Cup fever will hit Inchmacoble park in Forfar next Saturday when Strathmore U-18s take on Falkirk in the Caledonian Cup Semi-Final.
In what has been a remarkable season so far the Strathie U-18s have overturned Caithness and Division one Kirkcaldy on route to the semis.
The challenge for the Strathmore team is even bigger this week, sitting in second place in the league having lost only two games in all competition this season, both to Falkirk.
The core of the U-18 team started playing mini rugby some ten years ago and it’s a fantastic success story. The coaches are first to admit that the team are no world beaters, but they have developed into a strong and skilful unit that is full of determination and are up for the challenge that any team bring along.
The success has also been based on a consistent group behind the scenes, Yvonne Robertson who was recently recognised at the Angus Sports Awards for her 10 years service to the club has kept the team organised off the pitch. Yvonne’s hard work is without a doubt one of the key contributors to the success of today’s U-18 team and the Strathie Sharks club.
The coaching team of Les Coupar, Dave Cashley and Colin Robertson have guided the players and developed the team into a fine unit. The team have been really fortunate to have Colin in their ranks. The Area Institute of Sport manager and former SRU employee has coached every age grade Scotland team and still coaches the national U-17s.
The U-18s certainly don’t have the biggest squad in the league and it is a remarkable achievement as it’s always a challenge for junior clubs to build up squad numbers, it’s a continual recruitment programme as the club continues to look for new players at all their age groups.
The U-18s will appreciate the town’s support next Saturday as they look to create some club history in making it to the Caledonia Cup Final.