Gordonian’s 2017/18 February report
The 1st XV ‘s long awaited return to the Nationals has been a journey of learning.
The opening games of the season saw wins for the Gordonians – was this a simple case of keep doing what we had been doing in the Caledonian district … well it turns out - not quite. After 3 early wins, we landed with a bump when we came up against league contending teams and it took 4 defeats before we regained our feet gaining an away draw.
Unfortunately two further defeats were had before the Autumn International break came.
Perhaps more fortunately December saw all matches postponed, this extended fixture break provided a much needed review of where the club was and how we best react to our situation.
The game is faster, the opposition are better drilled (and built!), the defences are more organised so we had to adapt. Adapting however relies on a number of elements to be worked on the training paddock with a view to coming together on the pitch on game day.
Primarily for us it’s good old fashioned commitment to training, which allowed the coaches the ability to develop a playing pattern that they believe matches our natural strengths and will allow us to control and win matches.
None of this will work without execution on the Park – our coach’s hair (lack of) may be a result of not quite meeting their standards as regularly as expected, but recent results show that we may be getting there.
So with 16 games gone we now sit seventh in the league one place behind Ardrossan whom we just defeated at the weekend. Our primary goal for the season: “consolidate our position in the National leagues” looks very attainable now.
The fortunes of the 2nd XV are in good shape as we enter the second half of the season, recent form show three wins from their last four and now sit 5th in their league.
Junior Rugby - Pelicans
The Gordonian Pelicans, now catering for P1-P3 age groups regardless of the school attended, all appear to be enjoying the Sunday morning training at Countesswells. We currently have c50 children registered and sessions focus on game related activities and on fun and enjoyment, as well as teaching fundamentals of the game.
This season our P3’s have taken part in some local Rugby Festivals for the first time, where they play touch/tag rugby against other local sides. There are no winners and losers allegedly, but our children have acquitted themselves very well, showing considerable skill and commitment.
The section is very well supported by parents, who help with Coaching, Administration, Medical and First Aid duties and my grateful thanks go to all. In addition, we have three Senior School pupils who help on Sundays, to fulfil the Volunteering Criteria in working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award and my thanks go to them too.
Next season, the Pelicans will extend to cater for P1 – P4 children and our aim is to continue to grow the section until all school year groups are catered for. We also aim to host our first Festival and further develop our links with all local schools and the wider community.
Further information on the Pelicans can be found at our website www.gordonianpelicans.com or by emailing email@example.com
Updated 13:27 - 16 Feb 2018 by Ciaran Marshall
Gordonian Pelicans Convener