Scottish Cup draw pits Fury with Uni

Clark Eriksson Fury Senior Men won the cup in 2010 against Edinburgh Kings
Clark Eriksson Fury Senior Men won the cup in 2010 against Edinburgh Kings

Clark Eriksson Fury’s six National League sides had mixed fortunes in the draw for the opening rounds of this season’s Scottish Cup competitions.

Fury men’s team who won the trophy three seasons ago were drawn at home against Glasgow University and if the Falkirk side can get by what will be a tough match the path to the Final sees their main rivals Edinburgh Kings, St Mirren and Troon in the other half of the draw.

The Senior Women face Polonia also at home. Fury’s two junior under-18 sides have tough away draws, the men playing blaze and the woman St.Mirren.

Fury Headcoach John Bunyan was optimistic and told Heraldsport: “To win a Scottish Cup you naturally have to win all your games and I always take each game as the Final itself so we will not be complacent with any perceived easy games during the competitions.

“I have to say the draw was reasonably kind in the Men’s competition but even that starts off with a very tough match.”

The under-16 teams are slightly better positioned with the cadet boys at home to Highland Bears and the cadette girls facing Tayside on the road, some of the teenage Fury women have been on international duty and Shannon Flippard was at the under-18 European Women’s Championship in Hungary which saw the Scottish team slump to three further defeats from Austria, Denmark and Germany but the Scots managed a 73-59 point win in their final match against Norway.

This had been a must win game for Fury Junior point guard and her teammates against a side who were averaging less than 30 points a game.

On men’s team front, former Fury star Kieron Achara continues to be one of the teams most consistent performers but that has not helped as they continued their losing streak in the build up to EuroBasket – the European basketball championships in just over a weeks time. Losses to Sweden and Poland highlighted how tough it will be for this GB team without its missing NBA stars. Fury’s Ali Fraser continues to see reasonable court time and will know in a few days if he has made the final 12-man squad.