Murrayfield return for shield holders Carrick Rugby Club

Gordon Brown (Carrick Head Coach), Leigh Jardine, Blair Jardine, Michael Kirk (Carrick Captain), Gail Anderson (Ayrshire Cancer Care), Wilma Jardine and Adam Gray (SRU)
Gordon Brown (Carrick Head Coach), Leigh Jardine, Blair Jardine, Michael Kirk (Carrick Captain), Gail Anderson (Ayrshire Cancer Care), Wilma Jardine and Adam Gray (SRU)

Carrick return to Murrayfield next month after reaching the final of the BT National Shield thanks to a win over Hawick Harlequins.

On the day the club also presented a cheque for £3,000 to Ayrshire Cancer Support.

Blair Jardine and Michael Kirk handed over the cheque to the local charity which has operated in Ayrshire since 1982 providing emotional support and practical help to those affected by cancer.

Their aim is to ensure that help is readily available throughout Ayrshire for those who need it.

The £3,000 was raised through collections and raffles at a number of games thanks to the incredible generosity of everyone associated at the rugby club.

On Saturday Carrick were first to score with two penalties from Kyle Johnson before Hawick hit back with a converted score under the posts.

Carrick hit back immediately with Iain Speirs scoring a try which Johnson again converted. Hawick then scored another penalty. Just before half time Hawick cleared from their own 22 but failed to find touch. Instead they found the youngest member of the Carrick team, Benji Brown who made a fantastic break down field before passing to Russell McCulloch to score an unconverted try in the corner. Half time score 18-10.

Following the half time break both sides exchanged penalties. Hawick then had a kick charged down that Montgomery hacked through before being gathered and scored by Carrick Captain Michael Kirk. Johnson, whose kicking from hand and tee was immense all day, converted the try. 28-13.

After a period of Carrick pressure the ball was worked through the backs for Benji Brown to score in the corner. Hawick responded with a converted try of their own and Johnson added a penalty before Carrick winger Lewis Clark ran in a try from distance which Johnson converted. Final score Carrick 43 Hawick 20.

Huge credit to both sets of players for a fantastic game of rugby.