The race to reach Murrayfield for the final of the Scottish Hydro Regional Bowl reaches a crescendo in semi-final action this weekend with North Berwick hosting their fellow East Regional league club, Duns; and Wigtownshire from the West, welcoming Strathmore from Caledonia to London Road playing fields in Stranraer.
North Berwick having already won the East 1 league – during which they posted home and away wins over Duns – will probably approach tomorrow’s semi-final as favourites.
Duns, however, have enjoyed a Murrayfield Finals Day in the past, winning the Bowl in 1999 and reaching the big stage as beaten finalists in the now redundant Plate competition last year.
North Berwick captain Cameron Ewer said: “It would be a massive occasion to reach Finals Day not only for the players but for the club as a whole and our semi-final against Duns is a great opportunity to enable players to play at Murrayfield.”
In Stranraer, Wigtownshire, in third place in West 1, await Strathmore, who are second in Caledonia 1.
Wigtownshire coach Campbell McGregor reckons it’s the first time the two teams have met and after a few seasons in the doldrums believes the club’s run in the Bowl competition has caught the imagination of players and fans alike.
“We have a mix of old and young players in the first XV and it would be the pinnacle of what they have achieved in the game if we could reach the final. The club as a whole have had some hard times over the years but we’re pulling ourselves back up again,” he explained.
The Scottish Hydro Regional Bowl Final kicks-off Cup Finals Day at Murrayfield on Saturday 24 April at 12 noon. It will be followed by the Scottish Hydro National Shield Final at 2pm between Lasswade and Greenock Wanderers and then the Scottish Hydro Cup Final between Melrose and Ayr at 4pm.
Buy your tickets (£10 for adults and £5 for concessions) from your club, who will then keep the proceeds.