After the weary bodies had been nursed from the touch, some better footwork was displayed in Invergowrie town hall for the first cross club Ceilidh between Harris FP and Dundee HSFP.
BYOB is always popular and hasn’t been sampled by this author since Dougie Gray’s James Bond themed 40th Birthday (and we know that was some time ago…..) The result was similar, a little over indulgence and some even more questionable decisions on the Dance Floor.
The purpose of this night was to make sure that everyone had a good time and to bring two pillars of the sporting community together, but more importantly to try and put some money into both clubs coffers.
As well as all the entry fees, an excellent amount was raised from the raffle which included some great prizes. A game of “pitchy”, (bottle donated by Mennies) Well done to all those who donated so kindly.
Two others that deserve lofty praise where the Abbotts et al who prepared and provided some lovely mince rolls and stovies to try and dry out some merry makers. But as well as this Gus and the band, did a great job cajoling apathetic boozers into a reel or two as well as producing some very fine music.
It was three days after Christmas, and many of the attendees still needed to dry out after their festive celebrations.
But what better way to blow away the cobwebs, than a run out at a very pleasant Mayfield on a brisk December’s afternoon.
The visitors Harris FP were catered for by the Bullfrogs Christmas Charity, which included more free soup than you could shake a stick at and enough Turkey Sandwiches to choke Roscoe.
Many bufties topped up their alcohol levels, to endure a questionable standard of Rugby on show.
To everyone’s surprise, the rugby was well attended (except for Blair, does anyone know if he’s still alive, can we put up a smoke signal or something?). Both Harris and Dundee represented by 15 men or more.
It was great to see some old faces like Crab, Paul R and some new faces Eli, Archie and very welcome new comer to the club all the way from Singapore, Kip, who saw the FB post and took a break from visiting family to have a run around. Bloody good on you Kip.
There was some controversy in the line ups though, with High Skipper Gargy defecting to Harris and McBeavros deciding to line up in Maroon as well. Luckily both where useless, the later even managed to get dummied and rounded by Keg (hang your head).
Other highlights included Coach Clint being roped into refereeing wearing an all grey ensemble, which made him look like he was on day release from Castle Huntly.
The prodigal son, Duncan Leese made a return and Hoggy actually played something that resembled rugby. Ronan Joy did not a wouldn’t have caught a cold today.
The results, who cares, but we’re pretty sure that everyone had a good time.
First of all, a very Merry Xmas from the Rugby Club. The purpose of this crucially important message is to inform you of two events that you are invited to. In order of timeousness (is that even a word ED) It is now, is the touch tournament at Mayfield on Wed 28th Dec.
The bar opens at 1pm and there will be FREE soup and who knows what else? You can always bring something to share with new and old chums! Some of those surplus mince pies would do fine! The Rugby starts at 2pm and the weather forecast is good (for Dec) with sunshine and a balmy breeze of the west.
The second event you are invited to is the annual Presidents New Years day party. The bar, on the 1st of January 2017, opens at 1.30 and there is as usual a FREE drink on arrival. Come and first foot the Club. Bring a few nibbles to share amongst your pals and prepare to enjoy yourselves.
Both these events are open to all Rugby players, supporters, members of Rugby Clubs, sponsors, friends and hingers-on. Eagles, Beagles, Dundee Rugby Juniors and anybody else who can spell Rugby are warmly invited.
Remember the annual Burns Night 20th Jan 2017. Get those tables booked NOW.
Rugby coming up. The first game is away to Falkirk 7th Jan 2017. We then have a home game v Aberdeen on the 14th Jan. The MIGHTY TITANS are home to West of Scotland at Mayfield on the 7th Jan. KO’s still 2pm for now.
Hope you are enjoying a well-earned break and like us looking forward to a Happy, safe New Year.
Christmas time, is a time for giving and a time to be around family. Unfortunately, some children will not be so lucky and will be spending the festive period in hospitals around the country.
Dundee Rugby are delighted that a number of players and coaches visited the children’s ward today to deliver over £350 worth of toys and a donation of £300 towards more Christmas toys, from our members.
Unfortunately, due to the incredibly busy time of year, and a high number of respiratory cases we were unable to personally hand out these toys. However, these will be distributed by nurses when they are able to. Thanks again to the club, players and supporters for their kind donations towards this. Hopefully it will bring a smile, for a while at least, at what must be a very difficult time of year.
Merry Xmas and Happy New year to all the staff and patients at Ninewells Children’s Ward and all our members who kindly donated. Especially Ryan Milne & Gav Robertson who organised and carried out his club initiative.
Pictured with the guys is Jakub, 10, who was chuffed with his avengers toy
Dundee Rugby has produced some inspiring rugby players over the years, which includes several internationalist like Andy Nicol or Alasdair Dickinson (Dundee’s most capped player!) but the senior club has relied heavily on imports and students to make up the numbers in recent years.
