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TFI Friday™ 29th Sept 2017

TFI Friday™ 29th Sept 2017

What a week that was! It went by like an express train and here we are again after a successful trip to Kelso winning as we did by 17 points to 3 and silencing the Poynder Park faithful for at least 15 mins after the game. The ref got an ear bashing! We thought he was as good as usual

The guess the wine competition© was won by one of the better known Hulltoon Huns womens section and therefore provides the grog for this week. It was a Merlot all the way from Chile via Asda. This weeks will be a topper because the aforesaid wuman has surprisingly good taste unlike her current beau.

Bar opens at 5.32 which is proving popular and the FREE nibbles cost the same as last week.

Rugby. No game for the Titans this week who came second at B/Muir last Sat. The bigger team look forward to City slickers Edin Accies and they KO at 3pm.

This week in history. Wild Bill Hickok died 1869 only 11 years before the Rugby Club was formed. According to Prof of Rugby Gav Robertson he would have made a great openside flanker. He was a bit of a loose cannon and would have given away far too many penalties. Gav added, that would make him ideal for our team!

Gene Autry the singing cowboy from Texas was born this day 1907. Gene went on to pen and sing many Rugby songs including its reported Maggies Old linen drawers. Might have been flannel? Always up for the skite Gene was a great supporter of the club raising funds at the busking outside Boots the chemist.

Wales was discovered by a group of Scots rugby supporters apparently!

Tumpdate –  (that’s an update on Donald Trump, duh!) After condeming NFL protests on equality the crown will be kneeling during the national anthems of this weeks NFL fixtures. We of course support equality, how else would Jim Scott get a membership?

Lets hope that a good TFI Friday is the perfect prelude to a successful rugby Saturday.

Kelso v Dundee HSFP 23 September 2017

Kelso v Dundee HSFP
23 September 2017

 


16 weeks is a long time in Rugby. On 2 June, Gordon “Bruno” Burnett was being justifiably feted at the SRU Awards Dinner, with the Spirit of Rugby award.

 

 

 

Then, just 16 weeks later, he was unintentionally left behind as the team bus made for Kelso, following a lunch stop at Earlston Rugby Club. It was certainly a talking point among the Kelso pre-match lunchers when the team bus arrived sans Bruno.

Not that the rugby was overshadowed by the faltering transport arrangements. On the contrary, the match was an intense affair, with plenty of on-field action. It was one of those odd days, though, when the side playing against the wind seemed to have the greater share of possession and pressure.

After a lively start by both sides, Dundee were first to show and, after a penalty was kicked to touch in the Kelso 22, Dundee pressed on until Alan Brown barrelled over from 5 metres out. Hammy’s conversion attempt was just wide, and Dundee were ahead, 0-5 after 12 minutes.

A fairly even, if relatively uneventful spell followed, with Kelso gradually coming more into the game after the visitors’ early dominance. Dundee survived a missed penalty goal attempt, but were penalised again shortly afterwards and Kelso kicked into the Dundee 22. The home line-out had stuttered throughout the game and, on this occasion, Dundee stole the ball and drove out of defence. Good handling led to a break by Geo before the ball was passed to Neil Herron who touched down (or not – he carried on to make for a spot nearer the posts, but the referee had already blown) out wide. Gareth Bale would have been proud of the strike as Hammy’s effort sailed between the posts and Dundee’s lead was extended, 0-12 with 37 minutes played.

Taking the ball from Kelso’s line-outs was aiding Dundee’s cause and enabled the visitors to clear play from their own 22, before a penalty against Kelso let Dundee kick to touch and bring the half to a close.

Half-time: Kelso 0 Dundee 12

A lively, open and fairly even match so far, with limited scoring opportunities and with Dundee perhaps having a little more of a cutting edge and keeping the Kelso attacks under control. A pleasing feature from a Dundee perspective, after recent performances, was the penalty count of 5-4 in Dundee’s favour.

