The curtain finally came down on Strathmore RFC’s impressive league season on Saturday with a 51 points to no reply win away to Aberdeen Wanderers giving them the league clean sweep of 16 wins from 16 games.
What an achievement for the Inchmacoble players to remain undefeated though out the entire Caledonia Division 1 campaign who were officially crowned Champions a few weeks back when their nearest rivals Dunfermline couldn’t mathematically catch them for the title. Despite already having the league trophy on display in the cabinet at Inchmacoble along with this seasons Caledonia Shield, the men in black knew the victory was needed to go 16 from 16 as they’d set out to do at the start of the season.
With 7 forced changes to the match day squad from the previous week it was a great opportunity for some 2nd XV players to step up and show how this seasons joint training had unified the entire senior squad to become one strong unit under coach Alan Brown.
Strathie started brightly and put the first points on the board after only two minutes of play with a well executed try stretching the Wanderers defence from one side to the other before Darren Bell touched down in the corner. This was quickly followed up with a converted try on 14 minutes as Strathmore stamped their dominant style of play on the game with a driving maul letting Lee Alexander get the score and conversion 0-14. Strathie then ran in another 4 tries in quick succession within a 16 minute period with James Kiely, Marc Scoular and Darren Bell who secured another hatrick. Wanderers had a penalty kick opportunity first half to put a score on the board but skewed it wide. Halftime 0-34.
As has become the norm for Coach Brown substitutions were made at halftime and the second half played out similar to the first. However squandered chances from the men in black meant the visitors only ran in 3 further tries second half again to no reply from the home team. Blair Butchart, James Kiely and Ruaridh Beaton all scoring second half tries with Butchart adding two conversions.
Full time score was 0-51.
Head Coach Alan Brown was delighted to get the win commenting. “The lads have been fantastic this season and we’ve achieved what we set out to do at start of season. 16 from 16 in the league and 4 from 4 in the Caley Shield. Huge thanks to all the players and my coaches along with the club committee for supporting us and believing in me. What a season we’ve had and look forward to next year in National 3”
Strathmore rugby club President Bob Baldie added “ It’s been a brilliant season for the club and we’d like to thank our Members, Supporters of Broonymania and Sponsors, who without them we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we have this season. Alan Brown has been fantastic and we’ve gained the promotion we set out as the target when we first approached him. The club is in a great position to move up to the National leagues but it couldn’t happen without all the volunteers who make it what it is from the Juniors and Women’s sections through to the Senior mens section. The future is bright the future is Strathmore”