Over the last 6 weeks, representative players from around Caledonia have been competing for places to reach the final squad of 23 to take on Glasgow and Edinburgh over 2 nights down at Murrayfield.
Over 120 boys were initially nominated by clubs with Orkney's Cameron Gray, Sam Croy, and Ciaran Drever attending the Caledonia trial
A squad of 40 was chosen for a training squad with sessions taking place between Mayfield in Dundee and Stirling University. Unfortunately Croy and Drever did not make the training squad.
The final squad was cut to 23 to play against Glasgow on Wednesday 26th February in which Cameron Gray was selected in the final squad and also managed a starting place at open side flanker.
Caledonia had a good win against a strong Glasgow side winning 20 points to 7. Edinburgh also played the borders with Edinburgh having an easy victory.
The following week Caledonia and Edinburgh faced of for the Championship District title and the borders and Glasgow played of for 3rd and 4th places, on Wednesday 5th March.
Caledonia made a very good start to the game with there strong back line attack scoring 3 quick tries which lead to a 28-10 half time score. Edinburgh fought back in the second half using the strong wind to there advantage and scoring 3 unanswered tries including 1 conversion which made an exciting few minutes at the end of the game with the score at 28-27 to Caledonia.
Orkney's Cameron Gray came on as substitute for the last 15 minutes which helped to secure a fantastic Championship win for the Caledonia boys.
Glasgow took 3rd place with a comfortable win over the borders.
Caledonia backs coach Bruce Ruthven commented;
"I'm very pleased the boys held on for the win tonight, they have developed greatly over the past few weeks and have surprised the other districts with their performances, eight of the Caledonia boys have now been selected for National Under 16 trials so we congratulate them and wish them the best of luck. Cammy Gray has contributed very well to the programme with solid performances and has had his eyes opened to the pace, physicality and structure associated with playing at this level. He has shown good commitment to the travel and will return to the club game in Orkney a better player with a greater understanding of the game."
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