Dumfries Saints mini section at Ardrossan tournament, Sunday, 8th May 2011
In bright and breezy conditions, the mini section travelled to take part in the Ardrossan tournament.
The club was represented by teams at Primary 5, 6 and 7 level.
The primary 5 team put in some great performances throughout the day against teams from Ardrossan, Bishopton, Greenock, Helensburgh and Birkmyre.
All the players showed signs of improving and were putting in to practice all of the drills they have been working on in training.
They eventually ended the day as runners up and all players came home with a well-deserved medal.
The primary 6 team had some call offs and had to call on Rory Hanson to assist them. Rory is a regular in the Primary 7 team but as the youngest Primary 7 player he was able to make the switch to Primary 6. This was approved by the referees and opponents’ team coaches.
Rory along with Scott McLellan, Gavin Wilson, Matthew Currie, Jack Roberts and Jack Bain all went on to score tries throughout the tournament. This team continues to go from strength to strength and showed some great rugby skills, particularly recycling the ball at the breakdown.
The Primary 6 squad ended the day as runners up with Matthew Currie earning the medal for Primary 6 player of the tournament. The team were all presented with runners up medals.
The Primary 7 team had 4 games against Ardrossan, Bishopton, Greenock and Helensbugh.
First opponents were Greenock, with a final score of 16 – 0 win to Dumfries. Next up were our old pals Ardrossan and as ever the friendly rivalry was there. This was a slightly more evenly matched game with Dumfries winning 9 – 0.
After a break; the next opponents were Helensburgh. This was a very close match with the final score a 3 – 1 win for Dumfries.
Last game was against Bishopton. This was to be the decider for the tournament. Jack Currie was on a scoring streak and managed to run in 7 tries in this match. The referee gave Dumfries the task of making 6 passes before being allowed to score. The team took to this well and managed to run out as 13 – 0 winners. Cameron Wood scored his first try since joining the club before Easter. Well done to Cameron.
Overall the team scored an amazing 41 tries, conceding only 1 in the whole tournament.
Jack Currie scored an amazing 13 tries on the day, giving him the accolade of Primary 7 player of the tournament.
Scott Neilson joined the squad for the first time and showed some great promise with good all round support play and surging runs. He is a welcome addition to the team.
The Primary 7 team were the overall tournament winners and brought home the trophy and winners medals to Park Farm.
This was a brilliant team performance and shows that all the hard work in training has paid dividends. They simply outclassed their opponents in all areas. They also received fantastic feedback from the referees on the day, who commented on their skill and more importantly their attitude to the game.
Once again, all three teams played well, displaying a tremendous team spirit and attitude. The huge travelling support was rightly proud of the boys.