Mackie lined up against RAF Lossiemouth at a windy Redcloak on Saturday. Captain Mikey Kelly was a welcome addition to the squad, albeit in the unfamiliar inside centre position.
The flyers from Lossie started the game on the front foot, looking to turn around a home loss to the boys from Stoney earlier in the season. Mackie withstood this early pressure with some fierce tackling and eventually made inroads into enemy territory and were clinical when Iwan Kelly pounced on a loose ball and ran strongly to score the first try of the game which Ross Gray converted.
Within the first 30 minutes Mackie were 21 – 0 in the lead with, further tries from Simon Morgan and Stuart Hamilton, following good handling movements, both converted by Ross Gray.
Lossie were then awarded a penalty in front of the posts which gave them an easy 3 points. But Mackie again showed their handling abilities, the ball reaching Stuart Hamilton, who went over for his second try of the afternoon. This try was testament to Stuart’s work rate, when the right winger scored in the left corner. This time the kick was unsuccessful which left the half-time score at 26 – 3 to the hosts.
Mackie made a few personnel and positional changes for the second half.
Mackie started the second period looking to hammer home their advantage, but a loose pass near the Lossie line gave possession to the visitors and, 30 seconds later, the score was 26 – 8. This was a wake-up call for the home team and soon after Stuart Hamilton achieved his hat-trick, and another sweeping movement gave Ross Gray the chance to set Dean Gerrard up for a canter to the line. The successful kick made the score 38 – 8.
Throughout the first half and the start of the second, the referee obviously felt that Mackie’s discipline was not up to an acceptable standard, and this time it was Fraser MaAuley who paid the penalty for repeated infringements. Fraser had come on after the interval and had made some storming runs and was extremely unfortunate to be the one to get the 10 minute rest.
For the second week in a row Mackie had been perceived as committing far too many misdemeanours and 2 referees can’t both be wrong (can they ?)
Soon after, the flyers were awarded yet another penalty, which they took quickly and went over for their second try of the day. The try was converted bringing the score up to 38 – 15.
This was to be their last success as Mackie finished the game on the offensive, scoring 3 more tries. The first 2 were from Andy MacArthur – after good work from Iwan Kelly, and Lyle Venters under the posts. A conversion made the score 50 -15.
The final try had more than a little curiosity about it. Mackie were pressing on the opposition line and Stuart Byers reached for the line. The game continued and, after a few more seconds, the whistle blew for, what everyone thought was a Lossie penalty. Mackie retreated and the penalty was taken and touch found. To everyone’s surprise the ref then said he was apparently awarding a try to Mackie, Finlay Stewart getting the credit.
The Lossie team, as befits their forces background, accepted the decision with no moans or complaints. Well done to them and the spirit with which they played the whole game.
Another entertaining game, 9 splendid Mackie tries with 6 conversions. Another 5 league points and an ideal preparation for next week’s 2nd v 3rd clash at Inverurie against Garioch.
Squad :- 1. Lewis Moir 2. Cameron Hunter 3. Gareth Walker 4. Dean Gerrard 5. Stuart Byers 6. Nathan Grundy 7. Chris Ballantyne 8. Iwan Kelly 9. Kyle Mair 10. Ross Gray 11. Lyle Venters 12. Mikey Kelly (capt.). 13. Simon Morgan 14. Stuart Hamilton 15. Andy MacArthur 16. Scott Cavan 17. Finlay Stewart 18. Fraser McAuley 19. Andrew Dart 20. Fraser Lindsey 21. Rich Leadbeatter 22. Andy Kelly 23. Andy Jones
Coach :- James Sadio