Islay’s Beach Rugby tournament once again drew team from across Scotland at the weekend – and it was a cracker!

With most teams arriving on the ferry the night before and camping next to the pitch the players were able enjoy Port Ellen with everything they could want within a short walk.

With Islay’s strong links to single malt whisky production, Islay beach rugby are very proud to have Kilchoman Distillery as their partner providing help and support with the logistics as well as providing a well-earned dram at the end of the day.

On the Saturday, the day started overcast, but by midday the sun had appeared and all was set for a great day rugby. Squads are made up of 10 players with five players on the pitch at any one time.

The 10 minute games and small pitches are a perfect combination which encourages fast hand and good ball skills.

In previous years the sand has been powder dry which saps the power out of the legs and slows the game down, but with some rain the night before this year the sand was perfect for playing on.

In both the men’s and ladies tournament the pool stages were hard fought.

The first semi-final in the men’s Cup event was between Oban Lorne and Kilchoman Distillery.

Oban came out winners by a single point.

After a good performance in the pool stages Hillhead made it to the second semi-final against Bruichladdich Distillery where the later proved too strong for them.

The men’s Bowl final was between Kintyre and Trinity Accies with Trinity proving too strong for the local men, beating them 7-2.

The ladies Plate final was between Oban ladies and Cartha Queens Park which saw Cartha winning by a slim margin.

The men’s Plate final saw Loch Lomond beating Aberfeldy 3-0.

The ladies Islay Beach Rugby Cup winners and champions for 2017 were Team 200 who have been unbeaten at the tournament for five years.

Watsonians gave them a good game, but were eventually beaten 5-1.

Islay Beach Rugby ladies

The men’s Islay Beach Rugby Cup final between Oban Lorne and Bruichladdich was a hard fought game.

Eventually the distillery team won 9-2.

Islay Rugby Club are always pleased to see everyone who travels to see them. They hope to see you all again next year.

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