1st XV vs Kelso: Programme Notes

1st XV vs Kelso: Programme Notes

Inverleith Angle

This afternoon I extend a warm welcome to President Stewart Wallace of Kelso RFC, his players, Committee and supporters. The games between our two Clubs have been highly competitive and I’m fully expecting the same this afternoon.

As I write these notes the weather has started to change and the nights are beginning to draw in, which means it’s the end of summer rugby and the start of watching matches on wet and windy days!

The 2nd XV have won their first two matches, which were against Currie (away) and Ayr (home). Well done to the players, coaches and team management. Everyone knows that it will be a long hard season but getting off to a good start makes all the difference.

As a result of the large numbers at training in recent weeks we tried to get a 3rd XV out last week but unfortunately the opposition called off at the last minute. This was a big disappointment as we had a full squad ready to go. Our mighty 3rd XV start their league action this afternoon against the newly promoted Haddington. The management of the 3rd XV is being “shared” amongst the squad, with a group of 11 brave men taking on the task of getting teams together. A ‘Fantasy Stew Mel Manager’ competition will underpin this, with the managers earning points based on results, points scored, cross kicks completed and the like.

The 1st XV recorded a good win last week down in Peebles. In recent years it’s been a difficult place to get a result. Even with the win, the players and coaches had plenty to discuss after the match and then work on in training this week.

Over the summer months the numbers at training have been encouraging. However we recognise they will start to tail off as a few of the regulars head off to further their education. Hopefully they’ll be back for Christmas to take part in the Family Day at Inverleith on Tuesday 27th December, which will include a President’s XV versus the Vice President’s XV. We tried this last year but the weather forced us to cancel our plans. Hopefully this year the weather will be kind to us.

Last Sunday nearly sixty players, committee, friends and family gathered at Inverleith to watch the Virgin Money Festival Fireworks. We had great view of Edinburgh Castle from Pitch 1 and we even heard the music this year!

The running of the Club continues to fall on a small group of willing and dedicated volunteers. We urgently need more people to share the many jobs that need to be undertaken within the Club. If you’re interested please volunteer, don’t be shy.

Tickets are now available for the Club’s Annual Ball, which this year is being held at Murrayfield on Saturday 29th October. We’ve already had a number of tables booked but don’t miss out on what I’m sure will be a great evening.

Mike Sims

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