Basketball

On Monday our Senior Basketball team won a hard fought match against Westhill Academy to qualify for the Regional Round of the Scottish Cup. Our opponents in the next round have still to be determined.

Football

Our Senior Football team made the trip down to Dollar Academy on Tuesday morning  for their latest match in the Independent Schools League. It was a great game of football, both teams playing excellent attack and even better defence. Dollar went ahead with 70 minutes on the clock however our boys showed excellent character and really took the game to their opposition. A deserved equaliser eventually came, then with only minutes left in the game, a loose ball spilt out after a save by the opposition keeper, only to find its way to our striker, who smashed it gleefully into the back of the net. Smiles all round for the long trip back up to Aberdeen.

Cross Country

Friday saw the return of the annual Albyn & RGC Open Cross Country Championships at Balgownie for our Junior and Senior School pupils. There was so much to celebrate with  individual and team gold, silver and bronze medals won by our pupils as well as a whole lot more participation from nearly 70 pupils across our school. Well done everyone, we are so proud of you all.

Girls Hockey

On Saturday morning our opponents were High School of Dundee. The P6 girls made the trip down the road where the Gordonian’s team dominated almost the entire game playing some lovely hockey, moving the ball with comfort and plenty of D penetration. However some lapses of concentration gave Dundee a solid lead. The girls showed real grit and determination to bring 2 goals back. Time unfortunately wasn’t on our side as we threatened for the third goal. This was a tough game for the girls but they showed some great game play and just need some more composure in the D to get the ball in the back of the net. P6 Pelicans played an excellent game with width and heads up and moved the ball forward quickly. Defensively they put in a good effort in jumping back to defend. All of the girls finished the game feeling proud and that they had achieved. 

The P7s Pelicans took every word of the pre-match team talk on board and in the first two quarters they ran and passed at a wonderful level and tempo. They controlled Dundee’s two very strong middle players extremely well. However in the 3rd quarter this effort caught up with us a little and our defending dropped, resulting in the concession of 2 quick goals. The girls reset for the 4th quarter and played their best hockey. Unfortunately the score didn’t reflect their performance as there were no goals but the team created so many chances and looked strong. In the P7 Gordonians game an early goal from Dundee forced us to chase the game from the off. The girls played very good hockey but the Dundee goalie was strong and kept her team in the game. While struggling to convert we still managed to outlet the ball on to our midfielders. The game finished with a loss to RGC.

S1A started off a little slow in their match, with Dundee receiving a few penalty corners early on. Lucy was fantastic in goal and made some very crucial saves. We then got into the game and in the second half played some excellent, attacking hockey with lots of passing which lead to a goal, slotted it into the bottom corner with 2 minutes to go. This earned the girls the win. The team were very happy as High School of Dundee have beaten us on the two previous occasions. Player of the Match was Louisa for her excellent stick work.

S2A were under a lot of pressure from the start. We defended very well with our S1 goalie, Lucy, making some good saves. Unfortunately we conceded a goal before half time and another two goals in the second half.  We played again with a lot of effort and gave 100%. Unfortunately the opportunities we did have we lacked composure in and around the D. Player of the day was Emma L. Thank you also to our captain for the day Tee S.

S3A put in a dominant performance against their Dundee opponents to win the match. From the first to last whistle, the team controlled the game, linking play and creating plenty of opportunities in the final 25 minutes. Second half goals from Becky and Ava secured a deserved victory and Morven our goalie had a quiet game, only touching the ball once the whole match. S3B fought through the unpleasant rain and wind, unlucky to come away with a narrow loss. For some pupils it was their first game and the team played better in the second half but were unlucky not to score. 

3rd XI started well but with a lapse of concentration lost an early goal by a very well struck Dundee ball into the corner. The girls started to play as a team towards the end of the first half with players linking well in midfield. Daisy N scored a superb individual goal with an amazing run from the 22 line and a slot into the corner. We were the better team in the second half with some super play by Jenny O and Jefline J. However we couldn’t convert and Dundee won the match. Player of the Match was Norah W who played with composure and great passing selection.

