Dates for the Diary

The much enjoyed social calendar is off and running again this year at Mayfield.

Two dates for the diary to earmark.

The annual Halloween Party Saturday 24th October 2015, 19:00 till late:
Ticket prices will be £10 for guys and £5 for girls.
Your admission cost entitles you two glasses of the spooky house cocktail, and entertainment includes a live DJ.
For information on tickets please contact any social committee member or pm the facebook page. You can also pay on the night.

Ladies Day Saturday 14th November 2015, 12pm till late:

The deal is spot of lunch, wine, shots, cute boys in shorts, top banks and, och, a bit of rugby in between if you’re that way inclined – leaving the clubhouse bar is definitely optional.

After Lunch there will be a Karaoke and Disco laid on.
Price is £25 per head. Bargain, PM the facebook page if you would like a ticket or get in touch with Mags Van der Esch

Both events are being held at our very own Mayfield Clubhouse and keep your eyes peeled for Members offers on the chalk board with all new Membership Card

Refereeing Courses

The Referees Society are always looking for new referees and are running the following courses in October if any members/players/parents/coaches would like to get qualified to referee.

Sunday 4th October – Melrose 10am-4pm

Sunday 4th October – Allan Glens RFC 10am – 4pm

Sunday 11th October – BT Murrayfield 9am-2.30pm (female only)

Wednesdays 14th and 21st October – BT Murrayfield 6.30pm-9.30pm

Thursday 15 October – Glenrothes 10am-5pm

Friday 23rd October – Montrose RFC 6pm-10pm

More details can be found on the website at
If you need any more info please contact Bob Easton.

Haddington (17) v Dundee HSFP (57), Neilson Park, 26th Sep 2015

Match Report

Haddington  v Dundee HSFP  , Neilson Park , Saturday 26 September 2015.


Dundee went into this BT Cup fixture as firm favourites against Haddington , a BT National 3 side.

It was a pleasant sunny afternoon in Haddington , with Dundee starting Josh Rutnagur at 10 , with Andy Dymock on the wing. Matt O’Sullivan started at full back with Blair Cochrane unavailable.

Haddington drew first blood with a penalty after 5 minutes to take a 3-0 lead , but soon afterwards , Dundee went ahead with a try by captain Brown , converted by Leese. Minutes later , Gav Robertson rumbled over for an unconverted try to make the score 12-3 to Dundee.

However , in a rare Haddington attack resulted in a try being pulled back , with the conversion added by their 10 , who looked a tidy player. 12-10 to Dundee.

Gav Robertson then scored his second try following further Dundee forward domination , with the score being well converted by Duncan Leese.

Hadddington however kept themselves in contention with a further converted try to make the score 19-17 to Dundee.

Just before half time , Dundee scored the best try of the half when some incisive running in the backs created an opportunity for Matt O’Sullivan to score in the corner. Duncan Leese converted with  a great kick to make the half time score 26-17 to Dundee.

Half Time –  Haddington 17 Dundee 26.

Dundee brought on Danny Levison at half time and he soon made his presence felt with a couple of trade mark big hits.

Early play in the second half was in the Haddington half and the pressure was rewarded when Tim McKavanagh crossed for a try  , converted by Duncan Leese.

Dundee were now in complete control and a further score came when Broonie barged his way over for his second try.

With Dundee now 38-17 ahead and in dominant mode , the team played some good rugby and Duncan Leese scored an excellent try to make the score 43-17.

During a short period of rare Haddington pressure , Dundee prop Anthony Kent was yellow-carded due to allegedly entering a ruck from the side. The look of bemusement on Kenty’s face as he left the pitch confirmed that he was not in whole-hearted agreement with the referee’s interpretation of the situation.

Dundee’s domination continued and they rounded the match off with 2 further tries from Duncan Leese and Cammy McCrimmon , one of which was converted by Duncan.

Final Score –  Haddington 17 Dundee High 57


This was a very encouraging performance , with 9 tries scored and some very good rugby played.

Coach Colin Sangster declared himself satisfied with the teams performance , which sets them up nicely for the sterner test expected next Saturday when Edinburgh Accies come to Mayfield.

Mention must be made of Duncan Leese who turned down the opportunity to play for St Andrews University against Edinburgh University at Murrayfield yesterday in the Scottish Varsity Match , opting instead to play for Dundee High rugby at Haddington. This commendable commitment was rewarded with a personal points haul of 26 points.

It should also be noted that as the SRU do not provide assistant referees for Cup matches , each team had to provide their own assistant referee for yesterday’s match.

The esteemed President of Dundee High Rugby displayed yet another example of his enviable range of talents by taking the flag , running the line  and giving a performance of awesome judgement and impeccable decision-making , before handing the flag over to Dundee High Rugby ‘s doyen of assistant referees , the Right Honourable Sir Harvie Findlay.

1st XV to Face Haddington

Coach Sangster has made some changes to the starting line up this week, which includes some old faces with the return of Daniel Levison and some new faces with Patrick Hamilton making his first appearance for the 1st XV after some encouraging performances for the Titans.

1st XV to play Haddington on Saturday is listed below. It’s a 11.30 am meet for a 3 pm ko.

15 Blair Cochrane
14 Matt o’Sullivan
13 Neil Herron
12 Tim McCavanagh
11 Ronan Joy
10 Duncan Leese
9 Josh Rutnagur

1 Anthony Kent
2 Darrell Russell
3 Gav Robertson
4 Neil Turnbull
5 Alan Brown
6 George Arnott
7 Hamish Livingston
8 Gav Hughan

16 John Brady
17 Ian Robertson
18 Daniel Levison
19 Paddy Hamilton
20 Andy Dymock

First XV to face Haddington

Peebles (0) v Dundee HSFP (14), The Gytes, Saturday 19 September 2015.

