NEWS, results and reports.
SWANSWATER. With the weather more settled conditions have been perfect for some excellent fishing. Over 460 fish were landed including several blues in the 7-8lb range and some nice rainbows over 5lb. The browns continue to be very active and many featured in the catch returns. Nymphs were doing particularly well with damsel, Diawl Bach, PTN, Hare's Ear and buzzers the favourite patterns. Also catching were the usual small lures – dancer, cat's whisker and various fritz patterns and an assortment of both wet and dry flies. The fish are still in the top couple of feet and looking to chase, so a fairly quick retrieve is working well. Gary Borthwick (Carronshore) four for 14lb 8oz; Frank Barr (Falkirk) five for 15lb 4oz.
BURNHOUSE. What a change in the weather. The colour was black with a silver body fished with a floating line, long leader with a quick retrieve. Red buzzers orange fritz, kate mclaren and the infamous yellow dancer all took good fish. On Saturday, September 12, there was the Burnhouse Doubles competition which was won by John Thomson and Grant Henry (Falkirk). Biggest fish: Jimmy Hunter (Falkirk) a splendid rainbow trout for 8lb. Some better catches: David Redgrave (Falkirk) two for 7lb; Gary Sygn (Bonnybridge) three for 9lb; Alex McLaughlin (Polmont) two for 6lb 8oz; Martin Hunter (Stenhousemuir) two for 6lb 8oz; David Aitken (Denny) two for 8lb; Ronnie Stanovitch (Falkirk) three for 11lb; Jack Valentine (Larbert) two for 6lb 8oz.
LAURIESTON ANGLING CLUB. Results from Loch Morar: 1. S. Carswell; 2. J. Bell; 3. J. Mitchell. Heaviest fish:S. Carswell 5lb 4oz.
CLOYBANK. There have been some great catches over the past two weeks and with the weather being as mild it has brought a lot of fish to the surface. John Ross (Banknock) on three visits had 11, 9 and 10 catch and release; Jimmy McGhee (Dennyloanhead) three catch and release; Billy Burns (Banknock) five catch and release; Hugh Edmonds (Bonnybridge) three catch and release; Graham Lyon (Bonnybridge) four; Rab Tuddenham (Banknock) two for 6lb 7oz; Alex Grant (Falkirk) two for 6lb; Jim McGregor (Falkirk) four; Dave Taylor (Falkirk) two catch and release; Stuart Buchanan (Banknock) three for 9lb 7oz and one at 11lb 5oz returned. A lot of fish have been caught near and around the surface with dries like daddies, sedge and CDC. The best lures have been white fritz and olive damsel.
MILLHALL RESERVOIR. There was some excellent fishing especially from the banks at Firwood Point and the South Shore with cormorants, hare's ears, mini dancers, crunchers, Diawl Bachs and damsel variants fished slowly on intermediate or sinktip lines. At the deeper parts of the water out from the Dam Wall and from the boats, black or olive buzzers fished static on long leaders are catching most fish. Good bags: S. Burke (Falkirk) four for 12lb 8oz; A. Pow (Grangemouth) four for 12lb on Loch Ordie. Rhys O'Connor (Redding) caught one of the biggest fish at 8lb 2oz. The reservoir will be closed on Sunday, September 20, for members only Memorial Trophy competition. Boats are not available. Evening sessions have now finished. Qualifiers are reminded the final of the FMTC sponsored Millhall Open is on Sunday, September 27, at 9 a.m. Contact (01324) 714190.
EAST STIRLINGSHIRE ANGLING CLUB. The club will fish the Tay, Tummel and Rannoch at the weekend and the bus leaves Grangemouth Stadium at 1.30 p.m. Contact G. Henry on (01324) 637310 or 07999 912303.
CAMELON. Winners of the bunnet night: John Russell and Danny McKerral (skip). The Tennent's Open Triples will be held at Camelon on Sunday and last minute entries should be made today (Thursday). The closing of the green has been changed from Sunday, September 27, to Saturday, September 26. Those wishing a buffet meal that day should add their names to the list in the clubhouse.
