Reds’ Veterans Too Strong for Hyndland
Linlithgow RedKites (3s) 72 – 26 Hyndland
Friday 10 November 2017
It was thanks to Euan Muzz Murray a former Linlithgow player that Hyndland, from Glasgow, travelled through for this Friday evening friendly under the lights. A varied selection of players from the distant and recent past as well as some younger players took the field under the critical eye of twenty or so 1st and 2nd team players.
The games started with every play by the Linlithgow team enjoying vociferous cheers or jeers from the watching crowd depending on the outcome. Davy Syme was determined to show everyone what they were missing each week with some strong catches and carries and Neil Dori-Muir enjoyed much unwarranted supporters attention every time he had the ball.
The debutant referee, Matthew Everrit, under the watchful and supportive eye of Walter Gaffney, seemed very calm and in control throughout the game although occasionally his decisions seemed slightly delayed to the watching onlooker.
The first score came with Douglas Das Oyster Thomson making a good break which was supported by Ross Oliver. Davy Syme was involved in the forwards and Charlie Gillanders only recently retired from 1st team rugby came up with a score. 5-0 to the Linlithgow.
Dougie Das Oyster was determined to show his watching prodigies what he could do but, in most cases, it ended in failure to the great hilarity of the supporters. However occasionally he did make ground and on one occasion David McKenizie supported him well as they moved up the park. From an ensuing scrum, the front row of Gary Laing, Ryan Wilson and Adam Scott plus the rest of the pack secured clean ball for Big Charlie G to stroll over for his second try. 10-0 to the Reds.
From the next kick-off Ross Oliver eventually received the ball and, after weaving through apparently static Hyndland players, scored another good try. Graham Murray took over the kicking duties and slotted the conversion. 17-0 to the Reds.
Hyndland were determined to attack and from a good passage of play where the big second row featured more than once scored a converted try, 17-7 to the RedKites. Play came back to Linlithgow and Ross Oliver, who made many yards every time he carried ,sent in Graeme McKenzie for another score converted by Murray. Hyndland scored another try before half time to leave the HT score 24-14 to the RedKites.
At half time a few self selected changes were made with big G Murray deciding he had done enough to be replaced by Euan McDavid who also took over the kicking duties. Euan Conlon came on for David McKenzie whose hamstrings were tightening after he had made a number of sharp breaks in the first half. Kenny McKenzie came off for a rest as the opposition deserved a break from his audacious dummies and it was important we played all who had volunteered for this social game.
Before long Euan McDavid showed his rugby brain and he and Graeme McKenzie sent in Gary Laing who showed an amazing turn of speed for a try, converted by McDavid. Score 31-14
Dougie Das Oyster linked well with Ryan Wilson for another score, 38-14. Charlie Gillanders got his third and hat trick try and now the scores were creeping up. 45-14 to the RedKites.
Hugh Cochrane volunteered to step into the breach to help Hyndland out as one of there props had come off injured and it had an immediate impact as their second row scored again walking over Euan Conlon for another try. 48-19 to Linlithgow.
More tries came from both sides with Graeme McKenzie getting two more, Douglas Das Oyster getting one, his ambition from the onset of the game, and Bubba getting one. Muzz Murray scored again for the opposition and when the game was over the score was 72-26 to Linlithgow.
A big thanks to Muzz and Hyndland who travelled through to play on a Friday after work. Not all teams would do that.