Murphy Walker Named in Scotland U20 Six Nations Squad

Dundee HSFP wish to congratulate their young prop Murphy Walker on his inclusion in Stevie Scott’s Scotland U20’s Squad for the U20 Six Nations Championship.

Murphy who is a product of Strathallan School gets his chance to impress in the junior Six Nations after impressing the national coaches.

Also named in the squad is former Dundee favourite Kaleem Barreto. Good luck to both men for the tournament, we will be watching with interest.


Scotland squad for 2018 U20 Six Nations Championship


Murphy Walker (Strathallan/ Dundee HSFP)

Shaun Gunn (Edinburgh Accies)*

Nathan McBeth (Golden Lions)

Finlay Richardson (Edinburgh Accies)

Finn Hobbis (Watsonians)*

Robbie Smith (Ayr)*

Bradley Clements (Ealing)

Ewan Johnson (Racing 92)

Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)*

Alan Gregory (Northumbria University)

Harry Butler (Hartpury)

Dan Marek (Boroughmuir)

Martin Hughes (Heriot’s)

Archie Erskine (Boroughmuir)*

Guy Graham (Hawick)

Devante Onojaife (Northampton Saints)


Kaleem Barreto (Marr)**

Charlie Chapman (Gloucester)

Charlie Gowling (Stade Francais)

Ross Thompson (Glasgow Hawks)*

Callum McLelland (Edinburgh Rugby)

Logan Trotter (Stirling County)*

Kyle Rowe (Glasgow Hawks)

Sam Yawayawa (Glasgow Hawks)**

Rory McMichael (Glasgow Hawks)

Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)*

Mark New (Glasgow Hawks)

Stafford McDowell (Ayr)*

*BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy supported players 2017-18

**BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 players 2017-18

Match Report Dundee HSFP v GHA  Mayfield , 27th January 2018

Match Report

Dundee HSFP v GHA  Mayfield , 27th January 2018

After disappointing back to back defeats against Kelso and Edinburgh Accies, Dundee went into this match sitting in 6th place in BT National League One.

The chat in the Mayfield clubhouse was that this home match against GHA –  sitting one place above Dundee but only 2 points ahead -was a must win match.

The 77 lunch clubbers were in good spirits –  thanks to match sponsor Harry Fairbairn BMW and lunch club sponsor J&E Shepherd. As in previous weeks Mayfield was again anointed by rugby royalty , this time in the form of ex player and current Scotland international Alasdair Dickinson . Alasdair , although currently injured , has amassed 58 Scotland caps and is indeed the highest capped ex Dundee player.


As always, Head Coach Colin Sangster addressed the Lunch Club and informed the assembles masses that the Club had received good news and bad news this week. Good news in that young prop Murphy Walker had been called up to the Scotland U-20 squad for the U-20 6 Nations. This was a fantastic achievement for a young lad in his first few months in senior rugby. The bad news was that Murphy would not be available for Dundee until after the 6 Nations ie after 17 March. This prompted one lunch clubber to ask of Alasdair Dickinson, “Dicko –  have you got your boots – we need a prop?” After debate, it was agreed that the national interest must come first and Dicko declined the invitation.

Although Murphy was out, there was some good news on the prop front with both Broonie and James Forrester returning to action. Kevin Franco continued at hooker, George and Neil were in the row, whilst in the back row Ally Mackie was a welcome return, with youngsters  Lewis McNamara and Ross Milne as flankers. In the backs, Josh and Ice returned at 9 and 14 respectively, although Neil Herron was still out injured.

The Titans were also playing  GHA and it was noted that in the GHA 2nd XV was Ranji Jerevich , one of Scottish rugby’s real good guys , who also holds the post of Rugby Convener at GHA.

It was with some relief that it was confirmed that the Titans had not seen fit to reciprocate in their team selection and that our own Rugby Convener Ken Andrew had not made the Titans starting XV. However, the Titans did have their particularly experienced player in Davie Mason who made up a centre partnership with 18 year old Sean Gauld.  Davie is a tad over 18…. However , this illustrates one of the endearing aspects of amateur rugby , when a young blade with huge potential is partnered alongside a player who was been there , seen it , done it , been round the block a few times and is there to guide and advice the youngster. It is fair to say that given the nature of his mentor, Sean will not be short of words of advice…..

