IT WAS a cruel day weatherwise at the Mainetti Jed-Forest Sevens but action was red hot throughout.
Melrose secured the Kings of the 7s title after beating series rivals Gala 26-10 in the semi-finals but hosts Jed spoiled the party by beating the much fancied ...Greenyards outfit 27-7 in the last game of the day.
Before the tournament kicked off all the chat had been about Melrose and Watsonians, who sat first and second respectively on the Kings table. But, it was a quietly confident home outfit who ran out victorious.
Despite persistent rain throughout at Riverside Park a large enthusiastic crowd got behind the Jed men who’s hunger for a win was boosted by the desire to give retiring captain Ross Goodfellow the best send off possible.
Two contrasting semi’s led to some interesting debate among onlookers as to which team would win the tournament.
It was a hard slog for the hosts against Kings hopefuls Watsonians while the tie between Melrose and Gala was much more clear cut.
Jed-Forest had saved the best for last however and, in the last game of the afternoon, ran roughshod over a battle weary Melrose outfit.
Jed try scorers were Robert Hogg, Ross Goodfellow (playing his last game for Jed), Lewis Young and Glen Young. Ian Chisholm slotted two conversions and a penalty. Andrew Skeen touched down and converted for Rose.
First Round: Jed-Forest 32 Heriots 19 Hawick 15; Hamilton 40 Langholm 5; Watsonians 22 Peebles 5; President’s Seven 7 Selkirk 41; Melrose 42 Hillhead Jordanhill 0; Kelso 22 Edinburgh University 15; Gala 31 Edinburgh Accies 7.
Second round: Jed-Forest 28 Heriots 12; Hamilton 7 Watsonians 12; Selkirk 7 Melrose 19; Kelso 12 Gala 24.
Semi-finals: Jed-Forest 5 Watsonians 0; Melrose 26 Gala 10.
Final: Jed-Forest Melrose
Jed-Forest: G. Young, M. Weekly, D. Grieve, D. Wallace, I. Chisholm, R. Hogg, L. Young, C. Gillan, D. Gobby, R. Goodfellow.
Melrose: G. Dodds, R. Hill, R. Ovens, B. Colvine, A. Skeen, A. Dodds, C. Anderson, A. Nagle, S. McCormick, J. Helps.