Rugby youngsters pay Lofty tribute in tournament

SEVEN young rugby teams demonstrated some good running rugby at the annual Borders primary sevens rugby tournament played on the back pitches at Netherdale on Saturday.

Gala Mini Maroons and Kelso Cougars reached the final by winning all of their group games and treated the large support to a great show on the main Netherdale pitch prior to Gala’s league game against Dundee.

Winners, the Mini Maroons, were presented with the David Loughton Memorial ‘Lofty’ Cup and medals by Sam and Cara Loughton.

The cup was presented for the first time in 2006 in memory of David (Lofty) Loughton who died in October 2004, age 39 after a long battle with cancer.

Gala youth development officer Ian Millar told TheSouthern: “Lofty was a great friend to many in the rugby community throughout the Borders and will always be remembered for his outstanding good nature and as a player who always demonstrated the true meaning of good sportsmanship.

“Once again this was showed by all teams who took part in what has become a regular fixture at Netherdale.

“The club would thank the Loughton family for their continuing support for this annual tournament and to all who helped make it a successful day.”

Participating teams: Gala Mini Maroons, Kelso Cougars, Langholm Lions, Selkirk Rhino’s, Melrose Hornets, Jed, Hawick, Berwick.

Mini Maroons squad: Charlie Edwards, Alex Caldow, Todd Philip, James Steel, Max Logan, Scott Stoddart, Glen McCrum, Ian Gueldner, Lloyd Gillies, Robbie Johnstone, Kerr Smith, Josh Dougall, Fergus Johnstone, Cammie Finlayson, Angus Dunn.