The 1st XV kicked off with GHA attacking the Dalgleish Road end with a strong wind in their favour.A

The initial period of the match was even, with wind advantage meaning that GHA had the majority of the possession. It was noticeable early on that their half back combination (Andrew Goudie at 10 and Andrew Gillman at 9) were lively and this theme was to continue throughout the match.

Indeed after a period of pressure, GHA drew first blood with a close range penalty by Goudie , after the Dundee backs had strayed offside.     3-0 GHA.

The Dundee team slowly creaked into gear and their big men –  Ally, Broonie and Neil – became influential , gaining valuable yards each time they were in possession. This was eventually rewarded when following a scrum in the GHA 22, Ally Mackie picked up and displayed sheer power and determination to batter past 2 lines of defenders and make the line for a try. Harvey’s conversion was impressively accurate, considering it was against the wind.                                                                                         7-3 Dundee.

The Mayfield faithful anticipated that Dundee would now step up a gear, but following a period of play in the midfield, it was GHA who scored next. Fly half Goudie’s kick ahead found space where you would have expected Dundee to have defenders. But they didn’t and this enabled GHA winger Spowart to be unchallenged as they touched down. The conversion was missed .                                                      8-7 GHA.

Amongst the crowds on the touchline watching both the 1st XV, were 3 generations of the famous Paladini family –  Sandro , Jack and dog. This peace of this pleasant Saturday afternoon family outing was shattered when dog suddenly broke his lead and bolted onto the 1st XV pitch where the respective scrums were about to pack down. Talented back Jack –  currently unavailable for selection due to a wrist injury –  displayed a turn of speed hitherto unseen during his appearances for the Dundee 1st XV, by chasing after and retrieving dog before he reached the scrum.

The pattern of the game was now emerging whereby where GHA struggled to cope when Dundee’s big men got going. Neil in particular had some battering runs with Ally and Broonie also to the fore. The chat amongst the Dundee supporters was that the Dundee team had hugely missed their physical presence over the last 2 matches in which Dundee had been defeated.

Indeed, it was the big men that combined to put Dundee back in front after 30 minutes, with Ally again going over after strong forward play following a quickly taken penalty by Harvey. The conversion was missed.                                   12-8 Dundee

The last 10 minutes of the first half saw GHA have the majority of possession and indeed in the last 5 minutes, they were camped in the Dundee 22. However, strong defence with hooker Franco and young flanker Milne to the fore, underpinned by an admirable determination not to concede any points, enabled Dundee to weather the storm and reach half time ahead.

Half Time –  Dundee HSFP 12 GHA 8.

The feeling amongst the Dundee support was that this was a reasonable performance against the wind and it was hoped that Dundee would take advantage of the wind in the second half.

Sometimes what you hope for does come true and this was the case as straight from the restart Dundee scored. George made a break from half way from which he was supported by Neil. Half backs Josh and Harvey carried on and the ball was set up for Ally to crash over from close range and complete a hat trick of tries. Harvey converted.  19-8 Dundee

It was hoped that Dundee would kick on from this and get a couple of scores to give the team and the supporters some breathing space. However, although ground was made through some powerful breaks ,the GHA defence was good and on a couple of occasions when an extra man situation had arisen , the final pass agonisingly did not go to hand.

As mentioned earlier on the GHA halfbacks continued to be lively after 55 minutes GHA got back in the game. A long pass found their winger in space and he scored in the corner. The conversion was missed, but there was now only a converted try between the team.

19-13 Dundee.

GHA were well and truly back in the game at this point, aided by the award of a series of penalties. However when Dundee secured possession, they went back to the tactic that had served them best ie get the big guys on the ball and after a battering run by Neil, the ball was recycled quickly. Harvey displayed his good rugby brain by drawing the defence and throwing a long pass to hooker Franco in space. Kevin got his reward for an all-round excellent display by scoring in the corner. Harvey missed the kick.       24-13 Dundee.

This had been an entertaining match between two competitive sides with no hint of anything untoward, so it was a surprise when a flareup took place in the Dundee 22. As normally happens, after a “rammy” for a few seconds involving a number of players, things settled down very quickly

I fully accept that a “rammy” is a word not included in the SRU Techical Jargon dictionary- understandably so as it is a term most normally associated with junior football –  but to the uninitiated,  it may be translated as a scuffle or a commotion . Certainly nothing to get too concerned about.

The feeling on the touchline that it was “handbags” that would be sorted out by the referee telling the captains to tell their players to cool down and get back to playing the match in the manner in which it had been played up to this flare up.

