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Last year some Crown men pulled on the Caley jersey with distinction, and another opportunity presents itself to the local players to represent their region.
Who is worth of this honour?
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Obviously at this time we look over to the land of the long white cloud and wonder what could have been for Big Beezy, what a talent.
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Dundee HSFP v Stewarts Melville, Mayfield , 14thth October 2017
Dundee went into this match in 6th place in BT National One, buoyed by their most impressive performance of the season the previous Saturday away to GHA. Their opponents, Stewarts Melville conversely had suffered a heavy defeat to Aberdeen Grammar last week, and were encountering a difficult start to the season , currently lying second from bottom of the league.
However, this was no foregone conclusion and Dundee’s home form this season (2 losses out of 3 matches) had given rise to a concern that the players were feeling under pressure playing in front of their own supporters,
The Dundee team published on the website on Friday showed 3 changes from the team that started against GHA. Neil Herron replaced Ross Lemon in the centre, Josh came back in from Henry at 9 and Danny Levison came in at 8, with George moving to flank and Angus Farquar dropping to the bench. Neil and Danny were to justify their inclusion with sublime performances.
That all seemed fine, but this is amateur rugby we are talking about so a curveball was to hit coach Sangster on Friday evening. Young Angus Fraser, a SRU Academy player , who had been superb at hooker at GHA , failed to recover from a shoulder injury and so his place was taken by Chris Cartnell , a St Andrews Uni student.
Injuries still ruled out Leesey, Ronan, Fraser, Ally Mackie and Paddy , while Ice was on World War 3 alert in Cyprus.
The Pre Match Lunch Club hosted 68 guests , including a table of former Club Presidents , wallowing in nostalgia , red wine and whisky.
This was a table of veritable legends – the great and the good of Dundee High Rugby – each man with his name engraved on the Clubhouse wall as a permanent reminder of their contribution to the Club.
It is only right that these legends are named – Messrs Clark , Dryden , Burnett , Scott , Reoch , Dymock and Lawson .
Not to forget Ex President Nicol, who through choice was forgoing his seat at the Legends Table to carry out his normal Saturday car parking duties ,Ex President Macdonald , having a well earned break in Spain and of course Ken Andrew, not at the match due to a family commitment.
And also current incumbent President Tosh , still performing his duties enthusiastically with his enviable joie de vivre approach which goes down so well with Lunch Club guests and opposing team officials.
The combined years of service of these geezers does not bear thinking about – Bruno alone played his first match for the club in 1956 and has been a stalwart ever since.
As for their combined ages, well that is certainly not one for recording in public .
Gentlemen – we salute you.
Could the players do it for the legends?
Well, they certainly looked up for it, as the Dundee pack took control from the off and dominated the opening minutes with play concentrated in the Stew Mel half.
Dundee went ahead in 5 minutes – a well-executed line out – accurate throw by Chris, gobbled up by Andy Redmayne, created a driving maul over the Stew Mel line enabling Broonie to touch down. Keiran Scoular added the conversion to make it 7-0 to Dundee.
Following the kick off, StewMel enjoyed a period of possession for the first time and a penalty decision against Dundee on their 22 enable StewMel to open their account when centre Morrison kicked the penalty. 7-3 Dundee.
With 15 minutes on the clock, Dundee went further ahead.
A quickly taken penalty by Josh enabled him to break towards the StewMel 22, Danny was there in support and the ball was shipped to George who showed strength and athleticism to reach over the line to touch down.
Keiran added the conversion – 12-3 Dundee.
The next score went StewMel’s way when Morrison nailed a penalty for a Dundee infringement just outside the 22. 12-6 Dundee.
There then followed a period of play in midfield when both sides struggling to find fluency and rhythm. However after 28 minutes, a clever kick by centre Andy Hamiltion created space in the corner – Evan Fairweather kicked the loose ball into the goal area and defeated his opposite number in the race to touch down for a try. The conversion was missed. 17-6 Dundee.
