The Scottish Rugby Union’s U15 National Cup Semi-finals get underway this weekend with Howe of Fife vs West of Scotland in Cupar and Deeside vs Currie in the village of Aboyne. The sides will be contesting for a place in the final at Murrayfield on the 21st of February. Both games were due to be played on the 17th but frozen pitches saw both postponed.
The Deeside vs Currie game will KO at 1.30pm on Aboyne Green, unless frost causes a last minute switch to the Tillybrake pitch in Banchory. All of the clubs in this year’s semi-finals, with the exception of Deeside boast senior sides in the Scottish Premier divisions, with Currie currently top of Premier 1. Nonetheless, at U15 the seven leagues difference between their respective 1stXV’s will have no bearing whatsoever on a game that promises to entertain from start to finish. So far this season both teams have performed well in their respective leagues with Currie currently sitting second in the Edinburgh and District league, behind Biggar but with a game in hand and Deeside also sitting in second place in Caledonia North having narrowly lost away to Highland.
The National Cup path for Currie saw them progress past Linlithgow, North Berwick, Highland, and Hawick Albion, whilst for Deeside the route was Moray, Aberdeen Wanderers, Dundee Eagles, and Hillhead/Jordanhill. Both quarter finals were relatively close games with Deeside recording a 24-14 win over Hillhead/Jordanhill and Currie overcoming Hawick Albion 22-15 in the Borders rather than at home in an effort to get the tie played.
Sunday’s semi final promises to be an exciting day for all concerned and supporters from both sides will be made most welcome. Deeside’s forwards coach Steve Hillier said ‘Deeside U15 have matured into a solid team, they won their quarter final with good team work, they now have a chance to do something very special and I know they will be wanting to take that chance. ’
Currie coach Mike McWilliam said “The boys are really looking forward to their trip to Deeside. We have never played them before but that’s part of the magic of the National Cup competition: playing teams from all over the country.
The lure of a final at Murrayfield is a major part of it but as coaches we will be doing our best to make sure that our team concentrates on the semi-final. We had a hard job picking a squad of just 22 from a squad of 33 for the game and many players were unlucky to lose out on selection. It has been difficult training and playing with the winter weather lately but hopefully the boys will at least be fresh and raring to go.”
Deeside: Bradley Buchan, Thomas Christie, John Crilly, Kyle Dawson, Luke Earle-Wright, James Ferguson, Angus Hart, Matthew Hillier, John Honey, Jack Irvine, Melvin McAskill, Sam Morris, Andrew Mullins, Patrick Nichol, Angus Renie, Garran Sutton, Alex Taylor, Angus Wallace, Elliott Wood.
Currie Squad: Forwards; Vint, Watson, Penny, Hurst, Millar, Murray, Bryce, Young, Selalmas, Flett, Greig, McWilliam. Backs; Swanson, Connolly, Swan, Smith, Wilson, Carruthers, Pert, McWilliam, Flett, Hall.