FRIENDS of a woman who was tragically killed in Peebles during the summer are set to take the court in her memory.

Alex Stuart was the victim of an alleged murder in August.

The 22-year-old, who was affectionately known as Wee Al, was a hugely popular netball player.

Later this month her Hotshots netball teammates will host a memorial tournament in her honour.

To coincide with the event, a brand new netball club named The Stuart Netball Club has also been set up to remember Alex.

Hotshots teammate Evanna Holland told the Peeblesshire News: “The day will be all about fun, because that’s how we remember our friend Al.

“We have so many of Wee Al’s pals coming to play, many picking up a netball for the first time and we’re looking forward to doing this in her memory.

“She was an absolute livewire and moved at a 100 miles an hour constantly.

“We miss her everyday, and keep her family - Fiona, Callum and Jennifer - in our thoughts.”

The memorial tournament will raise money for Save the Children - a charity close to Al’s heart and one she always donated to in her time.

A raffle and a cake stall will be held on the day, with prizes donated by many shops and businesses from across Peebles and Innerleithen.

Evanna added: “We’d encourage visitors to come down on the day as we have some amazing prizes available in the raffle.

“Among the prizes are an overnight stay with dinner at the Tontine Hotel, afternoon tea at Cringletie House Hotel and work worth £100 carried out by Hotshots team sponsor and local plumber, PH20.”

Friend and fellow teammate Cat Innes added: “One thing you were always guaranteed with Wee Al was a brilliant time.

“Trying to make sure she was match ready was another thing.

“She’d give us a heart attack when she was about to miss a game, but she’d make it just in time and always up for the party afterwards.”

The memorial tournament will be held at Peebles High School Sports Hall on Sunday, November 12.

The first match is at 12.15pm, with registration open from 11.45am.