Best of Scottish head to Madras for sevens

Madras RFC 7s
Madras RFC 7s

Sixteen of the most promising under 18s rugby teams travelled to Madras Rugby Club-to compete in the club’s annual sevens tournament.

The clubs were competing for the Madras Blues Salver, Sid Clark Quaich and the John Bankhead Cup.

As the tournament entered the knock out stages, it became clear how many spectators had travelled to Station Park to view the rugby as they all began to move down to the first XV pitch where the games would unfold.

Following the pool stages the tournament moved into the knockouts and saw Stirling v Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline v Ayr, Dumfries v Dalziel and Dundee v Madras Lights clash in the quarter finals.

Meanwhile, on pitch three there were two gritty local matches to decide the salver finalists as Aberdeen Grammar went head to head with Aberdeen Wanderers and Madras Darks faced local rivals Howe Of Fife. 
As the competition moved into the final stages of the event, the standard of rugby did not taper despite the huge amount of work each team had put in so far, with three high quality finals taking place.

Howe Of Fife came out victors over Aberdeen Wanderers in the Salver final after what was an extremely hard fought final.

Ayr beat Madras Lights narrowly to take the Quaich and Stirling County were defeated by Dundee in the Cup.

Dundee’s performance was of particular note as the late arrivals to the draw played some truly exceptional rugby throughout the day, especially the individual performances from Ronan Joy, who was later awarded with a medal and commemorative t-shirt as player of the tournament.

The trophies were presented by Donald Peddie, who put in a tremendous amount of work to ensure the day ran smoothly, and Ali Bankhead, son of John, who added that the level of rugby on show more than did his father’s trophy justice. 
Overall, The Madras Blues Sevens hailed as a fantastic day for the club and it could not have gone ahead without the work of the volunteers behind the scenes.

Thanks have been extended to sponsors of the event and the St Andrews University Girls Rugby Team who worked tirelessly throughout the day.

Both Sid Clark and John Bankhead had trophies named as a tribute to them for their dedication to the club.