Let's get sport going again in 2011

LOCAL football and rugby teams look forward to a bright new year...

The fixtures calendar was all but wiped out in December and players are eager to take to the field now that temperatures have finally risen.

Campsie Black Watch under-21s are currently lying fifth in the West of Scotland League, with a Scottish Cup quarter final to look forward to.

They are 13 points behind league leaders Harmony Row YC, but with a massive five games in hand, manager Gerry Marley is confident about the months ahead.

He told the Herald: "My hopes are always the same – for success. Over the last few years we've had the players, but just haven't quite been able to get over the line.

"We are in a great place currently, in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup and in a good position in the league having only lost one game.

"We have had our disappointments in the past, but I'm hoping this could be the year. We have as good a squad as I've seen for a long time and I just hope we can continue to do what we've already done this season."

Rob Roy manager John Richardson has more modest ambitions – with Rabs, currently lying sixth in the Super League Premier Division, facing a fixtures backlog.

He said: "Our aim for 2011 is to remain a Premier League club – that has always been our aim. Whether we finish in the top half of the table, one place above the relegation zone or get through on a play-off, our job has been done.

"We're not in the worst of positions at the moment and we should maybe be on a couple more points.

"Because of the weather we'll shortly be playing virtually an entire season of games in half a season, but I am confident we have the players we need to stay up."

In the world of rugby, Allan Glen's will be hoping to turn around a season which has seen them rooted to the bottom of the SRU National Two League – with just two wins from 12 games.

A cup game against high-flying Berwick will be their first tie of 2011, then it's on to a must-win away game against mid-table Aberdeenshire on January 15.

Meanwhile, Lenzie Rugby Club will be looking to consolidate their place at the top of West League One. They've already won eight games out of eight and will be hoping to make it nine-in-a-row against Uddingston on January 15.