Aberdeenshire Promoted to Caley Division 1

By Jack Nixon


Aberdeenshire full back Callum Wright wrote himself into the history of the the Woodside club when he raced over Mackie FP’s try line deep into injury time, giving his side, the vital fourth try which secured promotion to Caley Division 1.

The 22 - 13 win at Redcloak against a determined Mackie FP’s was hard earned as acknowledged by Shire’s head coach Charlie Catto who was uniquely celebrating taking a second club to the top Caley league, having done the same with Garioch.

“This is a great squad of guys who fought back from losing our first three games of the season. We were pushed hard today by a gutsy Mackie side. We’ll now have a few beers to celebrate what is a great achievement,” said Catto.

Moray, the other contenders for promotion are now able to reflect on what might have been, including the fact that neither Aberdeen Grammar and Highland’s second teams who are in the same league are by virtue of competition rules not able to win promotion. An ironic situation, especially as the Canal Park side are likely to end up at the head of affairs in Caley 2 North at the end of the season.

This unacceptable situation could be resolved by either allowing the big two to be promoted or compete in the set up whereby they meet other second teams in Scotland.

As it stands, without being unfair to Aberdeenshire, the arrangement needs to be addressed by the powers that be.

In Caley Division I, Orkney lost more ground in the title race after leaders Dunfermline beat Grangemouth Stags 15 - 7 to move 11 points clear, although not collecting maximum points in the process. The good news for the islanders is they have four games in hand of their Fife opponents.

Elsewhere in the division, Ellon kept themselves on track for third place after comprehensively beating Glenrothes 54 - 15.

Storm Malik played havoc with fixtures in the other Caley leagues, although Ross Sutherland were able to take advantage of better conditions in Invergordon where they eased past Banff 28 - 14 in Caley 2 North.

There were no games played in Caley 3 North, including the postponement of the eagerly anticipated double header at Canal Park where Shetland were scheduled to play Stornaway.

The same situation was the case in Caley 4 North where 3rd Highland, Dyce, Deeside and Caithness are all in contention for the title, and all anxious to see some action in the closing weeks of the season, but seriously inconvenienced by the start of the Six Nations this coming weekend.

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