This week marked the start of our Netball Scottish Cup fixtures with our 2nd VII team taking on the 1st VII team from Albyn School. Our girls worked incredibly hard against their strong opponents and there was some great netball on display from both sides. Congratulations to Albyn on their win and our 2nd VII girls are looking forward to their next group game, against our very own 1st VII, next Monday.
Our S3s had great fun in some friendly fixtures with Mackie Academy on Tuesday afternoon. Each quarter proved very close contests with both sides very equally matched. Good luck to all the girls in the rest of the season. S1 also enjoyed a friendly match against Mackie Academy this week with an excellent turnout of 18 pupils for RGC, with 5 first timers. Miss Duddy was delighted with how the girls played and believes there is endless potential in this year group.
Thanks to International School Aberdeen for hosting our Senior Football team in a friendly match on Thursday after school. It was a good opportunity for our squad members to get a run out before our next SISFA league fixture against High School of Dundee. A good performance from all.
Most of our teams took part in training sessions at Countesswells on Saturday morning with Mr Anderson running a fun House event for S2. A team of Collyhill/Sillerton took on the Blackfriars/Straloch side with the latter winning the match. The only fixture of the morning was for the 2nd XV who welcomed Ellon RFC to Countesswells. The teams drew in an exciting and breathless match against an Ellon side containing some very good players. There was some lovely attacking play and plenty of endeavour in patches but some poor decision making and missed tackles cost us a win in a game we really should have won. Thanks to those RGC boys who stepped up and played for Ellon.
P6, P7, S1 and S2 took on the early shift in their trip away to High School of Dundee on Saturday morning. The P6 Gordonians had a bit of a sleepy start but then turned things around to win their match. They worked really well as a team and made some great passes. RGC had many attempts at goal, but just played the ball a bit too wide at times to capitalise on their chances. It was so positive to see them getting into the D and having a good go nonetheless.
Four of our P5 girls were delighted to be part of the P6 Pelicans team who drew their match with Dundee. After having the hard job of being on last in the morning’s schedule, this motivated them even more to show everyone what they were made off. They listened to everything Miss Howie said and took it all on board. They kept their formation and did a fantastic job of tackling. The girls chased every ball down and made many attempts at goal. It was quite heavy rain by the time they were on the pitch, but this did not dampen their spirits. Great work from the Pelicans, Miss Howie was delighted with their performance.
This week’s focus for P7 Gordonians in training was on structure of play, utilising space and trusting each other. This certainly paid off in their win on Saturday and Mrs Roberts was absolutely delighted and so proud of the whole team’s ‘awesome’ performance. Goalie Erica made some fine saves in goal whilst the defenders were composed at the back and switched the ball with confidence and accuracy. The work rate of the girls in midfield was super, mixing up early release passes and sometimes driving strong towards the circle. Elated by their friends’ performance, the P7 Pelicans started off in exactly the same manner. Their structure was sound and they passed the ball around the back with confidence and fed lovely balls into a hardworking midfield. Chances were plentiful but the Dundee goalie made some great saves. However after 5 minutes, a well worked goal gave us the confidence to keep moving the ball and then we were on fire, winning by a strong margin. One of our girls had played in goal for the Gordonians and then scored three as an outfield player for the Pelicans showing great versatility.
S1A had possession for the majority of their game, however Dundee scored first on a break away goal which came from poor marking from us. The RGC girls then upped their game and scored a lovely equaliser with an excellent clinical finish. Unfortunately Dundee scored another one just before the half and then the second half was scoreless, ending in a win for the Dundee hosts. Despite this Miss Howie said there were lots of positives to take away from the match with some key areas to focus on at training. Well done to the girls for their hard work and sheer enthusiasm as always! With a big squad of 15 girls, the S1B team all made a great job of subbing on and off throughout their match, cheering from the side and giving it their all. They focused on their structure and playing the ball forward. The girls were very excited as for some it was their ever first away game. RGC lost the match however Miss Stephen was very proud of their efforts!
The S2A girls struggled in the first part of the match to get out of second gear resulting in being a goal down at half time. However they pulled their heads together and discussed what they had to do to be more successful in the second half, with the plan being to mark better and play away from the opponents. The girls fought till the end of the game but just couldn’t get that goal to get back into it. Mr Deighton was very impressed with the girls’ ability to adapt to him as a new coach with a different coaching style, and still be competitive. The S2B girls struggled with deteriorating conditions, and a lack of connections between midfield and the defence made playing out the back difficult, inviting a lot of Dundee pressure. After half time the girls fought to score their second goal and take the lead but the fatigue started and Dundee kept rolling their bench, leading to them scoring a second. This was a tough loss for the girls but there are lots of things for them to develop on in the future.
