Sporting Digest October 15



The club held their first tournament of the 2015/16 season on Wednesday, September 30 when a total of nine mixed pairs played for the Handicap Trophy. The final was hotly contested between the eventual winners Christine Wylie and Stuart Anderson who beat Myra Younger and Gregor Simpson 12-18, 19,21, 21-18. See photograph on page 81.


Teviotdale Seniors

Last week saw the Senior Men play their first indoor league game of the new season with their opponents being Balbardie from Bathgate.

New season nerves were visible in the early stages, but Teviotdale stuck to their task, and recorded a very good win, by 71 shots to 57. Top rink for the home side was the Bobby McDonald skipped rink, ably supported by Andy Dickson, John Blaikie, and Jim Murdie.

Rink scores: G. Brownlee 11 G. Scott 13; B. McDonald 21 A. Stenhouse 15; C. Rae 22 I. Drysdale 16; K. McCartney 17 R. McIvor 13.


Coaching sessions

Border Sport & Leisure will be running coached cycling sessions set to inspire primary school pupils in the region.

The programme, designed for P2-P7 youngsters, will feature special sessions in both Hawick and Galashiels and will provide high quality instruction with the focus on teaching riders basic bike handling skills and enabling them to progress to learning some of the techniques used in mountain bike racing.

The Borders Sport and Leisure Primary Cycling courses will take place at the following times/locations: Friday October 23rd and Friday, November 6th - Wilton Park Lodge (P2-4 2pm-3pm, P5-7 3.15pm – 4.15pm); Friday, October 30th and Friday November 13th - Borders Tennis Centre, Galashiels (P2-4 2pm-3pm, P5-7 3.15pm – 4.15pm).

Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited and children must bring their own bike and helmet. For more information call Galashiels Swimming Pool (for the Borders Tennis Centre sessions) on 01896 572154 or Teviotdale Leisure Centre 01450 374 440( Wilton Park based session).


World Grand Prix

Ian White produced one of the finest displays of his career to knock Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson out of the World Grand Prix in Dublin.

Stoke star White defied an amazing 11 180s from Anderson in their four-set second round with eight maximums, but more importantly he out-doubled the world champion in both starting and finishing to claim the 3-1 win.

White won the game’s opening set 3-1 before Anderson took the second 3-2 in a high-quality set which featured seven 180s and two 160 starts from the number two seed.

The third set, despite five more maximums from Anderson, went to White 3-2 as the Stoke thrower followed up a 105 finish in leg three by taking the decider on tops to move 2-1 up in the contest.

Anderson battled to force a deciding set by sharing the opening four legs of set four, but crucially missed two darts at tops to allow White to hit the same bed and seal his win.


BHS Borders

Responsbile equestrian access to the forest will be discussed at a meeting organised by the British Horse Society and the Forest Commission next week.

Entitled “Sharing the Forest - responsible equestian access” the meeting takes place on Wednesday, October 28 at Glentress Peel Tower, Glentress Forest, Peebles, between 10am and 3.15pm.

The meeting is free, and there will be coffee on arrival, lunch, and a trip to see an operational harvesting site.

Anyone interested should contact

Horse of the Year Show

Peebles breeder Jennifer Gilchrist celebrated success at the Horse of the Year Show, at Birmigham’s NEC last week.

Jennifer saw her home-bred Romanno Royale lift the prestigious Cuddy Supreme in-hand championship at the world’s most famous horse show.

More local success at HOYS on page 82.



Dingers manager Carl Hudson added to his squad last week when he signed midfielder Kieran Bullen.

The two were previously together at Eyemouth United for one season before Kieran went to Stirling University where he played for a year. Previously to all that he turned out for Berwick Juniors.

Bullen made his club debut at Heriot Watt as a trialist then last Saturday as a signed player in the home victory over the same team.

Gala Fairydean Rovers

Blessed by beautiful September weather Gala Fairydean Rovers FC staged its 12 hour charity soccer marathon on Sunday, September 27.

Over £500 was raised to be shared between two causes chosen by the club – Farm Nepal, a charity set up in the wake of the earth-quake that devastated Nepal back in April and the family of youth team coach Kieran Martin. During his summer holiday in Spain Kieran fell seriously ill and required emergency care in the Intensive Care Unit of a Spanish hospital.

