East Kilbride Rugby Academy

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Minis at Strathendrick

First game for 2017 for the mini section

Tier 3 Brown Conferance

Team Reports on the individual age groups...go and have a look

Mini Friendlies against Cumnock

Posted in some of the age groups match reports from todays friendlies

Queen Bees Friendly against Cartha

See match report on their group page

Perpignan

 

East Kilbride Rugby academy players Connor Wilson, Kieran Noble and Ethan Aitken who enjoyed a trip to France with Glasgow Thistles

 

 

A YOUNG trio from East Kilbride Rugby Club experienced what life as a professional rugby player is like on a two-week trip to the south of France.

Connor Wilson, Kieran Noble and Ethan Aitken from EK Rugby Academy’s U18s have just returned from Perpignan after they were invited by Glasgow Thistles to

be part of a squad of only 30 boys from across the West region to take part.

They joined boys from the likes of Ayr and Glasgow Hawks Rugby Clubs on what was the 10th anniversary of the Thistles’ first trip to Europe.

As a leading club for young players, EK has been fortunate to have had a number of players invited every year and other recent invitees include Scotland internationalist Johnny Gray and Olympian Mark Bennett.

The purpose of the trip was to allow the boys to experience what professional life in rugby would be like as well as exposure to specialist coaching.

East Kilbride’s Junior Academy director David Eadie said: “The facilities are superb and have been used as a training camp by the French and Italian Rugby squads as well as the likes of Harlequins and Sale.

“The boys really enjoyed the trip and are encouraged to pass on everything they learned to the younger boys in the Academy.

“This is more positive news for Academy as we continue to go from strength to strength.”

The EK Academy have over 200 players at all age grades, including a girls team.

They had five players selected for the Lanarkshire Lions (a under-15 SRU select squad for promising young players) and have had players selected at Glasgow district under 16, 18 and 20s level.

 

Training Times Midi Section

New S1's, Monday 6.30pm, Thursday 7.00pm & Sunday 11.00am,
New S2's back on Friday 5th August 6.30pm
New U15's Thursday 7.00 pm til 8.30pm & Sunday 1.00pm til 2.00pm
New U16's Monday 6.30pm, Thursday 7.00pm & Sunday 11.00 am
New U18's Tuesday 7.00pm & Thursday 7.00pm

Any U13's to U18's interesting in trying rugby please come along to one of the above training sessions you will be made most welcome

P1-P3 Training

P1-P3 Team will continue to train over the summer

 

Friday 7-8pm

Sunday 10-11am

Both at Calderglen.

If we are not training I will update this page and also the facebook page 

Rugby Camp Lochgoilhead

Everybody should have paid their deposit by now to either your coaches or parent reps for Rugby Camp. If you still want to go but havent get a form asap and fill it in by return and dont miss out on a great weekend

Paul Cairncross Program Note

Most of you will know me, but for those who don’t, my name is Paul Cairncross. I was studying at Calderglen high for 4 years until I got a rugby scholarship to attend Kelvinside Academy in the west end of Glasgow to study for my last two years of school, on my second year I was made captain of the first XV which was a huge honour. I have been presented with so much opportunity. None of which would have been possible if EKRFC was not there for me and spent so much time developing me since primary 7. The most important thing when faced with a moving decision is to take all outcomes into consideration but whatever you choose to do put in 100% effort. The hardest part of moving schools was getting my head around not really being able to play for EK for the entire season due to school commitments, But two years later and for the rest of my life i can happily say that I am an East Kilbride Rugby Club boy. 

For the past year I have been contracted with stage two of the BT Sport Academy which there are only 8 people in Glasgow and the west chosen to be a part of. We train 3 days a week in season and 5 times a week out of season. This all consists of Strength and conditioning, fitness, Skills and general wellbeing.  At the start of this year I was chosen to play for Scotland under 18s against England as a warm up match prior to a final chosen team to go down to Cardiff and play in a 5 nation tournament, I came on as substitute hooker. Unfortunately we lost the game but it gave us a good view of what was ahead. After a very painful time of waiting I was named in the 24 man squad to go down to Cardiff to play, I was over the moon! We played a total of 3 games, unfortunately we did lose all 3 games but we were underdogs from the start and we left an impression on everyone. We definitely left the most respected team in the whole tournament. Thanks for reading this and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask or get in contact.  

