A busy time lies ahead for Arbroath ABC as the pace of the season hots up!
On Sunday, Terry Ballantine was in action in the North District open class championships, which took place in the excellent surroundings of the Dundee International Sports’ Centre, Dundee.
Ballantine faced Mike George, Highland BC Inverness, in the 69k semi-final. From the first bell this was all action stuff, both determined to stamp their authority on the bout.
Ballantine strode forward, firing in hard hooks to head anybody, George came back with crisp right crosses. The pace was relentless, but Ballantine just had the better of the first round. In the second following instructions from his corner team, Ballantine changed tactics and began to counter punch the eager George, who kept coming forward, only to be caught by fast accurate counter punching left hooks and short rights to the body.
The third round saw Ballantine using good reflexes and head and body movement to slip the attacks of the increasingly frustrated George, creating openings to fire in hard straight shots to the head.
To his credit the Inverness boxer kept coming forward, but Ballantine was in control as he saw out the remnants of the contest.
The judges were all in agreement awarding Terry Ballantine an unanimous points win. He now faces Lochee ABC’s Stuart Campbell in the final to be contested at the Lochee ABC show in the Logie Club, Lochee, on Thursday, November 20.
Deon Johnston got his season off to a good start when he faced Abu Saddique, Leith Victoria AAC, in a well matched youth contest.
Johnston used his height advantage to good effect, long left leads landing flush on his opponents head. Saddique was a “bobber and weaver” using good upper body movement to slip under the punches and land with hooking counter punches to head and body.
Johnston was smart enough to smother the close range attacks and force Saddique onto his back foot and land with fast right crosses and solid left leads.
Saddique came off his stool like a rocket in the second, powering forward and driving Johnston to the ropes, where he was forced to block and dodge the incoming fire-power.
Staying cool under the onslaught Johnston turned his man took a step back and landed with crisp straight punches, taking control of centre ring once more.
The last round was boxed at slightly slower pace which allowed both young boxers a bit more time to display the range of skills they both posses. The quality of competition greatly improved from the frenetic first two rounds and both had success with quality shots.
Johnston just shaded the round as he began to time his shots and landed two sweet left hooks to the head which shook Saddique. An exciting and latterly quality well matched bout went to the judges who gave the verdict to a deserving Deon Johnston.
Another busy boxer is Mark Fairweather, who has been attending training sessions at Boxing Scotland’s High Performance Centre in Glasgow as part of the larger Scottish selection team and has been picked to represent Scotland in a match against the Army.
He was to travel to Aldershott on Wednesday, and due to compete yesterday (Thursday) before travelling back today (Friday).
The opposition will be drawn from the SAS so as he has already dared all he has to do now is win!
With shows in Elgin, Dundee, Insch, Inverness, Perth and their own show in Arbroath’s Community Centre on December 12, Arbroath ABC are certainly in demand and a lot of miles will be put on the clock before Christmas.
Early pacesetters in the Arbroath and District Men’s Darts League Premier Division are Stag and Westport Bar, both of whom have six points.
In the First Division it is Burns (2) and Cliffburn (1) who lead the way also with six points apiece.
Results: Westport Bar 15, Burns (1) 12; Commercial (L) 7, Abbey 20; Corner 17, Station (2) 10; Stag 18, Legion (1) 9; Newgate (2) 6, Newgate (1) 21.
P W L F A Pts
Stag 3 3 0 53 28 6
Westport Bar 3 3 0 49 32 6
Newgate (1) 3 2 1 49 32 4
Abbey 3 2 1 46 35 4
Corner 3 2 1 43 38 4
Burns (1) 3 1 2 42 39 2
Newgate (2) 3 1 2 33 48 2
Commercial (L) 3 1 2 32 49 2
Station (2) 3 0 3 30 51 0
Legion (1) 3 0 3 28 53 0
Fixtures: Newgate (2) v. Westport Bar; Stag v Newgate (1); Legion (1) v Station (2); Abbey v Corner; Burns (1) v Commercial (L).
Results: Burns (2) 17, St Tams 10; Cliffburn (1) 16, Bowlers 11; Station (1) 11, Cliffburn (2) 16; Commercial (A) 17, Ram’s Heid 10; Legion (2) 10, Millgate 17.
P W L F A Pts
Burns (2) 3 3 0 58 23 6
Cliffburn (1) 3 3 0 50 31 6
Commercial (A) 3 2 1 51 30 4
Cliffburn (2) 3 2 1 44 37 4
Millgate 3 2 1 38 43 4
St Tams 3 1 2 41 40 2
Bowlers 3 1 2 35 46 2
Legion (2) 3 1 2 33 48 2
Ram’s Heid 3 0 3 34 47 0
Station (1) 3 0 3 21 60 0
Fixtures: Millgate v St Tams; Ram’s Heid v Legion (2); Station (1) v Commercial (A); Bowlers v Cliffburn (2); Cliffburn (1) v Burns (2).
