TFI Friday 27th Feb 2015

Nobody got close to last week’s guess the wine© a Tempranillo grape in a robust red from the Toro region in Spain. A 14% belter! Nobody even got the cheese a lovey Comte from France and the other “complex” cheese was a Cheddar from Scotland! So we start again with this week’s surprise coming from the extensive cellars of a Mr Truswell.

TFI Friday™ this week will KO at about 5.08» to allow preparation for your welcome. FREE nibbles® on the bar for your enjoyment as usual which should aid the flow of conversation and the usual havers.

RUGBY. The 1sts visit Biggar RFC in a rearranged game with a 12.30pm KO. The Titans don’t as yet have a game.

Alan (the dog) Brown loses out to man on a bike who wasn’t even there at the Dundee Sports awards. We let his tyres doon though so that’s him sorted!

The High School of Dundee v Glenalmond on Wed night at Murrayfield and the HSoD got a bit of a doin unfortunately but great they made it to the final.

Andy Dymock says cheerio to us but says g’day mate to some new chums as he goes to OZ on Monday. Andy has been a great servant to the Club but more importantly always had a great big smile on his face despite what his two brothers used to inflict on him! Have a few tinnies on us cobber and we will see you on the flip side.

The fabulous International Carvery on the 14th March is only £27.50 including some wine and entry to the game v Hillhead and 2 International Rugby games including the BIG one Engeland v Scotland ko 5pm. A whole day out, 3 rugby games, a feed and a bevvy for £27.50 it’s a bargain! Book now with Derek, Ron or even me.

Our search for a coach continues and no application from any on the sidelines or Tourette’s corner who offer such sound voluble advice on a regular basis! Time yet of course!

This week in history (I remember watching it!) Casius Clay (the Louisville lip) beat up Sonny Liston 1964. In 1899 Aspirin was patented only 19 years after the rugby club was formed. How did they sort headaches after a good skite before that?

In the news this week. £67k is a part time salary says Malky asking for another £5k per day. We are all in this together of course! The deserving rich perhaps! Maddona still perfecting her stage dive!

Hope you have a great rugby weekend wherever you are.

High School of Dundee 1st XV in U18 cup final

The High School of Dundee 1st XV Rugby team have won through to the final of the Brewin Dolphin U18 Shield competition after beating Loretto 30-24 in a pulsating semi-final encounter at Mayfield. The boys will now face Glenalmond in the title decider for the national tournament on the back pitch at Murrayfield on Wednesday 25 February at 6pm. Good luck from all at the FP’s and of course your cousins the Eagles.

Eagles fly a little HIGHer

Eagles fly a little HIGHer and make the 15th March a date for our diaries.

Yesterday (Sunday 22nd) saw the Eagles U16’s play a “strong, powerful, battle to the final whistle” v Howe of Fife, at Duffus Park, Cupar.

In a game where the elements should have made handling very difficult, both teams showed some excellent handling skills and both teams played an attacking style that belied the conditions, however it was the Eagles who triumphed with six tries to no reply to seal a 0-34 win.

Scorers were Michael Horsfield, Murphy Walker, Lewis Keddie, Cameron Mathieson, Sean Gauld and skipper Angus Fraser.

The next round of the tournament is a home tie scheduled for the 15th March. Opponents unknown at this stage.

Dundee High 13-29 Stewarts Melville

Match Report
21 February 2015

The overnight frost had soon disappeared, making the 11 o’clock pitch inspection a mere precaution and, with Mayfield in good condition, Dundee kicked off on a bright, sunny afternoon, with a moderate breeze at their backs and were soon in top gear, pressing strongly in the Stew Mel 22. After Dundee won a line-out 10 metres out, Stew Mel were penalised and Dundee kicked to touch to set up another line-out drive which this time took them over the try line for a score by Stevie Longwell, which Harry Millar converted. 5 minutes gone and Dundee were ahead 7-0.

Another line-out win and a strong forwards drive took the home side back into the Stew Mel 22 and when Stew Mel were penalised again, Harry Millar took the chance to extend the lead with a penalty goal. 10 – 0 after 9 minutes.

Dundee were playing at great tempo at this stage and continuing to press in the visitors’ half, but penalty offences were preventing the score being increased. It was a penalty against Stew Mel, however, which gave Harry Millar another goal chance after 16 minutes and he duly obliged from just inside the Stew Mel 10 metre line to make the score 13 – 0.

