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Aberdeen­shire blow away Shet­land to reach the fi­nal

- Sports · Higher Education · College · Ligue 1 · Dunfermline Athletic F.C. · Dunfermline · Aberdeen Grammar School

Aberdeen­shire put their stut­ter­ing Ca­ley 2 North League form behind them to storm into the fi­nal of the Cale­do­nia Re­gional Bowl by beat­ing Shet­land 45-10.

They will meet Aberdeen Univer­sity, who were even big­ger win­ners at home to Stornoway with an 81-12 win at King’s Col­lege.

Shire head coach Barny Hen­der­son was de­lighted with his side’s re­turn to winning ways after three con­sec­u­tive league de­feats.

He said: “This was an im­por­tant win for us. We were more fo­cused up front where we ef­fec­tively won the game, and took our tries well.

“We can now look for­ward to a tough game with Aberdeen Univer­sity in the fi­nal.”

The Woodside’s eight tries were scored by prop Steven Cook, scrum-half Paul Har­row, cen­tre Jonny Gray, winger Keiran Ful­ton, Con­nor Mc­Far­lane (2) and flanker Tom Dug­dale, while cen­tre Gavin Cunningham was back in kick­ing form, adding five con­ver­sions.

Club pres­i­dent Alas­dair Far­quhar­son looked for­ward to the pos­si­bil­ity of the club pro­gress­ing to an­other fi­nal should they beat the stu­dents in the Ca­ley fi­nal. He said: “Get­ting to

“We can now look for­ward to a tough game with Aberdeen Uni”

a Mur­ray­field fi­nal and winning it last sea­son, gal­vanised the club. A re­peat would be just great – but first we have to beat Aberdeen Uni.”

The stu­dents were no less im­pres­sive, run­ning in 12 tries, to tar­get an­other fi­nal of their own at Ed­in­burgh in April. They also had the dou­ble sat­is­fac­tion of the re­sult also count­ing in Ca­ley 3 North, tak­ing them 10 points clear of sec­ond-placed RAF Lossiemout­h.

In Ca­ley 2 North, Aberdeen Gram­mar beat

Ross Suther­land 39-19 at Ru­bis­law. In the only game in Ca­ley Di­vi­sion 1, El­lon were de­nied the chance to go third after Hill­foots were un­able to raise a team to travel to the Mead­ows.

In the semi-fi­nal of the Ca­ley Re­gional Shield, Dun­fermline reached the fi­nal after beat­ing Grange­mouth Stags 39-8 and will meet Orkney, who beat Al­loa 80-0 last week at Pick­aquoy.

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