Winning Wands are the ones to catch as the semi-junior sevens moves on

The winning Hawick Wanderers team at the Gala Wanderers 7's.
The winning Hawick Wanderers team at the Gala Wanderers 7's.

Sporting digest



The men’s section held their opening day on Saturday with 40 members in attendance.

June Brown, partner of president Kenny Johnstone, threw the first jack, and with the weather being kind, 15 ends were played before tea and refreshments.

President Johnstone then presented the prizes for the indoor competitions as follows: Border Computing Indoor League winners: Ecky Hancock, Tommy Mann Jnr and Colin Hancock; Pairs: Keith Campbell and Tommy Mann Jnr; Singles: Tommy Mann Jnr; Pool competition: Kenny Johnstone.

The club would like to thank Nan Butler for once again sponsoring the singles, pairs and pool competitions.

On Sunday, the ladies held their opening day and, with the weather holding up, managed to play a few ends before tea.


HawickBC held their opening picnic on Saturday in some very pleasant conditions.

The traditional presidents v vice-presidents match was played and new president Robin Bell thanked everyone for attending.

The result was a somewhat emphatic 29-16 victory for vice-president Jim Reilly’s side.

Players retired to the clubhouse to enjoy an excellent meal supplied by president’s wife Marilyn Bell.

Members are reminded that the Bowls Scotland under-25 ladies’ trials are being played on the green this Saturday and volunteers are required for various duties. Play starts at 10am.


Newtown St Boswells Bowling Green was opened on Saturday, with a friendly match attended by 30 members.

President Marie Todd welcomed everyone to the club and wished all good luck for the season.

The first jack was then thrown by member Pam Johnson, who wished everyone a winning season.



High winds took their toll on this week’s race and the event was cancelled.

There was a welcome visit from past members Alan and Janet Kennedy. Alan still holds club records from 1979 and 1980 to the present day.

Next Wednesday will see the first 25-mile TT of the season. Everyone should meet at the layby at Torwoodlee to sign on, keeping the finish area clear for the time-keepers. The following Monday, May 6, there is a 10-mile TT at Abbotsford and on Wednesday, May 8, club members are off to Peebles to take part in their 10-mile open TT.

An EGM will be held tomorrow night at the squash courts (7pm).

Hawick CC

Last Thursday night, Hawick CC held their first 10-mile time trial of the season.

In near gale-force winds, new signing Kenny Darling took the honours with a rapid time of 24 minutes and 2 seconds. Other results: 2, D. Cavers 27.33; 3, C. Telfer 28.33; 4, K. Rayner 29.23; 5, T. Harkness 29.37; 6, K. Elliot 31.09.

On Saturday, two members of Hawick’s Road Race team ventured to Ayrshire for the Jim Daly APR. Both performed well in very windy conditions, with Gordon Jackson coming 15th and Tam Harkness 32nd out of a field of 65.

Kelso Wheelers

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

The strong westerly wind was always going to be a problem on the homeward leg, but it did not put any of the riders off, with a good turnout of 23.

There were three youths riding, with Oscar Onley coming home in 37 minutes and 23 seconds. Other results: 2, B. Simpson 39.41; 3, A. Martin 41.58.

Seniors: 1, D. Burgher 24.11; 2, M. Burgher 25.25; 3, J. Smith; 4, R. Ure 25.45; 5, S. Gaunt 26.21; 6, I. McKenzie 26.43; 7, D. Richardson 26.55; 8, R. Norris 26.59; 9, C. Stevenson 27.26; 10, D. Jamieson 27.49; 11, K. Wilson 27.57; 12, R. Connell 28.30; 13, K. Gillie 29.04; 14, E. Ford 29.41; 15, G. Ford 29.42; 16, G. Easson 29.47; 17, R. Ker 33.33; 18, A. Ker 33.48; 19, A. Martin 38.19; 20, D. Whitecross 39.07.

Monday is the first 12-mile TT on the Orange Lane course, sign in at Woodside Park before 6.30pm for a 7pm start.


Scottish Endurance Riding Club

Almost 100 horses and riders took part in the Scottish Endurance Riding Club’s Kelso ride on Sunday.

Conditions were ideal for riding along sections of the old railway and tracks and fields across the nearby farmland. Some fast speeds were returned over routes ranging from 25 to 44km, with horses gaining in fitness after most had had a winter break.



David Steel Pairs: 1, C. Finlay & K. Turnbull nett 144; 2, J Hardie & J. Berthinussen 145. Individual: S. McDonald 80 (12) 68 bih.

Next week’s competition is the Ramsay Millar Open – Late entries to Dougie King on 07875 879061.

Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott ( Plumbing & Heating ) Scott Cup Stableford Qualifier: winner, I. Young 19 points. Championship Qualifier, A league winner: W. Morrison nett 33; B League winner, J. Lumsden nett 36.


