Report by Ian Gray –
On a bright Saturday afternoon Mackie played their first home Caledonian League 2 game against old adversaries Aberdeen Grammar 2nd XV. Fly-half Ross Gray returned from injury to lead the team for the first time this season.
The first score at Redcloak was a long time coming after 20 odd minutes of to and fro. Unfortunately it was the visitors who managed to cross the whitewash first, giving them a 5 – 0 lead.
It took another five minutes for Mackie to find a try of their own when Stuart Hamilton dummied his way over. This brought the scores level with half-time beckoning.
But Grammar weren’t finished, managing to squeeze over for a second try before the break, leaving the half-time score at Mackie 5 – 10 Grammar.
The second half started much like the first with both sides huffing and puffing, but failing to add to the score.
A clearing Mackie kick led to another Grammar try when two Mackie chasers were adjudged to be offside, leading to quick tap penalty and a try which was converted.
With the score now 5 – 17, Mackie had no choice but to go for broke. They were rewarded when substitute winger Jamie Lawrence went over in the corner after a good handling movement. Ross Gray came close with the conversion but the scoreboard read 10 – 17.
There were six minutes to go and Mackie were a converted score away from a draw. If truth be told the Stoney boys didn’t even come close to scoring again and surprise, surprise, the game ended with the ref awarding a very kickable penalty to the opposition.
The successful kick brought the final result to 10 – 20, leaving Mackie nothing to show for their afternoon’s efforts.
There is now a two week break from league action with the next game away to North Scotland Police on October 12th.
Mackie Squad :- 1. Lewis Moir 2. Gareth Walker 3. James Sadio 4. Stuart Harrington 5. Dean Gerrard 6. Andrew Mitchell 7. Chris Ballantyne 8. Greg Hartley 9. Mikey Mair 10. Ross Gray (capt.) 11. Lyle Venters 12. Steven Somerville 13. Stuart Hamilton 14. Daniel Macgregor 15. Andrew MacArthur 16. Cameron Hunter 17. Colin Mair 18. Fraser McAulay 19. Ali Pittendreigh 20. Jamie Lawrence
Pictured is Ross Gray, who was back in action after an injury