However, a lengthy discussion between the referee and the assistant referee suggested that maybe more would be made of this.

And indeed there was.

The referee called both captains together, gave them an address in which the words “punch” was allegedly heard and produced a red card for Broonie.

This seemed harsh.

The crowd then waited for a similar red card for a GHA player or at least a yellow on the basis that both teams had players involved in the flare up, so both teams were at fault . Indeed a rammy by its very nature requires at least two participants.

It was therefore anticipated that this apportionment of blame would be recognised in the official’s response to the situation.

However, no other cards were produced. So it was only Dundee that were at fault in the rammy?

This seemed hardly equitable.

This decision meant that Dundee were down to 14 men for the remainder of the match –  and uncontested scrums – and naturally this gave GHA heart. Sensing a chance, they upped their game, secured possession and play was concentrated in the Dundee 22. The Dundee defence held firm for a while, until replacement Usuda scored near the posts, converted by Goudie. This brought GHA within 4 points of Dundee with around 3 minutes remaining.

24-20 Dundee

At this stage the collective blood pressure of the Dundee support was rising and they were again reaching for their pills when Harvey put the kick off straight out, meaning an uncontested scrum on the half way line.

GHA secured the ball and moved the ball across the pitch amongst their dangerous backs. A break was made, the ball was moving right and the Mayfield crowd could see to their collective horror that GHA had lined up a 4 man overlap…..

A long pass was thrown to get this overlap into space, when Superman , in the form of Ally Mackie , intercepted the pass on the half way line and  , with no one in front of him  , headed for the GHA try line.

What followed was one of these rare pieces of sporting drama that you maybe see once or twice a season : Dundee hanging onto a 4 point lead in the last minute of the match ,Ally charging for the GHA line like a runaway rhinoceros , the Mayfield crowd roaring him on and willing him to make the line , the GHA centres and wingers desperately trying to get back to tackle Ally and then the huge roar when he made it to the line for the clinching try.

Not just the clinching try but his 4th try of the match in a quite remarkable performance.

Harvey missed the conversion but nobody really cared as this score had made Dundee safe at 29-20.

In terms of sheer drama , the whistle for no side should have gone then , as nothing could follow the excitement of Ally’s score  , but there were still a few seconds to play.

GHA kicked off , Dundee secured possession , went up the pitch , GHA conceded a penalty which Harvey nailed to round off proceedings.

Final Score –  Dundee HSFP 32 GHA 20.


First and foremost , this was an important win after two defeats.

The securing of the bonus point was encouraging , as were aspect of the team’s play , while the main memory of the match will be Ally charging for the line for his 4th try , willed on by every Dundee supporter.

The coaches had their easiest decision of the season to make after the match when the man of the match was named as  , who else , but Ally Mackie.


Dundee seek Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Part time, around 20-25 hours per week.

Salary: c£18-20,000 dependent on qualifications and experience

Dundee High Rugby Club is looking for an ambitious, suitably qualified
and self-motivated Business Development Manager to join a successful
team to manage and develop the commercial aspects of the club.
The position will require the successful candidate to generate income
through growth in sponsorship, events and grants and to expand the
club’s network of supporters.

The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate a track record of
generating new or increased revenue streams and an ability to show a
high standard of customer service management in their pursuit of
developing Dundee High Rugby Club as a sustainable community
based rugby club.

Dundee High Rugby is an ambitious club with an already sound network
of supporters at all stages of the game both on and off the field, and
with strong links with the local schools and the community, through the
3 strands of its senior section and its 2 flourishing junior sections.
The position is part funded by the Scottish Rugby Union Club
Sustainability Fund.

Please send applications to Gerry Tosh, President, 415 King Street,
Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2HA ( with a
current CV and a brief letter covering your views on your suitability and
vision for the role.

Closing date – 16 February 2018

TFI Friday™ 26th Jan 2018

TFI Friday™ 26th Jan 2018

Courier reports that the Tele Quiz was too easy last week so a special Burns Quiz will feature this Friday. Nibbles will be in line with the quiz and feature tapas of the blessed trinity of haggis, neeps and tatties.

Bar will open at 5.35 due to local Burns overflow traffic. FREE whisky will be available for a modest cost! This weeks tasting of the worlds best wines will be an absolute belter. Trust me on this its worth the FREE entry cost to taste this one.


Rugby. Last week we travelled to Edinburgh Accies. Was it on or off and where were we playing all contributed to a not the best performance. But we played the last 50 minutes with a great spirit.


