The Jolly Boys Get Their Season Up and Running
By Ryan Morrice
Huntly RFC 19 v Gordonian RFC 2nd XV 21
By Ewan Cameron
Having almost beaten Peterhead with a squad of 11 players, the Jolly Boys headed up to Huntly with almost a full squad for their second match of the season. Sadly, Andrew Grant lost his badge and was unable to join his team mates. With much deliberation over whether the match would be played due to the rain and Huntly’s already poor pitch, the JBs were happy to get the game played. Before the match had even begun team captain Ewan “Big Creepy” Cameron had confirmed his DoD status by forgetting Evan Davies kit which he had promised to take. A poor start.
The match started just as the Aberdeen side had wanted, all in Huntly’s half with a large amount of the possession. Early pressure payed off with some strong forward play leading to the ball being shipped wide, and Alistair Gill touching down in the corner. The try scorer himself was never going to miss the kick either. 0-7. More pressure was piled on the Huntly team which lead to Jolly Boy veteran Andrew Cowie crashing in for another try. Ally Gill easily converted. 0-14. Huntly were finally able to string some phases together and build some momentum, cashing in with a try of their own. 5-14. A knocked on JB’s ball lead to a flat foot race between Gordonian’s new fitness maestro, Deane Schembri, and the Huntly centre. With the Huntly man being left in the dust he decided to pull Deane to the floor, giving away a penalty. Half time soon followed.
After some inspirational words from inspirational coach Andrew “Keg” O’Neill, the game resumed. Much like the first half the second half started with early Gordonian pressure, however this time no points came, and again the Huntly team fought back into it. The muddy, wet conditions suited the Huntly side and they played the conditions better. Two Huntly tries placed them in the passenger seat at 19-14. All throughout the game the Gordonian scrum was highly effective with the Huntly prop claiming he “loved scrums,” which is hard to believe when you’re constantly going backwards. A late fight back from the Jolly Boys allowed ex Huntly man, Connor McWilliam (to be confirmed if he was hungover again!) to cross the line and score the try that ultimately sunk his old team. Ally Gill added the extras, of course. 19-21. The last three minutes of the game were played with a chance for the Huntly team to go for goal from a penalty, they went for touch instead and even missed touch. The ball was then kicked dead and the game over, with the Gordonian team claiming the points.
Everyone in the JB's wishes Andrew Grant all the best in his attempt to find some badge.
The Aberdeen Standard Investments man of the match was Dylan Dawson.
There is a home double header this weekend. The legendary Jolly Boy’s take on Kinloss Eagles and The 1st XV take on Murrayfield Wanderers RFC.