Shield win would be great way to sign off

Bridlington won the Shield in 2012, beating Selby in the final.
Bridlington won the Shield in 2012, beating Selby in the final.

Bridlington RUFC will be looking to end their season with more silverware when they taken on Bradford Salem in the Yorkshire Shield final on Sunday.

Having beaten Scarborough and Malton and Norton in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, Rich Girking’s men will be hopeful of retaining the trophy they last won in 2012.

But their opponents will be in confident mood, having stayed unbeaten as they won Yorkshire Two, the division below Bridlington’s.

“It will be tough,” said Girking. “We may even go into the game as underdogs.

“Bradford have been unbetaen in the league and beat Yarnbury easily in the semi-finals. I’m not reading too much into that result but I know they are going to be a good side with a lot of momentum.”

Bridlington will be missing winger Will Davies, who is on a stag weekend, while Otis Floyd and Callum Sanderson have gone to play in New Zealand for the summer.

“A few others are fit again,” added Girking, whose side finished 11th in Yorkshire One.

“We deserved more out of the season than the league table suggests. Maybe we let ourselves down in the last few league games so hopefully the lads will put in a good performance to put it right.

“It is all about attitude now. The players are not going to be learning anything new, it is all about going out there and winning whichever way we can.

“If we play as well as we can, we can get the result. That would be a good way to end the season, a double of the Turnbull Trophy and the Yorkshire Shield.”

Bridlington won the Turnbull Trophy annual fixture against Driffield in April, and are unbeaten in four appearances in Shield finals.

Girking will be stepping down as director of rugby at Dukes Park after the final and said: “It would be a good way to sign off.”