Tuesday 26th April 2016
A day that brought rain, snow, hail and sun welcomed the teams to the Greenyards for the Johnstone Cup 2016.
St Mary’s fielded two teams again this year, an A and a B side. Both teams enjoyed themselves which was the main thing and fortunately the A team came away as champions for 2016! Looking back in the history book, it seems this year’s class are the first St Mary’s team to win it! Thomas captained the A side superbly and William captained the B side in superb sporting fashion.
The B side had a tough afternoon losing all their pool games but scored some beautiful tries through moving the ball down the line and showing some excellent communication at times. Alas, their undoing was being too disorganised to defence which allowed teams to run through very easily. They lost to Melrose A, St Boswells’s and Earlston. The may have lost, but they have learned which is the most important element!
The A’s came through their pool unscathed beating Melrose B, Weststruther and Lauder. Classy rugby was on show with some terrific team tries but also some brilliant individual tries. Champagne rugby indeed!
The A’s then faced St Boswell’s in the semi-final and had the same determined mind-set as they did in their pool games. Again, some fantastic rugby was on show and both teams provided a brilliant spectacle and St Mary’s outscored St Boswell’s 4-2 to progress to the final where they met Earlston.
The game was nervy to begin with as there were many dropped balls but once St Mary’s got into their stride, they scored some great tries and eventually came out winners with a score of 5 tries to 2.
A very well deserved victory and something that the boys can be very proud of. For the last 3 years, St Mary’s have got to the final and lost every one in the last play of the game. It is a tribute to the boys to how well they played today.
Next job and keep practicing!
Well done lads.
Tommy, Hamish, Muaz, Liam, Thomas ©, Will, Otto, Jamie F, Alexander, Frederick, Matt
William ©, Matthew, Dicken, Antony, Fergus, Hamish, Frederick, Theo, Callum
Mr R E Mill, 27/04/2016