181125 Weekend Review

181125 Weekend Review

By Gareth D Kemp
26th November 2018
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Last weekend Ellon First XV had a bye in the league, while Ellon Youth played a set of home fixtures in the Lancer Conference against Mackie.


Mackie are top of the conference and gave Ellon a tough test.
U13 played with their usual exciting flair and determination. A close first half, but Ellon pulled away second half to win the game 30-16.
Ellon U14 struggled for a full team this weekend with the Scottish international on and players away for the weekend. However Mackie dropped their numbers to 13 also and both teams played a normal game. Mackie came out 4-25 winners.
U15 played a close game, just missing out by one try 22-29. With a stronger second half, if it had been 5 minutes longer Ellon would have probably won.
At U16 It was always going to be a tough game, against the league leaders with a strong physical squad. Ellon lost a Stand off Ewan Orus with a deadleg and Fin Hagen with a tight hamstring before the game. Josh Andrew was promoted from the u15 squad to play stand off and Lewis came of the bench to cover hooker as Archie Falconer moved back to eight.
Ellon started well, but the strong defence and physical attack from Mackie took effect after 5 minutes. Mackie scored 4 tries and 3 conversions in the first15 minutes. Ellon scored one back through Reese Melling. Mackie scored one more converted try before half time to make it 5-33. Scored flattered Mackie, but they were the dominant team.
Second half was very evenly matched. It was 12-19 to Mackie with two more tries to Reese Melling to make his hat trick, while Ben Dickie converted one try. Final score was 17-52.
At U18 Mackie couldn’t raise a team.
In the overall club v club Ellon sit second, while U18 are first, U16 and U15 second. Ellon play their last conference fixture this weekend against Deeside/Garioch combined, although the other teams still have two fixtures left.

Ellon First XV play away Grangemouth Stags on Saturday, who sit 1 place above Ellon.

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