Unprecedented season at Duns Rugby Club

A LONG playing season, stretching back exactly nine months, comes to an end this Saturday when Duns RFC make their now customary trip up the Tweed valley to take part in the Walkerburn Sevens.

The season began on August 14 last year with the Duns 10-a-Side tournament, which the host club won for the second successive season. Who could have imagined that success in the Tens would be only the beginning of a season of unprecedented achievement at the club?

The First XV went through the entire season suffering only one deafeat - in an away league match against Trinity Academicals - and had the 18-match league season sewn up with two games to spare. Once the dust had settled, Duns had scored 717 points at very nearly 40 points per game, and had conceded only 162.

In the Bowl, Duns played seven matches in a run which took them from Inverleith, venue for Scotland matches between 1899 and 1925, to the international pitch at Murrayfield, where they defeated West 1 winners Strathendrick by 30-6 in a thrilling final.

The Colts XV have also enjoyed a very successful season, ending in a very comfortable mid-table place in the league, including fine home and away wins over local rivals Berwick Colts.

In the abbreviated game, the Colts won tournaments at Melrose Wasps Sevens and Gala Wanderers Sevens at either end of the season, finishing a brilliant third in the Colts’ “Kings of the Sevens” table behind two excellent sides in Selkirk Youth Club and Tynedale Colts.

The Second XV was resurrected this season after an absence of too many years, and they played half a dozen friendly matches. Arrangements are already in place for the Seconds to join the Scottish Reserve Leagues for season 2011/12, giving them more regular fixtures against sides of a similar standard, so that better back-up can be provided to the Firsts.

So there will be three trophies on display at the Annual Dinner, which takes place next Friday - May 20 - in the clubrooms at 7pm for 7.30pm. There may still be a few places available, so anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Tom Thorburn as soon as possible on 01361-882484.

Before that, the season finale at Wakerburn Sevens sees Duns pitted against Edinburgh Academicals in the first round, with the tie scheduled to start at 2.30pm.

Members are also asked to note that the Annual General Meeting will take place in the Clubrooms on Wednesday, June 15, starting at 7.30pm sharp. Please put a note in your diaries and try to attend if possible.

The club is also very pleased to announce that Duns RFC president Walter Stobie has been elected president of the Scottish Borders Semi-Junior League (the Colts league) for season 2011/12. The league presidency rotates on an alphabetical basis, and after serving as vice-president this season, Walter took up the position of president at the league AGM last week. This is a great honour for Duns, the first time that the club has provided the league president.