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.
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.