GREENOCK WANDERERS U14
The U14’s have had an exceptionally good season, winning most of their games. They have been displaying fast, strong running and skilled playing and have developed both on and off the pitch. The team are great friends and have become formidable team to their competitors. Their steady progress means that they are attracting attention from other clubs who study their growth as players and style of play.
GREENOCK WANDERERS WOMENS RUGBY
Throughout the course of 2020/21, the GWRFC Women's Rugby Team has taken the team on a journey to not only recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but to thrive by bringing even more women into the sport and showing the local women in Inverclyde what sport can add to their lives by being part of a team. Over the course of the year we brought on board over 25 new players, a huge achievement in a still-niche sport, growing the squad and providing opportunities for women and girls in the local area.
A a thriving under-18s section was introduced and also a scholarship program for disadvantaged young people in the area, providing funding support for kit, travel and playing costs to make sure that rugby is an accessible sport for all local young people, no matter their background.
Alongside all of this, the team continue to use their group power to raise funds and awareness for local causes and charities including Inverclyde Children in Poverty, the Ardgowan Hospice, Man On! Inverclyde and local Care Homes, through our charity Marathon, Santa Dash and Christmas Card Writing Campaign, raising over £1500 for local causes since COVID began. The pandemic was a hugely difficult time for everyone and during the time the team used their team energy to focus on mental health, running various team campaigns online and in person to support those in both the club and wider community during the lay off from rugby.”
After a slower start due to rebuilding from COVID times, the girls have posted some massive victories including over previously unbeaten teams such as Glasgow University (61-7) and Cartha Queens Park (69-7). The momentum is now truly with them as they are mid-way through their quest for silverwear in the National Bowl Competition which culminates in a grand final at the home of Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield, on 14th May 2022. The ladies have now booked their place in the semi-finals on 24th April, after an outstanding campaign where they were undefeated in their Pool Matches to date, now only one game away from the prestigious final. This would be the team's third consecutive national final appearance should they be able to pull it off.
MORTON COMMUNITY BLUES
This is their story. The boys started out with a club called Eastend United and have played together since they were 5 years old. Recently due to very unfortunate circumstances their team folded. This absloutely crushed the hearts and souls of these 12 year old boys as they thought playing football was all over for them. The boys didn't want to go their separate ways as they had been player together for 7 years therefore we struggled to find a club that would take on a full team. Recently they were thrown a lifeline by an amazing individual who decided that he would step in and coach the boys under Morton Community Blues 2009's along with fellow coaches. This has given them a chance to knit together and get back on the pitch fulfilling their dreams and giving them hope of becoming professional footballers. Although they have had to start from scratch and play catch up in the league the boys have came so far and only been defeated once after playing 3/4 of a season. They are a group of the most ambitious, driven, determined and hard working group of boys