Match Reports

Booker Border League Final Melrose vs Hawick

16 Apr 2019

The 2018/19 Booker Border League final was played at The Greenyards, home ground of the Border League vice-President, between Melrose and Hawick. It was an overcast evening with a dampish pitch. With only a minute on the clock Lee Armstrong opened the scoring with a penalty, but the Hawick lead was short lived as Bruce Colvine nipped into the Town Corner, from a quickly taken penalty four minutes later, for an unconverted try. Struan Hutchison extended the Melrose lead with a penalty at 18 minutes, but Armstrong was unable, three minutes later, to alter the score by being wide with a penalty attempt. Six minutes before the break Dalton Redpath ran in for a try in St. Mary’s Corner and Armstrong’s conversion gave Hawick a two-point lead at the interval.

Half time – Melrose 8 Hawick 10

Ten minutes into the second half Hutchison kicked his second penalty to return the lead to Melrose, and, six minutes later, Armstrong was, again, wide with a kick at goal. On 61 minutes Bruce McNeil was sent to the sin-bin for an offence on the ground just short of the Hawick try-line. Melrose won the subsequent lineout with Grant Runciman crashing over for an unconverted try to increase the Melrose lead. There was no further scoring, but spectator interest was kept alive with sporadic bouts of fisticuffs. The victory gave Melrose their 20th victory in this competition since its inception in 1901

Melrose 16 Hawick 10

Melrose – Donald Crawford, Iain Sim, Patrick Anderson, Gavin Wood, Michael Mvelase-Julyan, Struan Hutchison, Bruce Colvine, Grant Shiells, Russell Anderson, Connor Young, Calum Crookshank, Ali Grieve, Ruaridh Knott, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements – Ben McLean, Thomas Brown, Patrick O’Sullivan, Callum Wilde, Gary McWilliam. Andrew Jardine, Thomas Klein.

Hawick – Ali Weir, Kirk Ford, Keith Davies, Andrew Mitchell, Gordon Logan-Woolley, Lee Armstrong, Gareth Welsh, Shaun Muir, Matt Carryer, Dale Johnstone, David Lowrie, Dalton Redpath, Jae Linton, Stuart Graham, Bruce McNeil. Replacements – Callum Renwick, Nicky Little, Ron McKean, Glen Welsh, Grant Huggan, Deaglan Lightfoot, Aaron Redpath.

Referee – Steven Turnbull. Assistants – Sean Niven & Aonghus Ryan


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