Announcer McKay – never one to miss a trick – told the crowd that Evan – the scorer of this spectacular try – had no sponsor. There seemed to be no takers, but hopefully some watcher will have been suitably impressed to call Derek Lawson this week to offer his/her support – and of course his/her money – to sponsor Evan.
In the last play of the half, Dundee scored again.
Ferocious pressure on the Stew Mel line, led by Neil, Andy and Danny, was somehow repelled albeit with a penalty to Dundee and a yellow card for the StewMel 6. A kick to touch and following a line out near the line (the lineouts were working like a dream, as last week – so well done Chris Cartnell), Andy gathered, the pack drove and Lewis McNamara went over for what I think is his first try for the club.
Keiran added the conversion.
Half Time – Dundee 24 Stew Mel 6.
The feeling at half time that the Dundee team had not yet clicked into gear, even though 4 tries had been scored and a bonus point secured.
The first indication that Dundee were “getting it together” came only 3 minutes into the second half, when following more forward pressure , Lewis went over again in the corner . No successful conversion so the score was now Dundee 29 StewMel 6.
5 minutes later, the next score arrived, again through the line out route, this time with a line out outside the StewMel 22. Andy, who was imperious in the line out throughout – secured the ball and laid it back for Danny on the charge. Danny using his potent combination of skill strength and athleticism
burst through the cover defence and outpaced the backs to score between the posts. Keiran converted. Dundee 36 StewMel 6.
Although the scoreboard was mounting, credit is due to the StewMel team who continued to show an admirable spirit and togetherness and also continued to try to play open rugby. Unfortunately, this did not work out in their favour as a loose pass on the half way was intercepted by Neil who raced half the length of the pitch to score between the posts. Keiran converted to make the score Dundee 43 StewMel 6.
The Dundee machine was clicking into gear now. Had the team been playing in their tangerine change strip, I would have used the term “tangerine machine”. However, they were playing in blue so I will have to settle for “blue machine” which does not roll off the tongue so well.
The next score was not long delayed. Forward domination , quick ball, shipped through the backs and good support play created a gap for Neil to sidestep his way through the StewMel defence for a great try under the posts.
This took the score to 48-6 and your reporter at this stage was noting down that Keiran’s conversion made the score 50-6.
But it didn’t.
Keiran hit the post with the conversion. He looked suitably embarrassed and held his head in his hands before doing the walk of shame though his team back to his full back position. Broonie’s comments to Keiran as he passed him are not for publication.
The Dundee pack’s domination meant that Dundee had most of the ball now but StewMel showed spirited defence .
However, the next Dundee try was only delayed and what a try it was.
There seemed no imminent danger when Neil received the ball just inside the StewMel 22 with the entire StewMel team in front of him.
However, with a speed of movement that bamboozled not just the StewMel defence but the entire Mayfield crowd , twinkle toes Herron put on his
dancing shoes and sidestepped , dummied and shimmied his way through the defence , to emerge in isolation to score near the posts. A remarkable try from a talented player. Keiran redeemed himself by converting. Dundee 55 StewMel 6.
Dundee were rampant now and the final try involved skilful handling at pace which must have given coaches Colin and Phil huge satisfaction. The ball went through several pairs of hands at speed before Andy Redmayne linked with replacement Sean Gauld to allow prop James Forrester to score his second try in 2 weeks.
Keiran converted to make the score 62-6.
Final Score – Dundee HSFP 62 StewartMelville Rugby 6.
The team did exactly what the coaches demanded and followed on from last week’s win with another very impressive performance. In the second half in particular, some of the rugby was of the top drawer.
Once again, forward domination was the key – exceptional work by the front row, Andy and George dominated the line out, Danny Levison was , well , Danny Levison – enough said – and 3 try man of the match
Neil Herron gave a virtuoso performance of skilful centre play.
StewMel would have been entitled to contend that the 62-6 scoreline gives an unfair reflection of their committed defence and commitment to running rugby , but as we have all seen throughout the years , when your luck is out everything goes against you.
