Scottish Cup Final Preview
The 2015 Scottish Cup Final will be contested this Sunday at New Williamfield, Stirling between Arbroath and Mazars Grange.
With the two teams still battling it out to be crowned Champions of the CSL Eastern Premier Division tomorrow, it could pose an opportunity for one of the teams to win two trophies in one weekend.
Grange, Scottish Cup winners for the last two years, will be desperate to defend their title after defeating Clydesdale in last year’s competition. This time the Stags will come up against an Arbroath team captained by internationalist Marc Petrie.
Ahead of the big weekend Petrie said, “The feeling around the Arbroath camp is one of excitement. All of the players are looking forward to the day as well as a travelling support of about 200, so I'm sure the atmosphere will be fantastic.
In terms of playing, we know it will be a very tough game against a good Grange side looking to win for the third year in a row. We must look to concentrate on our own individual games, perform to the best of our abilities, and if we do that, we are always a difficult team to beat. We have a good amount of momentum going our way and we will be looking to continue that.
We have never won the Scottish Cup before, last getting to the final in 1993, also against Grange so that will be a good incentive to go one better this time.”
His opposite number, Andrew Brock is also looking forward to a showcase weekend, “It should be a great day out at Stirling on Sunday. It has been a fantastic Cup run so far this season, especially beating Carlton in the semis to reach this stage, and the boys are determined to make it three Scottish Cups in a row.
Both teams will play the game hard and it is good to see that the two form sides in the Eastern Premier are fighting it out in the final.”
There is no doubt that there has been many hotly contested games of cricket played between the two teams since their creation; the game was first played in Arbroath in 1825. Several teams existed and in 1840 Arbroath United Cricket Club was founded, while Grange Cricket Club established itself in 1832, but there will be little time for sentiment as both sides giving their all to clinch the double.
Stirling will also play host to the Cricket Scotland Challenge Cup on the second pitch, after last year produced a thrilling match between Kilmarnock and Irvine, the former winning by a single wicket.
Killie have made their way to the final of the competition once against and will have to defeat Arrowdawn Gordonians to keep the Cup in their custody.
Both games will start at 12noon with free entry.