Wee Reds Reach 4 Finals at Livingston Tournament
Sunday 29 April 2018
After a tremendous trip down to the Borders the previous Sunday, where they won at P5 and P7 age groups and finished runners up at P6, the Wee Reds were back in action at the Livingston Tournament this Sunday and once again came away with success across the board – the P4s and the P7s both won their respective competitions, while the P5s and P6s finished runners up and the second P6 team finished fourth!
P7s Back Up Borders Win with Big Win at Livingston Tournament
Another Sunday another Tournament win! This time it was Livingston hosting in great sunshine. Big wins against Livingston, Dalkeith and Lasswade (6-0, 4-0 and 7-0 respectively) put us through to a tough and strong Marr team for the final. Marr had beaten us last year and they are one of the best teams we play during the season. Marr twice took the lead, but Linlithgow held on to pull the game level each time. Going into the last 5 minutes Linlithgow powered over for two tries to win 4-2 in a cracking game of rugby.
P6s Field Two Teams at Livingston Tournament and Run in 56 Tries!
Today was our annual trip to the Livingston Tournament and, as ever, it’s a great place for the kids to go and play rugby. The Livingston P6 coaches are always welcoming and encourage running rugby – across the seven games that Linlithgow P6 played, we scored a total of 56 tries! That’s not bad going!
One of the biggest positives for Linlithgow today was that we fielded two teams at P6. Each of the opposition coaches that I spoke to thought that was a fantastic achievement and were undoubtedly envious of the lucky position we find ourselves in. From all of the coaches, we’d like to give a huge thank you to the parents for continuing to support everything we are doing!
So on to the rugby….
Linlithgow 1 opened up with a game against Livingston. It set the tone for the way that they approached the day and we ran out winners by 11 tries to 3. We played some great rugby and were relentless at chasing down the ball and making our tackles to force turnovers. However, if that wasn’t good enough, the boys then went on to do one better and beat Dalkeith by 11 tries to 2!
That set up a pool decider against Marr from down in Ayrshire. This was set up to be a cracking game, however Linlithgow 1 got off to a slow start and it wasn’t till the second half that we started playing. If we’d played like that from the start it may well have been a different story, however Marr ran out deserved winners in the end.
Over in the other pool Linlithgow 2 were going equally as well as their pals in Linlithgow 1. They started off with a 9 tries to 3 win against Murrayfield Wanderers. It could have been a much bigger win but we managed to ‘switch off’ for the middle part of the game. None the less, the boys played well and that wee slip in concentration maybe set us up nicely for the next game against Lasswade where we scored 17 tries and only conceded 2! The whole team were superb.
In the second pool we only had two games so Linlithgow 2 were winners and set up a final against Marr. This was a hotly contested affair and both teams played great rugby from start to finish. We eventually lost by 4 tries to 1, but that didn’t tell the whole story. There were a couple of dropped balls which could easily have led to scores for Linlithgow and on another day it could’ve been closer or swung the other way.
Regardless, Marr were a cracking team and were well deserved winners of the tournament…. though Linlithgow were a close second.
So another week and another Runner’s up medal… but a bundle of tries, fielding two full teams and playing expansive, exciting and ruthless rugby was the story of our day. All the coaches were extremely proud of the commitment and skill that our players displayed!
P5s Turn Out Two Squads at Livingston
There were some really good rugby skills on display at times by both P5 teams, one team winning their pool, while the other had a cracking 7-7 draw against Marr, the eventual tournament winners. In fact both Marr and Linlithgow were tied at the end of the Tournament and because of uneven pool sizes, count back was not possible. On the toss of a coin, Marr were declared winners with Linlithgow runners up – although in reality the teams were joint winners!
Great Weekend for P4s
It was a fantastic weekend of rugby for P4s – great fun and winners at Livingston Tournament and Runners Up at Dalziel Festival.
We took 12 kids to the Dalziel rugby festival on Saturday where the we had our first international fixture against a team from Northern Ireland! It was a lot of fun and the kids played some great rugby coming 2nd overall and only losing by two tries to the overall winners.
Then on Sunday we took 18 kids to the Livingston tournament, entering two teams. Again the kids played some wonderful rugby focusing on playing a fast open offloading game. With one squad being the overall winners of the tournament. Some kids ended up getting a Dalziel and Livingston medal, which is a pretty good weekend’s rugby.