ABERDOUR can re-write shinty history by winning their first major piece of silverware tomorrow (Saturday).

That's the view of coach Lisa Norman as she prepares her side to face Strachur in the South of Scotland Plate final in Glasgow in what is set to be a major milestone in the club's 13-year existence.

The West Fifers suffered disappointment by being knocked out of the Balliemore Cup semi-finals in their last outing but Norman believes they are ready to bounce back in the final, which is contested by teams who are knocked out of the Celtic Cup.

She told Press Sport, "The Balliemore Cup was a big one for us but the players now know what it's like to fall from a great height. It's all about handling that so it's been good that they've had the last week to let them deal with it.

"Sometimes you learn more from that than you do from winning so as long as we are prepared, we can give Strachur a run for their money although they do have some quality players.

"Other than the women's team, the first team have never won anything of stature so we have a chance to rewrite shinty history as well as the club's. Although the plate is maybe at a lower level, it is still a final and is the fruits of what we've created as the club's grown. Thirteen years ago we started with kids and developed them to achieve success at every level, so hopefully we can do it at senior level too. We hope that a few people will come to support us and the team are really looking forward to it." The teams have already met once this season in the league - a 2-2 draw in March - so 'Dour are expecting a tight contest. And Norman has urged her players to make sure that they leave the field with no regrets.

She continued, "The players know themselves that they have a few regrets from the Balliemore Cup game so they are determined not to have any this time, and I hope they give nothing less than 100 per cent. Our biggest preparation for this game has been in the league, where we've only lost one game, and in the good cup runs we've had. We drew with them at the start of the season where we struggled for a team, but it's all about who handles the occasion better.

"It's about using the experience we've gained over the past year and although I get nervous as a coach, I have to make sure it doesn't rub off on the players. Fingers crossed it'll be a memorable day." The final will be played at Peterson Park in the Yoker area of Glasgow, with throw-up at 2.30pm.