CMW. Ladies Section 2009 winners – Championship Nichola Bell; r/up: Mary Whitelaw. Marshall Trophy Violet Smith; r/up: Nichola Bell. English Trophy: Helen Gillespie; r/up: Helen McPhail. Allardyce Trophy: Violet Smith; r/up: Margaret Bryce. Dalrymple Trophy: Violet Smith; r/up: Helen Gillespie. Minor Trophy: Nichola Bell; r/up: Helen Penman. Club Pairs: Nichola Bell and Margaret White; r/up: Kerene Birmingham, Doreen Henderson.
GRANGEMOUTH RAILWAY. Results against Possilpark (Grangemouth skips first): J. Mathieson 17, B. Hetherington 8; T. Simpson 18, E. Bruce 15; I. Johnstone 14, C. Kennedy 7; J. Bell 16, J. Scott 9; J. Jarvie 16, T. Mitchell 12; J. Thomson 18, R. Mullen 16. Grangemouth Railway 99, Possilpark 67.
Gents Roll of Honour 2009 – Championship winner: P. Godfrey; r/up: I. Hay. Pairs: R. Rutherford, T. Simpson; r/up: A. Wood, D. Gibney. Triples: J. Mason, R. Rutherford, T. Simpson; r/up: H. Hunter, D. Batchelor, P. Godfrey. Rinks: W. Ballie, J. Stewart, R. Rutherford, T. Simpson; r/up: R. Muir, J. Allan, D. Batchelor, P. Godfrey. Over-60s rink: R. Rutherford, A. Wood, D. Gibney, T. Simpson; r/up: W. Craig, L. Irvine, D. Robertson, J. Thomson. Mixed Pairs: Mrs B. Hay, I. Hay; r/up: Mrs E. Cairns, P. Godfrey. Mixed Singles: P. Godfrey; r/up: W. Ballie. Two Bowl Singles: J. Gilmour; r/up: P. Godfrey. Two Bowl Drawn Pairs: W. Ballie, T. Simpson; r/up: H. Hunter, J. Thomson. Over-60s Mixed Singles: W. Smith; r/up: S. Bryce. Presidents: J. Thornton; r/up: S/ McArthur.
ZETLAND. Winners of the Open Mixed Triples: Bud Hill, Lorraine Reynolds and Mick Mitchell (Burnhead); r/up: Jimmy Miller, June Struthers, Freddie Keay (Zetland); beaten semi-finalists: Jean Beattie (Castings), Roy Rutherford (Railway); Ray Wilson(Grangemouth) and Alice Paul, Mary McGuire, Jim McGuire (Bonnybridge). Hat night winners: A. Gray, C. McPhee, I. Jelly.
The club was visited by Portlethan for the Alistair McPhee Quaich which was won by I. Batchelor, C. Rafferty, Hunter and I. Jelly for the highest up rink. Thanks to Mrs Lorna McPhee who presented the quaich to president Annette. In the evening everyone met at the Auld Toll. Thanks to Robert and his staff at the Auld Toll and to everyone who helped make the day such a success. Hat night winners: Alan Boyne, John Peterson and Johnny Batchelor.
CASTINGS. Ladies Day winners: Nancy Fleming and Helen Anderson 23 shots up.
SLAMANNAN. Roll of Honour 2009, Gents championship: M. Marley; r/up: D. Miller. Presidents: D. Miller; r/up: G. Bell. Nimmo: G. Imrie. Vice Presidents: G. Imrie; r/up: D. Marley. Under-30s: J. Robertson; r/up: G. Imrie. H. Menzies: P. Hunter; r/up: R. Miller. A. Clark: M. Marley; r/up: J. Anderson. Hay Gardner: G. Imrie; r/up: M. Nayles. Pairs: R. Miller, D. Miller; r/up: C. Bannon, J. Anderson. Triples: G. Smith, P. Hunter and A. Craig; r/up: C. Brown, R. Miller and J. Robertson. Rinks: J. Vallance, G. Imrie, K. Gardner, D. Marley; r/up: M. Marley, C. Wilson, J. Anderson, C. Bannon Jnr. Champion: R. Anderson; r/up: C. Marley
Ladies Championship: R. Meikle; r/up: A, Marley. Pairs: R. Meikle, A Marley; r/up: M. Stirling, A. Stewart. Nominated Pairs: P. Hunter, E. Hunter; r/up: R. Baird Jnr, A. Maitland.