The 2nd XI only had 10 players to begin with so played the first 15 mins short, but then one of our 3rd XI players came to the rescue and slotted into defence to play an excellent composed game. The girls couldn’t control the game in midfield and were being outrun and outplayed by a very organised Dundee side. More reinforcements joined the team at half time, after which the game was controlled better and the girls passed the ball wide and high. A well converted short corner brought us back into the game but in the end it was a win for Dundee. Player of the Match was goalie Sophie P  who made over 20 saves in the first half and was very composed with excellent organisational skills.

Rugby

On Saturday morning our P6 & P7 teams had a great experience at the annual Erskine Stewart’s Melville Rugby tournament in Edinburgh. P6 Stripes beat the eventual winners of the tournament, Edinburgh Academy, but ran out of steam against two physical sides in George Watson’s and Stewrt’s Melville. The P6 Reds managed a draw and two losses. P7 Stripes played three tough games against George Heriot’s, Stewart’s Melville and George Watson’s. In each game we started strongly, building some good phases of play and defending well in and around the ruck. Fair play to the opponents who put us under pressure defensively which led to our boys making handling errors. Unfortunately this became a familiar pattern and frustration began to show in the team. However they managed to get over this and started working out how to attack better. They finished with some good phases of play in each game. Despite a tough day the boys enjoyed their experience playing some of the strong Edinburgh schools. P7B struggled to keep up with how well the other teams all held their width and moved the ball about. They went toe to toe with Watson’s until the last 5 minutes but then pulled away. Despite losing all 3 matches, it was good for the boys to see how these top teams operate, with Stewart’s Melville especially impressive. 

S2 welcomed Mackie Rugby to Countesswells on Saturday morning, facing a big and physical side. The boys played some good rugby in attack and really tried to move the ball but ultimately were overpowered.

U16s were away in Edinburgh against George Watson’s, managing to overcome a half time loss to win the match despite some errors and decision making which could have been better. There were many valuable lessons learned.

At Countesswells the 1st XV took a while to get into their game against High School of Dundee due to some boys not having played for a while. When our accuracy and physicality improved at the breakdown in the last 15-20 minutes, we found some edges and supported well to create a lot of good chances. Overall it was a solid win for RGC.

Skiing

Our Senior Boys Ski Racing team accompanied by Mrs Melville and Mrs MacLeod had a very early start on Saturday morning to make the long train journey to Wales for the British Schools Dry Slope Championship Final in Llandudno. The journey was well worth it as RGC were crowned Boys Slalom Champions. In a field of 68 racers and 17 teams RGC were outstanding and the boys skied brilliantly. They achieved the top spot in a very competitive field. The team was made up of S5 pupils Grant M & Finlay C along with S2 pupils Blair M & Jamie R. Grant M also came 2nd overall in the individual event. This competition had representation from the top schools in Scotland, England and Wales. The boys’ trophy dates back to 1968 with RGC last winning it in 1971 so it is making a welcome return to the College.

Team of the Week

Our Senior Boys Ski Race team are this week’s winners after their fantastic result at the British Schools Dry Slope Championship Final in Llandudno at the weekend.

Click here for a full breakdown of the week’s results.

Sporting Achievements from outwith School

Rowing

Several of our pupils were competing for Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) at the weekend in the Head of the River race in London. Gemma C (S6), Rosie W (S6), Ella B (S5) and Freya C (S5) were all in the ASRA Championship Girls Eight which performed brilliantly and came 7th in their event, missing out on 6th place to Hinksey Sculling School by just 0.2 seconds over 6.5km. 

Anna D (S5) and Maggie S (S5) were in the Junior 16 Girls Championship Eight and came 4th in their event behind Henley Rowing Club, Headington School and Surbiton High School. This was a huge achievement to come 4th in this level of a national eights event. Callum S (S4) raced up three age groups in the Championship Eight which came 15th in their category against tough competition from the likes of Eton College, Shiplake College, St Paul’s College and many others. 

Well done to all these pupils who rowed very well and were placed well in their events. They were part of the largest ever ASRA contingent to race at the Schools Head of the River Race. 

Rugby

Well done to S3 pupil Charlotte H who was part of the Stirling County U16 Girls rugby side who beat Tayside at the weekend to progress into the semi final of the Scottish Rugby National Club Cup to be played at Murrayfield on 27th March. Well done Charlotte, a great achievement.