Schools rugby fes­ti­val

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL - Stu­art McFar­lane

Tal­ented young­sters showed off their skills as Ste­wartry Rugby Club hosted its an­nual 10-a-side tour­na­ment.

The event saw teams from seven schools across the re­gion, Stran­raer, Dou­glas Ewart, Kirkcudbright, Cas­tle Dou­glas, Dal­beat­tie, An­nan and Locker­bie, take part in 10 minute games through­out the day to in­crease their in­ter­est in rugby and keeping an ac­tive lifestyle.

The event acts as the traditional fi­nale to the rugby sea­son, with both boys and girls teams tak­ing part in hard-fought com­pe­ti­tion across the day.

John Muir, devel­op­ment of­fi­cer at Ste­wartry Rugby Club, said: “The num­bers of schools play­ing rugby in Dum­fries and Gal­loway is on the up and this event re­ally fin­ishes off the rugby sea­son for ev­ery­one in­volved.

“It’s de­signed as more of a devel­op­ment event than a com­pet­i­tive thing with ev­ery­body play­ing ev­ery­body just to get them en­joy­ing play­ing rugby.

“There was a slight dip in the num­bers this year be­cause of school trips be­ing or­gan­ised be­fore­hand but we still had teams from across the re­gion from Stran­raer to An­nan and the event also helps the schools to see who is go­ing to be in their teams for next year in each of the dif­fer­ent age groups, as well as their girls teams.”

On the at­tack Ac­tion from the game be­tween Dou­glas Ewart and Kirkcudbright

Men in black The Cas­tle Dou­glas S1 team

Ready for ac­tion Kirkcudbright’s team

Hand-off An­nan against Locker­bie

Smiles The boys from An­nan S1/S2

Happy team An­nan’s girls

In the red Locker­bie S2

Hoops Locker­bie

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