Hawick Mini Robbie Dyes’ annual tournament has once again showcased the talented crop of players beginning their journey through the ranks at clubs across the Borders.
More than 400 players from primary three to seven descended on Mansfield Park on Sunday morning – and there to cheer them on was a large turnout of family members, including mums and dads, grannies and papas, and aunties and uncles.
The weather played its part by staying dry with no wind, and after a great morning of rugby, the primary three spoils went to Peebles, with Kelso the runners-up. Peebles made it a double success when emerging champions in the primary four tournament, with selkirk the runners-up.
The home crowd had something to cheer about in the primary five competition when Hawick overcame a stuffy Kelso side to land the honours.
It got even better for the Mansfield faithful as Hawick’s primary six side got the better of their Kelso counterparts in a great final.
The primary seven final was well contested and saw Gala emerge deserved winners over Selkirk.
One of the most important pieces of silverware – the Bill McLaren Trophy – was awarded to Selkirk’s primary sevens for their fair play and sportsmanship.
Hawick Minis David Oliver paid tribute to those who made the day such a success: “The place was just buzzing with everyone playing their part during a great day.
“We’ve a few things to sort out for next year but all the kids had fun, while the home crowd had a couple of good wins to savour.
“We are indebted to Hawick RFC, Hawick YM and Hawick Royal Albert for the use of their pitches; to our generous sponsors, without whom we couldn’t hold the tournament; and to the referees who gave up their Sunday to make sure the games took place.
“Thanks also to those who made bacon rolls and sold raffle tickets. Their efforts are all for the good of the kids and the sport. Roll on next year.”
The winners of the Chelley Trophy for each age level were: primary five, Connor Crawley; primary six, Corbin Cumming; primary seven, Ben McCredie. These are presented at each tournament to Hawick players only, for showing the most improvement, sportsmanship and all-round good play.
More photographs in Friday’s paper.