Touch and go for Gala rugby stars at fun Brydon Cup event

ANOTHER fun night down Netherdale way took place last week when teams from Galashiels Academy, Gala YM, Gala Star Vets, Gala Red Triangle, Gala Wanderers, Gala Mini Maroons coaches, Gala and Gala A took part in the Brydon Cup touch rugby tournament.

All ties were played in the true spirit of the game, with young, old, male and female taking part.

In Pool A, Gala came out on top with two wins and one draw, while the Wands finished runners-up with two wins and one defeat.

In Pool B, Gala A qualified as winners, also with two wins and one draw, with runners-up Gala Red Triangle making the semis with two wins and a draw.

The first semi was close, with Gala just managing to hold off the Triangle, eventually winning by two tries to one, while the other semi was more of a one-sided affair, the A-team defeating the Wanderers by four scores to one and setting up a classic final.

The firsts scored the opening try with some fine play and it was not until the final play of the game that the A team managed to cross the try line to make the final score one all. As the rules stated that no extra time was to be played, the team that had scored first try were crowned Brydon Cup winners.

Thanks must go to the two referees, Billy Hunter and Ian Millar, for officiating all 15 games between them and to Colin Playfair for his running commentary throughout the night.

Special thanks to Dave Brydon for coming along to present the cup to the winners, Gala, and medals to the runners-up, Gala A.

The Brydon Cup was first presented in the 1930s by Dave’s grandfather.