Tri-ing time for young Borderers

Prizewinners from the Junior Aquathon (sponsored by Borders Sport & Leisure, Durty Events and Sainsbury's) at Selkirk
Prizewinners from the Junior Aquathon (sponsored by Borders Sport & Leisure, Durty Events and Sainsbury's) at Selkirk

Borders Tri Club are currently having a busy time of it.

Twenty-four members fought it out for points in the club’s annual aquathon at Galashiels swimming pool. First male was Fraser Veitch and first female was Caroline Wallace.

The club hosted a junior aquathon (sponsored by Borders Sport and Leisure, Durty Events and Sainsbury’s) at Selkirk, which saw 70 competitors from 8–16 yrs coming from all over Scotland and north England.

Two of the club’s junior members – William Taylor from St Boswells and Zoe Pflug from Midlem – won their age-groups, showing great promise for the future.

Results: Male 8yrs, A. Read; male 9/10 yrs, T. Wicklow; female 9/10, K. Wicklow; female 11/12, I. Britton; male 13/14, W. Taylor; female 13/14, C. Wallace; male 15/16, R. Acklam; female 15/16, Z. Pflug.

Eight club members competed in the Hawick Sprint Triathlon where Rachel Fagen and Jonathon Taylor won first female vet and second overall female and fourth overall male respectively, with Katrona Methven taking first female vintage.

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The A team travelled to play a league match against Selkirk. The overall score was close for most of the match, but Abbotsford pulled ahead towards the end for a 72-108 victory. Highest-up rink for Abbotsford were Taylor Johnston, John Purves, Graham Prentice and Tommy Mann Jnr.

The seniors played a combined Earlston/Melrose team at Melrose and the home team proved too strong, winning comfortably by 70-37. The only Abbotsford triple ahead were Tom Cass, Bill Philip and Alan Howlieson.

The ladies travelled to play Jedburgh where both rinks lost in a 5-0 win for the home team.

The B team visited Hawick to play top-of-the-table Wilton B. Abbotsford had one winning rink in Arthur Hancock, Dean Dodd, Craig Miller and Sean Fraser, but the remaining rinks lost in an 87-57 victory for Wilton.

There were no matches at the club last weekend due to the Braw Lads’ Gathering, but this weekend the club will host the ladies’ Border tournament. The early rounds of the singles will be played on Saturday, with all the semi-finals and finals being contested on Sunday.


It was a busy week for the club, with two A team league matches and a Seniors’ match to play.

Monday saw the visit of the St Ronan’s team, with Hawick running out winners by 96 shots to 55. Top rink for the Teries was the Bill Anderson-skipped rink, ably supported by A. Oliver, M. Hogg and I. Ford.

On Tuesday, the Seniors made the short trip to take on their neighbours at Wilton. The running of the green suited the home team better and they recorded a good win by 81-35. Top rink for Hawick was the G. Lyall-skipped rink, supported by C. Logan and W. Wells.

Wednesday saw the A team take on Kelso A and once again the A team emerged with a very good win – 98-74. Top Hawick rink was the N. Amos-skipped rink, with R. Johnstone, B. McDonald and E. McGregor supporting.

Saturday saw the first playing of the Brodies Restaurant Open Pairs. Played in a very competitive manner on a progressive format, despite a poor turnout, Les and Alison Clarkson emerged as winners, defeating Kirk Ford and Martin Christy in the final.


Kelso Wheelers

The previous two rounds of the Border Trophy had been dominated by the Wheelers and the Berwick leg proved no exception as they extended their lead to over 28 mins.

Barring an Armageddon-type disaster, it looks as if the trophy, last won in 2011, will be returning to Kelso.

Come rain, come wind, cometh Rob Ure and Dave Burgher.

In atrocious conditions the duo retained their titles over the kilometre and mile respectively. Raw power and never having tasted defeat over the kilometre spurred Rob to equal his course record on the way to a fourth title.

Not to be outdone, Dave simple broke his own course record to claim his third win over the mile. The Youths championship saw all four competitors register pbs with Ben Simpson continuing his rich vein of form by breaking both course records. Audrey Power also reaped the benefit of her fine recent form by breaking both course records for women.

Times: R. Ure Kilo 1.07/Mile 2.00; R. Norris 1.11/1.54 cr-pb; D. Burgher 1.12/1.54 pb; M. Burgher 1.13/2.04; C. Stevenson 1.13/1.58 pb; D. Richardson 1.15 pb/2.01 pb; S. Onley 1.27/2.31; I. Aitchison 128/2.30; J. Rutherford 1.28/2.33; A. Power 1.30 cr-pb/2.27 cr-pb. Youths: B. Simpson 1.19 cr-pb/2.16 cr-pb; O. Onley 1.22/2.25 pb; H. Graves 1.26 pb/2.29 pb; D. Easson 1.33 pb/2.43 pb. See photo on P88.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) June Medal: A League winner, G. Ford net 34 BIH; B League winner, W. Crighton net 34 BIH.

Seniors Open (sponsored by Sten Books & Toys): Cup, G. S. Forsyth net 60; Best Scratch, A. Redhead 74.

Class 55 - 61: 1=, D. Bryson & G. Shiel net 69; 3, D. Clyne 70.

Class 62 - 68: 1=, G. Ford & A. Hogg net 63; 3, A. Spalding 64.

Class 69 +: 1, I. Casson net 66; 2, H. Cairney net 69; 3, P. Seggie 71.


Lewis Stableford: 1, M. Dunne 34 pts; 2, M. Todd 33; 3, R. Malcolm 31 pts.

