Dumfries Mini Rugby Tournament
Last Sunday over 200 primary aged rugby players from seven clubs arrived at Park farm for the annual Dumfries RFC Mini section tournament.
A dry but cool day saw Dumfries welcome P4, P5, P6 and P7 teams from Biggar, Stewartry, Newton Stewart, Langholm and Moffat. All dodged and weaved, side-stepped, sprinted, tackled and pushed their way through the round robin tournaments.
Teams are credited for fair, sporting play and conduct of player’s coaches and spectators as well as the results of the game.
In the Progressive Animal Services sponsored P4 tournament, Biggar, Stewartry and Langholm were all on equal points at the end of the round robin. Fair play points were calculated and Langholm were crowned champions.
In P5 a strong Biggar team won all their matches and took the trophy. Newton Stewart were the runner ups. Dumfries P5 player Jack Austin received an honourable mention in the player of the tournament award for some great running and tackling.
The Express Bakery P6 Tournament saw 5 of the12 games ending in a draw. The winners of this close fought section were Biggar with Stewartry as close runner ups.
It is probably not surprising that from such a closely contested section that the player of the tournament came from this age group. The John Queen sponsored trophy for player of the tournament went to Liam Davidson of Stewartry who impressed everyone with some very elusive and pacey running.
Newton Stewart were unable to field teams for last year’s tournament. However their efforts to rekindle their mini section are looking to have paid of as their P7 team were close runners up in the John Millar sponsored P7 tournament. The shield was lifted by a very spirited Stewartry team.
All competing clubs were eligible for the Fair play award which was judged and scored by the six referees. Every game receives a mark which reflects upon the following.
• Adherence to laws and spirit of rugby union.
• Courtesy towards officials, team mates & opponents.
• Sporting behaviour within and between teams.
• Positive conduct of supporters, coaches and players.
The average mark for every club throughout the tournament was calculated.
The winners were Newton Stewart. Well done! the attitude by players and coaches was tremendous all afternoon and lived up to the Fun & Fair billing for the tournament.
A big thank you from Duncan Kennedy of the Mini section at Dumfries to the referees, pitch runners, parent volunteers, club staff, sponsors John Miller Ltd, Progressive Animal Services Ltd and Express Bakeries. They all put in a great & friendly effort on the day to make the whole tournament a big success. A very big thank you to all the players who gave their mum’s a huge cheer at the end of this Mother’s Day event. I’m sure they all enjoyed their afternoon at Park Farm.
Mini rugby at Dumfries is becoming more and more popular. Anyone who will be in P4,P5, P6 or P7 in August this year and wishing to become involved in this great sport please contact Duncan Kennedy on 07860 474001 to leave your contact details.