Match Reports

2020 Match Reports

March 9th 2020

Aberfeldy 12 Howe Crusaders 36

We had a good but inexperienced squad out for this game with debuts for Iain Coltart Ted Coates and Ross Phillips. Howe fielded a side which combined experience and youth in equal measure. The pitch was heavy after the recent rain but both sides were prepared to throw the ball about which made for an entertaining match.

Howe went into the lead early on following an interception and for the first quarter the sides were pretty evenly matched each scoring two try’s during the period. Towards the end of the first half our opponents dominated the scoring without having the better of possession.

The second half continued as the first had ended with both sides having good spells on the ball with Howe taking their chances well to keep the scoreboard ticking over. We had parity of possession but were turned over many times sometimes due to taking the wrong option but mainly down to very good defensive effort from Howe.

This Howe side were by far the best we have played against this year but the Boars can take heart from their performance as they were unlucky not to score on several occasions and kept going to the final whistle.

Good performances from Ruairidh Webster, Kyle Harrison and Paddy Barbour however the man of the match was Ed Munt who was everywhere both in attack and defence. Well done Ed! Special mention also to Paddy for travelling from the borders to play for a half and then travelling back after half time with commitment like that this side will go places!

We travelled to meet the league leaders with a squad of 15 depleted by work commitments. We had to play several players way out of position but that’s all part of the game at this level. We again had two 18- year old debutants Adam Holman and Peter Hayes so welcome to the club guys. Both played exceptionally well, as not really an option began to attack from deep with trenchant running from Paddy Barbour and Cal Gilbert in particular together with some impressive surges from the pack who also had the better of the opposition in both scrum and line out.

Half time 15-12
At halftime we talked about using the elements in our favour but as last week things didn’t quite work out as planned and we spent most of the third quarter pinned in our twenty- two and lost the lead after sustained pressure. In the fourth quarter with the game opening up we regained our form and scored three well worked tries with the ball being given a lot of air. Mention should go to captain on the day Neil Young who rallied the troops and also won two good turnovers in our half with Stobbies threatening to get back into the game. Stobswell although disappointed were magnanimous in defeat.

Any one of the 15 could have been named man of the match with Cal Gilbert, Paddy Barbour and Peter Hayes in the running but ultimately was awarded to Lewis Walker for a great all- round display in both attack and defence from the second row.

This is one of if not the best performance I have ever witnessed from the Boars particularly when considering is the youngest side we have every fielded with seven eighteen -year olds in the line -up. The average age excluding the captain was 21 and including him 23. This bodes very well for the future of the club and will ensure good competition for places when our numbers swell at the end of the shooting season and several regulars also return.
Brilliant guys well done.

March 6th 2020.

Aberfeldy RFC 41 – Howe Crusaders 10

A welcome return to rugby in Highland Perthshire with our first home fixture since last October. The fixture was played at a wet and windy Pitlochry against a Howe side who a fortnight ago had given us a wee bit of a stuffing! We fielded a squad of 22 players with several new faces against an experienced Howe team. An early try after some good possession settled our nerves and encouraged some good driving forward play. We managed to score at fairly even intervals throughout the game and did on occasion play some of our trademark free flowing rugby despite the conditions. Our opponents were unlucky not to have scored a few more points but resolute defence particularly from our forwards saved the day on several occasions. The game was played in tremendous spirit and was a great advert for grassroots rugby. Thank you Howe for making the journey.

Man of the match was the relatively inexperienced second row forward Robbie Calder who put in a really hard shift with some big tackles and several good runs.

January 27

Aberfeldy 29 Stobswell17

We travelled to meet the league leaders with a squad of 15 depleted by work commitments. We had to play several players way out of position but that’s all part of the game at this level. We again had two 18 -year old debutants Adam Holman and Peter Hayes so welcome to the club guys. Both played exceptionally well.

We were playing up the slope and into the wind from the start. Stobswell deservedly took the lead with a well worked converted try. This spurred us into action and as kicking was not really an option began to attack from deep with trenchant running from Paddy Barbour and Cal Gilbert in particular together with some impressive surges from the pack who also had the better of the opposition in both scrum and line out.

