Apr 11 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STUART Edwards’ try five minutes from time on Saturday did more than earn Stirling County a valuable bonus point.
It meant the Bridgehaugh club had their highest finish since 1997 - and won them a spot in next season’s British and Irish Cup.
And next year there is the mouthwatering prospect of some of the top sides in England, Wales and Ireland visiting Stirling.
It is a scenario that the fans, players and officals of the club are ready to welcome with open arms.
Vice-president Kevin Robertson, who doubles up as the Observer’s County reporter, said everyone was thrilled with the prospect of facing the likes of Llanelli, Pontypridd, Moseley, London Scottish and academy sides from Munster, Ulster and Leinster.
“This season we defeated Currie twice, Ayr and Melrose and they all competed in the British and Irish Cup this season,” he said.
“It was a great season for us.”
He added: “We will be playing high-standard sides and see it as a challenge.
“We’re happy with the strength and ability of the current squad. Stirling County is renowned for bringing on our own talent and we have more coming through.
“The Scottish teams who played in it this season said it improved them. Hopefully we can as well.”
Kevin also praised the County’s coaching staff, including Eddie Pollock, who led the side during the first half of the season before moving to a post in the Scotland set-up.
He said: “In the second half of the season we were particularly impressive and a lot of that was to do with our head coach Graham Young, who is one of the best young coaches in the land.
“Eddie led us in the first half of the season and set us on our way."