Shield game @ Rope Walk, 21/11/09
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Club Dalziel continued the season with this away fixture in the preliminary round of the Scottish Hydro Shield. The conditions were dreadful, but if Preston Lodge expected a kicking and set piece game they were in for a shock. Dalziel were fielding young hooker Euan Stewart which meant the team started with five under eighteen players. The fans were there in numbers in spite of the weather and were not disappointed
Within five minutes the ball was stolen by George Sloan he passed to Vic Czarnocki and the winger sprinted against the elements to score in the corner. Again after eighteen minutes good interpassing released Czarnocki for his second try. Dalziel had brought their A game and the Preston Lodge team could hardly make a tackle, as the ball was constantly moved by forward and backs around the pitch. On 30 minutes a break by Blake Whitehead resulted in Crawford Reid putting John Harris over for a score. 0 to 15.
The next ten minutes produced four more tries, another by Czarnocki one each for Harris, Reid and Simmonds and at half time the game was over as Dalziel lead 0 to 43
The second half, with the elements in their favour, saw Dalziel continue with their running rugby game plan, and on the day, each try had quality written all over it. Preston Lodge had little possession and when they did they were met with some ferocious tackling led by Man of the Match George Sloan.
The rest of the second half saw tries from Whitehead, Czarnocki(his fourth), McWhinnie, Baird, McAulay,Sloan, Findlay, and a fabulous solo score from Kris Watters.
Nineteen tries in total, thirteen converted by Robert Simpson. Final score Dalziel 121 Preston Lodge 0. Job done in impressive fashion.
The Dalziel troops headed for Murrayfield in high spirits and their Saturday was complete when they witnessed the National side beating Australia
Next week Dalziel are back to league action with a home game against Linlithgow K.O 12 noon. The Dalziel fans await Saturday with eager anticipation.
Gavin Armstrong, Lee McWhinnie, Ross McAulay, John Harris, Gillon Duguid, Fraser Duguid, Ross Donnachie, Victor Czarnocki, Blake Whitehead, Kris Watters, Euan Stewart, Gavin Smith, George Sloan, Craig Simmonds, Crawford Reid, Craig Lewis, Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, Robert Simpson
Tries: Lee McWhinnie, Ross McAulay, John Harris (2), Fraser Duguid, Victor Czarnocki (4), Blake Whitehead (2), Kris Watters, George Sloan, Craig Simmonds, Crawford Reid, Steven Findlay, Stephen Baird, Robert Simpson (2)
Conversions: Robert Simpson (13)
Man of the Match: George Sloan
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