Welcome to our Match Guide to Silver Saturday at BT Murrayfield & DAM Health Stadium. Here, you’ll find an introduction to the day, a welcome from Director of Rugby Development, Gavin Scott, team news from all seven matches, and some information about those planning to attend at BT Murrayfield.
What you'll find & where
An introduction to Silver Saturday
It’s one of the truly memorable days in the club rugby calendar, when teams and supporters from across the country make their way to BT Murrayfield in the hope that they can lift a trophy at the home of Scottish Rugby.
With no fewer than seven finals taking place on this Silver Saturday, the season’s end provides an opportunity to experience a big match day in either the main bowl or at DAM Health Stadium.
As well as the Women’s Plate, the fixture list contains Shield and Bowl finals for both Men and Women, as well as two huge cup finals providing a denouement to the domestic campaign that will reveal a champion in the latter for the first time since 2019, given the barriers wrought by Covid-19.
The Women’s Plate sees Grangemouth Stags meet Oban Lorne following impressive semi-final wins for either club, whilst a first Women’s Shield competition will be won be either Cartha Queens Park’s 2nd XV or West of Scotland in a Glaswegian derby.
The Men’s Shield pits East Kilbride against Stewartry; Panmure take on Kinloss Eagles in the Men’s Bowl; and Hillhead Jordanhill 2nd XV meet Perthshire in the Women’s Bowl.
Two huge cup competitions bring the curtain down on Silver Saturday, with Watsonians and Corstorphine Cougars going head-to-head, the former seeking to go one better than last year’s Sarah Beaney Cup, when they narrowly lost out to Hillhead Jordanhill.
In the Scottish Cup, Hawick are aiming for a domestic double on the back of winning the Tennent’s Premiership; a rare feat they also memorably achieved in 2002. Opponents Marr are appearing in their inaugural final, a victory ensuring they would become only the ninth different club to lift the trophy.
For all team news, see the separate section in this match day guide, below.
What a pleasure it is to be able to host Silver Saturday in full for the first time in four years, and to have so many people coming together to both represent and support the clubs that have battled hard to get to their respective finals.
A new addition to the competition roster for 2022/23, the Women’s Shield will be contested between West of Scotland and Cartha Queens Park 2nd XV, a sign of the continued growth of and appetite for the women’s game.
Silver Saturday is one of the flagship days in our sport and as anyone who has been involved in previous years will attest, memories can be made to last a lifetime. It is an extremely busy occasion, with multiple matches taking place throughout the day, so if you do have time and want to take in a few games, I’m sure all of the players on show would really appreciate the support.
As mentioned, it has been four years since we were all able to get together and champion the magic of a cup finals day in its entirety, and I would like to take the chance to thank everyone associated with the Scottish Rugby Development team, as well as wider Events colleagues, for their endeavours in planning and pulling together what I’m sure will be another wonderful Silver Saturday here at BT Murrayfield.
Sarah Beaney: A background to the cup
The Sarah Beaney Cup final has become a highlight of the women’s season, with the trophy contested for at Silver Saturday every season.
In 2006, the Cup was emblazoned with the name Sarah Beaney, in honour of the Murrayfield Wanderers and Scotland A back-row forward who tragically lost her life in 2005.
Sarah began playing rugby in 1993 during her first year at Moray House College in Edinburgh where she studied for four years. During her time there, she represented the Scottish Universities team and subsequently went on to captain Scotland Women’s A squad.
When Sarah wasn’t in the scrum, she was involved as a coach leading on touch and tag rugby, as well as school XV teams at McLaren High School in Callander, where she was a teacher.
Sarah sadly lost her life in a car crash on her way to school from her home in Stirling in 2005. The accident happened just a month short of her 29th birthday.
Her last match was for Murrayfield Wanderers on her home pitch in the Women’s Cup final on April 30 2005.
After her death, the Scottish women’s rugby community joined forces asking players and former players to take part in a match in memory of Sarah, in the hope it would become an annual fixture.
Now, her name and legacy lives on through the Sarah Beaney Cup.
Fixtures and team news
Useful match day information
Due to Silver Saturday being held over the course of a day, we are allowing bags that can fit under your seat. Please note that all bags will be searched upon entry.
Please note: there will be no bag drop facility at the stadium.
Locations around the city can be found here:
What not to bring
For the safety of everyone at the game, there are a few items that will not be allowed into the stadium. For the full list, visit the matchday FAQs on the ASK Scottish Rugby section of our website. Bringing these items into the grounds, for your use or for someone else’s could result in an ejection from the event.
Scottish Rugby has a zero-tolerance approach to smoke bombs and flares at BT Murrayfield.
Supporters are encouraged to be mindful of others while enjoying the matches at Silver Saturday. Scottish Rugby does not encourage nor tolerate ‘booing’ of the opposition at any point during the game and asks all fans to refrain from engaging in this activity.
Macron merchandise at The Scottish Rugby Store
The Scottish Rugby Store, situated in the lower south-west corner of the stadium will be open from 9am-6pm.
Food and Drink
There are food units all around the stadium serving a variety of food and drinks. Full licensing laws will be in action, with no alcohol being sold or given to anyone under the age of 18. Challenge 25 will be in operation. https://www.gov.uk/alcohol-young-people-law