HAWICK YM kicked off season 2011/2012 accepting an invitation to the Preston Lodge 10s to defend the trophy won in glorious summer sunshine last year, writes Rob Hill.
This year, however, torrential rain made any attempt at running almost impossible.
YM were drawn in pool one alongside RHC Cougars, Preston Lodge and Dunbar. The first tie turned out to be fairly innocuous and RHC won 7-0.
Things began to look up in the second tie and a 15-5 victory, tries from Dean McCracken, Glyn Desport and John Coutts, against the hosts meant YM only had to beat Dunbar to progress to the semi-finals.
With the score at 7-5 for Dunbar going into the final seconds, the Redskins were throwing everything at them to try and get over the line, and with the last pass of the tie Michael Graham strolled home to send his team into the semis. Stephen Hill had scored the first try.
The semi-final against North Berwick was another tough affair in ever worsening conditions, but tries by Matty Douglas and Dean McCracken saw the Skins make an unlikely final against PL who the Skins had defeated earlier in the afternoon.
The final started hopeful with Dean McCracken scoring early on but the rest of the tie belonged to the host club who, with the longer break, had the fresher legs and in the torrential rain and sodden pitch this proved vital. PL hit back to score three tries to take the score to 19-7 in the dying seconds. Glyn Desport scored a consolation try for the Skins but PL hung on to win their own trophy for the first time by 19-14 in the final.
Some good experience for the young lads who came into the squad and congratulations to PL who deservedly won the final.