Academy turn on the style to win their own tournament

Galashiels Academy’s Lead 2014 pupils hosted a rugby sevens tournament on Friday to promote the Glasgow Commonwealth Games – and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the school, writes Ewan Nelson.

The 10 participating S2 teams included St Aloysius from Glasgow and George Heriots from Edinburgh.

As the day went on, the weather took a turn for the worse and the rain came, but that didn’t stop any of the youngsters from playing their hearts out for a place in the final.

Earlston High, George Heriots and St Aloysius had all secured an early spot for the semis, while the fourth spot was between Royal High and the hosts, who opened up a winning gap by the break. Unfortunately, an injury was sustained by one boy in the academy side and Royal High kindly forfeited the match, allowing Gala to go through and play Earlston in the first semi-final.

Despite the awful weather, Gala pulled through and made it to the final, where their opponents were the undefeated George Heriots.

It was an incredibly tense match for the large crowd that included the academy head teacher and many ex -pupils.

Heriots proved tough opposition, but went home with only the memories of the day as the hosts lifted the trophy, much to the delight of the whole team, coach Mr Brown, all the Galashiels Academy staff, former pupils and other local supporters.

In all, the day was a complete success.