”Some Away Day for Orcadian Duo”

by Jack Nixon

When Aberdeen Grammar are finally relegated from the top amateur league, the commitment of the two Orkney players drafted into the Rubislaw side’s for their game in Glasgow will certainly go down in the folklore of the two Caledonian clubs. Front rowers Alistair Linklater and Scott Rendall had arranged to travel on the overnight ferry on Friday from Shetland to Aberdeen which due to mechanical failures was not able to call in at the Kirkwall on its way south. Plan B then came into operation, instigated by Orkney head coach Garry Coltherd who contacted two of his friends who fly light craft from Kirkwall but in the event the winds were too strong for the even a short trip to the mainland to be considered. At this point desperation was setting but the twosome persisted, first trying the rout to Edinburgh with Loganair, hoping to get the GHA game delayed an hour but then settling in the end for the Kirkwall to Glasgow flight, all the while keeping Grammar advised on the steps being taken through Grammar’s enterprising chairman Gordon Thomson. Thomson eventually met up at Glasgow Airport with Linklater and Rendall in time to whisk them off to Braidholm where GHA played their part, moving the Premiership game to a secondary pitch where the floodlights were of better quality,allowing the game to go ahead an hour behind schedule. There was no happy ending for Grammar, as they slid to a 64 - 27 defeat on their way to relegation to National League 1, but for the Orkney duo it was a day to remember. “From what I can gather both Ali and Scott aquitted themselves well. I am very proud of them both. I wish Grammar good luck in their rebuilding process. We were delighted to have been involved. Where there is a will, there is a way,” said Coltherd.

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