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Bill Clark

BILL CLARK

 

 

It is with sadness that we report the passing of one of the Club’s stalwarts, Bill Clark, aged 91, died peacefully at Beechgrove Nursing Home on  Thursday 28th May.

Bill was a member of the Rugby Club for over 70 years, and was President in the mid seventies.

The best way to describe Bill is quite simple – he was one of life’s “gentlemen”. A quiet unassuming man he made time for everyone and nothing was too much trouble for him.

The one and only time I saw him slightly annoyed was during his Presidency when he once spent his entire Sunday travelling between Dundee and Glasgow in his van, returning all the “trophies” which had been collected by the 1st XV on their way home on the bus from Glasgow after a league game.

Trying to explain to irate Publicans how their fruit-machines and tables had been carefully handled on and off the bus and suffered no lasting damage fell on deaf ears and Bill had to endure their full wrath!

His support for the club was unconditional and he would often appear at training and take part himself as well as supplying a box of fruit for the players – after all, he had his own Fruit and Veg business!

A passionate and accomplished angler he fished his own stretch on the river North Esk very successfully for nearly seventy years and was never happier than when sharing his beat with his son Patrick and close friend Pete Murchie.

He was a proud family man and loved spending time with both son Patrick and daughter Susan and their families. His beloved wife Elizabeth sadly passed away a few years ago, but right to the end Bill was his usual charming, friendly and welcoming self to all.

There can be few men who have served the club so well and faithfully, and it always had a special place in his heart.

He will be sadly missed.

 

Sandy Hutchison

It’s goodbye and good luck from me and its cheerio from him!

Dear all,

I chaired my last general committee meeting tonight with mixed emotions after 11 years or so as President and a bit longer as a committee member. I pass the baton as President on to Derek Black who has all the experience and wisdom needed to take our great club forward into a crucial phase which will be dealing with the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and hopefully the recovery phase of reintroducing club rugby to our members and players. It will be a challenge and we need to give all the support possible to the new committee.

I wrote in my Presidents report to our AGM that it had been a pleasure most of the time and a privilege all the time to serve this great Rugby Club. The support from the vast majority of the club has been heart-warming to me personally and for that I thank you sincerely.  Of course some things didn’t go as well as they might have! We all make mistakes!

The support from a few people need special thanks.

Sandy MacDonald

 

Sandy MacDonald has served this Rugby Club well as player, committee member, President and Vice President.

Ken Andrew

Ken Andrew has served the Club magnificently in the same capacities as Sandy.

I thank them both for their endless great work ethic and their friendship and wise council over many years. Quite simply put I could not have fulfilled my President role without them both. I also thank all the ex Presidents who are still involved in running this great Club. They still do a fantastic job as volunteers.  Sandy, Ken and myself would like to continue our involvement going forward in a number of ways.

Rob Lunn

I must also make mention of Rob Lunn’s great stint as secretary. He has done a really good job so many thanks Rob. Two specific areas we will help with going forward.  One we will form a new offline committee chaired by Billy Gartley.  This will be called the hospitality group and will look after all the lunches and dinners that the Club organises for the next 2 years and most of the fundraising.  The other main task will be to establish a Charitable arm that raises money for Rugby in Dundee.  This is intended to put our Club in a more sustainable financial position in years to come. More details on this as we move forward but please keep in mind this needs support of all of us including the much wider community and business.  If you think you can help in this endeavour, please get in touch. On another personal note I have been elected to the SRU Council as the rep for Nat 1 which is another challenge in difficult times.

The support of our Club sponsors has been amazing over all the years that I have been involved and for that I thank them all. I must single out Thorntons for special thanks.  Thorntons who are a real local success story have supported us superbly. Many, many thanks to them.  Thanks though must go to all our regular sponsors, members, friends of the Club and supporting members who support the many functions the club organise.  It’s a great wider community and the Club has worked very hard over the years to foster that good will.  The successful appointment of our Business development manager Bill Campbell has been phenomenally successful and will continue to build a new commercial dept at the Club. One of Bills initiatives is the Foundation Membership which has the prospect of funding the Club for many years.  Please support this great initiative when given the opportunity!

The new committee will have its challenges so please offer your support in any way you can.  That might be through volunteering and if you can that is an amazing, rewarding way to be involved.  You might find other ways to help such as supporting club events and initiatives.  You could also pay your sub timeously and that would be much appreciated.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the next lunch club and on the touch line as we give the referees the benefit of our combined knowledge. Until then many thanks.

 

Gerry Tosh

President

Dundee High Rugby.

The Revolution WILL be Televised

 

I know we said it wouldn’t be televised, but it is now!

Everyone is getting a bit fed up of not having rugby and we’re no different.

