Team Borders create a storm to join Dunfermline at the top

Hannah Hamilton-Meikle on her way to victory in the under 13s long jump at Grangemouth on Saturday.
Hannah Hamilton-Meikle on her way to victory in the under 13s long jump at Grangemouth on Saturday.

The forecast heavy rain failed to materialise at Grangemouth on Saturday for match two of this season’s Forth Valley League.

However, Team Borders created their own storm in the arena with a superb performance throughout the day, surging to eight wins on the track and six in the field.

Sitting second in the league after the opening match earlier in the month, Saturday’s tremendous collective team effort saw Team Borders finish 42 event points ahead of their rivals Dunfermline who had just edged it marginally in the first match.

As a result both teams now sit joint top of the league with 15 match points, but with Team Borders having the superior event points total.

The league title will now boil down to which of the two teams comes out on top in the third and final match which will be held on Saturday, June 25.

Angus Bryce (TLJT) and Michael Girdler (Moorfoot) kicked the afternoon off in winning style with an ‘A’ and ‘B’ sprint double in the Under 15 Boys 200m, breaking the tape for their respective race wins in the exact same time of 24.7s.

The boys also combined later in the day with the Chirnside Chasers pair of Josh Abbott and Ben Evans to streak home to victory in the 4x100m relay.

And that sprint double and relay win was repeated in the Under 11 Boys age-group through Gala flier Sam McAneny who won the ‘A’ 200m in a blistering time of 28.6s and TLJT’s Matthew Beaton in the ‘B’ race (30.9s), along with Kyle Taylor (Chirnside Chasers) and Jake Lockyer (Moorfoot) in the relay.

In the field events, Chirnside Chasers’ youngster Harris Ross, who was making his Team Borders debut and still has another year in the Under 11 age-group, took the win in the ‘A’ shot putt with a throw of 5.81m.

His Chirnside clubmate Kyle Taylor made it a cracking third event double for Team Borders by taking the ‘B’ event win with an excellent distance of 5.40m.

Top scorer for the team on the day was Chirnside Chasers’ Hannah Hamilton Meikle who competed in three ‘A’ events.

Hannah leapt to victery in the Under 13 long jump with 4.00m and also took second places in the javelin with a distance of 17.29m, and 1500m in a time of 5m 34.4s, demonstrating her significant multi-events potential.