Another great tournament to Poynder

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HAVING moved away from their traditional August start of the season date, Kelso stages the seventh event in the Kings of the Sevens at Poynder Park on Saturday.

The first tie is at 1.30 pm so those of you who have been invited to the Royal wedding still have time to get back from London in time for the start of the day’s rugby.

The event is this year being sponsored by Maxwell Motors, a local firm, which has a long standing relationship with the club, who are very grateful for their support.

Kelso RFC has just secured a new three-year deal with the company to supply them with sevens tops, which will be worn by the Tweedsiders’ first seven players in all of their tournaments over the next three years.

The draw includes 16 Scottish teams. Melrose are the holders and they continue to be a good seven having won the first two counters in the Kings of the Sevens at Gala and at their own tournament.

Their concentration on the Scottish Cup final against Ayr allowed other clubs to close the gap on them two weekends ago in the standings for the Kings of the Sevens.

Although Kelso has not set the heather on fire with their performances on the circuit, home advantage still seems to mean a lot as Melrose, Peebles and Hawick have shown this season already, and there looks to be some exciting ties. Newcomers to the tournament are Falkirk and Ardrossan Accies.

Edinburgh University have done well over the past couple of seasons and they will have confidence in their side.

Boroughmuir appear after a long absence and Army Scotland will be in the draw instead of Langholm who are very disappointed in having to withdraw as they have a National League game to play.

As well as Maxwell Motors, Kelso have a total of 300 supporters who have bought hospitality packages for the day. The club is grateful to them and their continued support over the season. Kelso supporters as a rule experience a roller coaster ride with league rugby.

They do, however, stick by their team.

As well as the pre-booked hospitality packages, there is a hog roast on offer.

Other refreshments are available throughout the afternoon.

The gap between the semi finals and the final will be filled by the minis from Kelso and Jed-Forest and, prior to the event, there will be a veterans’ tournament at Croft Park with Gala, Jed-Forest and two Kelso teams trying to relive their youth.

Like some other events on the spring sevens circuit, there is a theme for the supporters.

It is the ‘Wild West’ at Kelso. You have a few days to look out your headdresses and Davy Crockett hats.

The Kings of the Sevens table is taking shape, but, if last year is anything to go by, the winners will not be apparent until the last tournament.