It all feels a bit surreal at the moment but here we are, CHAMPIONS, sitting where all the other clubs want to be. Who says the Premiership isn’t exciting? If sponsors RBS had hired a script writer they couldn’t have bettered the scenario as for the second season running fates were in the balance right until final whistles were blown on the campaign.
Over another excellent lunch our packed clubhouse of faithful diners quietly reflected on a good season so far. All the hype and rhetoric had been focussed on our rivals and for ourselves we could only concentrate on achieving victory against a resurgent Currie and hope that other results might favour us. At 1645hrs with our job done in clinical style, the Greenyards exploded with delirium as the tannoy boomed out the news that all the pressure had got to our rivals in the final furlong and we were
Champions again for the third time in four years. No arguments – with the most wins – thoroughly deserved. Magnificent reward for all the hard work put in throughout the club by so many people to keep us where we belong.
Now Premier Champions and RBS Border Cup winners, congratulations go to the team on reaching the final of the Border League where our opponents are still awaited. Hats off the many youngsters from the Storm team who have stepped up in the qualifying games to produce some excellent performances, the recent mid-week 40-5 victory at Peebles being prime example. The Storm have already clinched the Border 2nd XV Cup with victories over all their counterparts.
We set ourselves high standards and I am happy to think that we have met those in many ways this season. With a new coaching team in place along with changes in playing personnel this has been a season of rebuilding so we can take great pride in what has been achieved already. Pride also in the five young players from this club, (Damien Hoyland, Ben Chalmers, Blair Hutchison, Lewis Carmichael and Richard Taylor) who have featured for the Scotland U20s this season. Damien as we know will join Edinburgh Rugby next season and we wish him well and hope that he receives fair opportunities. Richard Mill, Andrew Nagle and Nicky Little were capped for the Scotland Club side.
We had two young Ladies, Gillian Inglis and Lana Skeldon represent Scotland Women in their Six Nations. Gillian now joins up with the Scotland 7s squad.
Our youth section achieved National recognition for coaching standards this year.
As we await the Border League final (at Berwick), we can look forward to the sevens circuit with great confidence after we lifted the Gala Cup in style for a terrific start.
The Wasps won their remaining game to force a play-off with National U18 winners Jed Thistle. A large crowd at Selkirk saw a great contest between two teams of contrasting styles with the Wasps more expansive play carrying them through to a 17-3 victory and with it the 2014 Semi-Junior Title.
Our Ladies won a bruising semi-final encounter with RHC Cougars 24-22 leaving them with some injury worries before they represent us at RBS National Cup Finals Day.
As mentioned above there is much to be proud of this season throughout the club so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in our achievements so far.