The second half was only 2 minutes old, when Kelso had a chance to reduce the deficit with a penalty and stand-off Craig Dods duly obliged: 3-12.

Perhaps heartened by the score, Kelso were in the ascendancy, forcing the Dundee defence to be at its best. Fortunately for the visitors, in spite of how much Kelso huffed and puffed, the Dundee house was not for falling down and some huge shifts were put in, none more so than by Paddy Hamilton, Dundee’s man of the match.

Dundee held out until full-time was in sight and then, with 6 minutes remaining, Kelso let the ball go loose and it was pounced on, with a break by Andy Redmayne before the ball was passed to George Arnott, who galloped on to the line. Kieran Scoular’s conversion attempt flew wide, but Dundee were in a bit more comfortable position, even if two converted tried would have brought Kelso on level terms.

As it was, in spite of continued efforts, Kelso did not come close to scoring and the game petered out, much to Dundee’s satisfaction.

Full time: Kelso 3 Dundee 17

An all too rare, and valuable win in the Borders for a young Dundee side which had to absorb a fair degree of pressure, especially in the second half, but which rose to the task manfully. Slightly troubling may have been a suggestion of a return to old ways in the second half, where the penalty count was 8-2 against.

Bruno’s revenge was not long in coming, however, as he was the only bufty aboard when the team bus departed Poynder Park after the match, leaving the remaining elders to intercept the bus at Sainsbury.

Dundee scorers:
Tries: Alan Brown, Neil Herron, George Arnott
Conversion: Andrew Hamilton

 

Sunshine

Dundee Man of the Match: Patrick Hamilton

Tell me why……

We don’t like Mondays, because it’s a whole week till we see the Crown in action again.

Mixed results at the weekend with the 1st XV grabbing a good result on the road to Kelso (Sounds like a terrible Country & Western Song) and the Titans losing out to Muir at Meggatland.

Have a look at the Kelso view here…

Kelso Match Report

In other news if your really bored on the run up to the 1st XV home game against Accies, why not check out some Crown twitter accounts. They’re always entertaining

@GeolovesCats to get an insight into the life and times of Dundee’s dancing sensation

 

@FiremansHose for our favourite Ladder Climber and there is a cat theme (He rescues them)

 

Lewis can be found @nothingbutlatex  don’t know what else to say…..

See you all at Mayfield

RIP Barrie Wallace

Dundee High Rugby is sorry to report the passing of long standing member J.B (Barrie) Wallace. Barrie had been a member of the Rugby Club for many years and often attended matches at Mayfield and occasionally away games. Barrie was also a past Captain at Panmure Golf Club and an ex pupil at High School of Dundee. The Club would like to offer our condolences to his wife Diane and all his family and friends. He will be missed in equal terms by his friends in Sport of Rugby and Golf.

TFI Friday™ 22nd Sept 2017 

TFI Friday 22nd Sept 2017 

Last weeks guess the wine© supplied by a Dr from Barnhill in place of his youngest son’s girlfriend, who had fled the country as a result of her win the previous week was won easily by a property magnate from Broughty Ferry. The wine? It was a nice example of Pinot Noir all the way from New Zealand via one suspects a High St superstore and very nice it was!

The cheese however was black in colour had specks of white and left a peculiar stain on ones fingers! Interesting was one comment! This week the property tycoon will do his best to provide a belter. FREE nibbles will again feature along the bar but cannot promise the magic little cheese biscuits baked especially for the TFI™ crowd by our resident foodie. The bar will open at 5.32pm and a splendid time is almost guaranteed.  

Rugby. Should we have taken the points with the last minute penalty against Selkirk? This will be debated for some time to come but too many penalties 17 to 3 certainly cost us the game. Kelso (beaten by Aberdeen last Sat) this week will be another stern test. The mighty Titans travel to Boroughmuir. We wish all our players coaches and travelling support successful trips. 

Nothing much happening in Cowboy terms this week as must have been during the seven weekies.

