Double target for Grammar with prizes still to be claimed

Aberdeen Grammar head coach Ali O'Connor.
Aberdeen Grammar head coach Ali O'Connor.

Aberdeen Grammar are poised to end the season on a high starting tomorrow.

A maximum haul of five points from their remaining National League 1 fixture against Caley derby rivals Dundee High would see them end their campaign in fourth place.

The Rubislaw side then have a two-week wait before they take on Highland of National League 2 in the final of the National League Cup in Stirling on April 20.

For head coach Ali O’Connor the two games are equally important, giving the Aberdeen club an opportunity to claim a place in the newly-proposed structure next season, while bringing silverware back to the Granite City.

“A top-four finish and winning a cup would constitute a good season for us,” said O’Connor. “The guys have worked hard and deserve to see a return, but we are taking nothing for granted in either game.

“Dundee have won their last three games in some style, scoring 125 points in the process and saving themselves from relegation.

“There is also a cup at stake in this game, which we play for every year when we celebrate the fact that Dally Allardice played for both clubs in the 1940s.

“We are the holders, and we don’t intend to relinquish our hold on it.

“We should have too much for them.”

Grammar are likely to be at full strength for the eagerly-awaited clash, with the return of hooker Andrew Cook and winger Nat Coe, who have recovered from injuries.

It will also be the last chance the Rubislaw faithful will have to see flanker Alex Dravitski play for the club in a home game, as he is due to head back to New Zealand after the cup final at Stirling.

O’Connor said: “Alex will be a big loss to us. He has never had a bad game, and has been a most valuable member of our pack. He has been on fire all season.”

Gordonians have a week off after their heroics of last week when, despite losing out in Orkney, did enough to claim the National League 3 title thanks to picking up a losing bonus point.

The Countesswells side have one more game to play against St Boswells.

It is business as usual in the Caley leagues where the most significant game is in Elgin, where Moray can put a spanner in the works of Mackie FPs’ drive for promotion from Caley 2 North.

In Caley Division 1, Aberdeen Wanderers will be on a damage limitation exercise at home to unbeaten league leaders Strathmore who have won all of their games, clocking up 805 points from 15 games on the way to taking the place of relegated Orkney in League 3.