Best season in recent history ends with league silverware

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KIRKCALDY Ladies rugby team won the National League Trophy on Sunday after completing one of their best seasons in recent history.

After being relegated last year from Premiership 2, they recruited Paul Gilmour as their new head coach, who was instrumental in the recruitment of new players and the creation of a new team ethos and work ethic, based on a back to basics approach; team self belief and high morale.

The team started its ten game winning streak against Grangemouth in October.

Along with new players, Gilmour also recruited a new back room staff, in the shape of a sports injury specialist, Stewart Shotts; front row coach, Colin Whyte and fitness coach, Alistair Collie.

Kirkcaldy’s first away game saw them travel to Oban Lorne Ladies.

Kirkcaldy took the points in a tight and hard fought game.

As the season drew to a close, Kirkcaldy not only had to fight the unseasonably winter weather they had to overcome an ever growing injury list.

With three weeks remaining in the season, Oban came to the Beveridge Park in what was potentially a league decider.

In another hard fought game, Kirkcaldy came out victorious.

This meant that one point from the last two games would see the title go to Kirkcaldy.

On the back of the strong performance the girls put in against the strong Oban team they came away with a convincing victory at Grangemouth and wrapped up the league title.

The last game of the season saw a strong Stewartry side visit the Beveridge Park looking to finish their first season in the National League in a strong third position.

The game started well, with both teams playing some great rugby.

After 10 minutes Kirkcaldy broke the stalemate with a try, quickly followed by another.

Stewartry then upped the tempo but the Kirkcaldy girls dug in and defended well.

Kirkcaldy scored again and Stewartry capitulated resulting in Kirkcaldy scoring the all important fourth try for the bonus point.

This saw Kirkcaldy finish their season with the maximum 50 league points.

At the end of the game, Kirkcaldy’s Captain Sandra Laird was presented with the League Trophy by the SRU’s Kath Vass, one of the founders of Scottish women’s rugby.

Kirkcaldy Rugby has also become the Fife regional hub for girl’s rugby offering a place to all high school players.

This will offer girls training and game time because not all high schools can field a complete team.

The hope being that a Fife team can be created with fixtures organised.

This will be headed up by Kirkcaldy’s head coach, Paul Gilmour. Paul will be assisted by members of the current ladies squad.