Hope you have all summered well at your castles in far off places or at the Riviera de Costa Broughty Ferry? Well here we go again! Another Rugby season and another season of TFI Fridays™. Some might say cynically the weekly get together to talk rubbish and taste an indifferent wine, then argue about which area the cheddar cheese was mass produced! What do you want for a pound?
The bar will open at a default target time of 5.31pm dependant on traffic flow at the junction of Hilltown and Alexander St. We hope you can again support this club initiative for an hour or so most Fridays. Designed to keep you abreast of all things Rugby in Dundee.
RUGBY. Sat 2nd Sept sees our first game of the season v Falkirk RFC at Mayfield and a 3pm KO. The Titans have their first game at Mayfield with also a 3pm KO V Biggar RFC. Lots of new players and we welcome them to Dundee High Rugby. We wish all our players a safe, successful season and please enjoy your time at Mayfield. Dundee Rugby U18’s play their 1st game in tier 3 at Mackie. Good luck guys.
Social news. After the game this Sat there will be a BBQ to feed players and supporters alike. There will be a Beer a Pong competition (no me either!) open to players and invited eejits! Spectating is FREE. Parental discretion advised!
The Dundee Sportsman’s Dinner (25 years old!) is Wed 20th Sept so if you want to go to the Club table at a club discounted price please speak to any competent official or Derek Lawson! Always a great night!
Cowboy stories will feature again in these communications but not this week. (Yeeha!)
Volunteers always needed to join our merry hard working groups at the senior club but also at the Eagles (P1-P7) and Dundee Rugby (S1-U18) come and join us. What can you offer?
GOLD Club members enjoy great benefits for their enhanced membership. If you are not a member please consider doing so? Here is a link telling you about it. www.dundeehighrugby.club/gold-club/
I look forward to meeting up with you in the Clubhouse at the world famous TFI Friday™!
Dundee High School U15 v Portora U15 KO is 4.30pm Thursday 31st Aug. In a repeat of last years very close game Ally Keys ex Dundee High FP captain returns to Mayfield with his young side. Come along and support these young stars of tomorrow and meet with some old pals at Mayfield.
Two Fixtures against Stirlingshire opposition in two weeks. This Saturday 26th August sees the Mayfield Men take on Prem 1 side Stirling County away @ Bridgehaugh, KO 3pm, with the first league game of the season the following week against Flakirk @ Mayfield, KO 3pm .
But there will be some new (and old) faces for the curtain raiser, so what should the Mayfield faithfully expect in terms of new faces in the 1st XV and Titans this year?:
Joining from Perth to team up with his twin brother Ryan, Bryan Fairweather is a dynamic outside back. Set to confuse defences with their similarity in appearance and name, we are please to have both Fairweathers.
Only kidding his real name is Evan.
Joining from Edinburgh Accies (we know it’s unfortunate), Kieran originally from Montrose, ads depth to the back division, with Full back his preferred position. The only downside is that it’s another lad from Montrose, McKay was enough!
James, is another flighless bird, and comes from Christchurch via Perthshire RFC. Aparently hes married to a Perthshire Lass, an error which will resonate with many club members!
James is equally adept at prop or back row.
A Hooker from St Andrews University (not the type that caters to Golf Tourists), Chris will be continuing with a PHD in St Andrews and hopefully will be the meat in the front row sandwich.
Pictured here playing for Falkirk, Andrew joins us to ad National 1 experience to the midfield at Mayfield. A combative 12, we look forward to potentially facing his old team mates on the opening day of the season.
Campbell has represented the Navy U23’s and joins the club from Grangemouth RFC. Able to fill all the positions in the back row, but Campbell prefers openside!
Andy returns to the club after stints as a pro with Glasgow Warriors and last season at Glasgow Hawks. Andy is brother of back row and last years’ S&C coach Peter and has represented Scotland up to U20 level. Andy will bolster the second row, and is looking forward to forming a formidable partnership with Geo!
It is worth mentioning that Andy also currently resides in Montrose, continuing an unsettling precedent at the club.
Also returning to the fray is CoCo, we don’t need to say anything about our own “notorious” sports star.
The coaching team also sees some re-vamping and we will focus on the changes here later. Unfortunately the committee is largely unchanged, and we have the usual suspects.
Being a mascot is brilliant, getting the opportunity to be with players you look up to, before the match, and running onto the hallowed turf at Mayfield. What a buzz for the youngsters.
You hope that those youngsters go on to great things or at the very least go on to represent your club!
But it’s even more magical when the mascot goes on to play along side his idol, when he’s old enough.
That has now happened twice in recent history, with a young George Arnott pictured , below, at the Cup final in 2003 with his Hero CoCo.
This weekend the two men pulled on the crown together to face Boroughmuir and combining beautifully for a clean break. The Jedi and Padawan, Master and Apprentice and the Sensei and Student all rolled into one.
What else is there for Geo to learn from the enlightened front rower?
Of course this is not the first time that a cup final mascot has taken the field with their idol. Callum “Burt” Bowie and Mike “Sloth” Kerr, teaming up on and off field.
Who will be next on the conveyor belt, and who deserves the most admiration from our youngsters?
I hope you are summering well and getting those batteries recharged for the season ahead? There is a lot going on at the Rugby Club in the so-called “close season” and the players (and committee!) fitness levels are ahead of target. It is that time of year when we ask you to renew your membership as soon as you can, per the attached notice, as that can really help with our cash flow. Membership Sub form 2017-18 (Website) – Copy (1) There are also several other items to share with you and there are a few attachments for your information. Note to go with Subs Notice V3 (1)
As discussed at the AGM in June, the committee are recommending that the Club becomes a limited liability company and the attached paper gives an explanation for this and the process involved.
The paper also explains the new Junior Rugby structure with the Dundee Eagles incorporating P1-P7 age groups and the new Dundee Rugby catering for the S1-U’18 age groups, including a girls U15 team
Also attached is a leaflet detailing the discount available to club members on Thorntons’ Legal and Estate Agency fees. Thorntons are of course the Club’s main shirt sponsors and members are encouraged to support them where possible. Thorntons – Dundee High Rugby Members Benefits (1)
I would like to draw your attention to the first two home games of the season and hope you will come along and lend your support: Sept 2nd (Falkirk) and Sept 16th (Selkirk). Lunch Clubs are available and a “huge” members discount is always possible! Ron McHoul the main contact for this. email@example.com Please note the usually over-subscribed Xmas Lunch this year is on Dec 16th, before the game v Gala. Book early for this and other lunches, to avoid disappointment!
We also have 3 pre-season games lined up: Aberdeenshire (away) on Aug 12th, Boroughmuir at Mayfield Aug 19th and Stirling (away) on 26th Aug. You can keep up to date on the Club website: https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/
The Clubs ‘volunteer force’ continues to achieve remarkable things for the Club but there are always positions to fill. Please just get in touch with any committee person if you wish to join this happy bunch!
And if you would like to sponsor a player this season please note your interest with any responsible Club rep.
I look forward to welcoming you back to Mayfield this season.