GHK Twos v East Kilbride RFC 28 April 2018
Not so much a match report, more like a diary entry.
Confirmation, if it was needed, that men cannot multi-task. Having been presented with a touch judge flag pre match by referee Stevie McConnell, and with all other potential candidates (well the only other candidate, Jake) having submitted a sick note, there was never going to be a detailed report. Running the gauntlet of the lively EK support who had enjoyed a largely liquid sponsors’ lunch, there just was no time to scribble a few notes and raise the flag appropriately.
Anyway, a cracking performance by a youthful, well mostly youthful, GHK side, who subdued the physical challenge presented by EK Twos and then cut loose by playing some free flowing fifteen man rugby and in the process scored some wonderful tries.
The Frames, Ben and Sam, at half back pulled the strings. Lewis Rowand, Robbie Harvey, Cash Campbell and the ageless Gribben carried well and produced a large dose of front foot ball. After a few close things, the backs clicked and the tries followed. The back three of the Scotts, Mel and Lorne, along with Ross Codona looked threatening any time they were put in to space. (and I am sure that they were among the scorers!)
When required, GHK stood up to a significant physical challenge when required and some serious tackling halted a number of opposition onslaughts. GHK were looking to play at a pace that was a couple of levels above that which EK could live with and when the game opened up the visitors’ attacking threat increased. Particularly prominent in the action was debutant Gavin McKirdy who looks a real prospect in the centre.
Four tries in the first half and five in the second took the score to fifty seven (aided by some very sound kicking by stand off Ben Frame). I can confirm that Mike Gribben scored a couple of tries, and trust me, these were not short range ‘fall over the line’ efforts. What a way to celebrate what could be his last turn out in a GHK jersey! Superb! Hopefully there could be a guest appearance or six next time around? Thanks for everything Mike. Where did those twenty years go?
Anyway, back to the match. Reliably informed it finished 57-10 to GHK. That was probably a fair reflection of GHK’s dominance and more potent scoring threat. A very satisfactory way to round off the fifteen a side season.
Congratulations and thanks to all who have played for, coached, supported, helped out in any way the GHK Twos this season. The club needs a strong second fifteen and it is clear that the foundations are there for a real go next time around. There is a lot of talent and a number of guys can look to put pressure on their counterparts in the senior xv. Exciting times ahead.