Selkirk’s 88-year wait for Langholm silverware ends instyle

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)
LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)
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It has been a long time coming but after a gap of 88 years Selkirk again got their hands on the Langholm sevens cup on Saturday.

The Selkirk team, with coach Graham Marshall and manager John Smail to the fore, celebrated the joyous occasion of winning the Edinburgh Woollen Mill-sponsored tournament after defeating a good-looking Edinburgh Accies outfit 36-10 in the final.

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

To put the icing on the cake, Darren Clapperton, who was playing scrum-half for Selkirk and who had eight tries during the afternoon, was presented with the player of the tournament trophy.

Selkirk started their afternoon by romping to a 50-0 win over English raiders Carlisle.

The Souters then played the abbreviated game at its best to overcome a useful Watsonians side by 24-14, Clapperton grabbing a hat-trick, with Matt Kissick also getting in on the act.

The anticipated close encounter between Selkirk and Jed-Forest in the semi-final did not materialise as Selkirk were comfortable 33-10 winners on a 5-2 try count, with Clapperton (2), Duckett, Rory Banks and Gavin Craig getting the touchdowns and Harkness adding four conversions.

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

The final was still a contest at half-time, with Selkirk leading 17-5 through tries from Scott Hendrie, Duckett and Callum McColm, plus a Harkness conversion.

Accies were a continuous threat and secured a fine try from Nyle Godsmark. But thereafter it was all Selkirk with another three tries by Harkness, Hendrie and Craig, and a brace of Harkness conversions, before the city side breached the whitewash for a late touchdown by Ryan Godsmark. Edinburgh Accies thumped hosts Langholm in the opening round but thereafter they lived dangerously.

Melrose beat charity guest side Pigbarians, and a late try seemed to have wrapped it up for them against Accies, but Alex Blair broke clear to put the city team through in the last play of the tie by 17-14. 
Gala led Edinburgh Accies 12-5 at half-time in the semi-final but once again Accies grabbed a last second winner to go through 22-19.

Holders Hawick fielded a weakened side due to their vital league play-off match against Dundee and were no match for Hamilton, who in turn were well beaten by Gala.

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by  Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

LANGHOLM, UNITED KINGDOM. - 27/04/13: 'Kings of the Sevens 'Round 5'Langholm 7s'Sponsored by Edinburgh Woollen Mill'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance / � 2013)

It was a chilly but mainly dry afternoon at Milntown with a number of closely contested ties and at the end of the day Langholm president Jake Little thanked the sponsors, players, referees and all others who had helped make the tournament a success. 
Milntown chairman and Edinburgh Woollen Mill employee Kenneth Pool presented the Scott Cup to Selkirk captain Craig, and the Archie Smith Memorial Cup for player of the tournament , which was presented by his daughter Avril Grieve.