Beer Pong-a-Palooza Update

The competitive edge at Mayfield was evident at the end of season fixture versus Peebles, with some big hits scintillating tries and big power plays.

However, this was a mere curtain raiser to the main event. The player’s annual Xmas get together and the greatly anticipated Beer Pong-a-Palooza!

After a few libations at the Kangaroo Court, the players where in a festive mood. With high spirits and a song in their heart, “afternoon delight”, the face offs began.

The roster included:

Ken “Homer” McKay

Duncan “cool hand” Leese,

Alan “The Dogg” Brown,

Cammy “Rhino Jet” McCrimmond,

Allan “Harold” Thomson

Marhall “Oxford Comma” MacLeod

And a deadly tag team of The Fantastic Mr Fox and Coach Sangy

Many other the bill, but the above where the top performers.

Remaining unbeaten throughout the night, the combination of Ross “Lemonade” Lemon and “the Dogg” made it all the way to the final and lifted the inaugural Mayfield Mega Bowl.

Currently a stewards inquiry is being undertaken, as to the suspicious circumstances which saw the organiser winning a competition where not all of his score cards where submitted correctly? And should Dogg Tax always apply to the entry fee? More to follow on this story.

To all involved, a big thank you, and we look forward to many other Mayfield Mega Bowl competitions.

Please note, no crows where harmed in the making of this competition.

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Dundee HSFP (41) v Peebles (12), Mayfield, Saturday 19 December 2015.

Match Report

Dundee went into this BT National One match, the last of 2015 , sitting in 3rd place in the league after their convincing win against Howe of Fife the previous week.
They faced a Peebles side who were in last place in the league , but a review of their results showed that they had lost several games narrowly, including the Borders derby v Jedforest the week before. Indeed in the corresponding match in Peebles in September , there had only been 2 scores in the Dundee winning margin , so the message from the coaches to the Dundee players was “no complacency”.
The rain earlier in the week had cleared and it was a positively balmy scene at Mayfield on Saturday morning .
It was the Christmas Lunch at the Lunch Club and several Christmas jumpers were in evidence as the 75 revellers pitched up at midday and immediately got stuck into the Christmas spirits on offer in the clubhouse.
The Dundee team was still not a full strength, with centre partnership Tim McKavanagh and Neil Herron still out injured . They were joined on the injured list by Gav and Hamish – who took advantage of their enforced absence by joining the revellers at Christmas Lunch . In addition , Blair and Danny were unavailable and Ronan out under concussion protocol. Mike Brown – having recovered from his harvest efforts – came in at full back , Ross Lemon took Ronan’s place on the wing and 18 year old Euan Fox, the current captain of the Dundee High school team , started at 10 , with Duncan moving to 12 – or second five eighth as they call it in New Zealand.
It was noted that the crowd on the terracing was less than usual ,with some Mayfield regulars obviously being dragged off by their other halves to finish the Christmas shopping in the Overgate centre – a quite horrific prospect.
However , there was no holding back the 75 Xmas lunch revellers who was consuming red wine in the glasshouse as if Prohibition was about to be re-introduced. The sight of the teams lining up persuaded the Tourettes Corner table to take up their usual positions , but not before a stirring rendition of “Jingle Bells” was heard across Mayfield.
It was noted that the referee was Craig Clark , a South African currently based in Hamilton. A shiver went down the collective spine of the Dundee support – “oh no , not another South African referee called Craig” , as memories of Craig Joubert’s infamous penalty in the Scotland v Australia RWC quarter final came flooding back.
As it happened , their fears were unjustified as referee Craig had no Joubert-type moments and gave a good performance in the middle.
Dundee started the match on top , but a combination of handling errors and committed defence meant that there was no early breakthrough . Indeed the match remained scoreless until 5 minutes before half time when Gav Hughan expertly executed a number eight pick up to score . Duncan converted
7-0 to Dundee.
In the last play of the half , Dundee went further ahead when the Iceman kicked on and Duncan displayed first class anticipation and speed to touch down . Duncan’s conversion was unsuccessful.
Half Time – Dundee 12 Peebles 0.
The half time message to the Dundee team was to up the intensity and this they did from the off , forcing Peebles onto the back foot.
Passes that had been dropped in to first half started to go to hand and after a Captain Broonie break , Andy was on hand to take his pass and score.
Duncan converted . 19-0 Dundee.
The Dundee machine was now beginning to click into gear and the next score was not long delayed. Leesey , who was having a superb match , shipping a long pass to send Mike Brown over in the corner. His namesake (Harlequins and England full back with no hair) would have been proud of his finishing.
Duncan’s conversion from the corner just missed.
24-0 Dundee and bonus point secured.
As if to say “job done , bonus point won” , the Dundee team seemed to relax and Peebles forced play into the Dundee 22 , where their prop went over near the posts. The try was converted.
24-7 Dundee.
The Dundee team were then subjected to a verbal rocket from their captain under the posts and with the words of Captain Broonie ringing in their ears , they took possession from the kick off and took play into the Peebles half.
The ball was played wide, back in, out wide again and back in again in their trademark high tempo style , with a gap then being created for Gav to sprint clean through between the posts from 35 metres out.
Duncan converted to make the score 31-7 to Dundee.
The Dundee team were now well on top in the forward battle , where Gav Hughan was putting in a superb individual performance.
The forwards then took the ball on themselves to create the next score , when Captain Broonie crashed over. Further success was to come his way later in the evening when he would be the winner of the Players Beer Pong competition.
36-7 to Dundee.
Further high tempo rugby led to the 7th try when slick backs play saw Leesey run in for a try to bring Yuletide cheer to the Mayfield punters.
Great credit must go to the young Peebles team who never gave up and were rewarded with the last score , a try in the corner.
Final Score – Dundee 41 Peebles 12
Reflections
All in all , a good performance by Dundee who took their time to get going , but played some super rugby in the second half. Some very good individual performances , but none better than Duncan Leese and Head Coach Colin Sangster’s choice as Man of the Match , Gavin Hughan. 7 tries and exciting rugby certainly pleased the supporters and satisfied the coaching team.
The clubhouse was packed after the match with these happy supporters mingling with very happy Xmas Lunch Club guests (many of whom had not ventured out onto watch the match , but had continued the festivities after lunch) in a spirit of Peace and Goodwill to all Men.
Indeed they were then joined by the Dundee team , gathering in the clubhouse for the Beer Pong championship. The clubhouse tills were ringing like the shops in the Overgate to bring a smile to AU President Mark Truswell’s face.
The news filtered through that both Watsonians and Marr had won , so it was no change at the top of BT National One , with Dundee ending 2015 handily placed in 3rd place for a promotion surge in the New Year.

