Marr (won 2 – 1) Bangor (won 5 – 2) Kelso (won 4 - 1) Ayr (lost 3 - 1) Stirling (lost 5 - 1)
After the original Tournament date being cancelled due to the weather back in March, the rearranged date was very different with the sun shining for our trip to Troon.
The round robin format meant 5 games with the opener against the host club. Last year they beat us 3 – 1 in the first game so we wanted to get off to a good start especially after last weekends great performance. This was a hard game and we managed to win by the narrowist of margins to start the day well. Bangor, from Northern Ireland, were next and we played some great rugby and in the end had a fairly comfortable win. Bangor had some big lads and were playing to our Scottish Rugby rules so had to adapt their play a bit. The game against Ayr could have gone either way but Ayr managed to just edge us. I think this was our first match against Kelso and we continued to play good positive rugby. If we could beat Stirling then we would end up Tournament winners. Stirling have always been a hard team to play and today was no different. It was a tough match and Stirling played some great rugby and although the scoreline was 5 - 1 we gave them a good game. We ended up second equal on points with Ayr as Stirling won their last match to remain undefeated to lift the trophy.
Pool Games: Currie Blacks (won 7 – 0) Instonians (won 4 – 1) Stew Mel (won 5 - 1)
Semi Final: Ayr (won 3 - 1) Final: Currie Ambers (lost 6 – 0)
After 5 games at Marr the day before, we travelled up to Currie where we last won the trophy at P4 age group. Back to the Pool format our first game was up against Currie Blacks who we had beaten the week before at RHC. This was a similar result to that game and our quick passing and back play led to some great tries. A great start to the day and to our next game against our second team from Northern Ireland of the weekend, Instonians. This proved to be a much more difficult game than Bangor was the day before but with a lot of determined and physical play we ran out well deserved winners. Our last Pool match was to decide who would top the group and go through as group winners as we had both won our first 2 games. It was a great game of rugby and Stew Mel made us work very hard for our win. We scored some really good tries and our rugby was really pleasing to watch. This meant a re-match against Ayr for a place in the final to face Currie Ambers. It was a different result and a reverse scoreline from Marr. Not sure any of the coaches or supporters had any nails left and it was heart pounding stuff. The final was always going to be hard and up against a very different Currie team we had beaten earlier. Unfortunately, Currie Ambers were just too strong for us and it was one game too many for the boys.
The coaches were very proud of all the boys’ efforts and a great performance over the whole weekend. Playing nearly 3 hours of rugby in two days is just incredible. Well done boys!
We were all down at Malleny Park on Sunday for Currie's Mini Tournament. Game one saw us up against a determined Currie Blacks team. Currie came out the blocks well which the team had to handle. Some excellent rucking and good strong running saw us start to ease the match. Rory, Josh and Stuart put in some good tries co come out 4 tries to nil winners.
Game two drew us against a good Biggar team. Again Biggar started better than us and made life very difficult in the first half. After half time a re-spirited team dug in deep to put Stuart and Rory over for a narrow win, 3 tries to 2.
Game three was against Stew Mel's. This was a hard fought affair with some good rugby played by both sides. Stew Mel's kept their composure and passed the ball wide to put in some good scores, coming out winners by 4 tries to nil.
This result put us through to the semi finals as 'runners up' to play the winners of Pool A, Watsons.
This semi final got off to a good start with both teams up for the encounter. Some hard fought rugby on both sides saw Watsons just edge ahead to take the win 4 tries to 3. Tries were scored by Stuart, Josh and Eilidh through some well worked moves.
The Currie Tournament has never been one for 'shy and retiring' teams and the team did very well to get to the semi-finals. We still have some 'work in progress' on our phased play which will come. This was a good 'warm up' for the Boroughmuir Mini Tournament this Sunday - so well done to all the players.
Re-scheduled from earlier in the year, Marr is one of the highlights of the tournament year. This year it seemed to take the boys a couple matches to wake up. We had games against Kelso, GHA and three teams from Marr.
The first game against Marr 'F' saw the boys get an early lead, but then they seemed to lose their focus. Not contesting at the breakdown saw them fall behind, before drawing level with a really well worked try with the ball passing through the hands. Frustrated, but not beaten, the boys moved on to their second game against Kelso. This saw a similar pattern of play emerge with missed tackles costing the boys the lead twice, before nosing ahead with another well worked try with some excellent passing. Game three was against Marr 'P'. Despite having 80% of possession the boys got white line fever and failed to complete a number of excellent phases of play. Frustration with this also led to some less than effective tackling and Marr 'P' manage to tough out a narrow win.
This seemed to be the wake up call the boys needed. Having played well, but not closed out the game, they wanted to prove themselves. GHA were next and the boys really contested well. The tackling went up a notch, turnovers won increased and the boys eased past GHA.
The final game was against Marr 'G' and the boys cut loose. The tackling forced Marr back repeatedly and the game was won 7-1 with six different try scorers.
In the end they drew the tournament with Marr 'F' on 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, but having lost to them in their game Marr took the trophy. The boys did themselves proud, and it was a great day out for all involved.