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Grampian Forest Rally welcomes British Rally Championship in 2021

By bellmannews / December 16, 2020

The British Rally Championship will head to Kincardineshire for the first time since the 1980’s next year, as the Grampian Forest Rally becomes a qualifying round of the series, adding to the traditional visit from the KNC Groundworks Scottish Rally Championship. Scheduled to run on 14th August 2021, the all-gravel forest rally will once again be […]


Red Card Agony for Mackie

By bellmannews / March 8, 2020

Match report by Ian Gray – For the second week in a row, Mackie had to be content with a losing bonus point in this, their last league game of the season. Moray grasped the initiative right from the word go, and almost scored straight from the kick-off, when only an alleged knock-on saved the […]


Mackie Takes on ‘Shire

By Jane Cruickshank / March 1, 2020

Match report by Ian Gray – THIS vital Caledonia North League 2 game had to be transferred to Mackie Academy Playing Fields from a waterlogged Redcloak. It was a 2nd v 4th contest, and would go a long way to deciding who gains promotion to Caley League 1. A nasty wind made handling difficult, something […]


Mackie Maintain Momentum

By bellmannews / February 25, 2020

Match report by Ian Gray – For the second week in a row, Mackie had to contend with seriously blustery conditions in their return league game against Ross Sutherland Stags, who had to journey through wintry conditions on the trip down from Invergordon. The wind was blowing diagonally across the pitch and the Stags had […]


Last Gasp Mackie Win the Day

By Jane Cruickshank / February 16, 2020

Match report by Ian Gray – ON the drive up to Banff, the gale force wind was buffeting the car and the rain was beginning to lash down. Could a meaningful game of rugby be played in such conditions? Should a game of rugby be played in such conditions, even if the ground is considered […]


Murrayfield Final For Mackie

By bellmannews / February 6, 2020

Match report by James Sadio Mackie U16 v Peebles U16 National Cup semi final  at Oriam on February 2 THIS was Mackie’s first visit to the Heriot Watt sports facility nestled neatly in the university campus, and what a first visit it turned out to be. Despite the bus being ‘Baltic’ the heat on the […]


Boxing Day Celebrations

By bellmannews / December 29, 2019

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 […]


Shire Dominate Mackie

By bellmannews / December 2, 2019

Match report by Ian Gray – ON an afternoon when many games across the country had been postponed due to frozen grounds, this Caley North 2 league game between Aberdeenshire and Mackie went ahead at a very cold, but bright Woodside: a ground at which historically Mackie has found it very hard to come away […]



By Jane Cruickshank / November 25, 2019

Match report by Ian Gray – ROSS Gray led his Mackie Bears into battle against Ross Sutherland Stags on a grey and overcast day up in Invergordon. Mackie were looking for what would be their third win in a row, but their first away win of season 2019/20. Early skirmishes saw the two teams test […]


Relieved Celebration for Mackie

By Jane Cruickshank / November 10, 2019

Match report by Ian Gray Mackie  24 – 21  Banff ON a cold, damp Saturday afternoon at Redcloak, Mackie played host to Banff. Both teams were on a high, having had excellent, if surprising, results last time out. It was Mackie who started better with strong running and good hands leading to 2 tries, one […]

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