oxton games

Victory in the youths’ 800m handicap at the recent Oxton Games went the way of Chirnside’s Rory Williams (200m).

Marshall Smith of Gala Harriers (215m) led the pack as the bell went for the last lap before being overhauled by Williams.

Coached by Henry Gray at Eyemouth, Williams, a first-season campaigner – who has performed extremely well for a nine-year-old – had the look of a victor and showing no sign of tiring strode purposely forward to win convincingly.



THE fourth match in the Matt Purdie series was at West Linton being the return match against Midlothian who had beaten the Borders in the first match of the series held at Berwick.

The weather was very good and the green was in good condition so it was hoped that the Borders might at last gain their first win of the series. From the start the match was very closely contested and on completion of five ends Midlothian led by just three shots. At this stage both teams had two rinks up and two down.

In the next five ends the situation changed with the Borders team moving ahead by a useful ten shots and three of the four rinks ahead. However it was the last few ends which decided this match.

With the ends available running out Midlothian fought back and moved in front again. It looked likely that they would collect the win however the Border players were not about to give in. The first Border rink to finish picked up four shots and with two rinks playing their last ends Midlothian led by just two shots. The first of these rinks also gained four shots putting the Borders two shots ahead. This took the pressure off the last rink and with Midlothian needing three shots for a win the Borders gained a further two shots to win by 59-55.

There were two rinks up for the Borders these being Billy Nisbet (Lauder), Clark Chalmers (Waverley), Tom Thorburn (Waverley) and Roy White (Kelso) together with B Holloway (Tweedmouth), Paul Butterfield (Gala), Alan Mitchell (Coldstream) and Harry Bell (Selkirk). The winning margin on both rinks was of six shots and both rinks also finished with vital counts of four.

While it is too late to win the group and progress further it was pleasing to gain a win.

duns open pairs

Duns Park Bowling Club held their Open Pairs competition on Sunday, July 24, on what turned out to be a glorious day.

Twenty four pairs took part in a round robin competition.

The winners were Alastair Hogg and Peter Laidlaw, both of Duns Park, who defeated Graham Fairley from Coldstream and Bill Tait of Duns Park in the final.

The beaten semi-finalists were Wullie Douglas and Willie Kerr from Duns Park and Dave Patrick and Neil Purves from Cockburnspath Bowling Club.

The club would like to thank Aitken-Walker Cars and the White Swan Hotel, both Duns, for sponsorship of the competition.


Coldstream Bowling Club held their Presenting Coldstream Open Triples on Sunday when the weather was at last perfect for bowling.

After a long day’s play the eventual winners were a trio from Hawick (C. Cook, J. Murdie and R.Taylor) who defeated an Ancrum triple (R. McCullock, J. Renwick and B. Cowan.

Losing semi-finalists were R. Brady, A. Taylor and C. Rae and B. Johnston, N. Cameron and R. Fairley.

Sponsors were Ladbrookes (Kelso) and D.S. Dalgliesh. Prizes were presented by Coldstreamer Stephen Bell and the club wished him a ‘safe in and safe oot’ for his term.


New president for lees

Lees CC had themselves a good steady season with membership numbers in the mid twenties and ages slightly higher.

Maggie Wright brings her own special charm to the club presidency with just enough “forthwrightness” to keep order! Ewan Girvan is nominated as Maggie’s deputy, while Michael Fleming attends to the secretarial and fiscal side of keeping the club on a sound footing.

In Border League a moderate season was had, a hard won win over Kelso was perhaps a highlight. Thanks to the persuasive Neil Maclain the League will have sponsorship this coming season under the Masstock banner.

On the matter of the Masstock Border League, the clubs making up section one are as follows: Ayton Castle, Borders Wheelchair, Chirnside, Coldstream, Duns, Glendale, Selkirk, Swinton, Teviotdale and Yester. Clubs not mentioned here can safely assume that they are in section two.

