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Good Weekend at the Office


In the absence of the Director of Rugby who is away fine tuning his ambassadorial, diplomatic and missionary skills in sunny Spain for the next 3 weeks we will attempt to put together a (albeit fully accepting of inferior quality in all respects) blog.

First up, and following on from the good away win at Hawks, it was great to get a bonus point win against Currie at the weekend. Whilst not a perfect performance the game had periods of superb rugby and tries to match with the interplay between forwards and backs at times out of the top drawer. When you consider those who are still unavailable through injury or other committments this is testement to the coaching team's skill and effort - well done to all concerned. The players who could not be considered include Ewan McQuillin, Nicky Little, Callum Anderson, Joe Helps, Grant Runciman, Bruce Dick etc....and as a result of Edinburgh having a "back-up" game on Sunday there were no professional players available. Add to this injuries during the game to Andrew Nagle and Neil Irvine-Hess and it makes the result all the more satisfying. On the plus side it was good to see Messrs Dodds, Eccles and McAndrew back at the coal face and making their presence felt. It should be emphasised that this was a very good team effort with all playing their part however it turned out to be primarily a game for those of lesser stature to make their mark - anyone who scores 3 tries in an afternoon deserves a mention and Austin "Lockie" Lockington did just that. With his usual quiet unassuming playing style he dummied and danced his way over the line on no less than 3 occassions - a great afternoons work. Tom Wilson, playing on the wing had 2 and Murdo McAndrew 1; Tito Mua made it seven with an impressive solo effort.

The Wasps had a disappointing afternoon losing their first match of the season to Jed Thistle however I have no doubt the coaches and management will see that the tackle bags are hit harder and more often this week to put things back on track.

Ending on very positive notes the Ladies recorded one of their best ever wins with a comprehensive defeat of Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies (last years runaway champions) by 33 - 5, scoring 5 tries to 1 in the process - well done to our girls who now sit in 3rd place in the BT Premiership League.

The U16 team also had a very good away win at Duns.
In addition, Sunday was mini tournament day - judging by the number of youngsters around it looked like a "mini invasion" in the town - congratulations to all involved in what was a very successful event.  

Please also remember we have the Ladies Lunch and the Gala Day Lunch on the 11th and 18th October respectively - book your places through the club office now!!......and finally there are still a few places left for the Xmas Party Night on the 6th December (12th December is already sold out) - again bookable via the club office.

See you all on the 11th October for what should be a cracker against high flying Heriots - following the game early season there is a score to settle and remember, and no apology for repeating this, that it is like having a 16th player when we have a vocal, encouraging crowd so please come down and support.


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