This week we have the visit of GHA so another chance to get our season back on track. Titans also face a GHA 2’s with both games KO at 2pm.

This week in history. Pretty meagre history this week but just wait until next week! Loads ‘o history happening! Big Brother Celebrity edition continues to entertain a certain narrow section of the population. Who leaves? You decide.

Rugby celebrity couple to tie the knot. Ex captain Prince meets Princess and lives happily ever after! Luuv a good luv story!

Hope you have a great rugby weekend.

Match Report Edinburgh Accies v Dundee

Match Report

Edinburgh Accies v Dundee HSFP , Raeburn Place , Edinburgh , 20th January 2018

There is an oft-used phase ”a week is a long time in politics” (coined by then UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the mid 1960s).

Well if that is the case, a week in amateur rugby in Scotland is an eternity.

On Thursday 11 January, the Dundee High Rugby coaching team were wallowing in the satisfaction of being able to select the 1st XV and the Titans team from virtually a full complement of players , with several long term injured players returning to the fray.  Roll the clock forward one week and the scene at Mayfield on Thursday 18 January resembled that of the BBC programme “Casualty.”  Injured in the matches the previous week and not available for selection were Broonie , James Forrester , Ceillem Stewart , Andy Redmayne , Ally Mackie , Neil Herron , Andy Hamilton. In addition , Ice and Josh were unavailable ,so it was a hugely changed 1st XV.

As if facing the league leaders Edinburgh Accies on their own patch was not challenging enough, it was the front row selection that was giving Head Coach Sangster sleepless nights –  unavailable or injured were Broonie , James Forrester , Ceillem Stewart , Keg , Angus Fraser and Chris Cartnell.

It has been well reported that Scotland have selection problems at front row as the 6 Nations approaches –  well Gregor Townsend should spare a thought for Colin Sangster too.

The other concern in the Clubhouse on Thursday night was the weather. Arctic conditions had battered Scotland earlier in the week and with the forecast not great for Edinburgh for Friday and Saturday, there was severe doubt as to whether the game would be on.

However, come Saturday morning, the word from the Accies committee was that they were confident that that they could get the game to go ahead.

The Dundee bus therefore departed on Saturday morning, with a much changed team on board. Keiran was back at 15, Ronan and Danny on the wings with Leesey and Fraser McKay in the centre. Harvey and Henry were the half backs . Lewis and Murphy were props –  not a difficult choice as they were the only props available –  with Kevin Franco bravely stepping up to take on the role of hooker for oh , the 3rd time in his career. The back 5 were on reasonably familiar grounds being George , Neil , Danny , Gav Hughan with Lewis McNamara at 8.

Edinburgh Accies had a full lunch club , with many well kent pusses in attendance.

There has always been a good relationship between Dundee and Edinburgh Accies . underpinned by several players representing both sides, including such legends as Eric Young and Torchy Lindsay.

Both these gentlemen were to the fore as the Accies Clubhouse Bar was packed to the gunnels at 11.30am . Indeed Eric Young and Co –  along with Lindsays –  were the main sponsors of the match with the lunch attendees including several past and present Dundonians and in particular ex Scotland coach and Crown Legend Frank Hadden.

It should be pointed however that the common trend amongst the masses in the Accies clubhouse was experience and not youth. Indeed an independent observer could justifiably have concluded that this was a Saga Holiday convention, but it was a happy bunch, if an elderly one, that got stuck into the pre-match libations.

The chat in the clubhouse was, at this stage, the match was still on.

The Dundee team arrived and as they walked to the changing rooms it was noted that the touchline flags were up on the main pitch, signifying that it was intended to play the match on this pitch. This was a tad surprising given that there were patches of ice on the pitch on which Torvill and Dean could have had a training session.  Indeed, one member of the Dundee party , who shall remain nameless was heard to say “It is rugby we are playing , not curling”……………………..

After deliberations between the referees, the captains and the coaching staffs, it was agreed that the Raeburn Place pitch was not playable and that the match would be moved to an alternative pitch.

This alterative pitch was at New Field, the playing fields of The Edinburgh Academy.

This presented a challenge as New Field is across Inverleith Park. A very pleasant walk in a lovely part of Edinburgh, but it has to be said more preferable walk in June than in January.

However, New Field it was and the news was relayed to the lunching guests , by this time getting wellied into the Chilean Merlot and the port.