HG Wells guessing the wine at TFI 1880

In 1866 HG Wells was born and he was 14 (in 1880) when writing his first match report for the newly formed Rugby Club. Then President Jim C Scott thought his writing a bit colourful so let him go. (Not Jims only mistake. ED). 

Rocket man was the focus of stand-up comic Trumps address to the UN this week. Not sure about the solution to this problem but maybe a square go behind the bike shed would sort it rather than WW3? Only saying. 

Boris keeps us guessing. Will he go or May he go? See what I did there? 

I hope you have a great Rugby weekend. 

The High School of Dundee’s Centre of Excellence for Performance Arts

Dear Friends and Supporters, we have a long standing relationship with the High School of Dundee and are delighted to share their ongoing project to create a Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts.

The Rector of the School Dr John Halliday said the following:

 

“click on the link below and reflect on how far we have come and how exciting the journey ahead is going to be. I hope you will feel inspired to support our ambition by giving to the campaign.  Any amount is a help, however large or small. With your help we will deliver this wonderful facility for the school, the city of Dundee, and the wider Tayside community. It is within our grasp!”

 

 

Campaign Link Here

We wish the School well in their endeavours and hope this inspires some of you to help raise funds.

Here’s a current squad member benefiting from Drama tuition at the High School of Dundee

 

 

Dundee HSFP v Selkirk, Mayfield , 16th September 2017

Match Report

Dundee HSFP v Selkirk, Mayfield , 16th September 2017

 

President Tosh’s witty and exceptionally funny address, delivered in his inimitable style , to the Lunch Club guests in the Mayfield clubhouse got the pre match entertainment off to a splendid start . There were several well kent faces at the Lunch Club, none more welcome that Campbell Cunningham, the Dundee flanker who suffered a broken ankle in the previous home match . Your reporter is delighted to confirm that Campbell is in good spirits and looking to get fit again as soon as possible. They make them tough in the Marines……..

The prematch chat amongst the Mayfield faithful was the need for Dundee to get a home victory against Selkirk, following the close defeat at Gala the previous week. However, it was noted that Selkirk had enjoyed a good start to the season , with 2 wins out of 2 against Musselburgh and Aberdeen Grammar.

The Dundee starting line-up showed a number of changes from the team that played Gala.  Ronan was out with a back injury, young Cammie Mathieson replaced Chris Cartnell at hooker and there were welcome returns for George Arnot  and Danny Levison . Big bad Broonie was also a late call off, with Lewis McLean replacing him and Neil Dymock taking Lewis’s place on the bench.

Unfortunately –  in fact , more than unfortunately –  certainly sadly and even bordering on the tragically  – came the news that  the fans favourite and potential match winner Ice would be missing from the Dundee line up for the next 3 months as his latest Army assignment takes him to Cyprus. Whilst it is recognised that Defence of the Realm is important, surely with United Kingdom’s official terror threat alert having been raised to critical this week, a role could have been found for Ice within these shores………………

There were audible gasps from the crowd as Dundee took the field , for the first time resplendent in their new change strip , a bright orange/tangerine/old gold (more of which later). It was certainly distinctive and certainly could not be confused with Selkirk’s comparatively dowdy blue strip.

Once again, the Mayfield crowd got 2 games for the price of one, with Dundee Titans facing Selkirk on the bottom pitch. The return of the University students had resulted in a healthy turn out at training, with coaching and management team of Clinton Davey, Ian Robertson and Jimmy Michie having a strong team out.

The Ist XV match got under way, with the play concentrated in midfield for the opening exchanges. It was noted that Selkirk had some big units in their team and they looked very comfortable in possession. Early on, it became apparent that this was going to be no repetition of Dundee’s 60 point win the last time Selkirk came to Mayfield.

However, it was Dundee who took the lead after 10 minutes. Following a ruck outside their 22, the Selkirk 10 did the wrong thing –  he aimed his clearing kick in the direction of Danny Levison. Danny took the ball on the run , bounced one Selkirk player out of the way , sidestepped another and the gave a well timed pass for Danny McGinn to sprint for the line. Danny was caught, but the ball was recycled for Neil Turnbull to rumble over the line.

