Rugby players rewarded for their efforts

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As the 13/14 rugby season draws to a close, Montrose Juniors held their annual prize-giving and fun day. With rugby, bouncy castles, stalls and a barbecue, more than 200 people enjoyed the day.

Prizes were given out for each squad, with awards for Player of the Year, Most Improved, Best Newcomer and Spirit of Rugby.

The Spirit of Rugby winner was Callum Ross, and Players of the Year were Fergus Alberts, Tim Brown and Logan Bean.

Squad of the Year was presented to the Under-15s girls who are National Sevens champions and made it to the National Plate Final.

Hugh Dennis, director of junior rugby, said: “It has been an amazing year for the club. The continued growth of our junior squads is all down to the hard work of our volunteers. We are very luck with all of the support we get, be that coaching, refereeing, first aid, transport, helping in the kitchen or just cheering on our players.

“Next year will be another great season and we are preparing for it already. Many of our coaches are taking UKCC courses over the summer and all of our coaches will do the IRB Rugby Ready course in August.”

Festival date

Scottish Rugby held their Tayside and Fife Regional Festival for S1/2 rugby in Montrose last Sunday.

Teams came from across the region with players from Carnoustie, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Madras and Waid taking part, as well as a home side for Montrose.

The purpose of the festival was to give all players game time, and clubs were encouraged to bring along as many players as they had.

Jack Wood of Montrose making a break against Dunfermline, supported by Stuart Campbell.

Jack Wood of Montrose making a break against Dunfermline, supported by Stuart Campbell.

Where some squads were short on players, other clubs provided players.

The event was a ‘round robin’, with each team getting to play the other five in 10- minute matches.

With the focus on development, there was no trophy for the day and scores were not recorded.

Caroline Campbell, Montrose S1/2 coach and festival organiser, said: “Despite there being no scoring of the matches or an eventual winner, the rugby itself was very competitive.

“Players from all of the clubs showed great skills and they benefited from so many matches.

“This was a really positive end to the season and we would be very keen to host another festival next year.”