The freezing temperatures returned this week which proved challenging for our Sport programme. We accommodated our outdoor co-curricular clubs inside at Countesswells where possible but unfortunately a small number fell victim to the conditions. It was a good week for Netball with fixtures going ahead and our S1 & S2 rugby players made the trip to St Andrews to play St Leonard’s School. Sadly all Saturday Hockey was cancelled along with the remainder of our Rugby fixtures including the U16 & U18 Caley Cup fixtures as pitches were unplayable. The milder conditions are returning though so we will be back to full strength next week.

Netball

Our S1-3 Junior A team had a great win on Monday in their Scottish Cup match against Mackie Academy. The game started off with a challenging 1st and 2nd quarter, but then the team found their rhythm and started to play some excellent Netball. They are working hard on the best passing options and their communication. All the girls took to the court and worked hard. Player of the match was Tammy for her fantastic movement in GS and great rebounds. A shout out also to defence players Megan, Lexie and Shawna who were very solid and turned over a lot of ball.

The 1st VII have progressed to the final 16 of the Scottish Cup after an impressive run of performances and a win against Lathallan on Thursday. They are waiting to hear if they will play either Kirkwall Grammar School or Anderson High School. The fixture is an away from home tie so a little adventure to either the Orkney or Shetland Islands is on the horizon. This is likely to be played the first week back after the midterm break. Mrs Hardie would like to give special mention to team captain Kirsty D who has shown exceptional leadership throughout the season. 

On Saturday team Netball had a great away day to Strathallan with 37 pupils from Senior School out representing RGC. All pupils worked so hard and had a fun time playing their matches. The senior players did a super job of leading the junior teams. Miss Stephen was a very proud Head of Netball as she watched the girls mixing and supporting each other from all year groups who had never met before. They played some great Netball and really pushed each other on which improved their game play.

Rugby

S1 and S2 Rugby travelled to St Leonard’s School in St Andrews but sadly the remaining fixtures and training sessions had to be cancelled as the ground home and away was unplayable. The teams in St Andrews played touch rugby due to the frozen conditions. The emphasis was on quick passing of the ball and accurate kicks to touch. The players adapted to the game quite quickly and overall it was a good learning experience, especially when it came to communication and listening to each other.

Team of the Week

This week’s TOTW is S3B Netball who have had some tough fixtures in the Aberdeen League and Scottish Cup where they have been drawn against A teams. The team played really well on Saturday against Strathallan and won their match. Miss Stephen is delighted to see how hard they have worked this year.

Sporting Achievements Outside School

Congratulations to the following pupils on their achievements in sport outside school:

  • Ava B in S4 (U17) and Zara P in S3 (U15) who were part of the Aberdeen performance squads who played a great contest against Arbroath Netball on Friday. 

  • Abbie H (S3) and Lexie L (S2) and the who competed as part of the Aberdeen District Development squad in the Sirens Netball Development District Tournament in Edinburgh against 8 other districts. 

  • Joe R (S5) and Ross B (S6) who have both been selected to be part of the Glasgow Warriors U18 Training Squad. 

  • Charlotte H (S4) who has been selected to represent Caledonia Midland U16s Rugby. 

  • Morven B (S4) who has been selected as part of the Scotland Emerging Girls Hockey Squad and will tour with them at Easter and in the Summer.

Well done to all these pupils on their achievements and we can wait to hear how they get on in the coming weeks.

Sport Update: Week ending 22 January