Cayman vets did well in Scotland

The Cayman Harlequins went to Melrose in Scotland to compete in the Davidson Chalmers VETS Tournament, reaching the semi-final of the Cup and only losing out to the eventual winners, the Hammie Dynamiters from South Africa.

The Davidson Chalmers Vets tournament, now in its fourth year, has become an established curtain raiser for the main international sevens competition the day afterwards, drawing ever-larger crowds to an event that celebrates the real spirit of the game.

The tournament consists of teams of ten players, with clubs eliminated being entered into subsidiary Bowl and Plate events.

This year the event comprised Melrose, Orkney, the Cayman Harlequins, Tynedale, Islay, Glasgow Legends (Glasgow Hawks), Hamilton, Morgan Academy and the Auld Reekies (Edinburgh clubs).

It wasn’t an auspicious start for the Cayman Harlequins who were drawn against Melrose in the first round, the winners of the 2010 tournament and who were determined to hang onto their title.

In temperatures more akin to the Caribbean than Scotland, Cayman played some magnificent rugby, only losing to the host club 14-12. In the second round, they were drawn against Orkney, last year’s beaten finalists, and secured a comprehensive 40-0 victory.

At the business end of the tournament, Cayman came up against the stand-out team of the tournament, the Dynamiters, the veterans section of Hamilton Sea Point, the oldest rugby club in South Africa – and the first overseas club to enter teams into the main and veteran tournaments. To their credit, Cayman only lost 19-14.

The tournament consists of teams of ten players, with clubs eliminated being entered into subsidiary Bowl and Plate events.

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