The format adopted for this season divides the competition into 2 stages: Stage 1 – home and away games against Dundee High, Stirling County and Highland, the Conference winners to progress to the quarter-finals.
Stage 2: one-off games against Edinburgh Accies, GHA, Glasgow Hawks and Marr, the competition winners to progress to the quarter-finals.
As everyone will be aware, the Covid 19 pandemic has seriously impacted society in 2020 and rugby below professional level unfortunately has been suspended until 31 October at the earliest. A series of meetings will take place during early September at Murrayfield and a revised competition structure for National League and Premier Clubs will be issued by mid-September, with games commencing 31 October 2020. As soon as we are aware of the structure membership forms and season details will be issued.
We are currently unable to utilise Rubislaw due to a blanket ban by A.C.C. on sharing school facilities until 30 September 2020. Training for adults will commence week of 31 August at Sheddocksley, with the mini/youth section commencing later in September at the same venue. Arrangements are being made to utilise the International School at Pitfodels facilities for the winter.
Dr. Fraser Sutherland is our lead Covid Officer and detailed plans regarding player and public safety are being issued before the commencement of any rugby activity. Likewise, the Club Centre re-opens Friday 28 August with limited hours Thursday to Sunday each week. Strict Covid procedures are in place within the Club Centre with capacity of the lounge being 24 patrons.
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby are keenly
aware that a number of people in our community will seek assistance at this
time with normal day to day issues. We have a group of players and
members at the club who can assist in collecting foodstuffs, medicines and life
essentials for the vulnerable and those required to self isolate at this time
of national emergency. We will undertake any reasonable request for
assistance from persons associated with the club or the wider community in the area.
In the first instance contact Gordon
Thomson on 01224 636002, 07718 905003 or email@example.com to
discuss your requirements and the appropriate service can be arranged from our
pool of volunteers.
We are delighted to offer help to
the community at this time of need
Aberdeen Grammar’s season, which started so brightly back in September when the Rubislaw side won five of their first six games, ended with a crushing 52-17 defeat at the hands of league leaders Marr at Rubislaw.
minutes the home support harboured the faint hope of a shock result, only to
see the Ayrshire side build on their slim 19-17 lead after a stern talk from
their coaching team resulted in five unanswered tries for the visitors.
It was a third defeat in a row
for Grammar, albeit in games against the division’s top three, and the points
against tally of 131 made for uncomfortable reading for club chairman Gordon
He said: “We were well in
contention in the first half against the top team in the Premiership, which was
no mean feat, but we were badly hampered by an early injury to prop Ross
Anderson and then blown away by the sin-binning of lock Robin Cessford, during
which they scored three tries.
“Our limited resources were best
demonstrated by the fact we had to list head coach Ali O’Connor as one of our
“We have done well to end up in
fifth place, but will now go away and plan for the 20-21 season.”
Despite total second-half
domination enjoyed by the Fullarton Park side, Grammar can take heart from the
performances of three youngsters in the team.
Full-back Fraser Sneddon, winger
Craig Shepherd and lock Scott Renfrew all had games to be proud of, while
veteran number eight Greig Ryan worked his socks off.
Captain Sam Knudson had a sound
game at stand-off and Tom Aplin has become one of the most reliable place
kickers in the league.
This all gives the club something
to build on, although much depends on how committed and available senior
players are in keeping the team at the forefront of top-class amateur rugby in
Grammar took a second-minute lead
through an Aplin penalty, but were soon on the back foot thanks to two
well-taken tries from winger Richard Dalgleish, one of which was converted by
stand-off Colin Sturgeon.
Grammar then enjoyed a golden
patch, first through a forwards effort, finished off by flanker Jonny Spence,
followed by a splendid run from Shepherd, both converted by Aplin. Marr managed
one of their own scored by winger Tom Steven, making it 19-17 at the break.
The second half belonged to the
league leaders who ran in five tries, touched down by Benedict Grant (3),
captain Conor Bickerstaff and Will Farquhar, four of them converted by Gregor
Aberdeen Grammar: Fraser
Sneddon; Nathan Brown, Nat Coe, Tom Aplin, Craig Shepherd; Sam Knudson, Tommy
Morrison; Jordan Robertson, Andrew Cook, Ross Anderson; Robin Cessford, Scott
Renfrew; Dom Wallen, Jonny Spence, Greig Ryan.
