Clan Construction tried hard and built for future success

The Clan Construction Cayman Harlequins won the Plate Competition at the Davidson Chalmers 10s Tournament in Melrose, Scotland last Friday.

The tournament was for players aged over 35 featured teams from Hong Kong, England, Wales and Scotland including the famous sides Melrose, Gala, Hawick, Orkney and professional club Glasgow.

Cayman won their first pool match 37-5 against Northern Gas Pilgrims but lost to Melrose 7-5 despite scoring at the death only to have the try disallowed for stepping into touch which put the Clan Cayman out of the Cup and into the plate.

In the Plate semi-final Clan Cayman faced Melrose 2nds and won 29-19 to get into the final against Glasgow.

In the final and in front of former Governor and now Melrose Resident Thomas Russell, Clan Cayman went behind 7-0 but defended valiantly against a very slick Glasgow side. Clan Cayman scored early in the second half but were unable to convert. Clan Cayman battled back and scored with the last play of the game to win the Trophy 10-7.

Team captain Tony Elliot a former Cayman national team captain who now resides in Hawick, was delighted with the team’s performance.

He said: “It’s great to win some silverware, we have been competing here for five years and despite some close attempts this is the team’s first trophy against some formidable opposition.”

Director of Rugby Richard ‘Grizz’ Adams had a huge smile after the final, “There are going to be some very sore bodies tomorrow including mine but the win was great, the tournament is superb and it’s been a great day all around.

“The locals as always have been brilliant and it is great to carry the Cayman flag to Scotland and Melrose where I am happy to say we have quite a following and are very lucky to have a lot of local players who make up the numbers so we can play here and wear their shirts with pride.”

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