SILVER SATURDAY FOCUS: Greenock Wanderers

The 2017/18 club season comes to a climax this Saturday 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… Greenock Wanderers.

Road to Silver Saturday

Greenock Wanderers will come up against familiar opposition in the final of the BT Women’s Plate competition on Silver Saturday, having already played Glasgow University twice in the league this season.

The west coast side swept into the final, running in nine tries to ease past Grangemouth by 49-0 at Fort Matilda.

The Wanderers were simply sublime in attack, with Nicole Boffey, Hannah Mutton and Caitlyn Haldane all crossing for a brace of tries.

Sophie Hicks, Lauren Gunn and club captain Emma Grace also touched down for the home side, as they booked their place at BT Murrayfield in style.

Season so far

Silver Saturday represents the final chance at silverware this season for Greenock Wanderers, with the club sitting fifth in BT Women’s National League 1.

Despite a disappointing opening to the campaign, the Wanderers came into form in the autumn, sparked by a 25-10 victory over Garioch in early October.

That result saw the club go on a four-match winning streak, which included an impressive 10-5 win over league leaders Annan.

With their league commitments completed, Greenock will be aiming to signoff with silverware as they channel their efforts towards the BT Women’s Plate final.

Player’s view

Emma Grace, flanker, said: “The mood in the squad is really, really good. We’re still on a bit of a high after the semi-final win, as well as from all of the build up about going to BT Murrayfield. The excitement is definitely fitting for the occasion.

“It’s only the fourth time a team from the club has made a finals day at BT Murrayfield, which is huge for us – the club was founded in 1873, so there’s a lot of history there. It’s a big deal for the team too – we were only established four years ago, so it’s great to have come this far in such a short space of time. None of the other finalists from the club managed to win their final, so we’re hoping to change that.

“It’s hard to put into words how much it would mean to the team [to win]. We’ve had a good season, and in a year where we’ve had a lot of improvement this would be the cherry on top of the cake in terms of showing just how far the team has come.”

Greenock Wanderers stats

Head coach: Ally Hunter

Captain: Emma Grace

Home: Fort Matilda, Greenock

Did you know?: Club stalwarts Craig and Angela Marshall were recognised as the SRU’s Volunteer of the Month for February.

Player to Watch: Sophie Hicks

Twitter: @gwrfcladies (628 followers)

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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.