With the preparation all completed and the nerves beginning to simmer, all that remains for St Boswells is to wait for the curtain to go up on the BT Shield final on Saturday.
The unbeaten East Regional Two champions coasted through their Borders Shield group with five wins from five and punched their ticket to Finals Day after earning a last-minute victory over East Regional One side North Berwick in the semi-final.
Stand-off Dean McCracken kicked a high-pressure conversion in the final seconds of the match after the Jenny Moore’s road side had fought back from a 10-0 deficit in the final five minutes.
Player/coach David Cassidy had jinked his way through a gap to reduce their arrears to five points with two minutes remaining before Terry Skeet crashed over to set-up McCracken for the match winner.
For West Regional One champions, GHK, who will move into the National Leagues for the first time in almost two decades after managing to remain unbeaten all season, it was a much simpler task getting to Murrayfield. The old Anniesland side thrashed Caledonia League One champions Orkney 32-7 in the other semi-final.
For St Boswells, tomorrow’s Finals Day appearance comes a full 12-months after the club were disqualified from last season’s Bowl final for breaching National competition rule 5.3.3. An independent panel adjudged the club had fielded three ineligible players in three separate fixtures, meaning beaten semi-finalists, Glenrothes, replaced the Saints in the final against Highland.
“It is a very big occasion for a very small club,” said St Boswells team manager Dave Elliot. This occasion has come a full 12-months later than we had anticipated after last season’s debacle, but we are glad to be here.
“It was disappointing how it ended last season, but we’re back to prove a point with hopefully 400 supporters in-tow cheering us on to the title.”
St Boswells team for the BT Shield final v GHK (1.15pm ko): Graeme Lothian; John Lebbon, David Cassidy, Greg Wylie, Andrew Haig; Dean McCracken, Michael McVie; Billy Lilly, Gary Douglas, Terry Skeet, Ben Gilchrist, Adrian Donoghue, Jordan Broom, Stephen Hill and Ryan Hogg. Subs: Scott Elliot, Lee Kibble, Brian Hill, David Cowan, Craig Brown, Ian Dawtry and Scott Tomlinson.