Season ends in smiles

Ross McClymont scored a brace to help bring a winning end to GHA's season.
Ross McClymont scored a brace to help bring a winning end to GHA's season.

GHA ended their season on a high with a seven try win against Premier 3 champions Howe of Fife.

After losing away from home to the Fifers last weekend, GHA’s title dream was over, but in a season with no promotion, moral victories were all that was ever up for grabs.

The two rivals will now be separated by the two-division championship format, with GHA competing in the West against local rivals Whitecraigs and Cartha, while Howe are destined to do battle in the East.

Ross McClymont and Jamie Pinder each had two tries in the Braidholm fixture with both Alan and Jamie Auld adding a try apiece.

Stephen Spowart put the game well and truly to bed just minutes after his introduction with a score. GHA started the game with pace and intention and never deviated, even with talisman Andy Henderson being sent to the sin-bin midway through the first half for an alleged high tackle.

After starting the game with a try after just two minutes, Alan Auld turned provider, setting up fellow forward and namesake Jamie after a surge from a lineout.

With GHA in search for a half century with 14 minutes, they took their eye off the ball and tries by Imrie and Clark allowed the visitors to gain a bonus point in a 45-22 loss, Meanwhile, Craig Sorbie, the 27-year-old GHA stand-off, has won RBS Try of the Month for March for a stunning length-of-the-field team score.

Sorbie, a PE teacher at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, scored the try against Haddington in a 34-18 win in RBS Premier Division 3 at Braidholm on March 3.  He said: “We have the mentality at the club that we like to attack from deep.

“The coaches have been very positive and encourage us to attack from anywhere on the park”.

The score featured a fine break by former Hutchie pupil Ross McClymont, with Alan Auld supplying the finishing pass.

Sorbie, who started his career at Biggar and also played for Watsonians, has moved in from the wing, the position he occupied earlier in his career when he won age-grade honours for Edinburgh. Sorbie’s try was judged the best by incoming Glasgow Warriors’ head coach, Gregor Townsend.

In a week they would rather forget, Whitecraigs were in action less than six days after suffering relegation

At the Melrose sevens’ — the world’s oldest sevens competition — the side did nothing to lift the mood at the club, losing 36-7 to Dundee High in the opening round.

With no process in place to appeal the appeal decision which ensured that Hillhead would not be deducted two points from their Premier 2 total — meaning Craigs suffered relegation — the club are currently undertaking legal advice.