1st XV & Titans Line Ups 31st March 2018

Team to play Aberdeen Grammar (H) on Saturday, KO 1500:

15. Fraser Mckay
14. Danny McGinn
13. Duncan Leese
12. Andrew Hamilton
11. Kieran Scoular
10. Harvey Young
9. Josh Rutnagur


8. Lewis McNamara
7. Angus Farquhar
6. Alasdair Mackie
5. Gavin Hughan
4. George Arnott
3. Murphy Walker
2. Kevin Franco
1. Lewis Mclean

16. Ceillem Stewart
17. Alan Brown
18. Scott Doig
19. Ross Milne
20. Ronan Joy

Meet at Mayfield at 1.30pm, earlier if strapping required
Usual attire pre/post match

 

Titans team to face Marr tomorrow, 15:00 kickoff

15 Paul Ritch
14 Charlie Wilson
13 Aengus McCrimmon
12 Christy O’Donnell
11 Davie Mason
10 Rory McGinn
9 Ewan Campbell

1 Harry McCormick
2 TBC
3 Matt Russell
4 Struan Gartley
5 Thomas Harding
6 Murray Devine
7 Logie Walker
8 Andrew Clarkson

16 Clinton Davey
17 Max Morrison
18 Jordan Kelly
19 Marshall McLeod

TFI Friday™ 30th March 2018

TFI Friday™ 30th March 2018

It’s a GOOD Friday well they all are! So we hope you have a great Easter break if you are off someplace nice. So hello Fellow wine buffs and gastronomy enthusiasts. Doesn’t seem like a whole week (but it is) since we gathered together at Mayfield to enjoy some of the above. This week we do it all again so here are the details. Bar opens at the earlier time of 5.30 this week due to the lifting of the speed restriction on the Tay Road Bridge.

There will be FREE nibbles on the bar for your deification. Guess the complexity of an aged wine and append your opinion as to age, area, alcohol strength and several other factors and you will be marked according to your success or otherwise. Simple eh?

Rugby. Last week saw us visit Musselburgh with a lack lustre first half costing us dear. We did get 2 bonus points and it was close at the end but not great in all honesty. Musselburgh now safe from relegation and Stew Mel look like departing downwards from Nat 1 with Falkirk. Both good Clubs with good guys running them. I am hopeful we will see them back up soon.

Aberdeen Current holders of Dallas Allardice Trophy

This week we have Aberdeen Grammar visit us and the Dallas Allardice trophy up for grabs. The Titans have a trip to Marr. Best of luck guys. KO’s on Sat are 3pm.

No pillow talk this week at least that we know about! All laundry seems to have worked well and no marks on trousers or pillows that are that obvious. The Italian job is now closed.

Hope you have a great rugby weekend.

Gerry Tosh

Super 6 Meeting, 12th April 2018, 8pm Mayfield Clubhouse

Super 6 Information session Mayfield Clubhouse after training 8pm Thursday 12th April.

The Committee would like to invite all members to come along to hear about Super 6 and agenda 3 and how it will affect Dundee High Rugby. There will be plenty opportunity to ask questions.

The Agenda is attached. Super 6 meeting invitation

TFI Friday™ 23rd March 2018

TFI Friday™ 23rd March 2018

Buona Sera to all our regular readers if you are getting this message at night!  Arrivederci Roma said Neebs every 15 minutes as he thought that was ordering beer damage done! After his 4th bottle of wine he realised something was not quite right. He did get the hang of it eventually. Bella Bella can be rude he discovered but that’s enough about him after his birthday bash. Doesnae look 70 said an onlooker, now sporting a black eye. He was Spartacus! Some drookit trouser tantrums but we cant dwell on either! Both were spectacular but what goes on tour goes on Facebook so more detail later! Twa barmaids wi twa pals were in a supporting role and well done them. Great to have that professional drinks experience on tap. You never know when you will need it. Brilliant party.

