From boy to man ‑ Colin Kerr looks forward to Walkerburn RFC Sevens

Walkerburn Sevens Convenor Colin Kerr
Walkerburn Sevens Convenor Colin Kerr

TRADITIONALLY rugby sevens were considered a bit of fun to wind down the season.

Nowadays however it is seen as an extension to the season with more and more sevens activities taking place. This year is no different.

Colin was a keen player for the 'Burn in his youth

Colin was a keen player for the 'Burn in his youth

On Saturday the gates will open at Caberston Haugh from 12 noon to the excitement of rugby players and fans alike as Walkerburn RFC host their annual event. Sevens Convenor, Colin Kerr, told us: “Playing in the sevens means there are fewer players on the pitch so there is plenty of space for individuals to show off their skills. It is a game that really exploits the basics of rugby – running, passing, tackling and decision-making. To be successful you need speed, skill and stamina.”

Colin knows what he is talking about as he started playing for Walkerburn at primary school and graduated on to play for Walkerburn Thirds at the tender age of 15 in 1981. Quickly moving from the Thirds into Walkerburn Colts, proving his prowess on the field in the process, Colin moved through the ranks and on to play in the 1st XV.

One of Colin’s proudest moments was when he was Captain of the Walkerburn Under 21s who beat Haddington in the Under 21 Sevens. This was the last trophy to be won by Walkerburn.

Colin has big hopes for the Walkerburn side this year who have been vigorously training on the run up to their home event.

Whilst the players have been training, the committee and members have been prepping for the day’s events. With a sponsors marquee, BBQ, and the Clubhouse open all day with free entry to evening music by ‘Lusky’, there should be something for everyone.

Colin added: “The Walkerburn Sevens is one of the most important revenue generating events of the year for the Club. A lot of effort goes into the day from players, committee, members and volunteers alike. So whether you are an avid rugby fan or not, it’s an enjoyable day out for everyone.”