Senior Netball enjoyed another round of friendlies this week in their mini-series to increase match fitness. On Tuesday we played host to Mackie Academy and it was fantastic to have the 1st, 2nd and 3rd VII all participating. Mackie are strong opponents so these games were a good test for our players.
The planned P7, S1 and S2 matches against Albyn School sadly fell victim to the school closure on Tuesday afternoon. However we are delighted they have been rearranged for the first week back after the October holidays.
Lathallan School made the short trip north on Thursday afternoon for a fixture against our S4s. We gave a very strong performance with plenty of tries, tackling and passing the ball out wide. It was great to have this mid week fixture given there is no Saturday sport due to the holidays.
On Wednesday our Boys 1st XI team travelled to Edinburgh to face Boroughmuir High School in the first round of the Scottish Schools Cup. A dominant and controlled first half performance saw us take the lead with 3 goals before half time. However complacency and poor decision making saw us lose control of the game and concede in the second half but we held on for a deserved win in the end. Fettes await us in the next round of the Cup.
The following day it was the turn of the Junior Boys team who travelled to Glenalmond in their 1st round Scottish Schools Cup tie. Nerves and the long bus journey resulted in RGC finishing the first half a couple of goals down. However the half time team talk from Mr Deighton helped reset everyone’s minds and within 10 minutes of the restart RGC were back on parity with 2 excellent goals. Sadly after such a big effort, a little fatigue and complacency slipped in and Glenalmond regained the lead off a deflected rebound. However once again RGC rose and found a new level of skill and energy which resulted in us dominating the last 8 minutes of the game and scoring a well deserved equaliser. That took the game to penalty strokes but the exertions of the 2nd half and just a little inexperience resulted in us losing by 3 penalties to 1. Mr Stuart expressed how proud he and Mr Deighton were with how the boys carried themselves and represented the College on the day.
The annual House Golf competition made a welcome return after last year’s cancellation with the 4 House teams taking to the course at Deeside Golf Club. It was a beautiful afternoon and with golf of a standard ready to spark into life, little did the players realise how close it was going to be. They had to wait until the final putt was holed or missed. The hot favourites, Straloch, were pipped at the last by Blackfriars by a solitary shot with Sillerton 3rd and Collyhill a very creditable 4th. As Wallace & Gromit would say "It's a grand day out!" Well done to all the participants, the staff for allowing this event to take place and Deeside Golf Club for hosting us.