It was great to kick start the rugby season with fixtures against George Watson’s College on Saturday morning. GWC are strong opposition for us and the coaches were delighted to see many wins for RGC: 1st XV, U16A, S3A, S2A, S2B and P7. 1st XV Coach Mr Greenwood reported that the boys made a solid start against a good Watson’s team. There is lots to work on but it was a positive first game. Mr Beattie’s S3A team played some really good rugby, making some excellent tackles. Further work on structure in both attack and defence is needed so again lots for the boys to work on in training. Both S2 teams had a successful morning with the As starting quickly and scoring 2 tries through strong defensive pressure and effective use of turnover ball. The S2Bs dominated the opposition with coach Mr Buckely commenting they proved ‘too hot to handle’ in contact. It was encouraging to see so many enthusiastic P6 and P7 boys out on the field, many playing their first rugby match.
Our girls’ teams faced strong opponents High School of Dundee for the first games of the season. The 1st XI, with new Captain Katy and Vice-Captain Hannah, were delighted with their win. Coach Scorge reported that the girls relished the challenge and grew with confidence as the game went on. Despite a narrow loss for the 2nd XI, the girls felt that the experience gained from their tour to Holland a couple of weeks ago certainly helped in their defensive play. The S2A girls side had a difficult start, going down 2-0 early in the first half. Just before half-time RGC scored their first goal and as the game went on the girls played better and better. Their hard work paid off and RGC came back to score another goal and end the game with a draw. The S2B team started very well, taking the lead before half-time. Dundee scored an equalizer before RGC scored again to go ahead. Unfortunately we conceded another goal from a corner with just minutes to go but overall the team showed great potential with many positives to work on. Saturday was a lovely morning of Primary hockey at Countesswells. The teams had a lot of tough first halves with girls playing who had very little match hockey experience. There were some very positive and encouraging second halves with the girls learning quickly and taking on instruction really well.
The 1st XI and U15 teams travelled to Edinburgh on Saturday to play in the Edinburgh Academy Invitational Tournament. The boys played really well, worked very hard and showed glimpses of some good hockey for the start of the season. A short corner strike from RGC was enough to beat Hutchison's Grammar and we were unlucky not to beat George Watson’s in a very evenly contested game.
Our S2-S6 girls squads started back at training this week. Mrs Axten and Miss Stewart reported that we have a very exciting line-up of girls for the year and have enough girls for three Senior S4-S6 playing squads. Congratulations to Piper and Lucy who were announced as our 1st VII Captain and Vice-Captain. The S1 and P6-P7 netball clubs start training from week beginning 2nd September.
Team of the Week: S2A girls hockey with their 2-2 draw against High School of Dundee and S3A rugby with their 50-17 win against George Watson’s College.