East Kilbride Mini Rugby Festival

Its our turn to hold our festival always a good day with so far Ayr, Strathaven, Cumnock, Irvine & Cartha all still to confirm

FESTIVAL

Our festival this Sunday (15th) will kickoff at 11am if players can be at the club and ready to warm up from 10:30am please.

Teams attending this year are Strathaven, Whitecraigs, Ayr, and Byrkmyre.

We will need volunteers to help set up for the day if you are able to help out the club will be open from 9am to get ready.

 

Strathaven Festival

Against our local rivals we will have to keep everything crossed for good weather

Lasswade Festival

This annual festival gives us great opposition to play against and see our improvements on last year

Strathendrick Tournament

This is for all Mini teams a great Charity Tournament that East Kilbride usually compete well

Minis Home Game v Dalziel

Our first mini home game after Easter

Ladies Lunch

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Sitting down to a 3 course meal with wine on the table

All for £30.00. Contact Elaine Martin on 07929 106381

West Regional Cup Games

Both the U15's & U16's will be in action against Cambuslang away & Dumfires at home for the U16s. Lets give them good support. Good luck to both teams

Brown Conference Winners

It has been confirmed that East Kilbride Rugby Academy have won the Brown Conferance. This is a great achievement considering we were struggling

for numbers at S1, U16 level at the start of the season. Well done to all the players, coaches, and families throughout the Conferance season. Great commitment from everybody.

Academy Christmas Party

The Academy Christmas Party will take place on Friday 18th December at 7.00pm at the Sports Club.

Entry is £5.00 per child with a present from Santa

Christams Gifts

We all know santa always gets us great presents but unfortunately our friends and family dont always get it right. So if you are unlucky enough to be stuck with gifts that are just not you then the Academy is here to help. We always need donations for the tumbola and raffle at our festival in May so why not donate any unwanted gifts to us. Any Donations can be dropped off at P5 training in the new year.

Merry Christmas 

 

Patrons Lunch

Its the Annual Patrons Lunch taking place at the Sports Club on Saturday 14th November. Start time 11.30 for 12 noon

sit down. £40.00 per person. Contact Elaine Martin to book at place by 1st November

Friendlies & Tier 3 Rugby

Busy weekend for the Academy. The Minis are playing at home against Cambuslang & Birkmyre. The S1s & S2s are away to Livingston and the U15s & U16s will be at home to Livingstone KO 2pm for all Tier games

U16's maintain 100% record

U16's win again at home v Livingston. See age group section for match report

Friendlies

Both S1 & U15's are playing away at Cartha on Sunday in a couple of friendlies to keep the rugby games going with

the free weekends we have. S2's are playing home to Whitecraigs with a 2pm ko

U16's win away at Cumnock

See u16 age group for match report

Tier 3 Rugby Cumnock

We have the U18's playing away to Cunmock on Saturday. The S1's & S2's playing at home to Cumnock on Sunday with 2pm KO and the U15's & U16's playing away to Cumnock with 2pm KO.

Please come along and support these players

 

 

West

This sunday the P1-5s will be playing at West. Kickoff is at 10:30 so please arrive with enough time to warm up before playing. Good luck everyone 

Biggar Tournament

The P5/6/7s are away to the Biggar Tournament this sunday (13th) Coaches are asked to have there teams registered by 12:15pm and ready to kickoff at 1pm. This tournament has some top class clubs attending and there for should be a tough although enjoyable day of rugby for everyone involved. Good luck

Brown Conference 2nd Game

Its the 2nd game of the Brown Conference...S1s & S2s are away to Greenock. The U15s & U16s are at home to Greenock. KO is 2 pm in all games

