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Relieved Celebration for Mackie

By Jane Cruickshank / November 10, 2019
The line up of seven players looking happy

Match report by Ian Gray

Mackie  24 – 21  Banff

ON a cold, damp Saturday afternoon at Redcloak, Mackie played host to Banff. Both teams were on a high, having had excellent, if surprising, results last time out.

It was Mackie who started better with strong running and good hands leading to 2 tries, one from Greg Hartley and the other from Andy MacArthur, the move having started in their own half. Kyle Mair converting the first with an excellent kick.

With the score now 12 – 0, the Mackie support were looking for the flood gates to open. Banff, however are made of sterner stuff, and a breakaway try under the posts brought the score to 12 – 7.

Mackie weren’t going to lie down and immediately collected the restart and Ross Hartley gathered the ball and waltzed over for a try which Kyle Mair couldn’t convert.

This brought the half-time whistle with the score 17 – 7.

Not for the first time this season, Mackie went to sleep at the beginning of the second half and were soon behind for the first time in the game.

Two tries, one another breakaway, followed by a slip from a home defender. Suddenly the score was 17 – 21 and the game was on.

As time wore on, Mackie were getting increasingly anxious and play became scrappy with a number of decisions going against the boys in red.

However, with 10 minutes or so to go, and Mackie still pointless in the second period, a good handling movement, going through numerous Mackie hands, allowed Robbie Crichton to get his name on the scoresheet. Ross Gray managed to add the extras.

This brought the score up to 24 – 21 and gave Mackie a try bonus point.

Mackie were able to see out the remaining few minutes quite comfortably, and it was a relieved squad who celebrated in the usual way at the end of the game.

Mackie, as quite often this season, played very well at various spells of the game, but once again they couldn’t maintain the same high standard for a full 80 minutes.

Squad :- 1. Lewis Moir 2. Finlay Stewart  3. James Sadio  4. Matt Foster  5. Dean Gerrard  6. Greg Hartley  7. Chris Ballantyne  8. Iwan Kelly  9. Kyle Mair  10 Ross Gray (c)  11.  Lyle Venters  12. Stuart Hamilton  13. Andy MacArthur  14. Ross Hartley  15. Mikey Mair  16. Rich Leadbetter   17. Colin Mair  18. Stuart Harrington  19. Fergus Inglis  20. Cameron Gray  21. Robbie Crichton

There is no game next Saturday and Mackie’s next fixture will be on 23rd November against Ross Sutherland in Invergordon.

Saturday’s Results :-

              Mackie  24 – 21  Banff
               Moray  33 – 35  Highland 2nd’s
Aberdeenshire  23 – 24  Grammar 2nd’s

These results are certainly an indication of the increasing competitiveness of Caledonia North 2.

Latest League Table :-
                                  P     W    L     D      F         A      Diff.  TB   LB    Pats

Highland 2nd’s        5     4     1     0     171     123     48     4     0     20
Grammar 2nd’s       4     3     1     0     111       84     27      2     1      15
North Police            4     2     2     0     122     123     -1      4     1      13
Moray                      4     2     2     0      118      97      21     3     1      12
Mackie                     5     2     3     0      122    131     -9      3     0     11
Aberdeenshire        4     1     3     0        92    112     -20    2     1       7
Banff                        4     1     3     0       100   147     -47    2     1       4
Ross Sutherland     2     1     1     0         43     62     -19     1     0      2

Pictured above – The  Hartleys, Mairs and Grays were part of the Mackie squad on Saturday.

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