Schools championships

At the Border Schools Athletics Championships held last Thursday, Berwickshire High School were a creditable fourth from the nine schools represented. Individual results were as follows:

Firsts - Joanna Mitchell S1 800m and high jump, Gina Walker Senior high jump, Tara Harvey S2 javelin, Kerys Law Senior javelin in a new championship record, Harriet Watson S2 shot, Brandon Pollock S3 javelin.

Seconds - Joanna Mitchell S2 long jump, Rebecca Kinghorn S2 long jump, Joanna Dixon Senior discus, Claire Gray S1 discus, Hazel Martin S1 shot, Gavin Murray S3 shot and discus, Jed Crombie S2 discus, Nick Teather S2 javelin.

Thirds - Lucy Nevin Senior long jump, Zoe Higgins S3 Discus, Sophie Thorburn S3 200m, Kirsty Miller S2 300m, Keith Patterson S3 100m and long jump, Daniel Richards S1 javelin, Cameron Burnett S3 400m, Jed Crombie S2 shot, Luke Faldon Senior long jump, Charlie Lochead S1 long jump, S2 boys relay. Senior boys relay.



Results from the Berwickshire League last Thursday were:

Berwick 90, Coldstream 67; Chirnside 106, Ayton 56; Eyemouth 72, Duns 71; Greenlaw 66, Gordon 74; Tweedmouth 107, Spittal 69.

Table - Gordon 16, Chirnside 14, Ayton 12, Berwick 11, Tweedmouth 10, Duns 9, Coldstream 8, Eyemouth 6, Spittal 4, Greenlaw 0.

Fixtures for tonight (Thursday, June 23) are:

Ayton v Tweedmouth; Chirnside v Eyemouth; Coldstream v Gordon; Duns v Greenlaw; Spittal v Berwick.

Greenlaw BOwling CLub

Greenlaw Ladies Mid Week Pairs were held on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 and despite the threatening weather a good day was had by all.

Members played three games and stopped for soup and a sandwich and the heavens opened – the sun came out and they played two games and stopped for tea and the heavens opened – the sun came out and they played the final. So the weather did not win!

The very exciting final was between B. Cameron and A. Thomson from Earlston and P. Baxter (Greenlaw) and A. Falconer (Earlston) with Peggy and Anne winning on an extra end.

Many thanks to all who came to the Mid Week Pairs and the club look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, August 13 for the Ladies Pairs. The Open Pairs are on Saturday, July 9 and you can give Ricky a call on 01361 810939 to book your place.


Lauderdale CC

Although not featuring in the frontline of competitions, Lauderdale CC maintained a steady presence throughout last season, and their own club events are ferociously contested. Second spot in the Berwickshire Bonspiel came their way, and a sound trouncing of high flying Yester in the Border League was a morale booster in a campaign dogged by, perhaps, more than their share of bad luck. For the coming two seasons the presidency moves to the lofty, but amiable height of Kenny Allinson; Kenny’s capable understudy is to be Anne Brown, and in the boiler room Colin Stirling continues as secretary, with Gill Ledingham in command of the exchequer. As with most other clubs Lauderdale is ever on the lookout for new members, old, young and all stages in between.

Foulden cc

For the coming two seasons, Wilma Cumming will be president of Foulden CC, in succession to Gerald Sandwith who, despite assorted health problems, saw the club through the previous two seasons. The immediate past season saw the club have one of its most rewarding efforts for some time without making any great hoo haa about things; the Tweedmouth Kettle would be number one win, closely followed by the Laidlaw, and finally Foulden were runners up in the Dickinson.

Although not a memorable time was had in the Border League, Foulden contained section winners Yester during the campaign at 5-4, obviously a hard won battle.

Back to the admin side, Ian McCreath has been conscripted/voted vice President, the resilient and efficient Margaret Cadzow is secretary, and Ailsa Allsop takes care of fiscal responsibilities.

The Royal Club

The Royal Club AGM duly took place at the Dewar Centre in Perth on Saturday, June 18, during which Robbie Scott demitted office, and was replaced by Pat Edington. Attendance was back a bit but still reasonable as such events go; Borders representative Harry Dodds and a select high-powered squad flew the local flag with due dignity and decorum at the event.

Winnie Tullie

Cavers Church was at full capacity last week at the memorial service for Winnie Tullie, much liked and respected member of Teviotdale CC, and a great supporter of Ladies curling over many years. A cheerful competitor, win or lose and delightful company all her days. Borders curlers will surely offer their condolences to James and the family.