But the tide has turned, with of last years Eagles u18’s have committing to our club and have featured mainly in Dougie Gray’s Titans with aplomb.
This Saturday the green shoots of youth development blossomed, with an all time high of 9 former Eagles players in the starting line up for the 1st XV.
The Eagles that represented in the 1st XV this weekend were, Ewan Fox, Henry Sampson, George Arnott, Angus Fraser, Cammy Mathieson, Lewis McLean, Andrew Clarkson, Struan Gartley and Ronan Joy.
And although both results didn’t go our way, it bodes well for the club’s future, in sustaining the best level of rugby available in Tayside.
Of course, 9 former Eagles representing the club is testament to a lot of hard work put into the junior section since its introduction. There are so many volunteers that give up their time to coach and nurture these young players and the sense of pride in this achievement will surely be shared by these volunteers. You know who you are!
Let’s hope many more former Eagles progress to the senior teams!
Except Addie Wear, we’re not so sure your worth it………….
P.S In other news, an Eagles stalwart Keith R, provided the men with a xmas drink, gift wrapped for after the game. Good on yah Keith, very professional labeling too.
SELKIRK PLAYERS KEEP FOCUS AGAINST DUNDEE TO SECURE BACK-TO-BACK VICTORIES
Selkirk wing Tythan Adams dives over in the corner to score the home side’s first try in Saturday’s game against Dundee HSFP.
A Dundee HSFP defender can’t prevent skipper Ross Nixon from touching down another try as Selkirk begin to get the upper hand.
Fly-half Gavin Craig puts boot to ball, watched by team-mate Andrew Renwick, as Dundee centre Tim McKavanagh closes in.
Selkirk wing Scott Hendrie looks around for support after being tackled by Dundee HSFP full-back Jack Broadley.
[Photos – GRANT KINGHORN PICS]
SELKIRK 27, DUNDEE HSFP 10
A BONUS point win against a Dundee HSFP side which put 61 points past them at Mayfield earlier this season, saw Selkirk’s players head into the festive break in high spirits following Saturday’s hard-fought BT National League 1 encounter at Philiphaugh.
No-one was happier with the outcome than Selkirk skipper Ross Nixon, who said after the final whistle that the coaches and players had placed special emphasis on the Philiphaugh side’s three league fixtures leading up to the Christmas break.
“We let things slip in the first of these games at Hamilton, so we were doubly determined to put things right in the next two matches against Musselburgh and Dundee, and thankfully that’s what we’ve managed to achieve.
“The boys showed a lot more desire today and the intensity was up right from the word go. Our defence was also better structured, but perhaps the biggest improvement was in our discipline. Giving away unnecessary penalties has cost us dear in recent weeks, but today everyone knuckled down and kept their focus.”
In Selkirk’s starting line-up for the first time since arriving from South Africa, wing Tythan Adams repaid the selectors’ faith by turning on the after-burners to outstrip the Dundee cover to score the home side’s first try.
The visitors’ points in the first half came from a try by blindside flanker Neil Turnbull, converted by fly-half Ewan Fox, who had earlier kicked a penalty.
Selkirk’s two other tries before the break were touched down by Ross Nixon and Scott Hendrie (who also added the conversion), putting the Philiphaugh team17-10 ahead at the interval.
Any plans the Mayfield men had of getting back on level terms early in the second half were thwarted by some excellent attacking rugby from Ross Nixon’s players, whose deft support play and uncompromising protection of the ball in the contact areas will have pleased head coach Graham Marshall no end.
A fourth try scored by Jordan McGowan secured Selkirk’s bonus point, with Josh Welsh adding a conversion and a penalty to complete the home total.
Fifteen minutes from full-time the game had to be halted after Dundee hooker Cameron Mathieson sustained what appeared to be a serious neck injury. After an extensive assessment, he was stretchered from the field, but to everyone’s great relief the player was eventually able to return to the visitors’ technical area after being given the all-clear by Selkirk Rugby Club’s medical team.
A storming display by Michael Waldron saw the young home prop named as the Four Seasons Forestry ‘Selkirk Man of the Match’.
The win sees Selkirk leapfrog Dundee to go fifth in the league, with the Souters’ next BT National League 1 fixture another tough assignment away to GHA on January 7.
SELKIRK – D. Clapperton, S. Hendrie, R. Nixon, C. MacDougall, T. Adams, G. Craig, J. Wallace, K. Cooney, J. Bett, M. Waldron, A. Renwick, P. Forrest, E. MacDougall, I. Oosthuizen, S. Nixon. Replacements: B. Siyothula, M. Robertson, J. McGowan, J. Welsh, F. Anderson.