Last weeks TFI Friday in the Pantheon was a triumph. There was vino, cheese and a bella quizo. Bit too noisy said the Caribinera as we were ushered oot! So this week will be very similar in the Clubhouse from 5.35pm (bit later because of traffic at Dura St) FREE nibblesJ this week will be a feature. Guess the wine© will be as complex as the aged wine on display.

Rugby highlight from the trip was England coming 5th to Scotland’s 3rd place in the 6 Nations. Ireland took the Grand Slam and nobody would say they didn’t deserve it. Get in there!

Dundee get their league campaign’s back on track hopefully as both teams travel to Musselburgh. It’s a 3pm KO. Full points would ensure a great bus journey back. C’mon lads get it done.

History was made in Rome with Doddie Weir leading the march of the thousand headbands from Piaza del Popolo up to the Stadium Olympique. A large Dundee contingent followed on making memories on the hoof. Great memory for ever.

No “this week in history” this time. We were at the Coliseum last week at this time….. !!

We hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

Gerry Tosh

Spartacus rtd.

Postumi della Sbornia

What’s the Italian for Hangover……. What a cracker of a weekend of six nations rugby.

We have some footage of some Dundonian Scotland Supporters in the Olympic Sadium in Rome on Saturday on what was a quiet affair.

Wee Greig saved the day on the pitch but there was never any doubt that the Dundee contingent would enjoy themselves.

And just for the hell of it here is something to cheer up all our supporters, who no doubt enjoyed this weekend’s rugby viewing… just have a look at fith place.

But all good things come to an end and we must turn our attentions back to the domestic calendar and both our teams are away to Musselburgh

It might not have the romance of the eternal city but there are crucial league points up for grabs, especially for the Titans, so hopefully we will get a good travelling support.

 

 

Spring Ball 2018

 

This years annual Dundee High Rugby, Dundee Rugby & Dundee Eagles Spring Ball 2018 takes place on the 21st April 2018. Don’t miss out, renowned as the best club ball in the country, get your tickets now. Ticket Price stands at £42.50 pp (Students £37.50). Don your best wardrobe attire and get yourself down to the Apex Hotel for a 3 course meal, live band and the senior club annual awards .

Location – Apex Hotel
When – Saturday 21st April 2018
Time – 6:30 pm for 7:00pm
Dress Code – Black Tie Optional

Tables of 10 bookings welcome
Bookings for senior club members available from Ken McKay via email ken_mckay@btinternet.com
Bookings for junior sections to be co-ordinated by each section and sent to Ken McKay
Payment to be made at time of booking – details for payment will be given when booking confirmed

TFI Friday™ 16th March 2018

TFI Friday™ 16th March 2018
“Beware the Ides of March” said Socrates to my my Delilah and the rest is history. TFI this week is at the Forum next to the Coliseum near that Aldi store on the corner in Rome. So please don’t turn up at 5.34 at the Club as the Club will be shut. No quiz and no aged wine to guess. No FREE snacks on the bar.

The 40 people that have booked a TFI special in Rome at the feet of the Spanish steps will enjoy our usual celebrations without some of you. But we will be thinking of those we left behind!

With your permission we will give Scotland a special shout for you if that’s ok? Italy will not be a push over….this time. Watch the TV on Sat for loads of punters from Dundee.

No naked pitch invasion is contemplated but once Neebs has a few…you never know! Watch his space!

Lunch at the Club will be very enjoyable with Souper Saturday and the Club opens at 12 midday. Dod willing! I hope you have a great Rugby weekend.
Gerry Tosh

Souper Saturday @ Mayfield

This Saturday the Six nations comes to a conclusion, with Ireland seeking a Grand Slam on St Patrick’s Day after already securing the Championship. 

That should be a quiet night in Dublin and will probably go along similar lines at Mayfield.

This is always a popular day, and after being sold out last year looks set to be again.

