10 November 2019
Granite City arrived with a squad of 12 S 1’s and with 8 Orkney players available a ten a side match was organised played over 3 periods of 15 minutes on a full length pitch with the width reduced.
As it was Remembrance Sunday a minutes silence was observed before the game started.
The match started off as an open affair with both teams attacking strongly with the defences being not so strong.
Orkney scored first with some good handling between Sammy Laughton, Angus Dougall, and Will Brass releasing Calum (one of the Granite City players) to open the scoring. From the restart Granite City attacked and then fumbled the ball. From the resultant scrum Orkney pressurised the Granite City defence with Craig Morris ending up with the ball to run over and score the second try. Will converted the try and Orkney were 12-0.
Front row – left to right – Lee Deerness, Will Brass, Sammy Laughton (captain), James Braddock, Calum (Granite City Player). Missing from picture Finlay Waterston.
Granite City came back and attacked well scoring two quick tries in succession, converting both to lead 12-14. The tackling was not strong enough from the Orkney side but Sammy was tackling hard to try and stop the attacks.
The Orkney side regrouped and attacked again. Some good ball handling with Sammy, Lee Deerness and Craig driving towards the Granite try line ending with James Braddock crashing over the despairing tackles from Granite.
Orkney kept attacking and Christian (one of the Granite City players) ran in after being released by Will and Lee to score. Granite City attacked from the restart and scored after some good passing from them.
Orkney attacked again with good movement between many of the players and this time Alex Thomson was passed to in space and he ran over outpacing the covering defence. Will converting the try. The first period ended with the score 29 – 21 to Orkney after a breathless 15 minutes of rugby.
The second period started as fast as the first one ended with Orkney having one more of their players arriving – Finlay Waterston who had been on Remembrance Sunday parade duty. He announced his arrival with a superb defence tackle on one of the Granite City players to stop a near certain try.
We then had a period of great play with the team working to release Alex into space and he picked up two quick tries one of which was converted by Will. Sammy then picked up a try which was just reward for an excellent all round display before Alex finished up the Orkney scoring with another well run try. Granite City finished the period with a well worked try which was just reward for their efforts. The match at the end of the second period was Orkney 51 – 26 Granite City.
It was decided for the final period to mix the teams up and play half on each side and call it yellows v purples. This was very evenly contested and the boys enjoyed playing with different team mates with the yellows scoring 1 try to the purples 2.
The coaches top three players were 1st Sammy, 2nd Alex 3rd Will. The players player was Alex.
All the boys can be proud of their performances and everyone played well.