The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Ross Sutherland ready for his­toric day

- BY JACK NIXON

Ross Sutherland will take cen­tre stage to­mor­row when the club makes its first ap­pear­ance in a na­tional fi­nal at Mur­ray­field to face Wig­town­shire in the Na­tional Bowl.

Club pres­i­dent John Scott says it will be a proud day for the club.

He said: “Af­ter 30 years of play­ing for the club, coach­ing and now as pres­i­dent, this is a very spe­cial day. I am so proud of what we have achieved on and off the field.”

It will also be a day to re­mem­ber for club cap­tain Ali Kennedy when he leads out a team that will in­clude his broth­ers Murray and David, both of whom have cap­tained the In­ver­gor­don side in re­cent years.

He said: “Lead­ing the team out in a fi­nal surely gives me the brag­ging rights in the fam­ily but it will be a great thrill for us all.”

The key player for the Naval Grounds team is stand-off John Mann, who is the club’s lead­ing points scorer.

He said: “We have done well to the fi­nal.

“We have had some tough games along the way, in­clud­ing a last-minute to get win against Aberdeen Univer­sity in the Re­gional Bowl Fi­nal.

“We’ll be giv­ing it our best shot but most of all we in­tend to en­joy the day.

“We will be tak­ing a big sup­port down with us, though it means an early start for them as the game kicks off at 10am.”

The club has a lot to live up to and will be fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of its most fa­mous player Dun­can Macrae, who won nine caps for Scot­land in the late 1930s and played in the team that won the Triple Crown in 1938, beat­ing Eng­land at Twick­en­ham in the fi­nal game.

Ross Sutherland’s op­po­nents will be an un­known quan­tity for the north­ern­ers, but it is noted they won the West League Di­vi­sion 3 by 25 points, only los­ing one game in the process.

“We’ll be giv­ing it our best shot but most of all we in­tend to en­joy the day”

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David, Ali and Murray Kennedy

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