On Saturday Gala welcomed Hawick to Netherdale for a preseason friendly warm up game.
Both clubs were represented by mixed squads of 1st and 2nd team players, and the game was divided into 3 periods of 30 minutes.
Saturday turned out to be a pleasant sunny day and on a beautifully maintained pitch conditions were ideally suited for rugby. There was a reasonable crowd who were all in good fettle and proved the friendship and competition in Border’s rugby.
Prior to the commencement of the game Gala had the registration of their younger players and perhaps future internationalists in the mini section. Over 100 young girls and boys attended for the registration and obviously enjoyed meeting friends and coaches on the day.
The Gala players had started the day with a fund raising car wash and coffee morning which was very successful and raised over £600 in funds.
The main event started at 3.00 pm and saw a very close encounter with Gala matching each score of Hawick and after 18 minutes the score was 14 - 14 following 2 converted tries each.
Hawick gained the upper hand after 27 minutes by crossing the line for their third try of the first period which was converted resulting in the first period ending Hawick 21 Gala 14.
After a brief break the second session commenced with a shuffle of players on both sides.
Gala were overrun in this period and were not up to the strength of the Hawick team running out losers by Hawick 26 Gala 0.
Between the second and final periods of adult rugby some of our newly registered minis took to the main pitch and entertained the spectators to a short game of touch rugby. This was good fun to watch and what the young players lacked in skill they more than made up for with enthusiasm.
In the final period of rugby, the competition was very close with Gala showing good defensive skills and determination. When they had the ball in the backs there was a great deal of skill and speed which bodes well for the future season. Hawick managed to cross the line for an unconverted try two minutes from the end of the period.
All in all this was a successful day for both sides enjoyed by the spectators. The next game at Netherdale is on Saturday 31st August against Jedforest. This will be a competitive game in the Bookers Border League and despite the league difference between the clubs it promises to be an entertaining afternoon out.
Finally the Border’s clubs are extremely happy and grateful to Bookers for once again sponsoring the Border League. This is an interesting tournament within the Borders and without the financial help of Bookers it would be difficult to continue. A big thanks to Bookers.