Blair RFC to play Mur­ray­field!

Last-minute vic­tory sees them in fi­nal

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Blair­gowrie Rugby Club have made club his­tory and se­cured a place in the fi­nal of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion which will see them play at the home of Scot­tish rugby, Mur­ray­field, in April.

In the lat­est in a string of firsts for the club, the team won their BT Na­tional Bowl semi-fi­nal game against Stra­then­drick RFC on Satur­day in the dy­ing sec­onds of the match.

The vic­tory means that the lads from Blair will be head­ing to Ed­in­burgh for the fi­nal on April 22, and are keen for as many sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble to make the jour­ney south for what is the big­gest game in the club’s his­tory.

Pres­i­dent of Blair­gowrie RFC, Fraser Bis­sett, said: “Ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity has re­ally got be­hind us, which is great. Even peo­ple who have not re­ally been in­ter­ested in rugby be­fore have been send­ing us con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages.

“It’s great for the town as well to have some­thing pos­i­tive to sup­port and rally be­hind, and hope­fully it will be good for the club too and en­cour­age more peo­ple to join.

“Ev­ery­one en­joyed the game on Satur­day, we put on a good event with a bar­be­cue and fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and of course the game it­self.

“We’re hop­ing ev­ery­one can make the ef­fort to get down to Mur­ray­field, we have got four buses booked at the mo­ment but ob­vi­ously we will book more if there is de­mand.

“It’s un­char­tered ter­ri­tory for us but we’re look­ing for­ward to it. Just get­ting there is a mas­sive achieve­ment.”

He added: “Peter Dun­can and I started play­ing for the se­nior club in 1999 so it has taken us 18 years to get to where we al­ways dreamed of be­ing.

“I have watched the video of the match-win­ning try at least 100 times since the week­end and to not be ahead for the whole of the game and to come through in the last few min­utes and get the win at the end of the day is just amaz­ing.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for the club. I don’t think at the start of the sea­son any­one could have pre­dicted what we have man­aged to achieve.

“We won our tens tour­na­ment in Au­gust, we won a game 175-nil, we won the re­gional bowl fi­nal and now we have won the semi-fi­nal and are off to play in the fi­nal in Mur­ray­field sta­dium next month - it’s been a good sea­son.

“The coaches are mak­ing us work re­ally hard but with­out that kind of re­lent­less­ness I don’t think we’d be where we are just now.”

See pages 18, 19, 35 and 36 of this week’s Blairie for more pic­tures from the game and a full match re­port.

Joy Cel­e­brat­ing the vic­tory

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