Mighty performance at the Gytes for Selkirk youths

Peebles Colts 7s: Winning Selkirk Youth Club team. Photograph by Grant Kinghorn.
Peebles Colts 7s: Winning Selkirk Youth Club team. Photograph by Grant Kinghorn.

THE first Border Semi-Junior Spring Sevens tournament took place at The Gytes on Sunday, where Peebles Colts were the hosts on an unseasonally warm and sunny day.

A good crowd was entertained by some excellent rugby throughout, with the perfect conditions leading to some first-class performances.

In the first round, a late withdrawal by Musselburgh meant that a hastily put-together President’s Seven took the field against Kelso Quins, pushing them all the way before losing out 19-12.

The hosts, meanwhile, led Jed Thistle with a couple of minutes of the tie to go before Jed moved ahead to win 19-14.

The quarter-finals saw some tight encounters, with both eventual finalists, Selkirk Youth Club and Gala Wanderers, going through against Melrose and Kelso respectively, within a score of one another.

Selkirk blew away visitors Currie 52-0 in the first semi-final, while Gala ran out 27-14 winners against Jed.

Selkirk were always in control in the final, eventually prevailing 42-7.

Trish Wills, mother of Peebles Colts captain David Wills, presented the trophies and medals.

Results – first round: Melrose Wasps 19 Hawick PSA 7; Selkirk Youth Club 28 Hawick Wanderers 5; Tynedale Colts 19 Currie Colts 26; Berwick Colts 34 Glenrothes Colts 17; President’s Seven 12 Kelso Harlequins 19; Haddington Colts 10 Gala Wanderers 31; Langholm Colts 5 Duns Colts 38; Peebles Colts 14 Jed Thistle 19.

Second round: Melrose Wasps 12 Selkirk Youth Club 19; Currie Colts 36 Berwick Colts 17; Kelso Harlequins 14 Gala Wanderers 17; Duns Colts 14 Jed Thistle 22.

Semi-finals: Selkirk Youth Club 52 Currie Colts 0; Gala Wanderers 27 Jed Thistle 14.

Final: Selkirk Youth Club 42 Gala Wanderers 7.