Mackie Mini Tourament

The  tournament has become the largest mini rugby tournament in the North East Scotland.

The tournament has become the largest mini rugby tournament in the North East Scotland.

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Only the weather could put a dampener on the 13th Annual Mackie Minis Tournament last weekend - and it was touch and go at one point.

On Saturday, six regional clubs - including Stirling, Ellon, Aberdeen Wanderers, Deeside, Garioch and Mackie - took part.

34 squads toook part

34 squads toook part

The clubs arrived with 34 squads to take part in what has become the largest mini rugby tournament in North East Scotland.

A spokesman said: ‘‘With the lovely Mackie ladies (and Ciaran) slaving over a hot barbecue and serving delicious pastries donated by local 
families, the festival was always going to go well.

‘‘This year we invited Round Table to allow the kids to cover their faces with candy floss and sweets between matches.

‘‘As the low clouds loomed, the rugby got under way and 56 pool matches were played in all, leading up to eight semi-finals.

Six regional clubs including Stirling, Ellon, Aberdeen Wanderers, Deeside, Garioch & Mackie were represented at the mini rugby tournament

Six regional clubs including Stirling, Ellon, Aberdeen Wanderers, Deeside, Garioch & Mackie were represented at the mini rugby tournament

The rugby was certainly of top quality, with teams giving their all for the cause.

The volunteer referees kept order on the field, while the hundreds of supporting families and friends went wild with excitement.

In the end it was Mackie who prevailed in three of the four draws.

P4 won the trophy against a feisty Ellon team, P6 overcame Grammar, to whom they lost to in the pools ,and P7 had a incredibly hard win over Stirling.

It was only a tight semi-final loss to Grammar in P5s that avoided a clean sweep.

Andrew Mitchell, president of Mackie Academy FP RFC, said: “A huge thank you goes to the volunteers who helped put this tournament together.

“They include the referees, medical staff, all those who helped set the tents and facilities up and, of course, the catering team who kept everyone fed and watered.

‘‘A special thank you to Round Table for their 
kind sponsorship and 
donation which was much appreciated.”

Richard Cochrane, MAFPRFC Minis coordinator, added: “Mackie Minis will be back again next May, getting bigger and bigger every year.

‘‘Keep up to date with future Mackie FP RFC on our website www.mafprfc.org.”