U16's win again

EK u16 79 - 12 Greenock u16

See age group section for match report

U16's win first tier fixture

See age group for match report

U16's win pre-season friendly

EK U16          36

AYR U16        24

See U16's page for match report

 

Home Fixture

This sunday 30th August we have our 1st game of the new season. Kick off will be at 10:45 

We as a club need to treat our guests to the same if not better hospitality that we so often enjoy on our travels over the season. To do this we need everyone to help out with a few jobs. First and most important being in the kitchen. Can parents please let there parent reps know if they are available to help out please.

Our club relies on the support of our parents to help the kids have a fun and enjoyable experience playing rugby and post match socialising with there friends is just as an important part of the day as playing the game. With this in mind i hope to see lots of people offering to do what they can to make sure our kids and our guests have a great day. 

 

Thanks very much

Steven

Mini convener 

P5 game

After many weeks of hard training our P5s have there 1st game of the season 

 

Our players are asked to be at the club for 10:15 to be ready for a 10:45 kick off

 

Training will be held at the club on friday 7-8 as normal

New P5s Training

Training for all new P5s will start on Sunday 9th August 10am - 11am at the club. Everyone is encouraged to bring a friend with them to training so drag as many along as possible and we will see you all on the 9th.

Midi Fixtures - S1 to U18

All Midi Fixtures are in the individual age groups, there has been some amendments eg S1 & S2 will play at home when U15 & U16 play away.

All kick offs are 2pm apart from U18's it could be 1 pm discussions are still taking place re availablity of pitches if a club has its 1st & 2nd team playing at home the same time U18's have to visit

S1 - U18 Fixtures

We have been included in the Tier 3 teams..Brown Conference we will be playing Allan Glens, Cumnock, Dalziel, Greenock & Livingston

5/6th September   Dalziel v East Kilbride                12/13 September  East Kilbride v Greenock   

19/20 September  Cumnock v East Kilbride             26/27 September  East Kilbride v Livingston    

3/4 October East Kilbride v Allan Glens                   14/15 November  East Kilbride v Dalziel

21/22 November   Greenock v East Kilbride             28/29 November  East Kilbride V Cumnock      

5/6 December  Livingston v East Kilbride                 12/13 December   Allan Glens v East Kilbride

There is a gap of 5 weeks including the October holidays with no game, we may be looking at getting in a couple of friendlies. There will be a meeting with the S1 - U18 coaches after summer holidays to get suggestions of opposition we would like to play.

Academy AGM

The Academy AGM took place yesterday. Craig Steven ran through what had been happening over the past year in the Academy. Stevie Campbell advised how the Mini Section had enjoyed all their games and were successful in recruiting children at all age groups. Neil Mossman discussed all the out goings and in comings from Sponsors in the past year. One of the biggest expenditures was buses and just under £3000 for rugby camp and big saving on last year. If any parents knows you any companies that would be interested in sponsoring the Academy please advise Elaine as this all helps towards subcedizing as many events or kit we give the boys.  Office Bearers...Director..Craig Steven has stepped down...David Eadie will take on the position of Acting Director, Secretary..Elaine Martin, Treasurer..Neil Mossman has stepped down...nobody volunteered to take up the posiiton so an EGM will need to be organised. Mini Fixtures..Colette Mooney, S1/S2 Fixtures...put on hold til after SRU youth policy decision, Coach Developement...David Aitken. All accounts will be sent to be main Sections Auditors. AOCB..better organisation for catering. Lets use website for communicating to parents re training times

P4 Training

The P4 season is now finished. Training for the new P5s will resume on Sunday 2nd August at the club. Times will be posted nearer the date.

The coaches would like to thank all the boys for there hard work over the season and hope they have a great summer break.