Half time 15-12
At halftime we talked about using the elements in our favour but as last week things didn’t quite work out as planned and we spent most of the third quarter pinned in our twenty -two and lost the lead after sustained pressure. In the fourth quarter with the game opening up we regained our form and scored three well worked tries with the ball being given a lot of air. Mention should go to captain on the day Neil Young who rallied the troops and also won two good turnovers in our half with Stobbies threatening to get back into the game. Stobswell although disappointed were magnanimous in defeat.

Any one of the 15 could have been named man of the match with Cal Gilbert , Paddy Barbour and Peter Hayes in the running but ultimately was awarded to Lewis Walker for a great all round display in both attack and defence from the second row.

This is one of if not the best performance I have ever witnessed from the Boars particularly when considering is the youngest side we have every fielded with seven eighteen -year olds in the line- up. The average age excluding the captain was 21 and including him 23. This bodes very well for the future of the club and will ensure good competition for places when our numbers swell at the end of the shooting season and several regulars also return.
Brilliant guys well done.

January 18th2020

Aberfeldy 60 Arbroath 7

A welcome return to competitive rugby for the Boars against a side several places above us in the league. The pitch had stood up well to the recent wet weather and allowed us to play the brand of open rugby we prefer.

We started the match at full tilt with several incisive runs from our back line including one from Paddy Barbour who had forgotten to remove his beanie much to the amusement of the crowd. If was good to get on the scoresheet early in the half as we had recently not been starting matches well and this settled some nerves. We scored regularly throughout the half including a well taken try from debutant Connor Ramsay-Clapham. If was heartening to see our forwards performing very well against a much heavier and experienced pack particularly in the tight exchanges.

Halftime 22-0
At halftime, with our four try bonus in the bag, our discussion revolved around keeping pressure on the opposition and not relaxing. So much for that tactic as our opponents spent much of the third quarter camped on our line and were rewarded by their only well -deserved try of the game! We thereafter found our rhythm again and cut loose against tiring opponents scoring several well worked long distance tries.

It was difficult to pick a man of the match with good performances throughout the team special mention should go to Ruairidh Webster, Robbie Calder and the front row who all performed exceptionally well. A mention also to Captain on the day Tiger Maxwell who scored four tries and delivered a quirky after match speech. Our captain also managed to raise three cheers for the opposition before the match had finished. This was a first for me in over 50 years of rugby but again gave the spectators a good laugh. Man of the match ultimately went to Euan Thomson filling in at hooker for a display of copybook tackling.

The match was played in great spirit and credit to our opposition who despite being hampered by several injuries early in the match gave it their all for eighty minutes. Also great to see them turning up in a bus with families in tow.
Great scran and craic in the Chraggs afterwards rounded off a great day.

2019 Match Reports

December 8, 2019 ·

Aberfeldy 36 Hillfoots 2nd 10

Entertaining game in testing conditions with the Boars always willing to throw the ball about. Great all -round performance against a Hillfoots side who were only held out on a number of occasions by resolute defence. Four players making their league debut for us and all played well so well done Ollie , Drew , Darren and Dottie.

Many contenders for man of the match including captain Ed Munt who put in an impressive shift leading from the front. The honour goes to Cal Gilbert who controlled the game well in his first start for us at stand- off.

October 7, 2019 ·
Aberfeldy 7 Madras 28

In this cup match, the Boars faced a youthful, well drilled Madras team who are currently sitting unbeaten at the top of Midland Div 2 two divisions above ARFC. In many respects the two teams played the same game – a fast moving attack and a stalwart defence. Madras got into gear quickly and halfway through the first half were up by two converted tries. Aberfeldy responded with a well-worked try by scrum half Fraser Michie and the half time score was 14:7 to Madras. In the second half both teams went to it with a will and though there was plenty of action neither team was able to score. Had it remained that way it would have pretty fairly represented the outcome of a hard fought match but in the last ten minutes Madras managed two soft tries to end the match 28:7.

Man of the Match – Ruairidh Webster

Arbroath V Aberfeldy 28/9/19

20- 26 to the Boars

On a fine day in Arbroath the Boars took to the field against a much bigger Arbroath team.
The Boars gave debuts today to Fraser Potter, Harrison Fry and Andy Berragan.

