Grangemouth Stags completed a successful visit to Kirkwall on 5th December to fulfil their league match. Although the result was not what the club hoped for; the visit was in all other respects very successful.
Thanks to the SRU travel grant and a special discounted chartered rate that has been centrally negotiated with the SRU, the club chartered a plane from Highland Airways to fly the 30 minute journey to Orkney. Using cars to travel up the A9 from Grangemouth to Inverness on Saturday morning meant the team could fly at 11.45am and be ready to kick-off for 1.40. This allowed the game to be played in good light conditions.
The arrangements with Highland Air allowed some of the team to fly back after the match at 5.45pm and that party were back in Grangemouth sometime around 9.00pm on the Saturday. The remainder of the party flew back at 11.00am on Sunday and were back home by mid afternoon. This arrangement suited both those with family/ work commitments who needed to be back promptly and also those others who wished to enjoy a night in Kirkwall.
The Club is grateful to Highland Airways for their excellent organisation and to the Scottish Hydro/SRU travel grant for contributing towards the costs of the trip.
GRFC also thank Rodney Spence and his ORFC Committee for their hospitality which was of the usual high standards. Unfortunately, ORFC 1st XV were less hospitable as they won 57-7 to continue there unbeaten league run towards promotion.