U14s at West of Scotland
By Anne Baird
First defeat of the season!
The U14s played away to West of Scotland today, firstly thanks to West of Scotland for the match and the catering afterwards (pie and beans).
Thanks to the match officials for keeping the game moving at pace and for the consistency shown throughout the match.
Unfortunately the team suffered their first defeat of the season, West came out strong and put their first try past the Bulls after only two minutes and continued the onslaught through the 60 minutes. The final score was West of Scotland57-0Hamilton.
A special thank you to Ewan Thorpe who selflessly played up with the under U14s as we were short of players and would have been required to forfeit the match without even a touch of the ball had he not.
No matter the resultant score this was a team effort worthy of note, the team supported each other physically and sometimes vocally with each other during the match. They kept their heads up and pushed forward through the middle when they could and passed the ball out on occasions but unfortunately we were no match on the wings against West.
A couple of mentions include Matthew Rogon who made some phenomenal clearances over the ball on more than one occasion, opening up the game, Ronan Gemmell who stood in as scrum half, a position he has not played in previously and performed well.
A special mention to Gregor Peters who appeared to be all over the park at the same time putting in tackle after tackle, carrying the ball well, laying it off to team mates and then supporting as soon as they went to ground. Fantastic effort!! Unfortunately he suffered a knock to the head and face resulting in a sore neck, he was removed by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for observations, Gregor has since been released and is recovering well at home, we wish him a speedy recovery. We need his enthusiasm, drive and team spirit back with us soon.
Lastly thanks to all those who turned up, played well against a better team on the day and were still able to smile afterwards.
By Iain Simmons