Drumlanrig and Stirches square up in Keown Trophy finale

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DRUMLANRIG will be hoping to make it four-in-a-row tomorrow in the final of the Keown Trophy.

The westenders, however, will face tough competition from Stirches if they are to reclaim the silverware.

The two primary six and seven sides have come out on top in a series of matches at Wilton Lodge Park over the last six weeks.

And they will contest the showpiece finale at Mansfield Park in what promises to be a feast of entertaining rugby.

Development officer Rocky Johnstone said: “The standard has been absolutely brilliant. We’ve had 12 teams playing some great rugby.”

The Keown Shield will be between Wilton and Trinity, while the Keown Tankard will see Burnfoot and Denholm squaring up against one another.

For the primary four and fives, Stirches are again battling it out for top honours as they face Trinity in the final of the Chrysties Quaich. The Chrysties Shield is between Denholm and Drumlanrig and Burnfoot and Wilton will play for the Chrysties Tankard.

Johnstone added: “What’s impressed me most this year has been the enthusiastic crowd who have been really well behaved. They’ve appreciated the good rugby rather than win, win, win. The referees have also enjoyed it and that’s all added up for some cracking play from the kids.”

Action kicks off tomorrow at 9am, with the final of the Keown Trophy expected to start at around 10am.