Friday 24th April saw two Auchinleck Rugby 7s teams travel to Kilmarnock RFC to take part in the Ayrshire 7s festival. Both sides were strong with several experienced Rugby players backed up by eager and pacey footballers and new recruits. The S1 side was a clear stand out, winning their first game against tournament favourites Marr College A, five tries to three. Auchinleck Rugby S1s then went on to win their next game against Garnock Academy eight tries to two, with a twelve tries to nil win against a big Ardrossan Academy team. Two games followed with the same score of seven to nil versus local rivals and club team mates Cumnock Academy and Marr College B. In the final game Loudon Academy were defeated ten tries to nil with man of the match Ruairidh Airlie scoring four fine tries using his strength and speed to great effect. Mr Raby would like to award Jamie Kennedy the Auchinleck Rugby player of the tournament due to his defence and work rate and would like to mention that all the boys played fantastic, well spirted rugby.
The S2 side were also undefeated and impressively did not concede a single try. In their first game against Cumnock Academy the score line was the same as in the S1 game with Auchinleck Rugby running out winner’s seven tries to nil. Ardrossan Academy was convincingly beaten by eight tries, as were Marr College B by the score of six tries to nil. Auchinleck Rugby S2s were now playing some very attractive rugby with one newcomer more used to the round ball Kaylum Ferguson scoring a couple of fine tries. Garnock Academy was dispatched four tries to nil. The deciding game versus Marr College A was tight with both sides giving their all to break the deadlock however the game finished a scoreless draw. Player of the tournament Andrew Houston led his charges well and all pupils involved should be proud of themselves.
Next up for Auchinleck Rugby is Belmont House School in May.