Hawick boys bid to win Shield

Hawick’s Greg Wylie, Ryan Hogg and Dean McCracken are aiming to win the BT Shield for St Boswells on finals day tomorrow.

St Boswells, who coasted through their Borders Shield group with five wins from five, face GHK at BT Murrayfield stadium.

The East Regional Two champions, who are unbeaten for two years and won all 18 league games this season, punched their ticket to finals day after earning a last-minute 12-10 victory over East Regional One side North Berwick in the semi-final round.

Stand-off Dean McCracken kicked a high pressure
conversion in the final seconds of the home tie after the Jenny Moore’s road side had fought back from a 10-0 deficit in the 
final five minutes.

David Cassidy had jinked his way through a gap to reduce their arrears to five points with two minutes remaining before Terry Skeet crashed over to set up McCracken for the match winner.

“It is going to be tough 
going up against a top Glasgow side like GHK but we’re unbeaten in 44 games and have vast experience so there is no fear,” said centre Greg Wylie.

For St Boswells, tomorrow’s finals day appearance comes a full 12 months after the club were disqualified from last season’s Bowl final for breaching national competition rule 5.3.3.

An independent panel adjudged that the club had fielded three ineligible players in three separate fixtures meaning beaten semi-finalists, Glenrothes, replaced the Saints in the final against Highland.

“I think everyone is pretty keen to go up to Murrayfield and prove a point after last year’s issues,” Wylie added.

“We all want the club to continue to grow.

“I think a big win on Saturday will prove to our detractors just how good this club really is.”