A brilliant day for all at New Anniesland

After the horrendous period of snow and then the heavy rain yesterday it was a great credit that all the players could play running rugby on pitches which were in great condition. Robert Cheape and his team to be applauded yet again!

The first day this year that we could call ‘spring like’ helped to create a brilliant atmosphere for what is the highlight of the season for all age groups at Accies. It also meant that coaches and supporters could relax on the touch lines and get involved with their own teams.

There was a total of 10 Clubs who sent teams to compete at age groups from P4 to P7. The atmosphere was totally positive and it was great to see young players being encouraged and supported by all supporters and coaches, whether it was their club or not. This is the future of Scottish rugby and it was great to watch these youngsters and who knows which of them will follow in the footsteps of Jones, Hogg or Russell or maybe Gray, Watson or Barclay. I certainly watched several players demonstrate superb side steps and the ability to run with the ball in both hands and show the opposition a clean pair of heals.

In the senior P7 group there were a great many competitive matches and from the two groups GHK and Marr emerged as winners. The final continued the total commitment from both sides but in the end GHK emerged as winners after sudden death extra time no less

In the P6 groups again there was some great rugby on show and clearly some good coaching going on. The two groups had some very quick and skilful players and from group 1 a very strong and skilful Birkmyre side was pipped for the final by a strong GHA side. In group 2 Accies dominated their round robin games and arrived at the final unbeaten. However in the final GHA moved the ball well and the absence of two key players for Accies meant they went a bit route one (let the ball do the work!) so GHA ran out worthy winners in a close contest.

In the P5 groups it was another afternoon of what might have been but a strong GHK side emerged as winners of group 1 and with GHA winning group 2 a fantastic final was in prospect. Both sides gave it everything and some amazing running and handling for players playing rugby for two years it was a great final. It was GHA who emerged as winners.

P4 is the first year of  full contact rugby and it is great to see so many youngsters out there enjoying this greatest of team sports. The winners from a tough group 1 Birkmyre emerged as winners and they eventually had to play GHA in the final. Birkmyre always send strong teams to this tournament and it looks like they have another good team in the making as they won the final.

This was a day at New Anniesland and great thanks have to go to all the players and coaches plus their supporters for making this a day to remember. Congratulations go to GHA who had a really successful day but every player and team have to be complemented on their effort and skill levels that were on show today.

A nod too, to our friends at Strathendrick who ran the MICRO tournament at the same time for P2-P3 – where Accies P2 (including a 4-year-old!) and P3 both left the field undefeated.

A £400 charitable donation will be made to Wooden Spoon charity to follow on the £250 made at Christmas thanks to Rebecca Neilson who ran and baked for the cake stall and Iain Murphy and Linsey Cockburn who ran the catering

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