3rd XV Match Report

3rd XV Match Report

” Having found ourselves cancelling previous fixtures against Linlithgow and Dunfermline it was so very pleasing to get a side onto the park yesterday afternoon.

With Autumn in the air, the arrival back of some old faces and also some fresh faces to the Club served up for a simply brilliant performance.

Keir Hamilton at 41 years young ( going through his own self styled mid-life crisis ) rolled back the years and brought shape to the pack. Richard Borthwick just oozed class throughout the match. Both have offered to play when time permits throughout the season.

As for the younger faces, Andrew Mustard pitched up with a whole heap of friends and it was clear that all of them had some real rugby in them. Joe Grant in the 2nd row has a first team player written all over him, as does Johnny Bain who came on in the midfield. Everyone is so busy these days but these two lads are able to perform at a much higher level, if they wanted to.

Andrew also introduced Craig Smith to the Club. Despite his rotund physique and protestations that he was a winger, the shrewd coaching team started him on the flank. It was inspired! There’s a player in there for sure ……

But it was a fantastic effort from all, not least Graeme Mitchell and Andrew who twisted arms to get the game on.

Special thanks also to Russell Geddes who answered the call at the last minute and pitched up for the 2nd half, much to the relief of our President who was nursing his Friday night hang-over!

As for our other Kiwi, Hayden Mourits, in the midfield, he too has a bit of rugby in him. His return from serious injury is coming along and able to step up a level now.

All in all there was so much to please the spectator and thanks must go to Stephen McLaughlin who refereed the match in an understanding way to both sides, ably assisted by Michael Dignan who walked the touch line!

Thanks too must go to our guests who had to shuffle things around as call offs further up decimated their squad. That said the match was played in fine spirit and the score was not a fair reflection for their efforts.

As always Denise provided fine fare for the lads in the Clubhouse and it was good to see the place buzzing.

We march on dog shit park next week ……

Finlay Richard & Simon ”

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