Rugby season kicks off

Galloway’s rugby clubs had a disappointing start to the competitive season last weekend, with Newton Stewart, Stewartry and Wigtownshire all losing in the RBS Shield.

Newton Stewart were,unfortunately, comprehensively outplayed at home by GHK, eventually going down 7-48.

Stewartry also lost at home, but in a much tighter contest. In their case, Irvine edged the match with a 14-25 final score. Fixture secretary John Low was adamant the home side should have won!

Wigtownshire made the trip north to the Trossachs to take on McLaren in Callander but, despite some good play, went down 21-14.

All three teams will be hoping for improved fortunes this weekend as they return to league business. Tomorrow sees Newton Stewart take on West 1 division duties with a trip to Allan Glen’s in Glasgow. Stewartry have the oppor- tunity to avenge last weekend’s defeat against Irvine when the two teams resume hostilities, this time in West 1. Wigtownshire have been given an excellent chance of resuming winning ways in West 2 when they entertain Strathaven. All kick-offs are 3pm.

n Stranraer Academy have been drawn at home to Belmont Academy in the preliminary round of the Brewin Dolphin under-18 Plate competition. In round one, Douglas Ewart High School are at home to St Joseph’s College, while Carrick Academy host Belmont House School.