THREE brothers will all be out to win silverware this weekend, writes Gary Heatly.
At BT Murrayfield, Nyle Godsmark and Alex Godsmark are set to be representing Melrose and Murrayfield Wanderers in the BT Cup and Shield finals, respectively. And on Saturday too, Ryan Godsmark – Nyle’s twin – will be playing in the Belgian Cup final for La Hulpe against Royal Football Club Liegeois.
All of which means it will be a busy day for the trio’s parents and other family members and friends as they try to keep up to date with the various matches.
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Scotland Sevens cap Nyle, who turned 25 last week, and his team will be looking to bounce back in their final against Ayr after the Millbrae men won the BT Premiership final between the two at the weekend, but the scoreline at The Greenyards was 12-8 and another close encounter is expected this time around.
Nyle said: “Ayr will be on a high after the win at The Greenyards, so they will obviously want to do the double, but for Melrose the target now is to win the BT Cup. It will be a tough game again, but fingers crossed we come away with the win.
“It would be something special for me and my brothers to win a trophy on the same day. It was Ryan that mentioned we would all have a final on the same day and then when we all made it into the finals we thought it would be really special if we all won on the same day too.”
Ryan, meanwhile, who recently played for PROJECX Waterboys at the Hong Kong 10s tournament, and his La Hulpe side will start as favourites in their final as they have beaten RFCL twice lately.
“It has been a pretty good season for La Hulpe, but as everyone knows anything can happen in a final and we will be prepared,” Ryan said.
“I think my final will be on about the same time as Nyle’s one so the family will be at Murrayfield, but will be checking social media for updates from my match.
“It is really special to have three finals on the same day and we have always watched each other’s rugby careers closely and want each other to do well.
“We once played a match in the same team for Edinburgh Accies, but this may be as close as we get to playing together again so hopefully we are all smiling come Saturday night!”
The trio are originally from Selkirk, but have all played for various clubs since their youth.
Alex, 27, said: “The season has been going very well at Murrayfield Wanderers, we won the East One League recently which was a great achievement for the club as a whole.“I had been out of rugby for about a year with a recurring knee injury, but got back playing just before Christmas and haven’t looked back since.“On Saturday we are playing Carrick who are defending champions, so it will be a tough game, but we are looking to get the win and cap off a successful season at Murrayfield Wanderers.“For myself and my brothers it would be unbelievable if all three of us won on Saturday considering we haven’t really had a chance to play together. It would be a massive achievement.”
“Our parents will be at Murrayfield for the finals, It will be a long day for them.
“I will probably have to keep them up to date with the scores from Belgium and I’m hoping to catch some of Nyle’s game before we head off to get ready for ours.“Whatever happens it will be a special day and it is quite exciting knowing that we all have a lot to play for this weekend.”