1st XV to face Peebles 19th December 2015

1st XV to play Peebles on Saturday
is as follows. KO is 2 pm so meet at Mayfield at 12.30 pm.

15 Mike Brown

14 Matacagi Ice
13 Nick Alston
12 Duncan Leese
11 Ross Lemon

10 Ewen Fox
9 Andy Dymock

1 Ant Kent
2 John Brady
3 Alan Brown
4 Ian Robertson
5 Connor Wood
6 Pete Redmayne
7 George Arnott
8 Gav Hughan

Substitutes

16 Neil Dymock
17 Jonny Gibson
18 Neil Turnbull
19 Callum Bowie
20 Marshall Macleod

Titans Squad to face Aberdeenshire 19th December 2015

The provisional squad so far for Saturday’s game v Aberdeenshire at Mayfield Kick off 2.00pm meet 12.45 pm.

 

Owen Dyer, Scott Burnett, Scott Strachan,James Mulligan, David Melville, Andrew Clarkson, Stuart Barlow, Clinton Davey, Michael Owen, Ryan Milne, Henry Sampson, Cameron McCrimmon,Davie Mason, Craig Angus, Christian Avis, Paul Ritch, Gareth Tosh.

TFI® Friday 18th Dec 2015

Last week’s guess the wine™ was a very nice Fitou which interestingly is the last vineyard in France as you approach the Spanish border near Perpignan on the LHS just after the KFC opposite Le Co-op. An interesting variety of grapes, including the best of Grenache. Ken A, a whisky sauce expert and manufacturer of some distinction from the Ferry guessed correctly. A few others knew the grape…after the silver foil was removed!! The cheese was a fine Gruyere from Switzerland via Asda and nobody guessed that. Despite the “cow bell” logo and the great catchphrase, (long live Switzerland” emblazoned on the dish. Tricky! This week Ken will be the provider so I am sure it will be a belter. The bar will open at 5.08» as last week it worked really well! Free nibbles© will again feature as will slices of orangeJ. Mark my words!

 

RUGBY. Last week’s triumph at Howe ‘o Fife made even sweeter as the Ian Rankin bowl then made its way back into the holy land from the Island. This week we play both Peebles and Aberdeenshire both with 2pm KO’s and both at Mayfield.

Loads o things fir yer personal organiser! That’s big Mags in meh hoose!

Presidents New Year Party will this year be on 1st Jan 2016. Usual rules apply.

Burns Supper 29th Jan Get your tables organised now! Gerry, Ken, Derek etc.

Calcutta Cup Lunch 6th Feb is sold out. If you want to be on a waiting list or put your name down for 2017 speak to that nice Derek Lawson.

Terry Allison Dinner Wed 30th March. Tables going fast. allisonshelagh@aol.co.uk

Just released….Dundee High Rugby Spring Ball Sat 23rd April Apex Hotel more details shortly but get it in your diary now! For details Ken Mckay This is his home email and if you want to ask Ken why please allow a good 10 mins!

ken_mckay@btinternet.com

Special Cup Lunch carvery on 30th Jan only £25 with a pay bar.

