Wee Reds Tournament (Oct 22)

Wee Reds Home Tournament

Sunday 2nd October 2022

Once again the Wee Reds lined up a cracking tournament, with some of the best Mini Rugby teams in Scotland attending. Visiting squads came from Boroughmuir, Gala, Watsonians, Biggar, North Berwick and East Kilbride. In total there were 350 players, 80 coaches and approx 250 spectators. Some fantastic rugby was played across all age groups. Please see the individual age group reports for all the details.

Special thanks go out to the players and parents for the support and enthusiasm they bring each week and it was on show again on Sunday and helped to make the day such a success. Specific thanks to those who helped on the cafe, making up the lunches, coning off the surrounding roads, marshalling and registration, Gordon, Alfie, Nick and Graham for a solid refereeing shift, and the team at the club for all the preparation and support and last, but not least, the Reds senior players who ran the BBQ for us. 

Great team effort and some very complimentary comments back from the visiting teams. One such comment:

“Just wanted to say thank you from all of us at Boroughmuir for a great day out on Sunday. Our kids, parents and coaches had a super day. It was really well organised, hats off to you all.”

P4 Tournament Report 

Wee Reds P4 Team

The Wee Reds P4s started their tournament against a fast and furious Currie and there were plenty of tries on both sides but the Reds managed to sneak in an extra 2 tries against Currie leading to a 11-9 win

Next up was Biggar. The Linlithgow P4s were focused on putting as many across the line as they could but the teams were evenly matched and the end result was a 10-10 draw. A similar game with Boroughmuir followed and despite more effort on the tackling it was another high score draw of 9-9

This meant Linlithgow finished first in their pool and faced Gala in the final. Gala started fast and initially the Red were intimidated by the bigger team who scored 3 tries in quick succession. Linlithgow fought back, however despite taking some hard tackles, they also landed some excellent ones themselves and some great tries too, but ultimately they couldn’t overcome the Gala team and the match ended with Gala victorious (6-8) leaving Linlithgow in a very respectable 2nd place. Well done boys!

P5 Tournament Report

On Sunday the P5’s hosted 7 other teams, all taking advantage of the perfect conditions to produce lots of good rugby. 

In group 1 Linlithgow-1 kicked things off with a good win against Biggar, staging a great comeback in the second half to prevail 9-6. In group 2 Linlithgow-2 were narrowly defeated 7-5 by Boroughmuir, the visitors scoring 2 decisive late tries.

Linlithgow-1 then faced eventual finalists Currie in a free scoring 10-10 draw, lots of fantastic attacking rugby on display. Linlithgow-2 narrowly lost out to East Kilbride 8-7 in a game where the lead changed hands multiple times.

Linlithgow-1 went into their final game against Gala with a place in the final available to the winner if they managed to score enough tries. Ultimately Gala prevailed in another close game, running out 7-5 winners. In the final game of group 2 Linlithgow-2 lost out to a very well organised North Berwick side. With the score close early in the second half the visitors pulled away eventually winning 10-6.

In the final North Berwick edged Currie 10-8 in a game that showcased some fantastic rugby.

Neil Allardice

P6 Tournament Report

Wee Reds P6 team

On Sunday it was the Wee Reds home tournament and the P6s were playing at Linlithgow Academy. The tournament was 2 leagues of 4 teams each, followed by a play off match between the 2 teams in the same position in each league i.e. 4th place in league 1 v 4th in league 2, etc. Six teams were visiting so Linlithgow P6s had to field 2 teams, which meant our whole squad was playing with no subs. 

Linlithgow 1 kicked off the competition against Currie and took an early lead and by 1/2 time were leading by 3 tries. However Currie fought back and it was a nail biting finish, but with a couple of late tries Linlithgow 1 claimed a 6-4 victory.

Linlithgow 2 kicked off their competition against East Kilbride and dominated the game and ran in 8 tries to East Kilbride’s 2.

Linlithgow 1 next game was against Biggar and in a hard fought match Linlithgow 1 emerged with a 6-5 win.

Linlithgow 2 were then up against Watsonians who dominated the game. When 2 Wee Reds were injured Watsonians very kindly lent us 2 of their players. Final score 8-3 to Watsonians.

Next up for Linlithgow 1 was Boroughmuir and with both teams on 2 wins this was the deciding match for the top spot league 1. In a hard and fast game with both teams tackling & rucking well a 4 all draw was the result. With both teams on 5 points it went to tries scored and with Boroughmuir having scored 1 more than the Wee Reds they claimed top spot in league 1.

Linlithgow 2s final league game was against Gala and in a tough fought match Gala claimed a 4-2 victory.

The final league positions were 2nd for Linlithgow 1 and 3rd for Linlithgow 2 – excellent performances considering that the squad was split into two.

Linlithgow 2 were first to play their playoff match against Biggar and with both scoring 5 tries. Linlithgow 1 was up against Gala for their playoff and in a tough match with both teams tiring Gala emerged as 4-3 victors.

Watsonians won the final playoff match against Bourghmuir to emerge as the tournament winners, with Linlithgow 1 placing 4th and Linlithgow placing 5th equal.

The P6 coaches would also like to thank Nick Drainey, S1 coach, for helping out and refereeing half the matches.

David Fleming

P7 Tournament Report

P7s in action

Fantastic to have an almost full squad for our home tournament where we hosted Currie, B’muir, Biggar, East Kilbride and Gala. After a bit of a sluggish start the boys kicked in with a great display, scoring some fantastic team tries and finishing third overall. Currie were deserved winners going unbeaten on the day. A great day of rugby played in good spirit. Special thanks to Ian Wells and Graham McCorkell who, as our two referees, did a fantastic job of keeping the games flowing. 

Paul Diamond