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Garnock Retain the Gunn Cup

(Reported by Tom Dickson)

Garnock travelled to Lenzie to compete with the local club in the Gunn Cup – a trophy competed annually in memory of David Gunn who was the games master at Lenzie Academy and Dalry High School.

The game started with a minute’s silence in remembrance of David Gunn.

Lenzie kicked off in brilliant sunshine and gained a lineout at Garnock’s 22 metre line. This they lost and Garnock elected to run the ball back into their opponent’s half through Jared Reekie and Jordan Taggart.

The visitors pressed towards the try line and from a scrum in the middle of the pitch fed the ball out to winger Ross Brocket who powered over to open the scoring near the touchline. Three minutes gone and Garnock led by 5 -0.

Play was all Garnock at this time and they increased the score when Rory Walker anticipated his brother, Keir’s, deft chip ahead to score a well-worked try. Keir converted and the score became 0 – 12 after 7 minutes.

Play settled down with Lenzie starting to look more dangerous and they scored in the 16th minute after some fine forward work. The conversion was missed and the score was 5 – 12.

Garnock showed that they had the fire-power and ability to score when they added three further tries before half-time.

The first came from a quickly taken penalty near the centre spot. The ball was fed to Reekie who jinked his way past several defenders to score halfway out. The Lenzie defender high-tackled him as he scored and the referee gave the conversion attempt in front of the posts. Keir converted to make it 5 – 19.

The second came after sustained Garnock pressure after Rory Walker had kicked to the home 22 line. Winning the scrum allowed the backs to run at the Lenzie defence and slick passing let Ross Brocket, on the wing, to score near the touchline. The conversion was missed and the score became 5 – 24.

In the last minute of the half Reekie again rounded off a Garnock running move to score at the posts. Keir Walker converted and the halftime score showed 5 – 31.

Five minutes into the second half Reekie score his third try of the match when he intercepted a wayward pass from Lenzie to sprint in near the touchline. The conversion was missed but Garnock moved further ahead at 5 – 36.

For the next passage of play Lenzie dominated play. Their forwards were winning most of the set scrums and their share of lineouts. They scored their second try after a strong running play and some poor Garnock defending allowed their winger to run in at the posts. The conversion was good and the score moved on to 12 – 36.

In the 61st minute Garnock added to their score when Rory Walker combined with Taggart and Reekie to score near the posts. Per Jacobson converted to push the score to 12 – 43.

At this stage Lenzie were playing good rugby but some poor decisions and staunch tackling by Garnock kept the try line intact. However, when Lenzie won a scrum on Garnock’s 22 metre line the tackling was poor and Lenzie scored at the posts. The conversion was good and they came closer at 19 – 43.

Garnock’s next try was the best so far and again it came from Reekie. He fielded the ball 70 metres from the Lenzie try line and dodged would-be tacklers to weave his way over unopposed at the posts. Jacobson converted to make it 19 – 50 after 69 minutes.

Four minutes later Lenzie scored their fourth try when their backs ran the ball from the halfway line. Good handling allowed them to score in the corner to show 24 – 50 on the scoreboard.

Garnock had the final say with the score in the 77th minute. They won a penalty 10 metres out, elected to run at the opposition and scored when Jonny Watson touched down under the posts. Jacobson converted to make the final score 24 – 57 and the Gunn Cup resident in Ayrshire for another year.

The Garnock squad for the game was : Chapman, O’Neil, Miller F, McGeachy, Watson, Miller A, Dominy, Shiells, Walker K, Walker R, Brocket F, Taggart, Reekie, Brocket R, Anderson, Loach, Wilson, Johnston, Jacobson, Woods, Hearty.

This was the final match in Garnock’s season which saw them finishing in fourth position in the league and winning both the cups played for annually in the Gunn Cup and the Brian Gilbert Memorial Cup (against Kilmarnock).

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