Sevens get kick-start

THE Borders leg of the Scottish Schools FA Cashback 7s took place at the 3G Arena, Netherdale, when seven boys’ teams and three girls’ sides competed.

In Group 1 Boys, Dalkeith, Eyemouth B, Gala and Penicuik contested for a place in the south-east regional final, with Dalkeith qualifying.

In Group 2 Boys, Eyemouth A, Hawick and North Berwick played, with the former victorious and earning the second regional final qualification spot.

In the girls’ competition, Gala A, Gala B and Hawick competed, with Gala A securing a place in the regional final.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “It was great to see the 3G Arena used for this event. The teams all played really well and we are delighted that both a Borders boys’ and girls’ team qualified for the regional finals.”

Drew Kelly, Borders Sport and Leisure SFA development officer, added: “This is a Scottish national competition with heats for the south-east region final being held in Mussleburgh, Edinburgh, Galashiels, Tranent and Livingston, so there is still a long way to go.

“The competition in the south-east regional final will be tough, but we have some excellent young players in the Borders, so we are hoping for a good result.”