Minis have fun at Kelso
Perfect conditions for running rugby
The first game against Marr saw us give them a couple of players as they'd four last minute call-offs. Two of our boys did a great job and the game ended a draw. The Marr coaches were very appreciative and actually said our boys really helped them. The second game saw a good performance against Hawick and a win. Unfortunately the third game against a very large and extremely well-drilled Kelso side didn't go so well. Two suspected broken collar bones and a very bloody nose later and that one was lost. Thankfully, the BGH confirmed no broken bones - only really sore bits. Starting the last game against Melrose with only nine players was always going to be challenging but after a bit of uncertainty, the boys pulled together and although the game was lost, it was a respectable finish. Get well soon to all the wounded and hopefully everyone will be fit and well for our own tournament.
Played 3 - won 1, lost 2
1st Game Gala 0 Marr 7
2nd Game Gala 2 Duns 1
3rd Game Gala 2 Kelso 3
At croft park in much improved conditions from the previous week P6 came up against Marr the eventual tournament winners in the first tie. The boys stuck in well but succumbed to a 7- 0 defeat denting the hopes of reaching the final. Marr were physically bigger and this proved to be the difference.
Due to Jedforest pulling out at the last minute our second game against Duns came immediately after the first, P6 were always in command but Duns came back with a score with 2 minutes to play but Gala held on with a fantastic try saving tackle made in the in the last play of the game to see us secure the win.
In the 3rd and final game against the host side Kelso, Gala opened the scoring and were leading for most of the game before narrowly going down.
In summary, the boys played well with some good attacking play and some excellent defensive clearance kicks on a much better pitch this week.
Looking forward to our visit to the muckle toon in a fortnight.
The results, played 4 lost 4 does not tell the whole story of the P5 Mini Maroons tournament at Kelso on Sunday although the performance can only best be described as a mixed bag.
In glorious conditions the P5’s kicked of their pool matches against Marr and the game could have went either way with both teams playing some great attacking rugby and showing solid defence. The Gala boys unfortunately were not getting the rub of the green and some enforced turnovers resulted in Marr edging the match by a single try. The Minis then faced border rivals Hawick in what was once again a closely contested match. The weather was suited to running rugby and both teams showed that in abundance however Hawick dominated the close quarters action and eventually pulled clear late in the game to seal the win. Two back to back defeats clearly had knocked the stuffing out of the young Maroons who played hosts Kelso next and, as they had down at Selkirk the previous week, Kelso rampaged their way to a comfortable victory. The final match of the pool saw Gala face near neighbours Melrose and, whilst playing better than in the previous match, they were unable to create the chances necessary to beat a determined Melrose team who were worthy winners.
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The P3 Mini Maroons had a successful day in the sun at Kelso on Sunday.
The team started confidently with a draw against Jedburgh after a strong defensive effort from all members of the team. It was nearly a winning start with Brodie Curran running up the touch line, showing a clean pair of heels to the defence, to place the ball down just before the try line, as the actual line was obscured by spectators.
In game 2 against Hawick, the team had another strong defensive effort. Aaron, Ayden, Gregor, Kian, Leon & Rowan all working well as a team to close down space, but unfortunately Hawick worked the ball out wide to get around the defence to win the game. We did have a moment of excitement when Rowan ran the length of the pitch to score a try, but the referee brought the play back to the Gala half as he had been touched earlier in the move.
Shaun work with the team during the break to get some width in our attack, which paid off in the game against Kelso. Brodie, Dougie, James, Jensen, Kia & Rachael added to the strong defensive effort by putting into practice the attacking width, with three tries from Jensen and one by James.
In the final game the team came up against a strong Melrose side that we could not quite get past to reach the try line. It was another strong performance by the team to work Melrose hard in both attack and defence, but our defensive line was broken three times. Despite this, the team never gave up and tried to attack and move the ball quickly until the end of the game.
The coaches would like to thank the kids for their effort on Sunday, as we are very proud of the everyones performance. Also, many thanks to the parents who positively supported the team.