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April 23, 2005

GHA relegated


Despite a brave display from the Braidholm outfit, Hawks had just too much power for GHA
GHA were relegated today to BT Premier Two after their attempt to pull off a shock win against Premier champions Glasgow Hawks ended in brave failure at Braidholm.

They had brushed off a series of setbacks to narrow the gap to a single point with less than 15 minutes left - only for Hawks to inflict heartbreak with a stoppage-time try.

The home fans sensed an upset in the opening stages when Barry Edgar confidently banged over three penalties in quick succession, but their celebrations quickly turned sour as they squandered two clear-cut try chances.

First, Alan Bulloch's feed to Andy Rushforth was marginally forward - then David Jamieson committed the same offence when Rory Watson had a clear path to the line.

Having weathered the early storm, Hawks burst back to grab control with a brace of touchdowns when GHA were reduced to 14 men through the sin-binning Ian Smith.

Matt Smith was driven over for the first following a sustained spell of pressure, Murray Strang adding the conversion.

The second try was almost a carbon copy as scrum-half Kenny Sinclair claimed the vital touch following a well-controlled line-out and pack surge.

Even worse was to come for GHA just before the break. This time, Hawks mauled down the middle of the pitch before being blocked close to the target.

The ball was flashed out from Mike Adamson, giving Wes Henry plenty of time and space to cruise over and open up an eight-point gap.

Niggles began to creep into the contest and a likely scoring move by Hawks was halted by referee Mike Hall when several players were involved in a mass brawl.

The visitors kept up the momentum and stretched their advantage thanks to a touchdown by Steve Begley - but GHA refused to buckle and they earned a glimmer of hope when Rushforth ploughed through in the wake of a 50-metre dash by scrum-half Ally Macfarlane.

And the encounter was dramatically back in the melting pot in the 66th minute as prop Gavin Walsh burrowed over for another crucial score, with Edgar adding the tricky conversion.

But Henry's last-gasp effort, goaled by Strang, ended their plucky resistance.

You can see photos from the game here

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Comments
Posted by McDruid on April 24, 2005 11:54 AM | Reply to this comment

I believe that all true Glasgow rugby supporters should be sorry to see GHA relegated from Division 1. They are too good a team for Division 2 and have been condemned by double standards at Murrayfield and the disinterst of George Blackie, the Hillhead/Jordanhill man who chairs the SRU Championship Committee. Why should Watsonians have been allowed to postpone their crucial match against Heriots until key players returned from national duty while the same dispensation was not extended to GHA?

There are a number of very talented youngsters and good coaching at GHA and one can only hope that they all will remain loyal to the club and help it return at the first opportunity to the First Division.

Posted by facts right on April 25, 2005 10:36 AM | Reply to this comment

the watsons heriots game was postponed because of heriots players turning out for edinburgh. watsons were at full strength. as a result they had to play 2 games in 4 days. a tad easier run in was to be had by gha 2 games in four weeks.

Posted by Big Blue on April 24, 2005 05:18 PM | Reply to this comment

It was a particularly disappointing end to the game, especially as GHA had fought so hard to get back into it. There is surely enough talent and committment there to ensure a speedy return to the top division.

Posted by hugh on April 25, 2005 07:50 PM | Reply to this comment

THE HERIOTS/WATSONIANS GAME WAS CALLED BY WATSONIANS BECAUSE OF PLAYERS AWAY ON 7S DUTY IN BREACH OF THE AGREED PROTOCOL -PROTOCOL ONLY COVERED CALLUPS TO PRO TEAMS
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT OVER THE PAST 6 SEASONS THE OUTCOME OF THE LEAGUE --WINNING AND RELEGATION HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY THE RELEASE/NON RELEASE OF PLAYERS AND THE CALLUP OF NON CONTRACTED PLAYERS TOGETHER WITH THE CALLUPS TO AGE GROUP SQUADS
THE NET RESULT IS THAT THE ATTITUDE OF PRO TEAM COACHES CAN AFFECT THE OUTCOME OF THE DOMESTIC LEAGUE DEPENDING ON THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AFFECTED CLUBS

Posted by facts right on April 25, 2005 10:19 PM | Reply to this comment

go have a look at a fixture list and tell me what sevens tourny was on any where around the heriots watsons game. IT WAS CALLED OFF BY HERIOTS BECAUSE OF EDINBURGH CALL UPS.

Posted by phall on April 25, 2005 08:48 PM | Reply to this comment

very sorry to see Geeha go down. They were very shabbily treated. But then again plus ca change... for Glasgow sides.

Posted by hugh on April 26, 2005 10:08 AM | Reply to this comment

the rescheduled date was called off by watsonians because of sevens calls

Posted by facts right on April 26, 2005 11:41 AM | Reply to this comment

the re-arrange date was not agreed to by watsonians which is in their rights as the agreed to have the game re-arranged in the first place which heriots agreed to. sevens players get caps now that was the sru's doing not watsonians which gives them everyright to change games if 5 of your players are missing. please explain who was missing on saturday for gha due to international duty? or even pro team call up's?. they had there lives in their own hands and they blew it simple as that. correct the system does need an overhaul. but given gha only survived last year because they could call upon pro team players i think your point is ungrounded.

Posted by hugh on April 26, 2005 12:16 PM | Reply to this comment

ALTHE PREMIER CLUBS AGREED SIGNED ON FOR THE PROTOCL AT THE START OF THE SEASON--THIS DID NOT ALLOW FOR DISPENSATION FOR SEVENS/AGEG GROUP CALLS THE CAPS ISSUE IS A COMPLETE RED HERRING USED BY WATSONIANS AFTER IT WAS ANNOUNCED--YOU DONT CHANGE THE RULES MID SEASON--I AGREE HOWEVER THAT THE SYSTEM IS FLAWED

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