Our Summer Term co-curricular clubs in Athletics, Tennis, Cricket and Rugby Skills got underway from the first day back at school and we have been delighted to see such a large uptake, especially by pupils in the Junior School. There was also an excellent turnout on Saturday morning for Athletics, Tennis and Cricket.
The 1st XI had a busy and very successful week back on the field, winning all 3 of their matches. On Wednesday afternoon they had a great first outing playing against a strong Forty Club who posted 198 off 30 overs. Excellent batting from Adi H (50 n.o), Joe H (50 n.o) and Andrew Mc (50 n.o) meant that RGC successfully chased down their total with 3 balls to face. The late afternoon haar hindered the team fielding second but overall this was a great start to the season.
On Thursday the 1st XI travelled down to High School of Dundee with the home side batting first and scoring 127 runs. Our fielding could have been better and our bowling more accurate but Rudra C did however bowl well and took 2 wickets. We chased down the total in 14 overs with an excellent 69 n.o. from Adi H and 39 n.o from Andrew Mc.
On Saturday morning, we welcomed Dollar Academy to Countesswells to play our 1st XI and S3/4 boys & girls. It was an early start for the P6 - S2 boys & girls who travelled down to Dollar. P7 was split into two equal ability groups but sadly lost both their matches; on Pitch 1 they lost by 10 runs and on Pitch 2 by 21 runs. However on both pitches we saw incredible batting, bowling and fielding. The difference in the game was decision making of when to run as we gave a lot of run outs. Overall the pupils had a very positive morning and they behaved, acted and played very well. Nicol M was given Player of the Day by the Dollar Staff
S1 had a cracking game in (eventually) lovely weather. Six RGC pupils played their very first game of Cricket and AnnaB S got a wicket with her 3rd ever ball! We scored 46 runs and Dollar scored 55. Aayush S led from the front with bat and ball encouraging and helping his team throughout.
The S2 team was eager and happy to finally have a proper cricket season and they got going very quickly. Winning the toss, capt Rudra C opted to have the team bat first - finishing on 136 after 20 overs. An outstanding bowling performance and a couple of simply sublime diving catches in the field made it difficult for Dollar to get out of the blocks and chase our score, resulting in a convincing RGC win. This was a great team performance all round.
Continuing with their good form, the 1st XI held the fort making it 3 wins from 3 in the week. Dollar batted first and scored 124 runs and we chased it down with 4 balls to spare. The boys gave a great team performance with the great partnership between Joseph H and Shaunak B guiding the team home.
Scottish National Schools Aquathlon Championship
A team of pupils from the Senior School entered the Scottish National Schools Aquathlon Championship in Glenrothes, Fife last Friday. The event involved competitors completing a swim followed by a run in the following format:
S1/2 = 250m swim, 2km run
S3/4 = 400m swim, 3km run
S5/6 = 500m swim, 4km run
Mixed Team Relay: 200m swim and 1km run per athlete in a S1-3 Boy, S1-3 Girl, S1-6 Boy, S1-6 Girl format
RGC entered one of the largest teams of athletes at the event with 23 pupils taking part! Each one of our athletes represented the College with distinction.
The boys S5/6 team came home with some strong results in the individual competition. William K (S5) had a really strong swim section and came back in 5th place with Louis K (S6) in 7th and Matthew B (S6) in 13th position. Callum G (S3) in the S3/4 Boys competition showed real speed in the pool and finished in 6th place overall. Finally, a special mention to Fraser M (S2) who volunteered to step in at the last minute to replace one of our exhausted athletes in the team relay. Both relay teams did very well to finish in 15th and 21st positions. The whole event was a fabulous day all round in terms of the weather, race quality and experience gained. Many of our athletes raced in a category in which they can still compete next year, so the future is looking very exciting. Well done to all our pupils who took part.
Team of the Week
The first TOTW for this term is the Cricket 1st XI who have had a great start to the term with wins against The Forty Club, High School of Dundee and Dollar Academy. There were standout performances from Adi H, Andrew Mc and Joe H. Unfortunately, they will not be able to come in at break time on Tuesday to meet with Mr Macpherson in the Governor's Room due to being on study leave, but instead the S2 Cricket Team will be invited up to collect the snacks on their behalf. S2 also had a great day on Saturday down at Dollar, not only with a convincing win but a great display of sportsmanship throughout the match. Well done to Mr Horne and his boys (1st XI) and Miss Duddy and her S2 side.
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