Volunteer manager required

All Sports Clubs and Charities thrive as a direct result of volunteers. They are the life blood of all organisations. We at Dundee High Rugby, which incorporates the Eagles (P1-P7) and Dundee Rugby Juniors (S1-U18’s) are no different. We also have a Collaboration with Dundee Morgan RFC and we are keen to expand this type of collaboration. We are looking for a suitably qualified volunteer to look after around 120 current volunteers across the three distinct strands of our Club. We have a continual requirement to recruit, reward and retain our happy band of volunteers and are looking for someone to take on this crucial role. We also currently could do with help running the logistic side of running 3 senior teams. Team managers eg. We would welcome vols with Social Media experience. We need general managers who can help in many other areas. If you have a few hours to spare please get in touch with the writer at, Please tell us if you can help in any of these and/or other areas. You will be very welcome.

Gerry Tosh

Dundee High Rugby

TFI – Friday 14th December

Well here we are again as we approach the festive season and the thought of a New Year. What will it bring? New slippers? Brexit? Xmas cheer? Bacardi and diet coke with a slice of orange? Harry Redknapp to win a reality show? A win against Hamilton? Well maybe some of these but be careful what you wish for.

Last week’s TFI Friday’s wine tasting (world famous guess the wine competition) was inconclusive so no complete winner was adjudged, so the provider of this week’s donation is up for grabs. It could be you! If not…it will be me but please let me know to avoid double wine trouble. The bar will open at 5.34pm due to the traffic lights at Forfar Rd now been fixed.  FREE nibbles will again feature. Last week’s were really good provided by our favourite (sorry Neebs) Hulltoon resident. HOT hot hot and so were the nibbles! Boom boom!

This is the last TFI Friday of the year so it would be great to see as many as possible.

Rugby. Last Sat we hosted Gala and ran them close losing eventually by a single point. This week we travel to Hamilton needing a win to sign off for 2018.

The President’s New Years Day Party is Tuesday 1st Jan 2019 in the Clubhouse from 1.30 pm. This year we have a strong traditional music theme to look forward to. All the details here, Bring some chums, bring a few nibbles and bring a moothie. Celebrate the new year with a FREE drink at the bar and join in a song or three with yer pals.

Many thanks for all your support over the year for TFI Friday and all the events run by the Club. We take this opportunity to wish you a merry Xmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

TFI – Friday 7th December

Have you started your Xmas shopping yet? Did you participate in Red Friday, Black Monday and Cyber Tuesday? No? Me either! Just as well we have the distraction of another TFI Friday to keep us grounded. This week we have yet another TFI Friday™, as we do most weeks. There will be another belter of a wine to taste, a beautifully crafted and paired cheese to tickle your taste buds and of course some FREE nibbles© to enjoy at the bar. The aforesaid bar will open at 5.35pm a bit later than last week due to the snarl up caused by the Xmas shopping mayhem on Dock St.

Rugby. Last week we travelled to GHA who now are 2nd top of the league and although playing well at times eventually lost only for the 2nd time in 10 years there. Sat sees the visit of Gala RFC with the largest committee in Scottish Rugby keen to prove you can get more in a Gala committee man than an Asda trolley! Note to self….check the beer stock! The Titans are back in action at home this week and face Premier outfit B/Muir’s 3rd string the Bears. Dundee Morgan have a free week but are now back on top of their league. They have a full lunch club as we do on Saturday so there is plenty support for Rugby in Dundee.

The High School of Dundee U16’s played at Murrayfield on Wed night and narrowly lost to a stronger Watsons side. A great crowd mostly of Dundee supporters cheered the boys on. They must be very proud of their achievement as we are. Well done lads. Crown is the Crown.

Presidents New Years day Party is perhaps uncontroversially on New Years day (Tuesday 1st Jan) from 1.30pm and this year has a traditional music theme and loads ‘o singers, guitarists, fiddlers (musical), harpist (unconfirmed) and you will be delighted to know that the trombonist has a prior engagement elsewhere. Usual (a) FREE drink to welcome in the new year and some food provided but please bring a wee food parcel (times are tough) to share with your chums. Click here for more info

The Clubs vision meeting was held last Monday and we had a good attendance. If you would like to be involved and we hope you do, please get in touch as we want to get 5 or so task and finish groups established to explore in depth some of the important themes emanating from that meeting. Just pop me an email to

Hope you have a great Rugby weekend.

