Hot off the camera midway for the younger teams, with reports and results for all below!
Up against a much larger opposition the boys started timidly, running half heartedly, missing tackles, rucking ineffectually and not putting pressure on Cargilfield. However, much to the annoyance of the Cargilfield coach our rucking much improved through the match and we tucked them off. We must be more willing to get our hands on the loose ball and attack space and where the defence is weak rather than always taking contact! An improved performance on last week and with a half term coming to rest up I look forward to an increase in intensity at the next match! Well done Colts! (Mr Knock)
Ardvreck Under 9’s played two home matches against Cargilfield on Wednesday 18th October. Our first team tackled really well. Sadly, we often lost possession due to Cargilfields superior rucking. Struan M scored an excellent try. Sadly that was not enough and we lost eight tries to one. In the second match we tended to clump together which meant we were unable to pass the ball down the line effectively but we scored three tries. We lost our second match 3 tries to eight. (Mr Gibson)
U13 girls headed to Cargilfield yesterday for a 6 aside game! On arrival we practiced some short corners before winning the toss for first centre pass. The girls started very well managing to get the ball wide, and up into the D relatively quickly. We had a few strikes at goal but could not put any away. After more hard work the girls managed to score a great goal from Abi C. Unfortunately, Cargilfield brought on a fantastic striker who scored two goals. The half time score was 2-1 to Cargilfield. The girls were still very positive and went back on with their heads high. Cargilfield scored another 5 goals, 4 from the one striker! Isla managed to save some amazing goals and really impressed everyone. Well done for a very well played game with lots of team work and determination. Very well done girls! (Miss Beamish)
The girls played so much better than the score portrays. We had possession of the ball for the majority of the time, but were unable to get it up to the D for a goal. We often won the ball but were not successful in getting the ball down towards their goal. Connie our goal keeper did a fantastic job in saving goals, especially when her vision was often blocked. Tally in defence did a great job of getting on to the ball and proving a formidably barrier but often had the impossible job of trying to defend too many players. Willa our captain along with Daisy, Fenella and Kristina gave the game all they had, but need to work on team structure to work more efficiently together. I have no doubt they will soon be the team to be reckoned with. Captain was Willa G and Man of the Match: Daisy M. Score 0-7. (Mrs Erdal)
Sitting in the Edinburgh traffic for 30 minutes on our approach to Cargilfield helped to further coil the springs of the Ardvreck 1st XIII, hungry to build on their highly successful season so far with a defeat of the Edinburgh school. After a very quick change, warm-up and team talk, the game began with a kick-off from the home team. Robbie G was unfortunate to take a knock to the head early on and, possibly in some effort to avenge his early departure from the field, Ardvreck hit them hard with well-worked moves in the back line, solid rucking and more hard tackling from every member of the team. First half tries from Curtis M, Finn S, Will F (2), Seb S and Elliot M demonstrated the dominance of the Ardvreck team up to this point. Cargilfield came back fighting after halftime, scoring a good try after sustained pressure from their forwards. The game then looked even for a while with the home side threatening the Ardvreck try line on several occasions but the visitors were able to repel each advance with excellent tackling from every boy. The tries eventually came again, this time from Harris P and team captain Cosmo G. Will F didn’t miss a single conversion so the match finished 56 – 7 to Ardvreck. For some wonderful running lines, solid tackling and silky-smooth handling Finn S was awarded man of the match. Well done boys and thank you to Cargilfield for excellent hospitality and a very enjoyable afternoon. (Mr Robertson)
On Wednesday the 18th of October the Colts B was up against Cargilfield for their last match before half term. Much like last week we had to play a 6v6 due to a lack of numbers. The boys started off slowly letting a few tries in, but thanks to some great work from Dougal J and William P we managed to score a couple of tries. The end score was 10 tries to 2 in favour of Cargilfield. Hopefully after half term we can turn it around and begin the winning streak till the end of the term. (Mr Summers)
The 2nds rugby team were away to Cargilfield, obstructed by Edinburgh traffic, we arrived late and were not able to complete our warm up routine. We were rushed onto the field and lined up facing the Goliaths Cargilfield had assembled to take us on. Our first 10min was not vintage Ardvreck rugby but we began to find our rhythm and link up play. We finished the first half very strong. Second half was a runaway, our defence was so solid that the Cargilfield players were instantly ‘felled’ as soon as they got their hands on the ball. Ardvreck were relentless and did not miss a single tackle the entire game. Attack wise we went into over-drive and ran in try after try. Every player gave it their all; Raphe P had a brilliant match; Jamie L scored a hat trick; Thomas P was again playing out of his skin. We were not far into the second half when the ref decided to blow the final whistle and we left the field 8 tries to 0 the victor (52-0). The best example of a solid defence line you will see. Ardvreck were impenetrable on the day. The mighty 2nds march on. Well done team!