Report for Accies 1st League match in this 150th Year
Accies from around the world would have been proud to be part of this memorable day.
We launched the celebrations for our 150th year both on and off the park with style and enthusiasm!
With our oldest past President , Andrew Howie (91) and our oldest past Captain, Colin Guthrie (?) both in attendance and past Internationalists Brian Simmers and John Beattie, sitting beside the current SRU President Eddie Crozier, we were guaranteed an interesting day! We were not disappointed as the event was launched by young Ian McNaught piping in the players of the 2015-16 season!
We were very lucky that Eddie Crosier, the SRU President, was prepared to take time out from his very busy schedule to attend this lunch at New Anniesland. Rugby in Scotland is richer for having a President who has the core of rugby at his heart!
We were then reminded of some of the history of this wonderful club with a short but fascinating speech from Gordon Wilson, the details of which were supplied by our friend and supporter Hugh Barrow! I can tell you all that this has truly whetted my appetite for the “History of Glasgow Accies” which we will be producing at the end of the season, thanks to the efforts of Hugh.
We all wish you a speedy recovery Hugh and look forward with baited breath.
The lunch in the pavilion was attended by 50 members and quests with a welcome presence form our kindred club Kilmarnock! Our resident photographer, Emma, wife of No8 Sam has promised some photos of the day, which we will circulate when available, in the next few days.
Rugby is about friends and relationships and Accies and Kilmarnock have 298 years of rugby history to celebrate and many friendships to treasure.
All rugby clubs work hard to maintain their grounds and finances so that the 40 or so players can play this fantastic game and develop their own friendships and lifelong associations that we are all so lucky to have through rugby!
And so to the match:-
The rain disappeared – to the delight of all and the game got underway!
The word from Kilmarnock was that they had had a tough start to their season, losing their coach in August, but they have clearly turned a corner if today’s performance is anything to go by!
After exchanging early penalties both teams demonstrated a clear desire to play fast rugby and attack from all parts of the field! However it was Accies who struck first with some very clever work from our talented scrum half, Josh Waldin, producing the first try of the game. Too wide out for the conversion to be successful! 8 -3
Accies forwards seemed to have got some steam up and were controlling the scrums and in part the line outs. This was allowing the backs to run with some ease and direction – result – another try for the extremely talented fullback Kris Mathie! Unfortunately not close enough to the posts. 13-3
Back came Kilmarnock as expected and a penalty for an infringement 25 metres out allowed Kilmarnock to reduce the deficit to 13-6
At this point the game seemed to be in the balance with both teams putting 100% commitment into every tackle and contact. I have to say this resulted in a spate of injuries which rather disrupted the flow of the game. Accies lost 3 players and Kilmarnock 1.
However another crunching tackle from the youthful hooker Jason Currie, demonstrated a real desire to drive things on. This seemed to motivate the rest of the pack and Accies started to get on top. Momentum is an amazing thing and the result of this was an opportunity for the energetic Josh Waldin to take the ball down the blindside and into space, followed by some good footwork and drawing the defence to him, gave the inside pass to the ever present No. 8 Sam Miller, who did not need a second invitation to score what was a truly well-deserved try. Once again however too far out! 18 – 6
Josh was injured during that effort and had to leave the field but Accies were clearly encouraged by the score and started to dominate play in the tight and loose and finally the forwards created enough pressure on the line for the ball to be spun wide with crisp and accurate passing and the try to be scored out wide, no you are wrong up stepped Chris Rhodes to convert! 25 – 6
Once again the idea that the side that scores immediately before the end of the first half takes that confidence into the second was proved wrong! From the kick off Kilmarnock took the game to Accies with aggression and skill. Accies could not get out of their own half for at least 15 minutes let alone get their hands on useful ball!
However dominance at the set piece by this strong Accies pack, allowed the backs to get play into the Kilmarnock half and some great work with ball in hand, allowed Chris Mathie to scamper over in the corner. Accies are starting to look like the side that ended last season so well. However the try was too far out for even our kicking genius to get it 32 – 6
The crowd settled and from the restart Kilmarnock kicked the ball inot the welcoming hands of our forwards. In what seemed like a flash Accies mounted their best attack of the game. The good ball that was produced at the kick off was recycled and a spectacle of passing rugby from one side of the pitch to the other resulted in superb try for Brad Bell. Brad had stepped up to the mark when our blindside wing forward was injured! Maybe we have found a new forward!
There was now only a few minutes left but a speculative kick ahead by Kilmarnock bounced between our players and into the hands of the Kilmarnock follow up player who passed inside him –TRY TIME
Accies were home and dry having secured the try bonus point for good measure!
This is a tough league and I know how hard the players train and prepare for every one of those games. The support they are given at New Anniesland is much appreciated and means a lot to all the players and coaching staff. Next Saturday, home fixture, the 19th September is a ¼ final ‘Shield’ match vs Stewartry with a 3.00pm KO and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
I have attached the league table for your edification!
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Man of the Match was uniquely won this week by the engine room of the Accie pack, Chris Johstone and Ruaridh Wilson, both of whom put in a power of work and can be well proud of their afternoons efforts.
Referee Report: Graeme Filmer who was scheduled to referee this game was unable to attend, due to being involved in a road traffic accident on Friday night. We wish him well. However an old friend from Oban duly stepped up to the plate at the last minute, William Malone made the long journey south and we are all grateful to him. The game was, as he described, played in an open and constructive manner and that he felt made his job easier. Injuries always disrupt the flow of a game but Mr Malone kept a gentle hand on the tiller and gets a good 9/10 for his efforts.