Keown high five for victorious Drumlanrig

Keown Trophy winners Drumlanrig P6-7
Keown Trophy winners Drumlanrig P6-7

DRUMLANRIG pupils produced a five-star performance to lift the Keown Trophy.

For the fifth successive year the young westenders took the title after beating off strong opposition from throughout the town.

Stirches were their opponents in Saturday’s showpiece finale and although they had got the upper hand in a previous meeting during the group matches, Drumlanrig gained sweet revenge to secure the silverware.

Development officer Rocky Johnstone told the Hawick News: “Stirches have had a great year considering they’re such a small school. They beat Drumlanrig in the rounds in what was a fantastic game. I was referee then and it finished 5-4 but a draw would have been a fair result.

“On Saturday, Drumlanrig got their act together and played the better rugby. There were great skills shown by both teams but Drumlanrig used the width and scored some good tries and were hungry in the tackle.”

In the Keown Shield, Trinity were victorious over Wilton, while Denholm beat Burnfoot to lift the Keown Tankard.

While their primary 6-7 friends may have lost out, the primary 4-5s at Stirches made sure there was plenty to shout about as they won a closely contested Chrysties Quaich final against Trinity.

Stirches raced into an early lead and despite a second-half fightback from Trinity, were able to hold on for the win.

In the Chrysties Shield, Drumlanrig claimed their second title as they overcame Denholm, and Wilton defeated Burnfoot to capture the Chrysties Tankard.

On what was a beautiful autumn morning, almost 150 kids took to the pitch at Mansfield Park for the culmination of six weeks of entertaining rugby.

And the 43rd staging of the annual event has proven as popular as ever.

Mr Johnstone added: “We had great weather and there was some fantastic rugby on show. The standard was exceptionally high and it’s something the parents and coaches have all commented on.

“I was particularly impressed by the standard of the girls, and the tackling was immense. The kids showed no fear.

“Every school entered a team. This year there were 12 teams and to be honest we could have had more. The enthusiasm for the tournament is great.”