Champion performance by Dickson

Joe Dickson (maroon vest) in action against Kieran Dyre of Linwood ABC. Joe was in top form as he won the Junior 1999 66kg class Scottish title from his opponent

Joe Dickson (maroon vest) in action against Kieran Dyre of Linwood ABC. Joe was in top form as he won the Junior 1999 66kg class Scottish title from his opponent

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There was good news and bad news from the recent Boxing Scotland Ltd. Novice Championships, held in the Ravenscraig Sports Complex over the last two weekends.

On Sunday Arbroath’s (and Friockheim’s) Joe Dickson wrested the Junior 1999 66kg class Scottish title from his opponent Kieran Dyre, Linwood ABC.

In a scintilating three-round contest Dickson took the fight to Dyre from the bell, dominating the early action. Dyre was good enough to take the punishment and reply with some quality shots as he re-grouped from the powerful right crosses fired in by Dickson.

Dyre began the second round purposefully, his left leads unsettling Dickson who had to dig deep to respond. By the bell the contest hung in the balance, so well matched were these two boys. No-one had dominated and the result would depend on the last round.

Dickson came out fast, landing stiff straight lefts and rights to the head. Dyre took the shots and came back with hooks the the body and head from both hands. It was all down to desire and fitness, which both these boxers had by the bucket full. Dickson forced the pace in the dying moments of the round and was definitely on top at the final bell.

The result went to the ringside judges who awarded the verdict to Joe Dickson, whose effort and ability against a very worthy and sporting opponent prevailed in an enthralling and exciting contest to become the 1999 Scottish Novice Champion

The bad news; Haydn Hill who should have boxed in the semi-finals of the 1999 54kg class was withdrawn from the competition by his coaching team when evidence at the eleventh hour indicated that his semi-final opponent, Joe Kelly, Garnock Valley, had had undisclosed semi-professional bouts and was a lot more experienced than the six bout limit for the novice championships.

The rules of the Novice Championship are that no boxer must have had more than six contests and any martial arts or other combative contact sport competitions must be included. Kelly’s entry listed only one previous contest, but video evidence discovered on the day before his bout with Hill, showed him in appearing in two ‘semi-professional’ contests this year. The coaches, on viewing these recordings, could tell from their years of experience from the way in which Kelly conducted himself in the ring and with his undoubted prowess that he was never a ‘one bout novice’ and should not have been in these championships, and more than likely these videos were only the tip of the iceberg.

An appeal was made to the governing body that Kelly should be excluded from the championships. This was rejected, the reason given that the time scale was too short for them to review all evidence.

Arbroath ABC had no option but to withdraw a disappointed Haydn Hill from the tournament. The responsibility for the welfare for every boxer in the Arbroath Club is paramount. The duty of care entrusted into the coaches and officials by parents and guardians must be observed and the officials and coaches acted correctly in this matter. Although Haydn was, not unnaturally disappointed, he accepted that his coaches knew best and were acting in his best interest, unlike the ruling authority allowing Kelly to box and win what can only be a tarnished title.

Another piece of good news was the announcement by club chairman Doug Ford that Arbroath ABC is promoting an Arbroath v Rest of Scotland boxing show in the Communiy Centre, Marketgate, on Friday, December 12, when new Champion Joe Dickson and Haydn Hill, along with the rising talent in the club will take on the rest of the nation in 12 exciting bouts of top class amateur boxing.

Darts

Bowlers on top

Bowlers remain two points clear at the top of Arbroath and District Ladies’ Darts League Division One. Burns lead the way by a point in Division Two, while Ram’s Heid (2) are a couple of points in front in Division Three.

Division One

Results: St Tam’s (2) 7, Burns (2) 5; Newgate (3) 7, Ram’s Heid (1) 5; Ram’s Heid (3) 9, Millgate 3; British Legion 7, Newgate (1) 5; Pageant 4, Bowlers 8.

P W L D Pts

Bowlers 7 6 0 1 13

British Legion 7 5 1 1 11

Newgate (1) 7 5 2 0 10

Newgate (3) 7 4 3 0 8

Ram’s Heid (3) 7 4 3 0 8

Pageant 7 3 3 1 7

St Tam’s (2) 7 3 4 0 6

Ram’s Heid (1) 7 2 5 0 4

Burns (2) 7 1 5 1 3

Millgate 7 0 7 0 0

Thursday’s fixtures: Newgate (3) v St Tam’s (2); Ram’s Heid (3) v Burns (2); British Legion v Ram’s Heid (1); Bowlers v Millgate; Pageant v Newgate (1).

Division Two

Results: Letham Hotel 7, Westport Bar 5; Portcullis (2) 7, Commercial (2) 5; Letham Com 5, L.B.C. 7; Burns (1) 8, Portcullis (1) 4; Newgate (2) 4, St Tam’s (1) 8.

P W L D Pts

Burns (1) 7 6 1 0 12

L.B.C. 7 5 1 1 11

Letham Com 7 4 3 0 8

Portcullis (2) 7 4 3 0 8

Commercial (2) 7 3 2 2 8

Letham Hotel 7 3 4 0 6

Newgate (2) 7 3 4 0 6

St Tam’s (1) 7 3 4 0 6

Portcullis (1) 7 1 4 2 4

Westport Bar 7 0 6 1 1

Thursday’s fixtures: Portcullis (2) v Letham Hotel; Letham Com v Westport Bar; Burns (1) v Commercial (2); St Tam’s (1) v L.B.C.; Newgate (2) v Portcullis (1).