Thanks to Thorntons sponsor our Xmas Lunch this Sat. For all things legal. www.dundeehighrugby.club/thorntons-sponsor-last-game-of-2015

This week in history. In 1915 Pancho Villa went into exile after conceding defeat. His restaurant in Wellbank closed in 2013. Pancho looked after the catering in the clubhouse for some years. Donald Trump built a wall between Mexico and the US so Pancho could not get into the good old USA and called him and his fellow Mexicans some pretty hard names!

sittingbull

In 1890 after only 10 years as a country member of the rugby club Sitting Bull died at the hands of the Yanks. Described by then President JC Scott as a promising open-side!

The Justice for Bruce story is just breaking and I urge all to get behind this injustice Read more http://www.dundeehighrugby.club/justice-for-bruce/

Our President continues his splendid report writing so if you haven’t read it I suggest you have a look here. Very good,http://www.dundeehighrugby.club/match-report-howe-of-fife-6-v-dundee-hsfp-32-duffus-park-saturday-12-december-2015/

Not to be undone here is the report of the Titans 75-17 point win over Cartha QP http://www.dundeehighrugby.club/dundee-titans-78-v-cartha-queens-park-2nd-xv-17-mayfield-12-december-2015/

The Clubhouse will be buzzing on Sat night as the players and selected eejits play a game called Xmas beer pong a polooza! Please don’t ask. Starts about 7pm ish.

Hope we all have a great end to the year rugby wise and a great rugby weekend.

The Club wish all our members, friends and supporters a very good Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

 

Regards

 

Gerry Tosh

Most Improved Player 2009: A look back at the Colombo Colossus

Looking back over the history men of Dundee High rugby, often helps us look forward.  But with the past comes so many questions  that cannot be answered by names on a list.

Much of this is now left to folklore;

Who set the bench marks?

Who was the runner up in the fleece race in 2010?

What is the fleece?

How did the most improved player in 2009 train to achieve that accolade ?

This got our curiosity flowing, can we track down the history men and what are they doing now?  Our search led us to Sri Lanka.

When you think about Sri Lankan sport, the obvious springs to mind, Cricket.  But, for many in Dundee Rugby this was changed around 2006, when a fresh faced lad arrived at the University of Dundee to study International business.

A product of the D.S Senanayaka College, and with an International pedigree being selected for the Sri Lanka u19 squad, our very own Malinda Padmasiri embarked on his Scottish Rugby experience with DURFC.

Mally enjoyed the different cultural aspects of rugby in the UK and after making friends with some questionable characters, Disco, Saffa, Jenky , Mo Man & Andy Barr he made his way to Mayfield.

When asked who the biggest influence on his improvement where he came up with a rouges gallery of Dundee Stalwarts. The men credited with his meteoric rise where CoCo, Passion & most surprising of all Robin “Serge Blanco” Lunn.

He also sites his biggest influence on the pitch and the best player he’s played with as one of the two towers, Mark “Jenky” Jenkinson.

Malinda went from a player with a frame like an elephant and a running style like “Rab the Crab” (a later winner of this award), to a set piece specialist and a reliable first name on the team sheet for the Titans.

After winning the most improved player in 2009, Malinda’s finished his degree and moved back to the mother land, to take up a role as Tea export and marketing manager.

Combining a stressful job role with playing rugby has proved difficult for the Colombo Colossus, however he has enjoyed some rugby with the Ceylonese Rugby & Football Club (http://www.crandfc.lk/) playing his last game against the Air Force in 2013.

Malinda hasn’t hung up the cleats completely and hasn’t ruled out visiting the UK again, so who knows he may pull on the famous red and blue strip again!? However, was he is keen to see a Dundee Touring side in Sri Lanka.

Rumour has it that the playing committee are  seriously looking into the first tour abroad for Dundee High Rugby since the famous New Zealand tour in 1992, with Big G keen on all things South Asian, heading up the itinerary?

We asked Mally, if you had any message for the boys at Dundee, what would it be?

He said simply: “you can do it”

We hope to catch up with all as many previous award winners as possible, so requests will be considered.  For a list of award winners follow this link

mally 2 Malinda 1.

Thorntons Sponsor Last game of 2015

ThorntonsThorntons Logo Primary 2015 (Hi Res)

 

Dundee HSFP Rugby’s main sponsor Thorntons are also the match sponsor for this week’s end of year game versus Peebles and the much anticipated Xmas lunch.

All at Dundee Rugby wish to thank Thorntons for their continued support throughout the years. As an amateur club, we rely heavily on our sponsors and we could not operate without them!

As part of their sponsorship, Thorntons also offer an exclusive offer to all members of Dundee High Rugby. A summary of the discounted services offered to our members can be found on this attachment Thorntons Members Benefits

We hope to see you all this weekend at Mayfield with Thorntons.

For further details on  Membership Benefits , available with your membership card follow this link.