The Kirkcaldy and Garioch players cannot wait to play in the BT Women’s Bowl final at the back pitches of BT Murrayfield on Saturday at 11am.

Kirkcaldy finished fourth in BT Women’s National League Division One and managed to defeat Annan in the semi-finals of the Bowl to get to  this stage.

Second-row/back-row Alison Massie is skipper and in her sixth year with the Fifers is delighted to be taking them to the showpiece event.

“The season began for us with a new coaching set-up,” she said.

“Curtis Hollingworth joined as the new Forwards Coach with Stuart Cameron remaining for the second season as the Backs Coach.

“With a new set-up and a small squad, the season started fairly slowly, losing our first few games. Our two aims for the season were to recruit and rebuild the squad and make finals day at BT Murrayfield.

“The team trained hard and results started coming and we have finished mid-table which we are very happy about.

“Making the final on Saturday was our objective all year and I am very proud of how the team has developed and the commitment shown by all to get us there.

“The team are very excited ahead of the match. It will be a tough match against Garioch as they have had a fantastic season.

“It will be a very physical and fast game, but we are looking forward to the challenge and winning would be the icing on the cake after a hard season.”

As Alison alluded to, Garioch have had a great season and finished second in the second tier, quite an achievement for a relatively new club.

Their skipper is Alana Davidson and she said: “I am just so proud of how everyone has worked hard together this season.

“We have only been around for a few years and we have now made it to  BT Murrayfield which is something we are all very excited about.

“Everyone has committed to extra training and it has been quite a learning curve in recent months, but it has certainly been worth it.

“As we live far away from Edinburgh we are actually staying over in the capital the night before the big match which will be good for us as a squad.

“There is also a supporters’ bus coming down bright and early on Saturday morning and I must also pay tribute to Emily Murphy.

“She was the Captain at the start of the year, but had to step back due to other commitments, but she and the other girls have made it a joy to lead the group and I have enjoyed it. We are a really close bunch and I think it shows when we are out there playing.

“Kirkcaldy are a good team so it should be an entertaining final.”

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo

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