Development Squad Win

Last Sunday whilst the Junior Wildcats were playing a tight game against the Lanarkshire Longhorns at Beltane Park, the youth development squad met up with the East Kilbride Pirates. This time a game and scrimmage took place with the Wildcats development squad enjoying another taste of competition.

A 12 man team, mostly made up of rookie players, took to the field to take on the Pirates. On this occassion the Wildcat development squad all contributed to a good 42-6 win against players from the Pirates.

After the game the Wildcats played defense so that the Pirates offense could get more game time.

Wildcats Development Coach, Martin Macpherson, was pleased with the days events. “The game was a great opportunity for the development guys to continue their progress going against a good opponent. This time we had the chance for some of our players to try different positions as well as more game experience. It is tough to break into our main youth squad and stay there, and the effort all of my squad keep putting in will help them get there. I would like to thank the East Kilbride Pirates for giving us the opportunity for giving our development guys more game experience.”

Head Coach of the Highland Wildcats, Robbie Paulin, added, “I’m really pleased that some of my newer players are getting a chance for more game time. We’ve worked closely with the East Kilbride Pirates this season to get these extra events set up and I think both squads have benefited. We’ve now got another event on 4 July that will see a team from TouchdownUK based in Edinburgh coming up to Inverness to play some games against our development players. We’re grateful to BAFA for giving us the go ahead for this event and hope that it’s the first of many!”

Development Success

DEVELOPMENT GAME

Last Sunday, whilst the junior Wildcats were playing the Clackmannashire Ravens, the youth development squad met up with the East Kilbride Pirates.

Two games were played at Alva Academy with the Wildcats development squad enjoying their first taste of competition, winning the first game, against rookie players from the Pirates, 46-14, with a good display by both offense and defense. The second game was a lot closer with East Kilbride taking a 14-0 lead, but the development Wildcats rallied to tie the game 14-14.

Wildcats Head of Development, Martin Macpherson, was pleased with the days events. “It was good to see that the development guys were able to react well to a competitive game situation and apply what they have learned in training. This experience will help them improve as they try to break into the main squad.”

Head Coach of the Highland Wildcats, Robbie Paulin, added, “This was the first time we have ran two Wildcats squads in different locations on the same day and it worked really well. While trying to focus on the junior game, I was still glued to my phone waiting to see how the development players were getting on! I’m really pleased how they performed and feel that this development game was really worth while. Thanks to Amanda MacDonald and the other Pirates staff and players for taking the time to come through and give our guys more competition.”

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