The last week of term before Christmas Break, saw Crieff High host the first ever get together of the Perthshire schools girl's rugby squads. Team from Perth Academy, Breadalbane Academy, The Community School of Auchterarder and Crieff High attended the campus 3G pitch for a 'touch' tournament, after abondoning hopes of a 'contact' session with the Braidhaugh pitches were ruled out due to poor ground conditions. The four 'Under 15' sides, totalling forty girls, played a simple round robin of twenty minute games, with the Crieff and Strathearn RFC development team providing the refs, who were resplendent in their Santa hats!
First two matches saw Crieff take on Breadalbane and Perth Academy against TCSoA. Crieff had a good victory winning by six tries to three, while TCSoA had a three try to zero win. TCSoA were fielding a 'development' side for this tournament, with several of their top players taking on a coaching rather than playing role. So a good strat to the Strathearn Teams.
Next round saw Crieff take on Perth Academy and Breadalbane play TCSoA. Crieff sneaked through with a win a three tries to two win, while Breadalbane managed a surprise victory by outscoring TCSoA by five tries to four.
The final round saw Breadalbane consolidate what had been an impressive afternoon with victory over Perth Academy by four tried to three. While the ' Strathearn Derby' resulted in a win for the Crieff side scoring three tried to on against TCSoA. A great result for the Crieff girls leving them undefeated for the afternoon and sitting proud at the top of the table.
W L D
Crieff High 3 0 0
Breadalbane 2 1 0
TCSoA 1 2 0
Perth Academy 0 3 0
There were some great performances form girls in all the squads but special mention has to go to the girls from Crieff Hig who rotated round to ensure the Breadalbane, who arrived with a reduced squad, had a full complement of players for all their games. This was very much in the spirit of an afternoon which was less about the results and all about development. The girls seemed to have a great time and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Thanks has to go to Peter Cook and his referees for 'coaching' the girls through the games. i'm sure thay they all learnt something from the day. Sadly, this was Peter's last event with the Strathearn schools, in his role as local development officer. He has moved up the ladder to take on the job as Regional Development Manager for Central and West Lothian. All at Crieff High (and i'm sure TCSoA) would like to thank Peter for all the great work he has put in with our pupils. His two Modern Apprentices will remain in place and carry on his good work until the appointment of a new Development Officer.
Next fixture for the Crieff girls, who will combine the girls from Breadalbane, in a re-match of last year's quarter final for the Scottish cup, with Crieff entertaining the girls from Grantown Academy. The game will be played some time in February.