A belated congratulations to local athlete Kelsey Stewart who managed to retain her Scottish 400 Metre title the weekend before last. The 21 year old former Mackie Academy pupil has gone from strength to strength following competing for Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth games in Australia.
Mackie Rugby Club were defeated 70-14 against Strathmore Rugby Club on Thursday in a pre-season Friendly. The club are holding their P1-7 open day at Mackie Academy this Saturday, beginning at 9:30. The club also revealed on their twitter page (@MackieRugby) that former player Jamie Berrisford has been selected to play for the USA’s Collegiate All American side against Glendale Raptors.
It has been a difficult start to the season for Stonehaven in the Scottish Juniors McBookie SuperLeague. Martyn Rollo’s first season in charge kicked off with a 5-1 defeat to Hall Russell United last Tuesday and a 3-1 defeat in Ellon this weekend compounded the misery. Rollo will attempt to pick his side up as they face East End this weekend to try and lift themselves from the foot of the table – East End have begun the campaign with two draws.
Things have started a lot more positively for Cowie Thistle in the AAFA Premier Divison. Ross Adie has led his side to a 100% record after four games, leaving Cowie one point from top of the table Rothie Rovers, with a game in hand. Most recently Cowie beat Insch 3-2 on Wednesday.
Ahead of a Mearns derby clash with St Laurence on Wednesday, we spoke to the Cowie gaffer Adie:
“It’s been an excellent start to the season, having lost a few players from last season’s successful team”
“We’ve built up a competitive squad, probably the best I’ve seen in my 19 years at Cowie and it’s getting harder when we have to leave players out”
“The league has only gotten tougher this season with good teams promoted in Stoneywood East End and St Laurence, however we are hopeful we can match last season’s efforts and push on for a challenge at the league again.”
St Laurence have had a mixed start to their campaign and a 3-1 loss to Newtonhill this weekend will be frustrating for the newly promoted side. The club sit seventh in a tight division and will be desperate to pick up at least a point on Wednesday evening.
Manager David Easton made the following comments in advance of the clash:
“We’ve had a decent start to the season and if luck had been on our side at times a couple of the defeats may have been draws.”
“Our squad has been depleted four out of the five games we’ve played so far due to suspension and injuries but we should be okay in the coming weeks.”
Easton also reacted to last weekend’s result:
“Our first half was poor and we were just reactive towards Newtonhill’s play, rather than taking the game to them. The second half we played far better but had already given Newtonhill something to hold on to and they defended really well all game.”
In the Division One North Bervie Caledonian beat Halliburton 4-2 to go joint top of the division alongside Newburgh Thistle. Thistle have a game in hand so Bervie will be looking to take full advantage of their game against bottom side Continental at Booth Park on Wednesday – Continental are yet to pick up a point this term.
Stonehaven Athletic are three points clear at the top of Divison Two North following a 3-1 win over seconded placed FC Polska this weekend. Lawson scored twice, followed by a Reid Penalty to confirm the victory.
Athletic host joint bottom Abergeldie – another team yet to win a point – on Wednesday evening.
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