The sides went into this match occupying the bottom 2 places in BT National League Division 1 – Dundee on 4 points with Peebles in last place with 2 points.
It was a pleasant sunny afternoon in Peebles , with Dundee handing a debut to Neil Turnbull , son of ex Scotland and Hawick player Derek Turnbull , who packed down at second row alongside captain Alan Brown.
Dundee started the match on top and immediately gained territorial advantage , with play concentrated in the Peebles half.
Unfortunately ,they were unable to convert this territorial advantage into points , as solid Peebles defence , allied to questionable decision-making meant that the match stayed scoreless.
Dundee’s rhythm was interrupted half way through the first half when fly half Duncan Leese was sin binned for a tackle on an opponent when he was judged to be still in the air.
However , the 14 men held firm and no points were conceded when Peebles had a man advantage,
On being restored to 15 men , Dundee continued to dominate , but with final passes not going to hand , a number of opportunities were wasted.
The last 10 minutes of the half followed the same pattern of the first 30 minutes – virtually all the play in the Peebles half , but dogged defence keeping Dundee out.
Half Time – Peebles 0 Dundee High 0

Dundee started the second half in similar fashion and Duncan Leese was just short with a penalty attempt.
The Peebles hooker was then yellow carded for attempting to banjo Anthony Kent and with the numerical advantage , Dundee stepped up the pressure.
It seemed that Dundee were certain to open the score when their dominant scrum had the Peebles pack going backwards over the line , but the ball was agonisingly knocked on.
Peebles were then restored to 15 men , but the pattern continued with Dundee being by far the dominant team .
Eventually , the breakthrough came midway through the second half when Tim McKavanagh seized on a Peebles handling mistake and hacked the ball on , following which the ball was carried over his own line by the Peebles 15.
From the resultant 5 yard scrum , the Dundee pack pushed the Peebles pack backwards , and number 8 Gavin Hughan scored from a number 8 pick up to put Dundee 5 nil ahead. Duncan Leese converted to make it 7-0.
Dundee continued to dominate and it was no surprise when following a forwards drive , Gavin Hughan scored again and Leesey again converted.
There was no way back for a Peebles side who were rarely seen as an attacking force and Dundee could have added to the lead in the closing minutes.
Final Score – Peebles 0 Dundee High 14
Dundee were far and away the better team and credit must go to the players and the coaches for not panicking when scores did not come – they kept going and ground out a thoroughly deserved victory.
This first win came as a massive relief to the coaches , players and the huge visiting support in Peebles and it is hoped that this can act as a springboard to the team climbing the league table.
The Dundee man of the match , as selected by Peebles coach (they do things in a strange way in the Borders) was full back Blair Cochrane , who had several fine runs.

1st XV to face Peebles

1st XV to play Peebles at the Gytes on Saturday is listed below. It’s a 11.30 am meet for a 3 pm ko.

15 Blair Cochrane
14 Matt o’Sullivan
13 Neil Herron
12 Tim McCavanagh
11 Ronan Joy
10 Duncan Leese
9 Andy Dymock

1 Anthony Kent
2 Darrell Russell
3 Gav Robertson
4 Neil Turnbull
5 Alan Brown (Cpt)
6 George Arnott
7 Hamish Livingston
8 Gav Hughan


16 John Brady
17 Ian Robertson
18 James Mulligan
19 Josh Rutnagur
20 Dave Smith

TFI Friday 18th Sept 2015

If you are a Twitter follower you may be referred to as a ‘Tweep’ if you are a Facebook fan you might be known as a ‘follower’ and if you are a regular TFI Friday(tm) supporter we think you could be a FaTTe(c). Friday at TFI teatime enthusiast. Other descriptions welcome? TWERP:) is a good one! So all you fatte'(s) please be aware of the following. For the next three weeks you will be devastated to learn I won’t be amongst you physically but will be with you in spirit or at least wine! Due to my limited IT skills and tools available to me struggling with at least 3 versions of Outlook won’t be able to send group emails. Rubbish I hear at least 2 of you saying but that is quite predictable. In short, TFI Friday(c) will be running as usual 18th Sep, 25th Sept, 2nd and 9th Oct. The usual features will/should continue being, FREE nibbles(r) available on the bar, guess the wine competition and nonsense being talked. The bar will open all things being equal (and Dod* willing) at 5.05, 5.06, 5.08, and 5.05 in line with the above dates.
Rugby. We have 4 points and are a win away from catching any of the 5 teams above us. We have a good but young squad, a very able head coach and coaching team and those results we all yearn for….will come. Titans are doing well with 2 wins out of 3 with some good performances. So Mr Mainwaring please don’t as there is no need!!!
This time in history. Loads of cowboys and Indian stuff was happening and had great significance for our beloved rugby club established in 1880 before water was discovered.
Social events. Probably coming at you shortly. There’s always Xmas! Watch out for Halloween (its fright night!) prior to that and St Andrews night is always a good excuse. Quiz nights can also be great fun I am reliably told.
Please try and be nice or at least reasonable to each other and become a ‘fatte’.
Have a good rugby weekend, RWC (c’mon Scotland) and lets get behind all our teams.
Tonto Gonzales.

Gerry Tosh