Presidents New Year’s day Party

HOT Breaking news…..Breaking News…..Breaking News…..Breaking News. ITS HOT…….

This year’s RUGBY CLUB New Year’s day party CONFIRMED for Tuesday the 1st of January 2019. Yes confirmed! There will be live traditional music served up by actual musicians! Fowk wi guitars, singers, possibly fiddles and maybe a harp but no trumpets. Deffo one ‘o these drum things. Bring yer own moothie! So come along and join in with Babs (local folk superstar and recording artist aka Barbara Dymock) and a band of several well-known artistes from the local folk scene. There will as usual be some hot food but your normal expensive contributions will be welcome. Please no Golden Eagle this year as it took 3 weeks to get rid of the feathers last time! Bring a sharing offering to the music gods. There will as usual be a FREE drink to welcome the New Year and feel free to first foot the Rugby Club from 1.30pm. All members, players, supporters and friends of the Crown are invited especially our two junior sections the HIGH flying Eagles and Dundee Rugby Juniors. In fact if you have ever seen a rugby game (or not) you are welcome.  Timings are as usual 1.30pm onwards. Please come along and help us welcome in the New Year at the Presidents New Year’s Day party. If you have one, bring a friend! Or even a few chums!  Look forward to welcoming you to family friendly Mayfield.

Gerry Tosh

Match Report – GHA 33-3 Dundee High – 1 December 2018

And so to Braidholm, home to that interesting rugby ménage a trois between Glasgow Southern, Hutchesons and Aloysians, known as GHA, whose happy cohabitation is still going strong to this day!   (Speaking of which, some of us old enough to remember the good old days when Britain and Europe fell for each other in the 70s, those innocent years before their bitter Brexit divorce battle of today, will also recall that Glasgow Southern were at that time known as Clarkston!)

The rain had been battering Braidholm for most of the week, with their pitch under pools of water on Friday, but the improved drainage (which has been an unexpected bonus from their construction of a 3G training pitch and lights on their 2nds pitch next door) meant the surface was perfectly playable and held up remarkably well for the whole 80 minutes.

Making his debut for Dundee at No. 10 was Harry Mercer, a 17 year old from Madras, who for one so young (and who due to injury had played so little rugby recently) had a very assured game, not looking out of place at all at a level considerably higher than any he had experienced before. Only 6 out of the 15 Dundee players lining up for the kick off had started in the corresponding fixture at Mayfield some 3 months ago, reflecting yet again the high rate of attrition that so plagues club rugby today.

The GHA pack looked a formidable unit as the game got under way, and they soon established themselves in Dundee’s half, where they were to spend much of the rest of the afternoon. But perhaps to GHA’s surprise, the Dundee scrum fronted up well all game, and the hard work put in at training during the past week meant Dundee were doing well in the set, both scrum and lineout. The backs defence however was taking a little time to come together, and two or three early line breaks put Dundee under pressure that GHA were unable to capitalise on.

With 15 minutes gone, Josh took a quick penalty and Dundee broke out into GHA’s half for the first time. Good rugby took the ball to within a yard of GHA’s line, where frustratingly a knock on ended the opportunity of a classic breakaway score. Dundee held GHA in and around their own 22 for quite some time after that, but without ever really threatening their try line again.

Gradually, GHA regrouped and ground their way back up the field, and went over the Dundee line in the 25th minute, only for the ‘score’ to be ruled out for a forward pass by referee Young, having a first-rate game in his first start at this level (where has he been?). Stand-off Mercer then made a good covering tackle as GHA pressed, and some poor kicking and wrong options meant that their first score was proving elusive.

They build them big in Texas. In fact, very, very big. And eventually the human oil rig known as big Bill Kaspar, visiting the UK for some months and playing in GHA’s second row, proved too much in the 29th minute, bulldozing through the Dundee defence for a touch down duly converted by scrum half George Baird. 7 – 0 to the home side.

