7 March 2024

Carbon team brings home more silverware

A week after winning silverware at the Business Fives football event, we turned our hand to seven aside touch rugby on Wednesday 28th February. This was the first touch rugby event run by ‘Business Fives’.

The Carbon team consisted of Iain Harper, Matthew Duncan, Polly Reaves, Felicity Morris, George Sampson, Finlay Wilson, Connor Llewellyn, Dean McFarlane, Michael Wilson and Darren McMillan. For this tournament we supported Tiny Changes charity. Tiny Changes was established in 2019 and currently has 14 active projects throughout Scotland that are geared towards assisting young individuals with their mental health, a very worthwhile cause to get behind.

In the first game of the tournament, it became apparent quickly that our team had not trained together, with the play being rather frantic. After a call to slow things down a little, we came out on top with a 3-0 victory in the first game. The team managed to continue our form into the next few games, going three wins out of three to top Group A in the first round of fixtures. This saw us advance into the Elite League in the next round.

Unfortunately, we came out second best in a 2-1 loss against Murray Beith Murray in the first Elite game. However, we bounced back with a win and draw in the next two games to advance into the Quarter Finals where we lost 3-2 in a neck and neck game against RSM. This resulted in us dropping down to the Shield semi-finals.

The semi-finals game was the tightest yet and saw both the teams go to sudden death after a 2-2 draw at full time. Fortunately, the team dug deep to find the next try advancing us to the final in which we came out on top 1-0 against Walter Scott to win the Shield competition!

After a long day of rugby, the team were ready to sit down for the Q&A by current Edinburgh and Scotland player, Pierre Schoeman. The Business Fives event was well organised and great fun, raising a total of £7,079 for various charities. Our Shield competition trophy saw an extra £100 donation go towards Tiny Changes.

George Sampson came out as top try scorer with 7 tries and we saw some great rugby played on the day with the team coming together well. It was great to see a few ‘retired’ rugby players lace up their boots again and show off their skills!

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