It's a family affair as Aberdeen lift Bill McLaren Shield

Monday, 25 March 2013

Aberdeen Grammar not only secured their place in the RBS Premier Division for next season with their home victory over Ayr last weekend.

Their 37-17 win also means that they are now the proud holders of the Bill McLaren Shield, a trophy that has strong personal connections to the club’s honorary president Jim Rae.

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Jim explained: “My father, James, known as Jimmy or in Hawick JB, taught Bill McLaren rugby and was a life-long friend of his. My dad was PE master at Hawick HS during Bill’s formative years and actively encouraged Bill both as a player and aspiring sports coach.

“Much of Bill’s attitude towards sport was fostered by my dad and it was he who suggested to a young Bill that he might wish to consider pursuing a career in education as a PE master. The rest is history!”

James Rae senior played in the same Hawick team as McLaren, before his career took him to Dollar Academy and then Aberdeen.

Jim added: “Dad and Bill shared an interest in encouraging youngsters to participate in sport, not just rugby.

“As honorary president of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby I am proud to be part of a club that has secured the Bill McLaren Shield, a trophy created in the name of the Voice of Rugby, one of my dad’s former pupils and a friend of the family.

“I am immensely honoured on all fronts and delighted that rugby can bring about such a happy coincidence.”

In other RBS Premier Division matches at the weekend, Edinburgh Accies ensured their top flight status with a win against Boroughmuir, while Gala got the local bragging rights over Melrose ahead of their RBS Cup semi-final this weekend with a 15-5 margin at Netherdale.

The Currie v Heriot’s match has been rescheduled for this Saturday (30 March) after Malleny Park was unplayable two days ago. Other matches rescheduled for this Saturday are: RBS National League – Glasgow Hawks v Hillhead/Jordanhill and Biggar v Selkirk; RBS Championship A – Whitecraigs v Dalziel and Dumfries v West of Scotland; and RBS Championship B – Musselburgh v Hawick YM.

The Dundee HSFP v Stirling County match, which was called off at the weekend, has now been rescheduled for Saturday 6 April, as Dundee are in RBS Cup action at home to Ayr this weekend.