On a cold and damp day in Forthill eleven boys walked on to the muddy pitch, they came off as eleven young men.
After thirty minutes of training, the boys in black lined up against the Panmure Panthers for the first of two matches. The boys from the Ferry are a tough outfit and this wasn't going to be easy.
The early skirmishes were pretty even with both teams up for the battle. After a massive ruck, Callum O'Brien managed to touch the ball down to give the Sharks the lead. Henry Walker-Munro spied a gap in the Panthers rearguard, and burst through it evading capture, to double the lead. Panmure rallied back with a good score. But this was a week that the boys from Inchmacoble had their game heads on. After gaining some hard yards the ball was shifted to Kenneth Dandie, who motored through to add to the Strathmore advantage. The Sharks kept putting the pressure on the Panthers, and they were rewarded with another try as Kenneth Dandie finished off some good team play to make it four.
Final score Panmure Panthers 1 - Strathmore Sharks 4.
After a quick break and some encouragement from the coaches, the boys took to the field again.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination. Sadly for Panmure, the Sharks were in a determined mood today. Tirelessy they drove forward against a strong defence, and like Jericho, the wall's came tumbling down. Kenneth Dandie again spied a gap and raced through to open the scoring. After some determined rucking, the ball ended up inside the Panmure scoring zone. Luke Simpson and Cameron Henderson both dived on the ball, like it was a £10 note, to make the second score. The try will go in front of the Sharks Dubious Tries Panel on Monday, who will use video evidence to see who gets the credit for the try! The rampant Bruce Patullo was next to get his name on the score sheet, he battered his way through several Panthers to touch down and make it three. The on-form Kenneth Dandie, closed the game out, with another fine try, ensuring he will be not getting any Christmas cards from Forthill this year.
Final Score Panmure Panthers 0 - Strathmore Sharks 4.
Every player today played their part in a great team performance. It's most encouraging to see them keep their momentum going for two matches, especially in such unwelcoming conditions.
Team: Finlay Campbell, Angus Dandie, Kenneth Dandie, David Edmeades, Cameron Henderson, Ryan McGregor, Callum O'Brien Bruce Patullo, Luke Simpson, Charlie Walker-Munro and Henry Walker-Munro