Fantastic day of rugby at Duns

Kelso playing Duns Grizzly Bears from Primary 3.
Kelso playing Duns Grizzly Bears from Primary 3.

Duns RFC hosted their annual mini rugby tournament on Sunday at Castle Park. The decision to move the event to early autumn paid off and glorious sunshine welcomed teams from Jed-Forest, Peebles, Kelso and Berwick who all put on a tremendous display of rugby along with the hosts.

The strength and depth of the Duns P3 squad was evident, fielding two teams – Duns Polar Bears and Duns Grizzly Bears.

The Polar Bears kicked the campaign off going down narrowly to Peebles by two tries to one but a win against Jed lifted their confidence. They entered their game against Kelso with real optimism but despite their best efforts they went down by three tries to one.

The Grizzlies opened their account with a win against Kelso by four tries to nil. Against Peebles they conceded an early try but the team rallied well to win the game by four tries to two.

The young Jed side put up a valiant effort but were no match for the Grizzlies, who eventually won the game by eight tries to zero.

There was a Polar versus Grizzlies game which was played in great spirit and many of the less experienced players showed they have great potential, including Amelia Lake, William Stewart and Cameron Robertson. It was the Grizzlies who came out on top by seven tries to three.

This final result meant that Duns Grizzlies were crowned the tournament champions, maintaining their season’s unbeaten record.

Scorers for the Polar Bears were James Megson (3), William Stewart (1), Niall Dempsey (2) and Ava Scott (1).

Scorers for the Grizzlie Bears were Jack Royan (7), Liam Joyce (4), Charlie Jeffrey (4), Hayden Ainslie (4), Andrew Brydon (3) and Eoin Angus (2).

This week the P4 Warriors introduced two debutants to their squad with Harrison Roberts and Shaun Renton playing their first ever competition games. No better way to make your Duns debut than in your very own home tournament.

Angus Calvert was superb again. His jinking runs, dazzling tries and text book tackling was as good as we saw all day from any side. Together they notched up two wins, a draw and a loss.

To top of an awesome day the Warriors were awarded the P4 fair play award for the day, the perfect reward for this special team who continue to make massive leaps forward with their rugby.

The Duns P6 entered two teams with one team including four Jed players. The first fixture was these two teams (named Duns and Jed’uns). It was an even contest with Ethan Craze’s two tries proving just enough to secure a 2-1 victory for the Duns team.

The P5 coach had just enough players to put out a team and Ben Douglas scored some super tries by powering over the line and Roan Lyons showed some excellent skills in attack as well as some try-saving tackles. Sam Gourlay, Darcy Robson, Archie Borthwick and Rogan Glass played their hearts out on the field and kept the ball moving. Euan Hope won the trophy for most valuable player on the day for his brilliant efforts. Although they didn’t win any of their matches, there was so much for them to be proud of.