See you all in August 

ACADEMY AGM MONDAY 22ND JUNE 7PM

The Academy is holding its annual AGM on Monday 22nd June at 7pm at the Sports Club. All parents of children within the Academy are welcome to come along. All the Committee Positions are vacant and available for parents to put their names forward for these postions. The nomination sheet along with all notices have been posted on the rugby notice board at the Sports Club. This notice board is situated in the corridor before you enter into the big hall. Looking forward to a big turn out

Glasgow District U16's & U18's

The Academy has a number of players currently training with the Glasgow District teams. This is a fantastic reflection on the coaching at the Academy and the players that are coming through the age groups. At U16 we have Connor Wilson, Harry Taggart, Kieran Noble & Gavin McKirdy. At U18 we have Ross Arthur, Nathan Horner, Omar Moghari, Leiws MacFie along with Paul Cairncross, James MacKinnon & Ross Steven. Good Luck to all players

CAMP BUS

Everyone is asked to be at the club for 6pm on friday for the bus to camp. The bus will leave the club at 18:30pm.

 

If you havent already handed back your completed consent forms you will need to do so before being allowed on the bus. 

 

The bus home will leave Oban rugby club at 13:00 and should arrive back at the club around 16:00

Fridays at Ballerup

Our Friday night booking for ballerup has now finished. Anyone looking to train should be able to use the club.

PCS Festival

Congratulations to our P1-3 and U15s on winning the PCS Awards also to the S2s who also won the PCS award anlong with the 7s title on saturday. Well done everyone 🏆

P1-P3 Cartha

All parents who have confirmed for Cartha to be at Cartha Queens Park Saturday 1215pm.

 

Look Forward to seeing you there.

 

Laura

PCS Festival

The Academy has been invited along to the PCS (Positive Coaching Scotland) Festival this Saturday. We have teams entered at P1-3, P4 with them all going to Cartha Queens Park to play with the S1, S2 and S3 at Lochinch. The midi section are playing in a 7's tournament at there age group which will be a challenge to all players but good fun. We will all be playing teams we havent met before.

This is the last year they are holding this event as a National Festival the proposal is to change to a more Regional event. Enjoy your day and go along and support all the academy players in the sun.

Thank You

A few thank yous need to be said for the help i received in getting our festival on. To Collett and Martin for inviting our guests an putting together the order of play for the day. To David Kerr and his 6th scout group for giving us the use of there tents. To the senior players and coaches who very kindly stepped up to be referees for the day. To all the parents who manned the stalls and sold programs/raffle tickets. You all stepped up when asked and contributed to a fantastic day of rugby. Biggest thank you of all has to go to Elaine for organising the vast majority of the day without Elaine pointing us all in the right direction i doubt the day would ever have got going. Also to all the players who put on a show of fantastic rugby in some very tough conditions.

 

Thank you to all the above and to the many otherswho contributed to a fantastic day

P1-P3

Guys all P1-P3 to meet at the club Sunday Morning @ 0930hrs with Robert, Stuart, Red, Roscoe and Damian.

 

Anyone able to help before hand to set up please be at the club 0800hrs

 

Thanks

P1-P3 Training

Training for P1-P3 will be at the club this Friday

Water

As we know playing rugby is thirsty work. We have been very kindly donated around 200 500ml bottles but we will require more. Therefore we are asking if all parents can bring along a pack of 500ml water on sunday so we can make sure all players are properly hydrated. Thank you all in advance 

P4 Training

After a full day of rugby in biblical weather at Lasswade last sunday P4 coaches are giving the boys Friday off. Hopefully with no training on friday everyone will be fresh and raring to go for Strathaven on saturday morning

Lasswade

The club has a bus booked to take us to Lasswade this sunday. Adults are £5 and the bus will leave the main calderglen carpark at 10am.

 

At the time of posting we have 10 empty seats. For anyone who  requires one but hasn't already indicated they do please contact your parent rep

E.K FESTIVAL MAY 17TH

Our home festival is fast approaching and your club needs you !