Well done to all players and the best of luck in next year's competitions. Thanks to all umpires and members. Closing of the green is on Sunday, September 20, at 2 p.m.
TRYST. The club is now playing at Camelon Indoor Bowling club. Results – North South: 1. Gill Clarke and Mike Scully 63.80; 2. Barbara Todd and Jenny Kirkwood 58.33; 3. George Gibb and Inga Gibb 57.55. East/West: 1. Dave Skinner and Roy Marr 66.37; 2. Jimmy Stewart and Alan Dick 62.80; 3. Rose Ferguson and Matt Hendry 59.52.
BOWHOUSE. Results – The Underwood Cup (match point pairs) round 1: 1. J. & J. Anderson 60.6; 2. S. Hamilton and H. O'Brien 56.4; 3. A. Blair and R. Swan 54.5. For information call Rhoda Swan on (01506) 823705.
FALKIRK. Results of the qualifying round of the Margaret Burgess: 1. Ian McRoberts and John Patrick; 2. Marjory McLachlan and Dick Sandeman; 3. Andrew Hume and Eric Thompson; 4. Muriel Leith and Simon Muir; 5. John and Moira Bain.
CARRONBRAES DART LEAGUE. Results – Carronshore Cup round 1: Star 2, Tavern 4; Hurlet 4, Mariner 3; Castings 1, Colonial 4; Carronshore 4, Magpie 1.
Fixtures – Carronshore Cup Finals: teams – Tavern, Hurlet, Colonial and Carronshore.
Falkirk in the Community. The under-15s team are looking for players and a goalkeeper born in 1995 to play in the Forth Valley Development League on a Saturday morning. Anyone interested in a trial should contact Lawrence Hammerton on 07823 334108.
GRAHAMSTON FC '98s are looking for experienced players (born in 1998) to play 11-a-side in the present season. To arrange a trial and for further information contact Robert on either 07779 404911 or (01324) 551582.
GRAHAMSTON FC is looking for young players aged seven and eight to join their academy. If you would like to learn how to play football and have fun at the same time then contact Robert on either 07779 404911 or (01324) 551582.
INEOS COMMUNITY FC under-13s are looking for players (born 1997). Contact Ronnie Hunt on (01324) 714629, Jim Skelton (01324) 553573, Jim Callaghan 07817 452431 or Russell Gray (01324) 553309 to arrange training.
CAMELON THISTLE JUVENILES require players (born 2000). Contact Scott Hill on (01324) 628653 or Jim Morrison on (01324) 555474.
STIRLING ALBION YOUNG REDS are looking for players (born 1999) for their under-11 team and under-12 team (born 1998). Both teams play in the Forth Valley Football Development Association league and train on Tuesday nights at Forthbank Stadium. They are also looking for a goalkeeper to join the under-14 team (born 1996). Contact Ian on 07918 611692 or email email@example.com for details.
GAIRDOCH UNITED under-16s (born 1994) are looking for players. Contact Andy Dow 07900 900672 or (01324) 874746.
FALKIRK & DISTRICT SUNDAY AMATEURS. Results – Scottish Sunday Amateur Trophy round 1: Kinghorn Crown Hearts 2, Inchyra 2 (Inchyra won on pens); Mahratta 0, LBC 2; RM Supplies 2, Hallglen 6; The Ranch 4, Club Livingstone 5. JH Kilt Hire Cup round 1: Royal British Legion 3, Cumbernauld Hat-Trix 1. League: Haggs Tavern 4, Union Inn 2; North Broomage 5, Bowhouse 3; Westquarter 1, Glensburgh 1.
Fixtures: Auld Toll v The Ranch, Glensburgh v Hallglen, Haggs Tavern v Bowhouse, Inchyra v Mahratta; North Broomage v Cumbernauld Hat-Trix, Royal British Legion v Westquarter.