Undaunted, Dundee took it to GHA following the restart, and after a scrum 15 metres out, Danny McGinn went in at the corner, only to be ruled out for a foot in touch. A couple of minutes later, however, a big hit on him meant he had to leave the field injured, Paul Ritch coming on in his place. As the first half drew to a close, Fraser McKay slotted a penalty (one of only 4 conceded by GHA in the entire match!) to make it 7 – 3 at half time.

Dundee had done well to keep GHA to one score so far – but would their power and perhaps some tactical rethinking prove too strong in the next 40 minutes?

‘Yes’ is unfortunately the answer to that rhetorical question, as straight after the break, GHA drove forward from a line out maul for the first time, disrupting the Dundee defence and after some good recycling letting No 8 Ross Angus drive over for another converted try. 14 – 3 to GHA.

Dundee were coming under increase pressure, trying to force plays from scraps of possession, with one hospital pass in particular putting scrum half Josh Rutnagur through the GHA mincing machine from which he was lucky to emerge still in one piece, looking as if he had just had 12 quick rounds with Tyson Fury.

GHA took 2 quick penalties on the Dundee 22, but a great Angus Farquhar steal, backed up by No. 8 Stuart Barlow, forced them back. However, possession was kicked away, and Big Bill revved it up once again to crash over for his 2nd try, stretching GHA to a 19 -3 lead after 47 minutes.

It was becoming one way traffic – when Dundee did have possession, all they could do was kick it back to GHA to run at them once more. Luckily, GHA at times once more started finding ways not to score, helped by some courageous and well organised Dundee defence which twice denied them touch downs when they were over the line.

But Dundee could only hold out for so long, and in the 63rd minute GHA centre Max MacFarlane went over for GHA’s 4th try, the conversion making it 26 -3. A flurry of substitutions for a tiring Dundee side around this time had seen Neil Turnbull come on for Angus Thomson, Lewis McLean for the combative Neil Dymock, Rory McGinn for Kieran D’Aeth, who had looked dangerous with limited possession, and Kevin Franco on for the ever willing Andrew Hamilton. Speaking of which, an injury to hooker Ceillem Stewart a few moments later meant an unexpected recall for Hammy, coffee cup still in hand, as Kevin Franco moved up to hooker and Hammy resumed his back row berth.

These changes gave Dundee some new energy. Paul Ritch had a good run into GHA’s 22, and shortly afterwards, Dundee’s best move of the game saw Fraser McKay just unable to find Stuart Barlow on GHA’s 22, with a clear run to the line if the pass had gone to hand. That was Dundee’s final flourish, however, and at the death another converted GHA try made it 33 -3 as the full time whistle went, a scoreline that did not really do justice to Dundee’s efforts and contribution to a very entertaining game of rugby.


TFI – Friday 30th November

TFI Friday celebrates St. Andrews Night at Mayfield. We will be tasting an unusual Irn-Bru or whisky or wine. There will be a fantastic cheese paired with due care and attention. Last weeks from Switzerland had me yodelling for most of the week. It was also a belter of a wine! This week the bar opens at 5.33. Car parking will be at a premium but if you send me a £10 note I can fix it! Appropriate St. Andrews night nibbles will be shared so please bring your own donation. Listen out for the appropriate musical donation from a Hulltoon Hoosewife!

RUGBY. We travel to Glesga to play GHA with a 2pm KO. Please check the website before travel as the weather might claim the points due to incessant rain in the west. The Titans don’t have a game but Morgan host Arbroath another 2pm KO.

The Club Vision evening is on at Mayfield in the glasshouse on Monday 3rd Dec at 7pm and all are invited to be there. Come and be part of the Clubs Vision for the future. If you need a bribe to come we might have some tea or coffee. Irresistible I know!

Have a great weekend.

Home Nations Rugby Survey

The second Home Nations Rugby Survey is now live. In collaboration with the other three Home Unions, Scottish Rugby invites players, officials, coaches, volunteers and supporters to take part.

