on Sunday Mackie P7s made their annual trip to take part in the Aberdeen Grammar’s tournament. Mackie’s first game was against Deeside Wanderers and it became apparent from the start that Mackie would be too strong for this team and quickly ran in a series of tries finally winning 8-1
Ellon were the next team Mackie faced and this was to prove to be the game of the tournament. Mackie played superb flowing rugby with the ball being passed from side to side which Ellon could only watch and chase after the ball. The final score was 4-1 but the coaches from Ellon commented that Mackie were a class apart. Mackie then had to play Grammar immediately after in what was the decider for the trophy. This was to prove to be a tough match and the Mackie lads had to dig deep going in 2-0 up at half time. Grammar never really had an answer to Mackie and reverted to going straight down the middle which the big forwards lapped up and tackled like demons to keep them out. The final score was 3-1. A magnificent day was topped off not only by the P4s and 6s also winning but by being presented with the trophy by none other than Chris Cusiter.
The Mackie P4 squad also competed in Grammar’s annual tournament. Mackie faced Garioch, Grammar Blue and Wanderers in the group stage and in all three matches they were convincing winners with strong defensive tackling disrupting any attacks the opposition managed to string together.
Into the semi final against Grammar Red and confidence was high amongst the Mackie boys and they continued where they left off from the group stages. Grammar put up a spirited defence for a while before the strength and conviction of the Mackie play won over and tries started to flow freely. At the end Mackie were again convincing victors with all the squad contributing well and they could now look forward to a final against Deeside.
Deeside are a strong and physical outfit and at the start Mackie were caught on the back foot, and were 1 -3 down with Deeside looking like they were going to run away with it.
Then came a defiant and inspiring fightback. Mackie edged back into it and came back to 3-3. A penalty to Mackie close to the Deeside line gave the boys a chance to try the pivot move they had been practising prior to the game and Mackie sneaked ahead by a single try. Deeside bounced back with renewed effort but they left a gap on the far wing that the Mackie boys saw and broke into to score the decisive try.