Birmingham and Solihull at Millbrae this Saturday, kick-off 4.00pm
Ayr captain Damien Kelly, known to all as Skippy, is ready and raring to go in this weekend’s British and Irish Cup clash against Birmingham and Solihull. Fresh from his Man of the Match performance in the victorious Scotland Club International fixture versus France last Friday at Gala, the towering, influential lock is eager to have another go at a Division 1 outfit from England.
“ The boys have really enjoyed this tournament and the challenge it represents. We had a disappointing start against Doncaster but learned a lot about ourselves in that game and we turned out a really solid performance in beating Rotherham at home. Club players in Scotland should want to have a go in this competition, it’s a step up from normal league duties but there’s nothing to fear from these professional sides. The contest is hard but it improves your game and our ability to play rugby is just as good as theirs.”
Kelly knows a hard game awaits this weekend but takes it all in his quite lengthy stride. “Five of us from Ayr played a part in the Club International, we’re still in the Scottish Cup after a hard-fought win against a spirited Musselburgh team, and then there’s the excitement of the league campaign and trying to meet that challenge. We still have British and Irish Cup matches against Pontypridd next weekend, about a third of the Welsh population seem to have booked out accommodation in Ayr, and then we’re down to Wales to play Cardiff at the Arms Park.” Pausing for breath he mused, “ It’s a busy time to be an Ayr player but you have to love this opportunity to play at our level in all these competitions.”
You can watch Kelly in British and Irish Cup action with Ayr this Saturday against Birmingham and Solihull, at Millbrae, Ayr, kicking off at 4.00pm