By John Swanson
A group of 36 S1s travelled down to Southport for a 2-day Sport Tours Under-13 tournament where they played new teams (Southport, Waterloo and Market Rasen), and English rules. The players were split into two equal teams, donning the names of the Blacks and Reds.
Following a Friday filled with travel, laser quest, bowling and a hefty Kangaroo Court, the players arrived at Southport RFC on Saturday in good spirits. First up was a game against each other, followed by tough games against the hosts Southport and Market Rasen. The boys being tested against some physical opponents, but holding their own and scoring some great tries.
On the Sunday they played the same opposition, but what was so impressive was that every player stepped up their performance and gave everything they had, for each other. This was typified by Peebles Reds, who had previously been well beaten by a big Southport side on the Saturday, to lead the game against them on the Sunday until Southport scored to level the game in the dying seconds. At the whistle, the Peebles Blacks sprinted on the pitch to congratulate their team mates for the effort they had shown. That moment summed up what this group are about. Peebles Blacks also performed well and achieved a win over Peebles Reds in the final game.
Overall, every player showed a measured improvement from one day to the next and can be proud of their efforts on this tour. They are a great bunch of boys who always behaved impeccably in Southport, and are a credit to Peebles, the rugby club and the school.