Last Saturday saw the Mackie Mammoths (Middle Aged Men Mainly Over The Hill) over 35s veteran rugby team take a trip down to Tillicoutry to play Hillfoots Cast Ups.
This was the return match to a keenly contested game last October that ended in a deserved draw. Expectations were high, as were squad numbers (30 making the trip), for a game that would match the one at Mackie.
things looked great as we turned up to an open bottle of port and a large number of Cast Ups to greet us. The match itself was soon under way and straight off the Mammoths were facing an uphill battle (quite literally) with the Cast Ups running in three tries in quick succession before the Mammoths were able to loosen up their stiff joints from the long trip down!
However, they soon rallied round and heaved and pushed their way back into the game. There was some good ball skills on display from both teams and the pick of the tries in the first half was a try by Mackie that started on their own try line and ended with Pete Law sprinting(!) from his own 10 meter line to touch down in the corner.
Needless to say there was ample cheering from the crowd and celebrations from the Mammoths apart from Pete who was still recovering in the far corner!
The half ended soon after with the Mammoths scoring with the last play of the half to make it 5-4 to Hillfoots at half-time.
The Second half started with the Mammoths now charging downhill and they took the game to Hillfoots from the off with Frankie Allan scoring the second of the three tries he was to bag that day.
However, age was soon to take its toll (as did some injuries) and the much more youthful(!) Hillfoots team gradually gained the upper hand.
A late rally by the Mammoths saw Frankie get his hat trick but the final whistle was to blow (as were all the players) with Hillfoots edging a victory.
Recovery was quick for the Mammoths as the medicinal port took the edge off the aches and pains and the after match chat took over. There was even a live band to entertain in the Clubhouse afterwards and a wee jaunt up to a pub serving real ales (for those not driving home) before merrily winding our way home in the bus.
All in all another successful outing for the Mammoths who show no sign of decline.
If you would like to join our social rugby team, even if you have never played before, come along on a Saturday and join in our fun ‘training’ sessions. Just call Neil on 07917 211 494 for more information.