Braw Lads leave their merk on tournament

The Pailmerks side who competed at the Edinburgh 10s rugby tournament
The Pailmerks side who competed at the Edinburgh 10s rugby tournament

THE newest rugby side in the Borders will hope their debut performance is not a flash in the pan, as the Pailmerks reached the semi-finals of the Edinburgh 10s tournament, writes Kenny Paterson.

Played at Edinburgh Accies’ Raeburn Place ground, the Edinburgh 10s is a social rugby tournament which aims to raise money for charity.

However, a number of the 12 sides which competed included players from the Scottish Premier Leagues, including the Pailmerks, who had a number of Gala’s double cup-winning squad.

Taking their name from the well-rehearsed tale that Galashiels was the last place in the region to get public toilets, the Pailmerks, wearing new tops which included the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust name across it, defeated The Buccaneers 29-0 in their first pool match.

They then won 26-24 against the Pigbarians, who included former Scotland 7s captain Mark Lee in their line-up, before losing out 22-12 to Thistly Cross.

This final pool defeat ensured the Pailmerks met Stockholm Exiles in the last four, but an early Euan Dods’ red card for a high tackle meant the Scandinavian side streaked away with victory.

Pailmerks skipper Alan Emond said: “I am pretty chuffed with how things went on Saturday in terms of putting a team together and winning a couple of games.

“It would’ve been nice to come away with a bit of silverware, but it was always going to be a big ask to get past a well-drilled Stockholm team.

“All the lads enjoyed themselves and we’re already looking forward to our next chance to pull on the famous Pailmerk jersey.

“Thanks to sponsors Dalgleish Fiat, George Marshall Tractors, Gerryoke at the Auld Mill and to Paul McLean Graphic Design for helping out with our crest.”