Minis Brighten Damp Day in Festival of Rugby
Sunday 01 October 2017
The weather might have been damp and grey, however the young Minis and Micros from 7 rugby clubs shone through at the Wee Reds Mini Tournament, sponsored by Springfords and CBS Consulting, on Sunday at Mains Park. Over 350 youngsters took part in the tournament, spanning 5 age groups from Primary 3 to Primary 7, with squads from visiting clubs Biggar, East Kilbride, Watsonians, Gala, Strathendrick and Forrester adding to the youngsters from the Wee Reds. Ian Morrison, Linlithgow’s Director of Youth Rugby, commented “What a fabulous day of rugby. The weather may have been somewhat inclement but the rugby was certainly inspiring. The ethos and philosophy of sportsmanship, teamwork and camaraderie shone through the rain and brightened our rugby hearts. Thank you all to every single helper both on Wednesday, this morning, this afternoon and indeed for the weeks prior, all of whom did their part to create a postive, supportive and enjoyable atmosphere for all the young players and visitors.”
P7 Tournament Report
A fantastic day was had at the P7 tournament today. First game was Biggar who provided a good tough early test. Linlithgow met the challenge well with all 17 players getting a run out to delivered a brilliant 5-2 win. Special mention to Kyle scoring his first ever try.
This followed an easy win against East Kilbride with a very inexperienced side stepping up to deliver a very smooth win against determined opposition.
This set up a winner takes all Final against a very determined and good Watsons side. Despite a great early try, Linlithgow were unable to hold on with Watsons scoring twice in a very tight and ultra competitive second half game. It was a game that could have gone either way and coaches from both sides were in awe of the great commitment and skill on show from both teams in an epic battle.
Overall a great day for the whole squad in fantastic play and really competitive rugby – top class with the coaches seeing how good their team can play.
Mini Tournament P5 Report- All Linlithgow Final!!
The Met Office had forecast the tail of hurricane Lee to hit town this morning but thankfully it was late. We did get wet, however the storm force that did materialise was playing on Lower Mains Park dressed in red and black!
Linlithgow P5 Reds team played convincingly in their opening matches against East Kilbride keeping a clean sheet 7-0, then continued the form with Ektor asserting himself in the ruck and running in a great score to see off Watsons 6-1. As Forester were not able to field a team the Reds qualified comfortably top of Pool 1.
Linlithgow Barbarians were equally impressive in Pool 2 taking their first match against Strathendrick 7-1, then second Biggar 7-1 in which Cole scored a memorable try. Next they faced a strong Gala side in which the pace of play, covering tackles in defence and determined attacking rugby was excellent from both sides.
We have been working on our offloading game instead of allowing a maul or ruck to develop. The stand out skill which resulted in a notable score excellent for support play came from Ronan charging down the touch line to give a beautifully weighted pass from the tackle “out the back door” which was collected by Aidan running on to it at pace to go over in the corner.
After a following moment of ill-discipline the Ba Ba’s absorbed Gala pressure on their own line, turned defence into attack and held on to complete their pool games 4-3.
So the playoff was decided Linlithgow Reds v Barbarians a positive moment for the coaches! The final was highly competitive and played in good spirit. On a wet day with a slippery ball the passing and teamwork was excellent. Pressure and control are developing skills, work rate to get to the breakdown being commendable. After a slow start to the season form has been rediscovered with great offloading allowing players to run and attack space leading to a great pair of tries for the Reds. The Ba Ba’s showed great team spirit to battle back into the game.
Tackle of match was by Dylan, a fantastic low cover tackle tracking back to stop Ewan’s blistering run just before the try line but the ever-present Aidan was there supporting again to snatch another score for the Ba Ba’s! Further phases led to good tries from both sides, at the final whistle the Reds had edged victorious but the Wee Reds were the clear winners.
Well done to all players for a committed performance in wet conditions. In fact it was a triumph for all P5 teams today especially catering at the clubhouse, so a special thank you from the boys and coaches to all supporters and sponsors for making it possible.