Youth games kicked off the day followed up by Walking Football and a game between Gala Rovers Legends and a mixed team of veterans, youngsters and girl footballers. Youngsters from the town then kept the football going well into the evening. The club would like to put on record our thanks for all those who participated and contributed to these two great causes.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, I. Young 36 BIH.


The 1st leg of the Belhaven Shield was played on Saturday and the winner was Peter Wilson with 41 points and Bill Hastie was second with 40 points.

The first Sunday winter competition was a Texas Scramble on Sunday 11th October. The winners were Tony Pringle, Mark Cowe, Michael Purves and Jimmy Green (60-6.4) 53.6 with Gordon Welsh, Les Murray, Dougie Wilson and Jim Henderson (60-6.0) 54.

The Ladies Thistle Brooches Greensomes were played on Saturday 10th October. The winners were Dawn Tomlinson and Doreen Pringle with Lena Anderson and Isobel Boyd in second place.

The final Ladies competition of the summer season was played on Sunday. The winner of the CBAH Margaret Fletcher Quaich was Karina Wilson with 35 points and Margaret Wilkinson was second with 32 points (bi6). After play, the remaining presentations for the season took place. Leanne Wilson was presented with the Thomson Trophy for the knockout singles with Margaret Wilkinson the runner up. The knockout doubles for the Foursomes Trophy was won by Ann Wild and Laura Mathewson who beat Dawn Tomlinson and Lynne Flannigan in the final.

This year the Eclectic was won by Sharon Paterson with Leanne Wilson the runner up.

The Handicap Trophy for the best two scores from the Spring, Summer and Autumn stroke competitions was presented to Dawn Tomlinson with Leanne Wilson in second place. Ann Wild was the winner of the Silver SLGA Medal and SLGA Doreen Pringle won the SLGA Bronze Medal. The Birdie Tree was won this season by Leanne Wilson from Sharon Paterson in second place and the Par Tree (bronze) was won by Doreen Pringle from Karina Wilson in second place. The Birdie Tree and Par Tree competitions were kindly sponsored by Dawn Tomlinson.

The Seniors singles knockout match play for the George Robson trophy was won by Ron Scott, with Ian Thompson the runner up. The Seniors mixed foursomes knockout match play for the Dave Cowe Quaich was won by Mel Ross and Dawn Tomlinson winning against Grahame Webb and George Paterson in the final.

The final results for the Summer Points League for the John Brooks Trophy resulted in Allan Lauder being the overall winner with 155 points, Bert Taylor was second with 148 points, Willie Redpath was 3rd with 147 points and Lynn Small was fourth with 144 points.


2-man Texas Scramble: 1, D. Johnston & G.Temple 47 points; 2, C. Kemp & G. Beggs 46; 3, F. Walton & W. S. Walton 44.

This weekend sees the start of the winter competitions. Golfers can play nine holes any time over the weekend and as many times as they want. Prizes are outrageously generous and de-luxe Christmas Crackers are awarded to those clever enough to hole out in two at any hole. So, golfers, don’t put the clubs away there’s still lots of golf to be played.


Torwoodlee Junior 9 Hole Comp: 1, Kyle Anderson 47 (12) 35 - new handicap - 11; 1, Hamish Seggies 48 (13) 35 - new handicap - 12; 3, Cameron Brydon 54 (18) 36.

This was the last Junior Comp this Season. Thanks to everyone who took part and hope to see you all again next season.



KYDS Participation hockey centre for Primaries 4-7 started recently at Duns.

This was a new venture this year for the club and the numbers have grown each week. Currently there are 30 youngsters taking part.

Last Sunday saw them go across to Earlston to play in their first Festival. They had great fun and really enjoyed the experience putting into practice their new skills.

Coach Julie Abbott was delighted that they had fun and the chance to play other teams (eight teams took part). Training is at Duns on Tuesdays, 4.15-5.30pm. Cost £1 (no training over holidays).


Selkirk High School Hockey club have recently updated their kit courtesy of a very generous sponsorship from Allan Linton’s business AV Safety Services.

The club is absolutely delighted with their new look and the update fits in well with the High School’s new 2G astro pitch.

