A number of girls from Penicuik High School and Dalkeith recently competed in the Brewin Dolphin National U-15 and U-18 rugby finals on the back pitches at Murrayfield Stadium.
The U-15 girls joined up with other girls playing at clubs from the Borders clubs of Hawick, Langholm, Gala and Jedforest in the tournament qualifier back in October last year. This team then came together to play in all the subsequent rounds as the ‘South Barbarians’.
To get to the finals the girls had to play games all over Scotland and so the U-15 team found themselves travelling to Carrick on the west coast for the quarter-final and down to Langholm in the south for their semi-final while the U-18s travelled across to Stewarty and north as far at Huntly in order to qualify for their respective finals.
On cup finals day itself, the U-15 South Barbarians team were unlucky to lose in their final against a strong team from Grantown Grammar in a very competitive match. However, this does make them the second best girls team in Scotland, which is an immense achievement considering the difference in size between them and their opponents and the fact that the South Barbarians girls were unable to actually train together as a team except on match days.
The U-18 team, playing as Murrayfield Wanderers however, won their Shield final against Plockton, with the team’s captain – Penicuik High School Head Girl Sarah Law – being chosen as “Player of the match”.