30 May 2022
Sport Update w/ending 29th May 2022

Athletics

We had a great turnout of pupils during the week when we held the heats for S1-S3 Sports Day events. Saturday morning provided another opportunity for practice for the Junior School and Senior School pupils, and we look forward to cheering everyone on at Sports Day on Saturday 11th June.

A team of sprinters from S1-S3 travelled to Hutcheson’s Grammar School in Glasgow on Friday for the annual Scottish Schools Relays Event. The standard of athletes from schools across Scotland was as high as ever and our S1 Boys team qualified from their heat into the final. Well done to all our pupils who were involved in this event.

Cricket

On Wednesday our 1st XI Cricket team travelled to George Watson’s College in Edinburgh to play in the T20 Cup match. GWC batted first and got off to a flying start before Adi H dismissed one of their opening batters with a caught and bowled 108 for 1 off 12 overs. GWC looked to be on course for a big total, however, tight bowling from Rudra C and Varun K kept them to 164 off 20 overs. Even with some momentum our batters struggled to get a start. Many got out to poor shots which is something we will reflect on. We eventually made 84. Overall RGC lost the match but there were many positives for the younger players who are aiming to develop their Cricket. The game highlighted the importance of aggressive and dynamic fielding. This was a new competition for RGC and a pleasing sign of more progress within Cricket. Most importantly though, GWC provided us with a great match tea!

The unstoppable S1 winning streak continued on Friday in their rescheduled match vs Albyn in very poor conditions. This was a 16 over match and we made 85 for 1 in some terrible rain. We started really well in the field with debutant Aleks R taking 2 wickets in the opening over. Some more good fielding kept Albyn to 55 for 7. All players from both sides deserve praise for playing on a very cold and wet afternoon.

On Saturday we held our Inter House Sixes Tournament. It was a really good morning of Cricket for P7 and S1 with 3 teams of 6 facing 60 balls each. There were 2 bowlers at a time, 10 balls from each of the team that had just batted. Despite the early rain there was some very high standard batting and bowling. The 10.30 lunch perked us up beautifully and the 2nd innings were just as exciting. Scores were close in both sections and overall it was a very enjoyable morning for all.

There was a good showing from the Seniors in their tournament with 24 pupils making 4 teams. Some big hitting was on show with Finlay W stealing the show with his double wicket over. Ananth S’s team were the eventual winners of the tournament. Good fun was had by all and we enjoyed an excellent tea. We are looking forward to growing the tournament next summer.

Highland Dancing

On Wednesday a team of our Highland Dancers joined the RGC Pipe Band to travel to Edinburgh Castle where they performed at the prestigious Beating of the Retreat. This was a fantastic experience for all of our pupils.

Tennis

The RGC S3 Boys Tennis team travelled down to Edinburgh on Thursday to play Merchiston Castle school in a National Cup Quarter Final match. The team consisted of Harrison S, Leon R, George I and Kevin S (S1). All boys played a singles match followed by a doubles match so the result could be decided over the 6 rubbers. Man of the Match has to go to Kevin S who stepped in at the last minute to play opponents who were two years older than him. Despite the age difference, Kevin, playing at no. 2, managed to take the Merchiston no. 2 to a 7-5 loss. There were some great rallies, played in a great spirit on indoor courts which were significantly faster than our players were used to. While Merchiston won the match overall it was a fantastic day of competition and everyone gave it their best shot.

Golf

Our Senior Golf Team, consisting Finlay B, Robbie B, Sam M & Alice R took to the course on Friday against Aberdeen Grammar in the Paul Lawrie Aberdeen Schools League. It was a great win for RGC which has secured their place in the final.

Team of the Week

Well done to this week’s TOTW, our Senior School Highland Dancers. The girls put on a wonderful performance of the Strathspey and Highland Reel on the forecourt of Edinburgh Castle last Wednesday at the Beating of the Retreat.

Sporting Achievements Out With School

Well done to our Rowers who represented the Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association (ASRA) at the National Schools Regatta. Magnus won 1st place in the J16M Coxed 4s. Anna & Maggie won bronze in the J16W 8 while Ella, Rosie & Gemma were 4th in the J18W Coxed 4s narrowly missing out on the bronze medal.