Mini Rugby Festival held on Saturday the 14th of March 2015. On a cold but dry day there were 5 teams in both the P6/7’s and the P4/5’s sections, with a welcome side from Shetland making up the fifth team in the P6/7’s.
Game 2 for P6/7’s was St Andrews (4) -V- Shetland (1). This was a good running game with Shetland demonstrating good positional sense but the strength of the St Andrews team came through with strong tackling from John Fuller and running play by Alexander Scott & Ewan Stevenson. Tries by Tom McArthur, Alexander Scott, Ewan Stevenson & John Fuller and for Shetland Kieran Whyte.
Game 3 for P6/7’s was Dounby (3) -V- Kirkwall Greens (1). This game showed good teamwork and support play from both sides, of note were Keith Isbister, Jack Leitch & Lianne Sinclair for Dounby and Morgan Leslie for Greens with strong tackling from Guy Summerfield & Alexander Keenan. Tries were scored James Walker (2), Jake Davidson (1) and for the Greens Luke Shearer.
Game 4 for P6/7’s was Shetland (3) -V- Kirkwall Checks (2). This was a ding dong battle with strong running from Cameron Milne, Aden Foubister & Scott McCartney and some crunching tackles from Archie Flett and Craig Brough. Tries were scored by Kieran Whyte (2) and one a piece for Bryden Baronet, Ben Swannie and Cameron Foy.
Game 5 for P6/7’s was St Andrews (5) -V- Dounby (0). In this game it showed what a few missed tackles and poorer support play can cost a side. With strong tackling from Finn Hancock & Hamish Knox and solid running from Ewan Stevenson & Alexander Scott proved too much for Dounby who put up improved tackling and support play from Charlie Fulton & Morgan Denniston in the second half. Tries were scored by Tom McArthur, Finlay Cooper, John Fuller, Ewan Stevenson & Finn Hancock.
Game 6 for P6/7’s was Shetland (9) -V- Kirkwall Greens (4). This game provided us with the most tries of any game and demonstrated good use of the line and good rucking especially by Shetland. The Greens showed improvement through Conrad Johnston & Roman Pirie working together to win ball. Tries were scored by Kieran Whyte (3), Zak Carroll (3), Bryden Baronet (2) & Ben Wagstaff (1) and for the Greens Shannon Passotti (3) & one for Luke Shearer.
Game 7 for P6/7’s was Kirkwall Checks (5) -V- Dounby (1). Strong attacking play from the start put the Checks side in a good position but there was a stalwart defence from Dounby with great tackles from Ross Dowie and good support play from Daniel Kirkpatrick. Good running moves from Checks Cameron Milne & Connor MacLeod helped feed their players and some cracking tackling was put in by Archie Flett. Tries were scored by Craig Brough (2) and one a piece for Jamie Hutchison, Cameron Foy Archie Flett and for Dounby Keith Isbister.
Game 8 for P6/7’s was St Andrews (9) -V- Kirkwall Greens (2). This was another high scoring game with St Andrews showing excellent support play through Jack MacKie & Reece Smith. They did not have it all their way with some great tackling from Alex Keenan and Morgan Leslie. Tries were scored by Tom McArthur (3), John Fuller & Finlay Cooper both got 2 and one apiece for Reece Smith & Ewan Stevenson, with both the Greens tries made by Shannon Passotti.
Game 9 for P6/7’s was Shetland (2) -V- Dounby (0). This was an entertaining game with nothing in it as both sides tackled well and fought hard for ball possession. In the end after sustained driving play Shetland managed to score two tries through Kieran Whyte & Bryden Baronet.
Game 10 for P6/7’s was St Andrews (5) -V- Kirkwall Checks (1). The final game proved to be as interesting as expected. There was strong tackles from John Fuller and good support play by Ewan Stevenson on the St Andrews side with good driving play from Aden Foubister, Scott McCartney & Ben Swannie of the Checks. In the end the support play of St Andrews won through with tries scored by Tom McArthur (2) and one a piece for Jack MacKie, Findlay Cooper & John Fuller and for the Checks Craig Brough.
