Dalziel High hosted teams from Coatbridge and Stonelaw at Dalziel Park on Wednesday last week
Coatbridge and Dalziel had teams at both S1 and S2 while Stonelaw had a side at the older age group. Games were organised to suit numbers, with only Stonelaw having a full complement of players at S2. Competition was keen across both age groups with lots of enthusiasm making up for any lack of skill.
At S2 Dalziel took on Stonelaw in game one. Initially the physically bigger Stonelaw side looked as though they might storm through Dalziel but this wasn’t the case as Dalziel had a little more experience and largely dictated proceedings. Dalziel’s 3-1 try tally in the first half was added to by three more after the break, giving Dalziel a good win although the second half was a tighter affair, Stonelaw running in 3 tries of their own. Final score 6-4.
Tries were scored by Leighton Kearney (4), Griffin Jackson and Oscar Logan. Andrew Sneddon added 2 conversions.
For their second game Dalziel then took on Coatbridge. Coatbridge were a much more committed side and provided a different challenge. Despite this Dalziel managed to maintain their try line intact, scoring 4 tries and kicking 2 conversions. This should have perhaps been more but players tried to go on their own when the wide pass was on and the Coatbridge defence was sound. Logan (2), Kearney and McAllister-Keenan ran in the tries with Sneddon again adding the conversions.
The final game was between Stonelaw and Coatbridge. Stonelaw raced into an early lead but the Coatbridge squad kept plugging away and despite a 2-1 half time deficit ran in two tries to end the day on a winning note.
At S1 level Dalziel and Coatbridge played two games. With some 8 players available Dalziel were outnumbered by Coatbridge’s school of rugby contingent. Dalziel recorded two good wins with Coatbridge contributing well to the match and scoring tries to ensure the matches were competitive. Scorers (though there was some dispute amongst the players….): Oliver Fry (2), Roan Kydd (7), Alex Nicola, Connor Graham (6), Gregor Graham, Euan Galloway (3), Alex Clarke and Cameron Daly.
Well done to all who played. Training continues on Tuesday evenings 4-5pm. Please note that sessions will now be indoors in the gymnasium as there is insufficient light to work outside.
The Friday volleyball club has been strong again this session and the school entered teams in the Mark McGivern Festival which was held in Ravenscraig on 27th Oct.
There were almost double the number of teams in attendance this year, with the west coast providing the most schools. Dalziel had two senior boys teams, these made up of S6 pupils as the current S5 have been a little reluctant to become involved.
Games were played in the morning to assess standards and then teams were ‘streamed’ to allow them to play against other teams of similar ability. While the Dalziel boys have been playing for some time there was genuine yet delighted surprise in the fact that the ‘A’ team were unbeaten in the morning round of games, defeating Belmont House, Woodfarm, East Bank, Greenfaulds (the only other NLC school) and Girvan B. All games were very close and required a deal of concentration in terms of approach.
The ‘B’ team meanwhile fared less well, playing 5 games and losing them all. There was again very little to split some of the teams however with none of the games lost by more than 6 points. Having qualified for the top section the ‘A’ team then played 4 more matches in the afternoon. Incredibly no fewer than 3 of these ended in 13-13 draws, Dalziel ahead by a point when the whistle blew for the end of the match. In timed matches the point is always played out (I’ve started, so I’ll finish) and on each occasion their opponents managed to scramble the ball back to win the decisive point! Frustrating in the extreme!
For the record Dalziel finished in 4th place from 5 in the afternoon section (from 16 teams at the start). The Festival was won by Belmont Academy, Kyle were second and Woodfarm third. Dalziel managed draws against the second and third placed teams while Belmont Acad were the only team to beat them all day.
In the 3rd group Dalziel ‘B’ had a great afternoon playing 4 matches and winning 3, their only defeat also to Belmont Acad who are clearly a top performing volleyball school.
There was considerable satisfaction from all involved, the Festival providing a great experience of volleyball at a reasonable level. As players were also required to officiate all had to take additional responsibility during the day.
Well done boys!
The Girls are also taking part, their Festival on Friday 3rd Nov.