Liberton set out for new season with morale high

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Liberton had the most successful season in their history in 2013-14, so it is perhaps not surprising that they cannot wait for the new-look BT East Two rugby campaign to get underway tomorrow.

Many local sports fans will remember that the Capital club received nationwide publicity of the wrong kind back in 2011 after they finally won a match, having not done so in two years.

However, that is all history now and last term the Double Hedges outfit finished second in East Three, winning nine of their 14 completed matches.

That led to the club’s first promotion in over three decades while they were also handed the East Regional Bowl trophy after St Boswells, who had beaten them in the final, were thrown out of the competition.

All in all it made for a superb 50th anniversary season and coaches Phil Murphy and Gary Reilly, along with the players, all arrived back for pre-season training in the summer with smiles on their faces.

Murphy, who along with Reilly used to play for the club, said: “There was a change in attitudes last season. Everyone from the committee downwards started working as a team.

“All of the players trained hard and began to communicate on the pitch and that started to translate into more positive results.

“Once the guys started winning games they realised that they were good enough to compete in East Three and as the season kept going we kept ourselves in the promotion hunt.

“The Bowl win was also a nice thing for the guys and I see a much more determined and cohesive unit at training these days.

“We are under no illusions that East Two will be a step up in quality, but the players and Gary and myself are keen to give it our best shot and keep the club’s improvement going.”

Tomorrow, Liberton start their campaign with a home match against St Boswells, while in the same division Trinity Accies and Forrester meet, as do Leith and Lismore, and Penicuik and Inverleith. Edinburgh Northern host Earlston.

BT East One also starts tomorrow with Portobello facing promoted Dalkeith, Dunbar at home to Langholm and Linlithgow and North Berwick both on the road to Hawick Linden and Berwick respectively.

BT East Three starts on September 13.