Van Wilder Party Liason, DHSFP

The social secretary is a position coveted by many, and performed well by few.

He who controls the social side, controls the mood of the club.

Last year Owen Dyer was about as much use as his adored Arsene Wenger and apparently a plane has been chartered displaying a “crog out” banner to fly over Mayfield during the AGM.

Who will rise from the ashes like a Van Wilder Pheonix from the flames and lead the social calendar back to glory!?

Look no further for a new appointment is on the horizon, working tirelessly in the background (apparently with a great sand guy for a beach party). This club member is hungry for recognition and keen to take on a bigger role at the club and is really looking forward to working in close proximity to Homer.

We should salute this brave young buck. Let’s see who it is at the AGM.

 

Rugby Club AGM 30th May 2017, Mayfield, 7.30pm

All club members are invited to attend the Rugby Club AGM on Tuesday 30th May 2017 at Mayfield, 7.30pm.

In order to make this a productive meeting, a high attendance is appreciated.

Last year’s meeting brought up some key points like “why are we still selling Belhaven Best?, My friends don’t like it!” . For this and more important issues to be discussed, including the office bearers for the coming season, be there or be square!

For those of you who would like to study the agenda before arrival, please look here AGM Documents

Here’ a review of last time AGM Round Up, A New Pres!

International Tickets Season 2017-2018 – Season Passes Available

International Tickets Season 2017-2018 – Season Passes Available

Season Passes to see all of Scotland’s Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield and the Six Nations Home Matches against England and France are now available through the club.

The match details are

 

Scotland v Samoa                             Saturday 11 November 2017       KO TBC

Scotland v New Zealand                Saturday 18 November 2017       KO TBC

 

Scotland v Australia                         Saturday 25 November 2017       KO TBC

Scotland v England                          Date and KO to be confirmed

Scotland v France                      Date and KO to be confirmed

Season Passes are priced as follows:

 

Gold Sections                     Adult £310           Under 18 N/A

Silver Sections                   Adult £222           Under 18 £137

Bronze Sections                Adult £155           Under 18 £110

 

Any member wishing to purchase season passes through the club should contact the Ticket Secretary, Harvie Findlay (harvie.findlay@btinternet.com) no later than 22 May 2017 when payment will also be due. The club receives commission for all season passes sold.

Forms for individual Autumn Tests and for individual Six Nations matches will be issued to members in due course, probably in August 2017.

 

Coaching Announcements for Season 17/18

Dundee High Rugby Club would like to confirm our commitment to the Titans in light of the departure of coach Doug Gray who leaves the club after 25 years of great service.

Dougie in action for the 1st XV 2003

We wish Doug well. The Club is focused on the future and continuous improvement of the coaching side.

New S&C Coach

In this regard the Club have pleasure in announcing our new S&C coach Darrel Russel for next season.

We are also delighted and proud to announce our new backs coach, Phil Godman. We are sure his 23 caps for Scotland will, along with his widely recognised coaching skills will bring a new dynamic to Dundee this coming season. Dundee High Rugby are widely acknowledged to be among the best organised and structured clubs anywhere and are determined to make it even better. If you would like to be part of this exciting expansion and improvement please get in touch with head coach

Coach Sangster

Colin Sangster rugbydundee727@gmail.com  or

President Tosh

President Gerry Tosh gerry@ppinvest.co.uk

Spring Ball 2017

Well, the Apex has probably had more illustrious events hosted at their city quay hotel, but we’re second to none when it comes to having a good time! And I bet they’ve never had a topless wrestle before.

Superbly run by the McKays, this annual event was buzzing and well attended by around 180 revellers.

Eagles volunteers and committee, bufties, club members, players and support staff all enjoyed the end of season celebration of Dundee High Rugby, Dundee Eagles and Dundee Rugby.

The night began with some introductions and house keeping before an excellent three courser, followed by the annual players awards and finally dancing the night away.

