On Saturday (22 March), the RBS Premiership will come to an exciting conclusion with one of two Border teams set to capture the silverware.
It will either be current league leaders, Gala, who’ll lift the trophy on Saturday afternoon at Netherdale or some three miles down the road at The Greenyards, Melrose will be celebrating.
For the Maroons, they simply need a win over last season’s champions, Ayr to pick up the title for the first time in 31 years. They last won in 1983.
If Melrose win the title, the trophy will return to The Greenyards after only one year away. They play Currie on Saturday. The permutations if Gala do not win are detailed below.
Today, players from the two clubs met at Tweedbank running track, situated halfway between Netherdale and The Greenyards, to look ahead and set the scene for the weekend.
Gala full-back, Andy McLean, who recently made his 300th appearance for the club, said: “Saturday’s game will be very difficult. Ayr will travel wanting to beat us and spoil our party.
But, whatever it takes the task is simple we have to win the match by one point or 50 points and get over the final hurdle.
“If we manage it, it will be huge for the town, 31 years is too long. I recently made my 300th appearance for the club up in Stirling, but I’d give that all up to win the title.”
Melrose club captain, Fraser Thomson, said: “All we can control on Saturday is our match against Currie. We did well against them earlier in the season, but they have become the on-form team in the league in recent weeks, so we have to go out with the focus of ensuring we come away with at least four points.
This has been a rebuild year for the club and we’ve enjoyed working under the experience of John Dalziel. Given we were quite close to the relegation play-off last season, regardless of what happens on Saturday, we’re happy with what we’ve achieved.”
Both matches on Saturday will kick off at 3pm. Also playing in the RBS Premiership at 3pm will be Edinburgh Accies v Stirling County at Raeburn Place, Hawick v Heriot’s at Mansfield Park and Glasgow Hawks v Aberdeen Grammar at Old Anniesland.
RBS Premiership permutations if Gala do not win on Saturday: