the corner. Full time score: Earlston 23 Edinburgh Medics 25.

This was Earlston first defeat of the season against a very good medic’s team. The next game is away to Lismore in the Bowl.


Duns ASC

Saturday saw a team of seven swimmers head to Prestonpans for the Lothian Graded Meet.

The team were off to a flying start when Roseanna Prentice (11) picked up bronze in the first event of the day, the 100m individual medley.

Roseanna, having a stormer of a day, gained another bronze in the 50m freestyle and silver in 50m breastroke. Sam Brady (11) added gold to the morning tally in the 50m breastroke.

The afternoon session saw plenty more thrills and close races with Megan Hay (15) showing real determination in the last 25m, to pick up bronze in the 100m freestyle, whilst Roseanna completed her medley of medals with gold in the 50m butterfly. Gutsy efforts and personal bests from Nicole Marshall (10), Gaby Gracey (12) and Jodie Marshall (12) rounded off a great day.

On Sunday the swimmers were back in the pool representing their respective schools across the Borders, this time swimming against East Lothian Schools aiming to gain times for entry into Scottish Schools finals.

Once again the swimmers proved that hard work in training sessions pays off with medals and personal bests across all of the schools and age ranges.

Highlights of the day were: Alfie Gracey (Swinton Primary), bronze 100m freestyle; Kacper Dluzak (Eyemouth High), gold 100m breaststroke and freestyle; Jessica Douglas (Eyemouth High), gold 400 IM and bronze 100 IM; Matthew Dawson (Eyemouth High), silver 100m breaststroke; Jodie Marshall (Eyemouth High), silver 100 IM and bronze 100m free; Amy Richardson (Kelso High), gold 200m fly, 200m free and 100m fly; Callum Tharme (Berwickshire High), gold 100 IM, silver 100 breast and 100 free; Lewis Tharme (Berwickshire High), silver 100 IM; Danny Milton (Berwickshire High), gold 100m and 200m breast; Anthony Gardner (Berwickshire High), bronze 100m back, breast and IM; Megan Hay (Berwickshire High), gold 100 IM and 200m back, bronze 100m fly; Ellenor Gracey (Berwickshire High), gold 100m and 200m free. A big well done to all swimmers.

Gala ASC

The Gala swimmers found themselves competing in three separate competitions over a very busy weekend of competitive action.

Inverness, Prestonpans and Hawick were the venues but regardless of the distance travelled the outcome was the same…fantastic swims, medals and PBs galore.

Sarah Frizzel and Lindsay Jack made the gruelling journey to Inverness to compete in the SASA North Grand Prix. In a prestigious event, which had them rubbing shoulders with the likes of Hannah Miley, they didn’t disappoint. Sarah swam in the 50/100/200 Breast, 50 Fly & 200IM reaching the final of the 200 Breast with a sixth place finish and three PBs for her efforts. Lindsay swam in the 20/100/200 Back, 50/100 Fly and 200/400IM with some very strong swims and three PBs along the way.

Andrew Watt, Emma Paterson, Bethany Hamilton, Maili Brown, Elsbeth Roper, Sophie Wilson, Bailey McLeod and Courtney Stewart competed at the Borders and East Lothian Schools Time Trials at Prestonpans and between them collected seven Golds, five Silvers & three Bronze medals, with numerous PBs across the board. Special mention to Sophie and Andrew who had a whopping six sec PB (200 Free) and nine sec PB (200 Fly) respectively.

The Clubs younger swimmers competed at the Hawick Graded Meet and had a whale of a time. The medals and PBs came thick and fast, in fact so fast that Head Coach Robyn Methven was struggling to keep count. The team was Meghan Roper, Hannah Bradley, Lucy & Anna D’agrosa, Layla Whitson, Bailey McLeod, Tiana Palepoi, Louise Garwood, Finley Thomson, Matthew & Samuel Lindores, Erin Liddle, Jake Shepherd, Meghan Campbell and Peter Forrest. All swimmers had fantastic swims and helped the club finish second overall.

Well done to all out competitors, you have all done the club proud.