We are in dire need of both tumbola and raffle prizes so if everyone can have a look around the house for anything that could be donated to these 2 stalls it would be greatly appreciated. I will be coaching the p4 team on friday if anyone wants to drop any donations off with me (Stevie Campbell)

This is the clubs chance to try and raise some funds that helps to subsidise all the kits, camp, match tickets both glasgow and scotland, feed and water our kids and all the visiting teams that we host through the season plus a many other things.

We all enjoy going to these festivals at other teams and thats because of the parent volunteers that help to make these events a success for clubs and when our time comes your club is going to ask you to do the same for us.Every age group has parent rep who should know what their age group is being asked to do so please dont be shy in asking them what you can do to help.

We all want this event to be a success and it will take us all to make it one !

4 Academy boys selected for Lanarkshire chiefs u15 training squad

Congratulations to Academy u15 players Connor Wilson, Gavin McKirdy, Harry Taggart and Ethan Aitken who have been selected for this seasons Lanarkshire Chiefs u15 training squad. The selection was made follwing a recent 2 day SRU skills camp . The boys will now train together and play in 2 festivals against another 2 regions to battle for selection for next seasons Glasgow u16 squad. Well done boys and good luck !! The SRU confirmed that all the EK boys showed up well, and a number of other boys were unlucky to miss out on selection.

UKCC2 course 12 - 14th June

Hi all coaches,the dates and times for the ukcc2 course at EKRFC are as follows.

Friday 12th 1830-2130, Sat 13th 0900-1700, Sun 14th 0900-1700 June 2015. This is a great opportunity to get qualified on our own door step.Please let me know if you wish to attend.Cheers Davy A.

P1-3 Training Frid 17th & Sun

P1-3 are training at East Kilbride Rugby Club 7pm to 8pm and at 10am Sunday

Academy Bag Pack 2nd May

We have a bag pack booked on 2nd May at the Sainsbury's Kingsgate store.  This is an easy win so we need as many parents and children to support the Academy with this as we can.  Every child needs to wear their EK shirts. The time slots are 10am - 11.30am, 11.30am - 1pm, 1pm - 2.30pm, 2.30pm - 4pm. Can you let your parent reps know which slot you are able to commit to. Thank you.

Rugby Camp 5th - 7th June

It’s that time of the year when we have started to plan our annual summer camp which is open to all coaches and players from P1 to U16. This years camp will be on the 5th – 7th June 2015 at Kilbowie Outdoor Centre, Oban, www.ea.n-lanark.sch.uk/kilbowie. There are loads of activities for all ages to enjoy including gorge walking, canoeing, sailing and lots more. Suitable activities will be chosen for the different age groups for the Saturday and there is also a planned rugby session at the local club for the Sunday. P1-3’s must be accompanied by an adult and for P4’s this is optional. All P5’s and over will be supervised by coaches only. This year we are offering 2 options, for our younger age groups P1-3 we are offering a one night stay arriving early on the Saturday morning in time for the activities while the P4 and above can be at camp for both night arriving in time for dinner on the Friday night. If there are children in the younger age groups who have older siblings whose parent wish to stay for the both nights this can be accommodated. Rugby camp is an important part of the calendar year and a good chance for the Academy to get away and we are really looking forward to visiting Kilbowie for the first time.

East Kilbride Rugby Festival 17th May

We are starting to organise the Academy's forthcoming Rugby Festival. We will be having the usual stalls...Tombola, Burgers, Raffle, Tuck Shop and more. If anybody has any ideas on other stalls or activities that can add to the day please speak to your Parent Rep..also lots of volunteers needed

ukcc2 course

Hi all coaches.I want to let you all know dates and times for the UKCC2 course being held at EKRFC in June.It is on Friday 12th at1830-2130 ,Sat 13th 0900-1700 and Sun 14th 0900-1700.This is a great opportunity to get qualified on our own doorstep.Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,Davy A.

