Stonehaven Town Hall was the venue for Deon Johnston’s return to competitive boxing at the weekend after 18 months without a bout.
The show was promoted by Granite City ABC and Johnston, of Arbroath ABC, faced their experienced unbeaten Stuart Wright, over three action packed rounds.
Milne was off the mark like a greyhound from the first bell, trying to use fast jabs to unsettle Johnston, who stayed calm under the initial onslaught, before countering with quality straight lefts and rights.
The second continued at the same pulsating pace and in the eagerness of both to control the contest things got a bit untidy with some rough-house clinches. One such caused both to lose balance causing Milne to land on the floor with Johnston almost landing on top in a tangle of arms and legs.
The third belonged to Johnston. His cleaner harder punches were having the desired effect on Milne, slowing up his attacks as the power shots landed with relentless precision .
There had hardly been a let up in the action and right to the bell the contest continued.
Deon Johnston was awarded an unanimous points verdict by the ringside judges and reignited his career in most emphatic style.
FA Quality Mark awards
Representatives of clubs and schools attended a special awards evening to receive the prestigious Scottish FA Quality Mark Award, in partnership with McDonald’s, for their valuable contribution to grassroots football within the East area.
Arbroath Lads’ Club received a Standard award and Arbroath CSH was presented with a Development Award.
The Quality Mark Accreditation Scheme, run by The Scottish FA in partnership with McDonald’s and sportscotland, recognises proactive clubs and schools working to increase youth and community participation in football.
There are four Quality Mark categories - Standard, Development, Community and Legacy. They are awarded to clubs and schools who demonstrate outstanding performances in areas such as coach and player development, management, administration, welfare and planning.
East region manager Kevin Lee said: “We are delighted to have been able to recognise all the fantastic work that the clubs and schools do for grassroots football. Well done to them all for achieving the high standards required to gain a Quality Mark Award and many thanks to McDonald’s and sportscotland for their continued support.”
P W D L F A Pts
Inter YM 7 7 0 0 24 7 14
Athletico Tesco 7 5 0 2 35 13 10
Blood Sweat Balls 7 4 1 2 24 11 9
The Stag 7 3 2 2 21 21 8
Fiorentina Turner 7 3 1 3 24 14 7
Pathetic Athletic 7 1 2 4 7 26 4
Dishy Warriors 7 1 0 6 14 35 2
Shacktar Kara 7 1 0 6 9 31 2
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Arbroath and District League
The Division Two Cup semi-finals saw Division Two leaders Burns Bar lose out to their promotion rivals Portcullis (3) by a massive 7-1 margin!
An emphatic win for Portcullis and a marker set for the league run-in. In the other semi-final the West Port (1) came out on top with a 7-6 win over Railway (2) and secure their place in the final on Tuesday, April 15. Well done to both teams on reaching the final of the first ever Division Two Cup.
In Division One it was a welcome return to ‘business as usual’ for the Portcullis (1) as they beat Merchants by 11-1.
Newgate (1) squeezed past Letham (1) with a narrow 7-5 win. Meanwhile Portcullis (2) and Newgate (2) fought out 6-6 draw, a hard earned point that lifts Newgate (2) out of the relegation zone.
Results: Cliffburn 1 9, Railway 1 3; Legion 1 3, Abbey 9; Newgate 1 7, Letham 1 5; Portcullis 1 11, Merchants 1; Portcullis 2 6, Newgate 2 6; Ram’s Heid 2 11, Bowlers 1 1.
P W D L Pts
Portcullis 1 18 15 3 0 33
Cliffburn 1 18 15 2 1 32
Ram’s Heid 2 17 15 1 1 31
Abbey 18 13 0 5 26
Newgate 1 18 9 2 7 20
Merchants 17 8 2 7 18
Letham 1 17 7 3 7 17
Portcullis 2 18 5 4 9 14
Railway 1 17 4 2 11 10
Ram’s Heid 1 17 4 2 11 10
Newgate 2 18 3 1 14 7
Bowlers 1 17 3 0 14 6
Legion 1* 18 2 0 16 3
*deducted 1 point
ADPL Kelbie Metals Doubles
The Kelbie Metals ADPL Doubles prelim round of the last 64 will take place on Tuesday (February 25) with a strict sign-in time of 8 p.m. Controllers are to ‘phone or text the scores to the match secretary upon conclusion of the ties.
The draw is as follows:
Abbey: Steven Scott/Kevin Duncan, Lex Wilson/Mark Wilkie, Ricky Robertson/Wayne Robertson, Steve Hallam*/Alex Cargill.
Bowlers: Laura Sievwright/Douglas Sievwright, Kyle Couttie/Grant Forsyth, Chris Gray*/Alan Doyle, Mark McGlashan/Kevin Laing.
Burns Bar: Duncan Low/Neil Davidson, Jeff Barthorpe/Lindsay Palser, Jim Falconer/Chris Mitchell, George McKiddie/Robert Laird.
Cliffburn 1: David Jack/Graham Dunbar*, Richard Adam/Karl Capewell, Craig Johnston/Scott Lyons, Sam McWalter/Gary Stewart.
Cliffburn 2: Alex Keith/Jack Darling, Susan Scotland/Jim Ogilvie, Kyle Scott/Dean Smith, Mark Fotheringham/Phil Bowman, Martin Cherry/Greg Alexander*.