STIRLING & DISTRICT AFA. Results – JF Colley Trophy round 1: Condorrat 0, Condorrat Club 7. Premier Division: Redbrae 2, Carronshore 4. Div 1: Stirling Boys' Club 2, Glenvale 3; Moodiesburn 1, KMW 3. Div 2: Forth 2, Stables 6; Div 3: Greenhill 6, Barrhill 3. East of Scotland Cup round 1: California 4, Burgh Vale 0; Drumpellier Thistle 0, Edinburgh South Vics 2; Stirling City 6, Alloa 3; Dunblane Thistle 4, Haddington 4 (aet); Tullibody Community 3, Silverknowes Vale 0; The Spartans 9, Callander Thistle 1; Tollcross 4, Stirling Thistle 3; Redhall Star 2008 2, AFC Milton 4; Falkirk 2, Dunipace Thistle 4 (aet); Tullibody 6, Loganlea United 1; Fallin 0, Linlithgow Thistle 1; Caldercruix 3, Napier Thistle 4; Bannockburn 0, Alba 3; East Calder 1, Camelon 3; Laurieston Villa 2, Whitburn 4; Bo'ness United 4, Bridgend United 3; Stirling University 0, Links United 2; Bluebell 1, Slamannan 1 (Bluebell won 6-5 on pens aet); Redhall Star 1, Zetland 0; Laurieston Thistle 1, Carse Thistle 5; Stenhousemuir 3, Doune Castle 3 (Stenhousemuir won 5-4 on pens aet); Bonnybridge YFP 7, Linlithgow Rose 6 (aet); Maddiston 6, Liberton AVU 3; Newhall Leith Vics 0, Braehead 1.
Fixtures – East of Scotland Cup round 1: Grangemouth v Musselburgh United. Premier Division League Cup semi-finals: Condorrat Club v Slamannan, Maddiston v Bluebell. Div 1 League Cup semi-final: Kirkintilloch Miners Welfare v Stenhousemuir. JF Colley Trophy round 1: Moodiesburn v Loganlea United, Drumpellier Thistle v Camelon, Falkirk v Tullibody, Stirling University v Stables, Braehead v Bannockburn, Stirling Boys' Club v Dunipace, Caldercruix v Dunblane. Mathieson Trophy round 1: Condorrat v Redbrae. Mathieson Trophy round 2: Carronshore v Glenvale, Camelon Albion v Zetland, Stirling Thistle v Tullibody Comm. Premier Division: Carse Thistle v Fallin. Div 2: AFC Milton v Forth, Bonnybridge v Linlithgow, Alloa v Riverside. Div 3: Barrhill v Laurieston Villa, Callander Thistle v Greenhill.
(AET Bluebell win 6-5 on penalties)
East of Scotland Cup First Round
DESPITE the low scoreline this was always an interesting tie with goalline clearances, wild misses and plenty of incident. Slamannan must rue their missed chances at the end of each half. However, Bluebell stuck to the task and triumphed in the penalty shoot out.
Bluebell scored first, in the fifth minute, when Thomson rounded a defender on the edge of the box and sent a low shot past Rowatt and into the bottom corner. Play was fairly even after that with both teams creating chances but failing to find a finish.
Bluebell did have the ball in the net again, but it was ruled offside, and that spurred Slamannan into action – the equaliser duly arriving after 38 minutes when Christie powered home a header from a well taken corner. Slamannan then had several chances to forge ahead but they failed to finish.
The second half was a somewhat towsy affair with both teams missing chances – Laing blasted over from close range for Slamannan – but they should have won the tie when a mishit shot was again scrambled off the line by Henderson.
Extra time saw Bluebell battle hard to compensate for Slamannan's superior fitness and they forced the tie to a penalty shoot out. With the spot kicks tied at five each, Bluebell's Gow converted his before McComb's was well saved by Russell to send Bluebell through to the second round. There they face an away tie against Standard Life of the Edinburgh East Division in the Lothian and Edinburgh League.