Berrymoss Trophy: 1, R. Glendinning 72 (5) 67; 2=, J. Braithwaite 78 (8) 70, T. Pringle 74 (4) 70, C. Logan 78 (8) 70.

Cameron Trophy Foursomes: 1, M. Henderson & C. Sweenie 82 (14) 68; 2, R. Newton & M. Nicholson 73 (3.5) 69.5; 3=, M. Purvis & S. Henderson 77 (7) 70, M. Minto & S. Turnbull 82 (12) 70, G. Welsh & D. Wilson 79 (9) 70.


Spar Competition (round one): 1, I. Swan 36 points; 2, M. W. Gillie 36; 3, S. Ervine 36.

April Medal (Ladies): 1, V. Hogg 95 (20) 75; 2, J. Shirra-Gibb 100 (17) 83.

St Boswells

J&J Tait April Medal: 1, S. Makepeace 70 (06) 64; 2, A. Hardie 79 (12) 67; 3, S. Hancock 80 (13) 67.

Millenium Salver: 1, I. Barr 79 (19)60; 2, R. Reilly 80 (16) 64; 3, C. Hardie 79 (14) 65.

Ladies Club Trophy (2): 1, S. Gerard 105 (33) 72; 2, J. Heard 103 (28) 75; 3, P. Baillie 101 (24) 77.


April Medal: 1, D. W. Brydon 71 (4) 67; 2, G. MacDonald 77 (8) 69; 3, B. Green 83 (13) 70.


Earlston & District

Members sent 77 birds to the D. Wilson &Son (joiners) sponsored Alnwick race, liberated at 9.05am into a south-west wind. Results: 1, 2, W. Gray & Son 1266.25; 3, I. Gray 1219.39; 4, K. Heppingstall 959.44; 5, 6, A. Bain 946.65.



In the first leg of the Knock-out Cup final home team Ship A gained a slim 5-4 advantage over league champions Reivers A.

Starting well, the Ship roared into an early lead, winning the early frames and going 3-1 up, only for Reivers captain Scott Simpson to pull one back. Ship’s John Gallacher produced a cracking clearance, then Steve Thompson pounced on a Stuart Brown mistake to see the home team go 5-2.

Golden oldies Scott Bowers and Stan Thomson kept Reivers in the final, however, by clinching the last two frames in pressure-cooker conditions to make the return leg a fascinating prospect.

The other main game saw Reivers B reverse previous meetings with the Station, gaining revenge and a place in the Bowl final against Frankies. After blitzing the doubles, it took some good finishing to seal a cracking match 5-2 against the B League champions.

Finally, Red Lion won a thrilling rearranged league fixture over High Level B by the odd frame in a see-saw match which looked good for the Hawick outfit until the Lion sneaked the final two frames for a 5-4 victory.


Melrose Ladies

Guest side Melrose took only eight players, but still stormed through their five ties to claim victory in the St Andrews Sevens.

Playing in the largest university tournament in the UK, the ladies enjoyed wins over St Andrews A (31-0), Murrayfield Wands (35-0), Aberdeen (44-0), and a select side (21-10) to see them through to the final where they despatched St Andrews main team 37-5.

Melrose Ladies: L. Harris, N. Halfpenny, L. Skeldon, I. Craigie, S. Bell, M. Maciver, L. Purves, S. Webb.

Semi-Junior Sevens

Saturday saw round five of the semi-junior sevens series, held at Netherdale and hosted by Gala Wands.

The final was a repeat of the previous week’s and the outcome the same – Hawick Wands beating Jed Thistle. Hawick reached the final by besting Tynedale Colts in the first round, Duns in the quarters and Melrose Wasps in the semi-final. Jed beat Biggar then Gala Wands and Hawick PSA to reach the last game.

This victory gives Hawick Wands a 10-point lead on Gala Wands.

The next round is at Selkirk on Saturday and finally Jed.

Draw for Selkirk Youth Club Sevens (first tie 1.30pm): Hawick PSA v Kelso Quins; Jed Thistle v Peebles Colts; Selkirk YC A v Langholm Colts; Berwick Colts v Tynedale Colts; Melrose Wasps v Edinburgh BATs; North Berwick Colts v Hawick Wands; Selkirk YC B v Biggar Colts; Gala Wands v Duns Colts.


Melrose Waverley

On Sunday, the club held its first American tournament of the new tennis season.

Six couples braved the wind and the rain to play some competitive games.

In the end the determination of Pat Nicolson and Ian Reilly proved decisive, the duo winning the tournament by three points.

Melrose Waveley Tennis Club welcomes tennis players of all ages and abilities and holds a club night every Thursday evening.