Another year over, a new one just begun.
Fortunately the weather gods were in our favour on Monday providing fantastic conditions for an open and exciting game of rugby which was another terrific advert for the club game. One could be forgiven for thinking that the defences were posted missing and tackling was optional with 14 tries being evenly distributed, however this was far from the truth with excellent handling and a desire to keep the ball alive creating space that resulted in most of the scoring opportunities. Final score – 41-41.
12 different clubs across Scotland were represented in the Co Optimists line up and we are extremely grateful to those clubs for releasing the players with a massive thanks to Douglas Livingstone – Co Ops Secretary and General Manager who worked tirelessly over the holidays and pulled together this group of players who were then ably coached by Bruce Aitchison and Gavin Blackburn.
With the emphasis on competitive league fixtures it is easy to forget that rugby offers so much more than what transpires on the field of play and it was great to see so many spectators from across the rugby spectrum coming along to Goldenacre not only to watch a fantastic game but also to catch up with friends old and new.
And so to the next installment of the Premiership which sees Currie coming to Goldenacre on Saturday 14 January – not only are there the 5 valuable league points on offer that will go a long way to determining which team finishes in the 4th play off spot, there is also the small matter of the McLaren Shield which is being played for. Heriot’s are the current holders and going for our 4th consecutive home win which would mean getting our name inscribed on the shield – a feat only accomplished by Ayr since its inception in 2011. All to play for and with a near sell out lunch this will be another great day at Goldenacre.
Many thanks for all your support as look forward to a successful 2017.