Achievements in sport during 2012

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January

BRECHIN High School S5 pupil Martin Runcie, a member of Brechin Angling Club, has achieved notable success in a national fly-fishing competition.

Martin qualified in his first attempt at national level and to have gained his Scottish cap is a great personal achievement for Martin and his club.

February

TWO BRECHIN judo players represented Scotland when they took part in their first international competition.

Coach Mark Arbuthnott and senior player Piotr Gawrysiak of the Mudanshakai Judo Club fought in the Masters section of the Commonwealth Judo Championships.

March

ROSS PARSONS of the Red Lion won this year’s Brechin and District Darts League singles knockout competition.

The Red Lion team won the Hood Trophy and the winner of the Dizzy Trophy was the Brechin Arms.

April

BRECHIN Beavers swimmer Elle McMillan, aged nine, took part in the Dundee City Aquatics mini-gala - one of the top north-east competitions for swimmers aged under 11.

Elle came away with bronze medals in the 50 metres backstroke and 50 metres front crawl events.

BRECHIN Buccaneers Cricket team geared up for the start of the new season safe in the knowledge that they are now holders of a lease for 25 years for the cricket pitch.

THE BRECHIN and District ladies darts league’s singles winner was T. Harper. Doubles competition winners was J. Fairlie and C. Fairlie.

MAy

YOUNG Brechin rider Ryan Watson rounded off his weekend at Oulton Park with an excellent second place in the 125cc championship.

After suffering a technical problem with the power-valve in the two qualifying sessions he was left to start in fifth on the grid and with work to do.

He got off the line brilliantly and was in contention for a podium from the outset.

He had a race long battle with Cat Green before she seized up leaving him to cross the line for a well earned second plac

June

SWIMMERS from Brechin High School’s Support For Learning (SFL) brought back a haul of medals when they took part in the SFL swimming gala at the Olympia in Dundee.

BRECHIN cricket ground played host to a two-day mini Olympics event that saw children from across the Brechin area taking part in a variety of sporting activities - before being awarded medals.

July

BIKER Ryan Watson continues to make good progress on the race circuit.

In the 125 class Ryan Watson, after a promising free practice session, struggled in the changing conditions during qualifying, only managing 14th on the grid for the Sunday race at Knockhill.

Watson ended up seventh but was handed a two second penalty for passing under the safety car, demoting him to eighth.

This result leaves him third in the championship and in a great position to push on for the rest of the season.

KERRY Craig and Ross Alexander have qualified for the Scottish bowling championships at Ayr in the junior pairs.

August

MARTIN Runcie and Jack Hamilton did Brechin proud in Ireland in terrible conditions, gaining bronze medals for Scotland’s Junior Fly Fishing team.

September

EDZELL beat Kirrie 2-1 in the final of the Angus County Golf Association club foursomes team championship at Carnoustie.

BRECHIN Bruce, the local senior rugby side, played host to two visiting teams at their Guthrie Park ground.

Bruce proved too tough for the competition on the day, wining both contests.

BRECHIN Judo club held its first officially sanctioned Dan (black belt) grading.

The big news of the day was the long overdue promotion of popular local man Ahmed Mahmood, the club’s long standing assistant coach, to 1st Dan black belt.

October

BRECHIN rider John Thomson and his pure bred Arabian gelding Prince Omar completed the final ride of the year in the hills of Easter Ross.

With a course record broken on the first ride of the season and a new course record set on the second ride, Omar then fell foul of the plague of hoof abscesses and was knocked out of action for four weeks.

On the return to competition, horse and rider picked up a third fastest time. A few weeks later Omar turned in a remarkable speed during the 53kms recording the fastest time over the distance.

A selection for the Endurance Great Britain regional squad saw horse and rider compete for the Northumberland and Tyneside Team where they took on the highest distance and an overall team third place.

November

THREE youths from the Brechin Angling Club are set to represent Scotland in an international tournament next year.

Jack Hamilton, Michael Craig and Martin Runcie, all aged 16, qualified for the team during a tournament at Lake of Menteith.

December

IN THEIR first home match of the county darts season, Angus men’s A team put in a commanding performance against Central to battle back from 10-6 to take the match 16-12.