Waine’s World – 9/1/13
A Happy New Year to one and all. I hope that everybody has had a good festive season and that life is now returning to normal. It is a pity that both the “Under 20 Something” matches fell foul of the weather, but, hopefully, the idea can be revived at a future date.
I watched the Cup match on 29th December against Watsonians, and, although perhaps it wasn’t a classic in the murk and gloom at Inverleith, it was a competent performance by the 1st XV, and – in my book – any victory over the men from Myreside is worthwhile!
I am “holidaying” on the Isle of Arran at the moment and a little bit out of touch with the real world, but, from the news that has filtered in by pigeon, the 1st XV dug really deep and produced a fine 23-21 victory against Kelso on Saturday. Any victory for city slickers in the Borders is a good one and this at Poynder Park was no different.
A strong wind meant that we had to defend for the majority of the first half before playing most of the game in Kelso territory for the second 40 minutes. They contrived to give us a torrid last few moments, however, and forced their way over the line wide out for a very late try. Fortunately – for us, anyway – the conversion which would have levelled the scores was missed and allowed Malcolm MacColl (Director of Rugby) to sum it up as, “A good day at the office”.
The last 4 games have, therefore, produced 3 wins and a draw. It would be great to beat Heriot’s in the Cup next week (12th January) at Inverleith and win our 5 remaining league matches. Hopefully we are aiming high for a successful last quarter to the season. With fixtures to come against Hawks and Watsonians, we might even have some of the brave souls from Hawick wishing us luck!
The 2nd XV also conceded a late try but, sadly, in this instance, it allowed Currie to secure a last gasp draw with the final score being 29-29. I believe that there was some debate about the penalty that led to to this try but I have not yet had the chance to gain any first hand information!
The 2nd XV do not have a fixture for this coming Saturday, while the game between the Mighty 3s and Ross High 2s has been called off because the men from Tranent have withdrawn from the league. School matches will, however, resume on Saturday, with the 1st XV playing Hutchesons’ at Inverleith.
Having said this, I am not sure what the weather is like in Edinburgh, but all you could play in Arran at the moment is water polo!