But what is starting to emerge from the lock down, is one example of how the rugby vision is starting to shape up.

Every Tuesday and Thursday via some flawless use of technology……. Backs coach Andrew “Hammy” Hamilton has been holding virtual training sessions.

These sessions have been well attended by members of all our different factions, Morgan, DHSFP & Dundee Women’s Rugby.

 

This revolution is available on your telly box and although some wear lycra better than others it has to be said; by far the best sight is the collaboration. Hopefully, this is one small step of Hammy and one giant leap for rugby in Dundee.

It’s all part of a push to keep everyone fit and healthy and ready to resume our sport when conditions allow. Other initiatives include Brown’s Broncos and the great activity track via some gps apps.

 

When we do resume hopefully there will be one big shindig with all the clubs in one place and a few beverages…. One can dream.

Morgan and DHSFP End of Season Award Winners

This season was brought to an untimely finish, but we still want to celebrate the individual achievements for our players at Morgan and Dundee.
Here are this years winners and the words of Director of Rugby Colin Sangster.
Player of the Year – DHSFP 1st XV
Finlay Ormiston
CS “Finlay had an outstanding first season at the club. Rarely missed training, worked exceptionally hard at every session, and during matches. Played a few games when he was carrying a knock but soldiered on for the benefit of the team. Regular try scorer and all round great team player!”
Dundee Morgan Player of the Year
Owen Foster
CS “This award is based on overall MOTM points (using 3,2,1 system). Owen always approached every game with the same positive, tenatious attitude and played with his heart on his sleeve every week. Hard hitting, big tackler with an eye for a score who was getting better every week.”
Young Player of the Year – DHSFP 1st XV
Tim Brown
CS “Another new player at the club last season, Tim totally committed to the cause from the off, and was a real stand out early in the season with several outstanding MOTM performances. Unfortunately he picked up an injury mid season, and then on his return he was called up to International duty with Scotland U18. Tim is an exciting young player with a huge future in the game.”
Young Player of the Year – Dundee Morgan
Matt Clark
CS “In his first full year in senior rugby, Matt had an outstanding season, stepping into a very high pressure role at No.10, leading the youngest and most exciting back line in the league. His attitute at training was fantastic, his impact on the XV huge and rightly got recognition and minutes for the 1st XV. One to watch for the future”
Most Improved Player – 1st XV
James Shellard
CS “Another young player who just joined us from Dundee Rugby U18s last season. He arrived as a very raw prop, who, if I’m honest probably needed to spend a few months learning his trade in a lower team before being exposed to the 1st XV. However circumstances did not allow that and James played every game for the 1st XV during the season. His progress was nothing short of outstanding, as he learnt from game to game, and he even picked up a MOTM award against Kelso. He always turned up for extra training on a Tuesday night before the main session started and his attitude was absolutely superb.”
Most Improved Player – Dundee Morgan
Lee Brown
CS “Lee joined the club last season having never played competitive rugby before and played his first full 80mins of rugby during our first game of the season at Perthshire 2nd XV. From that moment on, he never looked back and got better and better every week. His attitude at training was impeccable, he always gave 100% and grew in confidence every week. A model pro and a pleasure to lead and play with.”
Best Newcomer 1st XV
Fraser Black
CS “Fras got off to a slow start at Dundee as he found his feet at a new club, but as the season wore on he got much more involved with training and playing and put in some tremendous shifts in the second half of the season. Never took a step backwards and a work rate that was outstanding. Great ball carrier and tackler! Looking forward to watching him in season two!!”
Players Player of the Year – 1st XV
Sam Cardosi
CS “Sam is another new player who arrived mid season and put in a series of man of the match performances. Tireless worker on the field and in training, and one of those players you just want on your team!
Sam got a high percentage of the votes for this award, and the other votes were spread between the other award winners above plus Keeks and the Mcginns. I need to mention those guys as they are all tremendous club men and team members.”
Scoring Awards for Dundee Morgan
Top Try Scorer – Brenton Bekker/Owen Foster (5 each).
Top Points Scorer – Rory Collins (42pts).
And that wraps up the season for 2019/20, thank you to all who made it possible and well done to all the award winners, you’ve joined some illustrious company.

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

 

Alan Clark

The Club is sorry to note the passing of Alan Clark, one of our Honorary Vice Presidents, and a faithful supporter of the Club, and we extend our sympathies to his widow Sally and to his family at this time.

Alan joined the club straight from school in 1953. He played as a hard tackling wing forward (and occasional winger), often along with his brother Bill, a former President of the Club. For many years since then Alan has come along on Saturdays to Mayfield to support the club, and his presence and loyal support on the touchline will be sadly missed.

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.