Sports digest: April 18

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The 2013 season will start on Saturday, with the delivery of the first jack taking place at around 2pm.

Play on the day will depend on the state of the green, work on which has been hampered by the unusually cold weather experienced in recent weeks. New members will be made very welcome.

A buffet has been organised and in order to establish likely numbers , members should add their names to the list currently displayed on the noticeboard. For the gents, there are lists of availability for the various leagues etc and members should add their names as soon as possible, with the practice match against Melrose already arranged for Friday, April 26.


On a very blustery, but bright day on Sunday, the Earlston club opened its green for the new season.

Julia Beattie, wife of president Bob, threw the first jack before members played their annual Opening Day Triples.

With many of the bowlers having spent the winter playing on the indoor green, play was interesting to say the least. Showing most consistency throughout, however, were George A. Cessford and his team of Denise Kellett and Anne Falconer, who outplayed Davie Benton’s flagging threesome, including Andrew Black and Fiona Scott, in the final.

The club will be holding their annual coffee morning at Hanover House this Saturday at 10am. Donations of home baking and raffle prizes from members would be much appreciated.


The season has now finished and a successful prize presentation night took place on Friday.

The club will open again on the first Monday in September. However, members are reminded that the club will continue to be open every Thursday throughout the summer months.

A session will be running between noon and 2pm and if this proves popular a further session will take place from 2-4pm.

The shop will be available for the benefit of members and any other bowlers wishing to purchase equipment or clothing.


Coldstream & Hirsel

The club’s annual dinner and prizegiving was recently held in the splendid setting of Hirsel Golf Club.

More than 60 members and guests were in attendance, with a wide running dog bringing a few in from a greater area. Following the meal, president Will Murray gave a resume of the club’s considerable achievements over the past season, the highlights being winning the Agrii Border League, and the Laidlaw and Dickinson trophies. Many other winners at all levels, too numerous to mention, were listed. Following this, an elderly blue-jacketed guest proposed the toast to the club and then David Nairn Clark gave his inimitable rendition of The Haggis of Private MacPhee. Johanna Nicholson presented the great variety of prizes to the worthy winners.


Jedburgh CC recently held its AGM with no change in the admin side of things.

This means that Mike Frost moves into the second year of his presidency with John Sinton as vice-president. Kate Jackson has been re-elected as secretary and treasurer, Wendy Frost is rep to the Royal Club, Lucy Tile is rep to the ladies’ section of the BIR, while Andrew Dodds, Katie Moses and Hilary Jackson make up the committee. Membership numbers are steady, but there is always room for more. Club leagues and other competitions have been well supported throughout the season and a very successful invitation bonspiel wound up the Jedburgh season.


Herewith an early warning to all curlers, male and female alike.

The Province AGM will be held on Thursday, May 2, downstairs, while the ladies’ section AGM and subsequent bunfight will take place in the clubroom, following which, province attenders will be welcome to the aftermath of said bunfight.



It was to the hills the 14 riders took on Wednesday night for round one of the Gordon route.

A cool night meant a chill on your chest racing down from Windydoors, but this did not deter race winner Leahn Parry finishing in 31 minutes 35 seconds. Second home was Alistair Meikle (32.05) and Simon Mills (33.05) completed the top three riders.

A few technical issues arose for some with recently fitted kit, and it was the pump holder for Chris Adamson that rubbed his calf every pedal stroke, eventually breaking the skin. It wasn’t all plain sailing, either for Jack Houston, who took a wrong turn on the course, costing him a better race position.

Riders are reminded that the club advises everyone to use and wear a rear light during the races. Also, for future race meetings at Buckholm, could all riders who bring a car, park in the layby opposite Torwoodlee.