Fraser McKay added the conversion. 7-0 to Dundee 10 mins.

Following the restart , Selkirk enjoyed a period of sustained pressure , retaining possession admirably. However a loose pass on the Dundee 22 was intercepted by Fraser McKay who set off for the long sprint to the Selkirk line. As he made it past the Selkirk 22 , it seemed likely that he would be caught by the Selkirk winger , but remarkably Fraser got there to score between the posts.

He then dusted himself down and made a successful conversion. 14-0 Dundee 15 mins.

While 2 converted tries in the first 15 minutes is a good start in any match, there was still an uneasy feeling amongst the Dundee support on the touchline as Selklrk had by far more possession, and , as in previous weeks , the penalty count against Dundee was mounting.

The Dundee defence was impressive, but after 25 minutes the inevitable happened when hooker Forrest scored in the corner . This was converted by Banks . 14-7 Dundee.

At this point, Danny McGinn limped off to be replaced by Jack Paladini , son of well known Broughty Ferryite Sandro. Jack is an ex captain of the Dundee High school team and Dundee Eagles and he received a warm welcome from the crowd –  it is always good when one of “your ain” return.

Selkirk continued to dominate, spreading the ball wide to their wingers, who then brought the ball back in to be moved again, with newcomers Dama and Wagner  –  unlikely to have been of pure Borders stock but certainly giving their all for the Selkirk jersey  –  to the fore.

This tactic was stretching the Dundee defence as it was no surprise when centre McColm scored a try for Selkirk.  The conversion was missed . 14-12 Dundee.

2 minutes later, Selkirk scored again, with a couple of missed tackles enabling winger Hendrie to score in the corner.  17-14 Selkirk, 35 minutes gone.

The Dundee support at this stage had turned grumpy, having witnessed the match go pear-shaped, and the earlier 14-0 lead being wiped out

However, smiles were soon back in evidence , as in what seemed like their first attack for around half an hour , Dundee retained their lead with a try by Dundee flanker Paddy Hamilton. The conversion was missed, followed by the half time whistle.

Half Time – Dundee 19 Selkirk 17.

The new Dundee strip was the talk of the steamie at half time , with differing views as  to the both the attractiveness of the top and also what actual colour it was . In general , there was a  positive response to the colour , although  Gavin Garden –  never one to toe the party line or indeed to hold back his views  –  though that the top was awful. Well , his actual comments were more explicit than that and are certainly not for publication , but thanks Gavin –  your views are noted.

As regards the colour , the popular choices seemed to be orange , tangerine or old gold and in order to test the views of the Mayfield faithful , your reporter carried out a straw poll amongst the crowd at half time.

Old gold was understandably favoured by the traditionalists.

There was general opposition to the word  “orange” as it was feared that there were connotations with this word ie it could be pre-fixed by the world “Loyal”  and  there was no great desire amongst the troops on the touchline and in the stand to see the Dundee team marched onto the pitch by a flute band  with “The Sash” being belted out on the PA system.

The proposal that the strip was tangerine also provoked seriously strong reactions.

Those misguided enough to be of a Dens Park persuasion were not keen at all on this idea, with Gary Stewart , father of hooker Cammie , declaring the views of many that  he never could and never would support an team in tangerine .

Conversely the Arabs in the Mayfield crowd thought that Dundee High Rugby playing in tangerine was a jolly splendid idea as it would give them the opportunity to watch a team in tangerine that were entertaining to watch , as opposed to the turgid fare being served up by the lot currently wearing tangerine at Tannadice.

Overall, the support for each colour was roughly the same, so your reporter took the responsibility of making the casting vote.

As a long standing Arab , there was a no brainer.

And the winner is…………………… TANGERINE .

So, for the rest of the season , in your reporter’s match report, the change strip will be referred to as tangerine.

