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Boroughmuir Mini Tournament 2013

Report from the Annual Mini Tournament at Meggetland

07 May 2013



Boroughmuir Tournament 2013

On a glorious day, the 2013 Mini Tournament was the most successful year to date both on the pitch and off the pitch. With around 600 kids playing rugby from P1/2 to P7 age groups, the parents and supporters were treated to a feast of youth rugby. There was an incredible 120 P1/P2 players taking part in a festival of rugby and fun games. The joy on all their faces was fantastic and a delight to see them get presented their medals by Edinburgh & Scotland star Geoff Cross, who also presented the other age group trophies.

It was a great day for Boroughmuir on the pitch with wins in the P4, P6 & P7 age groups, with Currie winning the P5's, but the main success was the Tournament itself. A massive thanks to the Tournament Committee, all the volunteers whether in the car park, kitchen or burger stalls, the age group referees and the Senior Players who came along to referee at all age groups. Also a special mention to the South Morningside School Pipe Band who came along as part of the South West Community Hub to entertain the crowds.

P7 – Boroughmuir Tournament Report

After last weeks great performance over 2 days and losing in the final to Currie, the team were in a confident mood and wanted to make up for last weeks disappointment with a win in our last appearance at our own Tournament. We would also like to thank Currie who brought along extra players to help out Murrayfield Wanderers who were short of a full squad.

With Biggar calling off, it meant that we would only have two Pool games to play. Watsons had beaten RHC in their first game and we have had a few close games with Watsons this season. Another close one with Muir running out winners by 3 tries to 1. This was a good start and meant a win over RHC would put us top. We continued where we left off and put in a very good performance running in some excellent well worked tries. We ended up winners by 9 – 0 but RHC stuck in right to the end and never gave up.

And in a repeat of last week’s final at Currie, it meant a semi final game against Currie to play Watsons who had overcome GHA in the other semi. This was an excellent performance against Currie and we played some great rugby not allowing Currie to get in to their stride. All the boys were so determined to win the game and get to our own final. The tackling and defence was superb and in the end we ran in 6 tries to 1 to put us into the last game of the day.

A sizeable crowd was now present around the pitch and from the clubhouse terrace cheering on both teams, with Muir maybe getting a little more support. It was a close game with some hard tackling and hard fought rucks for every ball. Muir managed to get the first try of the game and a second followed to lead the game 2 – 0 at half-time. It was going to be a nerve racking half but the boys continued to ruck and move the ball wide to put pressure on Watsons and make sure Watsons would have to outplay them to pull the score back. A further late try put us 3 tries up. This was the cushion Muir needed and the boys held on for the final whistle to huge roar from the Meggetland crowd. It was a fantastic performance and the joy on the faces was a delight to see. They have thoroughly deserved this with all their hard work and just falling short on a few occasions. Well done boys on a great performance.

P6 - Boroughmuir Tournament Match Report

What a day! Firstly, a big thank you to all of the organisers and helpers that made the Boroughmuir Mini Tournament one of the best we've ever had. It was great to bring the winners cup home to Boroughmuir for the P6's.
Our day started off, well against a very determined Biggar team. The P6's have been working hard on our game plan, and today it showed. We moved the ball quickly, through some slick handling and some good defence to come out 8 tries to nil winners.

Next up was RHC Cougars. The Cougars did very well and put together some good passages of play, however, the Muir machine was in full flight and scored 11 tries with no reply. Our last pool game was against a well drilled Watson Warriors team.

The Warriors were proving quite a challenge, hooking up some good passing moves, but our defence held strong and we seemed to be quicker to respond at the break down, which put us in a good position to come out 7 tries to nil winners and giving us the pool win.
The semi final saw us up against GHA. GHA seemed a well organised side but, came up against a P6 Muir side that was 'on fire'! GHA had no 'rest bite' and the relentless defence, turned attack saw us come out 11 tries to nil winners.
So to the final against Currie. We knew Currie had a team that could bring our team crashing down, we saw this at Biggar. However, all the players seem to draw strength from their good showing in the first games and got off to a great start. In what was a good, hard match, with some good play, on display by both sides, our good defence gave us some good opportunities to score, coming out 7 tries to nil winners, and to lift the Boroughmuir Rugby P6 cup.
A massive well done to all the players, for playing some great rugby, and giving your coaches and parents a big smile on their faces!!

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