Gordonians Enjoy The Spoils Of Victory

Gordonians enjoy the spoils of victory: fudge doughnuts for some, and a visit from
the Green Machine!

Madras FP RFC 15 Gordonian RFC 29

Gordonian RFC travelled to St Andrews on Saturday to take on Madras FP RFC in a third round National Cup fixture. After a brief sabbatical from writing match reports, Graeme ‘Zipper’ McKay bounced back into action with the following account of the game:

“The bus arrived at St Andrews in good time which afforded Messrs Snape and Hardie the opportunity to cast admiring glances at the eighteenth fairway of the Old Course and also to look for Christmas bargains at the Professional’s Shop. As for myself, I was dispatched by the President to seek out fudge doughnuts from the renowned bakers, Fisher & Donaldson!
In the pre-match warm up, Gordonians appeared to be in the right frame of mind for the encounter with Madras. However, in the first minute, a bad slip and awkward fall by Johnny Tennent left him momentarily with no feeling down his arm and, sadly, he was unable to take any further part in the game.

Gordonians put pressure on their opponents early on and, following two Madras indiscretions at the ruck, penalties were successfully kicked by Donald Prentice to make the score 6 - 0. The early and unexpected departure of a player can affect the balance of a side and Madras, to their credit, began to come back strongly. From a move down the right, their winger chipped ahead into open space and, with the benefit of the bounce, sped over for a fine try, which was not converted.
There was quite a battle between the packs as well as the scrum halves, perhaps carrying over from last season’s match, and a sniping run from the Madras scrum half from 15 metres led to another try, which was converted. Donald Prentice landed another penalty before half-time to make the score 9 - 12
Gordonians had squandered some scoring opportunities in the first half and from the beginning of the second period it was evident that they were finally starting to play the better rugby. Madras were penalised again for going over the top, and Donald Prentice duly obliged to level the scores.
There was now more evidence of linkage between forwards and backs, and the ball was passed on the left to winger Jimmy Lamont who deftly chipped ahead and outpaced his opposite number to touch down. Unfortunately, from out wide, the conversion was missed.
It was not long before Gordonians scored again. With both teams spread across the pitch just inside the Madras half, Jamie Garden broke through the line and outpaced his pursuers for a fine individual try between the posts. This try was converted by Donald Prentice to make the score 24 - 12.
Madras, however, continued to compete and were awarded a penalty to make the score 24 - 15. Gordonians then produced a fine try with a move down the left involving Andy Johnstone, Gus Willis and Jimmy Lamont, who bagged his second try of the afternoon. The conversion was missed to make the final score 29 - 15 in favour of Gordonians.
Our President Chris Snape was extremely pleased to hear the final whistle not just because of the result but because he was the eighteenth man on the team sheet and was relieved that his services were not required!
There was no end of match euphoria from the Gordonian players as the team as a whole did not perform to their full potential. The Gordonian Man of the Match award was, however, thoroughly deserved by Joey Devlin, who disrupted and stole from the Madras line-out throughout the whole of the match. Joey was later presented with a Gordonian Centenary jersey because he had cancelled his flight home to play in the match (and it was also his birthday!). Our physio Lisa was also presented with a Centenary jersey; one assumes to be worn as a nightie!
On the bus home Chris, Alan and myself duly enjoyed our fudge doughnuts. For the players, they were told that they should keep in training, imbibe in moderation and not participate in culinary excesses over the festive period! Fortunately, the committee escaped this sanction! 
We now look forward to the home match against the Green Machine, Hawick, on 10 January in the next round of the Cup. I can confirm that I will be Pie Man again on that day!
Season’s greetings to all Gordonian supporters and friends.”

Indeed, Gordonians’ next fixture is on Saturday 10 January against Hawick RFC of Premier League Division 1 in the fourth round of the Cup. One thing is certain: the pitch will be in great condition as Donnie Reid and his team have yet again done a brilliant job of looking after it despite much inclement weather recently. The kick-off is at 1.30pm – you’ll want to be there!

Final score:  Madras FP RFC 15 Gordonian RFC 29
Try scorers:  Jimmy Lamont (2), Jamie Garden
Kicks:   Donald Prentice: four penalties and one conversion
Man of the Match: Joey Devlin