SPORT DIGEST

ATHLETICS

LEARMONTH RUNS INTO FORM

GUY Learmonth was in outstanding form at the weekend running for Glasgow Cobras.

Learmonth, who comes from Berwick, won the 800m in a fast 1min 50.82 sec against two of Great Britain’s top current senior 800m runners, Ben Wallis and Rick Ward.

He then went on to run a fantastic 600m leg, coming from last to almost first in a very fast time of 78 sec.

Learmonth now goes on to the World Indoor Trials this weekend where he will be running against one of the world’s top indoor 800m runners, Joe Thomas of Wales.

Learmonth will be hoping to secure one of the places on the GB team for the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul on March 9.

He is certainly in form and has ran more sub 1min 50 sec 800m indoors than any other 19 year-old in GB history over the last 12 months.

BRIDGE

BERWICK BRIDGE CLUB

RESULTS from the Wilf White Trophy Round 1:

1st Gary Ellis & Sandy Moor, 2nd Sheila Pearson & Marjorie McDonald, 3rd Jean Mole & Ros French, 4th Tony Houghton & David Elder, 5th Sarah Davidson & Tony Oates , 6th David Holland & Christopher Smith.

The Grindon Trophy Round 5 (handicapped):

N/S - 1st Perry Vassie & Ian Guthrie, 2nd David Elder & Mary Birtwistle, 3rd Margie Scott & David Darling. E/W - 1st Val Martin & Kitty Home Robertson, 2nd Marion Mead & Trish Frew, 3rd David Holland & Nicola Corbyn

The Berwick Bears, captained by Christine McCreath played Merchiston, a first division team, in the McLaren Cup. This was a formidable task but her team of Tony Oates & Ann Ross, Rita & Christine McCreath, Marguerite Robson & Kate Mole and Trish Frew & Christopher Smith, with the help of their handicap, had a good victory and moved forward to the semi-final.

The A team defeated Falcon in their second division match to move into third position with games in hand. They are still aiming for promotion.

Paul Gipson travelled to Leeds for his Silver Plate match against a London team and had a comfortable victory. He will now play a Cardiff team in the final.

CARPET BOWLS

N NORTHUMBERLAND LEAGUE

LATEST results from the North Northumberland Carpet Bowls League are:

Powburn 9, Belford 4 (shots 53-26); Glendale 9, Bamburgh 4 (59-29); Ancroft 8.5, Shilbottle 4.5 (50-35); Hetton Steads 12, Seahouses 1 (86-15).

Table - Glendale 10-82.5, Hetton Steads 11-81, Powburn 9-75.5, Ancroft 10-70.5, Shilbottle 10-68, Belford 11-60.5, Bamburgh 11-59.5, Seahouses 8-22.5.

CURLING

LATEST UPDATE

JAMES Stark, The Craig Conspiracy, and Alistair Hodge got over last season’s hiccup in the Directors’ Trophy and came away with the honours last week, while in the previous week, with Andrew Reed in place of the taller half of the Conspiracy, James Stark got to the semi-finals of the Yara competition at Perth.

On the home front again, in the most recent round of the Masstock Border League, in section one, Chirnside went down 9-2 to Selkirk, and in section two leaders Earlston contained Kelso 8-5 and Greenlaw headed off Lauderdale’s challenge 10-4.

Will Murray and acting secretary Joan Forrest put together a very enjoyable two session Coldstream Invitation Bonspiel with a very tight scoring first session; in session two Robert Forsyth skipped the winning rink to a nine shot margin over his opposition. Secretary WAZ was absent for the occasion due to debauchery elsewhere!

The Dickinson draw is now in the public domain, the first round taking place on Wednesday, February 15; the committee of the unofficial Berwickshire curling association apologise for their tardiness in attention to this matter, and unofficially promise to be more punctual in the future.

DARTS

LOWICK LEAGUE

LATEST results from the Lowick League are:

Queens Head 5, Black Bull 5 (pairs 1-2, singles 4-3); Brewers Arms 9, Fishers Arms 1 (2-1, 7-0); Albion 7, Spittal BC 3 (1-2, 6-1); Free Trade 9, Percy Arms 1 (3-0, 6-1); Grove 7, White Swan A 3 (2-1, 5-2).

C Turnbull hit a maximum 180.

M Douglas Pairs: Albion 35, Free Trade 33, Spittal BC 32, Percy Arms 28, Brewers Arms 26, Black Bull 25, Thatch 22, Grove 22, Fishers Arms 19, Queens Head 17, Belford Club 15, White Swan A 13, Salmon 12, White Swan B 7.

