St Mirren Reid Kerr College completed a treble of senior, junior and cadet Scottish League victories over East rivals City of Edinburgh Kings at Portobello High School on Saturday. But City of Edinburgh women prevented a clean sweep when they won 61-58 at the same venue yesterday in their last outing before next Sunday's Scottish Cup final against Polonia Phoenix Saints and Kings meet in the men's Cup final, also at Meadowbank next Sunday.

But honours went to the Paisley side on this occasion as they came from 13 points down going into the last quarter to force the game into overtime, then finished with a flourish for a 85-77 win which gives them runners-up spot in the final table to Troon Tornadoes.

The former Edinburgh Rocks captain and player-coach Iain Maclean dominated the extra five minutes, finishing with 16 points, but it was the 7ft centre Scott Devine who top-scored for St Mirren with 18, Phil Birch adding 16 and Scott Russell 12.

Paddy Campbell was outstanding for Kings, scoring 16 points, while Laurie Costello scored 21 despite being successful with only five of 19 field goal attempts. Simon Flockhart added 13 and Derek Frame 10, only two of which came in the second half.

The Saints cadets, led by 20 in the first quarter, yet were pegged back to one point before winning an exciting match 75-72 to take league title; while their juniors also avoided a play-off by defeating Kings 81-57, a result which also clinches their league title.

lEdinburgh Rocks had the bad luck to catch London Towers on a rest cure and crashed 111-80 in the British League at Meadowbank last night. Towers, hit by a heavy programme in Europe, had come off a bad run of results, but were a different team with four days' rest behind them and went back to the top of the Southern Conference in no uncertain style.

Terrell Myers and John White scored 22 points each compared to a miserable nine for Rocks' captain Ted Berry and six from Ryan Huntley. Only Jon Gaines posed any danger to Towers, scoring 21.


Robert Blair won through to the quarter finals of both the mixed and men's doubles at the French Open Badminton Championships in Paris before losing out ona a weekend which saw the Chinese go on to take all five gold and silver medals. Teamed with Natalie Munt in the mixed, Blair was beaten 7-0, 7-0, 7-3 by China's Cheng Wei, partnered by Claes Setiana, of France. In the men's doubles, with Yorkshire's Stephen Foster, he lost out to eventual champions Cheng and Wang of China 4-7, 7-0, 7-0, 7-1.


Scotland won through to two of today's four finals in the British Women's Indoor Championships in Bournemouth after surviving the earlier rounds in both the fours and junior singles yesterday.

In the fours the Scottish rink from Auchinleck - Nan Speirs, Carol Gemmell, Liz Magorian and Jean Sykes - edged out England 21-13 in the quarter-finals and then went on to beat Ireland 20-19 in the semi-finals. Their final opponents today will be Wales.

In the junior singles, Lanarkshire's Caroline Brown battled to a 21-16 win over Welsh champion Lisa Forey from Llanelli in the semi-finals.

The Scots also have a chance of a final spot in the triples after Jean Millar, Agnes Melrose and Sandra McLeish from Midlothian beat Guernsey 16-13 in the quarter-finals. They play Margaret Johnston's Ireland side in the semi-finals today.

In the singles, Teviotdale's Julie Forrest was edged out 21-19 by Guernsey's Allison Merrien in the semi-finals and in the pairs West of Scotland's Lillias White and Annette Christie beat Guernsey 22-17 in the quarter-finals but then went down 16-18 to Ireland in the semis.


Nairn's Alistair Asher beat David Millar from Aberdeen 7-5 to win the Scottish Rink Championships at Kilmarnock's Galleon Centre yesterday. To reach the final, Asher beat Lockerbie's Bruce Porteous 5-3, while Millar had beaten Perth's Iain Watt 6-5.

The three-day tournament had seen both Olympic skip Hammy McMilllan (Stranraer) and Scottish championships skip Peter de Boer (Murrayfield) lose out in the quarter- finals

Meanwhile, at the Murrayfield Ice Rink in Edinburgh, Stranraer Academy, led by John Wilson, had an extra-end 8-7 win over the Lockerbie Academy team skipped by Scott Hamilton in the final of the Bank of Scotland Scottish Schools' Championships. At the semi-final stage, Stranraer had beaten Breadalbane by 8-5 while Lockerbie had defeted Balfron by 4-3.


Marc Warren leads the Scottish challenge after the opening qualifying round of the Australian Amateur championship in Brisbane yesterday. The 20-year-old Walker Cup player carded a one-under-par 71 and lies in a share of 18th place, four shots behind the leading trio of Matthew Holden, Ian Walker and Richard Moir, the winner of last week's Riversdale Cup.

Scottish champion Barry Hume began his campaign with a two-over 74 while Wales-based Jack Doherty, the winner of the South East District championship last season, signed for a 76. Forfar's British Universities champion Stuart Wilson opened with a five-over 77. Only the leading 100 players in the 312-strong field will survive today's second round cut with the top 32 after the final 36-holes progressing to the matchplay stage beginning on Thursday.


The race for the Spektra Systems championship is becoming really interesting. After Saturday's epic 5-4 see-saw victory by defending champions Western over Pro-Life Kelburne, the Paisley side yesterday took it out on VfactO Motherwell with a 5-0 victory at Dalziel Park.

That left both Western and Kelburne level on points, but still one point behind Grange, who now have a game in hand. With their weekend fixtureless, half the Grange side travelled to Bellahouston to watch their closest challengers battle it out for supremacy. Western broke the deadlock after 20 minutes with two goals against the run of play. But by midway through the second half, the scores were level again, and a fair reflection of the game.

