NEW boys Marr will head to Old Anniesland to make their BT Premiership debut against Glasgow Hawks on 2nd September, while champions Ayr will look to exorcise the demon of their shock defeat away to Boroughmuir last term when they head back to Meggetland in the opening round of matches.
Meanwhile, Currie, who have rebranded to play under the name Currie Chieftains, will visit Hawick at Mansfield Park in their opening fixture; Melrose, who finished top of the table at the end of the last regular season but were pipped at the post by Ayr in the play-off Grand Final, host Watsonians at The Greenyards; and Heriot’s will welcome Stirling County to Goldenacre.
The SRU unveiled the fixture schedule for all men’s national league’s this afternoon. The overall season structure follows a similar pattern to recent campaigns although there are now five league weekends scheduled for after New Year as opposed to four last season – which will hopefully appease some concerns about the lack of continuity when it comes to meaningful fixtures in the second half of the season.
The first round of BT National League 1 features a number of exciting clashes, including a capital derby between Edinburgh Academical and Stewart’s Melville FP, and a Borders derby with Jed-Forest hosting newly promoted Kelso.
Cartha Queen’s Park will strive to hit the ground running as they welcome GHA to Dumbreck in their opening encounter, as the other promoted club.
BT National League 2 fixtures were also announced, with Lasswade set to welcome Peebles in round one and Dumfries Saints travelling to Whitecraigs in their opening fixture, as the two promoted clubs for next season.
Fixtures for BT National League 3 include Gordonians, Murrayfield Wanderers and Newton Stewart after they were promoted from their respective regional leagues.
The first round ties will see Gordonians travel to RHC, while Wandies meet Haddington at Mill Wynd, and Newton Stewart visit Dalziel.
BT PREMIERSHIP FIXTURES 2017-18 –
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24 March 2018 – Premiership Play-Off Semi-Finals: P1 v P4 & P2 v P3
7 April 2018 – Premiership Final
21 April 2018: Relegation/Promotion Play-Off – PL 9 v NL 2
Stand by dates –
11 & 25 November 2017; 6 January 2018; 3 February 2018; 10, 17 & 24 March 2018 7, 21 & 28 April 2018; 5, 12 & 19 May 2018
BT Cup Dates –
18 November 2017 – 1st Round
10 February 2018 – Quarter Final
31 March 2018 – Semi-Finals
28 April 2018 – Final
When League/Cup matches fall on the same weekend as a home International match, clubs are encouraged to support the National Team by not playing in direct conflict with the International game. As a result Clubs can agree to play their match on any day of the weekend with the usual approval from the relevant Competition Secretary. Should clubs wish to play their match on the actual day of the International match a 2 hour default time for kick-off before the international match will apply. Should clubs have logistical difficulty in achieving this they should seek approval for different arrangements from the relevant Competitions Committee via the Competition Secretary.
Where clubs require to apply for dispensation for traditional tour matches on any league or stand-by date, the request should be made to the appropriate Championship or Regional Competitions Committee as soon as possible.
Should any club have any issues regarding ground availability etc. for any match they should contact their opponents in the first instance and make alternative arrangements (such as reversing the fixture) then seek approval for the different arrangements from the relevant Competitions Committee via the Competition Secretary.