On Tuesday we welcomed over 35 boys and staff from Shawnigan Lake School, Vancouver Island, Canada who travelled north to RGC as part of their UK rugby tour. The boys were hosted by families of our 1st and 2nd XV rugby teams and everyone came together on Wednesday afternoon at Countesswells. Shawnigan Lake came out as winners in both matches which were very competitive and enjoyed by players and spectators alike.
Our 1st XI girls travelled to the National Hockey Centre in Glasgow on Friday to play in the Scottish Schools Plate Final against Glasgow Academy. The girls soaked up a huge amount of pressure in the first half before the opposition thundered in a backhand to the roof of the net. With the girls 1-0 down at half time, they came back onto the pitch after the break with a new approach. They eventually got a foothold on the game with a well worked corner from Hannah L drawing the teams level. The game ebbed and flowed but an interception by Glasgow led to a goal which turned out to be the winner. As always the girls came off the pitch with possibly a tinge of the one that got away. Miss Howie awarded Player of the Match to Zoe B. Every player has contributed greatly to a most enjoyable season while thanks must go to the continued support of the parents on the day and throughout the season.
U14 boys hockey lost 3-0 to Cults Academy on Thursday and Tuesday’s match against Aberdeen Grammar was cancelled.
Congratulations to the RGC 3rd VII team who won their final league fixture agaInst St Margaret’s 1st VII on Thursday. This came hot on the heels of their impressive victory against Banchory Academy on Monday. The Juniors match against Lathallan and the S2 match against Harlaw were both cancelled during the week.
After a long wait, the S2 football team finally kicked off the second half of the season on Tuesday with a match against Albyn. We started the better team, looking composed on the ball and playing the short passing game the boys have become familiar with. Whilst the passing and movement was excellent, the finishing was a little rusty; it wasn't until around the 30 minute mark that our centre back took the ball forward on a mazy dribble and finished into the bottom corner to open the scoring. The game was much tighter in the second half, but we managed to get the second goal from a corner not long after the restart. The game opened up after this and Albyn created good chances on the counter attack and looked dangerous. RGC hung on and managed to stay in the lead the entire second half, winning the match.
The S2 team played their second of a double header league game of the week against Westhill Academy. Much like Tuesday's game, RGC started the match well and kept good possession early on. Chances were few and far between, as we struggled to find a final pass against a physically strong and quick defence. Westhill were mostly kept back in their own half, relying on quick counters to try to create chances. However, it was Westhill who opened the scoring just before the end of the first half after a mistaken pass from our defence was pounced on by the opposition striker, who charged into the box and was brought down for a penalty. A second penalty was awarded to Westhill in the second half under similar circumstances and the score was 0-2. RGC continued to play well and work the ball into dangerous situations and that paid off in spectacular fashion, with a nice passing move leading to a shot from just outside the box that went smashing into the top right hand corner of the net. We continued to pressure the opposition and won a penalty with the score at 1-2 and only 15 minutes to play. The Westhill keeper made an excellent save to keep Westhill in front, and despite the continued pressure, the game finished with a win to the visitors.
RGC and Cults Academy played a close fought and exciting basketball match on Thursday. Both teams started slow offensively but heated up in the second half with Cults taking a narrow lead going into the fourth quarter. RGC fought back with Seth E leading the way and Todd B making a clutch three point shot and free throw in the final seconds to secure a one point victory.
Sadly the annual Grampian Schools Cross Country Championships event at Balgownie Playing Fields was cancelled on Friday.
Team of the Week
Well done to the RGC 3rd VII on winning their final league fixture of the season agaInst St Margaret’s 1st VII.
Sports News from Out With School
Congratulations to Andrew Mc (S4) on his selection for the Scotland Rugby U16 Blues Squad.
Well done to Abigail G (P7) and her pony, ‘Glyncoch Red Rascal’ who came 2nd in their dressage class at the Kilgraston Equestrian Championships last Sunday. Abigail was the only Junior School aged pupil in her class so this is a fantastic achievement. She has now qualified for the NSEA Novice Championship at Bury Farm later this month.
Well done to the following pupils who were competing in the Edinburgh International Swimming Meet 2020 at the weekend:
Holly S (S5)
Matthew B (S4)
Ceri G (S3)
Sarah H (S2)
Emily G (RGC Swim Instructor)
These are fantastic achievements, well done to all our pupils.