Club AGM – Thursday 21 MAY 7.30 pm

This year’s AGM is to be on Thursday 21 May 2015 at 7.30 pm. Please make every effort to attend and make sure you are part of the discussions and decisions that are made regarding the future of the Club.

As is now customary, the Athletic Union AGM will be held immediately afterwards.

Agenda for Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 21 MAy 2015 at 7.30 pm at Mayfield

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of 2014 AGM and Matters Arising. (copies available on request – see below)*
3. President’s Report
4. Captain’s Report
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Subscriptions for 2015-2016:

(currently):

Season Ticket Member £145

Full Member £115
Playing Member £85
Student and U-21 member £55
Affiliate Member £65
Lady Member/Spouse £35

7. Honorary Life Memberships and Honorary Vice-Presidents
8. Election of Office Bearers & Post Holders (currently):

President – Gerry Tosh
Vice President – Fraser Clarkson
Secretary – Robin Lunn
Treasurer – Matt Scott
Rugby Convener – Ken Andrew
Junior Section Convener –
Committee Member – Ron McHoul
Committee Member – Dougie Gray
Committee Member – Mark Trusswell

Post Holders

Club Captain  – Alan Brown
Club Vice-Captain –
2nd XV Captain –

9. Appointment of Hon Auditor
10. Other Competent Business
11. Open Discussion

* Copies of 2014 AGM minutes available from Robin Lunn Lawson; email: rob15.lunn@blueyonder.co.uk

Biggar 17-26 Dundee High

Dundee finish season with bonus point win away to Biggar.

Final post match reaction from Head Coach, Colin Robertson

“We had a disruptive week with injuries and unavailability which makes it even more satisfying that we finished with a 4 try bonus point win away to Biggar. We have only lost a couple of games this year which is a credit to this group of players. There is real confidence and a hard working attitude among the players who are in a great position to continue their progress next season.”

TFI Friday™17th April 2015

Dear wine buffs. Get a grip! No clear winners in two weeks!! So this week will be a carry forward 1st prize of 1 bottle of wine. The correct answer would have been Cote de Rhone (14 deg btw) with the grape(s) being Grenache and Syrah from France obviously and the lovely cheese was a mature Gouda from (yes its easy now) Holland.

Please take the guess the wine comp® a bit more seriously or sanctions will follow!

The bar will open one last time at 5.09» for the season as the Sat sees the last league game of the season on Sat 18th v Biggar away. TFI will cease for a few weeks while the close season lasts. FREE nibbles will as usual be available Dod willing.

Club dinner is on Friday the 24th April and tickets/bookings with Rob Lunn or your favourite committee type! Paddy Patterson our very own ref will be entertaining us. Dundee High RFC are delighted to report that Club Captain Alan Brown has been selected again to play for the Barbarians v Heriots on Tuesday 21st April at Goldenacre. Can he score the winning try AGAIN? Go and see this great piece of history and find out. The Club is very proud of Broonie the Baa Baa. Well done Alan.

The new era of rugby in Dundee continues as around 24 lads from the Eagles and the High School were going through their paces in St. Andrews to see who will make the different pathways including the new Caledonia Academy. Might even see another Baa Baa amongst them!

Hope you have a great weekend as our season draws to a close soon.

Biggar v Dundee High

Saturday 18 April
3pm kickoff – Hartree Mill

Dundee High Team Lineup

15 – Blair Cochrane
14 – Matt OSullivan
13 – Duncan Leese
12 – Tim McKavanagh
11 – Ollie Cain
10 – Harry Millar
9 – Josh Rutnagur
1 – Stevie Longwell
2 – Darrell Russell
3 – Alan Brown (c)
4 – Ian Robertson
5 – George Arnott
6 – Donald Sangster
7 – Hamish Livingston
8 – Gavin Hughan

Replacements:

Gavin Robertson
Owen Dyer
Adam Lowry
Ronan Joy

TFI Friday™ 10th April 2015

Last week’s two centre TFI Friday© did not produce an outright winner due in part to overindulgence. Unforgivable if it were not the result of a solid win v the City Slickers inc British Lion Simon Taylor at Dyreside. The score was them 15 – 27 us. Never drink on an empty head and 2 bottles of red before the Forth Bridge and the compulsory Port race combined with hospitality(?) was too much. So no clear winner at all. Bottom line I will provide the wine this week for the guess the wine competition®. Bar will open at 5.09» and FREE nibbles™ as usual. We also have in the club a reception for the Tonyrefail RFC U16 visiting Welsh side starting at 7 pm just after TFI. Some may remember Derek Griffith who was a regular visitor to Dundee (every two years) and he will be at the club on Friday night.