Cliffburn 3: Gordon Smith*/Stuart Smith, Craig Taylor/Daniel Westwood, David Thornton/Fraser Gall, Willie Whitson/Bobby Din, Andy Braid/John Maud.
Cliffburn 4: Conor Warren/Kyle Robb, Steve Reid*/Mark Gray, Chris Smith/Ken MacPherson, Craig Robertson/Dave Barthorpe, Josh Longmuir/Ian Brunton.
Legion (bar): Peem Twaddle/Michael Emslie, Liam Scott/Darren Warren, Dale Matthews/Philip Wishart, Michael Bastow*/Mark Donald.
Legion (darts): Richard Anthistle/Mitchell Longmuir, Stuart Kerr/Kevin Edwards, Frank Ebsworth/Billy Roberts, Sean McGruer/Kieran Harrison, Callum Paton*/Pamela Twaddle.
Merchants: Ewan Buggins/Bruce Wallace, Jamie Robertson/Craig Gowans, Jonathon Cargill/Steve Hamilton, Scott MacEwan/Tam Walkingshaw, Stuart Campbell*/Craig Humphreys.
Newgate: Alex Whyte/Paul Duncan, Craig Fairweather/Wayne Green, Steve Hardwick/Gordon Dickson, David Williams*/Ian Anderson.
Portcullis (bar): James Allan/Liam McGee, Shane Twaddle/Tam Twaddle, Richard Paterson/Danny Mudie, Brian Craig*/Bobby Bell.
Portcullis (darts): Gordon Taylor/Colin MacPherson, Dave Hughes/Christian Watt, Keir Hamilton/Josh Davies, Alan Leonard/Stephen Humphreys, Jim Cowie*/Neil Walker.
Ram’s Heid (bar): Albert Ward/Eric Galloway, Garry Mitchell/Nick Denson, James Jackson/Kenny McMillan, Roy Middleton*/John Fotheringham, Michael Shore/Mike Thomson.
Ram’s Heid (kitchen): Dave McKay/Nic Van Rijn, Dale Leith/Ryan Ross, Kris Cameron*/Gavin Cargill, Mark Crozier/Paul Wiltosh.
Station: Jamie Sievwright/Sonny McPhail, Graham Birse/Dean Craig, Dave McFarlane/Steve Webster*, Liam Buchan/Josh Donaldson.
* denotes controller.
There will be two matches at each venue that has four pairs. Where there are five pairs at a venue, a prelim tie is required. Each venue will put forward two qualifiers. All matches are best of five frames. Lag the first frame and alternative break from then on.
Referees to be in place for all matches. Upon completion of the first match, the winners will referee the following match.
Kelbie Metals Singles
The Kelbie Metals ADPL Singles round of last 64 will take place on Wednesday (February 26) with a strict sign-in time of 8 p.m. Controllers are to ‘phone or text the scores to the match secretary upon conclusion of the ties.
The draw is as follows:
Bowlers: Wayne Robertson*, Gary Stewart, Sam McWalter, Nic Van Rijn, Josh Longmuir, Ricky Robertson, Neil Davidson, John Fotheringham.
Burns Bar: Gordon Smith*, Ryan Diplexcito, Dale Leith, Philip Wishart, Garry Mitchell, Laura Sievwright, Kevin Duncan, Steve Hallam.
Cliffburn: Alan Leonard, Glen McEvoy, Ian Anderson, Kenny MacPherson, Liam Scott, Jonathon Cargill, Ronnie Edwards, Roy Middleton*.
Legion: Steve Webster*, Shane Twaddle, Jim Falconer, Craig Gowans, Bobby Bell, Craig Brown, Steve Reid, Gary McLeish.
Merchants: David Thornton, George Ogilvie, James Jackson, Gordon Dickson, Josh Davies, Andy Braid, Kris Cameron*, Tom Dye.
Portcullis (bar): Mark Gray Michael Bastow*, Conor Warren, Richard Anthistle, Craig Humphreys, Greg Alexander, David Jack, Mark McGlashan.
Portcullis (darts): Jamie Robertson*, Stuart Smith, Jim Ogilvie, Tam Walkingshaw, Richard Adam, Liam McGhee, Alex Whyte, Alan Doyle.
Ram’s Heid (bar): Steve Hamilton*, Bruce Wallace, John Maud, Gavin Cargill, Jack Darling, Steven Scott, Kenny McMillan, James Allan.
* denotes controller.
There will be four matches at each venue, providing four qualifiers. All matches are best of five frames. Lag the first frame and alternative break from then onwards.
Referees to be in place for all matches. On completion of the first match, the winners will referee the following match.
Lomond Leisure Cliffburn Singles
The annual Lomond Leisure Cliffburn Singles tournament will be played on Saturday, March 1, at the Cliffburn Hotel.
Deadline for entries is today (Friday) at 7 p.m. to allow the draw to be carried out as soon as possible thereafter. All entry forms to be handed to Michael Bastow or Roy Middleton.
SPA Willie McCartney Singles
The SPA have revealed that the entry deadline for this year’s Willie McCartney Singles is March 2.
The number of qualifiers to the national finals is determined on a pro-rata basis once all entries are received. The more entries Arbroath has, the higher the number of qualifiers the town will receive. Last year there were 38 entries which resulted in nine qualifiers.
The national finals will be held over the weekend of June 21/22 at Hustlers, Rosyth. Entry remains at £5 per player. These matches will be best of 11 frames. Deadline for Arbroath entries is Tuesday (February 25).