Rugby: Ospreys - Blue on Blue : Blairgowrie v Dunkeld
On the 12th of August Blairgowrie RFC held their 22nd10-a-side rugby tournament.
In recent years this long-standing annual event has been combined with the local Ale Festival. The combination of fast-paced rugby and a large range of craft beers and ciders draws a large crowd from Blair and further afield.
The opening match was a 15-a-side game between Dunkeld and Blairgowrie veterans.
As most players on both teams had at some point played for Dunkeld Ospreys, familiarity meant that the match was played in good spirit although no quarter was given. The home side led in the first half during which Dunkeld struggled to get to grips with the laws of rucking and conceded far too many penalties. After a spirited half-time discussion and a change of tactics, Dunkeld emerged the stronger team in the 2nd half. However, it still wasn't enough to claw back the 3 tries conceded in the first half and Blairgowrie won the entertaining match by the odd try.
This being the opening match, it gave all players from both sides the opportunity to enjoy the 10s tournament and the skills and pace of the younger teams. The beer and food tents were also well-frequented during the rest of the day. Congratulations go to Blairgowrie, not just for winning the veterans match but also in retaining the 10s tournament cup.
Dunkeld have more games in the diary throughout the autumn as well as a tour to Tenerife planned in May 2018.
Dunkeld Ospreys is an over 35s rugby team. Further information at www.facebook.com/dunkeldrugby or from email@example.com
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