National League 1
Garnock 10 Ellon 6, by Jack Nixon
ELLON’S season continues to fall about its ears after losing out to a late try at Garnock in the National Shield which represented the club’s last chance of domestic honours. A despairing Mike Avis the head coach found it hard to take as it was yet another late blow after dominating the tie.
“It’s the story of our season. We dominate, but don’t dictate. Our scrum was solid. We were patient, organised, so why then did we not cross their try line,” said Avis. Ellon had instead to rely on the boot of stand off Mark Ryan to kick two penalties to take a 6 - 3 lead into the closing minutes. “It looked to be enough, but then we gave away a try and conversion to crash out of competition in which we had hoped to do well. We will now be looking to re - build for next season, even if we have eight home games to come,” said Avis who is experiencing all the frustrations possible in his first season in charge of the National League side.
“We have some good young players, but I’m looking around to bring in some new faces,” he said. But while Ellon were suffering at Lochshore some of its supporters were in Paris watching Scotland perform with distinction, but losing to France in a seven try thriller. “The Scots were turned over too often, but let’s hope it will be different at home to Wales, Ireland and Italy,” said former president Archie Park.
Encouragingly for the Scots faithful they had cause to celebrate scoring three tries, which given the difficulty experienced by the national team in the past was a huge bonus in prospect for the upcoming games at Murrayfield.In the meantime Ellon will get down to the formidable task of getting its act together for the rest of the season, but with an eye on the 2011/12 campaign.