Deeside Rugby Club underlined its growing stature in Caledonian rugby when they stormed to promotion at Woodend after thrashing Inverness Craig Dunain 75 - 0 on a day of delight for the 38 year old club.
‘’We have been working so hard to achieve our objective of going up to Caley 2 North, and now face some testing journeys to Invergordon, Shetland and Stornoway, but we are an ambitious club who will hopefully rise to the occasion next season. The players and coaching team have been just superb, getting their just reward,’’ said Ian Finlayson the club president who has been one of the stalwarts who has helped mastermind the progress since the club moved from Aboyne just over three years ago.
The ambition of the Finlayson team is reflected in the highly successful junior section patiently built up since the move to Banchory, combined to the installation of state of the art floodlights earlier in the season.
‘’We are also grateful for the unstinting support we have had from parents, and junior coaches, and of course our landlord Alex Burnett who has backed us throughout,’’ said Finlayson.
On the most perfect of days in the most perfect of settings Deeside simply blew its opponents away with 13 tries, led superbly by its outstanding No 8 Rob Green who got the show on the road in fourth minute with a fine touchdown, converted from the touchline by stand off Jamie Nicol.
But the scoring ace of the sun soaked afternoon was centre John Hope who grabbed an eye catching hat - trick of tries to send the vociferous home crowd happy in the knowledge its favourites were the new champions of Caley 3 North.
Deeside led 27 - 0 at the break before going on to add a further eight tries to win 75 - 0, though in fairness the Inverness never gave up, as acknowledged by Finlayson who said: ‘’Craig Dunain take great credit and were still tackling right to the end, but it was our day.’’