To round off the evening, Daz also impressed the staff with his green fingers by demonstrating some ham fisted topiary.

The award winners were as follows:

Player of the Year: Isoa Matacagi (received by Baggady Bag)

Player’s Player: Geo Arnott

Titan of the Year: Struan Gartley

Most Improved: Danny McGinn

Terry Alison Award for Best Newcomer: Ally Mackie

Young Player of the Year: Angus Fraser

Try of the Year: Ryan Fairweather

Kicking Cup Winner: Duncan Leese

Clubman of the year: Gavin Robertson

Supporters of the year: Mr  & Mrs Burgess

Thanks to all involved for a wonderful night, including the staff at the Apex who must have the patience of Angels. A shout out also goes to the lady in pink who was on the dance floor killing it like it was 1999.

 

 

 

April Lotto Winners

Here are the lucky winners for April:


Top Prize £100 Davie Mason

2nd Prize £50 Sandy Stiven

3rd Prize £30 Ron McHoul

Ron gets the customary committee diddle, nice work Ron.

But the big winner this month is everyone’s favourite aviation mechanic the godfather, Davie Mason.

Here’s a picture of Davie, clearly delighted with his win

Remember, you’ve got to be in it to win it. If you fancy an extra hundy in your hippie, get involved in the Mayfield Lotto. Please follow this link for your standing order form

Match Report Dundee High Rugby v Jedforest , Forfar Road , Dundee , Saturday 29 April 2017

Match Report

Dundee High Rugby v Jedforest , Forfar Road , Dundee , Saturday 29 April 2017

 

As has been the case in recent weeks , Dundee fielded a very young side for this final league match of the season against Jedforest at Morgan’s Forfar Road ground –  12 players out of the starting line up were aged 22 or under.

The more mature members of the Dundee support recalled the “Busby Babes” , the famous young Manchester United team of the 1950/60s – and as the Dundee team lined up , they were christened “Sangster’s Bairns”.

The message to Sangster’s bairns was clear –  a win with a bonus point would enable Dundee to finish the season in 4th place in the league . This would be a very commendable effort , given the brutal injury list which Colin and his coaching team have had to contend with throughout the season.

The match was reported to have a 2.30pm kick off , but for some reason (of which this reporter was blissfully unaware ), the match actually kicked off at 2.15pm. Indeed your reporter was still making his way pitchside when Dundee went ahead –  George broke towards the line and offloaded to the supporting Sean Gauld who went over in the corner to score his first try for the club. A memorable moment for a lad who is still at school.

Sean’s first Try for the club

Fraser McKay nailed a super conversion to make the score 7-0.

Sean then went off injured to be replaced by Reggie , who along with Broonie and Ross , increased the average age of the team considerably.

Reggie moved into the row alongside Jack , with George moving to flank where he would be free to indulge  his unique brand of unstructured , free spirit back row play.

After 18 minutes , Dundee went further ahead when Ronan Joy took the ball at a great angle and scored between the posts . Fraser successfully converted to make the score 14-0.

At this stage , Dundee were playing very open running rugby , taking full advantage of the excellent Forfar Road surface. A superb break by Andy Dymock  , supported by George , led to the Dundee backs having a 3 man overlap which they did not take advantage of , but the next score was delayed only by a matter of minutes . A strong set piece in the Jed 22 , a powerful break to Ally Mackie and the ball was moved wide to Ronan who skinned his man to score in the corner.

RoJo

Fraser kept up his 100% record with another great conversion from the corner.

21-0 and  , after 30 minutes , the chat amongst the Dundee support was that the team looked well on track for the win and the bonus point.

Indeed the crucial 4th try came after 34 minutes when a probing kick by Josh took play deep into Jed territory . Following strong running by Ally and George the ball was recycled and Bagga went over in the corner.

Fraser continued his master class of kicking to convert and the scores was 28-0.

