RIP Ian Robertson

The club is sorry to learn of the death of Ian Robertson, who played for the club in the 1950s and 60s as a back row forward, and was captain for 2 seasons, 1957/58 and 1958/59. He was also a regular spectator at Mayfield for many years while his health permitted, and his son Gordon played for club in the 1970s. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time

Annual Awards Dinner

The Annual Ball took place last Saturday 21st April at the Apex Hotel and we had food and drink and a great band.
As usual the McKay’s worked tirelessly to ensure this year’s event was another success. Well done to them and all the numerous other volunteers who help make it a wonderful evening.
One of the main reasons for the ball is that it is an opportunity to honour everyone involved throughout the season who has contributed to the clubs’ continuing success.
Here are a list of the annual award winners.
Player of the Year – Ali Mackie
Players Player – Angus Farquhar
Most Improved – Angus Farquhar
Best Newcomer – James Forrester
Titans – Struan Gartley
Kicking cup – Josh Rutnagur
Clubman – David Rankine
Supporters – Mike and Campbell Cunningham
Well done to those award winners.

1st XV to face Jedburgh, Alloway Place, KO 3pm

Team to play Jed at Morgan on Saturday:

15. Kieran Scoular
14. Paul Ritch
13. Fraser Mckay
12. Andrew Hamilton
11. Rory McGinn
10. Harvey Young
9. Danny McGinn
8. Alasdair Mackie
7. Angus Farquhar
6. George Arnott
5. Neil Turnbull
4. Andrew Clarkson
3. Lewis Mclean
2. Kevin Franco
1. Scott Doig

16. Ceillem Stewart
17. Neil Dymock
18. Logie Walker
19. Sean Gauld
20. Ewan Campbell

Thats what we’re talking Abooot Dundee Rugby!

Dundee Rugby recently had some North American visitors…

Dundee Rugby have just had a huge weekend!

Saturday saw us welcome the Canadian touring teams of Denison Huskies U17 Girls and Boys teams to the sunny Morgan Pitches.

The Girls played as a collective of Tayside Girls with players from Perth Fife and Dundee all present. This is first time any kind of U17 Girls team has played a touring Canadian school in Dundee. The game was fast and the visitors managed to beat our Girls. The camaraderie was superb and both teams had huge smiles on their faces.

The U17 boys game followed straight after. Dundee Rugby boys played a well structured and flowing style of rugby against an extremely physical and fit Canadian side. The end result was 61-10with Dundee recording their best result of the year.

 

 

The visitors went down to the Mayfield clubhouse afterwards to enjoy some hospitality and their first experience of a Scotch pie!

On Sunday, Dundee Rugby hosted Montrose at S1 and S2 at Morgan Pitches. The S1s won their game and the S2’s were narrowly defeated in the last play of the game.

Dundee Rugby U16 then welcomed Mackie U16 to Alloway Place at 1pm for the Caley Bowl Semi Final. Both teams were evenly matched. The game was a nail biter that saw Mackie win by 3 points. Final score 24-27.

Across the weekend over 150 kids played rugby at our home grounds. Many thanks to the volunteers and players who made it possible!

Dundee U15s are now looking forward to the 29th when they face Perth U15 in the Caley Shield Finals at Madras Pitches in St Andrews. The teams have already met twice this season with a win each so it’s set up for the ultimate derby! Why not go and support the guys?

TFI Friday 13th April 2018

TFI Friday 13th April 2018

It’s the 13th of April it’s a Friday 13th and it’s the final TFI Friday of the season! It is the final countdown.

For the last 6 weeks or so we have been enjoying some excellent rare wines supplied by our favourite intellectual wine torturer. Lets call him “Jim”! Our torture is almost at an end as this is the last time we need to guess all the variables that can be guessed or known about a certain wine. On Friday the winner will be declared, and the genius wine expert revealed, the prize presented. Don’t arrive before 5.36pm as the doors will be shut. Once open (5.37 ish) you will find on the bar FREE nibbles. Last week they were really, really good. Well done our representative of the real Hulltoon Hooswives inc.


Rugby this week restricted to the Melrose seevens. If we can beat Peebles in the first round we might get on the tele again! Who can forget gorgeous George Arnott dancing behind the posts?

Seevens are a very popular annual event in Melrose. The week after this, we play our last home game at Morgan RFC ground v Jed Forest on the 21st April. This has added spice because they still can win the league and therefore promotion to the Premiership. Will Dundee spoil their party? Do come along and see. It’s a 3pm KO. Still a couple of places for our Ian Cooke carvery special at Morgan. Its only £35 and Derek Lawson or Ron McHoul are the best people to book with.

Its also our Spring ball that night and still a last chance to tell Ken McKay you are coming if you have not done this already!
Hope you have a great Rugby weekend.
Gerry Tosh

 

Cartha Queen’s Park v Dundee High Rugby, 7th April 2018

The 21st league match of the season and the 21st different line-up for Dundee, including Danny McGinn in the unaccustomed position of scrum-half, in what has proved to be a challenging season. On a heavy pitch, and with the rain just starting, Cartha were the first to show, but handling, which was to prove difficult through the afternoon, let them down and Dundee cleared. Cartha looked the more purposeful of the two teams in the opening exchanges and, after 10 minutes, their efforts were rewarded when full-back Wayne Burrows slotted a penalty goal, to give the home side a 3-0 lead.

