Two days after Hearts celebrated winning the Scottish Championship against Rangers, Tweedbank Thistle 2007 kids continued the club’s own 20 years celebration after being kindly invited to play in the Network Rail Football 4s Festival at Tynecastle.
A 70-seat bus full of players and family were warmly welcomed in the Gorgie Stand by Hearts community officer Alan White, who got everyone going with a Mexican – or should we say Gorgie – wave.
The leftover streamers were still visible on the pitch from the title party as the 32 teams took to the field of play. The format for the evening was football fours with key emphasis on enjoyment.
Tweedbank chairman David Moffat said: “The games were played in a very friendly, sporting manner and we witnessed some amazing football.
After six 10-minute matches the players left the pitch exhausted, which meant the return trip to the Borders was a lot quieter than on the way up”
On Tuesday, the senior team travelled to play Newtown and in a close match each team had two winning triples, but it was Newtown that clinched the points, winning 54-52. Jimmy Grieve, Bill Philip and John Manczak were highest up for Abbotsford.
On Tuesday evening the ladies were at home to Buccleuch in their opening Border League match. The visitors were always in control and with both rinks ahead won the match 5-0.
On Wednesday, the A team played a home match against St Ronan’s. After losing the first two matches last week the team needed a win and this was obtained by a convincing 113-76 scoreline. Highest up rink for Abbotsford was Ian Macdonald, Calum Todd, Scott Thomson and Kenny Johnstone.
On the same evening the B team played their first game of the season at Waverley. Abbotsford had one winning rink in Cameron Beatt, Craig Miller, Bill Philip and Tommy Mann Snr, but it was not enough to prevent Waverley winning by 63.5-56.
On Saturday, the ladies began the District qualifiers for the National Championships. In the singles at Buccleuch, Liz Waugh was defeated by Alison Clarkson of Hawick by 21-11, while in the triples at Earlston, Catriona Reid, Jackie Ormiston and Ella Brydon lost by two shots to Jedburgh.
Also on Saturday, the men played a friendly against Summerside from Edinburgh and ran out winners by 68-52.
Finally on Sunday, the club held its Open Triples competition. Beaten semi-finalists were Ian Bisset, Alan Gordon and Andy Borthwick from St Ronan’s, and Sandra Clyde, John Henry and Brian Warner from Peebles. Then in a closely-fought final, Mark Neil, Rob Fulton and George Beagley defeated Taylor Johnston, Alan Howlieson and Graeme Prentice to claim the first prize. Thanks go to John Hardie for sponsoring the event.
Hawick Bowling Club had a good week on the green with all three of the gents winning.
Tuesday saw the seniors play their Gala counterparts who had enjoyed victories in their first three matches this season. The Teries came away with a 12-shot 64 -52 victory.
Top rink for the hosts was the G. Lyall-skipped rink, ably supported by C. Logan and W. Wells.
On Wednesday night the A team made the short trip to Selkirk and also enjoyed a comfortable win with a 32-shot victory (92-60).
Top rink for Hawick was the Bill Anderson-skipped rink, ably supported by A. Oliver, M. Hogg and I. Ford.
The B team had a home game against Kelso B and enjoyed a 20-shot victory, winning by 74-54. Top rink was the C. Blaikie-skipped rink, supported by J. H. Gray, A. McCredie and J. H. Reilly.
This Saturday, the club hosts the Hamilton Trophy game between the Borders and Stirling County East, with several local players in the Borders side. Afterwards, there will a fun night in the clubhouse with a quiz and bingo.
Gala Under-14s continued their winning start to the season against Border Girls, led by Gala’s own Charis Scott ... the match switched to St Boswells with Meigle Park waterlogged.
Jamie Crooks, Harris Rutherford and Jack Gammie all batted well as Gala posted 107 for 2 from their 20 overs. In reply the girls lost a number of early wickets, but, given it was the first hardball match for most of the team, they showed great resilience to bat out their 20 overs. For Gala, Fraser Wilson and Harris Rutherford picked up two wickets each, with Murray Wilson and Fergus Hastings taking one each, while Scott was run out.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Championship Qualifier: A League winner, H. Carruthers net 31; B League winner, I. Young 32.
A total of 29 members of Earlston Golf Club braved the windy and showery conditions at Peebles on Sunday to play for the Hunter Cup.
The wind made the scoring tricky, and in a close competition Matt Whiteford emerged the winner with a 77 (8) 69. Runner-up was Michael Scott with 84 (14) 70, with James Brotherston 87 (16) 71 third. Nearest the pin and longest drive went to George Cessford. Thanks go to sponsor Brian Hunter.
The Calum Romanis Trophy was played on Saturday and attracted the highest entry so far this season, with 82 players taking part. The winner of the trophy for the second successive year was Ian Ford 70 (2) 68 BIH. In second place was Andrew Graham 88 (20) 68 with Peter McNulty 83 (14) 69 in third.
