Star walkers shine brightly at night-time charity event

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There was pain but no rain for the second Rowan Boland Memorial Trust Star Walk.

A field of 60 walkers tackled the course to raise funds for the Galashiels-based charity.

David Boland, chairman of RBMT, said: “Huge thanks to Shirley Marr for helping to organise the walk,and to our committee for helping by being marshalls, as did Galashiels Rotary Club. We also have to thank those who took part in the walk, who were suffering a few blisters on Saturday, but helped to raise hundreds of pounds for the Trust.”

First home was Sarah Turner and Stacey Moir in two hours and 40 minutes, while the last of the walkers came home in three hours and 20 minutes, at around 11pm.

The money raised will go towards helping young sportspeople in the Borders and the latest recipient of a RBMT grant is Duns tennis player Robyn Harvey, who received £300 to assist with costs of attending a series of national competitions.



Ettrick Forest

SUNDAY saw a hardy few archers contest the last club competition of the year, the combined, amid heavy showers and gusting winds.

Adair Anderson came out tops in the gents’ clout section, despite his favoured bow snapping in two on the line.

And he came second in the target, which was won by Alan Lindsay, who never missed the target. In the overall scores, Adair pipped Alan to the title by dint of going further in the wand, which was won by Wullie Good.

As Adair won overall, the clout title was picked up by Doug Anderson.

Elaine Pearson edged the ladies’ section, beating Ev Craig – who claimed the clout section – while Kyle Fairbairn did the business in the juniors.



A total of 10 couples took part in the Handicap Tournament. The winners were Charlie Allison and Myra Younger, who beat Rob James and Tracey Kirkpatrick in the final 21-15, 21-15.

The Catherine Finkle Memorial Tournament held on October 23 took a round robin format with the winners of each group meeting in a final round robin. The winners were Gareth McRae and Linsey Evans, runners-up were Phil Halstead and Gina Gordon, while Alex Nelson and Scott McNeil were the other team in the final.


Langholm New Town

The Langholm New Town bowling club held its end-of-season presentation of trophies and prizes in the pavilion last Saturday night.

President Neil Campbell welcomed a good turnout of members and called upon Robert Grieve to make the presentations.

Carolle Warwick won the Ladies’ Championship and her son Paul was the club champion.

Prizewinners – Club Championship: winner, Paul Warwick; runner-up, Mark Grieve. President’s Prize: winner, Alan Warwick; runner-up, Scott Morrison. Ladies’ White House Trophy: winner, Carolle Warwick; runner-up, Nancy McLure. Bell Trophy (Ladies): winner, Carolle Warwick; runner-up, Alison Johnstone. Club Pairs: winners, Alison Johnstone & Robbie Barnfather; runners-up, Jock Corrie & Bobby Fenton. Mary McCone Cup (mixed pairs): winners, Avril Grieve & Neil Campbell; runners-up, Alison Fletcher & Alex Christie. Henry Graham Cup (pairs): winners, Ronnie Johnstone & Billy Scott; runners-up, Scott Morrison & Robert Hogg.


A busy week for the club started with the seniors, who had an away match against Bainfield.

With no wins in their first two matches of the season, this was bound to be another difficult encounter, and so it proved as the hosts cruised to a 102-48 victory.

On Saturday, the ladies were beaten by East Lothian 76-72 following a very hard fought encounter.

The ladies have now had two very close matches without a win, however, hopefully they can amend this with one on Saturday when they are at home to Bainfield.

The gents had a second difficult away match, this time at Headwell. Although they were ahead at one stage, they were unable to retain the lead, finally losing by just four shots at 81-77.

On Saturday, November 9, the gents have their first home match, the visitors being newcomers to the league, Berwickshire.

Last Sunday saw the Scottish playdowns for the Senior Fours category and in this Tweedbank was represented by Billy Nisbet, Ron Shearer, Mike Dillon and David Miller, who were beaten by Headwell in the preliminary round.

This Saturday is the junior singles and Liam Nicholson for Tweedbank plays in the first round at 2pm, the venue being Falkirk. If he is successful, the second round is on Sunday, also at Falkirk, when the ladies will also be in action, with Lauren Upton playing a first match at 10am in the morning.

Congratulations are also due to Lauren, who has been successful in gaining a junior trial for the Scottish team at Cumbernauld next month.



Winter Singles: 1, R. Glendinning 42 points; 2=, S. McElrath, M. Purves 40.


