Wee Reds Minis Tournament
Sunday 03 October 2021
The Wee Reds Minis Tournament was held on Sunday across 4 venues, utilising the Linlithgow Academy pitch and the Kettilstoun grass pitch, in addition to both Upper and Lower Mains Park. This provided plenty space and separation for each age group and participating teams. A huge thanks to our Tournament sponsors West Port Veterinary Clinic and Morrison Personalised Wealth Management and to our coaches and other volunteers who all made the day such a great success. It was great to see so many youngsters having a great time and there was some superb rugby on display across the age groups!
Visiting Clubs were Currie, Boroughmuir, Gala, East Kilbride, North Berwick and Watsonians, although not all visiting teams were able to field a team at each age group. Here are the reports for each age group:
The P4s played their Tournament on Lower Mains Park and there was some superb rugby on show from the youngest and most recent Minis.
P5 tournament at Kettilstoun was a great success with many tries scored by all the teams. Gala, Boroughmuir, Currie, East Kilbride, Watsonians, North Berwick visited and 2 Wee Reds teams took part in a hard fought tournament. Gala and Boroughmuir fought their way to the final with Boroughmuir winning 8 tries to 5.
We spilt the Wee Reds P5 squad into two teams of seven.
Linlithgow A got off to a promising start in their first match against Watsonians, scoring the first try of the match. However Watsonians scored, then managed a turnover and went up two tries to the good at half time. That never stopped the fantastic attitude of the Linlithgow side as they came flying out the blocks in the 2nd half and scored first after a great turnover and scored a try to tie the game. After a few tries each the match ended 7-7.
Linlithgow A were full of confidence going into their 2nd and penultimate pool match against East Kilbride. Once again they scored first, this time there were a few tries each before Linlithgow won a turnover just before the half time whistle, and finished two tries to the good at half time. In the 2nd half Linlithgow never stopped, winning a few turnovers and scoring on the back of them. The match ended 7-4 to Linlithgow.
The final pool game against Boroughmuir stared brightly for both teams as there was try after try for each team. Fatigue started to play a part for both teams with tackles being missed, and the first half ended in a tie. Early in the 2nd half Boroughmuir managed a turnover and never looked back and won match by 8-6.
Linlithgow A played their final match of the day for the 5th/6th playoff spot against Currie. Linlithgow were determined after the previous loss to Boroughmuir to right some wrongs and started off with great determination to win the ball back early with turnover and maintained a 2 try lead throughout the match to take 5th place overall.
Linlithgow B team got off to a very strong start against North Berwick after a few tries each. Both teams were even at half time and a good tackle from North Berwick created an opportunity for a turnover which resulted in a win for North Berwick.
The second Match was against Currie after a two match wait, Linlithgow B were a bit slow to start with Currie getting a couple turn overs early in the first half which left us chasing the game. After a very gutsy second half performance it was not quite enough and Currie went on to win the game.
The last pool match saw Linlithgow B face a very strong Gala side. Both sides started well with some impressive tackling from our boys and Gala. Gala edged ahead after some aggressive tackling which led to a loose pass giving Gala the lead. Gala displayed a strong defence and a clinical finish!
Final match of the day was a 7th/8th placed playoff against East Kilbride. Linlithgow B dominated the game from the start. With a strong defence and great attacking Linlithgow B took the 7th place spot.
The rain held off on Sunday morning for the P6 tournament. We had a great turnout with teams from Boroughmuir, Currie, East Kilbride, North Berwick and Gala.
After only a few weeks of rucking practice such a high standard of rugby was good to see with both Linlithgow teams playing some great stuff. North Berwick were the eventual winners playing out a tight final with East Kilbride. Well done to all the boys involved and the many helpers involved sorting food, organising teams and refereeing.
Of the 7 teams invited only Watsonians, Currie and Boroughmuir managed to field teams in a COVID hit P7 age group. The standard of rugby on display was excellent, from all teams, considering how many lockdown free weeks this year group has practiced full contact.