On Tuesday our S3 girls hockey team travelled to Glasgow to play against Kelvinside Academy in the semi-final of the Scottish Hockey Junior Challenge Cup. The girls were high with expectation and scoring early on gave them a real boost. Kelvinside came back shortly after with the equalizer off the post to make it a draw at half time. It was a strong start to the second half with a great individual counter through Hannah L however the girls started to flag and with 3 minutes left, the hosts scrambled home to equalise again. Penalties were looming but a quick turnover of the ball allowed the home side to break and rifle in the winner. There was disappointment all round for our girls, but they should be very proud of their performance.
P6 and P7 travelled to Inverness on Saturday morning to play their matches against Highland RFC. Both P6 teams performed very well; the Stripes coming away with two wins and a much improved defensive structure along with better support play in attack. The Reds won one game and lost the other but had a very good end to the day with a pleasing defensive effort. P7 played two mixed teams, both of which performed well. In all of the games they showed the ability to defend with a flat line and compete tackles. Mr Horne is very pleased to see the progress they are making as a team this term.
Meanwhile at Countesswells, it was a very busy morning in the beautiful sunshine as we welcomed two visiting clubs, Aberdeen Wanderers and Highland RFC. The early matches with Wanderers had to be touch games as the ground was too hard for full tackling. This was a good test for the S1A team as they had to hold their space and move the ball quickly. RGC adapted really well and put on a few well worked tries against determined opponents. The S1A team are really starting to keep their continuity in attack and defence and this resulted in a convincing win. S1B had a different challenge against Highland who were very physical up front and had some big ball carriers. The B team really warmed up to the task of tackling these players with Hamish D leading the tackle count. Some great runs from Daniel A, Darren A and Daniel M pushed Highland back and tested their defence, helping RGC secure the win.
S2 Reds enjoyed their game of touch against Aberdeen Wanderers then it was the turn of S2 Stripes vs Highland which ended in a cracking draw in front of an excited crowd on Pitch One. Highland had some very big, strong and quick players. We moved the ball slightly more and all 18 players worked really hard together in a game that was enjoyable for all.
After the S3B game against Wanderers the S3As went on to win against Highland in a hard fought game. We were able to spread the ball out wide and use tactical kicking to find space.
The freezing temperatures overnight from Friday into Saturday unfortunately rendered the hockey pitches unplayable so all fixtures and training were cancelled.
Team of the Week
This week’s winners are S1A Rugby. They put in a really great performance on Saturday against Aberdeen Wanderers, in challenging conditions, to maintain some great progression over the course of this season.
Click here for a full breakdown of Saturday’s results.