1st XV vs Jed-Forest: Match Programme
I extend a very warm welcome to Inverleith today to Lawrence White, President of Jed-Forest RFC, and to his players, coaches, supporters and committee for this RBS Premier B match.
We last played Jed-Forest in Round 8 of the RBS Premier 2 League down at Riverside, and, at the end of a great game of rugby, the red, black and gold came away with a 22-26 win. I’m sure today will be equally competitive.
I am writing this week’s Inverleith Angle before I head off to Rome to support Scotland. It’s been another international season that promised so much, but we’ve ended up in a fight for the wooden spoon against Italy. Hopefully the travelling support in Rome will be celebrating a victory, with style!
The Club has always been proud of any of its players who has gone on to play for Scotland. This season we’ve watched George Turner play for the under 20s and two former players making a mark in the full Scotland team, namely Ross Rennie (who was man of the match against France) and Richie Vernon. Any player who then goes on to tour with the British and Irish Lions deserves a special place in the Club’s history. We are extremely proud of having six “living” Lions, and, to mark this, we arranged for all of them to sign a limited number of Lions jerseys. One jersey was used to raise funds for the Club at our Annual Ball and another one was recently presented to the School by five of the six living Lions. For those interested, the five were: John Douglas, Fin Calder, Doddie Weir, Jim Calder and Dougie Morgan. The one Lion who couldn’t make it was Sandy Hinshelwood, but he was “excused” as he lives in Australia.
We have another jersey which will be presented to the FP Club at the Club’s Annual Dinner on 4th May and will then hang in the upstairs bar at Inverleith.
The Club’s mini section, who are known as the Stew Mel Lions, held its rearranged Annual Tournament on 11th March. It was great to see so many youngsters, coaches and supporters taking part in a well organised tournament. The mini section ran its first tournament to celebrate the Club’s 25th Anniversary back in 1998, so it was great to see how the Stew Mel Lions have developed since then and to see some past players now coaching.
As the XV a side season draws to a close, the talking point in clubhouses across the country has been the lack of regular fixtures. Next season we should know, before the season starts, the dates and opponents of all our League and Cup fixtures. This should give the Club ample time to obtain sponsors for all our home matches. With the Leagues reducing from 12 teams to 10, we will have nine home and nine away League fixtures next season. The format of the Edinburgh Regional Cup competition is currently under discussion and we expect that we will have more than the two Cup games we had this season.
As I will be demitting office as President during the off season, this is the last Inverleith Angle I will be writing. The Club has made significant progress with its on-field and off-field activities during the past couple of years. I have been very proud to have been involved with a great team of people, who give so much of their time and talents to the Club.
To the players, coaches, Committee and supporters, I would like to express my thanks for everything you do for the Club and I wish you all every success in the future.