Junior Muskies make history

JUNIOR MUSKIES: Winners of the under 18 national championship.
JUNIOR MUSKIES: Winners of the under 18 national championship.

The MUSKETEER Junior Men have become only the second team in the club’s history to win the Under-18 National Championship.

In an extremely competitive league where the top four teams were all capable of beating each other the Musketeers lost only two games in the 18 game season seeing off Edinburgh Kings into second place with three losses.

The Muskies went on a 15 and 0 run in the league at the beginning of the season with notable victories over Kings in Portobello where they were 19 points down in the second half and won the last quarter 18 to 2 to secure a one point victory and again away to fourth place Falkirk where they were 14 down and came back to win by six.

The team have been unlucky with injuries going into the end of the season and this has led to a couple of defeats and a nail biting end to the season.

This is a fantastic achievement for the side who have considerably less internationalists in their side in relation to second place Edinburgh.

Captain Nicky Sim is the only one who has made the final National squad to play in European competition this summer. he said: “We just play together as a team, trust each other and the results have paid off.”

The club’s only other success at this age level came in 2001 when coach John Grant won the title with an extremely talented team including current professional and Scotland senior captain Gareth Murray.

Current coach Paul Boath said: “I am really pleased for the boys to end with a league title medal.

“We have been together now for three years and have had a great run winning three national titles.”

“It will be a sad day for me when the seniors leave the club and I wish them all the best with university and their futures.”