Albion Singles: Albion 78, Free Trade 77, Percy Arms 68, Spittal BC 67, Grove 63, Brewers 58, Queens Head 47, Black Bull 44, Thatch 43, Belford Club 42, Fishers Arms 37, White Swan 32, Salmon 29, White Swan B 28.

BERWICK LEAGUE

THE BDDL Triples trophy once again ended up in the King’s Head trophy cabinet following an emphatic performance by their A1 trio of Robert Hay, Ryan Hogarth, and Craig Martin, who went through the whole finals night without losing a leg.

They beat the Free Trade A1 triple of Les Fletcher, Danny Young and Paul Wood 3-0 in a high scoring final.

Losing semi-finalists were the Albion A 2 triple of the three Pauls: Wilson, Hunter, and Reap and the Free Trade A 2 side of Terry Crawford, Alistair Holmes and Jerry Brown.

There were four 180s on the night, two each from Ryan Hogarth and Craig Martin.

Prizes were presented by Wilson Turnbull on behalf of MFGC who kindly sponsored the competition.

Tustain Motors Div 3 - Queen’s Head B 7, Thatch B 3.

WORLD CUP

UNFANCIED South Africa stunned Scotland to win through to the quarter-finals of the Cash Converters World Cup of Darts on Saturday afternoon at Hamburg’s Alsterdorfer Stadthalle.

Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson and Peter Wright gave Scotland a 2-0 lead in the singles but the South African pairing of Devon Petersen and Shawn Hogan performed brilliantly to overturn the deficit.

Inspired by three 180s and a 101 finish from Petersen, the South Africans won four successive legs to take a 5-3 win in the Doubles game before winning the sudden-death leg, in which Anderson hit a 180 but missed two match darts before Hogan landed double six for a famous triumph.

England defeated Australia in the final to lift the Cup.

GOLF

GOSWICK

DAVID Leslie continued with his current good (under the handicap committee radar) form with an outstanding score of 81-17 nett 64 to win the January Medal last Saturday. Second place went to Peter Gautry with 82-14-68, third Andrew (Doc) Riley 78-9-69. Fourth spot was won, on count back, from Terry Firma by Brian Cordery 81-11-70. Ivan Martin recorded the lowest gross score of the day shooting a 74.

Gordon Steven won the Turkey Trot with a score of 39 points beating second placed David Leslie, on count back also on 39 points. Third was John Bain with 37 points and fourth George Cochrane on 36.

This coming weekend (11th/12th) is Winter Competition No.7

DOGLEG

MAGDALENE FIELDS

STEPHEN Park posted 76-9-67 to win the open medal eclectic. Brian Hammen from Goswick took second place with 84-6-68 and Wilson Turnbull was third on 96-27-69. Paul Richardson had the best gross.

John Ellis made it two in as many weeks winning the Saturday stableford with 38 points and a better back nine from George Hush and Peter Simmons.

The clubhouse was packed for last Saturday’s general knowledge quiz, organised by Marion Black in aid of leukaemia. Thanks to the participants for raising over £500.

Sunday’s ,edal was lost due to frost and has been re-scheduled for February 19.

NIPPER

NETBALL

Defeat for Berwick

Berwick 33

Seaton Burn 40

BERWICK were at home to Seaton Burn on Thursday night.Berwick were a very nervous side for the first few minutes, the referee picked up numerous silly mistakes from footwork to replayed balls, so Seaton Burn took the advantage and netted some early goals. Berwick eventually settled and found their form, passing throughout the team confidently with ease.They eventually took charge of the court and held the first quarter 11-4.

The next two quarters saw Seaton Burns gain the upper hand in the circle and Berwick’s (GK), Lawrence, struggled to cope with their (GS) who was exceptionally tall and shot with ease. Berwick were penalised for some soft and inaccurate throwing which Seaton Burn picked up on and intercepted easily.

At times Berwick played some skillful netball - they found space around the court to pass the ball and shooting from (GA)Thompson and (GS) Youngman were accurate but Seaton Burn were always snapping at their heels and the gap grew closer.

Berwick lost a few shots through barging in the circle which was picked up by the referee, and Seaton Burn again took advantage of Berwicks errors to establish a 28-25 lead.

In the final quarter the visitors piled on more pressure and Berwick were on catch up.They rallied and fought hard for every ball but were tiring fast and unable to force their way back into the match.

Seaton Burn were cool and collective and played there own game finshing the match 40-33 winners.

Player of the match went to Elaine Younger. Many thanks to match Specsavers of Berwick.

