Match report by Ian Gray –
WHEN spectating any sporting encounter, I can only really enjoy the occasion if I am supporting one of the combatants. This Captain’s XV v President’s XV annual Boxing Day extravaganza left me in a quandary. With offspring on both sides, who should I want to win?
You may argue that I was in a win-win situation, being able to celebrate no matter which team won. Perhaps a draw would be the best option!
The game itself was an extremely entertaining encounter, played in an excellent spirit, and well referreed by Stuart Campbell. The teams produced an excellent game of rugby, despite the heavy going at Redcloak.
Neither team held back in either defence or attack and both sides managed to score 3 tries, with the Captain’s team scoring the first try and the last. The President’s XV took the lead twice, but couldn’t hold on at the death.
Full back Robbie Crighton opened the scoring for the Captain’s side, before an excellent kick through from Mike Levack and chase from Dave Garden brought the scores level.
Josh Law then put the President’s ahead and the half-time whistle left the score at:
Captain’s XV 5 – 10 President’s XV
Soon after the restart, Lyle Venters scored his usual try after an excellent passing movement involving numerous pairs of hands.
Dave Garden then put Neil Foster’s team back into the lead, but never-say-die Ross Gray’s side fashioned out another score for Mikey Mair.
Final score :- Captain’s XV 15 – 15 President’s XV
Ground conditions played a big part in there being no successful kicks, but nonetheless we witnessed a great advert for Mackie rugby, giving the festive crowd a competitive and entertaining closely-fought encounter.
By virtue of having been successful last year, the draw meant that the Captain’s XV retain the Paul McGinn Friendship Quaich.
Mackie’s next League game will be on the 12th January, at Rubislaw Playing Fields for the competitive fixture against old rivals Aberdeen Grammar 2nd XV.