Wee Reds P7s Win Through to Final on International Pitch
Saturday 22 December 2018
Report from Stewart MacLeod
As a final hurrah for the Wee Reds in 2018, the P7s were fortunate to be invited by the SRU to take part in a special tournament ahead of the 1872 Cup at BT Murrayfield. Not only was this a fitting way to finish off their year, but with the final being played at half time of the Edinburgh v Glasgow game in front of a 22,000 crowd, there was a real prize on offer for the boys.
Again the strength in the P7 squad was on display and, fortunately, the Wee Reds were able to field two teams. We’ve always been blessed with the support of our parents and their continued dedication means that, at a time when we are seeing other teams numbers dropping off, our squad size is something we are proud of. Thanks from the coaches to all the players and parents!
The opposition on the day were Currie, Ellon, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Dunbar, Heriots, Lasswade and Royal High. Our Linlithgow P7 squad had a team in each pool of the tournament and I won’t recount blow by blow each game (mainly because I didn’t see them all) but with 6 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss across all the pool games the Wee Reds did themselves proud. The games at this age group are getting faster and more aggressive as the boys get older and some of the rugby played today was the best we’ve seen so far.
For the semi finals we were lucky to have Linlithgow A and Linlithgow B finish runners up and winners of their respective groups. That meant we met each other in the semi final and we were guaranteed that a Linlithgow team would play in the final! From there on in, the rugby didn’t matter to be honest. The teams had done their job and had cemented a chance to play on the international pitch and create a unique memory for themselves.
In recognition of the fact that this is a whole team effort, the coaches decided that every player (across both of our teams) would get to represent their club in the final game. We fielded 23 players in that final game …. though sadly we could only have 10 on the pitch at any one time. Whilst we were beaten by an excellent Dunbar side, the pure pleasure on the boys faces was all that the coaches could have hoped for.
A memorable way to round off a great year for this eager and talented squad of players. They have gone from strength to strength and their attitude has been exemplary for the last twelve months. We hope they all have a fun filled Christmas and we look forward to getting them to run off the mince pies and Christmas puddings at the first session back in January.