Carnoustie remember rugby stalwart with memorial rugby tournament
Earlier this month, Carnoustie Rugby Club hosted their inaugural Peter Christie Memorial over 35’s rugby tournament.
The event, which was supported by Scottish Rugby’s Kick Start fund, saw over 800 people turn out to honour Peter Christie, a local rugby legend, who sadly passed away last year.
Peter was described by the club as “a true gent and rugby stalwart”, having been heavily involved in rugby in Tayside and Angus as well as a key influencer in the establishment of Carnoustie RFC in 1997 alongside Captaining the club on several occasions.
After his playing career finished, Peter continued to contribute to the youth and adult sections of the club and coached the kids and adults for a number of years.
The tournament event which took place on Saturday 18 September, began with an opening ceremony to unveil the new Peter Christie stand at Carnoustie High School.
Peter’s wife Heather delivered a heart-warming opening speech before Daniel, Heather and Peter’s son, kicked the first ball to officially open the first match of the day.
The tournament welcomed over 35’s veteran rugby players from across Scotland, playing in a round-robin competition with two semi-finals, culminating in a final for the trophy. Walking away as tournament winners were ‘Carnoustine Presidents select’.
As well as live entertainment, fancy dress, a BBQ and other refreshments, spectators enjoyed an exhibition match between two unified rugby teams, The Grampian Clan and the Fife Clan.
Colin Murray, President of Carnoustie Rugby Club said: “I’m thrilled to bits to be able to hold this event in memory of a great clubman, colleague and friend who touched the hearts and minds of many people over the years.
“It was a fantastic day for everyone involved and participating. I’m sure it will be a successful and fitting tribute to Peter and his family who have loyally supported Carnoustie Rugby Club over many years.”
Andy Cummins, Regional Manager at Scottish Rugby said: “Peter was a highly respected and well-known rugby man throughout the region. His passion and commitment to the game were clear, and he introduced the joy of the game to countless youngsters in the local schools and club.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate his life than bringing many of his former teammates and opponents together at this festival of rugby, where family, players, spectators and club members can be joined together in his memory.”