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.

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

 

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

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

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.

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

TFI Friday 9th March 2018

TFI Friday 9th March 2018

TFI Friday notice is a bit shortened this week. Basic information therefore.

Bar opens usual time 5.35 ish usual treats and competitions.

Sat 10th we have the Ireland v Scotland game in the clubhouse KO is 2.15pm.

Bar opens at 1.30 for a pre cursor and there is some grub available but you have to book it by emailing or contacting Derek Lawson or myself. It is an Irish Stew followed by a cheese board and maybe a surprise Cheescake!

Cost will be minimal but you have to register your interest.

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Also the Titans have a game v Hawick Force and is scheduled for Mayfield maybe Riverside at 12.15 ko. Please check before planning your journey.

Hope you have a good weekend.