Distributor

Goose

This lead was increased just before half time  , when Broonie’s pass let in young hooker Angus Campbell (another player still at school) to score between the posts. Fraser naturally converted . 35-0 to Dundee who were rampant.

Dundee looked as if they would score each time they had possession , but the referee’s half time whistle took Jed out of their misery.

The half time thoughts amongst the Dundee support was that this had been a first class performance –  exciting , attractive running rugby from a very young and talented side , as reflected by the fact that 2 out of the 5 tries so far had been scored by players who have been playing schools rugby this season.

At half time , Ryan Fairweather replaced Euan Campbell on the wing for Dundee.

The half time talk to the Dundee team was to keep the intensity going at the start of the second half , particularly recalling last weeks match when GHA scored 2 tries in the first 5 minutes of the second half.

This execution of this plan (ie keep things tight early doors in the second half) was not an overwhelming success as Jed scored a try with their first attack.

In an honest admission of shoddy journalism , I have no idea which Jedforest player scored as  I was on my phone checking the football scores , but I do know that they missed the conversion. 35-5 to Dundee.

In a carbon copy of the GHA match,  Jed then scored again and this time it was converted . 35-12 to Dundee.

Could a comeback be on ?

Dundee then woke up and following a rampaging run by Ally Mackie , the ball was moved out to the backs in space . Fraser threw a long well timed pass to Ronan who completed his hat trick of tries with a powerful burst into the corner.  This was 4 tries in 2 games for Ronan who admitted after the match that he had taken coach Sangster’s advice to “use your pace and power to beat your man and not jump around like a kangaroo when you get the ball”.

Sound advice.

Fraser missed the kick from the corner –  understandable as Dundee were playing into a strong wind . Dundee up by 40 -12 after 50 minutes.

This settled Dundee down and they picked up again the high intensity  ,strong running rugby that they had displayed throughout the first half.

This led to play being concentrated in the Jed 22 and interpassing between the Dundee forwards trio of Broonie , George and Jack left Jack with a run-in between the posts.

Fraser added the conversion –  47-12 to Dundee after 50 minutes.

To Jed’s eternal credit , they stayed focused and indeed were on top throughout the next 10 minutes when they controlled possession.

A memorable feature of this period was a run by Jed winger Robbie Shirra-Gibb which took him the length of the pitch and he seemed certain to score until , in a classic piece of Number 8 cover play , Ally Mackie covered across to put in a try-saving tackle just short of the line.

Ally Mackie

Later on Saturday night , Ally would be awarded the “Newcomer of the Year” award at the Club Dinner and this example of whole-hearted play explained why this award was unanimous.

The Jed winger however then did get on the score sheet following a period of Jed pressure. The try was converted by scrum half Gary Munro.

47-19 to Dundee.

McKay

Dundee then went further ahead following a break by captain Dymock , who then linked with Danny  , Josh , and Ryan  to put Fraser over for an excellent try.

The conversion was missed –  52-19 to Dundee after 65 minutes.

Yet again , Jed’s spirit was commendable as they dominated play and possession for the final 15 minutes and were rewarded in 70 minutes when prop Paulo Ferreira bundled over for a converted try. 52-26 to Dundee.

This was the burly prop’s last action as he lumbered off , but any thoughts that Dundee prop Jonny Gibson might have had that his afternoon was about to get easier were immediately dispelled when Jed brought on the biggest man in the borders as his replacement. This man had no number on his back , so he was not immediately identifiable . He therefore was referred to as the “Big Man.”

Indeed  , following further Jed pressure , Big Man –  it had to be him , hadn’t it – bounced over for a try for Jed beside the posts. This was converted by Gary Munro.  52-33 to Dundee.

The last few minutes were played out with a series of penalties for both sides and the referee’s whistle for no side sounded the end of the match and , indeed , the end of the season.

Final Score –  Dundee Rugby 52 Jedforest 33

Reflections

First things first –  job done.