Credit to the Edinburgh Accies committee –  they provided the crampons and the ice axes necessary to make the trip across Inverleith Park –  and the exodus from Raeburn Place started. Edinburgh worthies claimed that the trip would take 10 minutes. Well, maybe for Mo Farah but certainly not for the average elderly luncher.

Your reporter was part of this Great Trek and I can vouch it was longer than 10 minutes.

As a result , it was 7 minutes past 2 when I arrived at New Field.

I then asked the first spectator I encountered what the score was.

This refined and well-dressed Edinburgh lady (nae hoodies or tracky bottoms at the Playing Fields of The Edinburgh Academy) very kindly replied “Seven nil to The Academy”.

I assume that this was a faux pas (google it to find out what it means) and she actually meant Edinburgh Accies , but her comment did divulge the close relationship between Edinburgh Academy and the Edinburgh Academical Football Club to give Accies their correct title.

Further discussion with an Accies committee man revealed that the opening try had been scored by captain Jamie Sole (son of ex Scotland captain David Sole), converted by Kiwi Luther Hirini.

Accies were on top, having the bulk of the possession, with the Dundee defence already stretched and following a period of pressure in the Dundee 22, Accies went further head.

Number 8 Lawrie Seydak broke off a scrum near the line, burst through 2 lines of tackles to crash over near the posts. Richard Mill converted. 14-0 to Accies.

Unfortunately a couple of minutes later Accies scored again. A good passing move created the space for hooker Black to score under the posts. Mill again converted .21-0 to Accies.

At this stage, Dundee were finding it hard to match the pace and power of the Accies team who were displaying the form of worthy league leaders and it was no surprise when Accies scored their 4th try, this time through Snape . This was again converted . 28-0 to Accies.

Accies were dominant at this stage and proceedings were threatening to get very horrible as Accies scored again after 30 minutes . In an admission of shoddy journalism, I have no idea who scored it as I was talking to a bunch of Dundee supporters. I can confirm that it was converted. 35-0 to Accies.

Captain Leese gathered his troops together under the posts and encouraged them/extolled them to “ show some pride , get the tackles in , secure the ball and keep the ball” in an attempt to curb the one-way traffic of the half to date.

This seemed to work as although the first 30 minutes had been an unmitigated disaster for Dundee , they upped their game in the last 10 minutes. They secured the ball , made some telling forward advances and got a reward when young number 8 Lewis McNamara crashed over for a try. Harvey’s conversion attempt missed. By quite a bit. In fact by a lot.

Half Time Edinburgh Accies 35 Dundee 5.

The New Field is a lovely part of Edinburgh – overlooked by multi-million £ properties and with a view over Inverleith Park and onto the city. However it is unlikely that the idyllic surroundings were in the forefront of coach Sangster’s mind as he stomped onto the pitch to address his underperforming troops.

However, whatever Colin said at half time , it had the desired effect.


Right from the start of the second half, Dundee performed better .  The tackling was more clinical and the ball retention a lot better. Passes were still being spilled, but territory was even for much of the second half. Granted , at 35-0 up and with the bonus point secured , the Accies team understandably took their foot off the gas, but Dundee’s performance was upped hugely across the team.

There was only one score in the second half. It went to Accies who scored a break away try after a period of concerted Dundee pressure. The conversion was missed

Full Time Edinburgh Accies 40 Dundee HSFP 5


A  much improved second half display cannot camouflage a disappointing and under-par first 40 minutes. This point was admitted by Colin Sangster after the match,

There were undoubtedly mitigating circumstances –  the uncertainty of knowing whether the match was going ahead and the move to another pitch certainly disrupted the team’s preparations. In addition , it was a young and understrength team , there was no front row cover (huge credit to Lewis , Murphy and Kevin for the shift they put in) and it was revealed that early in match both half backs suffered injuries  – Harvey (leg) and Henry(hand) , neither of which were helpful to an already difficult cause.

Edinburgh Accies are a good side . They now have 14 victories out of 14 league matches, have failed to secure a bonus point in only one of these matches and look a shoe-in to go up as champions.

Best of luck to them and also thanks to their committee for the hospitality yesterday.

Anyway for Dundee, onwards and hopefully upwards , as we look forward to GHA’s visit to Mayfield next Saturday. Our best performance this season was arguably the match against GHA in Glasgow and a repeat of that in front of the home supporters next week would do very nicely thank you.

