Posted on June 14th, 2013

On a glorious day in the sun, the Braidholm 7s served up another exciting afternoon of rugby which culminated in a repeat of last year's  final between GHA and select side the Minerva Builders who fielded a mixture of Ayr and Glasgow Hawks stars. This time however the result went in favour of the home team as they ran out winners by 33 to 19 with a gutsy performance.
GHA defeated Glasgow University based side the Yellow Bellied Lizards in their semi final, surviving a precarious situation where they were down to 5 men having lost two players to the sin bin in the same incident. In the other semi final, Minerva Builders defeated French club side Orsay whose mixture of latin flair and brawn was not enough to overcome the classy Builders outfit. 

In a highly entertaining final, Minerva scored first with a try to Peter Jericevich from the first kick off.  GHA centre Ross McClymont had pulled a hamstring in the semi final, as did young winger Andrew Spowart in the first round meaning that GHA recruited the services of Orsay playmaker Romain Lombard for the final. This proved a shrewd acquisition as the young Frenchmen put in a mercurial performance scoring GHA's first try which was a leading contender for try of the tournament - a dummy through the legs, a shimmy through a gap, pirouette and final side step to take him in under the posts. GHA scored a second when winger Rangi Jericevich grubbered up the wing then hacked on again and beat the cover defense to the touchdown and Hefin O'Hare scored another to give GHA the half time lead.

GHA scored early in the second period when Alan Auld finished off a foray from Grant MacDonald up the the left hand touchline and a 5th when Rangi Jericevich finished off an Alan Auld break. Minerva scored two themselves through forward Grant Strang to stay in touch but the GHA defense was solid and scrambled well to prevent the come back. 

Posted on May 23rd, 2013

Last year's champions Minerva Builders are back to defend their title and few would put it past them doing the double as they once again bring a strong squad, packed with some top level talent.

Builder captain, Scotland 7s cap and Ayr scrum half Peter Jericevich is joined by club team mates Ross Curle, Colin White and Dean Kelbrick. Glasgow Hawks skipper Grant Strang is joined in the squad by his club team mates Jonno Wright, Chris Breckenridge, Haddon MacPherson and Paddy Boyer. Hamilton star Andy Hill, former Hawks second row Louis Kinsey and GHA's Scott Weir take the final 3 spots in the squad. 

The Builders get their campaign under way at 1118am against Glasgow Caledonian University.



Posted on May 23rd, 2013

The Draw for the 2013 Braidholm 7s has been made and it is another exciting mix of club and invitational teams who will battle it out for this year's crown.

First kick off sees GHA play Glasgow's Biggest Tickets at 11am so get down early! 

Gates open at 1030am. 
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Posted on May 28th, 2012

The 2012 Braidholm 7s was won by the Minerva Builders, a Glasgow Hawks based invitaitonal side captained by former Scotland 7s International Peter Jericevich. The Builders defeated home side GHA in the final by 38 to 22 (6 tries to 4), with a fantastic performance. Peter was later awarded the Specsaver Newlands Player of the Tournament as he led a talented Builders squad starring Hawks full back Craig Gossman, Ayr fly half Ross Curle, Hawks centre Dean Kelbrick and the indefatigible Hawks flanker Grant Strang.

GHA took an early lead through Niall Cassie but the Builders responded with 4 unanswered tries before half time as the home side looked off the pace. However, GHA came back into it in the second half scoring three tries but just as the come back win looked on, Gossman scored a terriffic try from half way, chipping ahead and judging the typically unpredicatable bounce of the ball to perfection to dot down with in millimetres of the dead ball line. As GHA threw caution to the wind with seconds to go, another kick chase from the Builders was scored, this time by the dimunitive Sean Murray who's blistering speed was evident as he raced in for the try on the final whistle.

The Minerva Builders had come through a tough semi final against a well drilled Ardrossan Accies side after putting out he Greencok Wanderers in the Quarters. GHA's path to the final had proved less troublesome as they brushed aside the Monkey Trees in the Quarters before defeating the Melrose Powerbombs 42-0 in their semi final.

In an intense plate final, Hillhead/Jordanhill defeated East Kilbride in an enthralling game.


Posted on May 22nd, 2012

For the first time, we will be awarding a player of the tournament trophy sponsored by Newlands Specsavers.

This award will be presented immeditaley after the Cup Final.


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