Win with bonus point secured 4th place , enabling us to leapfrog Falkirk and finish behind  Marr , Edinburgh Accies and Jedforest .

Well done to the players and the coaching team –  great effort.

For the second week in a row , a young Dundee team played some scintillating running rugby and to have put 60 points past GHA and 50 points past Jedforest  in consecutive weeks is impressive indeed.

As will always be the case with a young side , there are areas to work on and the high penalty count against Dundee in recent weeks will have been a concern to the coaching staff.

However , overall , as season 2016/17 ends , there is a lot to be optimistic about for Dundee High rugby supporters.

We have a young team –  consisting of several players who have come through the Eagles ranks , along with a steady pipeline of talented players coming from Dundee High School – adopting the coach’s philosophy of high tempo running rugby and who , crucially enjoying playing with each other.

Roll on season 2017/18 when surely it is not too much to ask that we will have better luck on the injury front.

1st XV to Face Jed, Alloway Place, KO 2.30pm

Team to play Jed at Morgan on Saturday 2.30pm KO

15. Danny McGinn
14. Ronan Joy
13. Ross Lemon
12. Fraser Mckay
11. Ewan Campbell
10. Josh Rutnagur
9. Andy Dymock
8. Alasdair Mackie
7. Sean Gauld
6. Struan Gartley
5. Jack  Anderson
4. George Arnott
3. Alan Brown
2. Angus Campbell
1. Jonny Gibson
16. Niall Hall
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Ryan Milne
19. Henry Sampson
20. Ryan Fairweather
Meet at Morgan at 1pm

Match Report Dundee v GHA 22nd April 17

Dundee HSFP v GHA

22 April 2017

Was it the time of year? Something in the chill wind? There were four matches played in National 1 and 2 and the average number of points scored over the four was 89, ranging from 81 to 95!

In the early stages of this re-arranged fixture, which took place at the ground of Morgan RFC, there was no suggestion of the try-fest which was to follow. Early indications possibly favoured GHA, but the insecure handling which was to afflict much of their efforts, cost them the initial score. Shaun Gauld seized a loose ball and set of from his own half. In support were George Arnott and Andy Dymock, the latter finishing off with the opening try, easily converted by Fraser McKay and Dundee were 7-0 ahead after 7 minutes.

A fairly even spell followed, peppered with some loose play by both sides, until a penalty offence by the visitors allowed Dundee to find touch some 10 metres from the GHA line. Dundee drove the line-out maul then opened out leading to another penalty against GHA and Fraser McKay slotted the kick to extend the home lead. 10 – 0 with 18 minutes on the clock.

GHA’s attacking efforts were being hampered by handling errors and, when Dundee were able to take advantage, to relieve pressure in their 22, a line-out resulted on the 22-metre line, with a Dundee throw. A throw to the front and a break up the right touch-line followed, then the ball was moved across the park and Dundee were forced into touch on the left, 10 metres from the GHA line. GHA offended, and Dundee won the resultant scrum, with the ball being moved out until a clear space opened for Ali Mackie under the posts, for a try converted by Fraser McKay. 17 – 0 to Dundee with 29 minutes gone.

Almost immediately, the lead was extended. A break by Geo from the re-start took the ball into the GHA 22, where it was re-cycled for a try by Josh Rutnagur. The conversion attempt was missed but the Dundee support was delighted with the securing of the try bonus point, all-important in the quest for a fourth-place finish in the league. 32 minutes played and 22 – 0

Dundee continued in that mould when another breakout followed the kick-off, the ball moving through three pairs of hands before Ronan Joy scampered some 50 metres for a try, well converted by Fraser McKay. Dundee looking good at 29 – 0 after 36 minutes.

