Down Inverleith Way 19

Down Inverleith Way 19

Sadly, the weather once again frustrated any hopes of Stew Mel rugby on Saturday, with the match against Falkirk falling victim to a waterlogged Inverleith. This postponement, coupled with the changing date of the Glasgow Accies match (due to our progress in the National League Cup), means that at least two of our remaining ‘home’ fixtures will almost certainly not be able to take place on Pitch 1 (or anywhere else on the Ferry Road site) as school term dates require the transformation of facilities from Rugby to Cricket and Athletics. Something, obviously, that the club must not allow to derail the push for promotion.

The SRU has rescheduled the Glasgow Accies match for 11th April while the Falkirk encounter has just been moved out to 25th April. Any club member with a large garden please get in touch with President, Simon Breeze, who might try to arrange a short term lease!

Summer rugby is an attractive proposition for some, but, for the RBG (and the other clubs in our position), it would be somewhat of a problem.

Those who visited Whitecraigs earlier in the season will not be surprised to hear that the Aurs Road pitch was unplayable on Saturday for their clash against Dumfries Saints – our next opponents. In the event, the game went ahead on the Lochinch 3G pitch (albeit in horrendous conditions) and the Galloway men recorded a 19-31 win that allowed them to move to the top of the table by 3 clear points.

The encounter at Park Farm on Saturday is, therefore, of significant importance to both clubs. The RBG players really do appreciate your support and would cherish a large Stew Mel presence on the touch line.

It is a very scenic drive to Dumfries and one that does not take too long! Why not treat yourself and take in lunch at Moffat on the way down? Put it in your diary – 29th February, 3 pm kick off. Park Farm, New Abbey Road, Dumfries DG2 7LU. Be there or be square!

The team bus will also leave Inverleith at 11 am on Saturday if you’d like a lift with the players – as captain Momo has recently stressed, they really would love to see some supporters joining the tour party!

If you definitely cannot make the trip then the Development XV entertain Biggar at Inverleith – as long as the weather relents – also with a 3 pm start.

Inverleith has become the home of the EROS (Edinburgh Rugby Oldies Society) organisation and they held an excellent lunch last Wednesday when Chris Rea (not the singer but the journalist, commentator and rugby player) gave an amusing, and, at the same time, thought provoking address. Among other things, he contemplated the increasing physicality of the game and expressed concern that the reported comments made by some players and coaches during the present Six Nations campaign might exacerbate the inherent dangers in a contact sport. He surmised, as the lunch clearly demonstrated, that Rugby, as much as anything, is about friendships formed, no matter what club or nation a player represents. It is a sport and has to escape the label, as the great Chris Chataway postulated, of ‘War Without Weapons’.

Here’s hoping for a good result on Saturday.

Phil Waine

Photo of players and coaches with the Gavin Calder Cup on 20th February by Libby Blakeman

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