On Saturday 2nd May Dumfries Colts sent a squad of ten to take part in the Kilmarnock U18 Sevens Tournament.
This was the last rugby of the season for most of these lads, and they set out with the intention of enjoying themselves. They even managed to arrange a sunny day, which was most unusual for a Bank Holiday Weekend!
The first tie was against hosts Kilmarnock, and the Colts made an understandably nervous start. They made a few simple errors in defence and allowed a very mature looking Killie side to run out victors with a 22-10 scoreline.
Next up was Irvine, who had made a strong start to their campaign. However, the Dumfries boys had learned a great deal for their first tie, and as well as tightening up in defence, they started to open up their game in attack. Once they had scored a couple of well taken tries, they settled down and really started to play a more expansive game. This paid dividends and they won 38-0.
Now with their tails up, Dumfries took on Garnock, whose biggest handicap was their own indiscipline. Early in this encounter, Keith Riddick went down with a leg injury and the crowd reported hearing a "snap" as he did so. Fortunately, it was later discovered at hospital to be ligament damage rather than a break. Spurred on to win for their courageous injured captain, the Dumfries boys destroyed their opposition with a fine display of well taken tries. Special mention to Andrew Little who ran in four of the eight scores in an excellent 48-0 win.
Last game of the afternoon was against eventual finalists Carrick. They were a side who looked well experienced at the shortened game but not unbeatable. In a very tight encounter, the game ebbed a flowed, until in the dying seconds with the score 19-19 Carrick`s danger man Colin Sturgeon scraped up the touchline with nobody able to catch him and touched down to seal their victory 24-19 as the ref blew for full time. An exciting end to a great afternoon of rugby and a most enjoyable way to sign-off the season (apart from poor Keith!)
Squad: Campbell Benson, Jonny Campion, Grant Drennan, Ben Dreyer, William Greene, Stewart Kennedy, Andrew Little, Fraser Paul, Rory Porteous, Keith Riddick.
"Teaming bonding" session!
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