Three coach loads of boys made their way to Strathallan early on Saturday morning as all our fixtures were away. There were wins for S3A, S4B/S3B and S2B. Mr Beattie, S3A coach, reported that the boys worked hard on the field to get to breakdowns early and also dominated the scrums. The backs moved the ball wide quickly and ran hard into contact. Overall there was some really good team play on show. There was also a great performance from the mixed S4B/S3B team who had width and good handling which allowed the boys to get round their opposition. The S2Bs displayed good aggressive defence and their ability to move the ball wide in attack allowed them to outplay Strathallan. There were losses for the other teams who came up against strong, physical Strathallan sides.
The S3 hockey team travelled to Gordonstoun School on Tuesday to play in Round 1 of the Scottish Schools Plate competition. The girls were delighted to win the match with Miss Howie saying that she was incredibly proud of the girls. They worked extremely hard as a group and their performance was excellent. Player of the Match went to Daisy for her work rate and excellent touches on the ball. This win takes the girls through to the quarter final stage.
On Saturday morning we welcomed St Margaret’s to Countesswells to play our S2 and S3 teams. The S3A/B team had a positive start to the game however the opposition got on the score sheet first and unfortunately scored another before half time. We struggled to get a grip on the game in the second half and St Margaret’s won the game. There are lots of development areas to work on before the final game before Christmas next weekend.
It was an evenly contested game between our S2A/B mixed team against St Margaret’s. An early first half goal from Isabella J was reward for our very good performance. In the second half the opposition began to dominate the game. Our excellent defensive display was finally breached by an equalising goal from St Margaret’s. With 13 seconds of the game remaining Poppy L stroked in our much deserved winning goal. There were some excellent individual performances along with a very good team display which resulted in a positive result for the home team.
Miss Stephen was delighted with her S1A/B team in their game away to Gordonstoun on Saturday, saying it was best she has ever seen some of the girls play. Their passing was excellent and as a result of this they created many scoring opportunities to win the match. The P6 and P7 teams also won their matches against Gordonstoun. The P6 fixture was the first competitive match for some of the girls. Mrs Melville commented that their work rate was fantastic with every girl really wanting to be on the ball and they moved around with pitch with confidence. More work is required on setting up a defensive structure so the middle of the pitch is protected but the girls worked well together, making great use of the J-turns and securing the ball.
The 1st XI North District Indoor Tournament was cancelled on Saturday.
On Friday we took a young, inexperienced team of boys down to Perth to compete in the Schools Indoor Invitational. The boys certainly found the challenge of their first indoor competition demanding, but the most positive element of the day was how much they developed and grew from the first game to the last. A real understanding of technical and tactical indoor was shown by the boys in the final match of the day. Once again their effort, commitment and willingness was incredible and they continue to represent boys hockey at the school extremely well. A special mention must go to Freddie B who scored a superb goal. Tomasso G stood out within the event and was exceptional from beginning to end.
The S3 netball team travelled to Renfrewshire on Monday for their Scottish Cup match against Woodfarm High School. A delighted Miss Ellis reported that the girls improved the placement of their passes and made better use of the free space when moving around the court. Player of the Match was Jasmine for her grit and determination to win the ball and prevent her player from gaining possession.
The 1st VII played against Lathallan in the Aberdeen League on Thursday. The girls kept fighting till the end but were beaten by a good team. They stayed positive throughout and it was good to see them work hard and pull together even when losing.
Team of the Week
The S1A/B mixed team who won 8-2 against Gordonstoun on Saturday. Although this was a high scoring game, the girls had to fight hard for every goal. They worked extremely well as a team, especially considering they have never played/trained together due to being As and Bs. They were also fantastic at supporting the primary teams, where they cheered on RGC and even played for Gordonstoun who were missing a goalie.