TFI – Friday 9th November

Sure like me you are glad Halloween and Guy Fawkes is over and done and looking forward to other events. Important events like this weeks TFI Friday! This week the bar opens at 5.34pm as the Tay Bridge has speed restrictions and some high sided vehicles are banned. If coming from Forfar its not our problem. There will be FREE nibbles© for everyone’s enjoyment. Last weeks wine supplied by the Clubs Sherry connoisseur was a belter of a Cote du Rhone paired magnificently with a Swiss Gruyere cheese. Very clever! The adjudged winner was our Ecclesiastical representative of Broughty Ferry who will no doubt supply a divine wine and holy cheese this week perhaps Emmental? We must wait and see.

Rugby. Kelso last week, we went we saw we didn’t conquer but this week we have a chance to put things right when we play against Aberdeen Grammar. The game will be played at Morgan RFC ground at Alloway Place and the early KO is 12 o’clock midday. The points are important but we also compete for the Dallas Allardice Trophy again. Dundee are the current holders. The Titans game v Currie Chieftains 2’s is also at Morgan and similarly the KO is at the same time (12 midday) on a different pitch! Dundee High Rugby famed lunch Club is also at Morgan this week and unusually the lunch is post the match so the Scorecast should be won by everybody! Don’t worry we will think of something!

Mid term elections causing a bit of a Stormy this week. What will it mean to US? Answers on a £10 note to King St. See what I did there? (ED not really!)

Mayfield Rugby Club House will be open after the game and you will be able to watch Scotland v Fiji on the multi screened dynamic sound system. The International KO is 2.30pm. It’s a sell out at Murrayfield so come along to the Club and watch it there.

Hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

TFI – Friday 2nd November

Bit later than usual but the message is clear. TFI Friday™ is on at the Clubhouse which is open from 5.29pm because my heating in the house is dodgy. FREE nibbles shall once again feature, as will the world-famed “Guess the Wine Competition©” this week’s wine provided by a club elder statesman and SherryJ expert from the Ferry. There will be cheese.

Rugby. Last week Kirkcaldy visited and we came out on top eventually. Great result but another tough opportunity this week as we travel to Kelso with both teams. KO at Kelso is 1pm. Dundee Morgan v Waid RFC KO 2pm at Alloway Place. Good luck to all our players. Dundee Rugby Juniors Quiz night is on at Morgan Clubhouse on Friday 7pm for 7.30pm and a strong Dundee High team will be there. Still room for some more.

Wherever you enjoy your Rugby this weekend….have a good one!

TFI – Friday 26th October

It’s fright night, a scary Halloween TFI Friday special with many surprises! You will need to come along and find out what they are but trust me! (Did you actually say trust you? ED) Could be a red wine from Transylvania or Bulls Blood from Bulgaria but whatever it is be prepared for a real right fricht! The cheese will also be a surprise…….if its not a Cheddar from Scotland! But it will be scary that’s for sure. FREE frightening nibbles© on the bar…might be unusual….only saying! Bar opens at 5.34pm.

Rugby. Last Sat we came second at Musselburgh in both games. This week we host Kirkcaldy at home and the Titans don’t have a game. Dundee Morgan are away to Angus Development.

Dates for your diary. The annual Burns Night is on Friday 1st Feb. The Dundee Rugby Junior dinner is Friday 8th March 2019 at the Invercarse Hotel as is the Dundee High Rugby inaugural Hall of fame Dinner is Fri 24th May. The Irish Lunch in the Royal Scots Club in Edinburgh is on Sat 9th Feb. For all bookings or enquiries please contact, Bill Campbell, Derek Lawson or Gerry Tosh.

Volunteers always wanted. Come and join in with the Merry Men of Mayfield. Loads to do! Contact your favourite committee person or if in doubt get in touch with me.

This week in history. In 1962 JFK offered Nikita Khrushchev a square go. The Cuban missile crisis was a worrying time for the world. Good job that’s all sorted then! Enter stage right The Donald…….. what could possibly go Pete Tong? In 1881 Pablo Picasso was born after his father made a short trip to Dundee to attend the inaugural dinner of the newly formed DHSFPRFC. We have no more details but Mr Picasso who spoke at the event was a very good dancer and attended the old Palais as it was and made “friends” with a few locals! Also in 1881 the shoot out at the OK coral took place. Wyatt Earp a promising open side had promised to join the High School side. Doc Halliday played a major part in this episode and has continued so to do.

Have a great weekend and a scary Halloween.

TFI – Friday 19th October

Another week another wine winding its weary way to Mayfield con queso obviously. The bar opens at the later time of 5.33 pm due to Stobswell roadworks. When will it end? Good question number 3. FREE nibbles as usual on the bar. If you feel you can contribute please don’t fight against your instincts.

