Currie Crowned Scottish Champions

Currie were crowned as 2009/10 Scottish Hydro Premier One champions today with convincing 55-21 victory over Glasgow Hawks at Burnbrae.

Currie needed just two points from the match however – while their travelling support was clued in on the numerous options available to ensure the trophy travelled east to Malleny Park [a win, a draw, or a loss with two bonus points] – a convincing eight-try victory meant the only arithmetic needed on the day was to keep tally of the score.

Currie were crowned as 2009/10 Scottish Hydro Premier One champions today with convincing 55-21 victory over Glasgow Hawks at Burnbrae.

Currie needed just two points from the match however – while their travelling support was clued in on the numerous options available to ensure the trophy travelled east to Malleny Park [a win, a draw, or a loss with two bonus points] – a convincing eight-try victory meant the only arithmetic needed on the day was to keep tally of the score.

In an excellent first-half, Currie dominated possession and territory throughout, contrasting well with a Hawks side which, when offered just a glimpse of space, were lightning quick on the counter.

After just three minutes it was clear the game had the hallmarks of a high-scoring affair when Currie winger Willie Moala scored in the first and Hawks full-back Michael Adamson equalised in the third – Adamson’s accuracy from the conversion meant that Hawks had the lead, 5-7

After 20 minutes of enterprising play from both sides, Currie stand-off Andrew Binikos put his side back in the lead (full-back Johnny Smith converted) but, typically, Hawks equalised once more – number 8 Grant Strang crossing the whitewash and Adamson again adding the extras, 12-14.

Disappointingly for Hawks however was that – while they had lived with the champions elect for the majority of the first-half – a 40 minute penalty from Johnny Smith was followed by two injury time tries from Currie prop John Cox.

A pair of conversions from Smith meant that, in a blink of an eye, Currie had taken a giant step towards lifting the league trophy by not only stretching their lead but by securing a four-try bonus point so that, were Currie to lose the match, they could still win the league if they finished within seven points of Hawks to get the second bonus.

HALF TIME: 29-14

Their first-half flurry clearly boosted Currie’s confidence while the loss of the talismanic Adamson to a head knock did the opposite for Hawks who were now down a key play-maker, try-scorer and goal-kicker.

Another quick-fire display saw Currie run in three consecutive tries in the space of four minutes from replacement centre James Johnstone, flanker Jamie Thomson and a second form Moala – their dominance in the forwards now a telling difference in the sides.

Smith continued his fine kicking form to slot all three conversions to all but wrap up the tie (50-14) before the ever-present Hawks speedster Robbie Hair was finally rewarded for some excellent running throughout when he crossed for a score.

Front-row replacement Neil Scobie then replied on behalf of Currie to end the game and seal the third piece of national silverware at Malleny Park to add to the under-15 and under-18 cups won by the club earlier this season.

FULL TIME: 55-21

GLASGOW HAWKS
Mike Adamson; Robbie Hair, Euan Morrison, Graham Harkness, Craig Gossman; Andy White, Peter Jericevich; Gary Strain, John MacLay, Nick Cox, George Hunter, Calum Harvey, Mat Whittleston, Rory McKay, Grant Strang
Substitues
Robert Niven, Callum Taylor, Cammy Kerr, Gav McDonald, Mark Taylor

CURRIE
Johnny Smith; Willie Moala, Chris Kinloch, Andy MacMahon, Dougie Fife; Andrew Binikos, Richard Snedden, John Cox, Alun Walker, Alastair Hamilton, Ryan Wilson, Andy Adam CAPTAIN, Mark Cairns, Jamie Thomson, Ross Weston
Substitutes
Neil Scobie, Mike Entwhistle, Steve Burton, Graham White, James Johnstone