Other results: 4, J. Stark 33.18; 5, C. Adamson 34.12; 6, N. Shepard 34.27; 7, S. McCann 35.19; 8, B. Lowes 36.10; 9, B. Hamilton 37.58; 10, P. Farquahar 38.26; 11, K. Veitch 40.00; 12, A. Cowburgh 41.20; 13, J. Houston 43.23; 14, D. McCudden 46.10.

Next Wednesday, riders meet at Abbotsford for the popular tough sporting course race, which will see the riders pedal over the hills of Abbotsford, continue up through Selkirk and up over the golf course road to St Boswells, before returning to Abbotsford, all-in-all, a 20-mile hilly TT.

The race will start at 6.30pm. Please be early and sign on.


On Monday night, Kelso Wheelers held a 10-mile time trial on the Birgham course.

The youths did a normal time trial and the seniors a two-up with 20 riders taking part.

Three out of the four youths recorded personal best times, with Andrew Martin competing in his first time trial.

Junior results: 1, F. Veitch 34.38pb; 2, A. Martin 37.35; 3, D. Easson 38.06pb; 4, Ross Gillie 38.37.

The seniors paired up for the night, and it was Mike and David Burgher who won the two-up in 23.28. Other results: 2, R. Ure, J. Smith 23.55; 3, I. McKenzie, S. Gaunt 24.18; 4, K. Gillie, R. Norris 25.25; 5, R. Connell, K. Wilson 26.28; 6, G. Veitch, D. Richardson 26.33; 7, R. Smith, A. Ker 30.52; 8, D. Whitecross, A. Martin 33.37.

Next week is a 10-mile time trial on the Carham course. Sign on at Woodside Park before 6.30pm for a 7pm start.



Fullarton Foursomes: 1, C. Dalgleish & M. Scully; 2, B. Robertson & J. Shirra-Gibb.


Gents’ Old Course Cup: 1, D. Miller 82 (17) 65; 2, T. M. Hartop 86 (19) 67; 3, G. Morrison 80 (12) 68.

Gents’ Famous Grouse Foursomes, Sunday, April 14: Eleven pairs signed up for the competition last week, but unfortunately it had to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions – a new date is still to be confirmed.

Minto Golf Club is holding its inaugural charity Texas scramble tournament this Saturday.


THE annual Captains v Presidents match was played on Selkirk Hill, with a full quota of golfers participating.

The traditional season-opening event has always generated a great deal of interest with those eager to get the season into full swing.

The course was in fine condition and the work put in by the greenkeeping staff and a few hearty helpers did not go unnoticed.

The rivalry between the two teams, led by captain Alan Wheelans and president John Hume, was there in earnest.

But as always, the match was played in good spirit and the result was a dignified draw.

St Boswells

Ladies’ Medal: 1, M. Allen 91 (23) 68; 2, S. Gerard 103 (33) 70; 3, R. Thorburn 96 (24) 72.


J .C. Hall Trophy: 1, R. Kyle 80 (13) 67; 2, D. Catto 89 (21) 68 bih; 3, B. Green 82 (14) 68. bih


Border League

With two weeks left in the leagues, both titles have been decided, with Reivers A lifting the First Division and Station the Second Division.

Reivers A raced into the lead before Fleece fought back with some unbelievable finishes to make the scoreline respectable.

High Level A eased into second place as Dryburgh failed to show, while Waverley A blew their chance to stay second when going down to Reivers B.

Division Two saw Bridge B chasing hard for second spot, blowing away Niki’s, who played poorly on the night. Station sealed the title against local rivals Frankies. The other match was nip and tuck, with Red Lion edging High Level B.

Results – Division One: High Level A (Hawick) 9 Dryburgh (Newtown) 0; Reivers A (Gala) 6 Fleece (Selkirk) 3; Waverley A (Hawick) 4 Reivers B (Hawick) 5. Division Two: Niki’s (Gala) 3 Bridge B (Gala) 6; Red Lion (Kelso) 5 High Level B (Hawick) 4; Station (Hawick) 7 Frankies (Hawick) 2.