Big game at Castle Rushen in Manx Trophy

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THE eye-catching game in the end-of-season Shimmin Wilson competitions is without doubt at Castle Rushen High School where the Manx Shield champions PDMS Southern Nomads take on undefeated Manx Trophy leaders Vagabonds B.

Manx Cup commitments have delayed Nomads start in the Trophy, but they got under way well with a solid win over Douglas B last week.

Vagas, however, have had a flying start and won all three of their games thus far.

On paper therefore these two look like potential finalists.

They drew 10-10 in their first Manx Shield clash and while Nomads won the return leg it was far from convincing. I fancy Nomads will just take this one too, but it will be tight.

In the other Manx Trophy game, Western Vikings travel to Port-e-Chee to face Douglas B.

Douglas won the earlier leg comfortably at QEII and I suspect they’ll do the same again here, especially on the bigger pitch at Port-e-Chee.

Jack Moore is a proven try scorer this season and if his forwards can deliver him some ball he’ll be sure to profit.

Douglas will, however, be missing Mark Dimsdale who was injured a couple of weeks ago.

Mark is now out of hospital and is recovering from his leg injuries, but he has decided to hang up his boots and everyone wishes him well for a full recovery and perhaps a future rugby career in coaching and management.

In the final game of the day, Ramsey B travel to Castletown in the Shimmin Wilson Manx Bowl.

A win at Castletown will guarantee the northerners a spot in the final while a defeat will leave them needing to beat Emerging Nomads in two weeks time.

Castletown were very close to a win up at the Mooragh last month and the visitors will know that they need to go the extra mile to keep in with a shout of the silverware.

Saturday’s Fixtures

South Lancs/Cheshire Division Two

Ramsey v Marple @ Mooragh Park ko 2.30pm

Vagabonds v Moore @ Ballafletcher ko tbc

Southport v Douglas @ Southport

Shimmin Wilson Manx Trophy ko 2.15pm

PDMS Southern Nomads v Vagabonds B

@ Castle Rushen High School

Douglas B v Western Vikings @ Port-e-Chee

Shimmin Wilson Manx Bowl ko 2.15pm

Castletown v Ramsey B @ Poulsom Park

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