Gerry’s April Update

President ToshHola from sunny Costa Broughty Ferry.  I suspect like me you are in some state of lockdown and are now expert in social distancing! Probably as expert in Skype, Zoom and messenger as I am? My own DIY skills are now as good as they ever were!  My gardening expertise honed to perfection and entering the Dundee in bloom competition in the amateur category.  My cooking skills almost Michelin star quality and I have been compared, by the current Mrs T, to Gordon Ramsay, at least swearing as much as he does!

Rugby has rather taken a back seat recently, (quite rightly) as we all have more important, pressing issues to deal with.  The Rugby Club are very conscious of all our family priorities.  We can of course continue to plan for when we can get back to normal or what will become the new normal.  Those of you that follow the Clubs Facebook page and Website will know that Social Media continues at some pace with quizzes, videos of personal training and much else.

We are in the middle of planning for the AGM and more on this as we get it.  We have a great coaching team in place for next season as we plan our campaign in Nat 1 again and with a few new faces on committee to take our Club forward.

What can you do to help I hear you say?  Well, you can volunteer to do a wee job for the Club as we get back to business. There are many jobs that need doing so just get in touch! If you are a player get your sponsorship sorted early.  If you are a member sort out your membership a soon as you get the notice.  If you are a great supporter, please keep that support coming.  If you are a sponsor, many thanks for your continued support through that sponsorship and please keep that going. If you are a lottery winner and are looking to divest your self of some dosh?  I can help you!

We are planning to be in good shape as a club when this emergency is over so we can hit the ground running. This is just as important at our collaboration partners Dundee Morgan who are very much a part of our vision for Rugby in Dundee.  Our two junior sections, Dundee Eagles (P1 – P7) and Dundee Rugby Juniors (S1 – U18) are even more important as they are the future of Rugby in Dundee. Not forgetting for a minute our girls and ladies Rugby.

Please keep healthy and stay safe. Please keep following the social distancing rules and by so doing protect our fabulous NHS.

 

Gerry Tosh

President

 

Be our Team Manager!

We have recently announced two members of our coaching team for season 2020/21, in Head Coach Alan Brown  & Backs Coach Andrew Hamilton 

However, the dream team is yet to be completed. We are on the hunt for a team manager to be involved with the 1st XV and work closely with the Coaching Team, Director of Rugby & Rugby Convenor.

We need someone dynamic to be involved at training and on match days, who has the same work hard, play hard mentality of our enthusiastic coaches and playing committee.

Social Facilitators in action

Ideally a social facilitator, who enjoys a cold one after the game on a match day.

Key aspects of the role include organising all the players needs at training and supporting the coaches with everything to allow them to focus on what’s happening on the pitch.

This is a really rewarding role that will allow someone to be a lynch pin behind the scenes.

If you are interested why not complete the form below or drop us a message on Facebook!

 

Andrew Hamilton joins Alan Brown’s coaching team

More good news coming from the Mayfield Rugby factory.

Andrew Hamilton

Head Coach Alan brown has wasted no time in appointing the hugely popular Andrew Hamilton as 1st XV backs coach.

Hammy arrived in Dundee 3 years ago, from an accomplished Falkirk team, who won promotion from National 2 into national 1. Since his move to Dundee, Hammy has been a 1st XV regular at his favoured inside centre and occasionally in the back row.

As well as this Hammy tasted winning ways at his first club, Hillfoots, where he achieved promotions both as player/captain and as head coach. Further honours include representing the Caledonia Reds at Under 20 level.

Hammy has already garnered coaching experience in recent times, fulfilling the role of S&C Coach for the last 2 years at Mayfield and has imminently started coaching at the regional performance centre, with some of the best local young talent as well as helping out with the Caley Squads.

We asked Hammy his initial thoughts on being offered the role:

“It’s a huge honour to be asked to be the Dundee backs coach. I was lucky to play in Big Broony’s last season and when he asked me to coach I couldn’t say no.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Ross Aitken for his work  last year and good luck in his future coaching career.

After arriving in Dundee 3 years ago, I’ve learnt lots from Colin Sangster and his coaching team. Even at an older age, you can still learn more from the game. “

Andrew then went to describe his philosphy for next season:

“For the upcoming season, I want the lads to enjoy what there doing.
Giving up your Tuesday/ Thursday and Saturdays to play a sport should be enjoyable.
I like to think I bring a bit of fun and banter, but know when to keep my head down and work hard. Hopefully this will rub off on the lads.
#bleedthecrown”

We wish Hammy all the best with his coaching this year and hope this is the best Dundonian double act since Gav and Scotty.

 

Any players that want to play rugby in Dundee next season and be part of the work hard play hard philosophy, why not complete the form below and a member of the coaching staff will be in touch.

 

Volunteer Posts Available in new Look Dundee Rugby

Posts available

Dundee High Rugby are at the forefront of Rugby on Tayside. Several opportunities are available due to a Club vision to keep us at the top. We are looking for suitably qualified people available to travel with both teams for home and away games. The First Team Manager works alongside the head coach handling admin and logistics as does the Titans Team Manager. We also require a kit man/woman that can on game days organise the kit. We are also looking for a first aider who can be available on match days for the Titans. If you think you are qualified for any of these posts please contact Colin Sangster in the first instance by email, rugbydundee727@gmail.com with a short resume and why you would be interested. Suitable packages are available for qualified candidates.

