Raring to go

SUMMER may not yet have arrived, but this will not worry Ellon’s local rugby team.

The squad will be back in training this month in preparation for the 2012/13 season, boosted by Scotland’s astonishing win down under earlier this month.

The Scots produced a stunning performance Down Under to record a dramatic last-gasp 9-6 victory.

Greig Laidlaw claimed the winner with the final kick of the game in atrocious conditions at the Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.

“Going back to training for a new campaign is always tough, but the national team’s win away to Australia is a huge morale booster to club sides throughout the country, including Ellon,” said new president Richard Porteous, who is in fact enjoying his second term in the post at the Meadows.

The former captain is also convinced Ellon will benefit hugely from the setting up of a new management team, though the 35 year old club has yet to appoint a new head coach after Mike Avis resigned to take up a similar post in Canada.

Acting coach Bob Kenny was keen to take over, but due to work commitments was unable to continue into the new season.

The forthcoming season holds no fears for Porteous, even if the new structure finds the Meadows club in Caledonia Division 1.

There they will be up against opponents in the shape of Aberdeenshire, Gordonians, Mackie FP’s and northern clubs Caithness and Highland, all friends from days gone by.

“While the club is in the process of re-building it is our intention to get back into the higher echelons of the Scottish club game. In the meantime I would appeal to any youngsters who want to play the game to come forward and sign up.

“We already have a thriving youth section, but are always on the lookout for new blood,” said Porteous, who looks forward to a challenging term in charge of one of the most ambitious sporting organisations in the North-east.