All three games are being shown and for a meagre £20, revellers will enjoy a three courser and a complimentary drink.

With the KFC Chicken shortage, what else are you going to do for a feed on Saturday afternoon?

The place is looking pretty full but there is always room to squeeze people in if you fancy joining us. The Clubbie will be open from 12pm

 

 

Match Report Dundee Titans v Hawick Force, Mayfield , 10th March 2018

Match Report

Dundee Titans v Hawick Force, Mayfield , 10th March 2018

Would the weather in Dundee get better after the week of the “Beast from the East”?

Well, maybe but it was still a brutal Saturday lunchtime when the Titans kicked off against Hawick Force at 12.15pm. Horizontal wind and rain and a sodden Mayfield pitch.

So,  fair play to the team that from Hawick that had pitched up in numbers in Dundee after  a 3 hour bus journey with a full bench and an full back up team on a day when surely the tempting option would have been to stay in your scratcher , have a long lie , get up at lunchtime for a couple of beers  , then sit in the clubhouse bar to watch Ireland v Scotland and then France v England in the 6 Nations…….

Bill McLaren, Hawick’s most famous resident, would have been proud of them.

One of Bill’s famous phrases was “a day out of Hawick is a day wasted”.

An alternative view from your reporter –  who prefers the bright lights of the city to the peacefulness of the Borders – would be “ a day in Hawick is a day wasted”….but I will let the readers may up their own minds.

The Dundee Titans fielded what looked like a strong team –  Hughan and Franco brothers to the fore. For the Hughans ,it was a family affair –  Jamie was at 9 , Gav was at 8 and mum and dad and the dog were in the stand .The Kray brothers –  sorry the Francos – were in the , back row , with Titans stalwarts Andy Clarkson and Struan Gartley in the second row. In the backs, to the huge disappointment of the crowd, Hamish Livingstone was not in the centre , with Ronan Joy taking his place and Rory McGinn at 10. The front row of Lewis McLean, Ceillem and Scott Doig looked tasty. Youth was represented in the form of young Aengus McCrimmon (no I have not mis-spelt the name –  his mother is Irish), a member of the Dundee High School 1st XV, taking his place on the wing.

I have not got a scooby what the Hawick Force team was as there was no programme, but they played in green.

The match kicked off in the pissing rain.

Your reporter apologises for the seemingly industrial language, but this is considered necessary to give the reader the impression that, yes , it was not pleasant weather as we shivered in the Mayfield stand.

The initial phases of the match were a forwards battle , with the ball not seeing life beyond either teams tens.

In the first ten minutes, there were around 8 scrums –  none of which were conclusive –  and this set the tone for the afternoon.

The referee was strict as to his view as to scrum etiquette – both 9s were penalised for seemingly squint put ins –  and running rugby was understandably at a minimum.

Hawick took the lead after 15 minutes when their 10 –  who looked a tidy player-  nailed a close-range penalty after another scrum infringement.     3-0 Hawick.

In the next 10 minutes, the ball got its first airing, primarily through Hawick hands.

It was noticed amongst the inhabitants of the Mayfield stand that the Hawick left winger bore a remarkable resemblance to Hen Broon.

For younger readers who do not know who Hen Broon is,ask your Dad and Mum with the clue being Sunday Post/Broons , but the one time Hen got in full flow , Ronan covered across and absolutely flattened him.

Dundee Titans were taking a time to get into their stride, but eventually Sean Gauld in the centre had a couple of breaks that gained territory, but on a couple of occasions the final pass let the Titans down.

Hawick then forced play into the Dundee half and a good break by their number 8 created space for their right winger to head for the corner.

As noted above, the Hawick left winger was a dead ringer for Hen Broon, but the right winger was a different shape, more akin to Daphne Broon.

Anyway , Daphne scampered off for the corner , eluded the Dundee defence and scored in the corner. The conversion was missed.                                        8-0 Hawick.

