This game on Friday 8th marked the 50th Anniversary of the first visit of Seven Sisters Rugby Club from Neath to Dumfries. The game was played in the best spirit of the sport with each team fielding a mixture of youth and experience and on this occasion the Dumfries boys took the bragging rights. Veterans of past tours to Wales came back to Park Farm to play in this prestigious game which features 5 Dumfries Colts and 6 Seven Sisters Colts.
The early stages were very even with Seven retaining possession for long periods and Saints defending well. The first score went to Dumfries with a Tom Hiddleston penalty which was the only score of the first half. The second half started with a great individual try in the corner from Jamie Farquahar, Tom missed the conversion. As the long journey and the late night before took its toll on the tourists, Tom took a quick tap penalty and fed Villi Satala who scored near the posts, Tom converted this one taking the score to 15 nil. But a kick through and a fumble on the line allowed the visitors to grab one back which they converted to finish the game 15 7.
Then the weekend celebrations began with the traditional lap of the field from the first time tourists and presentation of the match trophy by Mungo Bryson whose late father started the friendship between the two clubs. The party carried on through Saturday and was not dampened by the Murrayfield result.
Next year will be the 52nd anniversary of Dumfries’s first visit to Seven Sisters and tour places are already booked.
Team: Back row left to right Jamie Farquahar (Stewartry RFC), Mark McClatchey, Jordan Kerr, Kevin Lowrie, John Carlisle (Colt), Grant Duffy, Roy Dunlop, Dougie Crichton and Bruce Hunt. Front row left to right George Beamish (Colt), Adam Taylor (Glasgow Accies RFC), Ben Radley (Colt), Paddy Coupar, Sam Hiddleston (Captain), Tom Hiddleston, Dougie Boyd, Jack Johnstone (Colt) and Craig Goldie (Colt). Not pictured Johnnie Sloan, Alan Birdsall and Kenny Brown (Hamilton RFC).
Seven Sisters Select
Grant Duffy on a charge
Johnnie Sloan’s still got it
Jordan is a blur
Tom draws defence with Bruce Hunt and Ben Radley in support.
Colt Craig Goldie takes some stopping
Behind you ref
Kenny said "I’ll be there as long as I am not hooker!"