Tennent's Caledonia North Region Women’s League
Aberdeen - Saturday 25th September 2021
Aberdeenshire Quines 38, Orkney Dragons 52
Match Video by George Brown
Friday 24 September saw Orkney Dragons travel overnight to Aberdeen for their first away league game this season against Aberdeenshire Quines on Saturday 25th September.
Orkney came out confidently in the first half . Working well on focused game play throughout: The forwards hard work in gaining distance using their strength allowed the backs to run the line and score out on the wing comfortably.
Orkney’s second try came from a lineout maul, Orkneys forwards drove Quines back with a loud well constructed maul. Which opened up space for the backs.
The 9/10 duo of Charlene Nicolson and Rebecca Scott communicated well to allow for quick play through the backs, letting Paige Archibald sprint over the try line to score. Converted again by Shaynee Moar.
Further first half tries from Angela Shearer, Sarah Broydé, a second try for Angela Shearer and Shaynee Moar. With 2 more well executed conversions by Shaynee.
The second half saw both sides start to tire after a fast first half, with both teams only having one substitute available to use.
Aberdeenshire Quines gained momentum through penalty opportunities, which put the pressure back on the dragons.
Aberdeen put in a few quick tries round the outside of Orkney’s defensive line.
Orkney were not to be beaten though. Seeing Paige Archibald carry over the try line once again.
Quines took the score within 7 points of Orkneys lead in the last 5 minutes. The
Intensity lifted by both teams as spectators became louder.
Orkney turned up the heat with some big carries from forwards Katie Allison and Naomi Bremner, allowing Angela Shearer to nip around Aberdeenshire’s defence and score again in the last play of the game leading Orkney Dragons to a very respectable 52-38 win away.
Both sides played with numerous new players.
Orkney looked like a very tight knit team, who communicated well and used what they’ve learnt in training - which showed on the pitch.
Team lead by coach Gary Nicolson.
Women of the Match:
- Forward Joanne Rendall
- Back Angela Shearer