Louis Scott Friday Night Bash nine-hole Stableford: 1, S. Paton 17 pts; 2, M. Dunne 17 pts; 3, T. Hogarth 16 pts. Order of Merit – 1, R.Malcolm 14; 2, M. Dunne 12; 3=, Tom Hogarth and S. Paton 10.

Twelve juniors benefited from a visit by Douglas Stewart, the golf professional at Meadowfield driving range.

A fun competition each Thursday morning at 10am starts next week, open to all junior members , with no charge on the day.

Aileen Scott Aiton played 18 holes with Angus Dun on Saturday to get a handicap for him, so that he can play in the Border Junior Tournament at Minto on July 5. He now has a handicap of 29.

The Ladies’ April Medal (re-arranged Championship Qualifier, June 27). Results: 1, L. Hogarth 109 (36) 73; 2, M. Rennie 122 (36) 86; 3, E. Bain 117 (31) 86; 4, O. Sharp 132 (36) 96. Scratch: Linda Hogarth.

This Saturday (July 4), the Ladies’ Captain’s Prize competition starts at 9.30am – entries to Wendy Bryson on 01578 722409.

Away Results

Lauder pair Gwen Dun and Elaine Brotherstone won the Hirsel Ladies Open Greensomes on Saturday with a nett 67.6.


Club Championship: A. Scott Cup winner, J. MacPherson; Runner-up, L. M. Wallace. B. Northfield Cup winner, L. K. Grieve; Runner-up, K. Borthwick; C. Elliot Amos Trophy winner, D. G. Pollock; Runner-up, R. Chisholm.


The Minto team of Carole Allott, Tara Mactaggart, Lily Towers and Mary Towers were the handicap winners of the Border Ladies County Golf Association team competition played at the Woll Golf Course with a score of 225.

Club Championship Finals, Saturday, June 25: Rory Latta and Lily Towers are this year’s gents’ and ladies’ champions.

At 19 and 12 respectively, Rory and Lily demonstrated that Minto’s younger players are capable of taking on more experienced golfers successfully, as they both beat former champions in the finals.

Rory beat Peter Gibb on the 33rd green of the 36-hole gents’ Division One final, while Lily won the ladies’ Silver Division final with a 7 & 5 win over Cherry Thom.

In the Gents’ Division Two final, Grant Morrison defeated Stewart Paisley, while Drew Minto enjoyed success in the Division Three final over Glynn Taylor.

Both matches went to the 18th green.

In the Ladies’ Bronze Division final, Linda Geatons overcame Janice Elliot on the 16th hole, while Daniel Murdoch had a decisive win over Joseph Flynn in the Juniors’ A final and Ross Nichol beat Gregor Dodds on the 15th green in the Juniors’ B final.

Two young juniors, Lucy Nichol and William Brodie, received their Juniors’ 6 Hole A and B Champions trophies at the presentation ceremony, having won their respective finals a week earlier.

The Minto team of Mary Towers, Margaret Bland, Anne Paterson, Lily Towers and Lesley Moore pulled off a splendid away win against the ladies of Burgham Park Golf Club, near Morpeth, in the Mail on Sunday Classic. Their 4 rubbers to 1 victory, achieved against a very strong Burgham Park team, means that Minto have now played a total of 25 rubbers and won 21 of them, with only 3 losses and 1 rubber halved – an outstanding record.

The victory puts the Minto team in the seventh round and the last 32 of this national competition. This is a tremendous achievement to which Lynn Bruce and Cherry Thom have also contributed through their participation in earlier rounds.

Seniors Summer League Monday, June 22: 1, R. Johnson 33 points; 2, R. Wardman 32; 3, Duncan Shiell 31.

Lauder’s Gwen Dun and Elaine Brotherstone won the Hirsel nett 67.6



Eight members sent 64 birds to Portsmouth, a distance of 338 miles.

Results: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, Douglas and Spearman 1177.147; 2, 5, 6, E. Jamieson 1167.905; 9, A. R. Lindores 1060.583; 10, J. J. Ramage 1054.407.


Roxburgh Reivers

The final big orienteering weekend of the season was held in Stirling and Perthshire with three races in three days.

The first race was an urban sprint round Bannockburn, which attracted a large overseas entry as it was also a world ranking race. With average winning times of only 15 minutes, the pace was fast and furious despite a steady drizzle.

The best performances from Roxburgh Reivers were two second places from Faisal Khursheed (M16-) and Lindsey Knox (W55).

Day two of the series moved to the more traditional forest terrain of Tullochroisk just below Schiehallion mountain, where contours were invented. On very tough underfoot terrain Pauline McAdam had a great run to take the win on W60, while Barry Veitch finished second on M40.

Day three at nearby Dunalastair was a fitting end to the weekend with a good variety of terrain. There were no wins for Reivers, but an amazing third place for Douglas Tullie on the 14km men’s elite course. Lindsey Knox finished second on W55, and there were third placings for Pauline McAdam and Barry Veitch.

The World Orienteering Championships in Inverness take place at the end of July and all the British elite orienteers are desperate to be in the team, running on home turf. The final selection races take place on July 10-12 and Douglas Tullie will be hoping his good form continues. James Tullie and his wife Jess, now based in Grantown-on-Spey and running for their local club, are also in the hunt for GB team places.



Pre-season training starts on July 7 at 7pm at Croft Park. Any new players will be made more than welcome.



Handicap Plate Tournament semi-final: J. Eyre (-2) 3 L. Bertram (+4) 1 (10-15; 15-11; 15-12; 15-14). The finals will take place on Monday, July 13, as follows. Handicap Tournament final: D. Sharratt (-4) v R. McAleese (+10); Plate Tournament final: I. Chalmers (-3) v J. Eyre (+4).