Saturday was a clash of the top four in the league. Top team, Garnock were away to second top, Oban, whilst fourth top, Carrick, were at home to third top, Cambuslang.
Saturday’s match at Lochshore, Kilbirnie, was a clash between the top two teams in the West Regional second division. It was a match which produced, at times, a quality of rugby which could have been displayed at much higher level in Scottish rugby.
With the school field looking immaculate and the photographer in attendance the ‘Rick’ were up for the challenge ahead as they looked sharp during the warm-up.
Lomond High School’s big pack dominated the majority of the first half play, using their large forwards and powerful centre to some great effect.
Coming off of a tense physical match mid-week, Carrick showed the strength they have in their whole squad.
It was a cup tie but there were more spills than thrills. A committed and determined Cumbernauld side made it difficult for the “Galaticos” of Maybole. In truth this was a dismal performance from the home side.
Carrick v Marr, what else is there to say really. It is always a hearty, passionate game, and with a place in the regional final at stake, the tension was huge. Carrick showed early signs of dominance, but they couldn't quite get over the line.
Liam Wyllie slotted over a kick to give Carrick the 3 point advantage, but Marr still looked deadly on the counter attack. And they proved to be so, they scored from a quick break to give them the narrow lead. This was the first time Carrick had gone behind all season; it would be a test of their mental ability to see if they could bounce back.