Down Inverleith Way 27
A bitterly disappointing day for Stewart’s Melville Senior Rugby; an eminently satisfactory one for Cartha Queen’s Park as they left Inverleith with a deserved victory (15-46) in this vital “Ten Pointer”. A Dumbreck worthy informed me, with some feeling, that the success was down to the Stew Mel match report of the first encounter earlier in the season which had been used as a motivational instrument on the bus journey through from Glasgow. A perusal of the said document does not give any obvious clue as to the angst, but perhaps the CQP coach could bottle it and send the RBG a sample! Whatever, the said gentleman perhaps does his team a dis-service as, quite simply, they were the stronger and more focused outfit on the day.
For the first time in a while, the set scrum was pressurised and the line out malfunctioned at vital times. The corollary being that discipline again let us down (two yellow cards and a string of penalties), and poor ball retention often negated the ability to put the Glaswegians under any consistent pressure. Trying to play attacking rugby in all areas of the pitch is an admirable quality but, when relegation is a looming threat, there also has to be some pragmatism to playing the game in the right area of the pitch and keeping things simple. On the plus side, the back three looked dangerous when in possession – with James Ferguson using his physique to good use – and Cameron Symes, on his debut for the 1st XV, produced a promising performance at outside centre.
The task in front cannot be underestimated. It is by no means impossible but this result brings into stark focus the enormity of the challenge. The whole club needs to come together with a collective spirit and confront the spectre of relegation. It has to be proved that we are too good for National 3 rugby. The coaches require complete commitment from the players, and club members need to be vocal with their support from the touchline. Considering the importance of Saturday’s confrontation, a bigger RBG presence would have been welcome!
In late September, the Senior 2nd XV suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Marr( 72-08). However, on Saturday they gave the league leaders a real fright and, indeed, led by 7-5 at half-time. Sadly, they did not manage to hang on but could easily have been successful, and the final score of 14-22 shows a marked improvement from the previous result.
Next Saturday sees the Senior 1st XV playing Jedforest at Riverside and the Senior 2nd XV meeting Hawick Force at Mansfield. Both these teams are in second place in their respective leagues so the challenges keep on coming. There is nothing better than a win in the Border country ——-! The Mighty 3’s restart their season by welcoming Penicuik 2nd XV to Inverleith.
With the Senior 1st XV games against Edinburgh Academicals and GHA being postponed; the Senior 2nd XV games against Boroughmuir and GHA being postponed; and the school on holiday it has been a quiet time down Inverleith way. Sadly, the SM Academy match against Glasgow Hawks last Sunday was also cancelled due to the weather so, as a result, the only action that has taken place over the festive period is the Stewart’s Melville XV v Steve Sims Cavaliers XV at the Oriam Centre located at Heriot Watt University.
Steve, a student of Stewart’s Melville College, a member of the rugby club and a graduate of St. Andrews university sadly fell victim to the rare blood disease IDP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura) in 2012. “The Steve Sims Cavaliers” are a fundraising team set up by his friends.
Steven was the guy everyone wanted to be at university. Loved by all, Steven was a huge sporting talent, a great tourist and musical genius turning his hand to just about any instrument. He was club captain, 1st XV captain and treasurer at St Andrews University RFC, a grade 1 pipe band drummer featuring in the World Championships year after year, a friend, brother and son.
Steven set up the Cavaliers Rugby team in 2008 after one year as F.I.S.H. rugby. He brought together his friends from school and university to play sevens at the famous St Andrews Sevens.
In 2012 we lost Steven to ITP. It put everyone he knew into a state of shock and paralysis. His passing left huge voids of laughter, fun and warmth in everyones lives.
His family and friends rallied round following his passing to to do something in his name. The Steven Sims Cavaliers were re-launched in 2013 bringing together family and friends from St Andrews, Stew Mel and his beloved Pipe Band, Police Scotland Fife. Lifelong friendships have been forged through the Cavaliers which is testament to Steven and the company he kept.
Since then the Cavaliers have:
- Become one of the largest ever fundraisers for Movember UK 2013
- Climbed the 3 highest peaks in UK
- Run the Paris Marathon
- Climbed Kilimanjaro
- Climbed to Everest basecamp
- Had 22 people run in the Edinburgh Half Marathon
- Won rugby tournaments in St Andrews, London and Edinburgh.
This fundraising power has helped us to:
- Co-fund the build of the ITP Support Association Headquarters in Bedfordshire
- Co-fund the building of Teens+ new centre in Edinburgh
- Funded research projects into the causes of ITP.
- Established themselves as The Steven Sims Cavaliers Foundation tackling concussion in rugby to ensure boys and girls can continue to play this great sport safely.