Edinburgh Accies/BATs Minis Tournament 2014

Another successful Accies/BATs Minis tournament was held at New Field on Sunday 16 March. Eight clubs were represented with playing numbers in the region of 700 boys. With supporters too there were well over 1000 people throughout the day. The 'crowds' were very well behaved and courteous which was great to see.

The weather was almost perfect for the rugby with strongish winds the only downside. This was a learning point for the P3 coaches who followed the tradition of attempting to erect a gazebo for their first tournament. A quick scan of the other age groups would have indicated that this was not necessarily a good idea in the conditions. Yes, it did blow down.

Stew-Mel Lions triumphed at all age groups, showing some excellent rugby skills. Accies Minis were the runners-up in P4 and BATs were the defeated finalists at P6. The Tournament clearly showed that youth rugby in Scotland is very much alive with plenty of talent coming through the younger ages.

As always, the Tuck Shop did a roaring trade and that, combined with generous sponsorship and programme sales, contributed to another financially successful tournament with a healthy profit to show for all the effort and hard work put in by so many.

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way – the tournament couldn’t happen without your ‘many hands’. However, special thanks must go to:

  • The P6 coaches who are responsible for the overall organisation of the tournament;
  • The other year group coaches;
  • Ralph Lutton for providing coffee for the Tuck Shop;
  • David Simpson for providing Lees supplies for the Tuck Shop;
  • Keith Blacklock, programme design;
  • George Sutherland, the Edinburgh Academy groundsman, - the playing fields were in excellent condition;
  • Tor Crawley, Tuck Shop supremo, and her swarms of volunteers both in the Tuck Shop and providing home baking;
  • David Crawley, Minis President;
  • Gordon Pringle for his guidance based on his experiences organising last year’s tournament;
  • Edinburgh Rugby for making players available for the presentations;
  • Mr Calder and Mr MacDonald from Edinburgh Academy for refereeing the P7 games;
  • The British Red Cross for First Aid cover;
  • The Duke of Edinburgh Award boys who assisted with programme sales and scoreboard/running duties during the event; and
  • Edinburgh Accies player, Jamie Sole, who turned up on the day to help out.

Last, but by no means least, heartfelt thanks to all the parents and players from all the Clubs attending. Without you, there would be no tournament. Thank you for coming along and supporting the event.


Posted on Thursday, 20 March 2014 under Club News BATs Mini Rugby