Glasgow District Players

East Kilbride Rugby Academy had four boys selected to represent Glasgow District recently in the District games. All players selected got game time with some scoring points. Well done to Euan McLuckie, Ross Steven, Paul Cairncross & James MacKinnon

HAMILTON (U18) 17 EAST KILBRIDE (U18) 25

With some key players missing, the EK under 18 team made the short trip to Hamilton. The Hamilton team were big, older and much heavier. The first half hour of the game was mainly Hamilton pressure and EK last ditch tackling. The stalemate was broken when the large Hamilton pack drove over from 5 metres, the also got the conversion. The EK lads fought back and from the base of a ruck on their own 22. Lewis MacFie took the ball at pace, and side stepped two defenders. With open space in front of him Lewis showed pace and easily beat the Hamilton full back to score. The score at half time was 7-5 to Hamilton. The second half was a different game. The fitter EK players upped the intensity and Hamilton could not live with it. Craig Mackenzie made a break from the half way; he was tackled on the Hamilton 22. Hamilton players went over the ball conceding a penalty. Ross Campbell took a quick tap penalty to Ben Walters, who made ground before off loading to Mark Donachie. Mark led a driving maul which ended with Ewan McLuckie scoring. The EK lads made a basic mistake; from the kick off they switched off allowing Hamilton to score. From the kick off Hamilton handled the ball in the ruck. EK took a tap penalty; they went through the phases and kept recycling the ball. From the base of a scrum Ewan Ferguson dummied two opponents before crashing over the line. EK struck next, from the base of a ruck on the Hamilton 22, when Lewis MacFie broke down the line at pace. Lewis side stepped the full back and scored between the posts. Craig MacKenzie converted the try. Hamilton scored next, from what looked like a player going off his feet at a ruck; they secured the ball and drove over from 5 metres under the post. Hamilton missed the conversion. The EK team camped in the Hamilton 22 for the rest of the match and were awarded a penalty for foul play by Hamilton. In what was the last play of the match, Craig MacKenzie scored the penalty. The EK team showed courage, discipline and kept to their coaches game plan.

EK U16 60 - 5 CARTHA U16

On a glorious day for rugby at Torrance House, the EK U16 squad turned on the style to continue their unbeaten start to the league campaign . Visitors Cartha had no answer to the speed and power of the EK attack and defence . Early scores from pacy debutant Callum Field, a cheeky blindside snipe from jack Roxburgh and a long range counter from Callum Connelly - Tennock put EK well in front . In fairness the visitors never gave up and deservedly got on the scoresheet with a short range effort. EK however quickly snuffed out any chance of a comeback with Jack Kelso powering over after good work from the forwards . 2 scores from team talisman Craig fisher and kicks from Ethan Aitken, put EK ahead 36-5 at the break. The second half saw many EK changes, but no difference in intensity . Although the 2nd half only saw 4 more scores, this was a dominant display . Second half scorers were Ross Steven, Callum Field , captain Harry Taggart and winger Adam McCormick. The squad take their unbeaten run to Glasgow Hawks next Sunday .!!

EAST KILBRIDE (U18) 17 BIGGER (U18) 36

EK under 18 were supposed to be on National League duty, but Perthshire called off due to lack of a front row. A friendly was quickly arranged against Bigger. The East Kilbride coaches took this game as a chance to blood new players and try players in new positions. Players were rotated during the game, which did interrupt the flow of the game; also 8 players were injured. The Bigger team dominated the first half with basic pick and go forward play. The East Kilbride team seemed to go through the motions in defence and their play lacked intensity. Basic errors were made, poor handling, tackling and kicking. The only bright part of the first half was a try by Gregor Haggerty, for EK against the run of play. The score at half time was 31-5 to Bigger. The second half was a different match, with EK throwing the ball wide to stretch the Biggar defence. Aidan Stott scored a try from the base of a ruck, on the Biggar line. Ross Arthur scored a penalty try after inter play between the backs.

