Borders womens' rugby clubs, Gala U15 and Melrose U18, will face Edinburgh rivals, Murrayfield Wanderers, in the SWRU finals at Murrayfield this Sunday.Borders women's rugby clubs, Gala U15 and Melrose U18, will face Edinburgh rivals, Murrayfield Wanderers, in the SWRU finals at Murrayfield this Sunday.
Scotland international -and Borders local- Ross Ford, will be on hand to present the trophies.
Confidence is high in the Borders as Gala come to the final following a 35 - 5 victory over Monklands RFC in the semis while Melrose came through the semis with a hard-fought 36-31 victory over a quick footed Grantown-on-Spey.
"We dominated the whole game but they had some real speedsters who could run it from their line," explained Melrose coach, Brian Tait.
_x001C_I expect Murrayfield to be strong and fast so it_x0019_ll be a similar game._x001D_
Gala women_x0019_s coach, Lesley Robertson, believes her side can do the job in the finals. She said: _x001C_We beat Murrayfield the last time we played, and in the national 7s. I think I have a younger team but I_x0019_m fairly confident and so are the girls._x001D_
Despite good semi-final results, the Borders clubs face a tough test against two Murrayfield Wanderers who kept clean sheets against their semi-final opposition.
The U15 side came through as 46-0 winners against Carrick Academy while the U18 side _x0013_ which features nine Scotland U18 international players - defeated Ayr RFC 54-0.
Wanderers coach, Claire Cruikshank, heaped praise on both the Murrayfield sides: _x001C_The under 15s semi-final was probably the best game the girls had played in the tournament so far.
_x001C_The under 18s can_x0019_t do anything more, the girls have performed well in every round._x001D_
But despite the results, Cruikshank was quick to point out the threat posed by the Borders sides. _x001C_Gala has a pretty big pack and real pace out wide so we need to be aware of everything really. They_x0019_ve got the big ball carriers and if they get it out wide they_x0019_ve pace to burn.
_x001C_Melrose are quite a newly formed side but they have about three girls in the under 18 squad. They_x0019_re skillful players who do the basics right._x001D_
The National Midi/SWRU Finals is the first time boys_x0019_ and girls_x0019_ rugby has been integrated into the same event and represents a major step forward for women_x0019_s rugby in Scotland.
Lesley Robertson added: _x001C_There_x0019_s a lot more youth teams now and the schools are trying really hard to get more girls playing rugby.
_x001C_It_x0019_s a serious and physical game but there_x0019_s a great fun social side._x001D_
Gala v Murrayfield Wanderers is the first final of the day kicking off at 11am, and is followed by, Melrose Women_x0019_s U18 v Murrayfield Wanderers Women_x0019_s U18 (12.30pm), and the Boys National Midi Finals where Stirling County U15 take on Currie U15 (2.30pm) and Boroughmuir meet Perthshire (3.40pm).
Entry is free.
Finals Day Schedule:
11.00 - SWRU U15 Youth Cup Final, Gala v Murrayfield Wanderers
12.30 - SWRU U18 Youth Cup Final, Melrose v Murrayfield Wanderers
14.10 - U15 National Midi Final, Stirling County v Currie
15.40 - U16 National Midi Final, Boroughmuir v Perthshir