After several months of intensive training in conditions more often associated with those found in November and December, it was with some relief that the 2012/2013 season finally kicked off in the kind of conditions that we would expect at this time of year.
Today’s visitors were Mackie, a side who have given us some very hard games in the past and with their squad bolstered by a few of the younger players from their U15 squad both the coaches and the players were expecting a very hard fought contest.
The game kicked off in bright sunshine and both sides showed a willingness to move the ball around the park. Dunfermline had more of the attacking play in the first few minutes, with some good work from the forwards and some nice handling and angles of runs in the back, however the excellent defensive play from the big, powerful Mackie side, in both the tackle and around the ruck, stifled any scoring chances from Dunfermline. It took till the midway point of the first half for Dunfermline to cross the try line. Some quick ruck ball provided by the forwards saw the ball swiftly passed along the back line to Sean Clark
who rounded his man only to be hauled down by a covering Mackie player inches short of the line. Sean however had the presence of mind to pop the ball up for the supporting Cameron Symes
to dot the ball down in the corner. From a difficult angle, Ben Dollery
narrowly missed with the conversion.
The remainder of the half had a similar pattern with Dunfermline doing much of the attacking but being repulsed time and again by some excellent work from Mackie. Dunfermline also had to defend well at times as Mackie used their big runners to great effect and threatened on a number of occasions to break out. Dunfermline worked hard however and Mackie showed no reward for their efforts. Just shy of the half time whistle however, Dunfermline finally got back on the score sheet. Excellent work from the forwards saw them take one against the head in the scrum. The ball was quickly moved into mid field where a nice switch from Euan Colston
to Cammy Symes saw the big number 13 make inroads into the Mackie defence. With two defenders to beat Cammy then drew both players before popping to the supporting Euan Colston
who touched down under the posts. Jonathan Scott
slotted the conversion for a 7-0 lead at half time.
The second half started in much the same way as the first with Mackie providing very stiff competition in the tackle and in the rucks requiring Dunfermline to work very hard to retain their ball. The first score of the second half came from a half break from Cammy Symes caught around the Mackie 22 line. A quick ruck saw the ball passed along the line to give Jonathan Scott
an early birthday present as he sidestepped the last defender to score. Ben Dollery
knocked over the conversion for an 11 – 0 lead.
The second score of this half came from an excellent piece of work from the ever busy Thomas Pooley
who stole a ball from Mackie in the tackle before driving back into the heart of the Mackie defence. Again quick ruck ball saw the ball move up the blind side from Aidan Reddick
, to Ben Dollery
to Jonathan Scott
, who with a quick catch and pass put Sean Clark
in for a 50m run in. Ben Dollery
kicked the extra point making it 15 – 0.
The final score of the game came following another quick ruck with the ball shipped along the back line to Ethan Wood
, who moved from his starting position on the wing to replace the injured Euan Colston
. Ethan was making his first competitive start for Dunfermline since P6 and showed first great strength to brush off a number of tackles before turning on the pace to cruise in under the posts. Final score Dunfermline 18 – 0 Mackie.
All in all an excellent start with the boys showing some nice touches despite this being the first game of the season. The coaches were especially please to see some of the things we have been working on in training , evident on the pitch and hopefully these will continue to develop over the coming weeks.
Many thanks to the players, coaches and parents from Mackie for making the long trip down from Stonehaven and providing excellent opposition. We look forward to the return match later in the year.
Forwards: Lewis Cook
, Cal Clarke
, Jay Hogg
, Sean Ramsay
, Brandon Golledge
, Kieran Twaddle
, Jonathan Scott
, Thomas Pooley
, Michal Smith, Harry McCullough, Kieran Wilson
, John Lynburn, Euan Duncan, Mark McAdams
Backs: Aidan Reddick
, Ben Dollery
, Euan Colston
, Cameron Symes
, Sean Clark
, Andrew Waterworth
, Ethan Wood
, Alex McKenzie, Harvey Watson
, Sean Cameron