THOUSANDS of young footballers donned their boots for the last time this season, for the Cameron Gunn Festival on Sunday.
Despite rain falling almost constantly throughout the day, the Netherdale event was deemed a success, with age groups from under-6 to under-17 helping to raise money for the Scottish HART charity.
The under-6 to under-12 categories involved fun games before the Scottish Borders Junior FA cup finals for under-13, 14, 15 and 17s were held.
Dougie Anderson, SFA's senior development officer for the area, told TheSouthern: "This was another excellent day for football development in the Borders and we estimate that despite the weather there were more spectators than the 2,500 that attended last year.
"We had excellent play throughout the day in the primary section where 1,000 youngsters were competitive without the pressure of playing for trophies.
"At youth level the four finals were all played in great spirit with winners and losers alike showing great dignity. We also managed to raise a vast amount of money in the memory of Cameron Gunn for local charity Scottish HART."
The under-13 final saw Hawick defeat Kelso 1-0, but the Tweedsiders' under-14 side had more success, defeating Duns 4-2.
Kelso also won the Cameron Gunn Memorial Trophy at the under-15 level, defeating Lauder 4-3 to avenge their defeat the previous week to the same side which cost the Tweedsiders the league title.
The Chris Doyle Memorial Cup for the under-17s was contested by Gala Fairydean and Hawick in an exciting climax to the day's action.
In a tense but fairly contested match, Gala struck first through a Billy Miller close-range header.Another header, this time from Aaron Hardie, added a second for Gala after good play by Danny McLaren and Craig Macdonald, before goalkeeper Glen Murray had to make a great save to retain his team's 2-0 lead at half-time.
Hawick bravely put an extra man up front at the interval and the tactic seemed to pay off as Jordan Caldwell's 45yd free-kick crept into the net after Murray and defender Dom Halley collided.
Gala in the end however held out for victory.
For more information on football in the Scottish Borders please contact the Football Development Office on 01896 756 274.