Uddingston U16 0 - 26 EK U16

The under 16 squad continued their unbeaten start to the league campaign with a hard fought away victory at uddingston . In a tremendous defensive display , the home side never looked like scoring , as territory and possession were dominated by EK. Try of the game was scored by grant Dryburgh who outpaced the defence after slick handing by the backs. Further scores by jack Craig and Craig Jarvis meant EK were up 19-0 at the break. Despite all the domination , there was only one further score in the second half through jack Roxburgh . 3 conversions from Ethan Aitken made the final score 0-26. Another highlight was our first , extremely harsh ,yellow card to Ross Steven for unnecessary roughness! - like father like son.

P4 Update

Very proud of every boy in the P4 team today winning all 3 group games then being beaten in the semi finals.

P5 Update

Just a big well done to all the P5 boys at Biggar today excellent performances from all the boys, lots of potential for such a new squad. Remember to keep practising especially those tackles.

P4 Report

Best performance to date from P4 team at Biggar today. They won all their games against Melrose, Biggar, and Dalziell getting themselves into the semi finals against Boroughmuir which they sadly just lost out on. Well done boys. Coaches and parents are very proud of their performance.

EKRFC(U18) 10 GHA(U18) 20

East Kilbride U18 went down to their second defeat this season. Yet again they were against an older team, but showed spirit and skill. The game was even until Mark Donachie was yellow carded for a tackle that even the opposition thought was legal. GHA took advantage of EK being the one man down and scored 2 tries. When the EK lads were back up to 15 players they kept GHA under pressure, winning the ball repeatedly against the head. Something had to give and it did in the last 5 minutes of the first half. EK won a GHA scrum in the oppositions 22, and moved the ball out the backs. Two missed passes found Gregor Hagerty with his opposite number to beat, which he did to score. When the half time whistle blow the EK lads were dominating the game. The first 10 minutes of the second half was one to forget. The EK lads switched off just as GHA upped their game. Mistakes and lack of concentration led to GHA scoring two easy tries. Only after being down 20-5 did the EK lads pick up the intensity of the game. The EK back row seemed to snuff out every opposition move and drive them back. Tactical kicking by Aidan Stott kept GHA boxed into their own half. When GHA tried to clear the ball from behind their posts Lewis Macfie tackled the opposition winger. Three EK forwards drove over the tackled player and Gregor Hagerty picked up the ball to score in the corner.

CURRIE (U18) 56 EAST KILBRIDE (U18) 0

This match against Currie was the under 18’s first National League match. The score did not reflect the match, where EK were in contention until the last 10 minutes. The score could have been different but for a few missed tackles by EK and missed infringements by the referee. The EK team showed great commitment and team spirit, but need to be sharper and more clinical.

S1 Report

The S1s enjoyed their first outing today against Uddingston with a 48 -0 win.

EAST KILBRIDE (U18) 49 GREENOCK (U18) 7

East Kilbride under 18s first outing this season was against a larger and more experienced Greenock team. New coaches brought many positional changes and the amalgamation of two teams, never easy. The first 20 minutes was all EK. Greenock never even visited the EK half once. After continuous pressure the Greenock line was breached. EK won a scrum on Greenock’s 22 against the head. The ball went out the back and Ross McColl side stepped his opposite number, but cut in and was tackled near the line. From the ensuing ruck Aidan Stott passed to Ross Campbell who scored in the corner. Greenock scored and converted a try in their only venture into the EK half. Greenock’s try came from a mix up between the EK half backs at the base of the scrum. In the last play of the first half EK scored a try. From a scrum 30 metres from the Greenock line, EK won the ball. Quick hands got the ball out to Mark Donachie, who broke the opposition’s line. Mark drew the full back and passed to Ross Arthur, who had joined the line at speed, and had an easy run in to score. The second half was all one way traffic with EK scoring 7 tries without reply. The try scorers were- Mark Donachie, Ciaran Mullins, Roddy Beaton, Ewan Ferguson, Nathan Horner, Lewis McFie and Gavin Cassidy. Craig Mackenzie scored 2 conversions. This was a team display with every player playing their part; no player can be singled out for praise. Next week’s match away to Currie on National League business, will be a much stiffer challenge.