Man-of-the-match Paul Voy believes team spirit and hard work have been the key ingredients to Preston Lodge’s unbeaten campaign to date with the RBS Shield having been added to the trophy cabinet at the weekend.
Having already secured the RBS East One title and RBS Edinburgh Regional Shield their focus on Saturday at Broadwood Stadium was to secure the national Shield.
They did just that, their pace and power proving just too much for RBS Caledonia One outfit Caithness, winning 27-6 in the end, and No.8 Voy has loved being part of the team.
The 28-year-old, a local lad who has been at the club for most of his career, said: “To win this trophy is just a great feeling. We set ourselves some pretty tough goals last summer and we have managed to achieve them. They key thing is that every player is committed to buying into what we are trying to do. Everyone trains hard and puts in the same amount of effort and I think we all trust each other that every time we will go out on the pitch we will give 100 per cent.
“Caithness gave us a tough test up front, fair play to them, but once we got into our stride I thought we would have enough to beat them and I thought centre Blair Robertson was outstanding.”
Robertson scored one try and made numerous breaks while back-row Jason Riley was combative at the breakdown and scrum-half Dale Gordon was also a constant menace.
With the majority of this squad, South African Riley and Euan Higgins apart, local lads it is a real boost for rugby in Prestonpans and East Lothian generally to see their success.
Captain Blair Cowan said: “A few years ago you would have struggled to get guys from our squad to head to the gym and do extra training, but the young players coming through at the club are never out of the gym. They set their own high standards and that is why I am excited for the future.”
Caithness took an early lead with a penalty by stand-off Liam Brims which was cancelled out by one from PL’s full-back Graeme Patterson. By the interval PL were 17-6 to the good, a penalty try being added to by one from Robertson as Caithness were hit by two yellow cards.
In the second half further tries for PL came from Voy and Gordon.
Caithness: Pens: Brims 2. Preston Lodge: Tries: Penalty try, Robertson, Voy, Gordon. Pen: Patterson. Cons: Patterson 2.
Caithness: B McIntosh; G Fryer, M Anderson, N Foubister, G MacLeod; L Brims, K Hamilton; C Smith, M Duffy, R Grant, G Anderson, A Morris, R Coghill, E Sutherland, S Campbell. Subs: P Healey, J Miller, M Nicolson, S McIntosh, S Webster, D Webster, D Gordon.
Preston Lodge: G Paterson; F Hughes, C Thomas, B Robertson, P Glynn; A Clark, D Gordon; D Eales, P Johnstone, S Rodgers, B Stoddart, B Cowan, J Riley, P Voy, C Dixon. Subs: J Sked, E Higgins, P Dixon, J Brash, R Mackie, S McLean, D Lockie.
Referee: D Shaw.