League break questioned as winter strikes

Aaron Campbell could be back in action this weekend.
Aaron Campbell could be back in action this weekend.

There was no league action for Glenrothes Rugby Club at the weekend as the winter weather took its toll on the fixture card.

The Reds were due to make another long trip north to play Highland but a call at 8.30 a.m confirmed the worst and it was off home again for the coach driver and back to bed for the players.

There is a growing consensus among the clubs that the break in the league calendar to accommodate the autumn international matches is just not working.

It has even been suggested that clubs should be required to play on international weekends even if that means arranging midweek evening matches for those clubs with floodlit pitches or on Sundays for those that don’t.

Players, coaches and spectators alike enjoy the certainty and continuity of playing every week but the autumn internationals and the inevitable bad weather postponements that follow can mean weeks of inaction.

Focusing on the here and now, though, Glens have their collective fingers crossed for better conditions that will allow the last match of 2014 to go ahead at Carleton.

Ellon are due to come to Glenrothes and the home team will be aiming to finish the year on a high with another home win against a team that is rooted at the bottom of the league and struggling to find any kind of form.

Coach Tom Hainey reflected on the postponement of the Highland game.

He said: “We were on a bit of a high after coming home with the win from Caithness last week and, despite missing a whole host of regulars, were were still ready to send a strong fifteen up the A9.

“Whether they would have been good enough to take anything from a very strong Highland team on the day is debatable but they certainly didn’t lack the belief that they could.

“Hopefully when the match is rearranged we will have the likes of Kenny Christie, Barry Crookston, Liam Fowlis, Aaron Campbell, Gary Linton and Gavin Emerson all available again which would definitely improve our chances of success so I can’t complain too much about the match being called off this time to be honest.

“Next week though we will have quite a few of those guys back in action against Ellon and they will be desperate to end the year on a high and keep our unlikely title challenge on track with another home win.”

Kick off against Ellon is set for 2.00 p.m, as is the home development XV match against Fife Southern.