Boroughmuir S1 - 14 : 6 Gala RT S1 (18 : 14 - after Development Period)
The visit of Gala RT saw a very close & competitive game down on the back pitches at Meggetland. Muir started off the stronger in the first period and had the most of the territory but Gala tackled well and made it very difficult for Muir to get over the line. The commitment from both teams was very high and the breakdowns were very well contested all game. Muir were first to break the deadlock and Muir could have scored a couple of more tries if a final pass had gone to hand and the first period with finished with Muir leading by 3 tries to 1. (11 - 3)
The second period started with a 5 minute unexpected hail storm that passed over to bring out the sunshine again. Both teams continued to tackle hard and again was a very close affair with both teams only managing to get over each other's line the once. (14 - 6)
The Development Period saw Muir make a few positional changes and Gala were the first to get a try in the final period. The next score would be vital and Muir managed to turnover ball just inside the Gala half to recycle and break away to score under the posts. Gala replied with the final try almost on full time again scored by one of their fast backs to run in from over half way line before the referee brought to the end a very entertaining game of rugby.(18 - 14)
Credit to both teams for the way they played the game and a big thanks to both sets of supporters who were treated to some great rugby all game.
Boroughmuir P7 Mini Rugby: Marr Tournament - Match Report
Sunday saw a cold but bright and sunny day over at Troon for the Marr Tournament. First up was GHA. A good first game with some good interplay and movement resulting in tries from Josh, Callum and Rory. Result; 3-0 win for Muir.
Game 2 drew us with our old nemesis, Stirling County. A hard game with some crunching tackles from both teams. This game could have gone either way but Stirling managed to get the breakthrough and score a try. A gutsy performance from all the team and Stirling knew they were in a game, even though they were a lot bigger than us! Result 1-0 win for Stirling.
Game 3 saw us against Ayr Black, and the team set about passing and tackling trying to wipe out the earlier defeat. Another close game that saw good pressure and support play resulting in a try for Stuart. However a lack of concentration late in the game allowed Ayr to equalise. This was a game we should have won. Result 1-1
Game 4 was Ayr Pink. Great support play and some fast running resulted in tries by Stuart, Callum and Rory. Ayr did manage to score 2 tries but the team were determined not to let this Ayr team get any points and the tackles went in. Shug (Olivia) was making her tournament debut and got right in there, resulting in a bloody nose! Result 3-2 win.
Two games back to back started with Dalziel. A big team in many ways and they used their big guys to drive in a couple of tries. An interesting site was Akira attempting to stop someone almost 3 times as big getting over the line was a joy to behold! Although they were big, they couldn't cope with our speed. The team realised this and so made sure the quick ball got out to the wings were Josh took full advantage and scored a hat-trick. Callum then used his own height and strength and drove over for another try. Result 4-2 win.
The home side then immediately came on but Muir showed no tiredness. They caught Marr out with some slick passing, great offloading and excellent support play which resulted in tries for Josh, Stuart, Callum and Rory. Result 4-0 win. There was no stopping Muir now and the final game against Livingstone was as slick as the last. Again great passing and better support play resulted in tries for Stuart and a brace for Rory. Some great tackling meant no tries against. Result 3-0 win. We played 7 games winning 5, drawing 1 and losing only 1. This resulted in a runners-up place to the winners; Stirling.
Again we started slowly but in the end we were playing good rugby. A little more work needed in the ruck, and decision making with the ball. What went well was the fact we used all the substitutes after half time for each match so everybody got game time. A big thank you to Marr for all their efforts as this is our last Marr tournament before we transition to S1. Thanks to all the players who put in such a great effort and never let the opposition think that any game against Muir is ever going to be easy. Thanks too to all the parents for their great support, which undoubtedly makes a big difference. Roll on the Boroughmuir Tournament!
Boroughmuir P5 Mini Rugby: Marr Tournament - Match Report
The P5s had a big ask against them today, with 9 teams competing in their age group. The team started will with some flowing, passing rugby in a 7-1 win over Marr Fullerton, followed by a tighter game against Ayr, which they finally saw out 6-2. Things were tighter again against Marr Purple just ending ahead 3-1.
A break for lunch saw the boys then come up against GHA, and a tight, competitive game where they were behind for the first real time in the Tournament. Despite some spirited play they went down 1-2. If we were making an international comparison you'd have to say the boys were acting a 'French' by this point. Down one minute against GHA and then running in multiple tries against Dalzeil.
Unfortunately this pattern followed, as the boys went down against Stirling before turning on the afterburners against Marr Gold and Livingston and finishing with a flourish.
All in all six wins out of eight was a fair result, and will hopefully have them more focused for the home tournament next week.
Boroughmuir P3 Mini Rugby: Marr Tournament - Match Report
On a bright, Sunny day, the Boroughmuir P3's set off by bus from Meggetland to Troon to play their first Marr Tournament - no smiling in the bus though!
The team comprised of Ollie BL, Aoileann Mac, Fraser Cadell, Jude Colvin, Sebastian Mary, Jacob Spence, Sam Watson and Zac Bently, who were all warmed up ready for the kick off, and raring to go.
The team had a long day ahead, with matches against Marr (x2), Ayr, GHA (x2), Livingston and Stirling County. From the first whistle to the last, the players kept to their task playing some great P3 rugby, with some good running coming from Sebastian, Ollie and Sam. Aoileann kept the whole team 'on the rails' using her former life as a battlefield general as well as a few of her trade mark 'loop runs' too! Not only were the players putting in some good runs, they were putting in some good touch tackles too, with Jude actually doing some great tackles - looking forward to seeing him on the P4 pitch! On many occasion we linked well with some great joined up passing, which on two occasions led to good tries for Jacob and Fraser. A big 'high five' to Zac, who played some good rugby over the day too. The snippets of good rugby being played in all our games is encouraging to see - what we have to do now is join them all up, but it's early days yet!
A big thank you to Marr for their tournament, which is great to see going from strength to strength. A big well done to all the players for lasting the pace and providing us older people with some good rugby - I hope you enjoyed the day! A big thank you too, to all the parents who made the effort to travel through, it does make a difference! And lastly a big thank you to Jack Cadell, who was the coach who held everything together, along with some encouraging words from Billy B!