Top Youngsters Gearing Up For Murrayfield Finale

Top young rugby talent from the far reaches of the Scottish lowlands are preparing for the National Midi Finals at Murrayfield on Sunday (29 March, kick-off 12 noon) – admission is free.

Three winners will emerge from the back to back club finals on the international pitch from the 108 teams that entered the competition at under-15 girls’, under-15 and under-16 boys’.

 

Top young rugby talent from the far reaches of the Scottish lowlands are preparing for the National Midi Finals at Murrayfield on Sunday (29 March, kick-off 12 noon) – admission is free.

Three winners will emerge from the back to back club finals on the international pitch from the 108 teams that entered the competition at under-15 girls’, under-15 and under-16 boys’.

Scottish Rugby’s head of community rugby, Colin Thomson, said: “It’s going to be great to see these boys’ and girls’ teams playing at Murrayfield in what will be the culmination of their season and a great advert of the club game.

“I’m sure they’ll have a fantastic time and enjoy the Murrayfield experience as part of their development into senior club players.”

First up are the girls, as current title holders Gala – who made the finals with an impressive 80-10 victory over Atholl RFC/Breadalbane Academy – face Carrick Academy who knocked out Aboyne/Banchory Academies combined 25-0 at home.

Ayr under-15 boys saw off the challenge of a visiting Glasgow Hawks in the semi-final to set-up a clash with the latest crop of prolific youngsters to come out of Bridgehaugh at 1.30pm.

Current holders, Stirling County, made the final with a convincing 39-5 home win over Boroughmuir.

Stirling County under-15 coach, Eric Urquart, said: “The players have great aspirations to win this match and it certainly has been a gear up for the whole season so we’re all looking forward to it.

“Many of the parents are more excited than the boys – I’m sure it’ll be a great spectacle regardless of the outcome.”

Ayr under-15 coach, Andrew Robertson, added: “We’re looking forward to coming to Murrayfield for the finals, it means a great deal to the boys. They’re realising a wonderful ambition to emulate their Scotland heroes on the main pitch and it means the world to them.”

Having seen off semi-final opponents, Stirling County, with a last minute score (10-13), Musselburgh line up against last year’s semi-finalists, Dumfries, who defeated Boroughmuir 18-21 to make the under-16 final at 3pm.

Allan Young, Musselburgh under-16 manager, said: “Most of the boys have been together since primary three / primary four so it’s the biggest event of their rugby lives – they’re really looking forward to it.

“The Musselburgh youth section has had teams at Murrayfield for the past three or four years at under-16 and under-18 level but unfortunately we’ve not come away with the trophy yet so, naturally, the boys are keen to win this one.”

John Steel, head of youth at Dumfries rugby club, added: “It’s a huge thrill for the boys to have progressed through a number of rounds, to finally arrive at a final, and to have the great privilege of playing on the Murrayfield pitch. The game can’t come quickly enough for the players.”

The National Midi and Youth Cup Finals, which sees the best young club rugby talent go head to head, will take place on the Murrayfield main pitch on Sunday 29 March and Saturday 25 April respectively.

National midi finals
Under-15 girls: Gala girls v Carrick Academy (kick-off 12 noon)
Under-15: Ayr v Stirling County (kick-off 1.30pm)
Under-16: Musselbrough v Dumfries (3pm)

The under-18 National Youth Cup final (boys and girls) will take place on the international pitch at Murrayfield on Saturday 25 April
Under-18 girls: (Murrayfield Wanderers) v (Aboyne/Banchory or Cumnock) (kick-off 6pm)
Under-18 boys: Currie Colts v Stirling County (kick-off 7.30pm)

HIGHLIGHTS AND A MATCH DAY GALLERY WILL BE AVAILABLE AT WWW.SCOTTISHRUGBY.ORG

Match day information:
Turnstiles open at 11am. Entry will be via the North West Turnstiles and seating will be in the Lower West Stand.

Both U15 matches run for 30 minutes each way, with a five-minute break at half time
The U16 match lasts for 35 minutes each way with a ten-minute break at half time
Car Parking
Free parking, from 11am, will be available in the Coach Park, on a first come first served basis. Free disabled parking (on display of a Blue Badge) is available in the West car park, on a first come first served basis.
Entertainment
At half time there will be player question and answer session and a supporter sing-a-long session.
Shop
The newly refurbished Scottish Rugby store (West stand) is open from 11am until 3pm today.
Food & Drink
Units selling food and hot drinks are located on the concourse behind the west stand. Alcohol will not be on sale.
Pass In / Pass Out
A hand-stamp facility will be available at the Famous Grouse gate (West stand)