On Monday, we held a 1st XI vs Staff match, to mark the senior pupils embarking on their study leave. The staff turned out in large numbers and were very keen to get going! They batted first and set a respectable 127 with Mr Duncan and Mr McLean rolling back the years and displaying some excellent striking. After a delicious cricket tea in the cricket pavilion it was the pupils’ turn to bat. They also scored 127, partly thanks to Miss Duddy and the game finished as a draw. It was a great afternoon of cricket and the game was played in good spirits.
The S1 team welcomed Albyn School S1-S3 team to Countesswells after school on Tuesday which was another good learning game for us. The RGC players bowled well and batted ok but our fielding let us down a little as we allowed the opposition too many easy runs. Dropped catches and doubles that should have been a single meant that Albyn’s run tally crept up. The game was enjoyable for all our pupils though, despite losing 34 runs to Albyn’s 64.
A youthful 1st XI played a mixed team of Aberdeen University and RGU students on Wednesday afternoon. The Uni team batted first and scored 135 of their 20 overs. On the whole, our bowling was good but fielding could improve, however, Ananth S took an excellent catch in the outfield and Rudra C and Adi M bowled accurately. RGC batted well and structured their chase, Andrew Mc played some well timed shots and was supported well by Tanish K. After a possible super over, the game was drawn. It was a great learning opportunity for some keen and up and coming RGC players.
On Saturday we took 4 teams down to the Lathallan 7s tournament which was a great experience for our boys and a very successful day. P7 started strong with a 7-0 win but lost to Mackie 5-4 which left us runners up in our group. In the semi final, the fatigue from playing uphill in both pool games set in and we lost to a well drilled High School of Dundee side.
S2s won their pool convincingly with wins over Lathallan and Deeside where there was some very good attacking play from RGC. We just lost out to eventual winners Dundee High in the semifinals which was disappointing but overall a great event for the boys to experience.
The U16s had a fantastic day and won the Lathallan 7s in style, scoring two cracking tries in the final to beat Strathallan 10-7. The team came through the Pool with 2 wins against Deeside and Strathmore in the sun where they played some super rugby with the pick of the tries being full of great support and finished off by Alex T. This took us to a semi-final vs Carnoustie who were difficult to break down but once we worked that out, we managed to run out winners 20-0. In the final we started off at speed, retaining possession and moving Strathallan’s defence all over the pitch. This ended in a first try for Ross T on the end of some super continuity. This theme continued for the whole game but we couldn’t quite convert the pressure and possession to scores. Unfortunately, Strathallan scored a converted try to go ahead but we kept playing our game to score a second through Ross T to take the win. All 12 boys contributed massively throughout the day and should be very proud of their efforts.
Success also for the RGC U18 team who were overall U18 winners. We travelled with 10 players and won a narrow victory over Strathallan in our first game, 14-10. Next up we faced Deeside in a local derby, comfortably winning 31-14. Winning our pool meant a semi-final against the hosts Lathallan, and despite an ardent Lathallan defence, RGC secured a strong win. The final saw us face High School of Dundee, and as the rain started both teams reconsidered strategy. RGC went 7-0 up from the off with a well worked try from Andrew Mc from the restart. Dundee were quick to respond to equalise the score. With a fumble in the midfield RGC took their chances and Archie D dotted down wide to see the half time score 12-7. The second half was on a knife edge, then 1st XV captain, Andrew Mc, stepped up to gather his own chip and score under the posts. A fantastic win for the boys with the final score 19-7.
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Sporting Achievements Out With School
Congratulations to several of our pupils who have achieved individual and team success in events over the last couple of weeks:
S1 pupil Crystal M has become National Grade 3 Overall Artistic Gymnastics Champion. She has now qualified to represent team Scotland at the National British Finals in June.
Four of our S4 boys, Emmett B, Archie L, Joe R & Ross T were part of the Caledonia rugby team who won the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy Regional Championship, the competition returning for the first time since 2019.
Charlotte H in S3 was part of the U16 Stirling County rugby team who won the Girls U16 Caledonia Cup to add to their recent National U16 Cup.
S3 pupils Ananth S and Manu S were selected for the Caledonian Highlanders side who started the Cricket Scotland Regional Series at the weekend.
S3 pupils Ava B, Victoria M and Bella A represented Aberdeen in the District Netball Finals last weekend. The girls assisted the District team all over the court with Ava as shooter, Bella in defence and Victoria in centre court. Their team won 3rd place overall.