Well, with seven minutes to go in the Strathclyde's Finest v McLaren game, things were looking good for Paisley. Then, with a seeming inevitability, McLaren pulled it off. They got the fourth try and thus the bonus point, securing the league title in the process. After that, the McLaren support, who had had to listen to the Paisley Polis (we were all adorned in plastic police helmets and carrying squeaky truncheons to show solidarity with the Boys in Blue) chanting, "We're top of the league.", were able to turn the tables and sing said anthem right back at us. Fair dinkum. They earned the right and we can't complain. Of course, it's disappointing to be pipped at the post, but two things have to be said. Firstly, it was in Paisley's hands to win the league and we let it slide from our grasp. Secondly, it has still been a great season both for Paisley and for the neutral supporter, if such a thing exists. Every team in this league has conspired to produce some real festivals of rugby, from the bottom team to the top. I'd personally like to thank every one of them.
As a footnote, it was announced yesterday that Kevin Browne, our fiery wee flanker, has been shortlisted for the West League Player of the Year Award. Apparently nominations come from referees throughout the season, and it's quite unusual for Division Two players to be nominated. However, nobody who's seen Krazy Kev performing this year will be very surprised. Fingers are crossed at Paisley that Kev can pick up a well deserved award before he heads for Australia in the autumn.
So that's it then. With only the AGM, club dinner and President's game to come, that's the season. Time to start all over again...
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