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181104 - Weekend Review Big wins for Ellon Rugby

By Gareth D Kemp

Last weekend Ellon Rugby First XV secured their biggest win of the season so far

Home against Alloa in the second half of the season, Ellon wanted to prove a point after just missing out in the away game at the start of the season.
Starting with an early score to Ellon in the first minute really boosted the players, who had been on the receiving end of an early try for a few games now. Brad Fraser went over early followed by Elis Swainston 6 minutes later. Bonus point try came after 17 minutes from Eddie Holland, just after James Halmshaw went over. Alloa rallied for a couple of minutes and scored a converted try, but Ben Shirron went over near the end of the half. Along with 3 conversion by Shirron, Ellon scored 6 first half tries. Second half Ellon continued to pressure Alloa, scoring 4 tries through, Swainston, Jamie Duncan, Fraser and Shirron, with 3 conversions to Ross Grieg. Alloa managed a decent spell as Ellon took the foot of the peddle for a period, scoring 4 tries to get a bonus losing point. Final score was 60-33 to Ellon, in a game that showed Ellon really do fit well in Caledonia 1. Moving to 4th at the international break, it is a position they will consolidate and look to maintaining the second half of the season. Something they certainly can do with this young developing squad.
Next game is a cup game and is on 17th November, away to a team Ellon haven't played before. Blairgowrie sit top of Midlands 2 and will be a tough opposition, having dispatched Mackie in the previous round.

Meanwhile Youth rugby continued with fixtures last weekend away against Granite City, who are made up of all Aberdeen City club players. U18 started the fixtures on Saturday with a fantastic game. End to end rugby with both teams playing physical attacking rugby, Ellon were looking for revenge for their only defeat of the season so far. With the end of game approaching, Granite City scored a well worked try and conversion to take the lead. However the referee played on and from the next kick off Granite City went through the phases looking to close the game out. Ellon pressured and from that pressure Granite City looked to pass wide rather than kick the ball out. The pass was a long one and Ellon’s Kieran Cornfield, back after being injured for a while, intercepted and ran in under the posts. The conversion won the game for Ellon 26-28! That win puts Ellon and Granite City joint first in the league!
Sunday saw another cracking game, but for the U16. This was a 79 point game, won by 1 point! Granite City scored first on 10 minutes but Ellon replied with two tries from Stevie Gray and Reese Melling and a conversion to Ben Dickie. There was then an exchange of tries between both teams (Daniel Gillie for Ellon) for the half to finish 19-19. Second half Ellon scored first through Finlay Hagen, and then Gillies again, Ellon and Granite City exchanged tries again, with Ben Dickie scoring. On 60 minutes, Ellon had the lead 31-34 and received a penalty. Decision was to kick for 3 points (which was the correct decision), making it 31-37. However Ellon U16 were guilty of what Granite City U18 did the previous day. Rather than see the game out, a stray pass in their 22 saw Granite city get the ball and score a converted try in the last minute to win 38-37.
At U15 and U14 Ellon were short of players due to it being a Boys Brigade Presentation and a sickness bug. Both games went ahead, but the second half of the U15 game became a development game as was the whole of the U14. Recorded as wins for Granite City. U13 continued their great season with a 28-10 win.

Wednesday saw the second of three games in a week for Ellon U16. Playing under lights in Banchory, against a strong Deeside team, Ellon were short of backs with Adam Fowlie and Kai Taylor out. In a fairly even match, Deeside found the edge at the breakdown where they turned the ball over and made it extremely hard work for Ellon. This was a National Cup qualifier as well as a League game. Deeside won the game 29-7 however the score didn’t show Ellon determination and effort levels.

This weekend the Youth head to Dundee for a full round of fixtures on the Sunday.

Updated 09:58 - 8 Nov 2018 by Gareth D Kemp

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