FVFDA. Results – Under-14s: Callander Thistle 3, Grahamston 0; Central Rio 2, Crieff Juniors 1. Under-15s: Carse Thistle 10, Grahamston 0. Under-16s: Falkirk in the Community Blue 2, Dunipace Thistle 1; Jimmy Johnstone Academy 6, Cumbernauld Colts 1; Tryst Thistle 0, Falkirk in the Community White 5. Under-17s: Alloa Albion 3, Maddiston 2; Brunswick Rovers 3, Castleview 2; Dunbeth Boys' Club 2, Steins Thistle 2; Paton Colts 1, Falkirk in the Community 8; Westfield Colts 8, Callander Thistle 1. Under-19s: Callander Thistle 0, Falkirk Athletic 8; Donibristle BFC 1, Milton 6; Stirling City 4, Glenrothes Strollers 2.
Fixtures – Under-14s: Central Rio v Strathendrick, Crieff Juniors v Hillfoots Community Club Red, Falkirk in the Community v Dunblane Soccer Club, Hillfoots Community Club Blue v Alloa Saints, Riverside v Bannockburn Bravehearts, Stirling Albion Young Reds v Crieff Juniors Blue. Under-15s: Grahamston v Grange Athletic. Under-16s: Cumbernauld Colts v Crieff Juniors, Dunipace Thistle v Claremont, Falkirk in the Community White v Tullibody Community, JBM v Tullibody Thistle, Jimmy Johnstone Academy v Riverside, KLM v Tryst Thistle, Milton v Strathendrick. Under-17s: Craigmarloch v Brunswick Rovers, Maddiston v Oxgang. Under-19s Donibristle BFC v Glenrothes Strollers.
Glenpark Thistle 1
Steins Thistle 5
East Of Scotland Cup First Round
STEINS started this cup tie in Edinburgh in top gear with Davy Weir hitting a rocket just inches over the bar before John Anderson shot from outside the 18-yard box, which also just went narrowly off target. Bennet then skimmed the outside of the post, Sammy Ballantyne's net-bound effort was brilliantly saved and Barry Thompson also went agonisingly close to opening the scoring.
However, Steins finally broke the deadlock after 20 minutes when Ballantyne played in Thompson and he turned brilliantly before slotting home. Michael McCafferty then almost made it two. However, Glenpark did manage to equalise after half an hour through a brilliantly taken free-kick. Gordon McRoberts then should have done better than head past the post but made amends when he received a free-kick and, from all of 20 yards, let fly into the corner of the net. And, seven minutes before half time, Ballantyne made Steins' progress in the competition safe with a fine header into the net from John Anderson's cross.
Steins started the second half where they left off but the keeper and the woodwork kept the ball out on many occasions. In the 57th minute, though, Bennet did manage to find the net when he let rip with a 25 yard grass-cutter, which zipped into the back of the net.
Jinky Campbell nearly got in on the act after a mazy run but his final stab at goal saw the keeper turn the ball round the post. But Bennet, McCafferty and McRoberts all combined to make Steins' fifth a cracker, with the latter firing home for the final goal of the game. New Steins keeper, Davy Thomson, making his debut, had a steady game, but was required to pull off a brilliant save from point-blank range just before the end to keep the score 5-1 to Steins.
This weekend Steins have a tough tie at home to Premier League outfit Colville Park in the second round of the Cinema Cup.
Callander Thistle U19s 0
Falkirk Athletic U19s 8
WITH this being Falkirk Athletic's first season at under-19 level they were hoping to keep up their 100 per cent league record after beating Stirling City 19s 1-0, with Kevin Clarke on target, then taking care of Sunnyside Thistle 19s 3-0 through Adam Baird and two goals from captain Joe Gray.
On a very heavy pitch at Thornhill, Falkirk started well. And, after just 15 minutes, they were five goals up with a hat-trick from Craig Irvine, a penalty by Baird and another from Zander Miller after being set up by Andrew Mochan. Blane Morton, Kevin Clarke and Baird were controlling the midfield and a further two goals by Irvine and one from Clarke completed the scoreline and kept Falkirk top of the table. This weekend Falkirk travel to East Kilbride to take on Claremont AFC in round two of the Scottish Cup.
