sporting fixtures ‘will be fulfilled’

THE SRU are confident all league and cup fixtures will be completed on schedule despite the huge number of match cancellations.

And Border League secretary John Thorburn said they were still aiming for the showpiece finale on April 13.

Hawick, the YM and Linden haven’t played a competitive game since November 20, while the Quins’ last match was on November 6. Reserve dates and free weekends during the 6 Nations Championship have already been earmarked for some of the postponed matches. But it is clear further called-off matches would have serious implications for all competitions.

An SRU spokesperson said: “A number of stand-by dates are built into the fixture schedule at the start of the season and we are confident that, despite the harsh weather already endured this winter, all scheduled league and cup matches will be fulfilled.

“Given the ongoing wintry weather, we continue to monitor the situation very closely.”

While Mr Thorburn said it wasn’t time to push the panic button – yet.

“I wouldn’t say it was a drastic situation at the moment, because all the clubs, excluding Melrose, have floodlights, so midweek games can easily be played,” he said.

Meanwhile, in local footballing circles, Border Amateur League fixture secretary Gerry Monaghan admitted everything was in “disarray”.

And he has hinted a possible extension to the season could be implemented.

He said: “Apart from Eyemouth and Coldstream playing last Saturday, there have been no games in the Border Amateur League since November 20.

“It’s going to take a lot of juggling about. There can be an extension to the season, but it’s too early to speak about that. It’s all in the lap of the gods.

“Come the end of the season though there will be a lot of midweek maches.”

Hawick Royal Albert secretary Dougie Purves added: “Because we didn’t have any cup runs we were up to date with our fixtures until the games started to get called off.

“Although we’re behind now, we’re not nearly as bad as other teams. It’s been a long lay-off though and we need to be playing.”