Mackie P4/5s put out a select team for the Carnoustie tournament. Even though the age groups train and play separately the select team gelled well and played fast aggressive rugby eventually winning the tournament against Strathmore in a lively final.
Eight teams played in the competition, split into two groups. Mackie were in Group A along with Arbroath, Blairgowrie and Panmure. They played three round robin games with the group winners going through to a final against the winners of Group B who comprised Montrose, Strathmore, Dundee and hosts, Carnoustie.
The first game saw Mackie play against Arbroath. In a narrow pitch much of the action centred on defensive play and rucking. Mackie scored first after showing good continuity through a number of phases of play.
Strong tackling ensured the Arbroath team was pinned in their own half for much of the match. This defensive display starved Arbroath of any real opportunity. Strong running by Mackie ball carriers however meant they were able to pierce the Arbroath defence almost at will. The final score was Mackie 6, Arbroath 1.
Blairgowrie were next to be put to the sword in match two. Good support work and strong rucking ensured Blair, like Arbroath were never in the game. Again the good team work of the Mackie P4/5s ensured a comfortable victory, this time after a one-sided match, 7-0.
The third and final group game saw Mackie take on Panmure. The game was a bit tighter than the previous encounters and Panmure showed spirited defence. As a result the game was slow to pick up with a number of knock-ons fragmenting play. However as the match progressed Mackie began to impose themselves again through strong tackling and aggressive rucking. This pressure pinned Panmure in their own half for almost all of the game. Mackie ran out 5-0 winners, another clean score sheet ample reward for an excellent all-round team effort. With three wins under their belts, Mackie were through to the final.
Strathmore had looked quite an aggressive and fast team in their games, so the final looked like Mackie might need to step up a gear. As it turned out Mackie again played to their strengths and while scoring opportunities were less frequent than in their group matches, the team continued to show strong defence in keeping Strathmore contained for most of the match.
After the first few frenetic minutes in which neither team seemed to be able to stamp any authority, it was Mackie who drew first blood. They gradually pulled further ahead of Strathmore with two uncontested tries. A late consolation try by Strathmore in the dying seconds of the match was well deserved for the effort they had put in. However they were no match for Mackie who were worthy winners and champions, the final score 3-1.
Mackie P4/5 Squad: Owen, Mathew, Rory, Logan, Finlay, Nathan, Ben, Eoin, Marco and Liam D.