The recent death of big Bill Milne of Chirnside CC was the final connection of the club with the halcyon days of Haymarket ice rink. Bill’s membership as a player and then honorary, extended over 50 years and gained him a medal from the Royal club.

He served the club as its fourth secretary since 1878, notching up 26 years in the job. Such was his efficiency, the minutes of an AGM were ready for signing at the end of the same meeting, written with brevity and clarity. In those uncomplicated days the treasury was part of his remit, the funds being kept in a prewar denture box, with no resort to banking needed.

He played a canny game off the hack, rarely outwith the skip’s instructions. People of a certain age may recall Bill and brother David keeping discipline at Haggerston dances, while some will remember him as a minder for fellow curler Willie Dudgeon at Smithfield shows in days of yore. For what Bill meant to one and all let us be truly thankful.



Peter Wright stunned Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson in the second round of the European Champiosnhips in Dusseldorf. The in-form Scot held a 4-2 lead but the Lowestoft man punished Anderson for missing doubles, taking out 121 to level at five-each and then repeating the trick in the 14th leg to move 9-5 ahead.

Wright had a dart at tops to take out 114 to win in real style, but it did not cost him as he returned to register his fifth leg in a row to cap a remarkable comeback.



Last Tuesday saw 56 players competing in the first round of the Erskine Eclectic at Duns Golf Club.

The winner on the day was Stephen Horne with an excellent 64 closely followed by Will Waddell on 65. Third in Division 1 was Dougal Affleck on 67. In Division 2 the winner was Steven Clark with a highly respectable 67 followed by Rab French on 68 and then Wes Forbes on 69.

Saturday saw the third round of the Summer League played in conjunction with the Ford Trophy. Winner was Gavin Wood on a good score of 67 beating Matt Whiteford on the bih as he also had the same score. Next in Division 1 was Mark Allan on 69. Winner of Division 2 was Raymond Chisholm on 70 followed by Rab French (71) and Jeff Abbott (72).

This Saturday sees the fourth round of the Summer League played in conjunction with the Skol Trophy.


Ace after-dinner speaker, ex-golf caddie, Alex Ferguson disciple (are there no local teams to support?) and ex-Hirsel Golf Club champion Bill Rutherford for once was left speechless as he realised on Saturday evening that he had won the prestigious Douglas-Home Trophy, presented to him by the Earl.

A mind-boggling score of nett 64 ensured Bill’s immortality.

Amongst the other locals in the prize list were handicap-grumbling Billy Young (third, nett 66), Tour de France hopeful Paul Campbell (fifth, nett 68), Impressionist Painter Derek Purves (sixth, nett 69), light-eater Bryan Yule (eighth, nett 69), Drew Rutherford (ninth, nett 69) and trophy habit-winning David Lindsay (11th, nett 70). Andrew Milne was third in the scratch with a gross 73.

In last Thursday’s medal, window-cleaner John Slater, just back from washing the Empire State Building, won with a nett 64, Parametric David Guthrie was second with a nett 65 while champion beer swiller Kenneth Duncan Brodie was third with a nett 67.

A field of 188 competitors played in the George C. Rutherford Senior Pairs Open. Damp overcast conditions in the morning were replaced by brilliant sunshine in the afternoon leading to better scoring as the day unfolded.

The eventual winning pair were local players Richard Holmes and John Purdie (Hirsel) with a magnificent 44 points in this Stableford competition.

The final results in this fourball, better ball Stableford format and full list of prize winners were as follows: 1. R. Holmes and J. Purdie (Hirsel) 44 points, 2. D. Hastings and C. Stewart (Dalmahoy) 43, 3. A. Aitken and B. Scott (Stirling) 42, 4. D. Mole and R.H. Bell (Hirsel/Goswick) 41 (bin). Nearest the pin on the 10th - B.Saywood (Hirsel), longest drive on the 12th - D.Millar (Cardrona).

