The club rounded off our pre-season by taking part in our first RugbyForce day, RugbyForce being the grassroots partnership between Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Rugby which aims to help clubs become more sustainable and attract new members. The club were generously awarded a £200 grant by the Royal Bank of Scotland to take part in this event.
The Pelicans new season got under way with the new P3 section added to the successful P1/2 section which was launched last year. Alan McLean and his coaching team put the future Gordonians through their paces while members of the senior squad got to work around Countesswells.
President Jim Sugden, captain Tom Williams, and players Matt Brechin, Andrew McInnes, Cameron Hughes, Blair Strachan, Graeme Imrie, Ross Knight and Ciaran Marshall spent the morning cleaning out kit cupboards and washing all 335 seats in the stand, in preparation for the new season starting next weekend.
With all jobs completed, the senior squad members joined up for games with the Pelicans. The younger Gordonians showed off their new skills and a great enthusiasm for the game while running in several tries against their much older and helpless opponents. Graeme Imrie spared the senior team from being completely humiliated by diving in to score a consolation try.
A great morning at Countesswells was rounded off with a lunch in the pavilion. The Pelicans and senior squad will continue to link up throughout the season, and we look forward to watching their development over the coming months.
The senior squad's season gets underway next weekend, with the 1st XV travelling to Stewart's Melville in the first round of the BT National League Cup while the 2nd XV travel to Peterhead in their opening fixture of the Caledonia 3 North Season.
The club's first home games will be the 2nd XV versus Aberdeen University on the 2nd of September before the 1st XV bring National League rugby back to Countesswells on the 9th of September with Orkney visiting. Both games are 3pm kick offs and we look forward to welcoming our supporters back to Countesswells.