STEWARTRY hit rock bottom when they made their first trip to Troon to play Marr in a league game.
With a cast of 37 players who had featured in the 1st XV black shirt, only 15 were prepared to travel for this vital game. By the end, Stewartry were relegated and Marr were top with a better points differential than GHK, Stewartry’s opponents this week.
The game itself saw Marr get off to a flying start with a right winger who just flew down his line to score three unconverted tries in the first 15 minutes.
Three minutes later, the Stewartry scrum-half was sin-binned for handling in a ruck and, minutes later, Stewartry were down to 13 when captain Martin Smith was carried off with a serious knee injury.
However, while still at 13 men, Stewartry won a lineout in the Marr 22 and drove over the Marr line for a first try for second row Liam Henderson. But Marr scored a further three tries to lead 37-5 at half time.
The second half started much as the first had, with the winger scoring his fourth, closely followed by a try at the posts. Marr took a series of short penalty awards to score two more tries before the hour. Henderson scored his second before the fitter Marr team added to Stewartry’s misery with another three tries in the last ten minutes for a final score of 77-10.
So relegation for Stewartry for the fourth time in the history of the club. Next season it will be hello Wigtownshire and goodbye Newton Stewart and Annan.
Stewartry: P Broach, S McCulloch, J Muir, C Fenwick, F Baird, J Fingland, J Farquhar, S Broll, D Burton, T Cannon, L Henderson, R Porteous, C Walker, I Fenwick, M Smith (capt).
l Stewartry 2nd XV are enjoying much better fortunes than their 1sts and went 14 points clear at the top of the RBS 2ndXV West Pod D League when they beat Cartha Queen’s Park 3BXV 66-5 at Greenlaw.
Stewartry scored ten tries through C Mosey (3), R Austin, A Cooper, S Milligan, D Kerr, D Gregory, A Smith and D Steele, who kicked six conversions. C Mosey and D Kerr also kicked a two-pointer each. Stewartry have one league game to play away at Annan and will have to wait until East Kilbride and Dumfries play catch-up with their five games each to see if Stewartry can win the league.