A word of praise for young referee Fergus Hollins, who gave a first class performance and was always in control. It was noted that Scotland rugby refereeing legend Jim Fleming was at Mayfield to assess Fergus – hope you gave him the good marks he deserved, Jim.
A final footnote – this Dundee team can play some superb rugby, as demonstrated in the last 2 weeks. The coaches philosophy of high tempo rugby suits the players and is great to watch.
It is therefore disappointing to report that it was a sparse crowd at Mayfield that witnessed this performance.
It deserved more, so the appeal to the Mayfield faithful is (a) thanks for your support – the committee , the coaches and the players appreciate it , (b) look forward to seeing you at the next home match on October 28th v Musselburgh and (c) bring a friend with you. In fact it does not have to be a friend . It can be someone you don’t like but, either way, bring somebody with them and give them the opportunity to watch this tean.
This team and coaching staff have developed a style of rugby that is great to watch and deserves bigger crowds, so let’s all do our bit to get more punters on the Mayfield slopes.
Next week , the 1st XV are away to Jedforest and a hard match surely in prospect.
Colin Sangster head coach of Dundee High Rugby ably assisted by Grammar coach Kev Wyness, again chosen to coach the famed Caley Reds v The South. All proceeds of the game will go to the Doddie Weir Trust. We hope as many players and Rugby supporters make the journey to Stirling on Tuesday 7th Nov ko 7.30pm. Please see invite to pre match meal and details of the speaker John Beattie here (contents of attached letter) Please share as widely as possible with your contacts. This is a great occasion supporting a great cause for a top bloke
1st XVto play Stew Mel (H) 1500 KO:
16. Chris Cartmell
17. Neil Dymock
18. Angus Farquhar
19. Sean Gauld
20. Henry Sampson
Meet at 1.30pm, earlier if strapping is required
Usual attire pre/post-match
Titans to play Stew Mel on Saturday, 15:00 kickoff at Mayfield
16 Clinton Davey
17 Kieren Cutler
18 Paul Bon
19 Charlie Wilson
20 Shaun McDonagh
Meet at 13:30 in usual pre match attire. 1’s for post match attire.
TFI Friday™ 13th Oct 2017
Its fright night Friday the 13th and its almost Halloween! Be scared be very afraid because this is it! The guess the wine competition© takes on a new frightening shadow (Whats that? ED) which I am sure will be explained by the dark side. (OK but what is it? ED) Not sure about these questions! The bar however will open at 5.30pm or 17.32 in decimal money.[socialpoll id=”2465990″]
FREE nibbles will again adorn the bar for your delectation. (crisps? ED) with some Michelin starred stuff as well….possibly….sometimes.
Rugby. Last Sat saw a great display from both teams with the First team winning convincingly at GHA 12-34 Dundee. The Titans came close but didn’t quite make it GHA 2’s 49 – 37 MIGHTY TITANS.
This week we have the visit of Stewarts Melville RFC known affectionately as the Smellies. I am sure their lower position will not fool us into any false resting on our laurels. This wont be easy!
Lunch Clubs. If you are thinking about booking for any home game hospitality you better get your skates on as all remaining lunches are filling up! Not much space left…some are full now! Ron McHoul the main man ably assisted by Delboy. Ron McHoul email@example.com Derek Lawson firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
The Mayfield Lotto welcomes new members or you can take out a second membership which gives you an unfair advantage! Makes sense? If you are not init you cant winit…innit! Jim Stewart the man, pick up a leaflet in the Clubhouse or click here.
This day in history the Boer War started in 1899. Clinton Davey a young pup at the time and only with the Club since its inception in 1880 took some time off! He doesn’t talk about it much and came back in bandages and strappings. Come to think about it Davie Mason disappeared about the same time……what ever happened to him? Nuff said! In 1962 the Cuban Missile crisis emerged. The Donald would have sorted the wee Russian rocket man in minutes. The North Korean one however?
Lets hope for two solid victories on Sat and a good Rugby weekend.