180 scorers: A. Soutar (x2); R. Torrie (x2); C. Watt; J. Roy; D. Cooper; C. Johnston; C. Jones; A. Begg; J. Myles; A. Cossans; D. O’Dell; G. Finnie.
Low legs: 13 darts, A. Soutar; 14 darts, B. Reid/C. Johnston; 15 darts, C. Jones; 17 darts, A. Wood, C. Jones/B. Beattie, J. Barr.
High checkouts: 122 finish, H. Gray; 120 finish, K. Whyte, I. Christie, L. Shepherd; 116 finish, C. Jones; 112 finish, N. MacKinnon; 110 finish, A. Low.
Arbroath and District Ladies’ League
Jane Air competition to take place on Thursday, November 20, in the Red Lion. Sign-in 7.45 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start. Play down to last four. Raffle prizes requested for this charity event.
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Ferguson was yellow carded when he brought down Chalmers as he attempted to break through the Newburgh defence, before Vics gave themselves a glimmer of hope when they pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. Sturrock threaded a pass through the home defence, which KANE HESTER ran onto before cracking a shot into the net off the post.
Vics’ joy was shortlived as a couple of minutes later they found themselves down to 10 men. Harris was clearly offside as he broke through the defence, but when Florence caught up with him and both players’ legs tangled, the referee awarded a free kick to Newburgh and brandished the red card at the Vics’ defender. Before play could restart, Vics replaced Watson with Scott Donald and sent Sturrock back to central defence.
Vics were almost given a helping hand when a slack pass in midfield allowed Warren to gain possession and he slipped the ball into the box where Gray just got a toe to the ball to take it away from Hester and send it through to his ‘keeper.
With 10 minutes left Vics’ Johnston was replaced by trialist Matty Swan. Soon after, Sturrock sent Warren down the left and his cross from the left forced Gray to head over his own bar for a corner before anyone in a Vics’ jersey could get on the end of it.
That proved to be the last chance for any side although there was still time for Sturrock to pick up a yellow card for a tackle on Spence.
The final few minutes were punctuated by hold ups for substitutions with Newburgh sending on Mark McNiven for Slamon (83 minutes), Vics replacing Jamie Thomson with Colin Lawson (86 minutes), before Newburgh ran down the clock with Harris departing for Grant Manzie (88 minutes) and Frazer Wilson taking over from McAdam (89 minutes).
Vics never really got going in a disjointed display, and although Newburgh were not as good as their third place in the table might indicate, they were worthy winners on the day as Vics three game winning streak came to an end.
Arbroath Vics: Cargill, Johnston (Swan 80), Sturrock, Riddell, Florence, Sturrock, Chalmers, Thomson (Lawson 86), Hester, Watson (Donald 67), Warren. Unused subs: McWalter, and MacGregor.
After a run of fixtures out of town, Vics are at home tomorrow (Saturday) when they play host to Kennoway Star Hearts in the league. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 1.45 p.m.
Winners this week were: £20 – No. 73 John Martin; £10 – No. 10 Coleen Dall; £5 – No. 5 Kyle Yule.
Arbroath Lads’ Club
Arbroath Lads’ Club’s results from Sunday were:
Under-14s 5, Riverside 2; Under-15s 5, Ferry 0; Under-17s 3, Luncarty Tans 2.
Fixtures for Sunday:
11 a.m. - 2005s away v Pitfour; 2004s home v Forfar; 2003s away v Pitfour.
1 p.m., Scottish Cup fourth round - Under-14s home v Ac Rovers.
1.30 p.m., P McAvoy Cup, first round - Under-17s away v Monifieth.
2 p.m. - Under-15s home v Pitfour
The youth development squad training sessions are now being held at Arbroath Community Centre on Saturdays between 10 and 11 a.m. with a cost of £1.50 per session. Children from the age of six upwards are welcome. For further details please contact Gav Paterson, 01241 430226 or 07939986386.
There were wins for Cally, Kirrie, Craw’s Nest and FC Porty in the weekend matches in the Forfar and District Sunday Amateur League.
Results: AM Phillip League - Abbey 4, Cally 5; Kirrie AFC 3, AFC Plough 0; Millgate 0 Craw’s Nest 1; Westport Wanderers 2, Finavon 2; Victoria 0, FC Porty 10.
Fixtures For Sunday: AM Phillip League - Cally v Kirrie AFC (D. Shepherd) Kingsmuir; Craw’s Nest v Abbey Athletic (N. Brand) Carnoustie House; FC Porty v AFC Plough (A. Townsend) Victoria Park;
Finavon v Millgate (P. Aiken) Lochside; Westport Wanderers v Victoria (K. Riddell) Victoria Park.
Letham Grange Seniors
Wednesday, October 29, Glens Course Stableford (white tees) - Ron Walker 40 points; Kym Needle 37 points; Dave Darnell 36 points.