IN a glittering season that has seen them clinch promotion to National Division One and enjoy a Cup Finals day at Murrayfield, Hawick YM coach Jammy McFarlane is calling on his players to put the cherry on top of the icing on top of the cake – by completing the league campaign undefeated.
And he has labelled tomorrow’s grand finale against Kilmarnock as the club’s biggest yet.
He said: “This is certainly the biggest game I’ve been involved in. This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often.
“It’s bigger than Murrayfield. We want to be remembered as the club who went the whole season undefeated. That would be huge for the boys.
“It’s something they can carry with themselves for the rest of their lives, something they can look back on with great pride.”
However, crossing the final hurdle against fellow promoted side Kilmarnock will be no easy feat for the injury-hit YM, who are without Ross Gibson, Graeme Cannon, Josh Farmer and Bruce Campbell, and have doubts over Glyn and Shaun Desport and Alistair Turnbull. McFarlane added: “We’re like the walking wounded, but I think everybody is well aware of what this would mean to the club, so we’ll all be ready come kick off at 3pm tomorrow.
“It’ll be a challenge though because Kilmarnock will be looking to spoil our party. We put 45 points past them at their place and it was quite a hostile atmosphere.
“It would be nice to get a good crowd down to see if our boys can do the unthinkable.”
n Tomorrow’s match is sponsored by Sam Barker.
n HAWICK YM were victorious at the St Boswells Sevens on Wednesday night as they disposed of Gala in the first round before beating Melrose (14-12) in the semi-final and Selkirk (46-7) in the final. The squad was L. Mallin, S. Mabon, C. Robson, J. Tinlin, D. McCracken, S. McLeod, N. McColm, A. Weir and G. Wylie.