Stew Mel mounted their first attack of the match after the restart and a spell of pressure in the Dundee red zone resulted, before Dundee were able to clear, thanks to some Stew Mel handling errors and a dominant scrum performance. A fine break by Nick Alston took play into the Stew Mel 22 again, but the ball was lost in a tackle.

There was little threat to either line until, with half-time in sight, Stew Mel play-maker Nick McCashin made a telling break, before passing to full-back Mike Hanning, who scored a try converted by McCashin.

Half-time: Dundee 13 Stewarts Melville 7

There was disappointment in the Dundee camp at letting Stew Mel in for that late score and the exhortation was not to allow Stew Mel back into the game but to return to the dominating power play of the first 20 minutes.

In the event, it was the visitors who started stronger in the second half. They were soon pressing in the Dundee 22 and remained dominant until, after 10 minutes of the half, a strong drive led to a score by tight-head prop Rhys Morgan, who repeated his feat of the November match at Inverleith. McCashin converted and Stew Mel were ahead for the first time, 13-14.

The lead was stretched 7 minutes later by a McCashin penalty from just inside the Dundee half, making it 13-17.

Stew Mel were soon back in the Dundee red zone and when the home side were penalised on their 5 metre line, Stew Mel ran the ball, passing it across the pitch, leading to another try by Hanning. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the score moved to 13-22.

Rare Dundee attacks were posing little threat to the Stew Mel line, with most of the play taking place in the home half. When Dundee were awarded their only penalty of the half, the clearance kick failed to find touch and Stew Mel were back on the offensive. An eventual break-out by Dundee took play to half-way but, when the ball was lost in a tackle, it was picked up by winger Matt Morrell, who dashed some 50 metres to touch down for a try converted by McCashin: 13-29 with 2 added minutes played.
A final Dundee offensive from the kick-off led to pressure on the Stew Mel line but a series of drives was without result and a messy scrum brought proceedings to a close.

Full-time: Dundee 3 Stewarts Melville 29

A disappointing, flat second half performance from Dundee, lacking the energy of the first 20 minutes.

Try: Longwell
Conversion: Millar
Penalty: Millar (2)

Player of the Match: Josh Rutnagur

Dundee High v Stewarts Melville

Saturday 21 February
Mayfield | 3pm kickoff

Dundee High team selection

15 – Nick Alston
14 – Ronan Joy
13 – Duncan Leese
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Matt O’Sullivan
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Adam Lowry
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown (c)
4 – James Mulligan
5 – Matt Harland
6 – George Arnott
7 – Hamish Livingston
8 – Donald Sangster


16 – Neil Dymock
17 – Gavin Robertson
18 – Jonny Petty
19 – Josh Rutnagar
20 – Blair Cochrane

TFI Friday™ 20th Feb 2015

Well that’s another week whizzed by and now well into Feb. Do we see the green shoots of Spring around the corner? I do hope so.

Last week’s guess the wine competition® was clearly won by a wine expert from the Ferry. One of the foremost wine specialists on the whole of King St especially to the East of the Bowling Club said, “its another stitch up”. Well probably but that’s life in the world of viniculture! TFI kicks off at its usual time of 5.07 ish» and FREE nibbles© will be spread across the bar top.

Rugby. No game last week for the 1sts and a memorable trip to Selkirk with the Titans was enjoyed but sadly nil points, as a result of no substitutes and a disallowed try that was given by the Selkirk touchy but the all-seeing inexperienced borders ref did not concur.

This week we see a double header at Mayfield with the visit of Smellies who are a very nice club but we need the points for both sides so no quarter will be contemplated. There may be some rugby legends for the autograph hunters amongst you!

Date for your diary. Sat 14th March The Famous International Carvery special. We have Dundee v Hills and Wales v Ireland and of course the big one from Twickers Engeland v Scotland. Derek Lawson keeping the score on this one but be quick we have a decent bunch booked already. It’s a bargain at only £27.50p which includes some wine!

Hope you have a great rugby weekend.

Selkirk 2nd XV v Dundee Titans

Match Report
14 February 2015

On a wind-less day and on a soft pitch, Selkirk kicked off, and Dundee were first on the attack. When Selkirk were penalised, Dundee kicked to touch and drove the resultant line-out won ball over the Selkirk line, only to be penalised, allowing Selkirk to clear. The Dundee set scrum was already looking dominant, but Selkirk worked their way up the pitch until their full-back made the most of some indifferent tackling to run some 35 metres to open the scoring with a try, which was converted, to put Selkirk 7-0 ahead after 5 minutes.

