GHA held up on road to glory

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TRAFFIC chaos scuppered GHA’s bid for glory in the Boroughmuir sevens.

An accident during rush hour on the Edinburgh bypass meant that all but three of the GHA squad were held up en route to Meggetland so the Braidholm side were forced to play their opening fixture with three loaned players from Edinburgh University.

The final result was 28 to 7 to Hawks, consigning GHA to a place in the plate competition.

In their second tie, GHA defeated a president’s select side, setting up GHA up for a Plate semi final against home team Boroughmuir.

The two teams traded scores in a highly competitve match but a late Andrew Gillman score was not enough to secure the win.

A highly competitive match. GHA scored first after some good early pressure put winger Joe Yavala over for the score.

Boroughmuir battled back and a crucial score on half time gave them a 10-5 half time lead.

GHA made a mistake from the kick off in the second half to give Boroughmuir field position which they eventually capitalised on.

Another unforced error followed by a turnover resulted in their fourth. GHA fought to the end though and a final score from Andrew Gillman proved too little too late as Boroughmuir gained revenge for GHA’s victory over them the previous week and went on to win the Plate Final comfortably against Stirling County.

In the Cup competition, a classy Samurai outfit featuring former GHA scrum-half Peter Jericevich were too good for Howe of Fife and ran out comfortable winners.

Meanwhile, GHA academy player Max MacFarlane has narrowly missed out on a invitation to the Scotland international U17 training camp in Spain this summer.

After attending several regional skills sessions and a district trial match at Murrayfield, Max was invited to a Scotland selection weekend at Dollar Academy.

Some 20 players were then invited to Spain. The Hutcheson’s grammar school pupil was not included in the final 20, however is on a short standby list should there be any call offs.