Premiership schedule decimated by arctic conditions

All five matches have been postponed

Edinburgh Accies versus Selkirk at Raeburn Place was the last Premiership match of this weekend to fall by the wayside. Image: Grant Kinghorn
Edinburgh Accies versus Selkirk at Raeburn Place was the last Premiership match of this weekend to fall by the wayside. Image: Grant Kinghorn

ALL five Premiership matches which were scheduled to be played tomorrow [Saturday] have been postponed due to frozen patches across the country. A number of league games in lower divisions were still going ahead at the time of going to press, but with temperatures expected to drop to -4 degrees Celsius overnight, further call-offs appear inevitable.

This round of Premiership matches is now likely to be moved en masse to 28th January, meaning that – so long as there are no further postponements – they will constitute the final batch of games in the regular season. That throws up the possibility of some tantalising clashes, with Edinburgh Accies versus Selkikand Marr versus GHA potentially being a shoot-out between all four team for two plat-off spots.

Meanwhile, bottom of the table Musselburgh were supposed to host third-bottom Jed-Forest this weekend, and both those team will now hope to pick up enough points in their four matches before their rescheduled meeting so as to avoid it being a relegation decider.

Weather permitting, the Premiership will return next week for the last round of matches before the Christmas break, with Currie Chieftains hosting Marr (2pm kick-off), Glasgow Hawks hosting Musselburgh (2pm), Hawick hosting GHA (2pm), Jed-Forest hosting Edinburgh Accies (3pm) and Selkirk hosting Heriot’s Blues (3pm).


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7 Comments

  1. I am not a cricketer, but believe they have significantly more clubs and players involved in their sport than rugby does.

    • Perhaps you can tell us when summer is here? I’ve see torrential rain for weeks or rock hard pitches. Take your pick.

      Those clubs that share grounds with cricket? Do they just give up?

      And when will we maintain these pitches? We can spend upwards of £5k a year in various treatments and sanding. You can’t use the pitches for several weeks when that’s happening and can only be carried out late spring into summer.

      So you sure summer rugby is the answer.

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      • If it worked for the Super-6 schedules the past 2 years i see no reason for it not to work for the rest of the amateur teams.

        Games are far less likely to be called off for slightly harder pitches or a patch of rain compared to freezing-cold snow storms. And no one wants to watch games in the cold.

        Get with the times.

        I could not care less about cricket, its a trivial sport in Scotland and for the few pitches which do host both sports arrangements can be made, the same way many schools/clubs have to right now have the more difficult balance of Football/rugby.

        I don’t have an answer to the pitch maintenance off the top of my head but i’d reckon that won’t be that difficult an issue to solve (How are the pitches that host the Super-6 managed)?

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      • Too true. People who shout their mouths off about how one sport should be run whilst saying they couldn’t care less about other sports have nothing to offer to any reasonable discussion. Maybe he should consider removing the Gala part of his name to avoid embarrassing others from that p[art of the world.

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