Friday 24 April 2015

President's Blog - 24 April 2015

“What a wonderful day.” Someone used to say that to me regularly and last Saturday was just that, in terms of both the weather and the rugby, at our nearest neighbours, Edinburgh Northern’s Sevens.

Not a cloud in the sky and not a council janny out trying to spoil people’s sporting weekend. The four pitches in Inverleith Park were all occupied with games being played on them for the best part of five hours. That’s 20 hours of rugby, probably more than they had been allowed to be used in the rest of the 2014/15 season.

We won both our ‘mini league’ games against Inverleith 35-0 and our fellow BATs partners, Trinity Accies, 51-0. It was good to see lots of former BATs boys in both teams in that game. The semi-final then saw us pitched against a strong Currie side who we just beat in the closest of wins by 27-26. One or two dodgy decisions led to scores by both teams in that game.

The final was against our old rivals Watsonians. Having gone into a good lead, mainly through a Luke Taylor hat-trick of converted tries within the first four minutes, we allowed Watsonians to come back in the second half. However, we hung on and took the prize 28-22.

Our squad at Northern was: Josh Pecqueur, Calum Ramm, Robert Lovett, Jamie Winks, Ali Germain, Neil Armstrong, Kieran Scoular, Ruairidh Young (c), Luke Taylor and Ciaran Armstrong who played the first two games but then injured his knee and missed the rest of the competition.

Sunday was another good day of 7s for us at the Berwick Kings of the 7s tournament, where we maintained our momentum but sadly fell at the last hurdle, losing 17-30 to Gala.

In the ‘mini’ league we won against Selkirk, 22-14 then Duns 61-7. That took us to the semi-final where we met a Hawick and won a closer game 24-19.

Gala went into the final as favourites and quickly scored three tries, though touchdowns from Jack Marples and Jamie Winks brought us back. In the second half Gala scored another three tries to a try by Alex Godsmark, leaving Gala the winners by 30-17.

Our squad at Berwick was: Michael Fedo, Robin Snape, Jamie Winks, Calum Ramm, Jack Marples (c), Neil Armstrong, Luke Taylor, Kieran Scoular, Alex Godsmark and Max Love.

Our runners-up points put us third in the Kings of the 7s league table, only five points behind Jed-forest but trailing Gala by 13. For the full league table, click here.

All in all, a good weekend for the Club. Well done to the players, management team and medics.

This weekend we have two more 7s tournaments: Langholm on Saturday and Peebles on Sunday.

At Langholm we have drawn the short straw and open the tournament when we play Kelso at 2pm. And at Peebles on Sunday it’s the other way round - we are last on in the first round when we play Jed-forest at 3.20pm.

On Sunday we play Jed-forest at 3.20pm in the last game of the first round.

Finally, congratulations to Blair Kinghorn, who played for Scotland U18s a few weeks ago and has now been selected for the Scotland U20s squad that will play in Italy this June. Well done Blair and good luck.



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