Our Senior Football team came out strong in their first match of the season last Tuesday, playing against Albyn School at Countesswells. New faces in the squad made welcome additions to those who remain after last year's run to the semi finals of the SISFA cup. It was a tough match and our boys had to work hard to create a 2 goal lead in the first half. When Albyn went down to 10 men after the 55 minute mark, we made sure to capitalise and finished the game strongly with 4 more goals. A good result and at least 3 genuine goal of the season contenders too.
The boys 1st XI started off their journey in this year’s Scottish Cup with a home match against Fettes College last Wednesday. Captain Olivier P provided the following report:
‘There was very little to set apart both sides and we played our hearts out. In the end it was sadly not to be and we were disheartened as Fettes struck twice and sealed their place in the next Cup round. Now we need to look forward to the Plate run and keep our heads up as a collective. Thank you to Fettes for a good game and best of luck in the next round. Also a special congratulations to Leo M and Calum B for being awarded joint Man of the Match.’
On Saturday morning our 2nd XI, with a few 1st team players included, put in a really confident and composed performance against Aberdeen Grammar at home. With a real focus on the team setting their own targets for the match, it was great to see how the group challenged each other to maintain the high standards set by themselves. There were plenty of positive performances, especially from the younger players, which contributed to a very positive outcome on the day. Thanks to Grammar for again providing great opposition, and a real positive seeing more hockey being played in the North East.
The ASSNA League fixture for our S2/S3A Junior League team on Wednesday against Ellon was a challenging first game of the season for the girls, especially since this was the first time they had played together as a team. With only a 5 goal difference at half time, RGC stepped it up a level, worked hard and carefully thought about different passing options to take the win! Miss Stephen was delighted with this great start to the season. Player of the match was Louisa C. She worked in the position of GA both under the post and in centre court.
There was more Netball success in the form of our 1st VII match with their win over Ellon Academy in the ASSNA League, also on Wednesday. Captain Kirsty D provided this match report:
‘Brilliant result yesterday for the 1st VII Netball team on their first match back! With a new mixed team this year the girls had excellent passing and defending. This left the girls with a big 35-10 win against strong competitors Ellon. The hard work and determination around and in the shooting circle gave Player of the Match to shooter Daniella R. Keep up the great work girls!’
In addition to the various co-curricular training sessions through the week, P6-S6 also enjoyed another busy Saturday morning of matchplay at Countesswells.
Glenalmond College played hosts to Ayrshire opponents, Wellington School, for our S2/3 Junior Girls Cup match on Thursday. After a good warm up the team was ready to go, however they started off a little slow. There was some great play throughout the game and we created a lot of chances and penalty corners, but we just couldn’t find the back of the goal. This was a game which was ours for the taking but unfortunately we came out on the other side today with Wellington taking the win. Miss Howie was proud of the great effort from everyone in the team throughout the entire match and Player of the Match was Lottie M for a fantastic game in defence.
Saturday morning was a busy one with buses heading off to Stirling County RFC, Dollar Academy and Angus Colts in Carnoustie. P6 played a well contested match away at Dollar, losing out by a single try at the end. Handling and decision making improved in the second half and we moved the ball into space. We will continue to work on our defensive line and tackle technique.
P7 played two well contested games versus Dollar Academy. As the games progressed we showed more confidence and made a greater number of tackles. In attack, individual runners proved too strong and more work was needed on passing the ball to space. There were good results for both teams and visible progress since the recent game against Dundee High.
S1As were comprehensively beaten by a very good Dollar outfit. There were some particularly promising passages of positive play in the latter minutes of the second half when we started supporting the ball carrier and running at pace, but it was too little too late. Overall, it was a pretty tough day at the office for the team but the boys will pick themselves up and carry on. The picture was brighter for S1B who this week were led by Mr Cumming on his RGC coaching debut. Within minutes of the game starting, RGC scored a try and conversion. This gave the boys confidence and they started seeing possibilities, looking for space and passing along the line. As a learning experience it couldn’t have gone better. A strong win for RGC.
S2B had a great game against a mixed S2/S1B team down at Stirling RFC. Mr Anderson was pleased to see some really encouraging play in both attack and defence. There was lots of confidence and understanding gained by many of our players and on a beautiful day in Stirling, the boys were delighted with a win.
The S3s played against a U15/U16 mixed team from Stirling and put in a resilient performance. The game was evenly matched with each team scoring some excellent tries. The result went in our favour by a narrow 2 point win, but in reality either team could have won.
In the U16s match against Dollar at Countesswells, there were glimpses of excellence in attack but some soft defence at times let us down and gave points needlessly away to our opponents. This was a very well balanced game which resulted in a draw.
We mixed our 1st & 2nd XV teams up with one side playing Stirling RFC resulting in a good win against determined opponents with displays of powerful running and offloading. Down at Carnoustie High School, it was a feisty match against Angus Colts. Our opposition struggled to deal with the hard running of some of our big forwards and when we connected we looked good. If we had protected the ball better then we could have won by a bigger margin but our discipline cost us a little at times. There were some big powerful performances with Archie L scoring a hat trick to help secure a solid RGC win.
Team of the Week
Congratulations to S1B who are this week’s TOTW after their strong win over Dollar Academy on Saturday.
Sports Achievements from Outside School
Well done to siblings Emma J (S3) and Cameron J (P7) on their success representing Great Britain at the World Pentathlon UIPM Laser Run Championships in Lisbon. Emma achieved a PB time, finishing 5th. Along with her two teammates this was enough for the Team GB Girls U15 to finish as World Champions. In the U13 age group Cameron progressed to the semi final where he completed the discipline in a PB time but just missed the Final by 0.87sec.
Congratulations to S3 Freestyle Skier Bailey B who took 1st place at the SSSA Indoor Slopestyle Championships held in Glasgow at Snow Factor on Thursday.