One supporter pointed out that regardless whether it was called orange , tangerine or old gold , the top clashed with the red and blue socks. The supporter was female. Not gender neutral. Female.

Whilst this may be a valid point , it was unlikely that this was uppermost in coach Sangster’s thoughts as he addressed his team at half time. The message was –  get the ball, keep it , get some rhythm going and cut down on the penalties.

Unfortunately, the second half started in the same manner as the first half –  Selkirk securing the ball and retaining possession. A couple of quickfire penalties to Selkirk confirmed the fear that the second half would be more of the same and from one of these penalties , fly half Banks scored to put Selkirk back in the lead. 20-19 to Selkirk.

Following this score , Dundee at last got some rhythm going –  the tangerine machine eventually clicking into gear –  and following strong forward play , number 8 Ally Mackie barged over near the touchline.

Fraser made a great conversion. 26-20 to Dundee.

The game then continued in the familiar pattern  –  Selkirk retaining possession , being very comfortable in possession , but strong Dundee defence keeping them out. Worryingly , Dundee continued to give away penalties.

However , there were occasional flashes of the high tempo running rugby that Dundee can play and one of these patches of play took Dundee into the Selkirk 22 . The ball came out along the backs and Fraser , displaying a keen rugby brain as well as excellent football skills , smashed over  a drop goal.

29-20 Dundee.

As the match entered the last 10 minutes, the hope was that Dundee could hold on against constant Selkirk pressure. Another penalty was conceded and this time Paddy Hamilton was shown a yellow card by the referee.

Selkirk kept up the pressure , and after moving the ball along the line , winger Wagman scored in the corner.

The conversion was missed. 29-25 Dundee.

Stress levels and blood pressure levels were now rising amongst the Dundee support as Selkirk were continuing to dominate and looking dangerous each time they had the ball . The Mayfield supporters fears were justified as in the last minute some tired tackling allowed replacement Anderson to score a try which was converted to put Selkirk 32-29 ahead.

As the game entered stoppage time , Dundee forced play into the Selkirk 22 and following frantic pressure , Selkirk encroached offside and a penalty was awarded to Dundee in front of the posts.

Decision time !!!!!!

Take the points and claim an honourable draw  –  Fraser could have kicked it with his flip-flops on –  or go for glory , take a scrum , and back yourself to go for a winning score.

This is a Dundee team with self-belief so it was not a huge surprise that the team went for the win and opted for a scrum.

Fortune favours the brave ?

Well , not this time as a knock on meant no score , end of match and a Selkirk victory.

FINAL SCORE –  DUNDEE 29 SELKIRK 32

Reflections

Overall , naturally a disappointing result. The players were keen to win all the matches at Mayfield this season and this aspiration has been scuppered after only 2 matches.

Although never hitting the heights that they are capable of , Dundee had chances to win this match and as coach Sangster said , they should not have lost from a position of being 9 points up with 5 minutes to play.

However , from an unbiased perspective –  not mine  , as I am unashamedly and proudly  biased and as long as I prepare these match reports I will adhere to my journalistic principles of being biased –  Selkirk had far more possession , played an attractive style of rugby , took their chances and probably deserved their win.

Another high penalty count did not help Dundee and there is no doubt that this continues to frustrate Colin Sangster  .

It should be noted that the Dundee Titans had a convincing victory over Selkirk and with good numbers at training , it will make for interesting team selections for the matches v Kelso (1st XV) and Boroughmuir (Titans) next weekend.

1st XV & Titans to Face Selkirk, Mayfield, Sat 15th Sep, KO 3pm

1st XV to play Selkirk, Mayfield 3pm KO:

 

Substitutes

16. Ceillem Stewart
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Andrew Redmayne
19. Rory McGinn
20. Jack Paladini

Meet at 1.30pm,

Titans to play Selkirk, Mayfield 3pm KO:
 
Substitutes
16 Charlie Wilson
17 Matt Russell
18 Colin Whittaker
19 Brenton Bekker
20 Clinton Davey