Great day at Scottish Golden Oldies for Mammoths
By Ciaran Dreelan
120 minutes of hard rugby with no subs
Saturday 18th saw the Mammoths travel to Kinloss for the 7th Scottish Golden Oldies festival. Many teams really struggled as did Mammoths to get players due to the holidays but 15 willing players traveled north for the day. On arrival we were told it would be a round robin where all teams played each other with 6 teams ensuring everyone got 5 games of rugby, this was a challenge itself at games were based on 30 mins a game.
Mammoths arrived off the bus to be told our first team to play was Dunkeld who were already on the pitch waiting to go. Quick change and little time for warm up saw the mammoths straight into what could have been expected to be our hardest game against a very physical and quick Dunkeld team. Mammoths never really got started and were beaten by 4 tries to nil. Final score 20 - 0 to Dunkeld.
Next game was Brechin and the Mammoths soon hit their stride, Paul Kelly did a great job with kicking the restarts in very windy conditions whilst our forwards were physical and organised allowing Tommy Gilchrist to orchestrate the back line with great communication the Mammoths scored 6 tries through the backs of Rainer on the wing, Kenny at outside centre, and Ciaran getting 3 tries playing inside centre. Brechin managed to break through with great speed from one of their young backs scoring a great try. Final score 30 - 5 to Mammoths.
Immediately after the Brechin game, Mammoths faced Inverness without any rest time, a similar game to Brechin and extremely physical from their forwards and the two monster players they had as their centres. Mammoths defense was excellent with some try saving tackles chasing back after Inverness when they broke the line. perseverance from the mammoths was evident to see Lorenz, Mark, Ciaran, and Paul score a try each and Kenny to score twice. Final score 25 - 0 to Mammoths.
Mammoths continued on for our next game against Ellon and despite other teams borrowing players from each other the Mammoths were determined to keep playing with our squad which had included Liam Dreelan playing within the red shorts rule for safety. The Ellon game was a real slog and tiredness was really evident as Mammoths knocked on at four separate occasions which were certain try scoring opportunities. Ellon had a borrowed player who was a youngster and 2 of their tries came from him sprinting the full length of the pitch. Unfortunately for the Mammoths the 20 mtr rule didn't apply but Mammoths fought hard with tries coming from Lorenz, Joe, and Tommy. Final score was 20 - 15 to Ellon.
Mammoths returned to the main pitch to face hosts Kinloss for our 5th and final game. Despite every player being exhausted we agreed we still wanted to play the game. Ciaran went to say the Mammoths were ready for their 5th and final game to find Kinloss had decided they did not want to play and many of their players had already left. We then also discovered that other teams had played a max of 3 games during the course of the day. This certainly emphasized that Mammoths had given 100% on the day and played with real spirit.
All Mammoths gave an excellent performance and played really hard without any substitution. A difficult task of awarding our 6degN player of the day but it went to a well deserved performance from Jim Froud-Williams. Dick of the day was a simple choice after everyone played so well and it went to our young addition Liam Dreelan being 13 and participating on the day. Ciaran was delighted to have played alongside Liam but is not looking forward to having to play when he is 63 years old when Liam would officially qualify to play with the Mammoths.
Another day of progress for the Mammoths for the year and in preparation for our tour to France end of August. Our final opportunity to play before tour will be on 8th Aug at Redcloak where we will play a touring side v's non tourists.