ELLON completed its National League 1 schedule with a handsome 45-24 win at the expense of relegated East Kilbride at the Meadows, giving head coach Mike Avis a glimpse of what the future might hold for the club.
“This was an encouraging win for us in which a generally young side played some of our best handling rugby of the season,” he said. “I have had a year to look at what’s available to me, and while it has been a frustrating campaign, I now know what I have to work with, including some fine young players whose efforts will be shored up with some new signings.”
Coach Avis added that he is equally determined to have his team play a brand of rugby which is entertaining, exciting, but - crucially - also capable of getting results.
Prior to the last game of the season, the coach had asked his players to express themselves, while enjoying the occasion.
“This they did, though they relaxed a bit too early, allowing East Kilbride to score some soft late tries, but over the piece I was happy with the effort,” he said. He also admitted that it had been a long, trying season, but retained his enthusiasm for the job.
“Next year will be different, and you’ll see a brand of rugby which will be more positive,” he said.
Kirk Williams was the try scoring hero, claiming four touchdowns as the home side applied the pressure to the visitors. Mark Ryan took the opportunity to express himself with a double, while Jack Calvert capped a fine game with a try in another versatile performance.
Ewan McIntyre completed the eight try rout, giving home supporters a glimmer of hope for the 2011/12 season after the trials and frustrations which saw the Meadows men lose 12 league games, but claim a respectable fourth place in National League 1.