We worked hard to get a team, but always knew we'd get one. I mean who wouldn't want a run out with the Mammoths on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Cupar. In the end we had a full team with 4 replacements to spare!
Our friends at Howe of Fife invited us for a friendly one match fixture. We arrived full of spring welcoming back originals such as Eric Lindsay and being surprised by the appearance of Jake Meston, who originally couldn't make it due to a back injury. Well, after a couple of rubs by some local physio it was miraculously cured. What a Mammoth!
The game with Howe Knights is always tight and physical and Saturday's encounter was no different. Within 5 mins we marched on through them to get the ball to a winger....yes a winger (Craig Gauld) to score. Problem is he was temporarily off after that with a sprain. Howe came back at us to level and it was touch and go after that. 60 mins passed with some fierce and ferocious tackling and break-throughs ending in a well earned and correct 3-3 draw. It reminded me later of the Barbarians-Australia game that I had recorded....I must have been drinking!!
It was a fine day of rugby that will be remembered for two reasons, firstly the stellar performance Ciaran Dreelan put in breaking through the lines in the centre (or showing off to his son Liam on the side line!) that earned him the Man of the Match secondly and the lateral play being offered by Pete Law and our Mammoth Virgin Gordon Ronaldson, the former with some awesome running from touch to touch playing what can only be described as rugby netball and the latter by Gordon with his physically impossible kick for touch that won him the Dick of the Day....all three contributed to a fine day out for the Mammoths. We are getting stronger by the game!
Thanks to all that made themselves available and got stuck in!
Joe Fitzgerald, Paul Kelly, Eric Lindsay, Stuart Campbell, Neil MacNaughton,Dan Dreelan, Patrick Tonks, Lorenz Nehring, Neil Leitch, Keith Moar, Ciaran Dreelan, Pete Law, Craig Gauld, Kenny Black, Gordon Ronaldson, Jake Meston....and two very welcome Brechin boys!
Next Mammoth match
29th August - Rikki Lee Memorial Quaich - St Andrews
Mammoths train on Saturday at 11:30 at Redcloak. All welcome & no pressure to play. Just a fun run-around.
We will be starting mid week touch rugby on a Tuesday towards the end of November. More information to follow.
Come on - join us - it's a great way to keep fit and one hell of a laugh!