Early on and against the run of play the Boars went ahead through a couple of tries from Patrick Barbour. However the Arbroath team got into gear and started playing a forward dominated ruck and maul game which suited their style of play and this caused us some problems; however the defence from the Boars was strong and resolute and very well-orchestrated by Captain Ed Munt who led from the front as usual.

Arbroath crept back into the game in the second half but tries from Rhuaridh Webster and a late try from forward power house Neil Young it gave the boars a lead of 6 points until the end of the match.

A special mention for Euan Thomson who went to hooker for the last 10 minutes as we lost Kyle to injury and performed with grit as he did for the whole 80 minute.
Man of the Match went to debutant Harrison Fry for a complete and aggressive performance in the second row.

Well done the Boars as always every player on the pitch gave 100% played as a team and tackled relentlessly against a bigger and stronger team. Heads never went down and we kept going to the final whistle.
The coaching team could ask no more from a great team – well done lads.

September 16, 2019 ·
Aberfeldy 48 Bo’ness 19

We welcomed Bo’ness back to Kenmore after defeating them last week in the cup. This time round it was league business and once again they proved to be stuffy opponents who would just not give up.

The Boars scored early in the game which settled our nerves a wee bit but our opponents using their superior weight to good advantage had the best of the close quarter exchanges. We had a depleted squad this week and with Jamie Robertson breaking down in the warm up started with 13. Angus Mair who turned up to watch was press-ganged and made his debut.on the wing. Well done young man!

We kept the scoreboard turning over throughout the game and in the second half with the bigger Bo’ness side tiring were able to cut loose with some fine tries being scored. Credit to Bo’ness who played to the end and were unlucky on several occasions not to add to their tally
Man of the match was veteran Nick Radford who belied his years with a tireless display.

September 7th2019

Aberfeldy versus Bo’ness
FT 80 – 7 to the Boars

Aberfeldy RFC September 1, 2019

Howe Crusaders 49 Aberfeldy 40

What a great game of rugby to open our league campaign! Howe caught us cold and ran in several early tries before we settled into the game towards the end of the first half.

The score at half time was in the region of 35 – 0 and few would have given us any chance do getting back into the game. The Boars fighting spirit then surfaced and we took the game to Howe big time giving them a real fright before they sealed the win with a couple of late tries. This was one of the best halves of rugby the team has played and their efforts were immense in a situation where most teams would have thrown in the towel!

Several outstanding performances notably from Jamie Robertson among others and man of the match Max Carnegie.

We have Bo’ness at home next week in a cup game and your support would be appreciated by the guys

August 5th 2019

Aberfeldy 19 – Kinross 24

Another milestone for the team with our first ever preseason friendly!
Good turnout with 20 in the squad and a debut for Lewis Walker. Kinross scored early in the the game and despite unusually having the lion’s share of possession were unable to turn this to our advantage. Kinross with a couple of youthful three quarters contained our attack for much of the game and stopped us getting fully into our stride. Half time score 14-12. We fought back to 19-19 in the second half and created enough chances to win the game but our opponents crossed late on for the winning try. Man of the match went to Scott Butters for an excellent all round performance in his first start for the Boars.

The team were disappointed with the result but not disheartened and credit to Kinross for reading our game well and closing us down. To put the result into perspective Kinross will play two divisions above us in the league set up and we can take many positives from the fixture.

Howe Crusaders 80 – 19 Aberfeldy RFC

Rumours of our demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Boars returned to competitive rugby on Saturday travelling to Cupar to play Howe Crusaders who had a large squad awaiting us. We fielded a squad of 20 players in our first fixture since early October. The match was played at a furious pace from the off with both sides playing open rugby in front of a large crowd. At halftime Howe had a narrow lead with both sides scoring three tries in the period.

In the second half our lack of competitive rugby began to tell and Howe making good use of their squad began to pull ahead. Our heads didn’t go down and we continued to play attractive rugby with a decreasing amount of possession as the half progressed.

Man of the match was Kyle Harrison for a typically robust performance and a special mention to captain Ed Munt who led from the front all afternoon.


Aberfeldy RFC 41 – 10 Howe Crusaders

A welcome return to rugby in Highland Perthshire with our first home fixture since last October. The fixture was played at a wet and windy Pitlochry against a Howe side who a fortnight ago had given us a wee bit of a stuffing!

