Jun 15 2012 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Friday
STIRLING County’s AGM saw the election of a new committee and president.
Outgoing president Ray Mountford reviewed the past season’s successes, highlighting the 1st XV’s highest Premier One finish for 16 years, the U18s’ National Youth Cup triumph and the women’s team receiving Scottish Rugby’s club of the year accolade.
Next season County will have a place in the British and Irish Cup for the first time.
Ray also praised the unstinting efforts of the club’s numerous volunteers both on and off the field.
Kevin Robertson took over as president and paid tribute to Ray’s commitment and dedication.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of the forthcoming season,” said Kevin.
“We have the 1st XV’s campaign in the new 10-team Premiership and debut in the British and Irish Cup, which will see County play the top sides in Scotland and around the UK and Ireland.
“We’ll ensure that the playing talent is nurtured and developed in the County way, which will be crucial in assuring the club’s future at the top table.”
The County women were named Club of the Year at the recent Scottish Rugby Awards.
Having joined RBS Premier 2 at the beginning of the year, their first XV finished the season in second place. They also won the RBS Women’s National Bowl, beating Cartha Queen’s Park 32-15.
The club has girls’ teams competing in the Brewin Dolphin Girl’s Cup at U15 and U18. They won the U18 Bowl, beating Glasgow-Ayrshire 72-7.
In the past year the club has hosted a girls’ rugby day and a regional sevens tournament.