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Mar 10, 2012, 6:09 PM
Location: Ayrshire, Midlothian
Team(s): AFC Darwen, Troon, Ayr Utd, Burnley
SRU - RBS West Division 1
Re: [Seagull] Where are you going - where did you go? RUGBY UNION
Marr Rugby 26-0 Glasgow Academicals
Admission - by programme £2
Attendance - 400
This turned out to be the match which determined both the league championship and promotion (West 1 is the fifth level of the Scottish rugby pyramid) yet 8 days ago no one would have believed it possible.
Before last weekend's penultimate round of league matches everything appeared to be done and dusted with Glasgow High/Kelvinside rampaging through the league with a 100% record ...and then they were held to a shock draw by mid-table East Kilbride, leaving the top of the table like this:
Marr 17-15-0-2 71pts (inc 11 bonus poins) +345 points difference
Glasgow High/Kelvinside 17-16-1-0 71 pts (incl 5 bonus points) +247 points difference
Astonishingly, GHK who had won all their matches bar one drawn match, and had beaten Marr home and away, were in second place as a result of their inability to pick up bonus points (for scoring 4 tries in a match) and this in turn was reflected in their far inferior points difference to Marr's.
Glasgow Academicals Football Club (the former pupil club of the private school Glasgow Academy), founded in 1866, is one of the oldest football clubs of any code in the world and has supplied many Scottish internationals during its existence. In 1997 after a decline in fortunes it was decided that the first XV would merge with Glasgow High/Kelvinside's first XV (itself the result of a merger of two private school FP teams) to form Glasgow Hawks, who currently operate in the top division of Scottish club rugby. So both Glasgow Accies and Glasgow High/Kelvinside, both operating in West 1, are effectively second XVs.
Marr's task was simple - win and pick up a bonus point by scoring four tries.
In front of a boisterous crowd (by Troon's middle class standards) Marr went ahead with a converted try after 10 minutes. However, Accies were not for rolling over and fought back well. After 30 minutes Marr were temporarily reduced to 14 men after a yellow card was shown, but this coincided with the 10 minutes which virtually decided the outcome of this match as Troon ran in two converted tries before half time.
Restored to a full complement of players Marr scored the vital try after only 5 minutes of the second half. But that was to be the end of the scoring - not through any lack of trying by the two teams.
The final whistle was greeted by great celebrations and much champagne was consumed by the Marr squad in the middle of the pitch as their place in National Division One was confirmed for next season. No one seemed to think it would be possible for GHK to score sufficient points to surpass Marr's points difference and that's how it turned out as GHK 'only' managed to defeat Annan 57-8
So the top of the table finished
Marr 18-16-0-2 76 +371
GHK 18-17-1-0 76 +296
and Marr step up to National 1 and a very big step up in class.
(This post was edited by PaulC on Mar 10, 2012, 6:23 PM)