The service men are notorious for being very hard to beat at home in Lossiemouth and Ellon went there with no illusions that this would be a tough game.
Ellon took an early lead with a penalty taken by Ali Addy, which was followed up with a Ben Shirron try on the wing, converted by Addy. This gave Ellon a 0-10 lead after 15 minutes. Within 3 minutes the RAF scored a penalty and added an unconverted try on the half hour. 8-10. They followed up with another try as Ellon tried to hold out against huge pressure. This was converted for a half time of 15-10. The second half was just as strong, but both defences did well to hold the opposition out. A Addy added another penalty to make it 15-13. With only 3 minutes left and Ellon looking like they might go home with only a losing bonus point, Douglas Sharp, drove over out wide to score making it 15-18 to Ellon, with Ellon taking the win and RAF Lossiemouth the bonus losing point. Results at Aberdeen Grammar Second went Ellons way as Garioch missed out. However Moray beat Mackie, and their double header win the previous week against Shetland, meant Moray remain top by two points, with Ellon having a game in hand.
This Saturday is the big game and possible league decider as Ellon host Moray at the Meadows. Ellon are looking for a big crowd to cheer them on with a 15:00 KO.
Also last weekend Ellon U16, with a few U15 players, took a break from their exam study’s, went on tour South. Heading to Newcastle first to play Percy Park, one of the coaches old teams. It started well with Ellon taking the lead, but Percy Park soon got into the game after about 25 minutes. Ellon got a penalty converted by Caleb Jack and then Daniel Brown scored a converted try. Percy got one back to make it 5-10 to Ellon. Percy Park stretched their lead with three second half tries, before Jack Duncan scored to make the final score 24-15 to Percy Park.
A great game played in the manor a tour game should be. Fun and games in the club house made it even better! Also one of the Ellon coaches, 18 year old Ryan Notton, played 20 mins for a touring team that had come up from the south to play Percy Park also. They were short of numbers due to an injury so he jumped in to help out!
The next day Ellon U16 headed back over the border to Hawick to play a tough game against unbeaten Hawick U16. It was a long weekend but Ellon fought hard against some really tough opposition. Reese Melling managed a score for Ellon in the second half, but Hawick ran away with the game 62-5. Again, great hospitality from the opposition after the game.
Ellon Rugby would like to thank Ellon Physiotherapy and GDH Development for their sponsorship.
Sunday also saw Grampian Girls U15 (of which a number of Ellon Girls play in) take on Caithness in the Caley Cup. Final score was Grampian Girls 22 Caithness 59
Grampian Girls joined together playing at Huntly in the quarter final of the Girls Club Cup. Grampian opened well and scored two tries through Jenna and Aicha. But Caithness have tested themselves against some strong teams and used that experience to re-group and they soon got into their stride. The first half finished with Caithness in the lead, but not out of sight at 10-22. Caithness started stronger the second half and scored some great tries to go on and win the game 22-59, despite two late tries by Grampian Girls.
Coming up this weekend there is no youth rugby as the teams prepare for 7s and the Caley Cup finals day. However it is the big Caley 2N top two teams playing at the Meadows. Head down to the meadows for 14:30, grab a burger and watch a great game of rugby as Ellon look to go top with four to play.
Updated 02:16 - 10 Apr 2018 by Gareth D Kemp