Their last five visits to the National Stadium saw Melrose on the losing end in the BT Cup Final, but yesterday they finally got their hands on the Scottish Cup after 10 years of trying as they defeated Ayr 23-18, reversing the result form seven days ago when they went down at home to the same opposition in the BT Premiership Final.
Kelso’s season ended in National 2 following promotion last week with a comprehensive 55-38 win at Aberdeenshire. The significance of the game was that they needed a bonus point win to climb past Melrose to win the trophy as the Borders team who produced the most average match points per game in all their league matches this season. They averaged 4.36 points per game over 22 matches, to edge out Melrose’s 4.33 in their 18 games in the Premiership. It is the first time the name of Kelso has been engraved on the trophy which gives all Borders teams playing at National and Premiership standard the chance to win in a handicapped system. Scottish Hydro Electric put up the award several years ago to ensure all clubs had a chance to win it. Each club playing at their own league level has their total match points divided by the games played in their division to give an average per match. Hawick Harlequins have already won the Fraser James Partnership trophy for the similar system involving Borders teams in the East League.
Also yesterday Jedforest played their penultimate game in National 1, losing 46-35 to Aberdeen Grammar, while in National 2 Peebles ended their league season with a fine win at Whitecraigs 61-34.
In the Belhaven Riverside Rock Kings of the 7s Round 6 at Langholm, the 99th playing of the tournament saw the sixth different winner in the six rounds as Selkirk overcame K7s table toppers Watsonians in a thrilling final 24-21. Watch the final here.