BT Men’s Bowl Final PREVIEW | Ross Sutherland v Wigtownshire

It has been a long road to the BT Men’s Bowl final as Wigtownshire take on Ross Sutherland at BT Murrayfield.

Nearly 300 miles separate the clubs and both sides have come through adversity and some tight matches to make it to the national stadium.

Both teams have shown a marked improvement in form from their first-round eliminations last year in their respective regional competitions.

The team from Dumfries and Galloway beat Panmure in their semi-final after seeing off Glasgow University medics in a tight West regional final.

They have been imperious in BT West League Division 3 and will be hopeful of securing the double having lost just their opening match on the road to Lochaber.

Wigtownshire Assistant Coach Gordon Keith said: “Our club has been on a journey in the last year.

“The team have evolved from a social team to a seriously competitive set-up who have been undefeated since a learning blip in September and have only conceded 70 points in total in the league.

“We are about to achieve the target of winning the league and getting to the BT Bowl final. The only challenge now is coming away from BT Murrayfield as champions.”

Ross Sutherland also took on academic opposition, in the Caledonia North final, when they recorded a one-point victory over Aberdeen University.

In league play the highlanders have not been able to replicate their cup run but sit safely mid-table in BT Caledonia League Division 2 North.

Ross Sutherland Head Coach John Mann said: “Preparations have been good so far. Dangling the carrot of silverware and the chance to play at BT Murrayfield has helped with players commitment to training and games.  Numbers have doubled with some younger guys and older heads coming to training to throw their name in the hat. 

“Having the chance to play at BT Murrayfield will undoubtedly be a career highlight for all.

“Our toughest game so far was in the North Final and if we can play half as well as we did then we should be in with a nudge.”

Wigtownshire v Ross Sutherland will open Silver Saturday (kick-off 10am) on the international pitch at BT Murrayfield.

Tickets for Silver Saturday, which include access to all seven games played at BT Murrayfield on the day, are available from: http://bit.ly/SilverSat.

 

 

Wigtownshire’s route to the final:

SF – Panmure (33-12)

West Final – Glasgow University Medics (15-12)

West SF - Shawlands (15-5)

 

Ross Sutherland’s route to the final:

SF – Queensferry (42-14)

North Final – Aberdeen University (19-18)

North SF – Peterhead (59-10)