The game itself will be on Sat with a 1pm KO at Mayfield.

Eagles U16 v Tonyrefail U16.

No game for the 1sts this week but the club is sending a 7’s squad to Melrose marshalled by Dougie Gray our 7’s specialist coach.

The Club dinner is Friday 24th April in the Club priced only £25 for all the trimmings and usual presentations with an Ian Cooke carvery special.

The Club has announced the appointment of Colin Sangster (father of Donald) as head coach taking over from Colin Robertson. We wish both Colin’s all the best and to Robbo many thanks for a great 2 year shift.

Election campaigning just now so no comment from me apart from, it’s a bit boring yaboo sucks politics!

The weather looks a bit like spring so lets just be thankful and enjoy.

Colin Sangster announced as Head Coach

Dundee High Rugby has pleasure in announcing that Colin Sangster has accepted the position of head coach. Colin who was highly recommended to the Club comes with a wealth of experience in Club and age grade rugby. He has done a great job at Caithness RFC and as an SRU development officer. He is recognised nationally as a great coach. We look forward to seeing Colin at Dundee and wish him well.

Watsonians 15-27 Dundee High

Watsonians v Dundee HSFP
3 April 2015

Watsonians kicked off on a soft pitch, with little wind, and won possession, but Dundee countered out of defence. A kick by Harry Millar was well collected by Duncan Leese, taking Dundee well into the Watsonians’ half and when the home side was penalised, Harry Millar obliged with a penalty goal. 4 minutes played and Dundee had a lead which they never lost.

The even spell which followed featured strong running by Watsonians and sound defence by Dundee until an exchange of kicks ended with a Dundee line-out in the Watsonians 22. With Dundee pressing, a cross-field kick was gathered by Matt O’Sullivan who crossed for a try, well converted by Harry Millar. 19 minutes gone and Dundee were ahead 0-10.

Watsonians exerted a spell of pressure, which the Dundee defence absorbed, aided by a dominant set scrum. Eventually a Dundee attack took play into the home 22 and when Watsonians were penalised, Harry Millar obliged with a second penalty goal, to extend Dundee’s lead: 0-13 after 34 minutes.

With half-time imminent, and Watsonians driving, Dundee were penalised on their 22 and Watsonians kicked to touch 5 metres out. The line-out was won and the ball driven over the Dundee line for an unconverted try by Jonathan Golden.

Half-time: Watsonians 5 Dundee 13

A good first half for Dundee, with defence and set scrum strong. Intelligent kicking was the advice for the second period.

Watsonians were the first to show after the resumption and when Dundee were penalised in front of the posts, some 30 metres out, Andrew Chalmers made no mistake for Watsonians and his penalty goal made it 8-13 after 2 minutes of the half.

Unsuccessful penalty goal attempts by both stand-offs meant no further scoring and another even spell and 54 minutes had passed before the next score. After some strong bursts by Dundee, the ball was fed to Blair Cochrane for a score which Harry Millar converted, to extend the lead: 8-20.

Dundee were soon back in the Watsonians 22 , and when Watsonians kicked from defence, the ball was run back at pace by Dundee, with Matt O;Sullivan and Duncan Leese featuring, until the supporting Blair Cochrane touched down for his second try, which was again converted by Harry Millar. 8-27 after 59 minutes.

Watsonians were still running the ball well, but Dundee’s defence was remaining solid, although a series of penalties and a yellow card suspension were not aiding their cause, enabling Watsonians were able to launch a series of drives into the Dundee red zone.

Eventually Watsonians elected for a scrum after a penalty offence n,ear the Dundee line, and when the ball was moved, stand-off Andrew Chalmers broke through for a try which he converted, reducing the lead. 15-27 with 8 minutes remaining.

Aided by further penalties against Dundee, Watsonians maintained the majority of possession as the game entered the final stages, extended by a number of injury stoppages, but there was to be no further scoring and a satisfactory victory for Dundee resulted, even though the significant bonus point try eluded them.
Full time: Watsonians 15 Dundee 27

A satisfying victory for Dundee after the disappointment of the capitulation in the earlier fixture at Mayfield. Although Watsonians had the majority of possession, an 8-1 second half penalty advantage, and ran the ball well and at pace, Dundee’s defence excelled.

