30 May 2023
Sport Update w/ending 28th May 2023

Athletics

Our S1-2 athletes took part in the rearranged Athletics Match at Albyn against the hosts and St Margaret’s on Tuesday afternoon. We took a large team to the event including some top performers and some pupils competing in Athletics for the first time. There were many excellent performances including S2 relay teams, S1 boys High Jump, S2 Boys and Girls Shot Putt and S1 Boys 200m. This was more excellent preparation for our own Sports Day this Saturday, 3rd June.

Golf

Still with all to play for in the shadow of Pittodrie Stadium, our RGC Golf team comprising Finlay B, Sam M, Diego O-V & Bily B played a decider with Cults Academy on Thursday. The weather has become more favourable and the evening would be classed as balmy, hard to believe at the Kings Links. Anyway, Finlay was on fire breaking par for the first time and winning comfortably 8 & 7. Sam and Billy played in a feisty match with our determined two winning 2 & 1. Sadly Diego, who thought he played really well, was up against an opponent who played flawless golf and lost 2&1. In winning the tie 2-1, the worst possible result for both teams, neither team made it to this year’s final, missing out on a ‘matches won’ count back.

Basketball

34 pupils from S1 and S2 had the chance to represent their House in basketball on Thursday at RGU Sport. It was a spirited competition with each House winning at least one match on the day. In the end Collyhill came out victorious with Straloch close behind in second.

Cricket

We were very happy to welcome Dollar Academy to Countesswells on Saturday morning for matches against several of our teams. For many of our younger P5/6 pupils this was their first experience of a competitive cricket match. A small but very enthusiastic group enjoyed an internal pairs game in the glorious sunshine. All pupils had the opportunity to bat and bowl. Lots of learning was had but a stronger and more able Dollar team won the game. We even managed to involve some younger siblings as additional fielders. Lots of skill on show in some of the batting in particular. P6 had an exciting game where Dollar batted first and scored 71 for 6 and RGC 68 for 4. There was some great batting and bowling from each team and cricket played in the right spirit. Those P7s who didn’t play hardball cricket had a friendly game against Dollar. It was great to see both boys and girls playing soft ball matches against an able opposition.

Dollar’s best team of S1 and some S2s took on a mixed P7/S1 RGC team. RGC managed to reach 100 all out in the 20th over, with Riyansh scoring 31 before a desperately unlucky run out when Eli’s straight drive clipped the bowler’s foot then hit the stumps. Lots of boys batted bravely in the face of significant pace from the Dollar boys. Chasing 101, the Dollar openers got settled and picked off the runs in the 14th over. The RGC boys didn’t take a couple of catching opportunities and also failed to appeal twice when the home umpire would definitely have given lbw. Lessons learned and fun had!

RGC took an S2 and an S3 team down to Dollar and played two good games despite being weakened by the loss of a number of players to other commitments. In the S2s, Dollar batted first and scored 107 all out. Dollar's bowling was then too strong for our batters, bowling RGC out for 34. Lots of players gained valuable match experience bowling hard ball overs in a match for the first time. The S3 match proved to be a closer affair, with Dollar batting first and scoring 129 for 3. In reply, RGC scored 123 for 5. Henry was 25 not out and Alex 30 not out, just leaving too much to do in the final over. It could all have been different if a couple more catches had been held in the Dollar innings. Both matches were played in good spirits.

Tennis

The girls under 16 Tennis team travelled down to Dollar Academy for their National Cup matches on Friday. The team of Bonnie C, Shawna S, Willow H and Saso A needed to play Strathallan, Dollar and George Watson’s one after the other, so it was a really tough test for the girls against very strong opponents. The matches started against Strathallan with a mixture of singles and doubles played. Despite some excellent rallies and competitive games the RGC girls struggled to win key points. This pattern was similar against Dollar, who like Strathallan, also have a Tennis Academy. The third match against George Watson’s was much more competitive with the matches drawn at 3 - 3. Bonnie in particular had a fantastic match against the Watson’s number 1 and managed to beat her 6 - 4. The tie break was won by Watson’s but the commitment, effort and improvement shown by all the girls throughout the day was huge. Thanks to Dollar for hosting the day.

P1-P4 Multi-Sports

Our P1-4 pupils started a block of Cricket activities on Saturday morning, having a go at striking, fielding and bowling. There will be no session on Saturday 3rd June due to our P5-S3 Sports Day, but we look forward to seeing P1-4 again on Saturday 10th June.

Sporting Achievements Out With School

Congratulations to the following pupils on their recent successes:

  • Mitchell O (S3) who represented Basketball Scotland last weekend at the TriNations2023 Tournament. It is great for RGC to have another pupil on the Scotland performance pathway.

  • Charlie R (S6) who ended his time at Banks O Dee Junior FC on a high as their Players’ Player of the Year.

  • Angela M-K who threw a Hammer PB while representing Scotland at Loughborough Sport at the weekend to place 13th all time in GB U20W and 17th in Europe U20W this season.