Club News | 20th Nov 2022
P6/7 Match Report
20 Nov 2022 Stewarty Sharks welcomed old foes Dumfries Saints and new opponents Carrick to Greenlaw on Sunday. The Stewartry P6 team were pitted against two well drilled Dumfries P6 teams, and played a round robin tournament. It was a very difficult day for the P6 team, and the players showed real commitment in all that they did, with some ferocious tackling and determined running. With a lot of new players joining the team this season, it was down to some of the more seasoned campaigners to lead by example, and Mitch, Jack, Ewan and Tyler really stepped up and put their bodies on the line and made coaches, parents and teammates proud. There were also some excellent tries scored, and a first ever competitive try for Logan. Despite their best efforts however, it was the Dumfries P6 teams who had the upper hand, dominating at the breakdown and in the tackle to take wins in each of the matches. Onwards and upwards for the P6 team, with some valuable lessons learned after a tough day at the office! The P7 team played a round robin tournament against Dumfries and Carrick. The first fixture was against Dumfries, and was a very competitive affair, with both teams scoring after some free-flowing moves, showing excellent handling skills and making the most of the width of the pitch. Strong Stewartry tackling from Murray, Zander and Lily and positive counter-rucking at the breakdown allowed a number of turnovers. This enabled Ciaran, Matthew, Jack, Sam and other mazy runners in the team to carve up the pitch and start dominating the scoreboard, taking the win in the first match. Due to the late arrival of Carrick, a second game against Dumfries followed, with the Stewartry team hitting their stride straight away, winning the physical battle and running in a series of excellent tries featuring good running, passing and offloading involving the whole team. Despite the hard work and excellent passing and handling from Dumfries, the Stewatry team were able to convincingly take the victory in the second match. The last game was a first ever outing against a plucky Carrick outfit who had a heavily disrupted preparation to the match and were never really able to get into their rhythm – in part due to the pressure applied by a rampant Stewarty team whose confidence was sky high after two previous wins. The scoreboard finished heavily in Stewarty’s favour, with tries from across the team, capped off by a Doddie Weir-inspired mad giraffe try from Cameron to round out a very successful morning for the P7 team. Thanks to all the referees who volunteered on the day, and to all the parents and helpers who came along to make the day a success.
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Match report by Ralph Spernagel