Deeside get ready for final of Regional Bowl

This Saturday Deeside Rugby club will look to capture their first BT Caledonia Regional Bowl North as they take on Aberdeen University at Kings College in Aberdeen.

A win for the Banchory men would not only give them them the trophy to take back to Woodend but would put them into the Semi-Finals of the BT National Bowl with the final of that competition being played on the main pitch at national stadium Murrayfield later in the season.

Deeside RFC Chairman Ian Finlayson told the Piper that getting to the national Stadium would mean a great deal to the entire community.

He said: “Playing at Murrayfield is one of our objectives and this certainly gets us that bit closer.

“I have had a junior team on the back pitches at Murrayfield before for a 7s tournament and that was fun, but to get a team onto the main pitch would be very special.

“I’m sure that it would mean a huge amount to the Club and the encouragement of rugby within the Deeside community.

“One can see that the youth and mini players aspire to move up to the 1st XV and there is a great spirit and camaraderie throughout the Club.”

However, the Chariman dosen’t want to get to far ahead of himself and is firmly focused on winning the Regional Bowl this Saturday then returning to league duties. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself but promotion to BT Caledonia League 1 North would be a tremendous achievement for the Club.

“The players and coaches want to push on from there and that would be a very big step to move to the National leagues, but why not? We just need to get the rest of our facilities to grow with us and we are actively looking at how we can build a new clubhouse on site.

“We realise that is a huge commitment for all involved.

“Whilst the 1st XV are the top team, we have a very active junior and mini/micros sections and it is through the growth of this that provides the incentive and support to get the clubhouse.

“The juniors, in association with Aberdeen Wanderers have also been very successful in winning the new SRU Red Conference league this season, so we already have got the taste for league success this season.”

1st XV coach Bruce Strachan will be dealing with matters on the pitch on Saturday and said he is expecting a very competitive match.

“I am hopeful that the Rugby supporting public from both the City & Shire come along on Saturday to watch the final, as I firmly believe they will see two teams with a very positive attitude to running rugby competing well against each other.

“After the festive season break and a few postponed games, both teams will be fresh and looking forward to the inevitable first big hit.

“Our preparation has not been ideal with the two postponed games.

“Training has been light and somewhat more gentle than normal due to the frozen pitches, we are however very fortunate to have a full size floodlight pitch and with the temperature up a few degrees this week, I am sure both teams will manage a final tweak or two before kick off on Saturday.

“We have moved forward in the last two seasons with a very young and enthusiastic group of players, we have introduced a basic set of principles that will hopefully help the lads develop as individuals and as part of a team.

“I am exceedingly fortunate to have the support from Donald Ballantyne in organisational areas and coaching and in particular the coaching from Eric Strachan, whom I believe is one of the best coaches around.

“There is a bright future for Rugby at Deeside but good Clubs cannot move forward without the support of good people, we are very lucky.”

The match will kick off at 1:30pm.