Competitors at the Duns Badminton tournament
Competitors at the Duns Badminton tournament


Duns Primary Tournament

This was an incredible day with more than 150 games played between 23 girls and 31 boys from all over the Borders. Pete Hardie and Grant Purves managed the day very well.

Winners were: Calum Smith (Duns PS) in the boys singles taking West Linton’s Josh Prior in the final. The two semi-finalists were Euan Harvey (Chirnside) and Jake Fairley (Gordon).

Calum took the boys doubles title too with his partner Liam Smillie (Greenlaw), beating Euan Harvey and Ninian Grant (Gordon). The two semi-finalist pairings were Grant Jackson and Josh Prior and Ben McRae and Alex Craig, all from West Linton. The West Linton group had a fantastic tournament, ably coached by Lily Stenhouse and her son Calum.

In the girls tournament Abbey Nicol (Reston) took the title against Keira Waddel (Duns). Semi-finalists were Caitlin Gillie (Gala) and Leona Rhind (Duns).

Abbey was in the final again with her partner Teigan Scobie (Gordon) but were unable to beat the stronger pairing of Leona and Keira. Jodie Aitken and Jodie Black (both Reston) and Iona Fox and Caitlin Gillie (Peebles) were the semi-finalists.


Greenlaw Club AGM

The annual general meeting of the Greenlaw Bowling Club will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 13 in the club rooms. All past, present and future members will be made most welcome.

If you have bowled in the past why not come back and have another try. If you haven’t tried it – why not have a go. We look forward to seeing you on March 13.


Westruther 25, Ayton 23: Westruther: S Russell, St Russell, Sc Russell, D Donaldson 11; A Nutt, B Hedley, G McLarty, B Mitchell 14. Ayton: R Blaikie, G McLean, C Young, K Blaikie 12; L Carruthers, T Stebbing, W Blaikie, D Young 11.

Knockout Semi-Final

Foulden 20, Westruther 22: Foulden: T Douglas, A Murray, G Forsyth, G Campbell 10; J Kenny, J Bolton, G Douglas, R Douglas 10. Westruther: S Russell, D Donaldson, Sc Russell, St Russell 11; D Hedley, G McLarty, B Mitchell, B Hedley 11.

The knockout final between Gordon and Westruther is being held at Coldingham Crosslaw on Thursday, March 14 at 7.30pm. The Presentation Dance will be held at Ayton Bowling Club on Saturday, March 24, music by B Tait, tickets £5 on sale from D Welsh (01361) 884325.


Draw for matches on Saturday, March 10 (play at 2.30pm): A Weatherston v D Gilchrist; R Kerr v A N Other; J Jackson v R Runciman; D Young v N Kellet. Play at 3.45pm: Winners of 2.30 and L Carruthers v D Patterson; L Brown v G Forsyth. Play at 5pm: J Craik v J Hogarth; K Whitecross v W Blaikie; G Welsh v T Tait; Raymond Douglas v G Douglas.


(Sponsored by Craig & Hewitt Painters & Decorators) Winners were Gavin Douglas and Graham Forsyth, beating Jock Bolton and Scott Jeffrey. Losing semi-finalists were David Young & Cicely Young and Billy Blaikie & Trevor Tait.


premier league

Eyemouth’s Gary Anderson was on top form at the McCoy’s Premier League Darts last Thursday as he defeated world champion Adrian Lewis at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena. Anderson, the Premier League champion, continued his resurgence, following up last week’s win over James Wade with a brilliant 8-1 defeat of Adrian Lewis.

Anderson denied the world champion a dart at a double in taking a 4-0 lead and also won the fifth before Lewis landed a 13-darter to take what proved to be his only leg, as the Scot strolled to victory in only 19 minutes on the oche.

“I’m pleased with that but I still believe I’m getting better,” said Anderson. “I’ve had a few days practising with Dean Winstanley and I’m very happy to have won again. I know I can still improve, so to defeat the world champion 8-1 is a big result for me.”

Tonight (Thursday) Anderson plays Phil Taylor who recorded the highest-ever average in the history of the McCoy’s Premier League Darts as he defeated Simon Whitlock at Exeter.

duns and district league

Results: Radicals 11 Whip and Saddle B 1, Black Bull A 5 Plough Inn 7, Whip and Saddle A 3 White Swan 9, Horn Inn 1 Black Bull B 11. There was one 180 by S Thompson (Whip and Saddle A). Best check out 110 - S Whellans of Black Bull B.


Monday, February 27: Robin’s Nest A 8, Grantshouse Inn 1; Robin’s Nest B 4, Ship Hotel 5; The Fleet Bar 5, Robin’s Nest C 4; The Tavern Bar B 3, The Tavern Bar A 6.

East Berwickshire Ladies

February 28: Fleet 9 Ship 3, Anchor 9 Free Trade 3, Tavern B 3 Queens Head 9, Dolphin 10 Tavern A 2, Thatch 6 Red Lion 6. Highest Score - I Gray (Anchor), M Driscoll (Tavern B) both with 140.



The Ladies played their March Medal on Saturday and the results were: Silver Section: 1st J Davison (36 points), 2nd E Nichol (31 points), 3rd S Martin (30 points). The Bronze Section was won by S Thomson, J Collin 2nd and C Fettis 3rd.