The prizes were presented by Billy Rutherford and the event concluded with a vote of thanks to the Rutherford Family for their continued support and to all the volunteers whose contributions continue to make this competition a favourite in the Borders golfing calendar.


The fourth round of the Howie Cup was played last week and Hazel Millar had an excellent score of nett 63 nett.

Results were: Overall winnner - Hazel Millar 90-27-63; Silver - Anne Wood 84-14-70, Jane McDevitt 89-18-71; Bronze - Diane Drysdale 102-29-73, Marion Romanes 110-36-74.

The Centerary Salvers was won last week with a great score of nett 67 nett by Anne Swanston.

Results were: Overall winner - Anne Swanston 101-34-67; Silver - Katie Massie 81-12-69, Jacqueline Preston 84-13-71; Bronze - Diane Johnston 94-26-68, Margaret Gotterson 90.21.69.


On Friday, July 29, the Golf club committee and guests had an “away day” at Minto Golf Club and in beautiful weather the participants enjoyed a grand day of golf and friendship. Club captain John Davison thanked those who had attended and the staff at Minto for making the day a success. The players thanked John and Janis Davison for the effort they had put in to arrange such a successful day.

The Ladies Section played the Buchanan Cup on Saturday.

Results were: 1. S. Martin- 89-20=69, 2. J. Rowley- 103-28=75 (bin), 3. J. Davison- 89-14=75.

On Sunday, July 31, Michael Hackett ran his annual Pro’s Day. The event was well supported and the results were:

Mens: 1. John Blackie with 41 points (Taylor Made Burner Driver), 2. Keith Burgon with 41 points (Ping Golf Bag), 3. George Muir with 41 points (Footjoy AQL shoes)

Ladies: 1. Nichol Blackie with 40 points (Taylor Made Golf Bag), 2. Janis Davison with 37 points (Gavin Green Insula), . Amy Perryman with 33 points (Footjoy AQL shoes)

Juniors: 1. David Blackie with 40 points (Taylor Made wedge), 2. Connell McNeil with 39 points (Puma Polo Shirt), 3. Ben Nichol with 38 points (Cap and Golf Balls)

Nearest the pins: 3rd- Ian Methven, 6th- Alan Trickett, 12th- Graham Ford, 17th- Jim Martin

Longest Drives: Ladies – Carmen McLeman, Gent’s – Daniel Blackie.

Birdy 2’s at the 6th- Alan Trickett (2 dozen Pro V1 golf balls)

Michael thanked all those who played, the club for making the course available and the catering, greens and bar staff for their efforts. We look forward to another one next year.

On Monday, August 1, the Seniors played an away match against Seahouses Golf Club. The game was played in the usual friendly spirit and resulted in a win for Eyemouth 4 to 2. We all look forward to this fixture again next year.


Following on from his recent Scottish Championship success, Westruhter’s Martin Smith was jumping for joy after his latest competition.

The 14-year-old joined sportsmen and women from all over Scotland for the Junior Boys’ Area Tetrathlon competition.

The shooting, running and swimming phases took place at Strathallan School in Perthshire. Martin had a great day, winning all three phases, with a personal best in the swimming.

The following day, he headed to Gleneagles for the equestrian cross-country phase of the competition, in which he rode Claire Hislop’s Jake Lovell. The pair had a beautifully clear round with no time penalties.

Martin swept the board, taking first place for all the individual phases as well as first overall junior boy. A fantastic result, reflecting all the hard work of Martin and his coaches – Callum Crawford and Alison Affleck of Duns SC.

Martin topped his week off at an epee fencing coaching weekend at Aberdeen – in preparation for starting to compete in modern pentathlon.


RBS SHield

There’s a tough opener for Duns in the RBS Border Regional Shield competition.

The Dingers will face Hawick YM on Saturday, October 29.

Duns or Hawick YM will then take on Hawick Linden in the semi-final on December 10, while in the other semi Berwick face Langholm.