SILVER SATURDAY FOCUS: Glasgow University

The 2017/18 club season comes to a climax this Saturday (28 April) at BT Murrayfield, as a total of seven trophies are up for grabs on ‘Silver Saturday’.

With the finals of the BT Cup competitions preceding the 1872 Cup decider between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby, clubs from across Scotland will be competing for silverware on a prestigious day of rugby. As part of the build up to the day itself, Glasgow Warriors will be profiling each of the clubs from the Glasgow, West and Caledonia region ahead of their appearance at the national stadium. Next up… Glasgow University.

Road to Silver Saturday

The only university side to have made it through to Silver Saturday, Glasgow University will be competing in the final of the BT Women’s Plate competition, their first appearance at the national stadium since winning the BT Women’s Bowl two years ago.

The Badgers, as they are known, earned the right to battle it out for silverware after a hard-fought victory over Kirkcaldy in their semi-final, coming through to win by 22-3.

Despite trailing to an early penalty, tries from Amy McGlashan and Shona Jessiman saw Glasgow lead 12-3 at the interval after an intense opening period.

Further tries in the second half from Joanna McEwen and Iona Whyte, couple with resolute defence, ensured that the university side would be making the trip to BT Murrayfield on Silver Saturday.

Season so far

It’s been a solid 2017/18 so far for Glasgow University, who currently sit second in BT Women’s National League One as the campaign reaches its conclusion.

A 22-14 victory over Greenock Wanderers – their opponents in the BT Women’s Plate final – on opening weekend laid the foundations for the season ahead, with a narrow 22-19 win over Howe of Fife the following weekend boosting confidence yet further.

One of their most notable results - and one which could still prove crucial in the league’s final standings - came at the end of November, with the university side recording a 20-0 shutout of Broughton, the team immediately below them in the table.

With a trip to BT Murrayfield on the horizon, the club will be looking to end the season on a high come Silver Saturday.

Player’s view

Amy McGlashan, scrum-half: “It’s been an amazing year for us. We’re higher in BT Women’s National League One than we think we’ve ever been, and we won Club of the Year for our university. We’ve been unbeaten in our university league this year as well, so this is the icing on the cake for us.

“It’s great for the profile of university rugby in general. We’re in the middle of training for Silver Saturday, but a good proportion of our squad are also studying for their final year exams! The fact we’re juggling all of that, plus training four times a week, is really a testament to the commitment everyone has.

“It seems like a bit of a fairytale for me as captain, because I’ve come into the role this year and it feels like I’ve not had to do a huge amount because the girls have been so amazing. The commitment, dedication and hard work they’ve put in has been incredible, and all of our success this year has been down to them.”

Glasgow University stats:

Head coach: Murray Houston

Captain: Amy McGlashan

Home: Garscube Sports Complex, Glasgow

Did you know?: Former players Siobhan and Louise McMillan were both part of the Scotland squad for this year’s Six Nations.

Player to Watch: Erin Davie

Twitter: @GUSAWomensRugby (494 followers)

BT Women’s Plate Final: Glasgow University v Greenock Wanderers - 11am, Back Pitches

Tickets for Silver Saturday at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28 April, which includes the 1872 Cup decider between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh Rugby (kick-off 7.45pm) are available from glasgowwarriors.org.