Weekend Recap from Chairman Fin

Weekend Recap from Chairman Fin

Make no mistake – good things are happening down Inverleith way these days!

In the absence of our President, who was on a much deserved holiday on Arran, and Lawrance John Reilly, who felt Easter Road should get at least some of his attention to justify his season ticket, I have stepped in to reflect on what was a quite magnificent weekend for the Rugby Club.

It’s not often we are afforded the luxury of reporting on three wins … yes, three wins!

But perhaps the highlight, though, happened out at Tranent, where, under the watchful eye of brother Jim, we saw the first official outing of the re-branded Ferry Road Wanderers, who notched up a solid victory against Ross High 2nds. The final result is of no importance. What was far more relevant was that twenty-one lads headed down to East Lothian, and, with the home side short of players, three of our older ‘lads’, namely Richie Munro, Callum Hanratty and Paul Sulliven (Sully) all played for the hosts.

Without a referee, too, Luke and Jamie from Heriot’s shared the task evenly and allowed everyone a game. This is what amateur rugby is all about.

What was also so important was that both sides respected each other, allowing a fantastic game to unfold and the concept of the Ferry Road Wanderers to be solidified. Particularly pleasing, too, was that every player, barring son David (AKA Louis Picamoles), was under the age of 30 years old. But the kid who caught the eye, by all accounts, through a mixture of schooling but mostly genetics, was Cameron Lineen, son of Sean Raymond Patrick Lineen, no less!

Cameron’s stay in the Ferry Road team will be short lived for he just oozes class.

Back at Inverleith, looking at its most magnificent, the 1sts and 2nds both recorded solid victories against Glasgow Accies and Musselburgh 2nds, respectively.

Both games were played in great spirit, too, and both matches served some superb handling skills … some sublime rugby! We have a number of players in the 2nds ready to step up, namely Adam Greig, Patrick Ritchie and Ruaridh Stewart, who were particularly abrasive. Chaps – this is not really the Stew Mel way!

With two fit squads we have competition for places at last … it’s brilliant, for, as we all know, momentum is everything and I urge you all to continue to support the Club, whether that be on the field, off the field, at lunches –  whatever!

Lastly, spare a thought for Adam Howie, our Club Captain and former pupil of the Glasgow Academy, who, despite his mixed loyalties, I sensed was a very happy man last night.

Good things are happening down Inverleith way …

Chairman Fin

Match photo c/o Fred Palmer / 39 Design Photography

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