Langholm Sevens preview: host club ready to celebrate successful season in style

Milntown club on a high after East League Two success

The Langholm Sevens takes place at Milntown tomorrow [Saturday].
The Langholm Sevens takes place at Milntown tomorrow [Saturday].

IT has already been a great season at Milntown with the Langholm senior XV’s winning their league –  and a cracking day is in store on Saturday when the club’s annual sevens takes place.

The James Jones & Sons Ltd Langholm Sevens kicks off at 2pm and is the sixth Kings of the Sevens event out of 10 for 2022-23. Twelve teams will be taking part, split into four Pools of three.

Pool A is made up of Gala, Jed-Forest and Heriot’s Blues, Pool B is made up of the hosts, Peebles and Selkirk, Pool C  pitches Melrose, Kelso and Carlisle together and Hawick, Watsonians and Edinburgh Accies are in Pool D.

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Accies go into the event with a spring in their step having won the Berwick Sevens at Scremerston last Sunday. The Raeburn Place men defeated Melrose in the final 22-12 and currently the team from The Greenyards lead the overall standings with 27 points with Accies joint second on 21 with Watsonians. The top five is rounded off by Gala on 20 points and Peebles on 16.

Jed-Forest are the reigning Kings of the Sevens champions and they will be looking to kick-start their campaign this weekend.

There is set to be a healthy crowd down at Milntown for the tournament and no doubt many locals who attend will be talking about the club’s cracking East Region League Division Two title triumph. To date they have won 10 and lost one of 11 games and they will be presented with the silverware after their final game of the campaign at home to Hawick Linden on April 29th.

“It has been a great season for the club and now we are all looking forward to the sevens,” said Langholm chairman Kenneth Pool. “The players, the coaches and everyone who helped the team get on the pitch for league games in recent months must be congratulated and the success has left everyone feeling good ahead of this weekend.

“We always enjoy welcoming other clubs to Milntown and we feel that the Pool set-up is the best one because it guarantees every team two games at least before the top four go into the semi-finals.

“The Langholm players always enjoy the challenge of testing themselves against players from higher divisions, too, and, as a result, they are looking forward to the pool matches with Peebles and Selkirk.

“The sevens crowd is always full of families and, over the season, it has been excellent to see so many youngsters down at the club in general.

“They have role models who have played for Langholm before in the pro game like Robin Hislop and Lisa Thomson, but it’s great that they also watch the current senior men’s team and aspire to represent the club, too.

“I must thank our great band of volunteers who help the club run and help the sevens day go smoothly – we are all looking forward to it.”

The semi-finals are due to be at 5.36pm and 5.54pms with the final at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10 with concessions £5, under-16s free and car parking £2.

After Langholm, there are events at Kelso (April 29th), Earlston (April 30th), Jed-Forest (May 13th) and Selkirk (May 20th) to come on the Kings of the Sevens circuit.

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  1. Have a great day Langholm Celebrate your promotion in style with a great performance.

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