S3 secured a very strong win in their match with many chances created in both halves. It took a while before the shooting boots were put on but overall this game was a real confidence booster for the players. There is still plenty to work on trying to become a bit more polished in the overall playing of a game but a great win for S3.
As the great New Zealand band Crowded House sang morosely about four Seasons in one day, this was indeed the case at Countesswells and of course it was a long coat day. The 3rd XI girls had already lost to High School of Dundee in a recent encounter away from home and this time round the visitors again started well. RGC soaked up a good deal of pressure in the first 10 minutes and were rewarded with the first goal. This invigorated the players to up their game and take the match by the scruff of the neck with a high quality goal increasing the RGC lead. With the wind now in their sails we smashed in a corner and everyone was cock- a-hoop. Both teams contributed to a high quality game with many of our players putting in season best performances.
For both the 1st XI and 2XI there was marked improvement in their games since the last meeting with High School of Dundee at the start of October. Dundee won both these matches by a comfortable margin but this time around the RGC girls came out with the determination to show the visitors they were sides to be reckoned with. Dundee still edged the wins this time around but by a much reduced difference of just 1 goal each.
It was great to welcome George Watson’s College back to Countesswells on Saturday, our opponents for all four boys’ matches. The U14 boys were playing as a team for just the second time but despite their inexperience they put in a sterling performance, keeping a strong Watsons attack at bay. The players grew in confidence as the game progressed, managing to stave off a couple of rare Watsons attacks, and two quick RGC goals ensured a very satisfactory win in the first home match.
A very strong Watsons team came up to play our U15 side in a very competitive game. RGC defended resolutely with the midfield players made to work very hard with limited possession. Watsons dominated the early exchanges and it needed our outstanding goalie to keep them at bay. He made some excellent saves, including a penalty stroke just before half time. It was not all one way traffic, a better second half performance saw the RGC team create several good chances, but more composure in front of goal was required. The match finished in a goalless draw.
This first 2nd XI game of the season for the team was full of positives, with RGC dictating the tempo of the match for the majority of the first half. With a little more composure around the circle, goals could have come. Watsons came back into the match, testing our goalkeeper on a number of occasions. All the boys’ hard work and great play was undone by one piece of Watsons brilliance, a fine reverse stick shot left our goalkeeper with no chance. The game ended in a win to the visitors, but the score line was a very unfair reflection on a fantastic team performance.
Our 1st XI faced a strong and well organised George Watson’s team at home on Saturday. The boys started brightly and were rewarded with an early goal, the team having worked hard the last few weeks on short, sharp passing and movement off the ball. Watsons came back strong and took control of the rest of the half, taking the lead into half time. RGC responded well and looked more assured on the ball after the break, scoring two more well worked goals. A great match overall and a win for Watsons.
Team of the Week
This week the award goes to both our P7 Gordonians and Pelicans Girls Hockey teams. They bounced back with a great performance to beat Dundee High School, playing with a new system and different game plan that they had been working on in training. Coach Mrs Roberts was full of pride and emotion at the girls’ efforts. Well done everyone.
For a full breakdown of this week’s results, please click here.
Sporting Achievements out with RGC
Several of our senior pupils have been selected to be part of the Scottish Hockey Emerging BRAVE Academy, taking them on the pathway to performance sport. Congratulations go to S4 pupils Charlie H, Lewis M, Calum B, Kate D, Emma C and to Morven B in S3. In addition we have four other senior pupils who have been selected for the Aspiring BRAVE Academy: S6 pupils Tommaso G, Louis R and Ailsa P along with Anna W in S4. Huge congratulations to all these pupils on this fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Niamh R and Anna D who recently competed at the Southampton Invitational Diving Competition. Both girls gave great performances with Niamh winning gold on the 3m Platform. Congratulations to both girls, especially Anna who made her debut in this competition.
Over the weekend S3 pupil Victoria M represented Team Scotland in Gymnastics at the Bronze Classic Challenge Champs in Surrey. Victoria, who was competing for Scotland for the first time, was part of the team who took overall 1st place. Individually she was 15th out of 80 gymnasts in GB, 11th on Vault and 13th on Floor. Very well done Victoria.