THE next generation of rugby talent took to the Greenyards pitch on Saturday for the 100th playing of the historic Crichton Cup.

More than 300 local boys and girls, from the ages of five up to 18, took part in this year's tournament.

And the standard of rugby was as good as it's ever been.

The Crichton Cup was first played for by Melrose youths in 1920 after a rose bowl was donated by local jeweller Mr JD Crichton.

Over the decades the annual tournament expanded to include teams from nearby villages.

And in more recent times, has expanded further to include other settlements in the Earlston High School catchment area.

On Saturday nine districts were represented - Melrose Central, Dingleton, Darnick, Gattonside, Newstead, Newtown, St Boswells, Earlston and Lauder.

And they play for eight different age-group trophies, as well as the Crichton Cup.

A sizeable crowd soaked up the action and the sun during a highly enjoyable day.

Following the presentation of the trophies, Melrose President Douglas Hardie said: "Today’s event has taken a huge amount of preparation and hard work and I would like to, on behalf of the club, thank all those who were involved.

"In particular youth convenor Michael Dalrymple and youth development officer Ciaran Hogg for their invaluable contribution.

"In addition thanks must also go to all of the events sponsors for their contribution."

All of the players who took part received a commemorative mug to mark the 100th playing of the Crichton Cup.

Mike Dalrymple said: “I believe that the Crichton Cup competition sums up what youth rugby at Melrose is all about it brings together players, parents, coaches, volunteers and spectators to make memories and help build strong links between the different parts of our club."