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Youth Section Reports - GHA Mini Tournament 2013

Report from the Annual Mini Tournament at Braidholm

28 May 2013




P7 Tournament Report

After winning at our last two Tournaments, the boys were looking to make it three in a row at GHA. Again with a Round Robin format, we had four games to play against GHK, Linlithgow, Ayr & the host GHA.  We did start the day a little slow and maybe expected things just to happen again but soon stepped up the level and for the rest of the afternoon really got back in to our stride. We are playing some great flowing rugby that has been commented on regularly and again yesterday by a couple of coaches and the young senior GHA players who were the referees.

This is a real credit to all the boys and it showed in all our games today. There were a couple of really hard fought wins in the sunshine at Braidholm and the determination was very evident there to see. The boys managed four wins and was a real team effort to overcome very good opponents and lift another trophy.

Unfortunately, Captain for the day Ben, sustained a small fracture to his collar bone but he still managed to lift the trophy – presented to him by British Lion Legend Sandy Carmichael.

We would like to thank GHA for a fantastic afternoon, very well organised and they even managed to book the sunshine again.  

Thanks again to all the wonderful support of all the P7 parents. The support you give the boys has been superb all season and for this we thank you.

We now look forward to S1 next season and our Tour to Bishops Stortford RFC next May.

P6 Tournament Report

On Sunday we found ourselves over at Braidholm, Glasgow, the home of GHA for their end of season tournament. For Pool B we found ourselves in with GHA Reds, Linlithgow and Ayr Pink. Under a dry, but cloudy morning, we began our first game, which was against Linlithgow. The players from Linlithgow got off to a good start and put us under pressure through some good running, however, we managed to stick to our game plan and not be phased by the Linlithgow runners. Slowly we turned the momentum with some quick rucking and managed to steal the ball through some good counter-rucking. The players started to get into their rhythm and putting in some good, well worked moves to come out winners 9 tries to nil.
Our second game was against Ayr Pink, who proved to have a more coherent defence. The match was held in the balance for a while, until we managed to score some quick tries, through some great, quick handling. From the start of the second half the players stepped up the heat in defence and started putting our training drills into action, by capitalising on some loose play from Ayr. By full time we found ourselves winners by 7 tries to nil.
Our last pool match was against GHA Reds, their development team. From the first whistle our players stuck to the game plan. Winning some good ball from counter rucking and sending it out wide for our wingers to run with it. The Reds stuck in well and didn't give too much away with some gritty running. However, focusing on our defence we managed to turn the ball over several times and come out comfortable winners, 10 tries to nil and go through as pool winners.
The final of the P6 tournament saw us up against the Pool A winners, who were GHA Greens. By this time the sun was really shining and it was turning out to be a good day. From a long wait the team re-focused and lined up against a good GHA team. GHA were not going to be beaten on their home turf and started the match being the sharper of the two teams. Some of their jinky runners posed a real threat to us and we seemed to find it hard to get back into our stride. However, the team put in some hard work to stay a few tries ahead at half time. I'm not sure what happened during the break but the players stepped up the pace in the second half. Tackling became clinical and our forwards put in some real work at the break-downs to allow us to create some fast passing moves to put in some quick scores. The GHA heads seem to be going down as our players stepped up our defence. In the end it was our better defensive play that got us the win and take the tournament 10 tries to 1. A good performance by both teams, gave us a great final to end the day.
A big thank you to GHA for providing a great tournament. A big well done to all the players, who showed some real grit and determination to stick to our training drills and play some really good quality rugby. It also put some smiles on all the parents and coaches faces - well done!

P3 Tournament Report

Sun factor 15 was needed this weekend as the team and travelling support enjoyed some hot weather and equally sizzling rugby!

We managed to bring together 9 players for the day accompanied by mums and dads and even a few grand dads for the trip through to Glasgow for games against GHA, Ayr and Linlithgow. Many thanks to Lynsey who helped keeping scores... we reckoned results and scorers were:

GHA Reds v Boroughmuir 6-5

Rory L- 3, Euan M-2

A nail biting opening match against the home team which was nip and tuck throughout. In attack we showed some great direct running and support play culminating in several scores. In
defence unfortunately we missed a few tackles (using only one hand) and lost our position when restarting. As a team I thought a lot of the movement and technique that we have worked on at training is really strating to show. Although a small loss the number of tries and team spirit meant they all had smiles on their faces as they came off.

Ayr Pink v Boroughmuir 1-6,

Calum-1,Ewan B-1,Euan M-4

Having had a good warm up in the first game the team were in full flight against Ayr.. as one spectator commented "They have come on so well as a team and are a real joy to watch!"

Boroughmuir v Linlithgow 3-9

Euan M-2, Calum-1

We had seen Linlithgow in the first match play very well so knew this would be a tough game for us. Although Linlithgow ran in a lot of tries which showed up our defensive weaknesses, missing tackles, bunching up round the ball at times and switching off at the restart, we still managed to rally well and responded with 3 tries ourselves again with terrific incisive running and support play. The team were terrific after the match agreeing although they lost they had still enjoyed the game.

The boys and Lily should be really proud of themselves a great day out, signs of real improvement in positioning, handling and direct running. A few things to work on for next year but then we have time for that and the introduction of contact will bring a big change to things. They are though I think ready for that!!

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