Young rugby talent put on show at Dalziel
The club hosted their annual youth festival - and claimed two of the top prizes.
Dalziel Park became the place to be for Scotland’s young rugby talent at the 22nd annual Festival of Youth Rugby.
Some 40 clubs, from as far afield as Northern Ireland and Gateshead, participated in Scotland’s biggest and best youth tournament.
Among the highlights of the day was Glasgow Warrior and Argentian internationalist, Federico Aramburu, stepping into the home of the Dalziel Dragons to present medals and trophies.
Also in attendance was the RaboDirect Pro12 trophy and Clyde the Cow, the Glasgow Warriors’ mascot.
Federico joined more than 1000 spectators on April 28, including immediate past president of the SRU, Jim Stevenson and general manager of heavy plant firm Terex, Paul Douglas, who lapped up the feast of rugby.
Teams aged from primary three to under-18 competed for the honours at their respective levels with the prestigious Alan Calder Trophy for under-18 secured for the second year in a row by hosts Dalziel.
Paul Douglas, whose company provided a generous sponsorship, praised the efforts of the Motherwell club.
He said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the hard work from all at Dalziel who have provided this wonderful opportunity for so many young people to enjoy participating in this exciting event.
“My company are proud to be associated with this excellent grass roots rugby club.”
The event organiser Graham Calder, son of the late Alan Calder, the person who initiated the event 22 years ago and to whose memory the festival is now dedicated, added: “This successful day was only made possible by the huge efforts and hard work of a vast number of people who contributed to the resounding success of the event.
“Many thanks to all who helped.”
The winners were -
Primary three – Hamilton Bulls
Primary four – Belfast Civil Service Sharks
Primary five – Strathaven
Primary six – Strathaven
Primary seven – Hamilton Bulls
S1 – Biggar
S2 – Dalziel
Under-15 – East Kilbride
Under-16 – Dalziel
Meanwhile, on Friday, April 27, the Schools’ Festival for S1 and S2 took place.
Pupils from 13 schools took part - Dalziel High, Duncanrig Sec, Bellshill Barbarians, Cathkin High, Cumbernauld High, Calderglen High, Chryston High, Hamilton College, Uddingston Grammar, Biggar High, St Maurice’s High, Kilsyth Academy and Edinburgh guest side, Queensferry High.
The tournament for experienced schools was won by Calderglen, runners up were Dalziel.
The tournament for developing schools was won by Bellshill Barbarians – players drawn from Bellshill, Cardinal Newman, Taylor and Brannock – and the runners up were Chryston.
- Check out the picture gallery from the day.