For the third year in a row Carrick Academy 1st XV will take on Marr College in the Ayrshire Schools U18 Cup Final. In previous years Marr have fielded a development team but it is a mark of the progress that Carrick have made that they will be facing a full Marr College 1st XV on Friday evening. The sides have already met twice this season with Marr coming out on top in both however they have not met since October and this will test just how far this Carrick squad has come in that time.
Head of Rugby Mr Brown said:
" For many of our boys this will be their last ever game for the school. We have been working hard for the final for a long time and we will give it our best shot. There is no doubt we will have to play to our very best if we are to win on Friday but our boys have improved greatly this year and that was seen on our Tour of Wales where we defeated two very experienced and well organised Youth sides from Pencoed and Ponty. We will be looking to some of our more experienced players to lead from the front and I know Craig Davidson, Michael Kirk and Robert Sykes are looking forward to this challenge. Marr reached the last 8 of the Scottish Cup and they are a very good side with match winners throughout their team. We will have to try and limit their opportunities to run at us but if we do that then we are in with a fighting chance."
If the game needed an extra twist to it Gordon McMillan, the well respected Marr College 1st XV coach and Mr Brown will form the new coaching duo at Kilmarnock RFC next season and both will be looking to put one over each other in this game.
The build up to the final Cup has once again hit the school with 3 buses now full for the short trip to Millbrae and it is hoped that the Carrick support will once again fill Millbrae just as it has in the previous two finals. Last season we took well over 350 supporters and we are hopeful of beating that figure this year.
This is a huge night for Ayrshire schools rugby with Scottish Rugby Television once again being in attendance and also the S1 final and U15 final also taking place. The U15 final will once again see Carrick take on their bigger and more experience South Ayrshire opponents from Marr College.
Carrick will also be at Murrayfield on Saturday supporting Skippy and the Ayr Boys in their double header against Melrose, so here's hoping for a great two days for Ayrshire rugby and of course two Carrick wins!!!!
Ayrshire Schools Cup Finals Evening
Friday 23rd April
Carrick Academy U15 V Marr College U15, KO 6.00pm
Carrick Academy 1st XV V Marr College 1st XV, KO 7.40pm
Millbrae, Ayr Rugby Club.