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Derek Black’s Rugby Club Update

As of Tuesday 28 th. July I am delighted to announce that training has restarted at the club. This is due in no small part to the efforts of Neil Dymock our Covid Officer and Rugby Convenor. In conjunction with Director of Rugby Colin Sangster and Head Coach Alan Brown, Neil has put in place a training regime which players can opt into via an app which then allows full track and trace of all participants. This resumption of our playing life now allows us to focus on the club’s needs going forward.


As you all know from my previous information/update to members this is an exciting and challenging time to be involved with the club. Your Committee with our partners at Morgan are working to achieve our goal of having a club capable of representing our City in the highest echelons of Scottish Rugby. We can only achieve this with your help.
Covid 19 has forced us into extra financial outlay in order to make our club and surroundings as safe as we can in compliance with Government and SRU guidelines. This coupled with the monthly running costs of the club means that we need you to take up your membership as soon as possible. Obviously in these troubled times out ability to generate income is severely restricted with no lunch club or social events possible. Those of you who are able to donate a little extra would be helping the club enormously in these difficult times.
Equally we are always looking for volunteer help and expertise.

Bill Campbell

I would encourage you to contact Bill Campbell our Business Development Manager if you feel you can offer some help in that area and to contact myself to volunteer your time in service to the club.


On that note can I encourage you to contact me with any suggestions you have to help us in our aim to become the pre- eminent club in Scotland. Similarly if you have any complaints please feel free to email or phone me to discuss them.
We share the same club ambitions and aim  — to be the best we can be — together as one.

Derek Black(President)

Evolution not Revolution

Evolution not Revolution

As incoming President  I feel that now is the time to update all members on our plans for the future. As you will see below and in line with the Vision statement given by Colin Sangster at last years` AGM we have now progressed to the final steps for all the component parts viz Dundee High, Dundee Morgan, Dundee Junior Rugby, Eagles and the Girls/Women`s teams to join together as one i.e. Dundee Rugby Club.

The information below will, hopefully, show us as an energetic, forward thinking and ambitious Committee who, with your support, will create a special Club for all in Dundee

 

 For the last two years Dundee High and Dundee Morgan Rugby Clubs have been working in partnership towards creating a brand new Rugby Club in the City. A club combining the rich history and tradition of both High and Morgan with the energy and success of High`s constituent Junior Sections, Dundee Junior Rugby and Dundee Eagles along with Women`s Rugby. This exciting new vision will play under the one banner of “Dundee Rugby “based at Mayfield and Alloway Place.

 Our mantra has been “Rugby is changing in Dundee – come and join us “and that invitation is extended to all those interested in the future development and growth of the game in Dundee.

For too long now Dundee has been Scottish Rugby`s sleeping giant with little or no rugby being played in schools and Senior players being in short supply. Our aim is to re-energise the City by creating a Club which will play not only at the highest levels of Senior Rugby but also across a variety of age groups, genders and leagues with a pathway from P1 to U18 and then on to Senior level.

As a past President Morgan Rugby I am delighted to take up the reins as President of Dundee High Rugby from retiring President Gerry Tosh after his 11 years of sterling service. This is a key demonstration that the Dundee Rugby community is moving forward and ringing the changes in the coming months, creating one club.

Former High School President Gerry Tosh said “this is an imaginative demonstration of clubs committing to the future of the game for all in the city”

The SRU have indicated support for this and through Scottish Government cash back scheme is supporting the creation of a new Development Officer post to encourage more rugby to be played in schools. Director of Rugby, Colin Sangster, will supervise the post which will be hosted by Leisure and Culture Dundee. Abertay University will continue to bring Sports Sciences support to the new Club as former High School stalwart Alan Brown takes over as Head Coach with a team of Coaches supporting at all levels in the Club.

 When we get back to rugby (post COVID 19) Alan is bursting to get going with a new chapter in his coaching career and welcomes players to get in touch.

As well as the Dundee Rugby Club developments, an exciting new venture will be up and running soon in the form of a Charitable Trust which will endeavour to help develop pathways of youth rugby development in Dundee.

 As someone who has played, coached and been a Club administrator in Rugby in Dundee for over 50 years this is the most exciting development I`ve ever been involved in.   

Our ambition to provide a seamless pathway from P1 to U18 to Senior Rugby means huge opportunities for all involved.

Your Committee is fully behind this exciting and bold venture and with your help and cooperation we are determined to see Dundee Rugby rise to take its place in the highest echelons of Scottish Rugby and I look forward to seeing you on the touchline as we work together to achieve our ambition. 

 

Derek Black (President)

 

Preseason off to flyer!

Preseason is off to a flyer.

It took some serious preparation and work from all the coaches led by Alan Brown and Andrew Hamilton and especially DOR Colin Sangster, but it paid off with over 45 players taking part.