STIRLINGSHIRE Golf Union and Stirling and Clackmannan County Ladies Golf Association joined forces on September 6 to hold their second AM/AM golf tournament to raise funds for budding young golfers in the Stirlingshire/Clackmannanshire area. The event was held at Glenbervie by kind permission of Glenbervie Golf Club and funds in excess of 3000 were raised on the day. Sincere thanks are extended for all of the support received from golf clubs and others in the area who provided sponsorship, donated fourballs and prizes for the competition. Many sincere thanks also to all the 'behind the scene' and catering staff.
With two out of four scores counting, the winning team – with an excellent stableford score of 86 – was the one captained by Stirlingshire County president Jim Black and his team from Bridge of Allan Golf Club – Tommy Davidson, Kenny Smith and Ian Taylor.
Second, with 82 points, was last year's winners, led by Sandy Gowans, from Stirling Golf Club and third was Lex's Lot from Falkirk Tryst Golf Club, with a score of 81
The ladies prize was won by The Bervie Girls from the host club, Glenbervie – pipping Grangemouth for the top prize
The 'Yellow Ball' winners, with 38 points, were Jim Black, Tommy Davidson, Kenny Smith and Ian Taylor, who completed a clean sweep of the prize list. In second, with 34 points, was the team from Kilsyth Lennox.
Nearest the pin for ladies was Elaine Allison (Stirling) and for the men it was Walter Smith (Stirling). Nearest the rope on the 15th was Alan Wright (Kilsyth Lennox).
George Mathewson, chairman of Glenbervie Golf Club, rounded off a very enjoyable day by presenting the prizes to the various winners.
GRANGEMOUTH. Results – Ladies Section, Cancer Spoon winner: A. Dalrymple 87 (14) 73. Stableford Voucher: F. Lawless 35 points. August Medal, silver: E. Heron 90 (18) 72; bronze: C. Anderson 101 (21) 80. Hidden Hole: J. Bridgeman 35 (bi6); r/up: r/up: E. Heron 35. Three Club: F. Lawless 63.3 (bih); r/up: A. Dalrymple 63.3. Greensomes: E. Heron and C. Dalgliesh 75.6. September Medal, silver: C. Dalgliesh 87 (20) 67; bronze: J. Brown 102 (23) 79.
POLMONT. Results – Handicap: 1. Colin Fowler 76 (10) 66; 2. John Sharples 77 (10) 67; 3. Alexander Brown 83 (15) 68 (bih). Scratch: 1. Jamie Reid (Mount Ellen) 71; Lindsay Balir (Grangenouth) 73; 3. Paul Semple (Bearsden) 74.
TRYST. Results – Gents midweek medal (CSS 70), lowest gross score: G. Cuthill 71. Div 1: 1. H. Turnbull 74 (7) 67; 2. G. Cuthill 71 (3) 68; 3. S. Leishman 79 (10) 69. Div 2: 1. S. Wilson 79 (16) 63; 2. C. Moodie 83 (15) 68; 3. A. Farquhar 90 (21) 69.
MOTORCYCLE ace Tim Hastings climbed on to the championship podium for the fourth time this season when he scored an impressive third place finish in round 10 of the Relentless 125GP Championship at Croft and moved within five points of fourth place.
Yet another ACU Academy Cup victory also means that the KRP Honda rider now leads by 41 points and, with two rounds remaining, is in touching distance of retaining the trophy he won so convincingly in 2008.
With Team Twister already making plans for the 2010 season, Tim now looks ahead to the weekend of the September 27 and the penultimate round of season at Silverstone.
FALKIRK & DISTRICT POOL LEAGUE. Results of the Tavern Trophy round 1 ties: Mariner 4, Corner Pocket 7; Carronbridge 6, Pennies A 7; Tavern 5, Stables 7; Torbrex 3, Crown Dennyloanhead 7; Tam Bain 5, Bonnybridge SC 7; Corner Pocket B 7, Bannockburn 4; Rene's 3, Bowhouse 7.
Round 2 will be played on Tuesday, September 22: Star Inn v Corner Pocket A, Pennies A v Gilmours, Fusco's v Stables, Crown Dennyloanhead v Ellwyn, Pennies B v Bonnybridge SC, Clachan v Fallin, Mill v Corner Pocket B, Bowhouse v Colonial.
