Cayman veterans take Scottish tournament trophy

| 16/04/2012

Clan CaymanHarlequins.jpg(CRFU): Friday 13th in Melrose, Scotland unlucky for some but not the Clan Construction Cayman Harlequins who won the Plate Competition at the Davidson Chalmers 10's Tournament. The tournament for players over 35 years of age featured teams from Hong Kong, England, Wales & Scotland including the famous Melrose, Gala, Hawick, Orkney & professional club Glasgow. Cayman won their first pool match 37 to 5 against Northern Gas Pilgrims but lost to Melrose 5 to 7 despite scoring at the death only to have the try disallowed for stepping into touch which put the Clan Cayman out of the Cup and into the plate.

In the Plate semi final Clan Cayman faced Melrose 2nds and won 29 to 19 to get into the final against Glasgow.

In the final and in front of former Governor and now Melrose Resident Thomas Russell, Clan Cayman went behind 7 to 0 but defended valiantly against a very slick Glasgow side. Clan Cayman scored early in the second half but were unable to convert leaving the score at Clan Cayman 5 Glasgow 7. Clan Cayman Battled back and scored with the last play of the game to win the Trophy 10 to 7.

Team Captain Tony Elliot a former National Captain of the Cayman team who now resides in Hawick was delighted with the teams performance.

'It's great to win some silverware, we have been competing here for five years and despite some close attempts this is the teams first trophy against some formidable opposition," he said.

Director of Rugby Richard Grizz Adams had a huge smile on his face after the final.

"There are going to be some very sore bodies tomorrow including mine but the win was great, the tournament is superb and it's been a great day all around. The locals as always have been brilliant and it is great to carry the Cayman Flag to Scotland and Melrose where I am happy to say we have quite a following and are very lucky to have a lot of local players who make up the numbers so we can play here and wear their shirts with Pride!,' he said.

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