GHA RUGBY
Glasgow Hutchesons' Aloysians RFC
Defeat at Falkirk
by Bill McMurtrie on October 3rd, 2010

Falkirk 28 GHA 9

Sunnyside may well be an appropriate name for Falkirk’s ground on some days of
the year. But it was not so on Saturday, especially for GHA.

After the euphoria of victory at Biggar a week earlier the storm clouds returned, both
in the sky and on the field. On a wet and miserable afternoon, with only a brief let-up
in the downpour, GHA suffered yet another defeat, their sixth in seven games.

Whether coincidentally or not, it was only when the rain eased that GHA had their
best spell. That was in the third quarter, but David Scott’s third penalty goal, cutting
the home lead to 16-9, was all they could show for their pressure early in the second
half. Even though Falkirk were down to 14 men for 10 minutes after that, because of
a sin-binning, the visitors could make nothing of the advantage. Matt Whittleston’s
second try, Falkirk’s third, effectively put paid to GHA hopes on the hour.

In the conditions it was almost inevitably an error-strewn contest. Falkirk were the
better at exploiting opposition errors whereas that had been GHA’s strength against
Biggar.

Who knows what difference better weather might have made at Falkirk. Would the
home club’s heavy runners have made even more of an impression or would GHA’s
speedy backs have enjoyed sprinting on a drier surface?

Regardless of such conjecture, Falkirk were happy. They picked up a bonus point
with tries by David Jamieson and Bob Wyllie as well as Whittleston’s two, with David
Adamson kicking a conversion and two penalty goals. The five-point win moved the
Premier Two newcomers up to joint top whereas GHA remained second from the foot
of the ladder.

Apologies for the lack of more detail. Heavy rain turned the notebook into papier
mâché!

Falkirk – David Millard; Niall Lear, Stuart McAllister, Roddy Denham, Chris Harris;
David Adamson, Mark Bruce; Peter Curry, Kris Burney, David Jamieson, Cole
Ronald, Ali Marshall, Matt Whittleston, Bob Wyllie, Casey Gibson. Substitutes – Craig
Reid, Calum McAskill, Mike Parsons, Gordon McGuire.

GHA – Dominic Dunn; Rangi Jericevich, Ross McClymont, Niall Cassie (captain),
Ruairi O’Keefe; David Scott, Andrew Gillman; Josh Low, Donald Malcolm, Matt
Kidd, Ryan Jenkins, Simon Shearer, Paul Harkins, Jamie Pinder, Dominic Kellock.
Substitutes – Stephen Spowart, Adam Barnett, Murray Houston, Patrick Hilley.

Referee – Jean-Marie Burel (Kirkcaldy).


Posted in Match Reports    Tagged with 1st XV


1 Comments

Tom Morrice - October 3rd, 2010 at 2:13 PM
The message to the GHA players is "don't give up." You have proved that "on the day" you can compete with the best clubs in the country.
There is "light at the end of the tunnel" and we must keep striving to find that elusive blend of speed, skill and endurance to demonstrate that the Club is worthy of its place in Premier 2.
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