On Sunday the 5th of November we were treated to the best weather for the annual Ardvreck Sevens Tournament. A fantastic atmosphere was present for our 9 visiting teams and the Friends of Ardvreck pulled out all stops with their catering and provision of refreshments.
The Ardvreck team started well with two very comfortable victories against Cargilfield and Craigclowan. Next up in the group stages came Loretto. This was a much tighter match and Ardvreck were leading 2 tries to one going into the dying seconds. At this point, Loretto took advantage of a loose ball and their winger was able to sprint the length of the pitch, winning the game. Such is Sevens! A final pool match against a well drilled Merchiston side led to another defeat which left Ardvreck in the Charity Shield competition.
Here, we faced a Strathallan team hungry for a win in the semi final. Fortunately, we were hungrier and booked ourselves a place in the final! This was a very tightly fought and entertaining contest against St Mary’s. The game literally went down to the wire with the Borders side eventually coming out on top. In the main competition, Belhaven took on Merchiston in the overall final. This was another very closely contested match and Belhaven finished with the victory.
At 11.15 the Headmaster called all the participants together on the 1st XV pitch to remember Hector Trafford, a young man who had played on the field only last year. Two minutes silence were observed followed by the Ardvreck Captain and Vice Captain playing Highland Cathedral on the pipes. The Headmaster asked that Hector’s life was celebrated in the way all the rugby was played. The Charity Place was competed for by St Mary’s Melrose and Ardvreck. £363 was raised donated to Epilepsy Scotland in memory of Hector.
Well done boys and well done to everyone who was involved in supporting, watching, organising and helping out. A particular thanks to Mr Knock for organising such a great tournament. (Mr Robertson)