What started out well turned into a disappointing afternoon for Renfrew as the late September heat gave this league match a pre-season friendly feel. Despite the team having an unfamiliar feel to it with strange faces at scrum half and stand-off, ‘frew had the best of the opening quarter with their pack winning a lot of possession and the backs frequently testing the Birkmyre defence. And whilst not much came of the possession the opening try for Birkmyre after 20 minutes was very much against the run of the play.
However, the game turned then, and Birkmyre remained on top thereafter running in another two tries in the first half to take a 15-0 lead.
‘frew only had reluctant reserve Andy McDade on the touchline so had limited opportunities for freshening things at half time and restarted with the same fifteen. With the wind against them ‘frew had difficulty in relieving the territorial Birkmyre’s advantage, but conceded only one more try (converted) and a penalty in the second half. A few smug attempts at drop goals by Birkmyre were missed leaving the final score 25-0.
The post-match hospitality at the River Inn was excellent once again.
Renfrew Man of the Match – Ian Waterston. Some big hits and strong runs at Centre, and got in the mix well when moved to flanker.
1) Simon Brown; 2) Graeme Smillie; 3) Graham Rogerson; 4) Sandy Thomson; 5) Peter McStay; 6) John Allan; 7) Richie Brown; 8) Gary Moody; 9) Alan Williamson; 10) Gordon Martin; 11) Scott Morran; 12) Iain Waterston; 13) Iain Mcloud; 14) Graeme Honeyman; 15) Kevin Rees; 16) Andy McDade.