The junior Section at Cambuslang Rugby Club were delighted to host their annual rugby festival last Sunday.
A total of 250 young rugby players from Cambuslang and the four visiting clubs – East Kilbride, Uddingston, Cumnock and Clydebank - enjoyed matches across the afternoon.
At midi rugby level, the Cambus S2 side hosted Uddingston on the main pitch. After a series of postponed fixtures recently, the Cambus boys were raring to go and found themselves in a keenly contested game. Both sides were extremely well drilled and displayed some tremendous handling skills throughout the game. Cambus were unlucky to lose by one score in a tight game where the result was in the balance right up to the final whistle.
In the mini age groups the focus was all on taking part, playing as many games as possible and having plenty of fun.
The Cambus P6/7 side borrowed a few players from visiting teams to make up their numbers on the day. Even through the boys had not played together as a team they put in some fantastic performances on the day in games against East Kilbride, Uddingston and Cumnock.
Against physically bigger and more experienced teams the Cambus boys did themselves proud with a series of super performances. Coach Stuart Burns was delighted with the support play, tenacious tackling and all round commitment from the Cambus boys.
The P4/5 side played in the largest section of the day with seven teams taking part in total. With plenty of matches for the Cambus boys to play, they had ample opportunity to show how they have developed as a team through this season.
Coaches Scott Semple and Neil Kennedy were full of praise for the boys performances on the day, and said: “The accuracy of the boys passing and commitment at the breakdown was fantastic to watch. It allowed them to show a structured game today that is what we’ve been building towards all season.”
The P3 side put in some excellent performances in their games against East Kilbride, Cumnock and Uddingston. The kids from all the teams showed some tremendous passing and running skills as they scored more tries than anyone was able to count.
A delighted Cambuslang coach Jim McGhee was full of praise for his young players, and said: “I can’t speak highly enough of how the boys played today.”
The P1-2 side had a great afternoon with the club’s youngest players running themselves to a standstill in matches against Clydebank, Cumnock and East Kilbride.
The tries flowed freely and the players of all teams showed off some exceptional side steps, dummies and post try celebrations.
An exhausted team coach Sandy Hutchison said afterwards: “The teams’ support play was absolutely outstanding today. The boys worked really hard for each other all day and were at the top of their game today.”
With loads of great rugby being played, beautiful home baking for sale, a well stocked tombola and food and drinks being served in the club, a fantastic afternoon was had by all the players, parents and supporters on the day.
The mini rugby season comes to an end this Sunday when Cambuslang are holding their end of season fun day but will return for a new season in August.