We had a full set of fixtures against George Watson’s College on Saturday morning. Well done to the P7B team who won a round robin against two of the Watson’s teams. The S2B team drew their match in a tense game which coach Mr Buckley said was fantastic to watch. Despite losses in the other games there was still much to be positive about. The 1st XV boys adapted well at half time and managed to keep the second half score line much tighter. Their hard work and dedication to training showed in the second half. Meanwhile the 2nd XV had a great match and showed much improved structure and tactical awareness as well as playing with a lot of passion. Well done to all our teams against some very tough competition.
S3A Girls Scottish Cup got underway midweek against St Columba’s from Kilmacolm. Unfortunately RGC lost the match but created some good chances including some corners, converting two of them into goals. The girls thought they had scored the equaliser right at the end but it was unlucky to just skim past the post. The team now moves in to the Scottish Plate competition.
Saturday morning brought better news despite the appalling wet conditions. There was a win for the 1st XI and a draw for the S3Bs against Aberdeen Grammar School as well as wins for S3A and S1A/B mix against Cults Academy. Well done also to the S2, P6 and P7 girls who turned up in the torrential rain for their early training slot at Countesswells.
RGC welcomed new opposition Balerno High School to Countesswells on Saturday morning and we thank them for coming to Aberdeen. The match was even in the first half with Balerno defending well and their keeper earning man of the match. In the second half the boys’ general play was much better and they capitalised on good chances in front of goal, the match ending in a comfortable win for RGC.
It was a great start to the Netball season during the week with wins for both the Senior A and Junior teams against Ellon Academy. The Senior A game was a well fought match where both teams showed excellent skill and determination. The girls show great potential for the season ahead. There is lots to work on, but there is a real determination to improve and learn how to play well as a unit. Player of the match went to Josie S (WA) for her speed and agility around the court as well as her accurate and quick feeds into the circle. Well done to our S4 girls Ailsa P (GK) and Ellie R (WA) on their first senior caps and excellent debuts.
Miss Ellis was very proud of her Juniors team on Thursday in their win over Ellon Academy. The squad coped amazingly well in their ability to work cohesively as a team and transition the ball up the court when so many of the squad had never played together before. There were several new S3 players and S2 girls who stepped up to hold their own at this level. It was great to be able to gain confidence in a team that can withstand several rotations of players so that legs remain fresh and the opposition cannot get too familiar with one style of play. Player of the match went to GS Daniella who actively put into action tactical manoeuvres discussed and practiced during training.
The netball coaches wished Miss Sally Carns good bye and good luck in her new job in London to work for one of the netball Superleague teams, London Pulse. Miss Carns has been helping coach our teams since the start of term and although only with us a short time, has made a valued contribution to netball at RGC.
RGC Badminton players have been competing in the Aberdeenshire Secondary Singles league over the past three weekends. In the girls we were 3rd in the U16 and 2nd in the U19s. In the boys one pupil was 2nd in the U19s, we had 3 players in the top 5 U14s boys and 3 players in the top 8 U16s. This includes Kalyan K who was the U16 champion.
The pupils were a couple of close matches away from taking the overall cup from Mackie Academy, who have won it 15 years in a row.
This year was the second year that the College has entered the Scottish Schools Biathlon Championships and once again there were some fantastic results both in individual and team competition. The number of pupils who train with the Monday running club and Wednesday swimming club has increased, so it was no surprise that we entered the largest number of Biathletes, at this Championship, out of all schools in Scotland. Fifty three athletes from RGC took part in this event last Sunday at ASV with too many gold, silver and bronze medals to count. What a fantastic achievement. Overall RGC managed to win all of the team events in the Under 9 to Under 12 categories with a personal best time in the pool and on the track for Ellis R (P7) who won a gold medal. 15 of our athletes out of the 53 who entered have automatically qualified to take part in the British Schools Biathlon Championships in England in 2020. There may be even more pupils who qualify for this event once Pentathlon GB have finalised the top 150 athletes in each age group.
This was another superb series of results in a National Biathlon event. Well done to everyone who took part.
There was a good set of results from RGC at Braehead during the week in the 2019 SSSA Indoor Slopestyle Champs:
Individual secondary ski: Lewis B 3rd and Evan S 18th
Primary schools team event: RGC 1st
Primary ski individuals: Jamie D 2nd and Bailey B 3rd
Team of the Week
The U16 and U19 Badminton Teams who came 2nd and 3rd in the Aberdeen Singles Competition.