TRY HARD - WITH A VENGEANCE
BANNOCKBURN 69-5 GLASGOW EAST
Bannockburn made hay while the sun shone at Bluebellwood on Saturday as they ran in 11 tries to defeat Glasgow East 69-5.
With the league season just two weeks away, 'Burn returned home to regather after a pair of hard away friendlies.
It didn't take them long to get on the scoreboard, with John Dawson finishing a good backs move in the first few minutes.
Dawson was to complete a quick-fire hat-trick soon after, benefiting from some great work by Lee Cameron, who bulldozed through several tackles to set up the second, and showing a good turn of pace to run in for a third.
The match was played in three 20 minute periods at the request of Glasgow East and there was time for one more 'Burn score before the first break, finished by Ryan Lydon.
The second period followed a similar pattern to the first although 'Burn were thwarted for much of the 20 minutes by some excellent visiting defence.
Dawson claimed a fourth score, after good work by Andy Cowan and Stuart McGown, followed by a try for Sandy Grainger who charged over from close range after good work by the home pack at a five metre scrum.
Stuart McGown scored the last try of the second period, evading the Glasgow East defence to sprint over on the right.
The game became more open in the final 20 minutes and saw some memorable Bannockburn scores and a well deserved try for Glasgow East, too.
Cameron, was was to claim the man of the match award, picked a great line of attack when he latched on to a Kimmitt pass and sprinted in from 40 yards without a tackler touching him. Scott McGown bagged two scores and Lydon claimed arguably the best score of the match when he seized a turnover and sprinted away from the cover defence to run in from halfway.
Dawson converted lots of the tries but didn't convert some of them. To be honest, I can't remember.
Cameron was well worth his man of the match award but there were also strong performances from Kimmitt, Dawson and Calum Bruce in the backs, while Lydon and Kevin McCormack peformed well up front and Danny Murphy dominated the lineout.
Team: J Dawson (capt); D Sinclair, L Cameron, A Cowan, C Bruce; R Kimmitt, S McCormack; AJ Lias, K McCormack, A Greenwood, P Dollard, S Shotliff, D Murphy, R Lydon, S Grainger.
Replacements: Scott McGown, Stuart McGown, A Beattie, T Vines, P Hamilton