Fantastic turnout of players for Carnoustie visit

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The Brechin Junior Rugby Club (Pirates) welcomed Carnoustie to their ground on Sunday when the Micros (nursery-P3), Minis (P4/5) and the P6/7 age groups got to play some home games.

The Micros had a fantastic turnout of players with 12 players in total kitting up in their new strips for the match.

The team was made up of Jamie Leslie-Melville, Gregor Pert, Zarah Brown, Dougie Gordon, Peter Marwood, Peter McLaren, Caelan Porter, James May, Libby May, Ella Johnston, Blakey Dunthorne and Ailsa Arbuthnott with a few of these players playing in their first match.

Unfortunately the final score went against the Pirates at 5-3 to Carnoustie, however the 3 tries, all scored by Jamie Leslie-Melville were well put together and the team gave a fantastic effort.

Special mentions must go to James and Caelan for their spirited runs with the ball, albeit not always in the right direction, and to Blakey and Ailsa who really got stuck in, despite having only attended training for one week.

Coach Dianne Morland was very happy overall with the (sometimes chaotic) performance and thanks Colin McKenzie for assisting.

The Mini’s team consisted of Alix Morland, Rachel Johnston, Nicolas Leslie-Melville and new player Keanan.

The first game was a one sided battle which saw the visitors having the upper hand. With some good tackles made and some good team work when required.

The side was assisted by three members of the visiting team.

The second game was better fought and the visitors did not have such an easy time, with moments in the second half when the Brechin players looked to have broken the visitors defence, but some good tackling saved the day.

The P6/7 team played well together, playing three matches in all. The first game they lost 5 to 1 but by the second game they had woken up and played well only losing by a late try from Carnoustie. They finished the third game with a of 3 - 1 Carnoustie, but the score did not reflect the effort that was put in by the Brechin squad.

Overall the boys put in a very good team effort.

The club would like to also thank the parents that helped out behind the scenes on the day with bacon butties, hot drinks and home baking.