We fielded a squad of 22 players with several new faces against an experienced Howe team. An early try after some good possession settled our nerves and encouraged some good driving forward play. We managed to score at fairly even intervals throughout the game and did on occasion play some of our trademark free flowing rugby despite the conditions.

Our opponents were unlucky not to have scored a few more points but resolute defence particularly from our forwards saved the day on several occasions. The game was played in tremendous spirit and was a great advert for grassroots rugby. Thank you Howe for making the journey.

Man of the match was the relatively inexperienced second row forward Robbie Calder who put in a really hard shift with some big tackles and several good runs.


Waid FP 43 – 57 Aberfeldy RFC

Wow what a game!

We started with 12 players went up to 13 briefly and ended up for the last twenty minutes with 10 on the field due to injuries. Waid who had a squad of 15 did not at any time field more than 13 players which was a highly commendable gesture and is what grassroots rugby is all about.

Playing with the wind and slope we scored a couple of early tries against the run of play and the rest of the half was fairly even with both sides willing to attack from deep. Waid with a heavier pack dominated for periods but stout defending from our lads ensured we ended the half a couple of scores in front.

Waid started the second period strongly and some astute kicking kept us pinned back in our half and resulted in a couple of tries for the home team. Our heads did not drop and we rallied to play some trademark open running rugby often from deep to keep our noses in front for the remainder of the match although the game was not sown up until late on.

Our superior fitness and comparative youth were telling but it was the character shown by the team keeping their heads up throughout the game that won the day.

The game was played in tremendous spirit throughout and was very entertaining to watch.

Difficult to select a man of the match as everyone played out of their skins but the honour goes to Max Carnegie for a display of Russellesque running rugby particularly in the second half.

Well done the Boars


Kinross 19 – 45 Aberfeldy RFC

This is an estimated score as the referee heading off straight after the game before we could get final score from him!

We fielded a squad of 18 with three debutants in Harry McRobbie, Ritchie Duncan and Toby Broad who all acquitted themselves very well and a welcome return after a two-year absence for Lachlan Menzies. It was also really good the three Broad brothers featuring together for the first time in the senior side.

We started strongly and in the first quarter scored two nice tries after some strong running from deep with a very effective passing and support running game. Kinross using their greater experience gradually established a foothold in the game and dominated the set piece as the half drew to a close. Honours were even at half time 12 -12.

We expected the Kinross pack to exert more influence and this proved to be the case and we found their scrummaging and mauling difficult to defend against. We however managed against the run of play to score another two tries and managed to keep our noses in front during a period of intense pressure.

The real turning point was when due to injury, with about 25 minutes remaining, prop Niall Ramsey departed the field and scrums thereafter were uncontested. This played into our hands and our superior fitness began to tell with the older and heavier opposition tiring. The game was played in great spirit and we hope to welcome Kinross to Kenmore early next season or a return fixture.

Difficult to pick a man of the match but the honour goes Angus Broad who was prominent throughout and scored a nifty hat trick.


Aberfeldy RFC 29 – 53 Currie Chieftains

Our biggest crowd of the season were treated to an entertaining game of running rugby from both sides on a glorious afternoon at Kenmore.

From the off we were placed under pressure from a strong Currie side who scored the first two tries of the game. Throughout this period we rarely had our hands on the ball, as our opponents ball retention was impressive. We gradually clawed our way back into the game but were allowed less room in midfield than we normally create for ourselves!

The second half was a better period for us and the difference between the sides were a couple of breakaway tries for Currie following some weak tackling no doubt caused by their amount of pressure we had soaked up earlier. Currie in general were the better side and deserved the win but the score did flatter them a wee bit.

We fielded a squad of 25 for this fixture, which was very encouraging. 22 of the squad were our own players and our numbers were helped by 3 players from Blairgowrie one of whom picked up a calf injury so we wish you a speedy recovery Dave M. We again had 3 debutants Scott Butters, Drew Billimore and Harry Burton who all made appearances off the bench and who all acquitted themselves very well. Man of the match went to Robbie Calder his second such award in this his first season of senior rugby. Mentions to Max Carnegie for a great second half performance and Jinky Maxwell for a brace of tries. Also thanks to Archie McLaren of Kenmore Photography for taking some great photos, a small selection on our Aberfeldy RFC Facebook Page or the full selection can be found at the Kenmore Photography Facebook Page.