Game 1 for P4/5’s was Barbarians (5) -V- Dounby (4). This was a balanced game with good running moves from both sides and a strong contest for the ball. Tries were scored by Aiden Cooper (3), James Croy (2) and one a piece for Ewan Foubister, Christy MacLeod, Thorfinn Sinclair & Alex Scarth.
Game 2 for P4/5’s was St Andrews (10) -V- Kirkwall Whites (3). This was a game of good team play and solid tackles. The Whites tried hard but could not hold back the strong play. Tries were scored by Travis Davies and Aiden Cooper two each and one apiece for Cerys Davies Isaac Deerness, Adam Mackie, Ewan Knox, Jason Scott & Danny Rendall and for the Whites Jack Wallace (2) & one for James Croy.
Game 3 for P4/5’s was Kirkwall Reds (4) -V- Dounby (3). This was a close game which could have gone either way with both sides contesting well for the ball. Tries were scored by Harvey Slater (3), Alex Scarth (2) and one a piece for Tallis Scott, Murray Clark & Ewan Foubister.
Game 4 for P4/5’s was St Andrews (8) -V- Barbarians (1). Here again the strong team play won out for St Andrews with some good tackles from the Barbarians’ Michael Scarth & Mitchell Dowie. Tries scored by Aiden Cooper, Jason Scott, Christopher Scott all got two and one a piece for Adam Mackie, Travis Davies and Ewan C Harcus.
Game 5 for P4/5’s was Kirkwall Reds (7) -V- Kirkwall Whites (3). The usual Kirkwall tough game with both sides working hard to win ball. There were good runs from Alfie Copland and Euan Harcus. Tries were scored by Harvey Slater (3), Ryan Linklater (2) and one a piece for Jack Wallace, Angus Brown, Tallis Scott, Fraser Burton & Brogan Russell.
Game 6 for P4/5’s was St Andrews (5) -V- Dounby (1). This was a hard fought game with Dounby putting in a lot of tackles and St Andrews also defending their line strongly. Tries were scored by Jason Scott (3), Christopher Scott (2) & one from Alex Scarth.
Game 7 for P4/5’s was Kirkwall Reds (5) -V- Barbarians (0). The Reds were just too strong for the Barbarians who put in good tackles from Jack Wallace and almost made a try through good running from Ryan Linklater and Michael Scarth. Tries Scored by Harvey Slater (4) & Tallis Scott (1).
Game 8 for P4/5’s was Dounby (8) -V- Kirkwall Whites (0). This was a runaway win for Dounby despite good tackles put in by James Croy, Jack Wallace and Alfie Copland. Tries scored by Alex Scarth (4), Ewan Foubister (2) and one a piece for Christy MacLeod & Tommy Stocken.
Game 9 for P4/5’s was St Andrews (8) -V- Kirkwall Reds (1). In this game the previously strong Reds seemed to lose their way and St Andrews showed that no matter how big the player if you tackle low then the player comes down. Tries were scored by Christopher Scott, Adam Mackie, Jason Scott all getting 2 and one a piece for Sam Paterson, Aiden Coper and Harvey Slater.
Game 10 for P4/5’s was Barbarians (7) -V- Kirkwall Whites (1). This final game was a great success for the Barbarians who had also played for their own area during the day. Tries were scored by Alex Scarth (4), and one a piece for Joseph Moore, Michael Scarth, Ewan Foubister and Ryan Linklater.
Players Players for each team were Ryan Linklater, Harvey Slater, Alex Scarth, Ryan Slater, Jason Scott, Craig Brough, Shannon Passotti, Jake Davidson, John Fuller and Ross Card.
Coaches Players for each team were Alfie Copland, Tallis Scott, Angus Dougal, Michael Scarth, Christopher Scott, Archie Flett, Rebecca Braddock, James Walker, Jack Mackie and Matthew Robertson