GHK Midi Rugby in Action

Sunday 20th January saw GHK U15s rugby team record the Midi section’s first ever win in a competitive game.  When Glasgow Hawks left Old Anniesland at the start of this season and decided not to continue running a youth rugby section, there was a vacuum at Old Anniesland as GHK had always supported the Hawks’ Midi section by encouraging its Mini rugby players to join Hawks when they reached S1.

A decision needed to be made. Would we just let players find other local clubs to continue their rugby or could we start  a brand new GHK Midi rugby section? Fortunately, there were sufficient numbers of interested parents and coaches who wanted to continue their rugby involvement at Old Anniesland and, just as importantly, good numbers of youngsters who wanted the same thing. So, working against the clock a new GHK Midi rugby section was formed as part of the GHK Rugby Club. The section has retained a good number of boys who previously played in the S2 Hawks squad with a squad coming up into S1 from the well established GHK Mini section. Links with other clubs allowed a number of friendly fixtures to be put in place, and training sessions have been held on Sundays with support also coming from senior GHK players.

Whilst it’s early days, the S1 and S3 teams have made great progress and have been joined by youngsters from a number of local schools. Arrangements were put in place for the U-15 squad to enter the West Regional Cup and yesterday they played their first match, away to Whitecraigs, winning 17-12 in a game where their tackling was to a high standard.

GHK’s Midi Rugby Convenor Paul Findlay said:

‘The GHK Midi section is going from strength to strength. S1 & S3 squads have good numbers and we have started midweek sessions for S3 players which provides an excellent opportunity to develop existing skills. The support from other midi rugby clubs has been great and we have enjoyed playing friendly fixtures during the season. Participating in the West Regional Cup (U15s) presents the boys with a new challenge and they are excited to be involved in competitive rugby. Coaches are thrilled by the enthusiasm shown from our squads and we are looking forward to the challenges ahead. The club and senior players have provided support along the way and getting the first competitive win on Sunday was another key marker in our journey. ‘

New players from S1 to S3 are welcome to join the section which normally trains at Old Anniesland from 12pm to 2pm on Sundays. Further information is available by contacting Paul at pjefindlay@gmail.com

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