Dundee hit back immediately when Dougie Gray, pressed into service through lack of numbers, intercepted a Selkirk pass and sped 35 metres to the line. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful and after 6 minutes, the score was 7-5.

Dundee were gradually settling after a hesitant start and the game entered an even spell until Dundee made significant progress into the Selkirk half and a fine 22 metre break by Burham Torgut after 20 minutes brought a second score for the visitors. Josh Rutnagur converted and Dundee were ahead 7-12.

Despite the temporary loss through injury of Harley Ross on the half-hour mark, and no replacements, 14-man Dundee continued to compete well and indeed reached the Selkirk line after a good handling move, but the unsighted referee was unable to award a try after Rhys McAuley touched down and instead penalised the Dundee winger for a double movement.

Selkirk ran the penalty, but eventually kicked into Dundee territory and when the visitors were penalised again, Selkirk kicked to touch. The throw-in was not gathered, and when Dundee knocked-on, they pushed Selkirk back at the resultant scrum, only to lose possession and give Selkirk the opportunity to drive to the line for a try by their blind-side forward, which was converted, to put Selkirk ahead 14-12. Dundee had a penalty goal chance after the kick-off but Josh Rutnagur’s kick fell just short and 14-12 was the score as the half-time whistle sounded seconds later.

Half-time: Selkirk 14 Dundee Titans 12

An even contest, after a slow start by Dundee, who looked better as the half progressed, but with a lapse leading to the second Selkirk try. The loss of Harley led to a flatter performance, and an improved defensive performance would be required for the second half.

With Harley restored, Dundee started the second half on the offensive, winning possession from the kick-off and moving the ball well into the Selkirk 22. Selkirk were penalised and Dundee took a quick penalty, only to lose possession and to find themselves in their own 22., where they were penalised. Selkirk kicked to touch, Dundee conceded a free kick, and when Dundee were again penalised after a Selkirk drive, five minutes into the half, the home scrum-half slotted the penalty chance and the Selkirk lead was increased: 17-12.

In spite of the half-time exhortations, Selkirk were able to exploit some frailty in Dundee’s defence allied to a mounting penalty count against Dundee. With Selkirk looking the more likely to prevail, it took some 15 minutes further before the score change again and this time, they took advantage of Dundee being yellow card-reduced to 14 men to break from their own half for a score which was converted. Selkirk ahead 24-12 after 60 minutes.

Dundee recovered from the set-back and were soon pressing, but indifferent handling prevented momentum being generated, leading to Selkirk attacking again. When Dundee fly-kicked over their line, they were penalised twice at the ensuing scrums, with the Selkirk scrum-half goaling the chance to increase the home lead. 27-12 with a minute of regulation time remaining.

There was more to come, however, for Selkirk were penalised in their 22 after the kick-off and Dundee elected for a scrum, before a series of drives took Stuart Barlow over the line, only for the referee to adjudge the ball was held up. Dundee won the scrum-5 and Selkirk were penalised again. A quick take by Dundee led to a final, unconverted score.

Full-time: Selkirk 27 Dundee Titans 17

A valiant effort by a depleted Dundee squad led to an even game, with veteran player/coach Dougie Gray suggested by one Selkirk observer as player of the match. The visitors’ efforts were not helped a by a penalty count of 2-1 in Selkirk’s favour.

TFI Friday 13th Feb 2015

Is it Valentine’s eve? We will all be misty eyed in anticipation. Who said romance is dead. This week’s TFI™ will have a Valentine’s day theme with every 8th drink getting a free rose along with it. Yes we know how much we like a good excuse for luuuuv.

The guess the wine® was won fair and square last week by Miss Lily from a village near Methill Fife c/o Dr Tom. Tom if your carer reads this to you that means you provide the wine, flowers and chocolate for Friday. The bar opens as usual at 5.08» and FREE nibbles on the bar Dod willing.

Rugby. The City slickers (Watsons) have called off because they have 3 players in the U20’s squad. Well done them! The Titans travel to Selkirk and the bus leaves at 11.45am. Please check website for details.

In the news this week. Revenge porn might get you 2 years at her Majesties pleasure if you engage in that pursuit in England and Wales. If you wreck the world economy for a decade no such sanction. You couldn’t make it up. Politicians scoring points off each other concerning the colour of a bus.

This week in history. 1929 St Valentines day massacre by half past 7 it was all over.

Scotland to beat Wales on a Sunday!

Have a great rugby weekend.