Deeside RFC managed to enter players at all playing age groups at the Grammar rugby tournament on Sunday 26th April on a bitterly cold day at Harlaw playing fields.
Deeside Micros were faced with large pitches at Aberdeen Grammar on Sunday, but used the extra width to produce some excellent running rugby.
One full Deeside team and a joint Grammar/Deeside Team called Crusaders both displayed their skill, determination and fitness to score numerous breakaway tries and win all of their games except one which was drawn.
The P4s seemed to enjoy the day despite the chill and encountering well drilled opposition in the shape of Garioch, Grammar and Mackie. Their reward for the day being 1 draw and two defeats.
At P5 age group Deeside fared better. This was sevens style rugby at its best. Deeside P5s were smaller, quicker and more dynamic than most other teams in the competition but managed to produce some great running rugby and displayed excellent ball retention.
Once they worked out that the best way to tackle the bigger opposition was to move up so quickly that the big lads didn’t have a chance to get moving, they went from strength to strength. The played 6 games against Mackie, Stirling County, Grammar, Aberdeen Wanderers, Ellon and Garioch and went home as deserved bronze medal winners.
The P6s kicked off their tournament facing their old adversary (Mackie) across a bleak, muddy landscape on a freezing cold day. The parallels with the western front continued as, despite great personal sacrifice, neither team could advance more than few yard before being pushed back and when the final whistle blew neither team had managed to score. Grammar provided a stiffer test and quickly advanced through some poor defending to score in the corner.
They managed to cross the try line twice more before Deeside pulled one back to make the final score 3-1. Their final game was against Garioch and again there was stout defending from Deeside before they managed to breakaway and finish the game 3-1.
The P7s were slightly depleted from other events but a couple of P6s stepped up to make up the team.
Deeside suffered losses to Mackie and Grammar Reds before meeting Garioch where frantic defending stopped the Garioch attacks and allowed Deeside to counter going on to win 3-1.
All in all it was an excellent tournament that was very well hosted so a big thank you must go to Grammar. Hopefully it bodes well for Deeside’s own tournament at Woodend on 16th May and we would encourage everybody to come along, compete, watch and have fun.