Kirkcaldy double up at home sevens
Written by John Methven
Saturday, 28 April 2018
KIRKCALDY SEVENS 2018
For the first time since 2012 Kirkcaldy won their own sevens tournament at Beveridge Park and the twelfth time in all since James Heggie presented his trophy in 1950. Even before the final there was a real whiff of excitement around after the ground with the Wolverines winning the plate competition. This side composed, of Kirkcaldy veterans and promising youngsters, accustomed to early exits, surprised the crowd with a sparkling display against National 3 Perthshire, winning 47-14.
The competition held on an unusually late date at the end of April because of a clash with postponed league games was contested by eight sides in the two pool format with the two Kirkcaldy sides in separate pools.
Apart from Finlay Smith who will be unavailable, Head coach Quintan Sanft chose a squad of players who are unlikely to play in the season's concluding league game when the champions play West of Scotland on 5 May. This group of players, most of whom had little first team experience had all the necessary sevens skills to win the tournament and in Smith they had the Player of the Tournament.
When the Blues kicked off against Perthshire underfoot conditions were close to perfect but a brisk east wind made it a chill day for the crowd. In the opening tie the Blues dominated possession against Perthshire and despite conceding nineteen points thoroughly deserved their 38-19 win. Meanwhile Wolverines had an exciting draw 17-17 with St Andrews University.
In the early stages of the tournament the team which impressed most was the guest side representing the charity TryUmph For Teenage Cancer (TFC). In their ranks were several players well versed in sevens arts and no one was surprised when they comfortably made their way to final demolishing Dunfermline in the semi-final.
The Blues proceeded through their three pool ties without too much trouble to the semi-finals where there they met St Andrews University who had shown they were well acquainted with the sevens game. Kirkcaldy had a straight forward win however scoring five tries in the process.
Before the final tie the plate tournament was completed with the Wolverines having their fifteen minutes in the sun and a 43-14 win against Perthshire. The star man for the Wolverines was winger Gavin Welsh whose pace was such that it appeared at times that all the Wolves had to do was to win the ball and ship it out to Welsh as quickly as they could
Prior to the final opinion was divided as to likely winners with TFC slight favourites, their players seemed to be much more experienced and not lacking in pace. However this advantage proved illusory and they had no answer to Kirkcaldy's unerring accuracy, ball retention and fitness in the build up to their six tries against their opponent's three in a 38-15 win. While Smith was the top man in the side he had able assistance from his team mates with forward Scott Barclay and backs Cameron Pilmuir and James Barclay also making notable contributions to the eventual Kirkcaldy triumph
After the final the cup and medals were presented by Kirkcaldy vice-presidents Colin George and Graeme Hannah.
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