On a bright and breezy, but chilly, Sunday at Redcloak the Mackie S1 Team took on Aberdeen Grammar.
Mackie had the best of the initial exchanges and it wasn’t long before the ball was moved swiftly wide and a well -judged hand off from Murray Allan gave him a straight run to the line from some way out. Matthew Buchanan converted expertly from distance to boost the spirits of the home side.
Soon afterwards the ball broke loose in the middle of the field and Jamie Burnett was able to collect and shrug off the attentions of several larger players to score a determined and well deserved try in the left corner
It wasn’t long before Grammar rallied using their big forwards effectively to and gain ground and create a try in the left corner.
As he did throughout the game James Cochrane was increasingly deploying the long kick upfield to clear the Mackie lines and Alex Dunlop was close to scoring after chasing down one such punt. This created further pressure and when Grammar tried to escape by deploying similar kicking tactics Logan Grant was able to charge the ball down. Both Logan Grant and the ball fell close together over the Grammar line and he was able to reach out for the touchdown. Grammar were able to riposte with a try of their own soon afterwards but Mackie came back with another score created by Murray’s speed and it was 13 -8 to Mackie going into the first break.
The remaining two thirds of the game were closely fought and consequently lower scoring with thrust and counter thrust from both sides. The highlights included Oscar Burslem surging over for a try on the left wing after a period of sustained pressure from Mackie and other outflanking sprint in by Murray to bring the final score to 19-8. This score and the way it was achieved will give the Mackie S1 team plenty of encouragement, as well as plenty to build on, for the season ahead.