A LARGE crowd turned out at the Greenyards in Melrose last Sunday (August 13 2022) to watch the action at the inaugural Evie’s Crichton Cup.

In blistering heat, St Boswells ran out winners, beating Darnick in a closely contested final.

But the result didn’t matter as the day was all about raising money for the Evie’s Batten Journey charity which was launched to support 9-year-old Evie Mitchell who was diagnosed with the extremely rare CLN5 variation of Batten Disease in November last year.

Batten Disease is a neurodegenerative condition with no current treatment.

Evie is the daughter of Melrose legend Wayne and her family are fully focused on making sure her remaining years are happy, comfortable and providing her with rich experiences while she is able to enjoy them.

So rugby players of all ages, shapes and sizes turned out representing St Boswells, Newtown, Earlston, Melrose Central, Lauder, Dingleton, Gattonside, Newstead and a Rod Moffat select.

And Evie was there to present the cup to the winning team.

Entry was by donation and afterwards Evie picked out the raffle tickets.

You can donate to Evie’s Batten Journey here.