The Magnificent Sevens

The Magnificent Sevens

 

The XV aside season may be done and dusted, with awards dinners, end of season drinks and pats on the back, but it doesn’t end there for Dundee Rugby 2015/16.

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Douglas Gray, the wizened sevens man, leads his team forth with two more forays into the sevens circuit.

Dougie GrayDouglas Gray in Action

We will be taking part in the Lloyd Landrover Kelso Sevens, this Saturday 30th April 2016. With our first tie kicking off at 2pm vs Lasswade, at Poynder Park.

After this the magnificent 7 will travel over the Tay to local rival’s Howe of Fife 7’s at Duffus Park on Saturday 7th May 2016 with the first tie of the afternoon taking place at 1pm.

GargyAndy Dymock playing for Scotland 7s

With some young guns in the squad performing well at the end of the season and sevens experience in the form of Veteran 7’s international Andy Dymock, old head Danny Levison and the always exciting runner Ice, all under the tutelage of Dougie Gray, we have reasons to be optimistic going into both these tournaments.

Selection will be tight so watch the website for squad announcements.

Apex Spring Ball & Awards Dinner Success

The definition of a ball: Attenders wear evening attire, which is specified on the invitation as black tie or white tie (the most formal) Social dance forms a large part of the evening; actual ballroom dancing may or may not occur.

Well the formal wear was respected on the whole (Brenton Bekker), no ballroom dancing, but some enthusiastic ceilidhing and lashings of Abba helped this to be one of the most memorable events in Dundee Rugby’s recent history.

Attended by well over 200 club men and women, there where representatives from Dundee Eagles, Players, Ex-players, Coaches, Committee, Club members, volunteers and local businessmen.

A great spread was put on by the Apex hotel with a lovely chicken dinner (no Callum Kerrs where harmed) and the wine flowed, it’s even rumored that JJ had a good time.

JJ JJ Having a good time

The event no doubt was a great fund raiser for the club, but the main focus was a celebration of season 2015/16 and to reflect and honor the great and good.

The first two awards of the evening, Club supporter of the Year and Clubman of the year.

This year’s Supporters of the Year was a very popular choice – Suzanne & Jeff Kent- This was greeted with raptures and Jeff could be seen filling up the cup at various points throughout the evening.

Clubman of the year  –

DSC_6995Shelagh (Centre) Clubman of the year

or in this case club woman, was awarded to Shelagh Allison – who has worked tirelessly, throughout the year  including the weekly raffle on match days, but most noticeably organised and ran the hugely successful Terry Alison/Sarcoma UK Dinner.

On to the players awards introduced by club head coach Colin Sangster

The Kicking Cup

Ewan Fox

This annual competition was collected by Ewan Fox, to the delight of the player’s table (stuck in the back corner as far away from the civilised members as possible).

The Terry Allison Award for Best New Comer – This was a hotly contested trophy this year with nominations for Patrick Hamilton, Neil Herron, Connor Wood and Ewan Fox. But this years award went to the Flyer from Leuchars, Matacagi Ice who’s try scoring performances have caught the eye of many at Mayfield.

Rab Rab at the Apex?

Unfortunately, in his absence Ice was unable to come forward and collect his award. This duty was left to the always dependable Rab “the turk” Pullar. Who graciously received it on Ice’s behalf, always mindful of the occassion Rab took the trophy with class.

Most Improved player-

CrowMan of the Night’s watch Connor Wood

Another tough decision for the playing committee with serious considerations in this years squad. Nominees included Duncan Lees, Rab Pullar, Stuart “Beezy” Barlow and Paul Ritch. However the award went to young Connor Wood who broke into the first team having arrived from Kirckaldy to attend Abertay University. Well done the Crow!

Titan’s player of the year-

CrogCaptain Crog – Owen Dyer

Captain Crogger Owen Dyer (Ayer) done good and scooped the prize ahead of Stu Barlow, Paul Ritch and Cinton Davey.

 

Clint Clint Davie, Nomination for Titan’s player of the year

Player’s Player of the Year –

Gav HughanGav Hughan in action for the crown

Considered by Rugby purists to be the highest honor, being nominated by your peers, this years award went to Gavin Hughan – who brings his personal awards tally to two this year. (If you can’t figure it out don’t worry).

Player of the Year –

Player of Year Andy Dymock, player of year & Titans head coach Dougie Gray

This years award went to Andy Dymock, who was awake and able to make his way forward to collect his prize.

This event was marvelously run by Ken & Lynda McKay and their team (of who there are too many to name individually). And it was great to see so many people travel from around the country to attend. Special mention has to go to club legend Phil Wallace who was there all the way from OZ.

Club President Fraser Clarkson was pleased to bring to a close proceedings and the revelers dispersed into the Dundee Night. Good times had by all and lets hope we don’t have to waits so long for the next club dinner dance.

 

 

Titans Squad to Face Currie, Saturday 23rd April 2016, Malleny, 2pm Kick Off

The squad so far for the game this weekend v Currie away is  Rab Pullar, Scott Strachan, Addison Weir, Jack Ross Anderson, Clinton Davey, Murray Devine, Brenton Bekker, Andy Dymock, Josh Rutnagur, Craig Morrison, Daniel Levison, Andrew Clarkson, Michael Owen and Davie Mason

Players Wanted for Season 2016/17

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Dundee High Rugby having finished the season in 3rd place in Nat 1 invite players of all abilities to come along and challenge themselves. We currently run the 1st XV who are in National 1  and our Second team the Dundee Titans who play in National Reserve League 2  and are looking to develop rugby within the club and run a 3rd/ Development XV centred around local fixtures.

We have undoubtedly the best training, and coaching regime in Tayside and a strength and conditioning program available that can be tailored to specific players.

SangsterCoach Colin Sangster, (Middle)

All players who commit to us will thrive in this competitive environment. For further details please email our Club head coach Colin Sangster at rugbydundee727@gmail.com or phone 07778805626

Kill The Keg

Kill a Keg

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That’s right Kill a Keg, not Kill “The Keg”.

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Mayfield, the setting for the event

To celebrate this year’s XV a side season drawing to a close, the players end of year function will be taking place at Mayfield Club house straight after the 1st XV game v Watsonians at Riverside.

Kangaroo Court

The most ominous of trophies will be presented, along with the always just, Kangaroo Court. An array of forfeits and retribution will be administered to any players judged to have strayed from the strict code of conduct and ethics, as set out at the start of the season.

So get those thinking caps on, so that representations can be made to the presiding Judge.

All players are expected to be there, to Celebrate with the coaches and management staff, in what looks like it will be a great night.

 

We can promise that no Kegs will be harmed, unless self-inflicted, during this social event.

1st XV to Watsonians, Saturday 16th April 2016, Riverside

Team to play Watsonians on 16/4/16. KO 2.30

15 Christian Aves
14 Paul Riche
13 Duncan Leese
12 Stuart Barlow
11 Matt OSullivan
10 Ewan Fox
9 Henry Sampson

8 Gavin Hughan
7 Patrick Hamilton
6 George Arnott
5 Connor Wood
4 Ian Robertson
3 Alan Brown
2 Darrel Lindsay Russell
1 Johnny Gibson

Substitutes

16 Ant Kent
17 Owen Dyer
18 Scott Strachan
19 Andrew Clarkson
20 AN Other

Player to meet at University grounds Riverside at 1.00