POOL

BERWICK POOL LEAGUE

RESULTS from the Berwick League last week were:

Division One - Brown Bear A 5, Blenheim A 4; Grove A 3, Kings Head B 6; Kings Head A 5, Grove B 4; Queens Head A 5, Queens Head B 4; Rob Roy B 6, Red Lion Sp A 3; Thatch A 6, Albion B 3; TBC A 3, Brown Bear B 6.

Table - Kings Head A 149, Blenheim A 138, Kings Head B 134, Brown Bear B 128, Rob Roy B 120, Thatch A 107, Albion B 105, Queens Head A 105, Brown Bear A 83, Grove B 73, Queens Head B 73, Grove A 68, TBC A 67, Red Lion Sp A 66.

Division Two - Albion A 5, Harrow B 4; Blenheim B 5, Thatch B 4; Brewers Arms 4, Kings Head C 5; Free Trade B 9, MFGC B 0; Harrow A 3, Free Trade A 6; MFGC A 6, Rob Roy A 3; Ord House 1, Meadow House 8; Red Lion Sp B 4, TBC B 5.T

Table - Kings Head C 143, Free Trade B 139, Red Lion Sp B 128, Meadow House 123, TBC B 119, Thatch B 117, Blenheim B 112, Albion A 107, MFGC A 102, Free Trade A 92, Harrow B 90, Rob Roy A 80, Ord House 78, MFGC B 74, Harrow A 68, Brewers Arms 57.

Games to be played tonight (Thurs Feb 2) in the Knockout Cup second round are:

Brown Bear B v TBC; Free Trade B v Kings Head A; Grove A v Albion B; Kings Head B v MFGC A; Meadow House A v Rob Roy A; MFGC B v Rob Roy B; Queens Head B v Red Lion A; Thatch A v Brown Bear A.

The draw for the third round of the Fords the Bakers Triples is:

Brewers Arms v Brown Bear B; Free Trade B v Blenheim A2; Grove B2 v Queens Head A1; Harrow B v Kings Head B2; Kings Head A v Brown Bear A; Meadow House v Queens Head A2; Queens Head B2 v Red Lion B2; Red Lion A2 v TBC B2

Matches to be played on Wednesday, February, 22 at 8.30pm.

* Teams are requested that all team sheets are filled in correctly and that matches start at 8.30pm with all players present at the venue at that time. Captains are also reminded that players in the singles need to be on the sheet after the pairs and most certainly before their frame starts.

Due to discrepancies on their result sheet the MFGC A were penalised five points in their match with the Free Trade A before Christmas.

RUGBY

WEEKEND TEAMS

LISMORE v 1st XV. Team to be confirmed. Meet at clubhouse at 12.15pm.

Bears v Northern. Team to be confirmed. Meet at clubhouse at 1.15pm.

SPEEDWAY

SUPPORTERS’ AGM

BERWICK Bandits Supporters’ Club will be holding their AGM at the Black and Gold, Shielfield Park, Tweedmouth on Friday, Febnruary 24 at 7.30pm. All fans are invited to attend. Following the AGM the Supporters Club will be holding a Speedway Race Night, with action supplied by GRT Media.

SPORT DEVELOPMENT

CLUBWORKS CONFERENCE

LOCAL sports clubs in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear are being invited to attend a unique event at Kingston Park Stadium on Tuesday 21 February to help them to develop their clubs.

The ClubWorks event, which is being organised by Northumberland Sport and Tyne & Wear Sport will include a number of workshops run by experts in their field to show clubs how to increase and retain members, strengthen links with local communities, prepare funding applications and use social media to raise the club’s profile.

Guest speaker on the night is Svend Elkjaer, Founder and Managing Director of Sports Marketing Network. Svend said: “I am really looking forward to the ClubWorks evening in Newcastle, which provides an excellent development opportunity for local sports clubs. This will also provide an ideal networking opportunity for clubs to interact with one another, which usually stimulates a good learning environment, resulting in lots of new innovative solutions for strengthening local clubs.”

Doug Lowery, Executive Director for Northumberland Sport said:

“By working with colleagues from Tyne & Wear Sport, we’re delighted to be able to offer this development opportunity for our local sports clubs, who have always and will continue to play a pivotal role in the development of grassroots sport in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.”

If your club is interested in attending the ClubWorks conference, please visit North East Course Finder at www.necoursefinder.org.

For more information please contact Stephen Parsons at Northumberland Sport on 01670 534398. Alternatively please visit the Northumberland Sport or Tyne & Wear Sport websites for any further club development information.