THIS weekend is an important one in the stock rod calendar when the World Championship will be contested at the Cowdenbeath Racewall. One driver missing will be defending champion Glenn Bell, who has gone to pastures new, but the field contains drivers who are at the top of their form at present.
Scottish and National champion David Philp, National Points champion Robert McDonald, British champion Frankie Lynne and Irish champion Shane Murray are just some of the top drivers in action.
The grid will be formed from 13 Scottish drivers, four from Northern Ireland, two from Southern Ireland, five from the Midlands and six from Spedeworth in the south of England.
Among the locals on the grid are Tony and Jonathan Lattka (Carronshore) and Alex Hunter (Falkirk), but all the remaining non-qualifiers have a last chance race to get themselves onto the back of the grid for the World Championship.
The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday when the hot rods also race for their World Cup and the saloons contest the Gordon Barclay Memorial Trophy.
Then, on Sunday, the cars head to the Knockhill Trioval where the stock rods and hot rods will be racing for their Scottish Open Championship with the formula IIs and Knockhill Racing Legends also in action – the meeting starting at 1 p.m.
GRANGEMOUTH ASC. Congratulations to the club's 10-12 years girls' relay team of Hannah Busby, Julie Hunter, Alyshia McCracken and Julie Nimmo who not only won gold in the freestyle and medley relays but set new West District Records for both events, and to Julie Hunter who became joint West District 50m butterfly champion after a dead heat final. Well done to all medal winners and swimmers who achieved new personal best times at the West District Sprints and Relays held at the Citadel in Ayr. Results – 10-12 years: Hannah Busby, bronze 50m breaststroke; Kayley Davidson, silver 50m breaststroke; Julie Hunter, gold 50m butterfly, silver 100m individual medley, 4th 50m breaststroke; Alyshia McCracken, 5th 50m backstroke; Julie Nimmo, 5th 50m butterfly; Ruairi Kirkwood, 4th 50m freestyle. 10-12 years girls relay: Hannah Busby, Julie Hunter, Alyshia mccracken, Julie Nimmo, gold 4 x 50m freestyle, gold 4 x 50m medley.
FALKIRK OTTER ASC. Congratulations to the following on their selection to National and Regional Squads: Scottish Age Group 400m individual medley champion, Ross Muir, selected for the National Senior Silver squad. British Age Group 100m backstroke champion, Charlotte McKenzie; Scottish Age Group 100m breaststroke champion, Ian Elrick; Scottish Age Group 400m individual champion, Dale McAnish, have all been selected for the National Youth Development squad. Kieran McGuckin has been selected for the National Senior Bronze squad. Gregor Birrell, Scott Campbell, Ryan Davidson, Ramsay Elfendi, Callum Lawrie, Rebecca Murray and Kirsty Park have been selected for the District Regional Bronze squad.
The club had a sensational weekend at the West District Sprints at Ayr on September 5 and 6. Swimmers won no less than 13 individual gold medals with Dale McAnish breaking the Scottish record for 12 year boys in 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley on his way to five golds out of five. Dale also broke the West District record for 50m breaststroke and butterfly; Charlotte McKenzie broke the West District record for the 100m individual medley for 12 year girls on her way to also pick up five golds out of five; Ryan Davidson added to the gold rush with three individual golds. These results consolidated Falkirk Otter ASC's position in third place in the West District points table.
THAI BOXINGJUNIOR Thai boxers from all over Scotland went to the Base Muay Thai gym in Longcroft to take part in the Scottish junior championships last week. There was some exceptional talent showcased at this event – the best competitor went to Dean Wilson from Wossbama Gym in Ayr while the best bout was won by Tony Anderson from Kaizen Muay Thai in Grangemouth and Ryan Gun from Phoenix Muay Thai in Glasgow. Base Muay Thai would like to thank Julie and Tam Gallagher from Frisco Hair and Beauty in Cumbernauld for sponsoring the event.
Base Muay Thai will be hosting an adult event at Grangemouth Sports Complex this Saturday (19th). This event will feature 11 local Thai boxers competing against the best in Scotland. The main bout will include local lad Matt Duncan against Keith McLachlan from Glasgow. Doors open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6 p.m. If you would like any more information on the event or clubs in your area call Bobby Quinn on 07979 438969.