PE Teacher and Hockey Coach Katie Kay says, “The new kit and new pitch has really boosted morale and enthusiasm for playing. We have around 80 girls playing hockey, which for a small school is fantastic.

“I cannot thank AV Safety Services enough for their support. This is much appreciated and is already making a difference. The new kit and new facilities (2G pitch and fitness room) signal exciting times for the school.”


Border Sport & Leisure

Children and adults are to be being given a taste of the Parkour phenomenon through a series of workshops at the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Galashiels, organised by Borders Sport and Leisure.

The growing urban sport involves physical movement including running, jumping, and swinging using the built environment as an outdoor gym.

The sessions, hosted by Access Parkour coaches, will use specially constructed scaffolding and a variety of games and challenges to teach some of the basic movements of the sport including safe landing skills, swinging and vaulting.

The workshops will take place over four Sundays starting on October 25th with different time-slots for children, young people and adults.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Borders Sport and Leisure said: “We have held Parkour sessions in Peebles and it was exceptionally popular. We are always looking at innovative ways to encourage people to get more active and Parkour is a different approach. It is fun, physical and non-competitive and works to improve movement, mobility and strength in a highly enjoyable and yet demanding way.”

For more information on session dates and times or to book visit or contact Borders Sport and Leisure on 01896 661 150.



Unfortunately due to injuries, and players away to watch the Scotland v Samoa game in Newcastle, opponents Duns had to call last weekend’s game off but Earlson Rugby Club would like to send a big thanks to Forresters RFC for coming down to play them.

Try scorers were S. Bell, L. Martin, C. McNeil and C. Bruce. K. Rowley kicked two penalties and a conversion to give Earlston another good 28-25 win as well as giving some boys, that haven’t played much, some valuable game time. Being able to play a game keeps our momentum going into the big game this Saturday against Gala YM. The boys will be putting in the effort at training again this week and I’m sure Neil and Fairy will have us firing on all cylinders. Come down and support the boys!



Club Championship 1/4 Finals: Adam Niemczewski 3-1 Del Sharratt (7-9, 9-3, 9-5, 10-8); John Sharratt 3-0 Ruaridh Kohler (9-4, 9-3, 9-5).

Ladies Semi-Final: Jane Logan 3-2 Sandra McCutcheon (3-9, 5-9, 9-6, 9-6, 9-4).

Club Night Friendlies: P. Spence 2-0 D. Sharratt; D. Sharratt 2-1 J. Barrow; P. Spence 2-1 I. Chalmers; R. Kohler 2-1 D. Sharratt; P. Spence 2-0 J. Barrow; I. Chlamers 2-0 R. McALeese; P. Spence 2-0 R Kohler; D. Sharratt 2-0 R. McAleese; I. Chalmers 2-0 J. Barrow; P. Spence 1-1 A. Gill; D. Sharratt 1-1 A. Gill.

D. Sharratt 2-0 J. Barrow; P. Spence 2-0 C. Saetre; R Kohler 2-0 S. Hale; P. Spence 2-0 D. Sharratt; R. McAleese 2-1 D. Quinn; J. Barrow 2-0 C Saetre; R. Kohler 2-0 S Hale; P. Spence 2-0 S. Hale; R. Kohler 1-1 A. Gill; D. Sharratt 2-1 R. McAleese; P. Spence 2-0 J. Barrow; D. Quinn 2-0 C. Saetre; D. Sharratt 2-0 C. Saetre.

Stock car racing

Cowdenbeath Racewall

There was plenty of action at the Cowdenbeath Racewall on a dry Saturday night to keep the fans happy as the season begins to draw to a close.

In the formula IIs the new World Champion Kelvyn Marshall paid his first visit to the Racewall since he won the title at Hednesford but had to take a back seat as Gordon Moodie dominated the racing. Daniel Scrimgeour won the final of the white/yellow challenge series whilst Brian Hogg Jnr won the Grand National and in doing so won his first race. Brian was using his brother John’s car and we all wonder if he is going to give it back!

In the race for the National Points race Chris Burgoyne suffered crash damage whilst George MacMillan Jnr was down at Skegness where he outscored Burgoyne to increase the gap to points.

In the saloons Danny Colliver was joined by fellow long distance traveler Deane Mayes whilst Graeme Shevill was having his first meeting since his suspension expired.

