After lifting the BT East Regional League Division Two trophy on Saturday Penicuik RFC are looking forward to a brighter future.
Following their 44-31 win at home to Portobello on Saturday, the players received the trophy from SRU Edinburgh regional representative Jim Littlefair, to huge cheers from the gathered crowd and sporting applause from Portobello players and officials.
Penicuik president Eddie Hanratty praised the club’s head coach for helping turn around the club’s fortunes. He said: “We have been on a slide for a few years now but I think we have now arrested that slide and things are looking a lot brighter for the future.
“A couple of years ago we got a new coach (former Edinburgh, Ulster and Borders player Mark Boyer) and he has certainly made a difference. He has been the catalyst for change. He is a great motivator. Obviously he understands the game having been a professional player.
“And there are a few guys that have come back after leaving to go to higher clubs.
“Their experience has helped the younger players. So we have a good mix now.
“We have a good management team in place, we have just had floodlights installed. So we have made a lot of improvements on and off the pitch which all help.”
Penicuik president Eddie Hanratty is optimistic aabout life in East Regional League Division One next season.
He said: “The first thing we have to do is obviously sustain our position in the league above. That would be great. Anything else would be a bonus.
“But if we could stay in the league next season and grow from that then we would be pleased.
“We played two sides from that league this season. We beat Forresters and lost to North Berwick by a last minute point.
“So we can compete at that level, but it’s doing it consistently.”