Ellon First XV finished 2018, and reached the Festive break, with a great win at home on Ladies Day.
Playing Hillfoots for the second time this season, they were looking at a double over the Midlands team. It was a close game previously, but Ellon took the lead and dominated this game.
Henry Cole scored first for Ellon with a Ross Grieg conversion. Hillfoots scored next before Grieg kicked a penalty to take the score to 10-5. Archie Andrade scored next followed by Nicki Fraser and then Lochlann Bridgeford, with Grieg slotting the extras for all three. Half time was 31-5. A slower second half as Ellon steadied the ship and focused on a strong defence. Cole scored again before Hillfoots sneaked another try. James Halmshaw scored a late final try and Grieg slotted the extras to finish the game 43-12 to Ellon. Full points including bonus points to Ellon sees them make 4th spot their own at the break. Next game is against second bottom, local derby team, Aberdeen Wanderers at Groats Road on 12th January. Hopefully the weather will be kind and keep the pitches dry, as they are notoriously wet that time of year.
Ellon Youth headed to Biggar to play the Shogun Conference team. Ellon U16 started the strongest after a long bus journey down, Ellon scored first after 17 minutes through Adam Fowlie and then converted by Ben Dickie. Biggar snapped a try back 5 minutes later, followed by a kicked penalty by Ben Dickie. This led to a half time score of 5-10 to Ellon.
Second half opened up a lot as both teams went harder into attack. However both sides also slipped a little in defence. Fraser Chalk scored first for Ellon then a try and conversion to Biggar. Dickie scored both the try and conversion before Biggar scored the next try. This try tit for tat continued as Ellon scored next with Adam Kinmond, replied by Biggar and then Lewis Duncan took the final score and Dickie converted to win the game 22 – 36.
A strong performance by Ellon, talking Biggar’s unbeaten home record and showing what the North East has to offer.
U15 against Biggar was a close game, with a few U14 being used for development. Both teams were even for the match, but Biggar sneaked a late try to win the game 19-12.
U13 played first Sunday and dominated the game from the start. Scoring multiple tries the final score was 15-40, which is outstanding when they only receive 3 points for a try.
This coming weekend Ellon U18 have a National Cup game against Hawick Youth down in the Borders. Playing Saturday at 14:00 on the 3G pitch, it should be a fast game.