Albion Excelsior break 21-year drought

A drought that has been going since 1995 has finally been broken.
Albion Excelsior Rugby Club won the division 3 competition on Saturday, beating Riverton 15-10 in the final.
The last time the club saw any form of silverware was 21 years ago, when Albion won the Galbraith Shield.
The same year, New Zealand won the America’s Cup for the first time, the All Blacks were allegedly poisoned at the World Cup in South Africa and Jim Bolger was prime minister.
Albion Excelsior co-coach Jimmy Cormack said he had no words to describe how he felt about the victory.
‘‘I don’t think the boys actually realise what they have achieved and what they have done for the club,’’ Cormack said.
The match against Riverton was a relatively even encounter.
The home side had tied up the scores 10-10, with five minutes to go.
Albion Excelsior then responded with its own try to win the match.
‘‘We were fortunate in that they won the toss and gave us the wind in the first half and then it died down in the second half,’’ Cormack said.
Cormack said management was rapt as the side had far exceeded expectations.
‘‘The growth this side has gone through in such a short space of time . . .It wasn’t in the plans we made but the team believed in themselves and took things on board and bought into the game plan, which makes coaching easy.’’
Cormack said the management team hoped to be back next year to take on the challenge of potentially going up a division.
Cormack was thankful for all the support the club had received over the season.
They had a good turn out for the match in Riverton on Saturday and were warmly greeted upon returning to the club.
Captain Cody Sayer said the match was an awesome way to finish of such a great season.
‘‘It’s something I will never forget. I couldn’t be any more proud of the boys and all the effort they have put in all season,’’ Sayer said.
‘‘We couldn’t have done it without the guidance of our coaches Jimmy Cormack and Richard Robinson, and the endless support from Donald McGuigan, Kim McDowall, Roger Collins and all of our supporters who turned up each week.’’

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