Members and friends of Madras Rugby Club remembered their team-mate Rikki Lees in the best possible way at the weekend.
The club staged its Rikki Lees Veterans Tournament and invited a host of clubs from across the country to take part and make it an event to remember.
Teacher Rikki was a Madras life member and club stalwart, who sadly passed away suddenly in 2010.
Since then, the club has staged its annual day of rugby event in memory of him, and, this year, Madras paid him the ultimate tribute by winning the eight-team tournament.
Club secretary Scott McClymont said: “The games kicked off in the style you would expect from an over-35s tournament. While a yard of pace may well have been missing, I can assure you the commitment in the tackle and at the breakdown was certainly still at a crisp level, with big hits being put in from all sides.
“All the 1.00p.m. games ended in pointless stalemates, apart from the Loyal & Ancients, who showed great flair to beat Kinross 15-0 straight out of the blocks.
“Madras Loyal and Ancients continued the opening form into their remaining fixtures scoring well in all, which set up a super showdown with Kirkcaldy Zingari, a team which has not lost a veterans’ game in 15 years, so the Loyal & Ancients knew this game would be a tough ask.”
But with the vigour of players 20 years younger, the gents took to the stage and performed their hearts out, knowing everyone at Madras Rugby Club was behind them, and Rikki’s family were on hand to present the winning trophy to the home side.
A well-fought 0-0 draw, which could have gone either way, was as good a result, as Madras needed to make sure they achieved their goal on a points count back.
Mr McClymont added: “Every team played with great spirit, commitment and the type of camaraderie that all veteran tournaments are infamous for.
“Final word must go to Rikki Lees.
“This tournament was set up in your honour. It’s tragic that we have had to do that, but we think today that the boys in blue will have done you proud.”