Founders of Seven-a-Side Rugby
at Glen Ord Melrose Sevens 1999
Clubs representing South Africa, Ireland and England will join Scotland's top sides as they try to prevent hosts Melrose from completing a hat trick of victories on Saturday 1st May 1999 at the Glen Ord Melrose Sevens.
Villager RFC and Stellenbosch University RFC from South Africa have both competed at Melrose in recent years. Joining them in the draw are Ireland's equivalent of the Barbarians, the Wolfhounds and beaten finalists in 1997, Cambridge University RFC.
Scottish clubs Gala, Hawick, Jedforest, Kelso, Langholm, Selkirk, Boroughmuir, Currie, Heriots, Watsonians, Stewarts/Melville, Glasgow Hawks, West of Scotland, Stirling County together with Peebles, who make their first ever appearance and hosts Melrose make up the twenty team draw.
Drew Scott, President of Melrose Rugby Club said:
Melrose Rugby Club shares the view that our relationship with United Distillers, now in its twelfth year, bringing together the Blue Riband of Rugby Sevens and the Blue Riband of Scottish Malt Whiskies, is the perfect match, and we look forward to continuing this very harmonious relationship for some time to come. I'm equally confident that the place to be on the afternoon of May Day 1999 will most certainly be the Greenyards.
Prize-money totalling £10,000 is again on offer, with the coveted Ladies Centenary Trophy and £5,000 going to the winners; the Sanderson Salver and £3,000 to the runners-up; and £1,000 to each of the losing semi-finalists. The tournament also features in the Lowland Insurance "Kings of the Sevens" League where the prize money totals £17,000.
The Sevens will be supervised by a team of six top-class officials. "Principal Guest" referee will be one of Ireland's leading officials Alan Lewis who will be supported by experienced Scottish referees Jim Flemming, Ken McCartney, Chuck Muir, Ian Ramage, and Rob Dickson who makes his Melrose debut this year. Touch Judges and In-Goal Area Judges will be appointed by the Borders Referees Society from referees in the area.
Glen Ord will host the traditional Junior Coaching Clinic which is held on the morning of the Sevens when around 80 youngsters under the age of 14 from Clubs throughout Scotland will be put through their paces by some of Scotland's top coaches under the overall direction of SRU Director of Rugby, Jim Telfer with former club coach, Rob Moffat in charge on the day.
George Thomson, Commercial Director, United Distillers and Vintners commented
we are delighted to continue our long association with Melrose. This is the second year of Glen Ord's sponsorship and the twelfth year of the company's involvement. This year will again see the Glen Ord Player of the Tournament award, won last year by Marcus Di Rollo of Watsonians.
Melrose RFC: Melrose Sevens 1999 - 1999 Results and Reports - Sevens 1999 Gallery - Melrose Sevens 2000