September Lotto Winners
£100 J H R Wright
£50 R McHoul
£30 A W Stiven
Now I’m not one to complain about a man of the caliber of former SRU presifent Harvey, winning. And Ron is in charge of Lunch on a Saturday, and everyone knows I like Lunch, so I can’t give him a hard time ….but I am afraid there is a definite whiff of Cosa Nostra in this draw.
We were going to redraw but they gave us an offer that we couldn’t refuse.
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GHA v Dundee HSFP, Braidholm , 7th October 2017
Both Dundee and GHA were looking for this game to give them a “pick me up”, following Dundee’s disappointing home loss against Edinburgh Accies last Saturday and GHA’s traumatic defeat to Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw the same day when their 24-3 lead was overturned to a 29-24 reverse.
It was an unfamiliar Dundee 1st XV that was published on the website on Thursday night, with several regulars missing. Injuries had ruled out Leesey, Ronan, Fraser, Ally Mackie and Paddy , while unavailability due to work commitments meant the services of Josh , Neil and Danny were denied . In addition, Ice was still defending the realm in Cyprus and Andy Dymock was in Copenhagen improving diplomatic , trade and social relations between Scotland and Denmark.
This meant a first team debut for Angus Farquhar, an ex Currie player now at Dundee Uni on the flank, a start for another Dundee Uni player Lewis McNamara on the other flank, a return for Andy Redmayne at lock and a youthful half back combination of Rory McGinn and Henry Sampson. Not quite so youthful, but just as welcome, was the return on Ross Lemon in the centre.
The bus set off for Glasgow in sunshine, with the Titans team on board boasting a full complement of 20, including several students from each of Dundee, Abertay and St Andrews making their first appearances for the Crown.
As the bus approached Glasgow – passing Bishopbriggs to be exact – the rain came on. No surprise there, then….
Broonie the captain led the players out and the word from the coaches were that the players were up for this one, they had a game plan and were confident that a victory be secured.
They certainly looked up for it, as the Dundee pack took control from the off and dominated the opening minutes with play concentrated in the GHA half.
Dundee went ahead in 8 minutes – a rampaging break by George, good back up by Henry and Rory, ball recycled and then passed through the backs for Evan Fairweather to cross the line. Keiran Scoular added the conversion to make it 7-0 to Dundee.
Following the kick off, GHA enjoyed a period of possession for the first time although not threatening the Dundee line. However a high tackle by Broonie saw him receive a yellow card and Dundee down to 10 men.
You would not have thought so though, as the Dundee pack continued to dominate and Keiran scored a penalty after 20 minutes. 10 -0 to Dundee.
Almost immediately after Dundee went further ahead.
Another break took George from the half way to the 22, ball was recycled and following Neil battering at the line, Henry and Rory created space for centre Andy Hamilton to go over near the posts.
Keiran converted to make it 17-0 to Dundee after 22 minutes.
Broonie then returned and the Dundee pack domination continued. In particular, the line outs were working like a dream with Angus’s accurate throws being swallowed up by Andy Redmayne and George.
It was therefore no surprise when Dundee scored again after 31 minutes.
A driving maul took play into the Glasgow 22 and good hands saw the ball quickly shipped out to Danny who crossed in the corner. Kieran narrowly missed the conversion. 22-0 to Dundee.
At this stage, a wee Glasgow wifie standing within earshot of your reporter was heard to say “maybe it’s time for uncontested scrums”.
This struck a raw nerve within the Dundee contingent, bringing back painful memories of the corresponding fixture last year when Dundee, with its pack in complete control were 19-0 up and cruising. A GHA prop then went off injured, followed in what seemed like indecent haste by another prop going off injured and so uncontested scrums. GHA took heart from this and overturned the 19 point deficit to run out winners.
Could this have been a dastardly plot of which GHA supporters were all part of ?
Could it happen again ??
Any concern re this subsided when Dundee scored again, with a try in a similar mould to the 3rd try. A powerful scrum, quick and accurate passing giving Danny the space to go over again. This time Keiran converted . 27-0 to Dundee.