The last 20 minutes of action took the breath away, with five goals, four of them from set-pieces. Skipper Mark Ralph put Kelburne ahead for the first time. Scott McCartney equalised, then scored again from open play. Ralph levelled again at 4-4, but the mercurial McCartney settled the match from yet another penalty corner two minutes from time.

In the women's league, Westcoast Western consolidated their position at the top with a 12-0 win over Watsonians, Sam Judge scoring five to take her season's tally to 21. A virally-afflicted Bonagrass Grove scraped home 3-2 after going two down to MIM. Sue Gilmour's hat-trick helped Grange to a 7-1 win over Hillhead. And goals from Rhona Simpson and Elaine Brierley were instrumental in Vardy Giffnock's 2-1 victory over Western A.

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Ayr Eagles countined their charge towards a second major trophy of the season with an emphatic 3-1 Sekonda Superleague play-off victory at London Knights last night. The Scots claimed their fourth-straight victory - three of them on the road - thanks to two goals inside the final 11 minutes of a physical game at the London Arena.

Cam Bristow fired the visitors ahead after 25 minutes but Ricardo Bronilla levelled after 48 minutes. But Ayr went ahead again 65 seconds later when former NHL forward Ed Courtenay shot home after slick build-up play from Swede Johan Molin and Michael Jickling. Shawn Byram made sure with an unassisted third 52 seconds from the final whistle.

Eagles move to the top of the table and prepare to face Nottingham Panthers on Friday and Sheffield Steelers on Sunday, both at Prestwick.

Meanwhile, DundeeTexol Stars, the newly crowned Findus League champions, completed their Findus League play-off campaign with a sixth-straight victory after dumping Guildford Flames 3-0 on Tayside last night, while Fife Flyers ended their campaign in Group 2 with a 4-2 road win at Murrayfield against Edinburgh Capitals.

Dundee and Fife now meet in the play-off semi-finals with the first game at Kirkcaldy on Saturday and the return at Dundee on Sunday.


Scots were in action in both the Polish and Belgian Open Tournaments at the weekend, with the top performances coming from Jenny Brien, who took a bronze in the A class Polish tournament in Warsaw at under-57kg and Amanda Costello, who struck bronze at under-70kg.

But three of Scotland's Commonwealth Games medal hopes were unplaced, World Championships bronze medallist John Buchanan at under-60kg, Sarah Clark at under-63kg and Fiona Robertson at under-48kg, while Euan Burton was fifth at under-81kg.

In the B class Belgian tournament at Arlon, Lyndsay Barnes (under-57kg) and Lyndsay Sorrell (under-79kg) both won bronzes in the junior event on Saturday and Sorrell went to repeat the feat in the senior event, while Donna Robertson, Fiona's twin, picked up a silver at under-48kg.


Host club Clydesdale won the restricted 2 coxed fours division, held as a four kilometre time-trial on Saturday. This was one of only three wins for Glasgow-based crews on the day.

Glasgow University won the restricted 2 eights category while Glasgow rowing club's veteran eight won their division despite dead-heating with Lochwinnoch club Castle Semple. They were given the win on the grounds of their crew being older.

Aberdeen University won the men's open eights division while an Aberdeen Boat Club/ Aberdeen University composite took the women's category. Edinburgh club St Andrew had a hat-trick of wins in other women's categories, including women's open fours where they had a course-long tussle with Clydesdale. Dundee University were victorious tin men's novice fours while Aberdeen University won the women's novice fours category. Edinburgh school George Heriot's won two junior divisions.


Inveraray and Oban Camanachd secured their places in the semi-finals of the Glenmorangie Camanachd cup as the weather, in a funny sort of way, relented, allowing shinty to pick up where it left off weeks ago. Only three matches were lost to the weather and despite torrential rain, a more or less full card was achieved, much to the relief of fixtures organisers.

However, there was one controversial outcome, with Kyles going down to Kilmallie by 5-2 at home in their first round replay. Kyles had attempted to call off the game on Saturday morning, but by the time this happened, referee Bob Wilson was on his way to Tighnabruaich from Skye and Kilmallie were already well on their way. Referee Wilson eventually asked for the pitch to be cleared of surface water and the match went ahead. For all their efforts Kyles received scant reward. They missed a penalty in the opening minute and then went 2-0 down. They fought back with goals from Fraser MacDonald and Andrew Wren but Kilmallie eventually secured victory with goals from Scott Rodger (3), Alex McNicoll and Dougie Gibson.

Kilmallie now face Kingussie in the quarter-finals. They accounted for Glasgow Mid Argyll 7-1 at home, despite conceding the first goal of the game. David Bell opened in 10 minutes but then the holders hit top form, racing to a 5-1 lead at the interval.

Best news of the day for Kingussie was the return to action of Ally Dallas after an ankle break. Dallas celebrated with two of Kingussie's seven goals. Ronald Ross and Ali Borthwick (2 each) and Russell Dallas got the others.

Inveraray posted the best performance of the day and for the second year running have reached the semi-finals with their young squad. They survived a Fort William onslaught in the opening stages at An Aird before recording a 2-0 win, Russell MacKinlay pouncing on two separate ricochets off keeper Garry Wells.

Oban Camanachd clocked up yet another-semi final appearance with a comfortable 3-0 win over Lochaber, despite being without playmaker Fraser Inglis. Dougie MacIntyre opened the scoring before David Devine added the two others.