The List selection of the best in sporting events overthe next fortnight. Sport is listed first by event and then byday.
ATHLETICS Saturday 9—Sunday10
I Scottish Senior Indoor Championships Kelvin Hall. Argyle Street. (ilasgow. For start times (probably 10.30am each day) and ticket prices. contact Kelvin Hall on 041357 2525. See Panel.
BADMINTON Saturday 9—Sunday 10
I Sun Life Scottish Singles Badminton Championship Bishopbriggs Sports Centre. 147 Balmuildy Road. Bishopbriggs. Sat. 1(lam1Sun. Quarter-Finals at 10.30am. Semi-Finals and Finals from 2.30pm. £1 .50 will cover entry for both days. After the successof the Scottish ()pen Badminton Championships a fortnight ago. this invitation event. for Scots only. deserves to keep the momentum going. Although Scotland does not have players quite in the same league as the Dane. Morten Frost. there are some. like last year's winners. Kenny Middlemiss and Anne (iibson . who are medal prospects in next year‘s Commonwealth (iames.
BASKETBALL Friday 8
WOMEN'S FIRST DIVISION
I Edinburgh Royals v Bo'ness Wildcats Forrester High School. Broomhouse Road. Edinburgh. 7.45pm.
WOMEN'S FIRST DIVISION I MIM Livingston v Dundee The Forum. Livingston. 1pm. I Boroughmuir Aces v All Blacks Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 1.15pm. I Paisley v Boyal Deeside Barrhead Sports Centre. Main Street, Barrhead. 1.45pm. MEN'S FIRST DIVISION I Boroughmuirv City of Edinburgh Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. A close match in prospect. with Derek Frame of City and Stewart Gilliesof Boroughmuir scoring consistently. With (‘ity drawn against MIM in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup (the other involving Cumnock and Paisley). and Boroughmuir having been recently demolished by MIM ( 127-55). City of Edinburgh might be able togauge their chances against the Livingston side by their performance against their near neighbours. I Cumnock v East End Cumnock Academy. Ayr Road. Cumnock. 3pm. ' I Paisley V Kitchens Plus Barrhead Sports Centre. Main Street. Barrhead. 3.45pm. I MIM Livingston v Dundee The Forum. Livingston. 3pm. MIM have still to taste defeat on the domestic front. though their occasional forays into international competition reveal that they still have some way to go before they can become a major force in basketball. The Roy (‘urtis Memorial Tournament in Dublin a couple of weekends ago saw them lose to Americans. Lander College. Minsk from
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Saturday 16-Sunday 17
I Boroughmuir 25th Annual Tournament Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Iidinburgh. Saturday. from 11.30am: Sunday. play-offs begin at 12.45pm. with the finals at 4. 15pm. Thisis one of the longest-runningannual tournaments in the UK. and the trophies for Men and Women will be competed for by six men's sides(Boroughmuir. Kitchens Plus Saints. Cumnock. Cityof Edinburgh. Paisley and MIM) and four women's teams ( Boroughmuir Aces. All Blacks. Royal Deeside and MIM).
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. (ilasgow. There are ll) races on a Tuesday. I l on a Thursday and 12 ona Saturday. Tuesday and Thursday meetings begin at 7.45pm; Saturday‘s starts at 7.30pm.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday, Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. (ienerally. there are ll) races on Tuesday and
Thursday. 12 on a Saturday; startingat 7.30pm for Tuesday and Thursday. 7.15pm for Saturday.
FOOTBALL Saturday 9
I Hibernian V Celtic Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Dunlermline v Hearts [East Iind Park. llalbeith Road. Dunfermline. 3pm.
I Hangers v Motherwell lbrox Stadium. (ilasgow (2 mins lbrox underground). 3pm.
I Airdrie v Ayr United Broomfield. Airdrie (5 mins Airdrie station). 3pm.
I Clyde v Meadowbank liirltill Park. Maryhill. (ilasgow. 3pm.
I Morton v St Johnstone (‘appielow Park. (ireenock (5 mins ('artsdyke station). 3pm.
I Falkirk v Partick Thistle Brockvillc. Falkirk ( llKl yards from (irahamston station). 3pm.