Coaches Hamilton and Brown

Yes we were restricted to a maximum of 5 households per quarter pitch, but we trained! Equipment was sanitised after each session and there was signage not far away but it was great to see rugby at Mayfield.

Sports Train App used for everyone at training

Plenty old and new faces logged in and did their health check questionnaire and signed in and out times on the sports train app, which was very easy and will be a great asset.

We were even able to get Duncan Sangster doing some physio!

Next session is Thursday and we hope it goes just as well.

 

Remember any new players that want to take part are welcome but please contact us first so we can allocate you a training slot and talk you through the training protocols.

LtR: President Derek Black, Committee Member Derek Miller & VP Billy Gartley

Bufties even made the outing, not sure if they should be invited back?

Onward and upwards.

 

 

Pre Season Starting at Mayfield 28th July 2020

Head Coach Alan Brown is delighted to announce that preseason will be starting on Tuesday 28th July 2020 at Mayfield.

It’s a welcome return to action after a long lay off, but with a number of new players committing and some hard work being done by individuals behind the scenes it is an exciting step forward. Here are our protocols for returning to training and the guidance from the SRU.

The players will be split into training bubbles and each bubble given a specific time to train. So those wishing to take part please contact a member of the coaching team to ensure you are included. As per the protocols, do not just turn up to train! You will be informed who your team lead is prior to starting training.

It will also be necessary for players to download and use the sports train app to ensure that we are able to track and trace all those who are in attendance.

We can’t wait to get going.

Club Covid Officer

Rugby is coming back, but not as we know it for some time.

There will be a number of protocols that all teams throughout the club will have to adhere to to train safely. With each team having to appoint a team lead to report to the Covid officer to book pitches and log registers for track and trace.

The club Covid Officer will be Rugby Convenor Neil Dymock.

Neil Dymock RHS

Any team or club member that has questions regarding covid protocols can contact Neil for further information.

Trial Run at the Clubbie a Success

The Club House is open again. And it was a huge success, kind of…….

After reviewing the Covid regulations with Club Covid Officer Neil Dymock, the AU put in place a number of protocols to ensure that the clubhouse could open safely again for members.

We used the players as the guinea pig for the first week and although we had some teething problems, a good time was had by all. Some had a better time than others, especially if you are a young fullback joining for the first year……

Players Social Distancing, not Taysides hottest new Hip Hop band about to drop their debut album.

A huge thank you has to go to Gavin Garden, Jon Mussen and Sandy Mac who put in some sterling work to make sure that the clubhouse was safe. And to Lynne and Marion for their shift behind the bar.

We would therefore like to invite any members that wish to go to the bar this Saturday the 25th July 2020, 4pm – 7pm the opportunity to do so.

Billy & Struan Gartley, part of the same household so we couldn’t stop them hugging.

 

Spaces are limited, so to book your spot for this week, follow this link and sign up. If you do not book we may still accept walk ins, but only if we are not at capacity and you will have to sign a register on arrival for track and trace.

The bar protocol for members is attached here.Clubhouse-Reopening

Clash of the Clans

Winter is coming…. or preseason is!

5 Noble houses go head to head in their own game of thrones. Dundee & Dundee Morgan split their players into their own “houses” for an inter district reps challenge.

The stakes are always high when it comes to bragging rights and this Saturday morning these teams went head to head.

 

North ⬆️🏔🐒
(Montrose/Forfar/ Arbroath/up proper mad north)
Fraz/Alston/Keeks/Tom/Connor S/Stu Kirk/Rory C/

Dundee Group 1 🏗🏭
Hammy/Doc/Matty C/Thumb/Reidy/Danny/Gus T

Dundee Group 2 🌉🍯
Tay-Tay/Lemmon/Bagga/Dan/Struan /Ceillem/Ryan Gibb/ Dave Mel/ Ian lockhart/

Just outsiders (Fife/Over bridge/Blair/Clacks/Just down road)
🍓🐣
Group 1
Addie/Julz/Vadeir/Fish/Fraz/Blair/John McLaren/Gav Ross/

Group 2🌅⚓️
Carl/Nicholl/Dougie/Calum/Liam/Goldy/Connor C/swan/Matt W

The students/exiles 👨🏼‍🎓👲🏼🏴‍☠️
Try to make 2 groups of over 8 in a group.
Rhu/Rory M/Scott B/
Dosi /Seb/Hoffie/Daisy/Connor lane/Harrison Fry/Elton/Tommy

 

Coach Hammy Hamilton said:

“Lads worked together in small groups on zoom. In an inter district battle of as many reps as possible for 30 minutes!

With the north sector coming out on top this morning!
The students came 4th in a very close fight and now need to drag themselves for a mile run/jog”

Just like the students to bring up the rear, hit the road lads! Until next week.

 

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