“Disapointing results from the Mackie games this weekend. Especially the U18 game where we should concentrated on the rugby rather than get drawn in and distracted. Still penty to play for in the Caley Cup. ”
Gareth Kemp, Director of Rugby
No game for First XV this weekend, but the team trained Saturday lunchtime as an open session to let the youth and Junior players and coaches come down and observe. Some of the players also joined in the Junior and Youth training, assisting the coaches. Good numbers trained as they prepared for Saturdays big game in Banchory against Deeside.
No games for the juniors, but the Youth Section used this weekend to mop up games that had be postponed due to weather. It completed the Red Conference for the club, with U13 playing Deeside Wanderers, U14 and U15 playing Mackie on Sunday, while the U18 played Mackie on Saturday.
U18 played in what is always a big local derby. Under pressure to win and await results from Perthshire to see if they could make the National Cup by finishing in the top three, it was going to be a tough game with two players unable to get away from work, Ross Grieg being selected and playing for Aberdeenshire Seconds, and a late call off from the scrum half. Still Ellon should have had the team to beat Mackie, who had not won all season. Playing in good conditions at Redcloak, the game was scrappy form the start, with some bizarre decisions for both teams not helping the flow of the game. Things spilled over when a strong tackle by an Ellon back was deemed illegal and the player given a red card. Things spilled over with frustration and continued for the remainder of the game. With Mackie taking a 19 – 7 lead, Ellon drew a try back to 19-14, before a yellow card saw them down to 13 men for the last 10, where Mackie managed to score a late try to win 26 14. This ends Ellon’s hopes of National Cup, but they still have a full Caledonia Cup to play in.
U14 and U15 also played Mackie on the Sunday, with both teams coming out on the wrong end of the score card. Both good games to watch with Ellon developing the aspects of their training sessions.
U13 played in Aberdeen against Deeside Wanderers, a combined team of Deeside and Aberdeen Wanderers. Being dominant in the scrum and out wide, they lost the game with some lacklustre tackling. An area for the whole team to work on over the second half of the season.
Next week there will be a full review of Ellon Rugby in the Red Conference as the final results come in from other games.
Saturday Ellon First XV play Deeside away with a 14:00 KO, while Sunday sees the Youth Section take on a combined Moray/Huntly team at U13, U14, a combined U15/16 and at U15 Girls.
Updated 15:45 - 9 Jan 2017 by Matt Pearce