BIttersweet stay for Blues teenager

Gavin Welsh in action against Hawick YM. Photo: Michael Booth
Gavin Welsh in action against Hawick YM. Photo: Michael Booth
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FOR teenager Gavin Welsh, scoring his first ever try in senior rugby should have been a day to savour.

But Saturday’s 13-13 draw with Hawick YM turned out to be a bittersweet occasion for the 19-year-old Kirkcaldy winger.

Not only did he score his first ever points for the Blues to earn the team a draw, but he also missed out on a second, and possible winning try, by dropping the ball when just 10 metres from the line.

“I’ve probably earned myself a mention in the end of season speech with that one,” Welsh told the Press.

“I got the pass then tried to accelerate away but I mis-timed it and dropped the ball.

“It was my bad, and I just have to take it on the chin.”

The youngster was delighted, however, to break his duck with his first senior try, which came at a crucial time as Kirkcaldy were trailing 13-3.

“I’m really pleased,” said the former Balwearie High pupil.

“I had a near miss at Perth recently, and I was quite gutted about that, so I thought to myself that I needed to get some points on the board soon.

“Mark Wallace made the space with a great run and dummy and I was screaming for the pass. I took it on about the halfway line and just had to run in.

“I’ve been looking to score tries all season, but just haven’t been able to finish or get the chances.

“It’s been tight games most of the season so when I got the chance on Saturday I knew I had to finish it.

“I’m hoping that now I’ve got one, it can set me up for more. I’ve broken the ice so hopefully I’ll have more confidence to run past boys.

“Our centres have certainly been doing the damage when it comes to scoring so I’m hoping I can contribute by finishing more chances out wide.”

Welsh first took an interest in rugby during his days as a pupil at Kirkcaldy West Primary School.

“A leaflet came round the primary school and I thought I’d give that a try,” he said.

“It was going to get me out of going to church on a Sunday so it sounded excellent!

“I joined the Wee Blues and have managed to progress all the way through to the first team.

“I played mostly for the twos last season, but got some first team games nearer the end of the season.

“This season I’m hoping to play every game for the firsts. I’m really enjoying it.”