Ospreys Take Flight to Portugal
Spring has been a busy time for Dunkeld's veterans' rugby team. As reported last month, March saw the team make a successful short trip through to Crieff.
In April the oldies ventured further afield and took part in the Torneio Rugby Veteranos in Evora in Portugal. For a country not widely-known for its rugby the day-long tournament had an amazing turn-out of more than 150 players. Dunkeld were the only
non-Portuguese team invited and were entertained wonderfully by the hosts. The standard of rugby was high, particularly amongst the fast, talented backs of the local teams. So high, indeed, that The Ospreys experienced a couple of rare defeats. Of the 3 matches played, Dunkeld won the 2nd match but were beaten in the first and last. The postmatch camaraderie was enlivened by the great weather, outdoor bars and the bagpipes of scrumhalf "Pistol" Pete Bruce. The celebrations continued into the small hours at the evening reception and dinner which took place in the old town of Evora. Plans are already being made to return next year and we hope to attend with a larger and stronger team.
Into May...on the 6th, a full squad of 20 players travelled to Aberdeenshire for the 9th Scottish Golden Oldies tournament in Ellon. This was The Ospreys' 3rd appearance at the national tournament and their most successful yet. A return to winning form saw Dunkeld prevail in all 3 of their matches by convincing margins.
In June, on the 17th, we will be taking part in the inaugural Carnoustie Beach Rugby tournament. Weather permitting, this should be a great day out for players and families.
The intention is to lay on a bus for players and supporters from Dunkeld and Birnam.
Anyone who is interested in playing in this tournament, or any matches in the future please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and have a look at www.facebook.com/dunkeldrugby
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