The build-up to the 2015 Selkirk Sevens moved up a gear last week, following a cheque presentation to the club by tournament sponsor Lawrie’s Garage.
Part of the Border Motor Group based in St Boswells, Lawrie’s Garage is supporting the tournament for the third successive year.
Last Thursday at the company’s St Boswells headquarters, Lawrie’s general manager Craig Anderson presented a sponsorship cheque to Rob Forrest, Selkirk RFC’s junior vice-president.
“The club is deeply appreciative of the support given by Lawrie’s Garage to Selkirk Sevens over the past two years,” said Mr Forrest,” and we’re delighted to continue our relationship with the company for a third year.”
Mr Anderson added: “The Selkirk tournament is one of the most popular on the Kings of the Sevens circuit, and Lawrie’s believes it can claim to be the ‘Kings of the Sales’. We’re very pleased to be sponsoring Selkirk Sevens once again.”
The Kings of the Sevens series to date has seen the emergence of Gala as this year’s prime contenders and Saturday’s tournament is sure to see another quality performance from young George Graham and his squad. The Maroons have certainly impressed Selkirk Sevens convener and former Scotland international John Rutherford.
“Gala have played some great sevens and seem to have good strength in depth in their squad,” he told The Southern.
“They are blessed with pace, a necessary commodity in the abbreviated game, and in Craig Dods have an excellent playmaker.”
Gala are fully deserving of their three tournament wins and their lead in the Kings of the Sevens table. However, Melrose, with their fifteens programme completed, have shown what a class outfit they are by winning both tournaments last weekend. Both clubs are in opposite halves of the draw and would be favourites again to make the final.
It’s up to the other clubs to lift their performance levels and make a challenge. Jed, with Fraser Harkness and the Young brothers, are very capable of winning a tournament, as are Hawick, as they proved at Langholm. Heriot’s, Watsonians, Kelso and Edinburgh Accies all have the potential to do well, as do Selkirk, who always seem to raise their game at their own tournament.
Finally, it will be interesting to see how Loughborough, coached by former Selkirk player Ciaran Beattie, perform. Older supporters will remember the outstanding Loughborough team of the 70s who won several Border tournaments.
“We hope it is another good tournament enjoyed by all the participating teams and supporters,” added Rutherford.
The Selkirk Sevens tournament, sponsored by Lawrie’s Garage, takes place at Philiphaugh on Saturday (first tie 2pm).