1st XV vs Hamilton: Match Programme
Here we are on the fourth Saturday of 2012 and it’s the first game the Club’s 1st XV has had at Inverleith this year – and only the second competitive game the team has played since mid November 2011! There has been much talk in rugby circles about season format, league structures and players playing too many games. I don’t see the benefit to players or the Club in having an eight week break mid season. However, next year we should know before the start of the season which teams we will be playing, and when.
This afternoon we welcome Donald Woodrow, President of Hamilton Rugby Club, his committee, players and supporters. Our last match against Hamilton was at Laigh Bent in Round 6 of the Premier 2 League, and, at the end of a very competitive match, we came away with a 7–11 victory. I’m sure that today’s match will be equally as competitive.
Since our last home matches in mid November, the Club held its Family Day on 27th December. This comprised of two matches. One match was between two teams of skilful and experienced players but with most players lacking a “bit of fitness”. It was great to welcome back to Inverleith many of the Stew Mel “legends”!
The second match was between the President’s XV and the Vice President’s XV. Due to the lack of game time, the 1st XV squad made up the Vice President’s XV and the President’s XV comprised of 32 mainly former pupils from the School, along with a few of their friends. In the end the match was a lot more competitive than was expected and the lack of organisation in defence the main difference between the two teams. In the end the Cup was awarded to the Captain of the President’s XV, Alex Edmonstone, on account of the President’s XV scoring the last try of the match. It was great to see young and old at Inverleith during the festive period and hopefully this will become an annual event, weather permitting.
The mighty 3rd XV recently played Linlithgow 2nd XV in a rearranged fixture. For those few supporters lucky enough to witness a great 17–19 victory by the mighty 3rds, it was a game of contrasting styles. One team kicked at every opportunity whilst the other (the boys of the mighty 3rds) would run the ball at every opportunity.
Last Saturday the Club held a successful Burns Supper which was a sell out with nearly 120 people attending. We had Richie Munro as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening and he introduced Alastair Christie, who addressed the Haggis after it had been piped in by Steven Sims. Ric Clark sang between courses and John Heaphy proposed the toast to the Immortal Memory, after which Willie Aitken toasted the Lassies and Pamela Brewster replied on behalf of the Lassies. We were then treated to a recitation by Ross McNulty and “Tam O’Shanter” by Dougie Dyer. It was a great evening.