(22.11.17) U13A Rugby v Belhaven
It was another tough day for the boys in navy blue (thank goodness for the reversible shirts) as we came up against a strong Belhaven side who found their form to win by twelve tries to nil, with seven conversions, on a dreich Dunbar day. Craigclowan often fought manfully to keep out the hosts’ attacks, but our tackling was unfortunately too frail to stop the runners in their tracks.
Every boy who took to the field made a pleasing contribution to the game and there was no lack of effort. When we were minded to put our hits in, or counter-ruck with intensity, we were rewarded. We would make yards thanks to very hard work around the fringes of the rucks, but a loose carry or spilled ball would undo our previous graft and return possession to Belhaven; always dangerous on the counter-attack.
It was a pleasure to see the boys keep playing to the final whistle. They were under the cosh, but kept going to the best of their ability. A coach can ask no more! I would like to make a special mention of Jamie C-M who played the game of his life as he carried the ball several times, making us precious yards and providing a solid platform. Well done!
There are other commendable efforts to mention after this fixture beyond the players. Well done to Mr Wilson from Belhaven for stepping in to referee at the last moment, to Mr Telfer for making the journey to support the boys, and finally, to Mrs Thompson for sitting so patiently at Kinross services for over an hour! Many thanks!
Under 11A Rugby v. Belhaven - On a very wet November afternoon, both teams took to the field ready for what is always a hard fought battle.
The boys have improved greatly over the past few weeks which has been lovely to see. The area which has most improved is their teamwork and the realisation that one man cannot win matches against a well organised opposition. Thankfully this area of improvement continued against Belhaven. The rucking was strong as was the support for the ball carrier. Both of these things put us in excellent attacking positions on the field from which we managed to capitalise most of the time. Belhaven continued to attack again and again but our defence was up to the challenge.
Special mention must go to Rafferty H. for a series of magnificent, low tackles on the biggest boy on the field.
After a superb performance by a group of boys brimming with enthusiasm and confidence, we came away comfortable winners. Belhaven should be congratulated on making it a fantastic spectacle of which the score did not really truly represent.
Well done boys! Let’s keep this going next week down in Melrose.
Final Score: Craigclowan – 7 Belhaven - 1
Under 9 Craigclowan v Belhaven
(22.11.17) This was a very entertaining game. Both teams had a real go at each other and tried to play good positive rugby, despite the atrocious conditions. Our handling and awareness of space was very pleasing when we were in possession. Our tackling could have been better and I hope the boys learn to commit themselves a little more strongly in the future. In the end, we won the game.
A big thank you to all the parents who came along to support the boys on a very wet and miserable day and also to the Kitchen staff for preparing a superb match tea afterwards.
Final Score (tries): Craigclowan 10 Belhaven 5
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