Selkirk bring the curtain down of Kings of the Sevens series

Defending champions Jed-Forest are looking to break their duck in this year's 10-tournament campaign

The Selkirk Sevens brings the Kings of the Sevens circuit to an end on Saturday. Image: Grant Kinghorn
The Selkirk Sevens brings the Kings of the Sevens circuit to an end on Saturday. Image: Grant Kinghorn

THE KINGS OF THE SEVENS circuit for 2022-23 will come to an end tomorrow [Saturday] at Philiphaugh, some nine months and 10 tournaments after it kicked off at Peebles in early August.

Melrose’s victory at the Jed-Forest Sevens last weekend means that they have already been crowned overall champions for the season, but all the teams who will be in Selkirk on Saturday will want to head into their well-deserved summer break with a trophy in their hands.

The tournament will also round off a good week for the Selkirk club because last Saturday they held their inaugural cap presentation evening.


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Since 1972, 13 players have surpassed 250 1st XV appearances for Selkirk and they were recognised by being awarded with caps. Four current players who have achieved over 100 appearances were also presented with caps.

Back to sevens and it all kicks off at 2pm with 16 teams aiming to lift the Buccleuch Estate Cup. In round one of the straight knock-out event, Gala will play Musselburgh and that will be followed by the Jed-Forest versus Langholm, Selkirk versus Linlithgow and Peebles versus Watsonians ties in the top half of the draw.

In the bottom half, Melrose will take on a President’s VII followed by the Hawick versus Hearts & Balls, Edinburgh Accies versus Berwick and Kelso versus Aberdeen University.

Last year, Jed defeated Selkirk 24-12 in the final while the host club last won the tournament in 2018.

Going into this event overall champions Melrose are on 55 points, Gala are on 40, Edinburgh Accies on 34, Watsonians on 29 and Kelso on 29 to make up the top five in the standings.

As well as entering a team, Hearts & Balls have donated two  bottles of limited edition Loch Lomond Malt Whisky which were commissioned for the Grand Slam Dinner in 2022. Both bottles are signed by Gavin Hastings and Selkirk’s own John Rutherford and they will be auctioned off at the sevens lunch.

If you would like to make a bid before 11.30am on Saturday please private message the Selkirk club Facebook page – click HERE – with all proceeds going to Hearts & Balls and the Harris Trust.


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