Perhaps stung into action, Dundee moved up a gear and only a minute later, George Arnott shrugged of an attempted tackle in the Cartha 22 and strolled on unopposed for a try, converted by Harvey Young, to put Dundee ahead, 3-7.

The Dundee scrum was exerting some dominance, inducing penalties by Cartha, but a series of three scrum-option penalties, which took Dundee well into the Cartha 22ended with a knock-on by Dundee. When Cartha were penalised shortly after, however, Andrew Hamilton took the kick quickly and darted over for a second score, again converted by Harvey, to extend the lead. 3 – 14, after 30 minutes.

Good Dundee handling and indifferent Cartha tackling led to several close things, before a try from Angus Farquar, converted by Harvey, increased the lead after 35 minutes: 3-21.

Three minutes later, a long Dundee clearance took play to the Cartha 22 and, when Cartha attempted to clear, the kick was charged down and followed up by Duncan Leese, who touch down the loose ball for the bonus-point try, which this time was not converted, moving the score to 3 – 26, which it remained until half-time.

Half-time: Cartha Queen’s Park 3 Dundee HSFP 26

After an indifferent start, Dundee took control of the half, aided by scrum dominance, and the challenge for the second half was to maintain the tempo, make use of scrum dominance and increase the pace.

In the event, the second half was notable for no further scoring and for nothing else. In increasingly miserable conditions, Cartha had more of the possession, but the Dundee defence was more than a match for their efforts. Dundee were seldom in attack throughout the half and it was something of a relief when the whistle sounded for no-side.

The best of the affair was that the match ended when it did, because shortly afterwards the pitch was awash, following a huge deluge.

Full-time: Cartha Queen’s Park 3 Dundee HSFP 26

Dundee scorers:

Tries: George Arnott, Andrew Hamilton, Angus Farquar, Duncan Leese.
Conversions: Harvey Young (3)

Dundee Man of the Match: Angus Farquar

Team to play Cartha QP on Sat (A) KO 1500:

15. Fraser Mckay
14. Kieran Scoular
13. Duncan Leese
12. Andrew Hamilton
11. Ronan Joy
10. Harvey Young
9. Danny McGinn
8. Gavin Hughan
7. Angus Farquhar
6. George Arnott
5. Neil Turnbull
4. Andrew Clarkson
3. Murphy Walker
2. Kevin Franco
1. Lewis Mclean

16. Logie Walker
17. Sean Gauld
18. Struan Gartley
19. Rory McGinn
20. Ross Lemon

1130 Meet at Mayfield

Plenty room on the bus for anyone not in the playing squad

TFI Friday 6th April 2018

TFI Friday 6th April 2018

Now that all the chocolate bunnies have been eaten and eggs painted and rolled its time to think about Xmas. Only 245 (circa) shopping days to go. Have you got all your presents? If you have been really good Santa has a surprise for you! Before that there is a surprise waiting for you at TFI Friday tomorrow! We cant be too specific but it involves a mythical person and wine. Is it the wine fairy? Come along and find out. FREE nibbles will be yours for the taking and a quiz to keep you from worrying why you didn’t guess the Merlot from Chile at 13 percent proof. That was a clue! Bar opens at 5.35 this week due to restrictions at the foot of Loons Rd.


Rugby we won the Dallas Allardice Cup last week and beat Aberdeen securing a bonus point win. last away game is at Cartha QP on Sat so if you can manage there maybe space on the bus.

There is still spaces at the Spring Ball at the Apex Hotel on the 21st April so please get in touch with Ken McKay to book in. Ken McKay ken_mckay@btinternet.com All players should be there with girlfriends as the players awards will be made on the night.
The last game of the season will be against Jed Forest at Morgan also on the 21st and there is a carvery by Ian Cooke which is always very popular. Think only a few spaces left so get in touch asap. Derek Lawson, Ron McHoul or me to book for that. It’s a 3pm KO so we meet at Morgan at 1pm.
Hope you have a great rugby weekend.
Gerry Tosh

Ballers!

Everyone wants to be a cash money baller, do you have the swag?

Oh S**t, Gerry did mean that kind of ball, my bad…..

Actually your all invited to our really really good event at the Apex. It’s our end of season ball and playing awards for the club and junior sections. Highlights in previous years have involved a plant pot and a salt ring, as well as an ABBA tribute band.

I was sold at ABBA, Mama Mia is a great flick.

There are spaces still available, and if you have nine friends why not book a table, if you don’t have 9 mates we’ll find them for you.

The price is£42.50 pp (Students £37.50) and that includes a three course meal and live music. That’s a bargain, you cannae get anything else decent for £40 can you, except this chocolate fountain I’ve just seen it online and it’s a cracker. Imagine having a chocolate fountain in your house, that’s what dreams are made of… Hugh Heffner didn’t even have it that good.

 

If you want to book, go on you know you want to, contact a senior club official or preferably Ken McKay  ken_mckay@btinternet.com

I’ve also heard that some of the players have dates, to avoid disappointment on seeing who actually managed to get a date, get your bookings in as soon as possible.