New Kelso ladies make winning start

Kelso Ladies RC (picture by Gavin Horsburgh)
Kelso Ladies RC (picture by Gavin Horsburgh)



In their first game, the fledgling Kelso Ladies rugby team proved they have what it takes to be a competitive side when they demolished visiting Cumnock Ladies in a match ahead of last Saturday’s Kelso Sevens.

Poynder Park was bathed in welcome spring sunshine and a healthy-sized crowd was entertained by some quality rugby from both teams.

Kelso captain Terri Harkin’s players were naturally a bit nervous with their first competitive game after just six months’ training together, taking a while to settle.

This allowed the visitors to get by far the best of the opening exchanges. But Cumnock failed to capitalise on their dominance early on.

And, to the delight of the home supporters, Kelso drew first blood when, after some good work out wide, prop Sarah Murray bulldozed her way over for the opening score.

The next two touchdowns came from Cumnock, but a transformed Kelso side took the pitch after the restart.

Donna Borthwick was fed a pass by Katie McLaren after some great work by the forwards.

A try from scrumhalf Louise Dodds soon followed, while half-time substitute Kayleigh Oliver also made a significant impact, scoring the next two tries. But Cumnock didn’t give in and they were to score the last touchdown of the match.

The real winner on the day, however, was women’s rugby in Kelso.

Coach Mick Lyall said he was immensely proud of his players: “They started very nervously but, after we had a chat at half-time, they were absolutely outstanding in the second half. What these ladies have achieved in six months is incredible and they should all be very proud of their performance.”