DUNDEE – J. Broadley, I. Matacagi, C. Bowie, T. McKavanagh, R. Joy, E. Fox, H. Sampson, N. Dymock, C. Mathieson, A. Brown, I. Robertson, J. Anderson, N. Turnbull, A. Fraser, G. Arnott. Replacements: L. McLean, A. Clarkson, S. Gartley, D. McGinn, R. Fairweather.
Dundee hit the road to face Selkirk at Philiphaugh on a pleasant winters morning. The result didn’t go to plan with both sides going down to the home sides, in two highly competitive matches.
But not to be denied a good time, Dundee spread their Xmas Cheer throughout the Borders and the capital, before more merriment in the city of discovery.
9 Former Eagles represented the club this weekend, with young Angus Fraser making his run on debut, at the unfamiliar position of open side flanker.
Angus came away with Dundee’s man of the match, after an outstanding performance. But due to his tender age, he had to pass on the award of a pint of beer, to George Arnott (Santa’s little Helper) to finish off.
George continued to celebrate in Angus’ stead, well into the early hours.
Dundee Titan’s MoM was Cabbie, who nailed his beer, in a similar fashion to how opposing attackers were dealt with.
After some questionable experiences lately on the infamous “Skite Bus” a mini tour of the grass market was embarked upon after a quick stop at Sainsbury’s local in Selkirk. H.Simpson put his foot down, after taking a cream puff about a potential visit to Asda Galashields.
The small kerry oot, sustained Santa and his many elfs and one Shepherd/Arab Shaikh until they arrived in the Grass market for a few festive libations.
Initiations took place, to introduce the young eagles into the heard of buffalo. Some ran well with the heard and others were trampled underfoot. A well performed version of living on a prayer, helped a straggler get back into the pack.
Arrival in the Grass Market
The team managers attempt to get Santa and his Elves into the first few public houses fell on deaf ears. Then again, it is difficult to understand someone who tries to put together a sentence without any vowels.
Unperturbed by a series of bouncer knock backs, the players found themselves in familiar territory of the 3 Sisters.
A few locals sat on Santa’s knee, and talked about the first thing that came up and all the late night revelers were captivated by Dundee’s festive cheer. All, except Miss Tennessee, who was most upset at the Earlston courting technique.
The king very generously offered to buy a round of drinks for everyone, which was even more kindly administrated by one Marshall MacLeod.
Such was the draw of the festive cheer, that Dougie McGovern & Rab the Crab couldn’t resist a trip back to Dundee. Like a seventieth minute substitute, they brought a fresh injection of pace to the proceedings, which was all too much for some of the young calves.
A Fijian olympian was similarly impressed that Dundee were in town. Like a moth to a flame, he came all the way to the three sisters, to get his picture taken with the one and only George Arnott.
All too soon was the Edinburgh adventure brought to a close.
Back onto the bus, which was described by an irritated bufty “This place reminds me of Santa’s Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” The bufty wished to remain anonymous, Brian Helmore. Miraculously no one was left behind this time!
Of course no, Christmas night is complete without some clubhouse wrestling. A few interesting tactics were employed during the festive bouts. Marshall did his best to put off the fantastic Mr Fox, by wrestling the way nature intended. This seemed to be a popular tactic and will no doubt not be the last time this will be implemented at Mayfield.
The awards for the evening:
Best costume: The Xmas present, Danny McG
Wost costume: The boxing day bin bag, Shaun
Angriest Elf: The Cube
D*ck of the Day: Dougie Gray, no cube Douglas, we had to listen to Broonie rap again!
This is the last TFI Friday before the Christmas festivities and the New Year celebrations get out of hand! Last week no one correctly guessed the grape, the country or the cheese. This week it will be more straightforward and some clues will be given! Might allow the label to be viewed! Not sure that would make any difference to some but we will try. Bar opens at 5.32pm and as usual FREE nibbles are supplied. The TFI Friday after this will be the 6th Jan 2017.
Rugby Selkirk on Sat after Dundee and Selkirk rack up wins last week so this will be a different game from the 1st leg at Mayfield which Dundee won comfortably.
Rugby then takes a break until 7th Jan when we get back to league business against Falkirk away.
In between Xmas and new year Wed 28th Dec we have the mother of all touch tournaments at Mayfield with Harris Rfc. Bar open from 1pm and FREE soup for all attendees. Games KO at 2pm. This is followed by a Ceilidh at Invergowrie Town Hall in the evening!
The Grand Annual Presidents New Years day Party will again be held on the 1st Jan 2017. All are invited (yes that’s you!) and usual rules of engagement in operation. Bring a few nibbles and bar opens at 1.30pm. Come and first foot your Club.
Burns Night Friday 20th Jan and please get your bookings in NOW for this popular event. A full program awaits. Book with me, Ken Andrew or Derek.
Hope you have a great break over the festivities and have a splendid rugby weekend. All at Dundee High Rugby wish you a Merry Xmas and a safe Happy New Year.