The P4’s headed off to Garioch for the last tournament of the season full of confidence last weekend.
They fielded a Reds and Blacks squad again, both evenly matched, to compete in two pools against familiar local opposition Deeside, Grammar, Wanderers, Garioch and Ellon...and not so familiar Huntly. Unfortunately the Blacks suffered with injuries on Sunday that eventually knocked them off their stride and they unfortunately did not make the final. However, the Reds came through their group undefeated and went into a final with hosts Garioch.
The final match was a fantastic display of P4 mini rugby with no quarter given by either side.
Mackie hit the half time break one try ahead but Garioch immediately came back to even things up, as the clock ticked down the reds managed a quick breakaway try, and then with seconds left another to cement the victory.
Another great display from the Mackie P4 squad saw them Garioch champions 2014.
The P6 team finished off an excellent season where they showed that they have developed individually and collectively as a squad by winning their third tournament of the year away at Garioch.
The boys played really expansive rugby in the opening two games to beat Ellon 2 and Garioch before meeting Aberdeen Grammar.
The boys continued to throw the ball around and demonstrate a rush defence that limited the decision time for Grammar. However, they showed why they are a Premier One club and came back to draw the tie 2 -2.
This meant the boys were into a hard-fought physical encounter with Ellon 1 in the semi-final. Although Ellon fought hard the Mackie lads ran out a convincing five tries to one in the end.
The final against Aberdeen Grammar was a hard-fought, high-quality match but, after going in at half time 2 – 1 down, they came on strong and blew them away 5 – 3.
Mackie P7s travelled with a 19-man squad to play with one straight Mackie team and a mixed team with Deeside.
However, Deeside were light on numbers and were only able to give a couple of players. Therefore, some of the Mackie boys played for both sides.
Both teams were drawn in the same pool as well as Aberdeen Grammar and Aberdeen Wanderers. Both Mackie teams played some good expansive running rugby to beat both Aberdeen sides with ease. Gamesmanship was a positive aspect of the squad when they played each other and the Mackie red squad went through as the pool winners.
This left a small dilemma as both teams played their semis at the one time. Numbers were reduced in the reds to boost the blacks and four Garioch players came in to help out. This is always difficult when playing with other teams to gel quickly and play a well drilled team like Deeside. Unfortunately, they lost out to a tough Deeside squad.
Reds had easily dispatched a much improved Ellon side who found Mackie’s fast backs and slick handling too much to cope with.
This set up a regular final with Mackie and Deeside and the boys came out of the blocks with direct running and huge tackling.
Deeside are a great opponent and test Mackie in every department. Continued pressure lead to a Mackie score, this was quickly followed by a great interception leaving Mackie 2-0 up at half time. Deeside were far from being done and persistent pressure and strong running allowed a good try from a fired up squad.
A huge effort put pressure on a turnover ruck releasing Mackie down the wing to drop in a heavily defended try.
Mackie ran out 3-1 winners.oys, at P7 and junior rugby, is on the horizon.