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Ladies stage second half comeback
Written by Stuart Cameron   
Monday, 16 October 2017

Kirkcaldy Ladies 27 Broughton Ladies 17

Kirkcaldy Ladies welcomed Broughton to Beveridge Park for this National 1 league game. The visitors were unbeaten up to this point in their campaign, so as ever a tough game was expected. Kirkcaldy started well and got an early foothold in the Broughton half. Good phase play sucked in the defence and clean ball gave Brenda Brogan space to scoot in for the first score. Broughton fought back well and after twenty-five minutes levelled the match.

Although Kirkcaldy had the more possession and territory it was Broughton who took the lead after a breakaway led to another try. An injury to Brogan meant some reorganising was required but before Kirkcaldy could settle Broughton scored again, this time under the posts for an easy converted try. The home side had chances to get back into but a lack of composure let chances slip away, leaving the half-time score at 5-17.

Kirkcaldy win in low gear
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 15 October 2017


Before the game the Blues would probably have settled for a four try bonus point win as well as denying the opposition even a single scoring point.  They achieved this target without ever exciting the crowd after an easily forgettable performance but which nevertheless left them as leaders of the National 2 table.

Director of Rugby Mark Henderson agreed there had been a flatness about the game, adding “Their pack performed as well as any we have faced this season but we eventually came out on top in most aspects of the forward exchanges.  Our defence did its work too, denying them any real try scoring chances. Overall not too much separated the teams but we had that extra edge which always kept us in front”.

By the time home full back Finlay Smith opened the scoring with a penalty in the 17th minute, neither side had established any sort of ascendancy with much of the play contained between the two 22 metre lines.  There followed a brief spell of attack from PL, easily swept up by Kirkcaldy defenders.

Ladies edge Glasgow in tight match
Written by Stuart Cameron   
Sunday, 08 October 2017

Glasgow University 5 - Kirkcaldy Ladies 6

Kirkcaldy Ladies travelled through to Glasgow for their second league match, against the University team who started their campaign well. As expected the pitch was heavy and the collisions even heavier. With only one replacement available it was going to be a long hard shift for the players.

Kirkcaldy started well and took an early lead after three minutes when Brenda Brogan slotted home a penalty. Both defences were superb all day and it was difficult for both sides to make easy yards. The Blues Ladies battled hard with strong running and clever use of the close game, though the amount of penalties given away was a concern. It allowed the students to take quick taps to try and break through, however they were repelled by some big tackles. It wasn't until the last play of the first half after a string of advantages that Glasgow University breached the Kirkcaldy line, giving the home side a 5-3 lead at half-time.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of what had gone before, except for the final outcome. Kirkcaldy retained more of the ball but had to work hard for any metres gained. Brogan kicked her second penalty to regain the lead 5-6. The forward pack kept their concentration and the backs were tackling and communicating well in attack but especially in defence. Even after a tough shift the fitness shone through with the forwards still looking for work in the final moments of the game, allowing Kirkcaldy Ladies to secure a great win against a good side.

This was the first win for a few years in Glasgow which pleased the team even more. A special mention for the referee, who had an excellent game and explained every decision he made.

First win at West Lodge for the Blues
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 07 October 2017


At a venue where they had never previously won, the Blues  turned in their best all round performance of the season to take full points and reclaim top position in the National 2 table. From the time that Dayle Turner opened the scoring before a minute had been played  Kirkcaldy held the upper hand for lengthy periods.  Nevertheless Whitecraigs had possession for significant passages of the game but found a demanding Kirkcaldy defence whose unrelenting tackling and covering kept their hosts pointless until after half time.

In past years Kirkcaldy have been less than adept at regaining kick-offs and re starts but this game began in startling fashion.  Whitecraigs immediately infringed. Rather than go for goal or kick for touch, Gavin McKenzie tapped and off went the pack driving their opponents to the line allowing Turner to crash through. Craig Letham failed to add the extra points.

Spearheaded by Rhys Bonner the Blues maintained this aggressive approach stretching the Glasgow side at very opportunity but when necessary showing steel in defence  After several minutes of threatening Whitecraigs attacking ploys Kirkcaldy swept into counter-attacking mode,  Solid work by Owen Bonner in his own half  produced  the ammunition for winger James  Barclay to race away for a try converted by Finlay Smith.

Kirkcaldy recover to snatch win
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 30 September 2017


A blistering blue power surge overturned a 17-3 GHK lead on the half hour mark of this highly competitive encounter at Beveridge Park. Bristling with power and pace the always inventive GHK swept away the Blues in a startling opening.  By the 30th minute they had secured the four try bonus point and looked well on the way to securing their fourth consecutive win over Kirkcaldy.

The Blues rarely left their own territory in this first phase of the game.  Trying to play out of defence their handling proved fragile, often giving GHK easy possession to bring their own offence quickly into action.  The visitors’ livewire scrum half Hugo Anderson, with his darting runs and quick thinking, proved a real thorn in the Kirkcaldy defence.  Strong also through the centre, GHK easily set up overlaps and with just over a minute played centre Fraser Gosse opened the scoring with Danny Campbell converting for a 7-0 lead.  The Blues may well have been shocked by this early reverse but worse was to follow in the tenth minute.  Tapping a penalty, Anderson found support aplenty allowing full back Blair Forsyth on his own to race in for a second GHK try.

Nearly a quarter of the game had gone before there was any significant Kirkcaldy attacking move.  Full back Finlay Smith’s dazzling run took play well into the GHK 22 before the Glasgow team conceded a penalty, kicked by Smith. Undeterred, GHK hit back and after a longish advantage had been played they kicked to the 5 metre line from which hooker Alex McGuire drove over.

Pacy Saints punish Blues
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Blues stumbled on their first visit to Park Farm in seven years, surrendering their table-top position to Dumfries who edged Saturday’s game.  Starting and finishing strongly, Kirkcaldy found it hard to cope with the slick Saints backline who exploited defensive shortcomings but did enough to gain a losing bonus point.

In earlier games this season the Kirkcaldy pack controlled proceedings but this time they had it far from their own way for significant portions of the game.  Director of Rugby Mark Henderson bemoaned this inconsistency “We weren’t really aggressive enough up front at important times in the game and gave them some easy balls which they made the most of.  We were going well in the last quarter until the referee ordered uncontested scrums. That decision took away one of our strongest attacking ploys”

Kirkcaldy’s top man on the day was scrum half Scott Anderson, in only his second league start.  Drafted into the team as a result of the unavailability of regular stand-off Craig Letham, Anderson had two of the Blues three tries and was an ever present threat at the base of the scrum. The first of these counters came in the tenth minute after Kirkcaldy had kicked a penalty into five metre zone for a lineout.  Anderson was on the spot to nip over from the resulting maul with Finlay Smith scoring the conversion.
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