Scorers:

Tries: Cochrane (2), O’Sullivan
Conversions: Millar (3)
Penalties: Millar (2)

Dundee Player of the Match: Duncan Leese

Cartha QP 29-26 Dundee Titans

Cartha QP 2nd XV v Dundee Titans
4 April 2015

On a heavy pitch, Dundee kicked off and were first on the attack, exerting early pressure in the Cartha 22. A drive to 2 metres out led to a Cartha scrum, but Dundee pushed them off the ball, allowing Stuart Barlow to pick from the base and score. 4 minutes gone and Dundee were ahead for a try converted by Finn Murphy, 0-7.

In only another 3 minutes, the lead was extended, when Callum Bowie pounced on a loose Cartha ball to scamper 40 metres for a try which Finn again converted. Dundee ahead 0-14 after only 7 minutes.

Handling errors were preventing a free-flowing game, but Dundee remained on top until Cartha gained the Dundee half for the first time, after some 18 minutes of the game. Penalty offences were preventing Dundee from capitalising on their early dominance and when Cartha gained touch 8 metres from the Dundee line from a penalty kick, a planned move round the front of the line-out led to their first score, an unconverted try which made it 5-14 after 27 minutes.

Dundee hit back from the re-start and were soon attacking in the Cartha 22. The ball was worked clear well and Fergus Wallace exploited a gap to burst through for a try which Finn again converted. 29 minutes gone and Dundee ahead 5-21.

Cartha won possession from their kick-off but handling errors led to a Dundee scrum. The feed was adjudged not straight and a quick free kick was taken by Cartha, who handled the ball left leading to a score in the corner, which was not converted. 29 minutes gone and the score was 10-21.

Handling errors and penalty offences were preventing any concerted periods of play until, on the stroke of half time, a break by the Cartha 13 found their full back in support and the try under the posts led to an easy conversion, reducing Dundee’s lead to 4 points.

Half-time: Cartha QP 17 Dundee Titans 21

A great start by Dundee, but lack of cohesion and consistency had let Cartha back into the game. Harder work in the second half, aimed at tiring the home pack, was the half-time encouragement.

In the event, it was Cartha who were the more dominant in the second half, but handing errors and penalties by both sides were preventing any spells of flowing play and, in the event, it was Dundee who came closest to scoring next. A fine kick into space by Finn Murphy gave Dundee an attacking opportunity. When Cartha cleared, a good break by Finn led to the ball being passed to Adam Lowrie, but a tackle in the act of scoring saw the ball spilled.

After Cartha kicked a penalty award to 5 metres from the Dundee line, they were penalised going for the score and Dundee took a quick penalty and ran the ball well out of defence, until the ball was lost and Cartha pounced to score a try which was converted. 72 minutes gone and Cartha ahead for the first time, 24-21.

Dundee hit back from the kick-off with strong mid-field drives, but knocked-on some 10 metres from the Cartha line. Although possession was won back, and Cartha were again penalised, Dundee ran the ball but lost it, and Cartha cleared to the Dundee half. Another penalty against Dundee and Cartha took the kick quickly to run in an unconverted try.

77 minutes gone and Cartha’s lead was extended: 29-21.
Several lengthy injury stoppages extended playing time, giving Dundee the opportunity for another score. A strong run by Scot Doig after a Cartha penalty led to a ruck from which Clinton Davey was able to burst over for an unconverted score which preceded the final whistle.

Full-time: Cartha QP 29 Dundee Titans 26

In spite of Dundee’s early burst, handling errors and penalty awards prevented any continuity and consistency developing. Although the pitch slopes to both ends from the middle, and the wind was more or less across the pitch, it seemed that the side playing towards the clubhouse was the more dominant, leading to something of a game of two halves. Two bonus points, however, and a sterling effort by coach Dougie Gray, who manfully played the whole game as hooker, stealing a couple of strikes against the head on the way.

Scorers:

Tries: Stuart Barlow, Callum Bowie, Fergus Wallace, Clinton Davey
Conversions: Finn Murphy (3)

Watsonians 15-27 Dundee High

Post match reaction from Head Coach, Colin Robertson

“Tonight was a strong performance all round and a very satisfying win. We did our homework from the first game and our game plan approach worked very well both in attack and defence. We scored three cracking tries from invention and pressure and led comfortably throughout the game. Duncan Leese played his best game for Dundee closely followed by the outstanding Blair Cochrane and our storming No8 Gavin Hughan.”