MID-SEASON REVIEW

Article by Tom Green…

JUNIOR WILDCATS (3-0)

Pirates Game 1 Chris Shaw

The Junior Highland Wildcats have had a perfect start to the season with three away victories which means they are well on their way to hitting their goal of winning the U19 Scottish Championship. With only three games left to go the Wildcats have the potential of achieving the first perfect season at U19 level in the club’s history and look set to contest the championship game later in 2015.

They still have three games left in the regular season which consist of home games against last years 3rd placed Edinburgh Wolves, East Kilbride Pirates and the dangerous Clackmannanshire Ravens.

The Highlanders however are not complacent as they know that all three of their last games will be a challenge as there is no such thing as a easy win in this sport.

Head Coach, Robbie Paulin, commented, “Last year’s opening play couldn’t have gone worse for us; a kick-off returned for a touchdown by the Longhorns. The rest of the season was successful but this year is turning out to be even better. The very first play was far better, for a start! Declan Maclennan returned a kickoff for a touchdown within the first 10 seconds of the game. From there the team has continued progress. It’s fantastic to see so many of our youth players now stepping up in the junior squad and becoming key players already. This is also true of our cross-over players that are currently playing in both age groups. We’ve also got some U19 players who are in their final season with us and they are stepping their performance up in 2015 as well! I’d like to thank all of my coaches and coordinators and the staff for all of the work they have put in so far this year.”

Junior Results

@ East Kilbride Pirates 52-0 W

@ Clackmannanshire Ravens 36-22 W

@ Lanarkshire Longhorns 26-20 W

P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 3 3 0 0 114 42
LANARKSHIRE LONGHORNS 3 2 1 0 76 40
EDINBURGH WOLVES 2 1 1 0 46 56
CLACKMANNANSHIRE RAVENS 3 1 2 0 60 84
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 3 0 3 0 48 122

Fantasy Ratings
Top 5 Players (Combined)
Erem Demirel 65
Chris Shaw 58
Mark Pyper 56
Seumas Ross 54
Euan Crawford 36

YOUTH WILDCATS (6-0)

Highland Wildcats VS East Kilbride Pirates (4)

The Youth Wildcats have won all 6 of their opening games this season and are edging closer to returning to the UK championships later this season to defend their national crown.

With only two tournaments remaining for the Wildcats they look in a strong position to win an unprecedented 6th Scottish title and could potentially be the first team since the Clyde Valley Falcons to win 2 consecutive Britbowl titles.

The next two times the Wildcats will be in action is at the Aberdeen Tournament and the Hamilton Tournament before Britbowl (if the team qualifies of course).

Coach Paulin spoke about his U17 squad: “Physically we have (as with most years) a reasonably small squad. In fact, I’ve nicknamed our defense “the short-arse” defense … that’s politically correct to say that, yeah? But this has in no way held the team back. Their hard work, technique, conditioning and effort have allowed them to still dominate the Scottish conference. Our rookies are doing brilliantly and are making an impact in most of our games. It’s also been great to see our development players perform well and progress in the scrimmages that we’ve set up with the East Kilbride Pirates throughout the year. Things are looking good for us for the Scottish Championship and (with that all going well) we are aiming to defend our UK title too but Britbowl is always a massive step up and we know we’ve got a lot of work to do to prepare.”

Youth Results

Edinburgh Tournament

vs Hamilton Buccaneers 66-13 W

vs East Kilbride Pirates 54-12 W

vs Edinburgh Wolves 46-12 W

Highland Tournament

vs East Kilbride Pirates 18-0 W

vs Aberdeen Roughnecks 20-0 W

vs Edinburgh Wolves 76-6 W

P W L T PF PA
HIGHLAND WILDCATS 6 6 0 0 280 43
EAST KILBRIDE PIRATES 6 4 2 0 85 84
HAMILTON BUCCANEERS 3 1 2 0 32 100
EDINBURGH WOLVES 6 1 5 0 78 198
ABERDEEN ROUGHNECKS 3 0 3 0 12 62

 

Fantasy Ratings

Top 5 Offensive Players
Mark Pyper 70.6
Kyle Holleyoake 55
Euan Crawford 32
Euan Trommino 20.9
Stephen McMeechan 20

Top 5 Defensive Players
Stephen McMeechan 13.6
Corin Robinson 10.6
Alex Macpherson 9
Lewis Taylor 9
Mark Pyper 8.3

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