Some of the youngest players of Mackie Rugby Club, the ‘Micros’ (P2/P3’s) and Minis (P4), headed north last week to take part in a rugby festival at Ellon Rugby Club.
This was the first taste of real competition for some of the Mackie boys and the day was looked forward to with great anticipation.
A total of seven clubs and 13 teams took part in the day which comprised a “round robin” format where each team played at least four others.
Mackie fielded two Micros teams, the Reds and the Blacks, who both performed very well and demonstrated many of the skills they have learned and practiced hard in training over the winter.
Some great passing moves were in evidence which, together with some mazy individual running, ensured a number of excellent tries were scored to the delight of the watching crowd.
This, together with some very brave defensive “tag” tackling meant that the Mackie teams, against some stern opposition, won almost all of their games.
Outstanding individual performances were too frequent to mention, but the quality, skills and all round effort of all the Mackie boys impressed parents and coaches alike.
Although scores are not officially recorded, you’d be hard pushed to find a young Micro player who could not tell you exactly how many games they won and trys they scored throughout the tournament.
Overall, it was a great day out and lots of fun for the Mackie youngsters who can now look forward to their home tournament due to be held at Mackie Academy playing fields next month, Saturday, May 7.