There is a Gin tasting starting at 7.30pm in the Glasshouse organised by the “Rev” Ken and there might still be space. It includes a musical element by the famed Vintage Girls and of course Gin. Contact Ken for details at Ken Andrew – kga@scot-int.com

Rugby. Last week saw the Firsts outgunned by table toppers Jed Forest but the Titans beat a plucky Biggar side. Dundee Morgan also came up short against Rosyth. This week Firsts and Titans have a trip to Musselburgh who are going well this season. Dundee Morgan host Crieff. So another tough day in prospect but lets hope the injury gods are on our side this week.

Lets hope for 3 great victories and a splendid weekends Rugby.

TFI – Friday 5th October

This Friday at the clubhouse is, after last week’s break, TFI Friday! We look forward to welcoming you there. There will Free nibbles on the bar. An indifferent wine to taste and of course a nicely paired cheese. If you want to contribute some nibbles please feel free. Doors open at 5.30 watch out for traffic lights on Forfar Rd.

Rugby. Last week we traveled to Cartha and brought back a bonus point win. This week we host Selkirk with also the Titans in action v Selkirk. Dundee Morgan play Aberfeldy away, all games KO at 3 pm.

Have a great weekend.

Gerry Tosh

TFI – Friday 28th September

This Friday there will be no TFI in the clubhouse. No nibbles Free or otherwise! The reason is that some of our loyal supporters are not to be there due to extravagent holidays and other spurious reasons! This during the Rugby season! Shocking doesn’t really cover it. I am holding my own TFI to which all are invited. Flights not included!

Rugby this week involves a trip to Cartha for both teams and the KO is 3pm. Good luck guys.

Normal service TFI wise will be resumed the following Friday.

We wish a great weekend to us all regardless of where we are.

Hasta pronto.

TFI – Friday 21st September

Well another week fairly whizzed by and Andy Dymocks marriage still on track. No Danish on the menu at this weeks TFI Friday but there is a return of the ever-popular guess the wine competition. This week’s answer is Merlot but most will get it wrong! Paired beautifully with a Scottish Cheddar but where is it from? Eh Scotland…..! There will be FREE nibbles as usual and feel FREE to bring your own contribution. It will be similar to a mystery tapas bonanza without a flight to Spain needed.

Rugby last week was great if you were a Titan. They went to B/Muir and came away with all the points that keeps them unbeaten in their league. Next up City slickers from Embra Ed Accies. The firsts didn’t go that well at Gala going down 39-12. This week we welcome Hamilton who lost by a point to Cartha last week. Dundee Morgan came 2nd at Waid losing 39-26 but still top the table. This week (Stag on Stag rut) a home game v Grangemouth. All KO’s 3pm.

Dates for your diary. Feb 1st is the Burns Supper. Dundee Rugby Juniors dinner at the Invercarse is 8th March. On Sunday the 28fh. October there is a trip to Newcastle Falcons V Exeter. If anyone wants to go or need information, please contact Derek Black. Email, dandablack@blueyonder.co.uk

Fake news alert. Stormy Daniels has been upgraded to a Category 4.

TFI – Friday 14th September

No TFI Friday™ this week as some of our regular attendee’s head to Copenhagen for Andy Dymocks wedding to the fabulous Gine Stauning. All the best from all at Dundee High Rugby. It will be a quiet family affair said one of Gine’s aunties. The Club has some news for you Auntie! A horde of nuggets en route! Police are aware and bail money is being held by a responsible Scottish Auntie. Lets call her “Lynda” might be real name! So just to confirm there will be no FREE nibbles© on the bar and no guess the wine competition©. The bar will not open at 5.32pm or any other time on this Friday!

BUT hold that thought because the following week will be a mega TFI Friday with new challenges and FREE entertainment. More to follow soon.

RUGBY this weekend. The Firsts travel to the borders and Gala RFC. The KO is 3pm. Dundee Titans travel to B/Muir to take on their 3rd fifteen. Dundee Morgan take the Fifie over to the Kingdom and the short trip to Waid RFC. Look after the oars please! All games start at 3pm.

Next lunch club is an Ian Cooke special carvery on the 22nd Sept and is FULL. Maybe a couple of spaces if you speak to that nice man Derek Lawson. He might shoe horn you in! It is always over- subscribed. The email is, dlawson@thorntons-law.co.uk Hot off the fake news press Donald Trump has cancelled his table due to local difficulties. Its almost possible to fit another table in!

Have you seen our new looking fresher website? Check it out now. www.dundeehighrugby.club

Social media about Dundee High Rugby goes from strength to strength! Last week our FB page reached circa 7953 people. If you are not one of them check the FB page out at, www.facebook.com/dundeehighrugby please like the page and keep up to date with all the news about Rugby in Dundee. Its changing! Twitter feed is, @DundeeHighRugby or for score updates is, @dundeehsfprugbyscore Keep up to date!

Players sponsors still needed! Speak to Tom Dymock, Ken Andrew or your favourite Club official. Is it me you’re looking for? It’s a great way to help support the lads and the Club.