I Hamilton V Clydebank Douglas Park. Hamilton. 3pm.
SCOTTISH CUP, FIRST ROUND
The Scottish Cup. previously sponsored by the Scottish Ilealth Education Group but now backed by Tennents (I wonder
which campaign will be considered the more successful in a couple of years’ time). is now in full ﬂow. after a seriesof qualifying matches which saw the demise of such teams as (‘ivil Service Strollers. While some Highland and Borderteams have receiv ed byes into the Second Round. accompanied by five Second Division sides. The Highland League will be represented in the First Round by Elgin ('ity (at home to Arbroath) and Cove Rangers (away to Queen ofthe South). while ('oldstream fly the flag for the Borders. away to Stirling Albion at an alternative to their plastic pitch at Annfield: Recreation Park. Alloa. Allties are scheduled for 2. 15pm. but should ﬂoodlighting be available. then there is the option to commence the games at a time which is mutually convenient (between the teams. not the teams and the handful of fans). Although the lrn
Bru Seven lip (‘up is moving into its l()5th glorious year. there are still a few sides who have not won it. including Dundee linited. lixcepting Queen's Park. who have won the (‘up nine times (though not since 1893). and Dumbarton. who won it once in 1883. none of the others in the First Round have even been to the finalof the (‘up before. Therefore. this could be the year that the reputed romance ofthe
The Scottish Senior Indoor Championships will provide one ortwo of Scotland’s accomplished athletes with a final opportunity to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Auckland, which begin on 24 January. A special set of indoor qualifying standards have been set by the Commonwealth Games committee and at least three competitors in this year’s championship— Neil Fraser, Joss Kirby and Dawn Kitchen — hope to join the (controversially) small group of athletes who are already confirmed for New Zealand. However, to do so, they will have to perform exceptionally well, since most ofthe indoor standards are more difficult than current Scottish records.
For the chance to achieve the necessary standards, thanks must be given to the Scottish Schools Athletic Association since it was they who were scheduled to use the venue over the 9th and 10th of the month, with the Scottish AmateurAthletic Association left out in the cold because of work on a 5th lane to the Kelvin Hall for next year's European Indoor Championships. Therefore, the 3rd indoor championships at Kelvin Hall go ahead courtesy of the SSAA.
Of those in the Auckland squad likely to make an appearance at the Kelvin Hall (some, like Liz McColgan, have already made their way to Australia or
1,, 3., 7, +4 ’2 '7' I '7 2 ’I’ ’ ” Scotland’s highjumping hope Geoff Parsons New Zealand to prepare themselves for the Commonwealth Games), sprinters Elliot Bunney and Jamie Henderson will probably relish the opportunity to snub some commentators who have not been slow in pointing out the occasions when their form has not always been up to scratch this season.
Also in attendance will be Brian Whittle, perhaps better known as a 400m runner but competing in Auckland at 800m, who was recently ordered to declare a single loyalty between two clubs he runs for, Ayr Seaforth and Haringey. Earlier in the year, Whittle was controversially
involved in articulating complaints that the Commonwealth Games athletics squad was insufficient, threatening to boycott the games altogether. Although his threat did not come to anything, perhaps the message was partially heeded by the authorities, since they expanded the squad by two men and two women, including Nicola Emblem (who is also a basketball player of considerable talent), and of course an (admittedly slim) opportunityto qualify is still being made available.
Nonetheless, it remains that Scotland was the only country to demand qualifying standards and that England will be taking with them an athletics squad (with three athletes for each event) which will be larger than the whole of the Scottish Commonwealth team put together.
On an even less happy note, Jayne Barnetson has had to leave the squad of twelve women as a result of an injury incurred at the inaugural indoor meet at Bathgate a few weeks ago. Jayne is currently ranked 2nd in the Commonwealth for the High Jump, with 1.91m to her credit, and 4th in the Commonwealth for the Heptathlon, with 5803 points. (Mike Wilson)
The Scottish Indoor Championships take place on Sat 9 and Sun 10 Dec at Kelvin Hall, Argyle Street, Glasgow. For times and ticket prices, phone 041 357 2525.
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