Ahmanache, Aaron Robertson, Ali O’Connor, Matt Running, Calum Ruxton.
Marr: Greg Montgomery;
Richard Dalgleish, Gregor Paxton, Conor Bickerstaff, Tom Steven; Colin
Sturgeon, Jack Preston; Will Farquhar, Ollie Rossi, Calvin Henderson; Ewan Hamilton-Bulger,
Fraser Grant; Mackenzie Pearce, Robert Brown, Benedict Grant.
Drummond, Brandon Sweet, Josh Harvey, Gregor Ness, Jack Scott.
Aberdeen Grammar’s chances of reaching the Premiership play-offs next month were dealt a major blow as they suffered a 26-17 home defeat against Currie Chieftains.
visitors took advantage of the Rubislaw side’s defence frailties to take the
game away in a devastating six-minute spell just after half-time, during which
the Edinburgh side scored two tries.
The home side battled back from
being 26-10 down to come within a whisker of grabbing a valuable losing bonus
point, only to fail to take the try-scoring opportunities which came their way.
It was a situation not lost on
head coach Ali O’Connor, who said: “The difference between the two sides was
Currie took their chances, while we squandered a number of good ones. We
deserved at least a bonus point but once again came up short.
“Overall there were some
outstanding performances, including those guys who came on as replacements.
Craig Shepherd and Ross Anderson were very good in very difficult conditions.
“We are not out of it yet, but
with Selkirk picking up two points for their draw at Musselburgh, it means we
are now out of the top four and must beat Hawick away and Marr at home.”
some early probing, Grammar took an early lead with a penalty in five minutes
from centre Tom Aplin, giving the home side the confidence and momentum to
build up pressure on the Currie try line. It paid off in 15 minutes when prop
Matthias Schosser bulldozed over and, with Aplin adding the extras, a shock
result looked a possibility.
But the Malleny Park side are not
in second place for nothing, although it took a defensive mix-up for them to
close the gap when centre Ryan Southern was given a free run at the Grammar
line for a touchdown converted by stand-off Adam Hall, who then went on to add
a try of his own on the half-hour mark. His conversion made it 14-10 at the
The start of the second half was
nothing less than disastrous for the hosts as, in the space of six minutes,
they all but surrendered the game, shipping two soft tries, attributed to
scrum-half Gregor Christie and replacement prop Reece Patterson, one of which
was converted by Hall, giving Grammar a mountain to climb at 26-10 down.
The try bonus point gained,
Currie visibly relaxed, giving the Rubislaw side the opportunity to come back
into the game. This they did in some style in 61 minutes when Aplin ran all of
70 yards to score a magnificent try and then had the breath to add the
conversion, taking the score to 26-17, where it remained until the final
The atrocious conditions took
nothing away from a hard-fought game, especially up front, as acknowledged by
Grammar’s forwards coach Iain Stanger, who said: “It was a good old-fashioned
game of rugby with the two packs giving their all.
“It was a close-run thing but
Currie deservedly shaded it. They took the chances which came their way.”
Selkirk are now favourites to
claim the fourth play-off place, given they are a point clear and have an
easier run-in than Grammar against bottom-side Edinburgh Accies and GHA.
Aberdeen Grammar: Fraser
Sneddon; Nathan Brown, Murray Mitchell, Tom Aplin, Doug Russell; Sam Knudson,
Jamie Troup; Calum Reddish, Andrew Cook, Matthias Schosser; Nat Coe, Jordan
Robertson; Dominic Wallen, Ben Inglis, Grieg Ryan.
Renfrew, Ross Anderson, Aaron Robertson, Ali Addy, Craig Shepherd.
Currie Chieftains: Fraser Sayers; Cameron Meager, Steven Hamilton, Ryan Southern, James McCaig; Adam Hall, Gregor Christie; Graeme Carson, Fergus Scott, Matias Sonzongni Argiro, Matt Poole, Sam Edwards, Mike Vernel, Wallace Nelson, Rhys Davies.