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Midlothian sports review of 2013 - part two

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With last year such a success for our local sports stars, we continue our look back at a great 2013 for sport in Midlothian.

JULY

Ryrie makes exit

Penicuik Athletic co-manager Bryan Ryrie resigns after three and a half years. This means that Craig Meikle, also a players, takes full charge of the side.

Orienteering triumph

Mayfield man Scott Fraser (27) takes silver at the World Orienteering Championships in Finland. Fraser was representing the UK, but lives in Finland.

AUGUST

Not too young to drive

Midlothian teenager Aiden Moffat (16) makes history by becoming the youngest ever drive to race in the British Touring Car Championships. The sixth-form George Watson’s College student is from Dalkeith.

SEPTEMBER

Special Olympics haul

The Lothian team wins a haul of medals at the Special Olympics in Bath -– 18 gold, ten silver and ten bronze. Team manager Yvonne Anderson said that every Midlothian member of the team won a medal.

OCTOBER

Whitehall lose replay

Whitehall Welfare lose the Scottish Cup replay 2-1, with rivals Stirling Albion snatching the second goal in injury time in the second half.

Noble wins UK race

Penicuik teenage driver Colin Noble clinches a UK driving championship. Two wins at Snetterton in Norfolk ensure that the 17-year-old takes the UK Championship of the inaugural Radical SR1 Cup. It’s the second year in a row that a Noble has won a Radical title; Colin’s father, Colin Snr, is the reigning 2012 Dunlop Radical UK cupholder.

NOVEMBER

Star out of cups

Newtongrange Star make an exit from the East of Scotland Cup after being overwhelmed by Bo’ness 4-2 in the second round tie. Arniston go through to the third round after beating Dunbar 2-0. Dalkeith 
make it on penalties after a 1-1 game against Lochgelly. Bathgate and Bonnyrigg draw 0-0.

Meanwhile Newtongrange also go out of the Scottish Junior Cup after a shock 5-1 defeat at the hands of bottom of the East Super League Tayport.

Coaching award

Newtongrange gymnastics coach Margaret Kerr (66) wins a national award for her work. She was named as Development Coach of the Year by sportscotland. She coaches at Saltire Team Gymnastics in Tranent.

DECEMBER

Leslie snookered

Twenty-year-old Bonnyrigg snooker star Michael Leslie goes out of the UK Championships in York after being beaten by Chinese ace Liang Wenbo 6-3.

Age of rowing

A husband and wife from 
Midlothian both win medals at the British Indoor Rowing Championships in Cardiff. Victor Gilbert (76) came first in the men’s 75-79 year age group for 2,000m, while Lolit Gilbert (62) took second place in the Women’s 60-64 year age group for 2,000 metres, knocking 15 seconds of her personal best.

In January, they won gold in the Scottish Indoor Rowing Championships in which Victor) was the oldest competitor.

Keep us up to date with your sporting achievements or those of your club in 2014, email your success stories to midlothiansport@jnlothian.co.uk

 

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