Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen Grammar to meet in city derby

Tomorrow (Saturday 26 October), the only two 3XV Rugby Union teams in the Caledonian Regional Divisions will go head to head.

The newly formed Aberdeen Grammar 3XV welcome Aberdeenshire 3XV, now in their second season in Caledonian Regional League Division 3 North, to Rubislaw (12 noon) playing fields for a big local derby. 

Grammar sit eigth in the table after a strong win against second placed Deeside, one spot ahead of Shire in ninth who have suffered back to back defeats against Peterhead and Aberdeen University Medic’s respectively.

Aberdeenshire 3XV captain James Dooley (pictured) is looking to get back to winning ways this weekend. He said: “We have had a hot and cold start to the season, some brilliant performances peppered with mistakes and some bad performances peppered with brilliance.

“Training can be hard with a third team, as you might expect a lot of our resources go to the recently promoted first team and the second team who are top of their league.

“We get a lot of help from coaches Ian Clayton, Jamie Gorden and player coach Mark Littlejohn.

“Being a local derby we will be expecting a good side to make the trip ten minutes up the road. Both teams should come flying out the blocks and it will be a good physical match, but then again when is tugby ever not physical?”

Grammar captain Andy Little is also expecting a tough game on Saturday. He said: “We hope to play a fast paced game in order to beat what should be a very physical Shire side.

“It’s an Aberdeen derby match so there are a lot of bragging rights up for grabs and a lot of pride on the line.

“It’s been a slow start to the season in terms of numbers at training but through out the past few weeks it has steadily been picking up.

“Everyone is keen and willing and now things are going really well.

“Obviously you go into every season wanting to win and we set ourselves a target of finishing in the top three of this league at the start of the season and this remains our goal.

“The team had a massive win against Deeside last week and came away with a fantastic result.

“There are guys in the squad who of have played at a very high level which is a huge boost and the coaching staff have been fantastic.”