Division Three

Results: Station 4, Railway 8; Abbey (2) 7, Corner 5; Commercial (1) 7, Central 5; Ram’s Heid (2) 7, Abbey (1) 5; Tutties 7, Fisherman’s 5.

P W L D Pts

Ram’s Heid (2) 7 7 0 0 14

Railway 7 6 1 0 12

Tutties 7 5 2 0 10

Abbey (1) 7 4 2 1 9

Station 7 3 3 1 7

Abbey (2) 7 3 4 0 6

Commercial (1) 7 2 4 1 5

Central 7 1 5 1 3

Corner 7 1 6 0 2

Fisherman’s 7 1 6 0 2

Thursday’s fixtures: Abbey (2) v Station; Commercial (1) v Railway; Ram’s Heid (2) v Corner; Fisherman’s v Central; Tutties v Abbey (1).

Men’s League

Results and fixtures from Arbroath Men’s Darts League are:

Premier League - Newgate (1) 9, Westport Bar 18; Legion (1) 11, Newgate (2) 16; Corner 10, Stag 17; Station (2) 11, Commercial (L) 16; Abbey 15, Burns(1) 12.

First Division - St Tam’s 13, Bowlers 14; Burns (2) 24, Station (1) 3; Ram’s Heid 13, Cliffburn (1) 14; Cliffburn (2) 12, Millgate 15; Commercial (A) 13, Legion (2) 14.

180 scorers: M. Jones, A. Soutar, D. Craig, E. Callander, H. Gray, C. Ogilvie,. A. Low and R. Crosbie.

Low legs: 14 darts - D. Willox; 15 darts - A. Soutar, J. Noble, K. Ross; 16 darts - G. McGuigan; 17 darts - M. Jones (x2), E. Callander.

High checkouts - 150 finish, K. Ross, R. Crosbie; 120 finish, J. Noble; 103 finish, G. Walls, snr.; 101 finish, G. Gordon

Fixtures

for Monday:

Knock-out Cup preliminary round - Commercial (A) v Burns Bar (1); Station (2) v. Legion (1); St Tam’s v Cliffburn (1); Abbey v Corner.

Any team which does not turn up for their preliminary will lose the right to play in the Consolation Cup.

There will be a full committee meeting in the Abbey lounge at 7 p.m. when the draw for the first round proper of the Knock-out Cup shall take place as well as the standard monthly meeting.

football

Soccer|Sixes

Early positions in the Arbroath Soccersixes League:

P W D L Pts

Blood S and B 1 1 0 0 2

Fiorentina Turner 1 1 0 0 2

Moves Like Agger 0 0 0 0 0

Athletico Tesco 0 0 0 0 0

Ballotelletubbies 1 0 0 1 0

Wallliper 1 0 0 1 1 0

Midlands Amateurs

League positions

George Buckman

Premier Division

P W D L Pts

Carnoustie YM 8 6 0 2 18

St James 5 4 1 0 13

Riverside Athletic 4 4 0 0 12

NCR 5 4 0 1 12

Lowson United 5 3 1 1 10

Tayside FB 5 2 1 2 7

Arbroath HSFP 6 2 1 3 7

Barnhill 7 1 3 3 6

Broughty Utd 7 2 0 5 6

Merpro 7 2 0 5 6

Invergowrie 5 1 0 4 3

Arbroath CSC 6 0 1 5 1

Drain Doctor Division One

P W D L Pts

Logie Harp 6 5 0 1 15

Portcullis AFC 5 4 1 0 13

Menzieshill Rovers 6 4 1 1 13

Douglas Athletic 5 3 1 1 10

D & A College 5 3 0 2 9

Dundee City 6 2 2 2 8

Monifieth Tay 7 2 1 4 7

Menzieshill AFC 3 2 0 1 6

SS Peter / Paul 3 2 0 1 6

Newport 6 1 1 4 4

Morgan FP 6 0 1 5 1

FC Claypotts 6 0 0 6 0

Trident Trophies

Division Two

P W D L Pts

Mid Craigie AFC 4 4 0 0 12

Arbroath Harp 5 3 0 2 9

Carnoustie Ath 3 3 0 0 9

Kirriemuir Thistle 5 2 1 2 7

Wellbank AFC 6 2 1 3 7

Michelin Athletic * 6 3 0 3 6

Brechin City AFC 5 1 2 2 5

Kelso AFC 5 1 1 3 4

Edzell Athletic 5 1 1 3 4

Dundee University 2 0 0 2 0

*-3 points

A.M. Phillip

Alliance

Division One

P W D L Pts

NCR 6 6 0 0 18

Carnoustie YM 4 3 1 0 10

Logie Harp 5 3 0 2 9

Arbroath HSFP A 6 2 1 3 7

Broughty Utd 5 2 1 2 7

D & A College 5 2 1 2 7

Invergowrie 5 2 0 3 6

St James 4 1 1 2 4

Tayside FB 4 1 0 3 3

Morgan FP 6 0 1 5 1

A.M. Phillip

Alliance Division Two

P W D L Pts

Kelso 6 4 0 2 12

Barnhill 5 4 0 1 12

Arbroath HSFP B 5 2 0 3 6

Arbroath Harp 4 1 2 1 5

Riverside Athletic 4 1 2 1 5

Monifieth Tayside 4 1 1 2 4

Portcullis AFC 4 0 1 3 1