Thursday Stroke: 1, C. Shanks 76 (11) 65; 2, I. Finlayson 79 (12) 67. Lowest gross: A. Lawrie 71.

Saturday Stroke: 1, R. Hastings 80 (10) 70 bih; 2, Anoop Chadha 78 (8) 70. Lowest gross: A. Brooks 74.



On a very blustery and wet morning, 10 under-12 hockey teams took to the pitch to showcase their skills in Hawick.

Teams came from Fjordhus Reivers Hawick, Kelso, Fjordhus Reivers Selkirk, Fjordhus Reivers Earlston and Fjordhus Reivers Tweedbank to compete in highly entertaining and competitive games. No scores are recorded, so there are no outright team winners, but every team who participated demonstrated some spectacular hockey, had great fun and provided lots of excitement on the pitch under the guidance of their club coaches. They also played with great sportsmanship and teamwork.

Many thanks on the day to Sarah Mathers for co-ordinating the event and Ruth and her team of parents for providing refreshments and welcome hot drinks.

Goalkeeping programme

The Borders Hockey Development Goalkeeping programme continued on Sunday, October 27 with Graham Stuart, Scottish Hockey’s national goalkeeping coach, delivering a very informative and useful session at Tweedbank to seven of the region’s aspiring young keepers.

The three-session programme has been so successful, and Graham has been so impressed with the attitude and commitment of the young players, that he has agreed to deliver weekly sessions at Tweedbank on Fridays from 4.30-6.30pm as part of Scottish Hockey’s Regional Performance programme.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the youngsters and will have a massive impact on the junior school and club teams.


Roxburgh Reivers

The next local event is at Gordon Community Woodland on Saturday – more details at



Last week saw the conclusion of the first half of both league cups, which will resume again next year.

Reivers A and Waverley A top their groups, both unbeaten in the League Cup, with Red Lion A cruising in their Challenge Cup group, leaving a tight battle in the other with one game separating all four teams.

Results –

League Cup Group A:

Dryburgh (Newtown) 4 Ship A (Melrose) 5; Nikis Bar (Gala) 2 Waverley A (Hawick) 7.

Group B: Fleece A (Selkirk) 4 Reivers A (Gala) 5; High Level A (Hawick) 4 Reivers B (Gala) 5.

Challenge Cup Group A: Bridge Inn (Gala) 7 Fleece B (Selkirk) 2; Waverley B (Hawick) 5 High Level B (Hawick) 4.

Group B: Red Lion A (Kelso) 9 Station (Hawick) 0; Ship B (Melrose) 5 Red Lion B (Kelso) 4.



Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League results week six: Hawick Conservative Club A 5 Jedburgh Legion 1; Innerleithen 2 Hawick Burns A 4; Kelso Legion 6 Selkirk A 0; Hawick Burns Club B 4 St Boswells 2; Selkirk B 1 Hawick Conservative Club B 5.

League standings: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 28 points; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 19; 3, Hawick Burns Club B 17; 4, Kelso Legion 16; 5, Selkirk A 11; 6, Selkirk B 11; 7, Hawick Conservative Club B 10; 8, Jedburgh Legion 8; 9, St Boswells 6; 10, Innerleithen 6.



Tyne District cleaned up in an inaugural inter-club squash + racketball challenge match at Galashiels last Friday night.

The East of Scotland League side from Haddington brought a strong team with them and won every match as they showed their superiority against the Borders side. Matches were best of three, so everyone got two games, and the Haddington outfit shone in all the squash and racketball matches.

Although the Gala boys were not that far off, Tyne District players just knew how to clinch the final points.

Galashiels Squash Club spokesman Derek Sharratt said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and I hope this is the catalyst for Gala to play more inter-club matches.”

Results (Gala first):

Squash – A. Gill 0 A. Russell 2; G. Laing 0 N. Pearman 2; D. Burnie 0 D. Smith 2; G. Laing 0 A. Russell 2; A. Gill 1 N. Pearman 2; D. Sharratt 0 D. Smith 2.

Racketball – S. Moffat 0 R. Pearman 2; D. Sharratt 0 R. McKinnon 2; D. Burnie 0 R. Pearman 2; S. Moffat 0 R. McKinnon 2.

The return leg at Haddington is scheduled to be played in January.

Club night results (squash): D. Burnie 2 D. Sharratt 1; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Gill 0. Racketball: A. Gill 2 M. Silies 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Silies 0.