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JUNE/JULY- TOURNAMENT REVIEWS


KING OF SEVENS CIRCUIT - SCOTLAND


The Kings of the Sevens Competition – We should have put this review in last month’s edition but ran out of space. We felt though that it is too important a tournament to miss reporting on so here it is. Most of you will know about Melrose, the


oldest Sevens tournament in the world but few will know that is part of a competition called the Kings of the Sevens. This is an event run each year across the “Borders” area of southern Scotland by 10 hosting clubs, namely Gala, Melrose, Hawick, Peebles, Langholm, Berwick, Kelso, Earlston, Selkirk and Jed-Forest. Each of these clubs hosts its own tournament with its own trophy but the points won in each tournament count towards an overall title. The scoring for each event is similar to that for Formula 1 Grand Prix’s with 10 points for the winning team, 7 for the beaten finalist, 5 for reaching the semi final and 3 for reaching the


quarter finals. The club with the highest number of points at the end of the 10 tournaments wins the title of “Kings of the Sevens”. This season just finished has for the first time


seen all 10 events held in the spring, starting in early April and finishing in mid May with 3 weekends staging 2 tournaments. The seven a side form of the game was


invented in Melrose in 1883 to raise funds for the club and that has not changed , as a successful tournament with a big crowd may set a club up financially for a major part of the season. The concept of the Kings of the Sevens was established in 1998 when the clubs concerned and the local radio station Radio Borders, who do a wonderful job in promoting rugby in the Borders, introduced a trophy. The winners of the 13 titles since then have come from the Borders in every year apart from 2009 when Watsonians scooped the prize. Of the city teams, Watsonians have been the most consistent in their efforts to play in the Borders sevens. Melrose has won 6 times


with Jed-Forest 3, Selkirk 2 and Gala 1. Of the other Border clubs, Hawick and Kelso are the two most consistent of those who have never won the trophy. As well as the trophy, there is a substantial prize fund of £5000, to which each of the host clubs contributes £250 with the rest coming from BSPC, which is a group of local solicitors. The best attended tournament is at Melrose


for a variety of reasons. This event is attractive to spectators and sponsors. It is televised and the small town of Melrose is closed off for the day. It is a hard tournament to win as Melrose seek to provide a high standard of tournament by bringing in not just the local or Scottish teams but by branching further afield and bringing in the best club sides from New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji or even from south of the border. Melrose won the event this season but a home win has been the exception rather than the rule over the past 20 seasons. Earlston has grown in popularity as they run the tournament on the Sunday of a bank holiday


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