It was then agreed amongst the Dundee support that the wee Glasgow wifie (who would probably prefer to be referred to a refined East Renfrewshire lady , but wee Glasgow wifie runs off the tongue better) would require more than her wish of uncontested scrums to turn this match around.
Indeed , nothing short of Hurricane Nate making a detour from Louisiana to Giffnock would offer GHA respite from the dominant Dundee pack.
Half time came with Dundee on the attack again.
Half Time – GHA 0 Dundee 27.
Sensational , stupendous , scintillating – any of these words could be used to sum up the first half from a Dundee perspective as the team had just delivered easily their best 40 minutes of the season so far.
Positive chat was exchanged amongst the Dundee support on the touchline until Alastair Robertson – father of dedicated duo Gavin and Ian and passionate Borderer – pointed out that it was not over yet as last year Dundee had been 19-0 up and had still lost.
This brought to mind the old phrase that it has never been hard to tell the difference between a Borderer and a ray of sunshine………………….
Old man Robertson’s mood was not improved 5 minutes into the second half when following a period of pressure, GHA scored a try with lock Adam Kerr going over in the corner.
Conversion missed. 27-7 to Dundee.
This gave GHA encouragement and for the first time in the match they had a period of concerted pressure. The Dundee defence held firm with centre Hamilton’s tackling particularly impressive.
Dundee were now not as dominant as the first half and GHA scored again when winger Spowart went over. Stand off Goudie converted. 27-12 to Dundee.
The chat amongst the Dundee support was the next score was important. If GHA scored again, it was game on, but another Dundee score should put daylight between the teams.
Dundee then regained control and play was concentrated in the GHA half. A couple of opportunities were missed and until a dominant scrum near the GHA line created the platform for James Forrester to batter over near the posts.
Kieran again converted. 34-12 to Dundee.
This score seemed to settle the team down and they regained their domination as the match entered the last quarter.
Coach Sangster used his replacement bench to add freshness and captain Broonie departed the scene to be replaced by Neil Dymock. Keg entered the pitch to a shout from Coach Sangster to “take over as Captain” and Neil led his young charges comfortably through the last quarter , with no further scoring.
Final Score – GHA 12 Dundee HSFP 34.
This was one impressive performace.
Forward domination was the key – exceptional work by the front row , Andy was imperious in the line out , Neil battered all day , with Lewis putting in an impressive shift on the flank. In addition , George was Man of the Match – says it all.
In the backs, Henry gave superb service all day , Rory’s composed performance belied his years and centre Hammy had a great match. Credit too to the back 3, who scored 24 out of the 34 points.
After the post match meal and couple of beers – thanks to Brian and GHA guys for their hospitality – the happy Dundee party departed for the return journey.
First stop was Morrisons in Giffnock where a carry out was purchased.
This may seem like a simple transaction , but in fact , the process is a major logistical exercise , involving hiring 3 skips to get the alcohol purchased from the supermarket to the bus and then a human chain of players formed passing the various products up the chain with the same accuracy and concentration that had been used to pass the ball during the match.
To the uninitiated , this was not a normal carry out along the lines of “4 crates of Tennants Lager” , but this was a carry out , exceptional in both volume and variety.
Volume in that there was enough alcohol to keep the Chinese Army in booze for a month.
Variety in that the following delights were noted as being passed through the human chain – WKD , Bacardi breezer , port , Caribbean twist , Low value lager , Vodka , Stella Artois , Milk , chocolate doughnuts , a tin of Ambrosia creamed rice , a pink ladies vest and 3 pairs of white male underpants.
Strict protocol , under the principle of “what goes on on tour stays on tour” means that no further details of the bus activities can be divulged , but fair to say that it was a happy bus that bounced its way home.
Discussion with coach Sangster on the way home – at the relatively sensible front of the bus – revealed that he was very happy with that performance. As he said , we have good players, we had a game plan , we executed it .Job Done.
Roll on the match v Stewarts Melville next Saturday.