The East tournament was held on a blustery but thankfully dry day.
P4/P5 tournament :
4 teams contested this tournament with 2 from West, Kirkwall and the home team East.
West Greens started the completion with a 8-2 win over Kirkwall Whites. While losing the Whites showed good character and stuck to their task well. Next up West Blues beat East 8-4 but this was a close match with the score at 2-2 for a while before the Blues pulled away to win.
The East were straight back on to play the Whites and won 6-3 in an entertaining game with some good rugby played by both sides.
The West derby was next with the Greens taking the honours with a 6-0 win and showing some good attacking rugby. West Greens were straight back into action against East winning 7-3 which for a while was a close match before the Greens pulled away to win.
In the final match Kirkwall Whites played some good rugby to win 7-4.
These results meant that West Greens finished undefeated to retain the Shield with the other teams sharing 2nd place all having won 1 and lost 2 showing how close the completion is between these teams.
From an East perspective it was good to see some new players getting involved and Anne-Marie Gibson scoring her first try in her debut tournament.
P6/P7 tournament :
3 teams contested this tournament with East, West and Kirkwall Stripes all taking part.
First up was the home side East against Kirkwall Stripes. In an entraining game were the Stripes tried hard to break down the East team, the home side ran out 10-0 winners. While sounding one sided the Stripes had their moments to score a few tries and were unlucky not to score.
The Stripes then played West and again tried hard before losing 8-1.
The Stripes should feel proud of their efforts as they are developing as a team and played some good rugby during both matches.
The final match between East and West was a hugely competitive game as usual. Both sides attacked strongly in the first half with fiercely contested rucks from both sides. As the half wore on West applied a lot of pressure but some strong East tackling had nothing to show for it.
West then put together a series of good moves creating the space to score the opening score. With a 1-0 lead at half time the match was still in the balance.
East started the second half strongly and played some good attacking rugby but West’s defence held firm. The tackling and rucking from both sides was fierce throughout and both sides were determined to try and secure a win.
West eventually worked some good moves and once again created some space to score the try which secured the match and the cup with a 2-0 win.
The standard of rugby was excellent from both sides and both coaches were very proud of the energy, skill and commitment from both squads.
East would like to thank both referees, Stewart Spence and Al Watson for their time and for St Andrews Primary school for the continuing use of the facilities.
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