TFI Friday™ 19th Jan 2018

TFI Friday™ 19th Jan 2018

Another cold week has seemingly zipped past seamlessly. Snow, frost and icy conditions effect the whole country apart from Dundee (Broughty Ferry actually!) would appear to have missed the worst of it. I can confirm my grapes growth has slowed this last week. Orchids are fine and got the grass cut. Why are we talking about the weather you well may ask? The reason is I don’t have to recall the 2nd half of the Kelso game!

TFI™ this week will feature its usual features plus the new feature that of a quiz! It proved very popular and will feature again (again ED?) this week. The wine to be tasted© this week is still to be sourced but will be a belter under the new rules of engagement. FREE nibblesJ will be outstanding and the bar will open at 5.34pm. Traffic at Loch Earn……. Don’t ask!

RUGBY. This week our Sat visit to unbeaten Edinburgh Accies (who have won all their games), on paper should be the most difficult of the season. BUT after last weeks surprise performance it would be great to get something from this game and we may well get a better performance. Lets hope so. The Titans have a scheduled game at Biggar and both games KO at 2pm weather permitting. Summer Rugby anyone?

The British and Irish Cup reunion went well with dancing karaoke and games in the Clubhouse. Just another Sat night actually! Roll on the next anniversary. Good times.

Souper Sat in the Clubhouse is scheduled for Sat 17th March and is filling up nicely due in part because of the low £20 price tag for a 3 course meal a glass of wine and 3 International Rugby games to behold on the award winning multi screen experience. Book very soon for the usual reasons!

This week in history. In 1950 the Brinks robbery took place in Boston. It the biggest in USA history and for 6 years was a bit of a mystery and almost the perfect crime. There is no clear connection between the robbery and the new development at Howe of Fife. In 1778 the headlines were Cook discovers Hawaii. What was it called before that?

Hope we all have a good Rugby weekend.

Gerry Tosh

Dundee HSFP v Kelso, Mayfield, 13th January 2018

Match Report

Dundee HSFP v Kelso, Mayfield, 13th January 2018


2018 had begun successfully for Dundee High rugby, with a close but deserved win being secured at Selkirk. This victory with an under-strength team, combining with Kelso defeating Aberdeen Grammar, had allowed Dundee to move up to 5th place in BT National One. Their opponents, Kelso, were in 8th place, but in confident mood following the aforementioned close victory over Aberdeen Grammar the previous week.

It was a raw Saturday afternoon but then again, the 13th of January in Scotland is hardly likely to generate tropical sunshine.

The clubhouse was soon buzzing following the arrival of the 84 Lunch Club guests. A particular feature was the table of ex players celebrating the 5 year anniversary of Dundee playing in the B&I Cup against Cornish Pirates, Swansea and Carmarthen.  They got the spirit of the occasion going by commandeering some crates of Cornish Rattler cider and this kicked off the Lunch in predictable fashion. Guys –  great to see you all again.

Rugby royalty was represented at the Lunch in the form of Past SRU President and Crown Legend Ian Rankin (coach of aforementioned B&I team) who teamed up with his erstwhile little darlings to roll back the years.

It was good to see a healthy Kelso support in the clubhouse and President Tosh , as always , welcomed the guests in his inimitable and hugely entertaining way.

It was fair to say that there was no sign of any Dry January at Mayfield on Saturday lunchtime.

As always, well done to the Lunch Club team of Gerry, Matt, Sandy, Derek and Robin who, as always, put on a show par excellence.

The Dundee team –  and the Titans team to face Boroughmuir on the bottom pitch –  were announced on the website on Friday morning and these had the Mayfield faithful purring in anticipation. Several players had returned from long term injury allowing 2 seriously strong squads to be named.

As always though, there was changes on the day. Ally Mackie was a late call off, with George moving to the back row alongside Danny and Gav Hughan.

Andy Redmayne came in at second row, with Lewis McNamara called up onto the bench.

In the backs, Leesey was a full back, Harvey was back at 10 with Neil and Andy Hamilton in the centre.

Broonie had just recovered from the chest injury suffered v Aberdeen Grammar in November so he was packing down for the Titans in certainly the strongest team that Jimmy Michie has had the luxury of picking this season.  Indeed each member of the Titans team (with the exception of young Paul Ritch whose time will come), had represented the 1st XV within the last 12 months.

