Back to business this week with a Booker Border League game against Jed at Riverside on Friday night. After the Autumn Test Series break it’s a welcome opportunity to get back into the saddle with some important game time. Disappointingly, our seconds game at SELKIRK was cancelled last Friday so perhaps reduced the opportunity for some of the Storm players to be involved at Riverside Park. Whilst I think some will be rewarded for their recent good form an inability to get game time into players who have been on the bench of late will reduce JD's options. We have a double task this week in trying to win a Border League game yet prepare fully for what will be a really tough and crucial fixture against Stirling County, a club close on our heels. I expect to see the draw for our cup tie on the 3rd Jan this week as the previous round was completed at the weekend. The Cup is a competition we all enjoy and take very seriously. It will be interesting to see who we get, a home game would be good, but I won't hold my breath.
We have two players in the Scotland Women's Squad for their next game against Italy. Lana Skeldon and Gillian Ingles. Congratulations to them both and not forgetting Emma Hackney for winning "try of the month" for October - well done.
Finally it's been a privilege to watch young Jonny Gray in Scotland action these past two week, let's not forget it wasn’t very long ago he was in Melrose colours in B and I games. I think he will become one of the best in the world; he reminds me of Gordon Brown. A wee bit ungainly, an outstanding player and more importantly an absolute gentleman.
So see you at Jed on Friday night, don’t worry if you haven't got my Christmas present yet. There's plenty time left....and apparently I'm easily pleased!
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