Sunday saw the Mackie Mini’s travel north to a gloriously sunny Ellon for the first competitive tournament of the season.
It was to be glorious on the pitch as well with Mackie running out winners in the P4, P5 and P6 competitions and a very respectable 2nd place in the P7 competition with all the kids involved putting in great displays of skill and technique and in a fabulous days mini rugby. Thanks go to Ellon RFC for a great day.
Mackie P4’s opening Pool game was against Ellon and they won six tries to one. Aberdeen Grammar were next up and were a much tougher proposition. It was 1-1 but the all important “first try” had gone to Mackie to give them the edge. Garioch were next up for their final group game and Mackie sensing the hard work had been done eased off a bit but were always in control and won in a comfortable 5-3 stroll.
The first try against Grammar meant the P4s won their group and therefore played the runners up of Group B Deeside, in the semi finals. Mackie started very slowly after the long break and soon found themselves 2-0 down, however showing great character and skill Mackie forced their way back into the game winning 5-2.
The Final saw Mackie up against a fine Howe of Fife side who had won Pool B and beaten Grammar in the semi. Mackie took control in the second part of the final to record a fantastic if slightly flattering 5-1 victory.
With silverware to play for Mackie P5s fielded a strong team and were justly rewarded with a comprehensive and comfortable win. Conditions were perfect for rugby and all the hard training over the winter came to fruition as Mackie put on an impressive display of competitive rugby characterised by a combination of strong tackling and rucking. Slick passing also allowed the P5s to find space and run in a barrel load of tries.
Mackie beat Ellon 8-0, Highland 8-1, Grammar 4-1 and Garioch 6-3.
The semi final was contested with the runners-up of pool B, Deeside. In a close fought match Mackie eased through 4-2 the strong tackling and rucking of the P5s holding Deeside at bay for most of this match. The final saw the Mackie P5s pitted against Howe of Fife and Mackie won 6-2.
First up for the Mackie P6s were Dundee Eagles and they won without too much trouble. Highland went the same way as did Deeside Wanderers. In the final pool game Mackie Reds came up against a Grammar Blues team and they won a close match.
Mackie beat Garioch in the semi to reach the final where they were to meet the Grammar Blues again.
All the work earlier in the tournament showed through when Mackie soaked up some surging runs from Grammar and contested for every loose ball. As it is with these games it was a closely fought affair with the reds coming out as winners for a second time in the tournament squeezing home with a one try advantage to lift the P6 winners trophy.
The Mackie P7s put in a fantastic performance to finish runners up in the Ellon tournament.
Drawn in a very tough section against Grammar, Highland, Garioch and Ellon the P7s produced a remarkable display full of grit and determination to ensure that they finished unbeaten in the group.
The semi-final was eagerly awaited by the coaches and travelling parents alike and neither were let down as the kids fought out another tense draw against Howe of Fife.
The draw was enough ensure that Mackie progressed to the final against Highland by virtue of having scored the first try in the game.
Highland proved to be formidable opposition in the final as their size and bulk eventually was enough to see of a tiring Mackie side 3-1 by the final whistle. This was a great team performance which delighted to coaches with a special mention going to Sam Burslem who played an outstanding tournament in his first season of rugby with Mackie.