Green army gripped by cup final fever

Hawick's Ross Graham wants to get his hands omn the BT Cup
Hawick's Ross Graham wants to get his hands omn the BT Cup

More than 20 buses will leave Hawick tomorrow as cup final fever takes hold and the town once again shows it boundless support for the Greens.

Hawick RFC has praised Teries for their staunch allegiance as the club heads to Murrayfield in a bid to lift a third National Cup title - and a rallying cry has been issued for the Green Machine to stick together and make their roar heard.

The display of enthusiasm in the lead-up to tomorrow’s BT Murrayfield meeting with Boroughmuir has seen shops decked out with decorations and the town abuzz ahead of the big event, which for thousands of Teries will be a great day out win or lose, and one to add to the club’s long and illustrious history.

Vice-president John Thorburn stated: “One of the things Hawick does best is to pull together, and hopefully we can bring the cup back for everybody.”

After winning their first major trophy since 2006 with a comprehensive 81-10 win over Peebles two weeks ago, with the possibility of the first Cup double since 2002, expectation is certainly high. And coach Nikki Walker, who helped secure 20-minutes of extra-time in that BT Cellnet Cup final match against Glasgow Hawks, is relishing the atmosphere.

“Where we are now it is a massive achievement for club”, he said. “Personally I am proud to have been able to help bring the club forward, get us to within a game of the play-offs, win the Borders League and reach a major Cup final, but we aren’t done yet, there is still one more game left.”

And with Hawick Saxhorn Band invited along as the Greens special guests, Mr Thorburn added: “They made a big impact in 1996, so hopefully they can do the same tomorrow and get the crowd going.

“And it would be fantastic if all the supporters could sit together because the players say it definitely helps. On behalf of the club I’d like to say thankyou to townsfolk for getting behind us. Let’s hope we get the result we want.”