Just to add to the feelgood factor, the fans’ favourite Ice – on temporary leave from his army tour defending the Realm in Cyprus –  was making his first appearance for the Dundee 1st XV at Mayfield since September.

However, as Dundee came on the pitch in tangerine, your reporter’s feel-good factor was replaced by a feeling of premonition as I am still undergoing trauma counselling after witnessing the football tangerines – Dundee United’s disgraceful and embarrassing 6-1 humping by Falkirk last week.

Surely a tangerine curse could not afflict the Dundee High rugby team ??

The match got underway, with Dundee attacking the Dalgleish Road end and Dundee went ahead after 5 minutes. Harvey capitalised on a mishandling in the Kelso backs to feed George who scampered in between the posts. Harvey added the conversion. 7-0 to Dundee.

At the same time that George was scoring for the 1sts, Ronan was outpacing his Boroughmuir opposite number to score for the Titans to give the Mayfield faithful 2 tries for the price of one.

It was noted that the Kelso pack were bulky and in the first couple of set scrums more than held their own against the Dundee pack.

A pattern for the match was emerging with the big Kelso pack looking a match for the Dundee scrum, but the Dundee backs looking the more dangerous when in possession. Harvey had a couple of promising breaks which came to nothing.

After 15 minutes, Kelso got on the scoreboard, thanks to the efforts of their pack. A penalty kick to the corner, a secured line out and a forward drive resulted in a touchdown in the corner. The conversion was missed.

7-5 Dundee.

At this stage, Dundee were struggling to find any rhythm , with handling errors bringing a halt to any momentum. Territory was fairly even , with defences on top.

Kelso then went ahead after 30 minutes when a grubber kick was played into the Dundee goal area. There seemed no particular danger but a slip by a Dundee defender left an easy score for Kelso winger Iain Sim.

The try was converted by full back Craig Dods.

12-7 Kelso.

The mutterings amongst the Dundee support were that things were not going to plan and indeed they were not.  The penalty count was mounting against Dundee –  no doubt to the huge frustration of the Dundee coaching staff –  and a further infringement gave Craig Dods another penalty chance which he took.

15-7 Kelso.

Towards the end of the first half, Dundee managed to exert some pressure and Harvey nailed a penalty just before half time.

Half Time –  Dundee 10 Kelso 15.

The half time chat amongst the Dundee punters was that Dundee’s performance must surely improve in the second half, but pleasure was taken in the fact that the Titans were beating Boroughmuir at half time.  


Let’s cut to the chase –  the second half was not good.

Dundee had most of the possession and most of the territory, but the first half problems of handling errors and giving away too many penalties continued.

Kelso’s defence, to be fair, was first class.

Their home grown pack, containing players of pure Borders stock such as Catalin Andrei Graur , Paudie Lawlor and Heino Gaiser , matched the Dundee pack and even when down to 14 men following a yellow card to the large gentleman called Paudie  , they held their own.

As time went on, the stop-start nature of the play continued, the weather became colder and the collective mood of the Mayfield faithful worsened as it became apparent that this was not going to be Dundee’s day.

Indeed the highlight of the second half was on the Titans pitch when Titans winger Jack Paladini broke clear of the Boroughmuir defence and headed for the line. The Bmuir fullback was covering across and looked a shoe-in favourite to tackle Jack, but young Paladini –  son of Broughty Ferry worthy Sandro – had a trick up his sleeve……..

Jack produced a hand off –  not a normal hand off –  but a hand off which connected with his opponent , to quote a good Dundee phrase –  “right in the puss” . The Bmuir full back was understandably taken aback by this unexpected assault, missed his tackle and Jack crossed the line for what turned out to be the winning try. Good on you, Jack.

Dundee had a chance to snatch victory at the end but another handling error enabled Kelso to clear their lines and hold on until no side.                                                                                                     

The referee’s whistle brought an end to an entirely forgettable second half in which –  remarkably  – there was no scoring, with the celebrations of the Kelso players and supporters showing what victory meant to them.

Final Score  –  Dundee HSFP 10  Kelso 15


Given the prematch confidence –  win v Selkirk , players back from injury and a strong team out  , this was a disappointing result and performance.

Kelso deserved their win as they made less mistakes and, to their credit , they displayed first class spirit and excellent defence.

Was this the Tangerine curse ??

Nah –  simply a case of the Dundee team not playing to their potential and, to be fair, the players and the coaching staff readily admitted that it had been a below-par performance throughout the team.

