1st XV vs Whitecraigs: Programme Notes

1st XV vs Whitecraigs: Programme Notes

Inverleith Angle

I extend a warm welcome this afternoon to President Mike Fowler of Whitecraigs Rugby Club, his committee, players and supporters for their visit to Inverleith. I’ve been reliably informed that this is the first occasion our two Clubs have met in either the league or the cup competitions.

My only previous contact with Whitecraigs was back in the 1970s when we shared the same hotel on a visit to London to support Scotland at Twickenham. Whitecraigs kindly provided their fellow hotel guests with transport from the centre of London to Twickenham by way of a bus. If my memory serves me right, it was a forty seater coach and only about six or so Whitecraig supporters, so there was plenty of space!

I’ve recently returned from my summer holidays and when I was away I was delighted to be kept up-to-date with the results through the reports which were posted onto the Club’s new website and also Facebook. Whilst I was able to follow the progress of matches on Twitter it didn’t help me relax!

The Club has had a fantastic start to the season. The results of our competitive matches to date are Played 16, Won 15 and Lost 1, which is a record to be very proud of. Our mighty 3rd XV is sitting at the top of its League on maximum points, the 2nd XV is sitting in second equal position in its League and the 1st XV is sitting on top of its League. Not a bad start!

The 2nd XV recorded a 57–17 win against Dundee High last Saturday at Inverleith. The scorers included the birthday boy, Joe Parvin, who scored three of the team’s eight tries and also a drop goal conversion. It was some way to celebrate his eighteenth birthday. Well done Joe! It’s very important that the Club has a strong 2nd XV in order that the players in the 1st XV don’t get too comfortable. Everyone needs to be fighting for their place.

Our 3rd XV recorded a 20-12 win over Linlithgow at Inverleith. Danger’s comment after the match was “Not a great game, but still … maximum points!” This afternoon the 3rd XV are away at Peffermill to play Edinburgh University. This will be a test of the Mighty 3rd XV which I’m sure they’re ready for.

Our success so far this season has been the result of a huge amount of effort, both on and off the pitch. Like any club we need more volunteers to help with the Club’s many activities. I regularly put an appeal out for help and usually get absolutely no response! There is a great buzz about Inverleith and we’ve achieved a lot this season through the considerable effort by a small group of volunteers. Think what we could achieve if more people got involved! Don’t be shy, volunteer. We need your help, whatever your skills or time you have available.

The closing date for buying tickets for the Club’s Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday 29th October, which is being held this year at Murrayfield, is fast approaching. It promises to be a great evening. Tickets are priced at £37.50 and are available from Christina Rigby.

Last year the weather forced us to cancel our President’s XV versus a Vice President’s XV match which was scheduled between Christmas and New Year. This year we’re going to try again to hold this match as part of a Family Day on Tuesday 27th December at Inverleith.

The President’s XV will comprise of students who will be back in Edinburgh for the Christmas break, while the Vice President’s XV will comprise of players already at the Club. The President is looking for the name of any student who is interested in playing is this match. He wants to be the first to get his name on the trophy!

Mike Sims

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