Hun­dreds cheer team in sun­shine

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Blair­gowrie RFC made his­tory once again at the week­end as they won 20-17 in the dy­ing sec­onds of their BT Na­tional Bowl semi-fi­nal game against Stra­then­drick RFC on Satur­day.

The game was played at JJ Coupar Re­cre­ation Park in Blair­gowrie and the hard-fought vic­tory sees the east Perthshire side make the na­tional fi­nals - which are played at Mur­ray­field in Ed­in­burgh - for the first time in the club’s his­tory.

Hun­dreds of sup­port­ers turned out to cheer their team on in glo­ri­ous spring sun­shine and were de­lighted by the club’s per­for­mance.

Go­ing in to the game, Stra­then­drick - who had only lost one game this sea­son - were ar­guably favourites to land the tro­phy.

But the east Perthshire side fought hard, de­fended well and held their nerve to clinch the win in the fi­nal min­utes of the game.

Fol­low­ing the match, Blair­gowrie cap­tain Andy McOuat thanked the Stra­then­drick team for a good game and for be­ing so mag­naminous in de­feat. Thanks was also given to the ref­eree and lines­men, to Timmy Wat­son and Scott for man­ning the bar­be­cue, Morag Wylie and Gor­don for man­ning the bar through­out the af­ter­noon, Tr­ish and Josh for man­ning the club­house bar af­ter the match and Moira Crilly Orr for pre­par­ing and serv­ing the food.

Club pres­i­dent Fraser Bis­sett thanked the sup­port­ers for com­ing out in such large num­bers, the many lo­cal busi­nesses who spon­sored the match, the squad for its his­toric achieve­ment and the coaches for all their hard work in help­ing the club get this far this sea­son.

Blair­gowrie RFC will play Por­to­bello RFC in the BT Na­tional Bowl Fi­nal and are look­ing for­ward to a fan­tas­tic oc­ca­sion at Mur­ray­field on Satur­day, April 22. De­tails of how to pur­chase tick­ets and book a seat on one of the buses are avail­able on the club’s Face­book page.

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