02 Mar 2020
Sport Report Week Commencing 24th February

Rugby

On Wednesday our 1st and 2nd XV hosted a team from Westhill Academy on a very cold day at Countesswells. They played a round robin tournament of 7's rugby which saw RGC come away as narrow winners. The day played host to some good examples of wide, expansive, creative rugby.

On Saturday morning our fixtures were against Perthshire Rugby and Mackie Rugby at Countesswells. The S2As secured an excellent win against Perthshire demonstrating a well-controlled first half performance with rampant line breaks and accurate movement of the ball wide. This was a very positive performance from all players who showed how much they have improved this year. Man of the match was Archie L. The S1A team also had a good win against Perthshire in a nicely competitive fixture with excellent tackling and defence in the 1st half.

Our P7s played mixed games against Mackie with RGC winning all four. The boys showed some good running and passing in attack but were a little rusty in defence. The two P6 teams also played Mackie and won all their games. There were good running lines in attack which created lots of scoring opportunities through turnovers in the ruck.

Sadly the annual P7 Rugby 7’s tournament at Stewart’s Melville was cancelled on Wednesday due to the poor weather conditions in Edinburgh.

Girls’ Hockey

Congratulations to both the 1st XI and S2A teams who won their North District tournaments on Saturday morning. The 1st XI was missing a few players due to a netball tournament but the girls who were there adapted themselves to the challenges presented. Scoring freely throughout the morning teed up the final clash with St Margaret’s. Two beautifully crafted goals was enough to make sure that 15 goals were scored in the tournament and no shots at goal, which was testament to their defence. 1st XI Player of the Tournament was Connie H who was the glue that held everything together. The 2nd XI were also playing in the tournament and drew 2 games, losing 3. They improved from their first match and grew stronger throughout the tournament however just struggled to score any goals. Amy S won the 2nd XI Player of the Tournament In the S2 tournament both RGC sides played some really good hockey. Player of the Tournament for S2A was Anna W with a wonder goal against St Margaret’s to effectively win us the tournament. With the score at 1.1 Anna ran from the halfway line beating seven opposition players before scoring with aplomb.

Due to the continued poor weather conditions in the Borders, the 1st XI Plate quarter final and S3 Plate semi final matches away against Selkirk High School were postponed again on Tuesday. They are due to go ahead on Tuesday 3rd March.

Boys’ Hockey

Hutcheson’s Grammar travelled up to Countesswells on Wednesday to play our 1st XI in the semi final of the Scottish Bowl competition. This was a competitive game with some excellent hockey on display from both schools. The first half was quite one sided, Hutchie relying heavily on the play of their Internationalist who was instrumental in giving them a 3-1 lead at half time. While we played well at the start of the game we didn’t control the strength of their side. The second half was much more even, we pulled a goal back to make it 3-2 but couldn’t capitalise on the good chances we had created. Hutchie secured a fourth goal on the counter attack to win 4-2. Good luck to Hutchie in the final vs Strathallan.

The 1st XI travelled down to Fettes on Saturday morning with a team consisting mainly of U16 players and just one 6th year and one 5th year player. With this in mind the boys started the game against a much older Fettes side with the heart and work rate that could not be faulted. Tom G made a solo effort stealing the ball at the halfway line then driving to the circle and finding a foul to win RGC a short corner. He then slotted the corner away beating post, man and goalie. The boys held on to this lead until 15 minutes into the first half before the physicality and pace of the game got the better of them. RGC struggled through to half time being 6-1 down at the half. The boys then played with all the effort they had left to finish the game off at a 9-1 loss. Although a tough day at the office for the boys, the young side showed all the characteristics that staff have been working on and played some very exciting hockey. All the boys playing should have their head held high on their efforts.

Unfortunately the U14 boys came up against a very strong, athletic Fettes home side and found the going very tough. A slow start conceding early meant we were always playing catch up, and with concentration wavering all too often, we were not at our best in the first half. After some much needed respite, the boys took the initiative early in the second half playing some neat and tidy hockey. Cue the big guns from Fettes. Fresh legs meant we again found the going tough, but full credit must go to the boys for persevering against a well drilled and very skilful side today.

The U15 game against Fettes was cancelled.

Netball

The Scottish Cup run came to an end for the 1st VII in the quarter final with a defeat against Perth Academy last Monday. This was a great match with lots of positives to take from the game and the Cup as a whole. Miss Stewart is extremely proud of the team’s Cup run and commented that the girls have worked so well as a team, fought in every match and learnt a lot along the way. Player of the Match was captain Piper K who was relentless in defence and moved the ball up the court with confidence in order to build some great attacking plays.

The 2nd VII secured a fantastic win against Portlethen on Thursday to conclude their Aberdeen League competition. The team was promoted into this league this season after winning the ASSNA Shield League. Caitlin B gave an outstanding performance, man-marking Portlethen’s dominant goal attack out of the game. Mrs Axten gave a special mention to the team’s S6 girls on their final fixture for RGC: Kirsty, Frayla and Caitlin. The 2nd VII shall remain in the ASSNA Cup League next season after winning 4 of their 8 fixtures. All teams playing in the ASSNA Cup league are a ‘1st’ team so to be promoted into this league and taking some great results to remain in the league is a huge merit to our girls. This was a very satisfying end to a well fought season.

On Saturday morning RGC hosted the annual Scottish Independent Schools Netball Tournament at the Beach Leisure Centre, welcoming teams from Strathallan, Fettes and Gordonstoun. Mrs Axten was so proud to announce that both our 1st and 2nd VII teams had made it through to the semi-finals. She said this was a fantastic achievement for us and a great reflection of the hard work the girls have all put in to a very competitive season. A very close and competitive final against Strathallan gave our 1st VII the runners up medals with the 2nd VII coming 4th place overall from the 8 teams competing.

Skiing

Congratulations to Robert Gordon's College Junior School A team who won 1st place at the SSSA Alpine Series Qualifier at the Lecht on Wednesday. The team was made up of Louisa M, Sophie K, Blair M, Bailey B and Jamie R. There were some great results in the individual events too with Blair M taking 1st place and Bailey B 3rd place in the boys race along with Sophie K who was 1st and Louisa M who was 2nd in the girls race.

There was more success the following day for the Senior School Ski team who won 1st place at the Senior School Alpine Series Qualifiers at The Lecht. In the boys' race Michael Mc (S1) was 3rd, Grant M (S3) 4th and Finlay C (S3) 6th overall. In the girls' race Autumn T (S1) was 2nd and Daisy C (S1) 3rd place.

Good luck everyone in the SSSA National Finals at Glenshee this week.

Junior School Swimming Gala

The annual Junior School Swimming Gala was held at Aberdeen Aquatics Centre on Tuesday involving an impressive total of 116 Junior School swimmers. This was a great afternoon with some fantastic swims, fun relays and records broken in several events. Congratulations to all the medal winners and to everyone who took part.

Team of the Week

The Senior School Ski team who won gold in the team competition at the Senior School Alpine Series Qualifiers at The Lecht. They have qualified for the national finals at Glenshee this week.