U9 A St Mary’s Vs Belhaven rugby 

A rainy start to the day down here in Melrose kept all the lads and myself pondering as to whether we were in for a cancelation to our day’s fixture. However with a spot of luck, mainly thanks to relief rainfall on the east coast, our match was not cancelled and all the teams including the 1st XV, and U9 girl’s hockey teams went in convoy North to Belhaven school!
Due to a flooded pitch, our U9 boys were escorted 500 meters down the golf course to the local park; this is where we would meet a currently untested Belhaven side head on. 
With a strong wind to their backs, the lads made healthy start with a try from John Imray right from the tap. This is how the game progressed for the next 20 minutes, try after try came; Ollie Little collected a beauty with his huge pace, whilst Josh Cully’s sheer grit led him to punch a good gap through the Belhaven defence. The boys applied huge pressure and tackles were made by every lad, in particular, Geordie Maclay, fearless in defence and Ed Stephen, a Bulldog on the ball and in defence. Ollie De Gier was present at every breakdown adding his physical clout to the breakdowns. Stewart Mitchell was aggressive in defence and attack, managing to snaffle a robust try and make some juicy tackles. Archie Jackson had a very consistent game, good “scraggs” being made, slowing down the opposition and running well on the ball twinned with super support led to a solid 9-1 Victory. John Imray managed to get four himself, Josh two, Stewart two and Ollie one. 
Credit must go to the Belhaven lads, their heads never dropped and they kept up an admirable defence right through the game. They succeeded in scoring a cheeky try in the second half which was good to see, and very well deserved.
Another super win for the U9 Warriors, good effort lads! Next job, Mowden Hall…..and the return of Mr Morris….
These colours don’t run.

Mr J Brown, 19/11/2015

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