“A great achievement & a team effort” - Deeside Chairman

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Deeside Rugby Club chairman Ian Finlayson says that winning the BT Caledonia League 2 North Title is a great achievement and has thanked everyone who made it possible.

He said: “It’s a great achievement for the club to get back-to-back league championships and is very much a team effort led by the coaching staff of Bruce Strachan, Eric Strachan and Donald Ballantyne giving the team, led by captain Sam Cooper, the confidence to believe in themselves to keep winning.

The lads need to get back down to earth this week and concentrate on the final game

Ian Finlayson Club Chairman

“I’d also like to thank our physio, Jodie Gibb for keeping the boys taped up and fit and indeed taking them off when the need requires.

“We have a big playing pool and they have all played a part.

“There is also a wide range of others in the club that help to make it all happen in washing the strips (Lizzie), maintaining the facilities and keeping the pitches playable (James) and organising all games and referees (Sarah) to name a few – a big team effort that without the efforts of everyone it doesn’t happen.

“I’d also like to thank all the club sponsors that through the generosity means that we can continue – Bancon Homes, Teekay, Strutt & Parker, Intermoor, Apache, Paradigm Flow Services, RTS Forestry, Donview Construction, Ocean Installer, Deeside Motorhomes, Brian Smith, Banchory Beer Festival and the Douglas Arms.”

The celebrations aren’t fully underway yet, with one game remaining for the Banchory side at home to Shetland.

“The lads need to get back down to earth this week and concentrate on the final game, we certainly want to finish in true Deeside Rugby style of running open rugby.

“I think that the celebrations certainly started on the bus home from Fort William.

“We are certainly looking forward to the game vs Shetland on Saturday (I think that the KO will be 12.00 to accommodate the Shetland boys so they can get back on the ferry) and hopefully we can get a big crowd out to support the players and add to the atmosphere.

“The competition has been tough in BT Caledonia League 2 North, but we also had some hard games last year in League 3. Next year will be another step up and will be a big challenge I’m sure. The boys need to take some time off and then come back for an intense pre-season so that we can maintain the momentum.”