Auchencrow THistle

Another night of favourable conditions gave riders a good chance for personal bests for Auchencrow Thistle’s five mile TT along the Preston-Jock’s Loaning road. This week the closest finishes were for the non-podium places with Ian Watson coming in fourth by only one second over Daren Silcock in fifth, closely followed by Devrim Turkay and Ian Reid less than 20 seconds behind.

Lady tri-athlete Jane Holmes had another good event, as did her junior counterpart Zara Milton, both recording PBs. A feature of the night was the welcome return of Malcolm Renton, one of the club’s original members, after a long spell off the bike. Times were N Milton 12.14, D Smith 12.24, J Holmes 13.31 PB, I Watson 13.49 PB, D Silcock 13.50 PB, D Turkay 14.04 PB, I Reid 14.09 PB, I Black 14.22, A McKendry 14.27 PB, S Findlay 15.49 PB, M Renton 16.03 and Z Milton 16.52 PB.

Berwick Wheelers

Harry Armstrong continued his run of good form with a personal best ride in the Berwick Wheelers club 15 miles TT last Thursday.

The fresh south west wind meant that the course record was never in danger but Armstrong finished 34 secs clear of the record holder, Chris Isats.

In third place, Dunbar’s Ewan Minty improved by 2.37 to set a new club veterans’ record, trimming Tim Caine’s one year-old record by two secs.

Unluckiest rider on the night was Steve Rowley, who suffered a front wheel puncture when riding to the start. After sorting this out he just made it to the line with 20 secs to spare and was riding well when his rear tyre deflated six miles from the finish, causing him to retire from the race.

Saturday saw Harry Armstrong making the long journey cross-country to the Levens course near Kendal for the Kent Valley RC open 10 which had a field of 130 riders. The previous weekend, in the company of Chris Isats, he had been going to another 10 on the same course when, having got as far as Carlisle, a phone call from the organiser informed him that the event was cancelled.

This time it was all worth while and in spite of the heavy rain, Armstrong clocked a season’s best of 20.10 to win the event with 17 secs to spare.

15 miles TT result: 1 H Armstrong 33.12 pb, 2 C Isats 33.46, 3 E Minty (vet) 35.52 pb and vet record, 4 A Beeke 38.12, 5 B Lindsay (vet) 38.17 pb, 6 A Aitchison (vet) 38.24, 7 G Smith (vet) 38.58, 8 G Johnston (vet) 39.06, 9 N Wilson (vet) 39.40, 10 A Fletcher (vet) 40.41, 11 J Mark (vet lady) 42.16, 12 D Mulholland (vet) 42.57 pb, 13 J Tomnay (vet) 43.54 pb, 14 A Kerr (vet lady) 45.39. S Rowley DNF (puncture).



Latest results are:

Real Ale Madrid 3, Eyemouth Swifts 2; Harrow 1, Kack’s Essential Select 7; Belford 7, King’s Head 1.

Fixtures are:

Thursday, June 23 - Team Joe v Shilbottle;

Sat 25 - Berwick Utd O30s v Berwick Utd Res;

Tues 28 - Tweedmouth Ams v Braeside.



On Tuesday, June 14 the third round of the Summer Trophy was played with the weather being much kinder to the players than of late, evidenced by 16 players shooting in the 60’s. Winner on the night was Eddie Noble with a great 64 followed by three players on 65; Peter McMinn, Lee Manderson and Colin Renton. The Summer Trophy competition is the best two scores from three rounds and five people tied on 135; Jimmy Lovell, Eddie Noble, Douglas Reid, Colin Renton and Bill Waddell. The winner on countback was Eddie Noble.

Saturday, June 18 saw the Championship finals at Duns which could have been marred by the heavy rain forecast. However, thankfully, this did not materialise and the spectators witnessed some excellent golf in the main Championship. After 35 holes the finalists, Stuart Patterson and Allan Anderson, could not be separated with the match coming down to the final hole. Allan needed all his composure to hole the winning 8-foot birdie putt in front of the crowd around the clubhouse.

The Stevenson Trophy final over 18 holes was equally as tight with young Michael Thomson following in his brother Stuart’s footsteps by winning the trophy despite the best attempts of the more experienced John Craik. In the C Championship final Kevin Lugget ran out the worthy winner despite the best efforts of Iain Davidson.

