Blues see off Reds

Blair­gowrie RFC’s friendly Box­ing Day match

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There was a good turnout for the an­nual Blair­gowrie RFC cap­tain’s team v pres­i­dent’s team match on a cold but sunny Box­ing Day.

A large num­ber of spec­ta­tors were also in at­ten­dance at the JJ Coupar Recre­ation Park to watch the game while en­joy­ing hot mulled wine and mince pies pre­pared by Kirsty Brown.

Kirsty’s hus­band Kev took on the role of ref­eree for the af­ter­noon’s pro­ceed­ings.

The cap­tain’s team in blue started off strongly with tries from John McLaren, Lewis Knox and club cap­tain Peter Dun­can.

But, af­ter a few changes to the start­ing line-up, the pres­i­dent’s team in red re­sponded with a well-taken try by Paul Ireland – who was mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to rugby.

Rory Grant and Michael Simp­son, home from Aus­tralia with broth­ers Stu­art and Innes, then scored two more tries for the Blues.

Both teams made more changes at the in­ter­val, with some play­ers chang­ing teams.

This re­sulted in the Reds scor­ing three quick tries through a brace from Fraser Bis­sett and Paul Ireland.

With the game more evenly con­tested both teams pro­duced some ex­cel­lent pas­sages of play.

Josh Key ar­guably pro­duced the tackle of the af­ter­noon when he up­ended fel­low prop for­ward Alan Clarke with a crunch­ing ef­fort to loud cheers from the touch­line.

The Blues went on to score four more tries through Rory Grant, Fraser Black, John McLaren and John Cock­burn, the lat­ter of whom was home from Lon­don.

The Reds re­sponded with a try from Ken Gi­b­lin to make the fi­nal score nine tries to six to the Blues.

Fol­low­ing the match, play­ers and sup­port­ers ad­journed to the club­house to en­joy a few re­fresh­ments and some su­perb stovies pre­pared by Moira Cril­ley-Orr.

A club spokesper­son said: “Or­gan­is­ers would like to thank all who con­trib­uted to a most en­joy­able af­ter­noon and evening, in­clud­ing Kirsty Brown, Moira Cril­ley Orr and Josh and Tr­ish for man­ning the bar.”

Train­ing con­tin­ues on Tues­days and Thurs­days at 7pm with the next league game sched­uled for this Satur­day, Jan­uary 6, away to Hill­foots RFC.

The spokesper­son added: “Club pres­i­dent Stephen Souter and the Blair­gowrie Rugby Club com­mit­tee would like to wish all play­ers and sup­port­ers of the club a happy and pros­per­ous 2018.”

Fes­tive fun The Blues won the friendly fes­tive en­counter nine tries to six

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