Half-time: Dundee HSFP 29 – GHA 0

A pleasing score-line for the Dundee faithful, although the points were secured without the side really seeming to find top gear. Indeed handling errors were a feature of play from both sides, especially affecting GHA. The half-time exhortations for Dundee included the warning to be aware of GHA’s second half performance, as evidenced by the game at Braidholm and GHA’s recent second half against league champions Marr.

In the event, it was therefore ironic that the next scores were by GHA. Already on the attack from the re-start, their cause was aided by a yellow card against Dundee. GHA quickly took the resultant penalty and Peter Jericevich nipped over for a try under the posts, converted by Andrew Goudie. 29 – 7 after 43 minutes.

Still on the offensive, GHA moved the ball from the kick-off and a long run from his own half by left-winger Andrew Spowart ended with the supporting Andrew Goudie touching down in the right corner, for a try well-converted by himself, and the deficit was reduced: 29 -14.

Dundee redressed the balance, however, with the next score, Josh Rutnagur claiming his second try, and Fraser McKay adding the extras with a fine conversion from out wide. Dundee now ahead 36 – 14 with 50 minutes played.

The strings were coming loose now, tries following thick and fast.

53 minutes: Dundee knocked on at the kick-off. GHA ran the ball from the scrum and Andrew Goudie scored in the corner for an unconverted try. 36 – 19

55 minutes: GHA lost the ball and Dundee launched a narrow attack down the right hand touchline, ending with Ice sliding through for an uncoverted try. 41 – 19

58 minutes: Dundee sustained possession and a break by Colin Strachan led to an unconverted try by Fraser Mckay; 46 – 19

65 minutes: GHA’s turn. Penalty offences were leading to a loss of Dundee momentum, then a kick through by GHA was pounced on by full-back, Nigel Kelly. Uncoverted, but a try bonus for GHA. 46-24.

72 minutes: The only two penalties of the half against GHA let Dundee into the GHA 22. Although the ball was initially lost, possession was regained and the ball was worked though hands for a second try by Ali Mackie, unconverted. 51 – 24.

76 minutes: In spite of a second yellow card, Dundee scored again after stealing the ball from GHA. Colin Strachan passed to Geo about half-way and he reached the GHA line for a try converted by Fraser. 58 – 24.

80 minutes: Despite being a man down again, it was Dundee who finished off the scoring with Dundee’s tenth and, perhaps, best try of the game. Dundee line-out possession was moved through the backs, with Ice on a loop move followed by the ball being moved through several pairs of hands and ending with a try by Henry Sampson. Fraser duly obliged and the whistle sounded for no-side. 65 – 24.

A bizarre game, with 89 almost ad hoc points scored without any obvious signs of structure: loose play and insecure handling perhaps featuring more. Satisfying from Dundee’s point of view, however, with a boost to the points differential and the all-important bonus point well-secured. Less satisfying, however, was another heavily-skewed second-half penalty count, which will be a focus of attention.

Dundee scorers:

Tries: Ali Mackie (2), Josh Rutnagur (2), Andy Dymock, Ronan Joy, Fraser McKay, Isao Matacagi, George Arnott, Henry Sampson

Conversions: Fraser McKay (6)

Penalty: Fraser McKay

Dundee Man of the Match: DannyMcGinn

1st XV to Face GHA, Alloway Place, KO 2.30pm

 

 

Team to play GHA on Saturday 2.30pm KO at Morgan

15. Danny McGinn
14. Isoa Matacagi
13. Fraser Mckay
12. Colin Strachan
11. Ronan Joy
10. Josh Rutnagur
9. Andy Dymock

8. Alasdair Mackie
7. Shaun Gauld
6. Gavin Hughan
5. Jack Anderson
4. George Arnott
3. Alan Brown
2. Angus Campbell
1. Jonny Gibson

16. Neil Dymock
17. Lewis Mclean
18. Andy Clarkson
19. Henry Sampson
20. Ewan Campbell

Meet at Morgan 1pm

N.B The post match MoM awards and player teas will be back at Mayfield, where the bar will also be open.