LILLY: Shield would be icing on the cake

Hawick YM RFC captain Billy Lilly ahead of their game at Murrayfield on Saturday against Lasswade.
Hawick YM RFC captain Billy Lilly ahead of their game at Murrayfield on Saturday against Lasswade.
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HAWICK YM captain Billy Lilly has experienced Murrayfield defeat with the Redskins, but now he’s ready to lead them to glory.

The 33-year-old will run out at the national stadium tomorrow hoping to write the wrongs of 2004 when the YM lost out to Perthshire in the final of the Bowl competition.

Lilly will be one of only two in the squad – along with Gregor Welsh – who played on that fateful day as the men from Perth stole the show with an 18-6 victory. And he told the Hawick News he has seen enough in the class of 2011 to know that they can go one better.

He said: “The result was gutting but it was still a great day. But I think this time we’re a bit more experienced as we’ve got older heads in the forwards and backs.

“I feel more confident this time around.”

The Redskins have hired two double-decker buses and two 50-seaters as hundreds of red-clad supporters prepare to invade the capital.

Five years ago more than 500 cheered them on and Lilly has his fingers crossed for a similar amount tomorrow.

He said: “I’m hoping for a big support. It gives us all a huge lift and when they’re all cheering you on it’s just tremendous.”

Asked what it would mean to taste victory tomorrow, Lilly added: “I’d be speechless for a change.

“We’ve won the league, if we could win the Shield as well it would be brilliant, the icing on the cake.”

n Steven Hill will be hoping the luck he brought the Greens in 1996 can be repeated.

The Redskins wing forward was the envy of every young Teri when he led the Hawick team onto the hallowed turf for the first ever Cup final. Just 11-years-old at the time, Steven, who played on the wing for Wilton, was drawn out of the hat in a lucky dip among primary school rugby players to find a mascot.