Muskies make history with title

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The MUSKETEER Junior Men have become only the second team in the club’s history to win the Under-18 National Championship.

In an extremely competitive league where the top four teams were all capable of beating each other, the Musketeers lost only two games in the 18-game season, seeing off Edinburgh Kings into second place with three losses.

The Muskies went on a 15 and 0 run in the league at the beginning of the season, with notable victories over Kings in Portobello where they were 19 points down in the second half and won the last quarter 18 to 2 to secure a one-point victory, and again away to fourth place Falkirk where they were 14 down and came back to win by six.

The team have been unlucky with injuries going into the end of the season and this has led to a couple of defeats and a nail-biting end to the season.

This is a fantastic achievement for the side which has considerably fewer internationalists in the side in relation to second place Edinburgh.

Captain Nicky Sim is the only one who has made the final National squad to play in European competition this summer.

Nicky commented: “We just play together as a team, trust each other and the results have paid off.”

The club’s only other success at this age level came in 2001 when coach John Grant won the title with an extremely talented team including current professional and Scotland senior captain Gareth Murray.

Current coach Paul Boath said: “I am really pleased for the boys to end with a league title medal.

“We have been together now for three years and have had a great run, winning three national titles and playing in three national finals - and we still have a shot at the play-offs if we can get some players back to fitness. It will be a sad day for me when the seniors leave the club and I wish them all the best with university and their futures.”

Under-18s League final placings

P W L F A Pts

Musketeers 18 16 2 1494 1069 34

Edinburgh Kings 18 15 3 1292 970 33

Boroughmuir Blaze 18 14 4 1379 1146 32

Clark Eriksson Fury 18 13 5 1176 1014 31

St Mirren Reid Kerr 18 7 11 1098 1169 25

Ayr Tornadoes 18 6 12 1276 1502 24

Glasgow Rens 18 6 12 1132 1227 24

Perth Phoenix 18 5 13 1129 1360 23

Dunfermline Reign 18 5 13 1234 1414 23

Highland Bears 18 3 15 1079 1418 20