Frustration as frozen pitches keep Ellon and Garioch idle

Ellon are in action on Saturday against league leaders Deeside.
Ellon are in action on Saturday against league leaders Deeside.

Ellon and Garioch were both frustrated by the weekend’s freezing conditions which claimed the two games scheduled to be played at the Meadows and Kellands Park.

Gareth Kemp, the Ellon club’s director of rugby, said: “It’s a pity our game against Shetland was called off, as it represented a great opportunity to get out of the relegation area in Caley 2 North.

This Saturday’s match with league leaders Deeside will be a much tougher test for us, but we’ll be giving it our best shot

Gareth Kemp Ellon Director of Rugby

“This Saturday’s match with league leaders Deeside will be a much tougher test for us, but we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

Garioch were similarly frustrated by not getting their attractive game with Moray played at Kellands, but now look forward to a game at Hazelhead where they meet Aberdeen Wanderers on Saturday.

Rudi Urbach, the Garioch coach who helped raise the bar for the Inverurie club, taking them to second place in Caley 2 North, said: “The annoying thing about the two postponements in the first two weeks of the year is that we have a squad who are just desperate to get a game, especially as we were playing so well before the Christmas break.

“We also had the bonus of playing a charity game 
which turned out to be a great experience for the players. “It was a great work out against some national league players from Aberdeen Grammar and of course great to pay tribute to David Turner a former coach with the club who is recovering from a cancer scare.”

The South African added: “We are still in with a chance of promotion, though after losing out 13-11 at Deeside a month ago we have a mountain to climb, but we want to ensure ourselves second place in the division.

“There’s a lot of rugby to be played before the end of the season, so it is not 
over yet.”