It’s all happening at Mayfield!

Well the dust hasn’t settled long on the 17/18 season but we’re already looking ahead to next!

Changes are afoot in the Mayfield think tank.

The club has galvanised after the reeling sting of missing out on Super 6 and is looking ahead to a possible future expansion to super 8! So what are we doing off the field to move to that goal.

Well several things in fact!

We have established a blossoming new relationship with Abertay University, that will see them supporting the club in various different roles.

The Crown and the Stag have combined, but not in a Robert Baratheon sort of way. Morgan Rugby Club and Dundee HSFP combine forces to welcome a new dawn in Dundee Rugby. Hopefully more playing opportunities and shared resource will see this venture as a success.

Colin Sangster

Colin Sangster has completed his level 4 coaching badge, making him one of the most qualified coaches in the country and a real asset to the club and the city.

Bill Campbell, our new BDM

Bill Campbell has committed to becoming our first ever Business Development Manager! Bill has been involved, with great success, on the commercial side of the club for some time and with this new role will no doubt increase his positive influence.

And we all love social media, so we’ve upped our game here too. Bringing in the vastly experienced Holly Good to steer the ship through our social media expeditions and press releases.

Hopefully we don’t have to follow Geo’s snapchat to find out whats happening anymore!

Fraser McKay, our new skip, in action

And last but not least the club captain for 2018/19 has been announced. And we are pleased to report that Fraser McKay fills the void left by outgoing skip Duncan Leese.

Great praise must go to Duncs, who asked in parting that we pull together as a club to move forward into a new era. Thank you for your commitment and unwavering enthusiasm last year Dunc. We know we are in good hands both on and off the pitch with Fraser and wish him all the best for the upcoming season.

We hope everyone associated with the club will welcome our new recruits and are looking forward to the new season getting underway. See you at Mayfield

Dundee rugby clubs’ partnership set to grow rugby in the city

Dundee rugby clubs’ partnership set to grow rugby in the city

Dundee High Rugby and Morgan RFC are joining forces to strengthen the Dundee Titans and Morgan teams and to ensure more players in the city get the opportunity to play competitive rugby.

Sitting in BT Caledonia Reserve League 2, Dundee Titans will create a bridge between Morgan in BT Caledonia 3 and Dundee High Rugby in BT National 1.  A fourth development side is also being planned.

The innovative partnership has the backing of Abertay University who will provide sports science assistance, including nutritional advice, sports coaching, fitness testing, match analysis and in strength and conditioning expertise. This game changing support will help provide a clear pathway for players to progress within the sport in Dundee. Abertay University provide more sports degree awards than any other University in Scotland and are at the cutting edge of Sports Science.

Dundee Director of Rugby, Colin Sangster said: “Joint training will be the catalyst for improvement of all players with a focus on creating a common playing style and culture across this citywide initiative.”

The combined coaching team, led by Colin Sangster and including Phil Goldman, Ian Robertson and Iain Lockhart, will work hard to implement this ethos backed by a robust strength and conditioning programme that will allow players of all levels to reach their potential.

Sangster continued: “We are looking forward to working with the expanded pool of players and to welcoming new players keen to be part of this exciting development for rugby in Dundee.”

The partnership kicks off with an open training session at Dundee High’s Mayfield ground on Tuesday, 26 June (6:30pm). New players are welcome to attend or can email headcoach@dundeehighrugby.club for more information.

 

FOR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:

Dundee High Rugby:
Gerry Tosh (President)

Tel: 07894658800  Email: media@dundeehighrugby.club

Colin Sangster (Director of Rugby)
Tel: 07778 805626  Email: headcoach@dundeehighrugby.club
Morgan Rugby:
Derek Black (President)
Tel: 07745 156754 Email: dandablack@blueyonder.co.uk

From left: Morgan President Derek Black, Abertay University Head of School of Social & Health Sciences Andrea Cameron and Dundee High Rugby President Gerry Tosh (Photo: Graeme Bletcher)
From left: Morgan President Derek Black, Abertay University Head of School of Social & Health Sciences Andrea Cameron and Dundee High Rugby President Gerry Tosh (Photo: Graeme Bletcher)

Kicking Cup Result

As is tradition the team’s goal kicker bottled it for the kicking cup.

Despite regularly converting on a Saturday Harvey Young did not take the prestigious trophy! It’s been great to see English rugby men capitulate this year, hasn’t it?

But let’s not focus on the ridiculous and instead on the divine.

SMUG

The winner this year, with a paltry 4 conversions from a possible 6, is the Raven Haired Weegie, Dr Josh Rutnagur.

Richard will be haring down the dual carriageway with a hotwing between his thighs to congratulate his laddie.

Josh, we salute you, well played sir!

Let’s see who gets the other players awards this year and remember to vote for Neil Dymock as most improved, as a player, journalist, person etc etc etc

Kicking Cup at Mayfield Tonight!

The most hotly contested competition of the year takes place at the start of training tonight!

The competition format is 3 place kicks and 3 drop goals, one from each side and one straight in front.

Last years’ 1, 2 & 3 were Duncan Lease, Yousif Alligilly & Ross Lemon. Who will take the prize this year?

Our favourite winner in recent history is Scotty Jeffers AKA Kit God, rumour is hes making a comeback tonight to compete.

Scotty too Hotty in action

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