Wee Reds at East Kilbride Tournament (May18)

Wee Reds P4 Report – East Kilbride Tournament

Sunday 13 May 2018

East Kilbride saw another successful weekend for the P4 age group. While we didn’t win the tournament we did come 2nd and 3rd. The games we lost were very close and on another day could easily have been victories (which I know is the refrain of losing coaches across the world). Due to a bit of a misunderstanding the medal ceremony was not very well attended but we did pick up a few medals.

Of more importance it was a great day for participation with us taking two strong squads. We also had 3 new “caps” in Lloyd, Thomas and Dean who all played really well. And (as always) we played some good rugby where in defence and attack we had loads of different kids involved in the moves.

We used the time between matches wisely to practice our human pyramid building. We plan to use this as a set move, in the event that the opposition are threatening our try line you will hear the cry of “deploy the human pyramid”!

Wee Reds P7 Report – East Kilbride Tournament

Sunday 13 May 2018

The day started off overcast for the East Kilbride festival but as the afternoon wore on the sun came out and made for a very pleasant afternoon. As Ayr had pulled out at the last minute what had started out as a couple of pools with finals morphed into a round robin tournament.

We had a great start overcoming Cumnock’s initial resistance to end up winning the game 5-0. Our second game was against the hosts East Kilbride who had a big squad that played power rugby. Some hard tackling and good running into space allowed us to contain their playmakers and the match ended in a very creditable 3-3 draw.

After losing some players through injury we played against Strathaven and ended up putting around 10 tries against them without reply. Our final game was against Whitecraigs who ran well and rucked strongly. The game could have gone either way but we were eventually outdone by two breakaway tries.

The team was slightly dispirited after the last result but it shouldn’t take anything away from the spirit and resilience they showed against larger opposition. The day was probably a bit long as there was only one pitch available for all P7 matches and there were a lot of tired bodies at the end of it.