Wee Reds at Livingston Festival (Apr 19)

Great Day Out at Livingston Mini and Micro Rugby Festival

Sunday 28 April 2019

On Sunday 28 April, the Wee Reds travelled through en masse to participate in the annual Livingston Rugby Club Mini Tournament. Once again, our local rivals put on an excellent event in the spirit of rugby and all participants had a great time. Well done to Livingston and thanks for a great day!

Wee Reds Minis’ P4 Team Win Livingston Tournament

On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning at Livingston, the ‘super six’ of Linlithgow P4 took on the challenge of the Livingston round robin tournament. We had a fantastic morning of rugby playing 4 matches against Preston Lodge, Dunfermline, Livingston and Dalkeith.

The first match was against a dedicated and tough tackling Preston Lodge side and through some excellent ‘running into the space’ and sound defence we ran out 10-2 victors. Our second match was against a very organised, well coached and fast running Dunfermline side. This was a very tight game, which really could have gone either way but the brave Linlithgow six battled to a 6-5 victory, according to their coaches notes!

Next up were the hosts Livingston, who bolstered by numbers in their ranks, were able to play a different side in each half.  This certainly was a game of two halves but the boys determination and teamwork shone through, running in a 12-8 victory.

The final match was against Dalkeith. It was clear that the Reds really wanted to remain unbeaten, and despite Dalkeith having a size advantage, the ‘super six’ dug into their reserves of strength and determination, running out 7-1 winners.

After a TMO review of the overall results the Reds were rightly awarded their gold medals, having been unbeaten all morning.

Results aside, the most rewarding part of the morning, by far, was the teamwork on show and everyone giving 100% in each game. Everyone scored tries and made tackles. Amongst the stand out moments of the morning for me were Boyd and Eric’s relentless defence, Finlay and Callum R with the vision for the passes of the day, and Sam and Callum W’s line break speed.

Thanks to Livingston for a great festival.

Wee Reds P5 Report

With two Teams in play and 22 players it’s impossible to cover all the action and name check everyone…but it’s was really a great day out for our intrepid band of P5s!

The Group with me were, as we’ve become used to, a little slow out of their beds despite the early introduction of jelly babies and lengthy motivational speeches and even the prospect of medals. That said we were unfortunate to play the eventual winners first up and we gave Alnwick a good run with a potential try turned over and conceding at the other end in the same move, meaning the game just slipped away at the end. That said there was real promise as the ball was zipped through the hands several times and some good one off tackles. It was I believe a similar story on the other pitch with a close encounter just ending up on the wrong side of the result.

Having dusted ourselves off we weathered an early storm from a physical Falkirk to win comfortably. The team all got into the game and was a sign of good things to come. Over on the other pitch, another combative performance led to a draw. Great to see both teams bounce back from a tough start.

Next It all got very complicated, but after much debate we worked out who and where we were playing next with both teams winning. The game I watched saw a really difficult one-up game plan, meaning turnovers were few and far between. The team to a man tackled their hearts out. In one pattern I counted 12 consecutive tackles, simply awesome defense!!! This was the foundation that led to a well earned win. Some of the hands and interplay towards the end was really impressive. At the end of the game both ref and opposition coach said that was one of the best defensive presses they had seen (the jelly babies had kicked in by now!).

A powerful and organised team display saw David’s team win well over Bishopton who were unable contain our threats across the pitch. 

The final game of the day saw us up against a strong Kinross team, again a victory based on a full team defensive effort leading in the end to some cracking tries from distance.

You’ll see I haven’t named checked this time round as I didn’t see all the games and we had  23 players there – a huge testament to the strength of the squad.

Overall a great run out, with the two teams chalking up 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in 8 matches against some strong teams. However the moment of the day for me was watching each team cheer on the other team in the sunshine at Livingston!

Wee Reds Micros P1 and P2 Reports

The Wee Reds Micros P1s and 2s had a great run out with two mixed teams and it was the first away tournament for the P1s. We had 16 kids in total and a lot of keen parents to shout them on. Both teams produced some great tries and also some brilliant defence managing to gain many ‘turn overs’ through keeping the defensive line. It was great to see the kids running forward with the ball and using all the skills they have been learning and practising this season. Congratulations to Livingston for hosting a great tournament and arranging some fantastic weather.