Stuart Robertson Cup Final set to be an Easter weekend cracker

The final of the inaugural Stuart Robertson Cup between North Ayrshire Wild and Murrayfield Racers will take place over Easter weekend 2019.

North Ayrshire will host the first leg on Saturday, 20th April, with Murrayfield staging the reverse fixture the following day.

The final will be decided by aggregate score. In the event of a tie there will be a 10-minute overtime period to try and determine a winner, followed by five penalty shots if necessary.

Wild finished top of the western group in the opening stage of the competition, with two Alan Maitland goals in the last minute of their final game against Paisley Pirates securing what turned out to be a crucial point.

North Ayrshire chairman, Scott Campbell, said: “We’re looking forward to playing in this final – we know we go into the games as underdogs, with Racers having two quality imports as well as some really experienced British players.

“We ran them close earlier in the season and have made some changes since then, to play with more discipline and structure which we feel is starting to pay off.

“It will be two very different games on two very different sized ice surfaces, which should make for an exciting spectacle. Our boys are all looking forward to it and it will be an exciting way to end the season.”

Murrayfield claimed top spot in the eastern section courtesy of a 14-3 win at Dundee Tigers in their final group game. The result left them a point clear of Dundee Comets in the standings.

Racers’ director, Willie Dunn, said: “We’re all really excited and looking forward to playing in the first final we have qualified for.

“We know these will be two tough games both home and away. We want big crowds at both games to create a fitting atmosphere for the final and cheer on two good teams.”

(Image permission: Stuart Gardiner)