Results from the quarter/semi finals were as follows: Championship: Quarter finals - Angus Massie beat Dougal Affleck, Stuart Patterson beat Alan Aitchison, Ian Learmonth beat Gavin Wood and Allan Anderson beat George Swanston. Semis - Patterson beat Massie and Anderson beat Learmonth. Stevenson: Alistair Gotterson beat Will Waddell, Michael Thomson beat Stuart Thomson, Stephen Horne beat Colin Anderson and John Craik beat Jimmy Lovell. Semis - Thomson beat Gotterson and Craik beat Horne.

C Championship: Eddie Noble beat Paul Daley, Iain Davidson beat Bob Tait, David Stewart beat Tim McCormack and Kevin Lugget beat Jim McDevitt. Semis - Davidson beat Noble and Lugget beat Stewart.

Finally would all players please note the following: 1. Draw times for this Saturday’s competition have been altered with the morning Tee Times between 7.30 and 8.30. Afternoon draw times from 12 noon until 1pm and then 4pm until 5pm. Please check your diaries for full details.

2. A poster is up for the Famous Grouse Greensomes entries on Saturday, July 2. This competition is open to both Gents and Ladies. Your names must be on the sheets by Friday 1st at 6pm. No late entries.

duns ladies

The Ladies Championship was won for a record-equalling 16th time by Kirsty Inkpen who beat Katie Massie in the final.

Kirsty, who in qualifying for the championship set a new ladies’ course record of 72, has equalled Violet Parle’s long standing record of 16 championship titles.

In the Collin Trophy final Morag Millar beat Lorraine Tait.

Results were: Championship, quarter-finals - Kirsty Inkpen beat Lesley Redden, Eileen Preston beat Jacqueline Preston, Rae Baxter beat Anne Wood, Katie Massie beat Molly Hodges. Semi-finals - Kirsty beat Eileen, Katie beat Rae. Final - Kirsty beat Katie.

Collin Trophy - quarter-finals - Jill Hodge (bye), Lorraine Tait beat Helen Ainslie, Diane Johnston beat Anne Swanston, Morag Millar (bye). Semi-finals - Lorraine beat Jill, Morag beat Diane. Final - Morag beat Lorraine.


The Seniors had a match against Goswick GC on Thursday, June 16 but the weather gods decided to attempt to drown the competitors. Four of the Six fourballs gave up and headed for an early lunch but two hardy groups battled on to the bitter end. At the get together after the game it was decided that it would be a good idea to rearrange the game and a tentative date of Thursday, August 11. After the usual excellent meal all the soggy players went home!

On Friday, June 19 and Saturday 20 the Semi Finals and Finals of the Club Championships were held:

Ladies Championship was contested by N. Blackie and J Davison with Nichol Blackie emerging as the winner and Ladies Champion.

The Gents Division C semi finals were between G Muir and D Windram with G Muir winning. The other semi final was J White and R Torrance with J White qualifying for the final. In the Final on Saturday G Muir beat J White and G Muir is the C Division Champion.

The Gents Division B semi finals were S Black and A Bolton with S Black going forward to the final. In the other semi final S Jappy beat A Patterson. In the Final on Saturday S Black beat S Jappy so S Black is the Division B Champion.

In the Club Championship semi finals M Collin beat I Methven and R Oliver Beat J D Blackie. The final between Richard Oliver and Mark Collin produced some very good golf with Mark Collin winning and becoming Club Champion 2011.

Congratulations to all the winners and to all those who took part.



Results from Melton mowbray on June 18 were:

1st - Tom Keenan (vel 1107.06)

2nd - Jose Rato (1040.39)

3rd - Tom Keenan (1035.41)


Norham homing results from Melton Mowbray were:

1st - K. Turner (1392)

2nd G. Mclain (1344)

3rd & 4th C. Crees (1293 & 1264)

5th P. Wight (1251)

6th Jhnson & Johnson (1219)

Border Federation

Border federation results from Huntingdon:

1st, 3rd & 4th - J Patterson, Belford (1237,1196 & 1187)

2nd, 5th & 8th - E. Sim, Belford (1199,1185 &1176)

6th & 7th - George Hastie, Tweedmouth (1184 & 1183)

9th - D. Brewis, Belford. (1176)

10th - Bradbury Son & Daughter, Wooler (1173)