The survey aims to find out what motivates players and volunteers to participate in the game, what their experiences are, and how we can continue to provide the best offering within clubs, schools, colleges and universities. The same survey has been distributed to Clubs and Schools around the United Kingdom and Ireland, by the RFU, Welsh Rugby Union and Irish Rugby. The responses to the survey will help paint a picture how Rugby is perceived by those closest to the game and help identify where there may be room for improvement in how the game is played, managed and governed in the Home Nations.

Click here to share your thoughts on rugby in your community and across the Home Nations

The survey will close on 5th of December 2018.

Please note that this survey is an annual survey that is being carried out across all of the four Home Unions during November and December 2018. It is in no way connected to the ongoing Player Payment and Domestic League Structure consultation processes with Clubs that is being overseen by the Scottish Rugby Council’s Standing Committee on Governance (independently chaired by Gavin MacColl QC).

TFI – Friday 23rd November

How is your moustache growing for Movember? I hope it is not interfering with your ability to taste wine and nibbles? Of course, we hope you can do that unfettered by a huge facial hair growth! This TFI Friday™ the bar opens at 5.38 due to the traffic at Dura St. Horrendous I agree! There will be FREE nibbles©, there will be a wine to taste paired magnificently with a cheddar cheese!

Rugby. Breaking news the Cup game v Ayr has been cancelled. The Titans don’t have a game this week and Dundee Morgan have a trip to Grangemouth which has a KO at 2pm.

Scotland v the Argies will be shown in the Clubhouse on the multi screened multi media surround sound experience. The game KO is 2.30 and the bar opens at 2pm.

Remember and trim that moustache!

Match Report – Dundee High 0-35 Marr – 17 November 2018

With another changed team containing yet more débutantes, Dundee were more likely to rely on hope than expectation as Marr kicked off. The ball did not travel 10 metres, resulting in a scrum at the centre and that first scrum signalled a difficulty for Dundee throughout the match as they were pushed back by the visitors’ pack. Dundee were penalised, giving Marr possession and leading to a kick through, chased by winger Dalgleish for the touch down. Colin Sturgeon added the conversion and Marr were ahead 0-7 after only 5 minutes.

Dundee responded with a good spell of possession and a penalty chance was offered.:Fraser’s kick flew just wide of the left-hand post however. Dundee still managed to retain position in the Marr half but paid for insecure handling and penalty offences, allowing Marr to reach a position 10 metres from the Dundee line. When Dundee were penalised five metres from the line, Marr opted for the scrum. Dundee were penalised again and this time Marr kicked for touch. Scrambled, close-quarter possession enabled Colin Sturgeon to cross for a touch-down and he converted the try to take Marr to 0-14 with 24 minutes played.

Dundee hit back well and were rewarded with another penalty chance, but this time, Fraser’s kick sailed just outside the right-hand post. Dundee continued to try hard, but without much penetration, and, when possession was lost, A good inter-passing, featuring right-winger, Scott Bickerstaff, ended with him scoring a try, again converted by Colin Sturgeon, to take Marr into the interval 0-21 ahead.

Half-time: Dundee HSFP 0 Marr 21

Dundee were looking good, up to a point, but lacked real penetration. Had the score been restricted to two tries, there was a feeling that, with slight wind advantage in the second half, Dundee might take something out of the game, but the third Marr try rather put paid to that hope.

The second half remained fairly even and mostly in mid-field, until big break by Scott Bickerstaff took play into the Dundee 22. Dundee were penalised, but Marr lost the ball over the Dundee line. It only postponed the score for a few moments however, because Marr pushed Dundee off their 5-metre put in, for a try credited to No 8 Grant. Again, Sturgeon converted and the bonus point was Marr’s at 0-28.

For long periods, Dundee were giving as good as they got, but were being thwarted by indifferent handling. It took a Marr break to end the stalemate and their full-back managed to squeeze in at the left-hand corner for a try again converted by the reliable Sturgeon.

Further Dundee pressure ensued but another lost ball ended their challenge in the contest.

Full time: Dundee HSFP 0 Marr 35

A closer second half resulting from an improved Dundee performance, all the more creditable for the number of changes in the team. With greater accuracy, a closer result may well have been possible.

Dundee Player of the Match: Josh Rutnagur