The Ladies Open TexMex will be on March 31 - there are still a few tee times available. The Senior Ladies Open Greensome will be held on Wednesday, May 16. All enquiries should be made to The Pro Shop on 01890750357.

The final round of the Winter Open was played on Sunday in appalling conditions. The results will be given next week.

Hirsel GENTS Winter League

There aren’t many sights better than Rob Bell in full flow, but it’s usually with a bagpipe or a 3lb hammer, as opposed to a seven-iron. But this through-and-through ‘Streamer, and Sparky, has many strings to his bow-tie. On Sunday past, when everyone was saying ‘Watt’, he scorched a net 68. In second place was the popular gents vice-captain, Stuart Retallick, who can hit the ball over the Cambrians and was one shot behind. The silver fox, Alex Thomson, scored a net 70 for third place.

In the Winter League, sponsored by Belhaven, the handsome, debonair, highly talented (I got your solicitor’s letter CV) Colin Virtue, one of the greatest golfers to draw breath, remains in the lead with 62 points, richly deserved. 10 points behind is Ian Jerdan while Mark Kerr is 20 points behind. In the Winter Stableford, sponsored by Graham Ford, CV also dominates with 233 Stableford points, followed by Graham Ford (225) and Michael Atkin (216).


The Peter Redpath trophy was played over the last two weekends. Leading scores in round 2 were: George Melrose & Alan Lugget, both on 66, with Mark Allan following on 68. The third round top scores were: Steven Longstaff, George Melrose, Alistair Gotterson, Alex Trotter & Allan Anderson- all on 67! The leader is George Melrose on 208 (despite a 75 in round 1). Next on 212 is Mark Allan with Graham Clark following on 213.

All members are advised that sheets are up on the notice board for the Landale Trophy (Gents Singles Strokeplay), Mitchell Tankard (Gents Betterball Pairs Matchplay) and Gibb Goblet (Mixed Matchplay). The last date for entering is Sunday, April 15, after which the draws will be made.

There is still time to enter our Winter Open to be played on Sunday, March 25.


Berwickshire High School

After a detour to Berwick upon Tweed Mary Erskine School from Edinburgh arrived late at the Berwickshire High School, Duns. The visiting first XI opened the scoring in the first five minutes but 12 minutes later BHS equalised after nice passing from Gina Perrin and Zoe Higgins.

Within seven minutes in the second half Mary Erskine’s extended their lead to 2-1 after BHS left a player unmarked on the right. In the last minute of the match BHS pushed forward in a last attempt to equalise with defender Holly Wilson driving forward. However the visitors intercepted a pass and pushed forward, scoring another goal, to make the final score 3-1 to the visitors.

S3 teams took to the pitch and after 11 minutes Mary Erskine’s scored, followed by their second goal three minutes later. The visitors kept the pressure on in the second half and within three minutes scored their third goal and another two minutes later. The BHS defence held on well but the strength and skill of Mary Erskine’s strikers saw them score their fifth and final goal.

In the S2 encounter, the visitors won 7-0.


East Berwickshire League

Wednesday, February 29: Dolphin Hotel 5, Ship Hotel A 5; Eildon Centre 4, Robin’s Nest B 6; Gulls Nest B 3, The Tavern Bar B 7; Robin’s Nest A 9, Wheatsheaf Reston A 1; Ship Hotel B 3, Newcastle Arms 7; The Tavern Bar A 7, Gulls Nest A 3; Wheatsheaf Reston B 0, Ayton Bowling Club 10.



1.55 - 1, Makbullet C I Gillies (4-1); 2, Jet Master (7-1); 3, Samstown (6-1). 8 ran ¾, 5. Trained: M Smith. Tote: £4.30 £1.20 £1.90 £1.90. Exacta: £28.70. NR: Kealigolane

2.30 - 1, Degas Art P Buchanan (15-8); 2, Kai Broon (7-1); 3, Chester Lad (4-6 fav); 3 ran. 6, 14. Trained: Lucinda V Russell. Tote: £2.90. Exacta: £4.60. NR: Maggio

3.05 - 1, Red Tanber Lucy Alexander (7-4 fav); 2, Freddie Brown (2-1); 3, Polar Gunner (5-1). 6 ran 5, 10. Trained: B Mactaggart. Tote: £2.10 £1.60 £1.40. Exacta: £5.50

3.35 - 1, Tap Night P Buchanan (9-4); 2, Captain Conan (7-4 fav); 3, Bury Parade (9-1). 6 ran 2, 23. Trained: Lucinda V Russell. Tote: £2.90 £1.60 £1.60. Exacta: £5.80

4.10 - 1, Master Of The Hall A P McCoy (6-4 fav); 2, According To Pete (11-4); 3, Abbeybraney (14-1). 5 ran 4, 1¾. Trained: N J Henderson. Tote: £2.30. Exacta: £6.20.

4.45 - 1, Inverlochy Lad Mr J Creswell (20-1); 2, Harmony Brig (85-40 fav); 3, Montauk Highway (66-1). 9 ran 2, ½. Trained: I A Duncan. Tote: £27.40 £5.30 £1.70 £8.90. Exacta: £107.50.

5.20 - 1, Sundown Trail A P McCoy (6-4 fav); 2, Four Fiddlers (13-2); 3, Highrate (11-1). 11 ran 1½, 12. Trained: N G Richards. Tote: £2.50 £1.10 £2.40 £2.10. Exacta: £15.40.