The fourth annual Turnberry Beach Rugby took place on the beautiful South Ayrshire coast on Saturday 4th July, with hundreds of spectators enjoying some five-a-side rugby by the sea.
A record number of campers joined the locals on a balmy Friday evening for the opening party, hosted by one of Scotland’s finest young DJs, Stefan Yanik. The rugby kicked off the next morning with the Legacy Event, which was well attended by boys and girls, several of whom were playing rugby for the first time. The Logan the Jeweller’s Trophy was won by a mixed U18s Ayr team.
The adults’ event featured eight men’s and six women’s teams from all over the country, competing in some good-natured and entertaining ties. Between the games, the Elite Pro Dance Troupe wowed the crowd with their daring gymnastic routines. Scottish Beach Volleyball taster sessions were a welcome addition to this year’s TBR, and were extremely successful as the sun broke through later in the afternoon.
The skill and excitement levels were raised for the knock-out stages, and as the spectators reached for the sun cream, the Bill McLaren Foundation (BMF) took on Hillhead in the women’s final. With several Scotland international players in the Hills team, they claimed the Logan the Jeweller’s Trophy for the fourth consecutive year. In the men’s final, BMF came from behind to beat Glasgow’s Biggest Tickets (GBT) and win the Logan the Jeweller’s Trophy for the second year in a row.
The Goodfellows band got the marquee rocking in the evening and the dance floor was packed well into the night.
The women’s runners-up and the men’s winners donated their prize money of £100 and £500 respectively to the Bill McLaren Foundation to continue the good work of spreading the values of rugby throughout Scotland and beyond.
Turnberry Beach Rugby is a community club run by volunteers Andrew Dunlop, Stuart Fenwick, AJ McFarlane and Gav White. The organisers would like to express their gratitude to Office Shoes, William Grant & Son, The Daily Telegraph, Ortus Homes, McCarthy & Stone, Dowhill, South Ayrshire Council, McConechys Tyres & Auto Trade Centre, Logan the Jewellers, and the hundreds of other local businesses and volunteers for their kind assistance. Without their support, the event would not be able to take place.
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