Mackie U16s rugby team have had a busy start to their season completing five games in the first month of the campaign.
A 4x20 minute training match against Aberdeen Wanderers in mid-August allowed the boys to try a few positions and allowed both sets of coaches to stop play and highlight safety/new rule issues which proved to be a very worthwhile exercise.
The first game of the season was a journey to Garioch where the squad played well but ultimately paid the price for being too adventurous in windy conditions pushing for the winning score only to concede a breakaway try in the last minute to lose 39-29.
Not down heartened, the squad took on board the constructive comments, worked hard at training and on the first Sunday in September won a tight encounter against Aberdeen Grammar 33-31 at Redcloak in a game thoroughly enjoyed by players, coaches and parents.
Another home game followed with Aberdeen Wanderers visiting on league duty. The boys seemed a little subdued with a few key players missing and the return of some of the Wanderers players from North East Hurricane duty saw them pull away in the second half for a 45-12 victory. However, those who played had proven to themselves that they were capable of matching the physicality of a big powerful side and that when they kept ball in hand they were a very capable team.
Last weekend saw the squad travel to Ellon where once again the boys played a strong game, it is to their credit that despite suffering a 24-5 reverse all of the lads were very happy with each others effort and happy with their performance on a whole.
With a great team mentality there is a great deal of scope for growth with this group of players, their work ethic at training is good and they are finding their voices both on and off the field to help the coaches and development officer with their progression into the sharp end of Youth rugby.