Deeside S2’s were unlucky not to walk away with the trophy at the Mackie 7’s when they finished runners up to Ellon in a thrilling and close final that could have easily gone either way. The S2 tournament was organised as two league pools, followed by a knock out stage of finals and semi finals. Deeside’s opening game against Dunfermline in pool 2, set the tone. Dunfermline, were a much bigger and more physical side compared to Deeside, but Deeside played a better sevens game, holding on to possession, avoiding contact where possible, and soon their better style of play paid off.
Deeside have never played a game against a Dunfermline side before and they easily held their own, running out convincing winners at 16 point to 6. Deeside went on to win all their games in the pool stage overcoming Strathmore and Mackie with relative ease. This set up a semi final with Aberdeen Grammar. Deeside have a one hundred percent record of wins against the Grammar club this season, and they keep this record with a convincing 5 try to 2 win over the Aberdeen side.
This set up the final between Deeside and Ellon, winners of the other pool, who had knocked out Dumfermline in the other semi. The final was without doubt one of the best and most competitive games of the tournament. Deeside scored first and looked the better side. Ellon, however, soon replied and the score was tied at 3 points each at half time. The superfast Ellon winger broke the deadlock early in the second half and Ellon took the lead. With only a minute left on the clock Deeside equalised when Sam Morris hacked the ball ahead from a poorly controlled Ellon scrum and won the chase to touch down. With the score tied at 6 points each five minutes extra time was played. Unfortunately, Ellon scored again as Deeside beagn to tire and despite some promising breaks from Deeside the final whistle went to give Ellon the trophy. This was without doubt a fantastic team performance by Deeside, with every player, without exception, putting everything into every game.
Although it will have been disappointing to loose by one score, such a narrow margin indicates that there really was little difference between the standards of both finalists, and this bodes well for the future of Deeside rugby next year. Training will continue as normal at Tillybrake for the time being at. The club is always looking for new players at all ages and if you’re thinking of trying rugby, even if you have no previous experience, this is the time now to make a start in early preparation for next season. For more details contact Steve Hillier on 013398 83321. Deeside: Joe Birdsey, Thom Christie, Kyle Dawson, Luke Earle-Wright, Stuart Fraser, Angus Hart, Matthew Hillier, Jack Irvine, Sam Morris, Patrick Nicol, Angus Wallace.