There were four visitors from south of the border in the MiccroF2s where Lewis Burgoyne won two of the races.

The formula II action was fast with plenty of close racing and one or two shocks along the way which left a few drivers sidelined. Local interest centred around Brian Hogg Jnr (Berwick).

The first race of the night was the final of the white/yellow challenge series which saw the drivers line up in their grades but with the top scores to the front. Hogg Jnr led the field away but was forced wide and dropped to third. In the end third is where he finished.

In heat one Hogg Jnr finished in third but was caught on an oil slick on the slow down lap and crashed out. Brian wasn’t back out until the Grand National and when the race started he went straight into the lead. Despite the gap closing over the closing stages Hogg Jnr held on to record his first win.

This Saturday the BriSCA formula IIs are contesting their RS Motorsport sponsored Dash for the Cash with a healthy field of cars having qualified for the race whilst the saloons have their white/yellow challenge final to contest. The National Hot Rods are racing for World Championship qualifying points and they will be ably backed up by the ministox.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6.00pm as usual.


Hawick & Teviotdale ASC

The following members competed in Peebles “Stars of the Future” Competition last month: Alex Forrest, Harry Oliver, Ruathy Brogan, Phoebe Gale, Margus Brogan. Sophie Allen, Jamie Diver, Liam Jaffray, Katie Cross, Kirsty Wood, Jack Oliver, Sean Whiteford, Iona Douglas. They all swam extremely well and brought home several medals.


Girls 9 & under, 25 mtr backstroke – 3rd Alex Forrest. Boys 9 & under, 25 mtr backstroke – 2nd Harry Oliver. Girls 10 yrs,50 mtr Backstroke – 1st Ruathy Brogan. Girls 11 yrs, 50 mtr Backstroke – 3rd Phoebe Gale. Boys 11 yrs, 50 mtr backstroke – 3rd Marcus Brogan. Girls 12 yrs, 100 mtr Backstroke – 2nd Sophie Allen. Boys 12yrs, 100 mtr backstroke – 2nd Jamie Diver.

Boys 9 & under, 25 mtr breaststroke – 2nd Liam Jaffray. Girls 10 yrs,50 mtr breastroke – 2nd Katie Cross. Boys 11 yrs, 50 mtr breastroke – 3rd Jack Oliver. Girls 12 yrs, 100 mtr breastroke – 2nd Sophie Allen. Boys 12 yrs, 100 mtr breastroke – 1st Sean Whiteford.

Girls 9 & under, 100 mtr IM – 3rd Alex Forrest. Boys 9 & under, 100 mtr IM – 2nd Liam Jaffray. Girls 10 yrs, 100 mtr IM – 3rd Ruathy Brogan. Girls 11 yrs, 100 mtr IM – 3rd Phoebe Gale. Boys 11yrs, 100 mtr IM – Marcus Brogan. Girls 12 yrs, 200 IM – 2nd Sophie Allen. Boys 12 yrs, 200 mtr IM – Sean Whiteford.

Girls 9 & under, 25mtr Fly – 3rd Iona Douglas. Boys 9 & under, 25mtr Fly – 3rd Liam Jaffray. Girls 10 yrs, 50 mtr Fly – 2nd Katie Cross. Girls 11 yrs, 50 mtr Fly – 3rd Phoebe Gale. Girls 12 yrs, 100 mtr Fly – 3rd Sophie Allen. Boys 12 yrs, 100 mtr Fly-2nd Sean Whiteford.

Girls 9 & under, 25 mtr Freestyle – 2nd Iona Douglas. Boys 9 & under, 25 mtr freestyle – 2nd Harry Oliver. Girls 10 yrs, 50 mtr Freestyle – 2nd Ruathy Brogan. Girls 12 yrs, 100 mtr Freestyle – 2nd Sophie Allen. Boys 12 yrs, 100 mtr Freestyle – 2nd Jamie Diver.

The relay squads also had excellent results, coming 2nd in the Mixed 9 year old 100 mtr freestyle relay, the mixed 12 year olds 200 mtr freestyle relay, mixed 9 & under 100 meter medley relay, and the mixed 12 year old 200 mtr medley relay, and 3rd place in mixed 11 year old 200 mtr freestyle relay and the mixed 11 year old 200 mtr medley relay.