The forwards battle then recommenced , with the Titans now coming more into the game , with Gavin Hughan to the fore.

The last 10 minutes of the half were spent predominantly in the Hawick 22 but the Titans found themselves up against a determined defence and when chances were created , the final pass did not go to hand and opportunities lost –  a situation which would be unfortunately mirrored against a  team in green at the Aviva stadium in a couple of hours time…..

Half time came with the Titans unable to penetrate the Hawick defence.

Half Time –  Dundee Titans 0 Hawick Force 8.

 

Coaching supremo Clinton rang the changes at half time. Jamie came off and Ceillem showed his versatility by moving from hooker to 9. Niall came on at hooker.

Dr Thomas Harding –  he with several degrees as well as being a doctor and basically all round clever bloke – also came on to exponentially increase the overall IQ level on the pitch , with Ronan going off and Clarkson moving to set up a twinkle-toes centre combination with Sean.

The second half immediately followed the same pattern as the first half ie scrum after scrum. Wayne Barnes may have let the game flow more, but unfortunately he was preparing to referee Ireland v Scotland.

Titans had the bulk of the territory in the early part of the second half but the curse of final passes not going to hand was still in evident, against it has to be said spirited defence.

Hawick then forced play towards the Titans 22 and after a period of pressure were awarded a penalty in front of the posts which their 10 nailed.     11-0 Hawick.

As the rain continued –  in fact it was generally miserable conditions all round –  the Titans approach was to keep the ball in the forwards with Struan Gartley to the fore, with several powerful runs.

However, following another move broke down, the Hawick 10 launched the ball towards the Dundee 22 and Hawick had a period of pressure . A penalty award followed which was taken successfully.                                                            14-0 Hawick.

The feeling amongst the frozen masses in the stand was that this was not going to be the Titans day. At this stage it is only appropriate that credit is given to the stalwarts that pitched up in the rain to watch the match –  President Tosh was , as always , to the fore alongside Messrs Reoch , Wright and Nicol . Gartley senior was as always good company keeping a running total of the numbers of scrums.

Special mention must be made of Captain Duncan Leese, who took his place in the stands to watch his troops. Duncan, in his final year at Uni studying for an MSc in how to save the world  , let it be known that he had a bunch of Uni work to do which had to take priority that day , so he had the choice of either watching the Titans or watching Ireland v Scotland so he had chosen , yes , the Titans…….

Dunc –  that is devotion , beyond the call of duty .  Millions would not have made your choice.

The Titans kept on going , mindful of the fact that a bonus point would prove invaluable as the end of the season beckoned and coach Clinton brought himself on to rally the troops , but once again spirited defence and a couple of unsympathetic refereeing decisions kept them out.

The final whistle went –  credit must be given to the referee  –  not many would have done his job in these miserable conditions –  and the players headed eagerly for the showers.

 

Full Time –  Dundee Titans 0 Hawick Force 14

Reflections

It must have been miserable to play in that match, so credit to the players.

Did Hawick deserve to win –  yeah probably for 2 reasons –  they took their chances and their defence was solid throughout the match.

Another narrow defeat for the Titans did not do much for Clinton’s blood pressure and also not much for their league position which is still perilous. 3 games left and points have to be won. They certainly did not get the rub of the green in this match and on another day, this could easily have been a narrow victory.

Talking about rub of the green, it was certainly the weekend for the teams in green to win –  Hawick, Ireland , Celtic , Hibs.

No doubt Lochee Harp would have made it 5 out of 5, but their match v Blairgowrie was cancelled.

No matches for the Dundee 1st XV or the Titans next weekend, with all eyes on the final Saturday in the 6 Nations.

Come along to the Mayfield clubhouse for Super Saturday and for those Club stalwarts going to Italy , enjoy and , as you will no doubt know , the important phrase in Italian is “un’altra birra per favore”.

Saluti.