Huge and hearty congratulations to both Carrick and Wigtownshire for winning their semi final matches and booking their place on the big pitch at Murrayfield on Silver Saturday.
Carrick made the trip to Alloa for their semi-final game in the National Shield and came out 20 -10 victors in what looks to have been a close contest. It was a tight first half with the score of three points a piece at 40 minutes. A couple of back to back tries in the second half opened a gap for Carrick, but Alloa weren’t out of it with their own try on the 70th minute. This set up what was no doubt a pretty tense final 10 minutes, but Carrick settled the nerves with 5 minutes to go with a third try of the half to secure victory.
Carricks’ opponents for their Murrayfield trip on April 28th are Hawick Harlequins who won 32-14 against Barnton.
As with Carrick, Hawick Harlequins are leading the challenge in their regional championship for a spot in the National leagues, having won 17 from 18 matches, scoring 699 points in the process. This should be a good contest.
In the National Bowl semi-final, Wigtownshire also did West Region proud with a 33-12 home win against Panmure.
With a 15 nil lead at half-time, this looks to have been a more comfortable game than the Carrick contest, and with a 23 nil lead by the 58th minute, players could be forgiven for starting to look to a Murrayfield outing, but even if they did, this didn’t distract the Shire boys from the game in hand.
Shires final opponents are Ross Sutherland who beat Queensferry 42-14.
Shires game on the big pitch is scheduled to kick-off at 10am, whilst Carricks match is due to start at 12:05pm. Best of luck to all involved in both Clubs.