On Wednesday afternoon the S3s trained at Countesswells after school then travelled to Deeside RFC. We came home with our tails between our legs having been resoundingly beaten by a better side. Whilst accommodating off the pitch with excellent facilities and post match food, on the pitch, our opponents gave us no opportunity to put a footprint on the game. We couldn't cope with their big ball carriers and we threw away possession far too easily, failing to build any phases in attack. However, we did manage to finish the game strongly when we put together a decent team try to end the game. The most pleasing thing was after the game when a collective will emerged to improve on the performance significantly for the remainder of the season.
On Saturday morning our P6 boys enjoyed their first away fixture which took them to High School of Dundee. It was a successful trip with all the boys enjoying plenty of game time against a competitive Dundee team. There were some outstanding tackles and solo runs and lots of learning to take forward. It was also a busy day for the P7s where we fielded 26 players across two teams to accompany P6 to Dundee. The sides were evenly matched and both showed attacking intent and the ability to pass the ball wide, in phases. Individuals continue to gain confidence in defence and more effective tackles are being made.
S1 Rugby were at Countesswells for a training session meanwhile S2 were at home to Glenalmond College in a really good game between well matched teams. In difficult conditions we moved the ball and attacked well with width and go forward. The difference, and really pleasing observation, was our work rate and organisation in defence. Good lines, good speed and committed tackling contributed to a solid win for RGC.
S3 started tentatively in their match away at Glenalmond but slowly grew into the game by increasing physicality and accuracy at the breakdown. As the game progressed we grew in confidence and having conceded a try early on, we scored a couple of fantastic team tries with the ball going through many hands, offloading and attacking space. A much improved performance following the disappointment of our midweek fixture, and well earned win for the team.
U16s started their game away to Glenalmond extremely fast and were well ahead at half time. We fronted up when we needed to and showed glimpses of brilliance with our game shape and desire to play some high quality rugby. Overall this was a good day at the office with a strong win for RGC.
The 1st XV came second best to a determined Glenalmond side. In poor conditions RGC struggled to get any meaningful go forwards, and struggled to keep possession for any prolonged periods of time. With the game at a stalemate at 27-26 to the visitors, a lack of blindside defence allowed Glenalmond to walk the last score of the game in and take the win.
It was an exciting morning for P6 & P7 who played in their first fixtures of the season. These were against Morrison’s Academy at home. Our P6 girls played a mixed P6/7 opposition which was a challenge given the visitors had one very dominant player. However they rose to the occasion and loved the experience despite losing the match. Mrs Roberts reported that the P7s were ‘awesome’ on Saturday, having been split into two mixed ability teams. They passed the ball beautifully across the pitch, releasing early balls to their forwards and were disciplined on their positions. Each team won their match and Mrs Roberts was delighted to see how much potential they have.
A work-person like performance, some opportunistic finishing and some excellent defending saw our S1s come out on top away against Morrison’s. Player of the Match went to Ines. Accompanying them to Crieff, our S2A team won their hard fought game with the winning goal coming in the second half. The opposition GK kept the score down to just one goal with some wonderful saves. The RGC girls showed some great passing moves and passages of play and it was a good performance and start to the season.
S3 worked very hard in their game with some great chances saved by a fantastic Morrison’s goal keeper. We managed to win some corners and will keep working on our outcomes. A good day out for our first competitive game of the season, ending in a goalless draw. Player of the Match was Sophie S for her excellent defence.
What a great start to the game for the 2nd XI with a 2-0 lead at half time, where we showed some glimpses of good play but lacked a little composure. This was put right in the second half with 3 more goals and a noticeable improvement all over the pitch in the amount of controlled possession. RGC showed some great attacking flair with strong, dynamic dribbling and some expansive passing which allowed us to capitalise in front of the goal. A great squad performance, with some real positives to take forward into the rest of the season.
The 1st XI match was a game of two halves with RGC having the better of the first and Morrison’s taking the better of the second. RGC went into halftime 2-0 up having played some composed and controlled hockey; there were plenty of chances to add to this tally but the composure in front of goal is something to develop. The second half saw a slow start from RGC with Morrison’s capitalising on some errors, but the girls stepped up straight away and were unlucky not to add to the 2 goals from the first half. A great start to the competitive season, with lots of pitch time for all the girls and some great individual, as well as pleasing team performances.
Sadly all our boys fixtures against Stewart’s Melville College were cancelled so we played some internal matches at Countesswells instead.
The girls enjoyed a full programme of Netball training and match play across all P6-S6 age ranges on Saturday morning.
Team of the Week
Well done to S2A Girls Hockey who are this week’s TOTW following their determined win against Morrison’s on Saturday.
Sports Achievements from Outside School
Congratulations to Daisy C in S4 who recently won the Scottish U18 Women's Slalom Dry Mat Championship at Hillend In Edinburgh.