Seniors Mixed Open Greensomes: 1, J. Campbell & A. Scott (Kelso) 92 (23.5) 68.5 BIH; 2, Ron Scott and Margaret Wilkinson (Kelso) 84 (15.5) 68.5. Nearest the Hole: A. Scott (Ladies), I. Halliday (Gents).
LGC Coronation Foursomes qualifier: 1, L. Small & A. Wild 28 points; 2, S. Paterson & L. Wilson 27.
Tee times are still available for the Ladies Open Greensomes on Sunday, May 31, in both the morning and afternoon tee slots. You can enter via the club website www.kelsogolfclub.co.uk, or by phoning 01573 223009 or by texting Doreen Pringle on 07803 159047.
Ladies’ nine-hole medal winner: J. Murray.
Ladies Championship Qualifier (2): 1, J. Shirra -Gibb; 2, J. Brown.
Ladies’ Macmillan Medal: 1, L. Crow 100 (29) 71; 2, S. Barrie 98 (24) 74; 3, G. Oliver 80 (06) 74 (lowest gross).
Gents’ Eildon Trophy: 1, S. Murdoch 76 (16) 60; 2, D. Murdoch 71 (8) 63 (lowest gross); 3, C. Rae 73 (9) 64.
Late entries still accepted for the Ladies’ Greensomes Open this Saturday, also the Seniors’ Mixed Greensomes on Thursday, June 11. Please call Sue on 01835 823527 or email email@example.com
Go to www.stboswellsgolfclub.co.uk for details of all open comps.
Seniors’ Stableford: 1, S. Mather 38 points; 2, S. Wilson 35 (on countback); 3, A. Scott 35. League positions: 1, N. Simpson 41 points; 2, D. Taylor 37.5; 3, J. McFarlane 26.
Seniors’ Medal: 1, S. Mather 90 (23) 67; 2, S. Wilson 88 (17) 71 (on countback); 3, N. Simpson 93 (22) 71 (on countback).
Gents’ Tuesday Stableford: 1, D. Wear 41 points; 2, S. Mabon 40; 3, R. Pringle 35.
Friendly matches against other Border clubs: Minto Ladies lost to Torwoodlee by 2½ rubbers to ½; Minto Gents beat Selkirk by 4 rubbers to 2; Minto Ladies beat Lauder by 2½rubbers to ½ a rubber.
Angus Brown, the Junior Captain, led his team to victory in the match against Frazer Tower’s Vice Captain’s team on Friday evening. Angus’s team scored a total of 220 Stableford points to 212.
The individual winner was Gregor Dodds on 45 Stableford points, with Corrie Patterson in second place on 42 points.
Linda Geatons won this year’s Ladies’ Charity Stableford Competition with an excellent score of 36 points, one point ahead of Lynn Bruce. Lily Towers was one point further behind in third place. Following her win, Linda received the Captain’s Charity Stableford trophy, which was donated by Jenny Pearson, a former lady captain of the club, who died last autumn.
Earlston & District
Five members sent 180 birds to Wakefield, liberated at 6.15am into a west wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, W. Gray & Son 1311.58; 5, 9, S. Hardie & Sons 1244.40; 6. 7. 8, A. Simpson 1226.90; 10, S. Martin 1214.78.
Ten members sent 215 pigeons to Wakefield, a distance of 146 miles.
Result: 1, 10, E. Jamieson 1262.480; 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, Douglas and Spearman 1246.247; 7, J. Wyper 1184.188; 9, A. Lindores 1170.419.
Jedburgh and District
Five members sent 118 birds to Wakefield, liberated at 6.15am into a west wind. Result: 1, 3, 4, 5, A. Agnew & Son 1278; 2, T. Wilson 1276; 3, F. Taylor 1149.
The club liberated 58 birds from Stafford in a North West wind last Saturday. Result: 1, 4, 5, A. Henderson 1263.698; 2, 3, D. Nordon 1250.902; 4,5, A, Henderson 1246.280; 6, W. Irving 1204.090.
Handicap Tournament (1st Round): I. Chalmers (+3) 3 A. Gill (-3) 2 (15-10; 17-16; 5-15; 13-15; 15-2). Quarter-final: F. Forrest (+4) 3 I. Chalmers (-6) 2 (15-10; 12-15; 15-9; 10-15; 15-13).
League One: I. Chalmers 3 D. Sharratt 0 (9-3, 9-7, 9-4).
Club night friendlies: J. Barrow 2 J. Barowska 0; I. Chalmers 2 F. Forrest 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Barrow 0; R. Kohler 2 J. Barowska 0; J. Barrow 2 R. McAleese 0; R. McAleese 2 J. Barrow 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 1 J. Barowska 1.
The Coffee Morning/Craft Fair fundraiser in the Abbey Row Centre on Saturday raised just over £400, which goes towards the ongoing projects at the club. The Hastings and Co Kelso Borders under-14 boys and girls singles will be held on the Kelso Courts on Saturday, June 13, starting at 9.45 am.