Dates for your diary. A dinner to support the Dundee Rugby Juniors (S1-U18) including girls rugby will be held at the Invercarse Hotel on Friday 8th March. The Burns Supper date is Feb 1st 2019 in the glass pavilion. More details as and when but please keep these free. Thanks.

Volunteers always welcome. Need a first aider for Saturday duties and 2 team managers. Apply within. Must have own clipboard.

Hope this weekend coming sees one of you drop a few million in the lottery the club could always use a few more quid! Or you might want another lottery ticket for the Club Lotto? You cant win it if you are not in it! Click here to join, www.dundeehighrugby.club/mayfield-lotto

Have a good one.

TFI – Friday 7th September

Second TFI Friday© of the season this week but also a special wine tasting in prospect. Firstly it’s the same old. FREE Nibbles on the bar FREE entry and FREE wine©. Terms and conditions apply! So bar opens at 5.37pm to allow for Kingsway bottleneck at Forfar Rd circle. But…we ask that you give us your opinion on what wine we should use for our lunch clubs this season. We cant be trusted to do this ourselves. Wine tasting starts at 6pm and will be conducted by wine expert Euan McNicoll of McNicoll and Cairnie the world renowned Broughty Ferry wine emporium. Spittoon provided.

Rugby. Last week the firsts traveled west to Marr RFC and went down 38 – 19 but it was a good performance from our guys and lots of good things from arguably our most difficult game of the season. The Titans won at Stew Mel and Dundee Morgan won at Crieff. In hindsight 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. Mind you 3 out of 3 would have been better. This week we have a Mayfield encounter with GHA Rfc. These games have been close for the most part in recent years so it wont be easy. No Titans game but Morgan have a home game v Angus Development. No …me either but sounds like “Strathie” seconds. Best of luck guys.

The City collaboration with Dundee Morgan is going really well and we believe that Rugby in Dundee is changing. We hope in due course that other Rugby Clubs will join us. The support emanating from our Super 6 bid from Abertay is brilliant. Dundee is on the up!

On Sunday at Mayfield we have Dundee University Freshers trial at 3pm. Bar opens afterwards.

If you would like to come and join us as a volunteer please get in touch.

Sadly, we have to report the passing of Willie Brand a great long-term supporter of the club and an Hon VP of the Club. Willie will be sadly missed. RIP Willie Brand.

We hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

Gerry Tosh

TFI – Friday 31st August 2018

So here we go again. How much more enjoyment can you manage? It’s the resumption of TFI Fridays™. We will have FREE nibbles© scattered randomly along the bar for your delectation. If you would like to contribute something expensive, please just bring it along with you. Please no more fillet steak! There will be a wine to taste and guess what it is. Red was a popular answer last season! There is no prize but bragging rights are available. Please also note that TFI Friday 7th Sept we are planning a tasting of wines by famous wine importers of Broughty Ferry, the wine emporium McNicoll and Cairnie. This to decide what wine we will serve at the Lunch Clubs this season. Featuring wine expert and Rugby connoisseur Euan McNicoll. Come help us decide. Its sort of democracy in action!

Rugby – The first TFI Friday is always the day before our first league games and this one is no different. Sat sees Dundee High Rugby travel to Troon to play Marr RFC who were in the Premiership last term. So an easy start and a pleasant bus journey in prospect! The Dundee Titans travel to “Embra” to take on Smellies 2nds. Dundee Morgan play Crieff RFC away. Having put Montrose to the sword on Sat past in the Cup at Fortress Mayfield 62 – 10 they will hope to continue the momentum. Good luck and best wishes to all the players. All fixtures KO at 3pm.

Rugby in Dundee is changing! That’s our message to all Rugby players in Dundee and to all other Rugby Clubs. The collaboration between Dundee High Rugby and Morgan RFC is working well with joint training and a new culture the players and committees have bought into. Come and help us spread the word?

Our first home game and lunch club is 8th Sept v GHA. Then we have Hamilton on the 22nd. Spaces are available for both lunch clubs. Speak quickly with Derek Lawson or Ron McHoul. Mention me by name for a secret deal! Actually its only £40 for each and Derek Lawson dlawson@thorntons-law.co.uk; Ron McHoul ron.mchoul@nrsarchitects.com are the men keeping score. The Hamilton game is actually an Ian Cooke special carvery and numbers will be limited!

Bill Campbell is our new(ish) BDM and his email is, bill@dundeerugby.co.uk Please contact Bill for any commercial opportunities. He is a top man!

Junior Rugby in Dundee continues to grow! If you have kids, grandkids or great grand kids please get them involved with Rugby. It will mould them into great citizens and help them play Rugby! The HIGH flying Dundee Eagles are from ages P1-P7 and Dundee Rugby (Juniors) cater for S1 to U18’s and includes girls teams. Get in touch with the respective convenors, Ben Dunn and Caroline Gordon. benldunn@aol.com secretary.eagles@gmail.com

Lets hope for three victories on Sat and a great weekends Rugby. C’mon DUNDEE.