Glasgow South Pathway Wednesday 26th August 2009
The Glasgow South Pathway season continued on Wednesday 19th August with the Ayrshire Kestrels hosting the Renfrewshire Rhinos at Ayr RFC. The game was played through some torrential rain, but the Kestrels produced a fine first half trying to play open expansive rugby. The Kestrels backline was too strong for the Rhinos and scored some good tries. The second half was a more disjointed affair as both sides made substantial changes in accordance to giving everyone good game time. However the Rhinos put together some substantial forward phases. All credit is due to the young players and their long suffering parents for trying their best and supporting on an extremely wet night. Score 40-0
Sunday 23rd August IRVINE RFC was the venue to host the head to head of the two Glasgow South U16 Pathway teams. The game was played in good spirit and in the early exchanges both sides tried to break down each others defences by moving the ball to the wider channels. Last year was very close between these two sides but on this occasion it was the Giants who were the stronger side scoring six tries to the three in reply from the Warriors. However it was great to see both sides trying to run the ball on a damp day when an easier option would have been to kick the leather off it, so all credit to the young players involved. Score 34-17
At Under 15 level Dumfries and Galloway bulls were playing the Renfrewshire Rhinos at Dumfries RFC and it is doubtful the day or the conditions could have been any wetter however this did not deter the Kestrels playing some good open attacking rugby to run out winners. Both teams tried to play rugby and the Bulls fought hard, however the Kestrels in the end were just too strong. Final score 49-7.
26th August 2009 At Under 15 level the Renfrewshire Rhinos hosted the Ayrshire Kestrels in their return game at Whitecraigs RFC. This was a good test for all players trying to promote themselves forward to the Glasgow U15 Development programme leading to Struan National Camp selection. The Kestrels backs were probably the pick of the sides running with width and penetration, but credit to both sets of forwards who took the game to each other looking to provide good ball for the backs to work with. This was a great Improvement from the Rhinos and all credit to them for providing a large crowd with a thoroughly entertaining game. The young players were also buoyed by the appearance of a member of the Glasgow Warriors coaching staff and one of his players and took great heart from their comments on the game All in all eight tries were scored and the game was a good advert for U15 rugby.Final score 39- 5