Next week sees Dundee head for Edinburgh Accies . On the face of it a hard shift against the league leaders, but Dundee arguably should have won on their last trip to Raeburn Place and if the team can get their mojo back, then who knows?

After the match, the B&I reunion festivities continued in the clubhouse. With the Rattler cider well and truly flattened, Captain Keg  commandeered a karaoke machine and the party commenced.

Mention must be made of the Kelso crew who stayed on, fully entered into the clubhouse mayhem and then stayed in Dundee overnight .

Thanks for your company guys and , by the way , a wise choice –  this week Dundee was voted by Wall Street Journal alongside Shanghai and Madagascar as one of the Top Ten 2018 Hot Destinations  , so maybe we can look forward to more away team supporters enjoying full on Mayfield hospitality , then a night in the City of Cool.










1st XV to Face Kelso, Sat 13th Jan 18, Mayfield, KO 2pm

Team to play Kelso (H) on Saturday, KO 1400:

15. Duncan Leese
14. Isoa Matacagi
13. Neil Herron
12. Andrew Hamilton
11. Danny McGinn
10. Harvey Young
9. Josh Rutnagur

8. Daniel Levison
7. Gavin Hughan
6. Alasdair Mackie
5. Neil Turnbull
4. George Arnott
3. James  Forrester
2. Ceillem Stewart
1. Murphy Walker

16. Kevin Franco
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Andrew Redmayne
19. Angus Farquhar
20. Kieran Scoular

Meet at Mayfield 1230

Titans Line up to Face Boroughmuir, Sat 13th Jan 18, Mayfield, KO 2pm

Titans team to face Boroughmuir at Mayfield on Saturday, 14:00 kick off

15 Paul Ritch
14 Jack Paladini
13 Ross Lemon
12 Fraser Mckay
11 Ronan Joy
10 Rory McGinn
9 Henry Sampson

1 Shaun Mc Donagh
2 Chris Cartmell
3 Alan Brown
4 Struan Gartley
5 Andrew Clarkson
6 Ross Milne
7 Anthony Franco
8 Peter Redmayne

16 Logie Walker
17 Stewart Rattray
18 Max Morrison
19 Christy  O’Donnell
20 Stuart Barlow
21 Lewis McNamara
22 Paul Bon

Meet at 12:30

TFI Friday™ 12th Jan 2018

TFI Friday™ 12th Jan 2018

Here we are again all set to enjoy a glass of something at the end of another busy week. Some big decisions to be made including what nibbles shall I bring to the TFI Friday gathering? What shall I wear, and will it clash with anyone else’s dress?J This week we have a new feature and are having a very short quiz starting at 6pm until 6.07.

Not telling what it is based on yet…….as I don’t know but all will be revealed on Friday! We will be tasting a rather nice red for you to guess© and of course there will be FREE nibbles© on the bar. There are no prizes for guessing correctly the grape or indeed winning the quiz but there will be some bragging rights to take away! Bar opens at the new time of 5.33pm because of traffic lights in Perth.

Rugby. Last Sat saw us go to the Borders and win against Selkirk 22-25 Dundee. Always a tricky place to pick up points so well done the guys. This week more Borders opposition in the shape of Kelso Rfc. This wont be easy but there is a feeling of optimism we can do the double over Kelso. Game KO is 2pm at Mayfield.

There is a full lunch club on Sat and we have a few celebrities at a reunion table of players who played for us in the B&I Cup competition 5 years ago. Bring your autograph books that is all!!

This week in history. In 2013 that’s 5 years ago the mighty CROWN played in the British and Irish Cup and enjoyed every minute of it specialy winning a game. The Club won a lot of friends in Wind St in Swansea….which was nice! In 1879 one year before the Rugby Club started, Britain began fighting the Zulus.

This led the following year many Rugby players going to Selkirk and even today they have four of them. In 1949 this week one of the best Presidents in Crown history was born and still looks really fresh today. Described recently as, ”a very stable genius” by……….himself!

Burns Night is Friday 2nd Feb. Price held for another year at £35 includes a half btl wine and a full Burns night experience.

The Great Volunteer event is 2nd March. It’s a wine and cheese thank you and all volunteers and prospective volunteers are very welcome but please rsvp so we know many how to cater for.

Souper Sat 17th March. Watch 3 International games and enjoy a three-course lunch (includes a little wine!) for only £20 in the Clubhouse watching a multi-media extravaganza. It’s a real bargain so book early.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Gerry Tosh