Thursday 2 April 2015

President's Blog - 2 April 2015

So that’s it for XVs for Accies this season. Last week's Development XV game was cancelled as Biggar failed to get a team, Accies beat Merchistonians 42-27 on Saturday and to pull the curtain down BATs lost to a good Edinburgh Academy XV 5-53 on Wednesday.

So, whilst other clubs seem to be still full on with XVs - and I think April is a great month to play XVs, firmer grounds, better weather, a bit of warmth and sun - we now move to Sevens.

And we have a full 7s fixture list starting at Haddington on Saturday and then the first of the King of the 7s on Sunday at Gala. A full list of Sevens fixtures can be found here.

At Haddington we are drawn in a group with North Berwick (ko 2.15pm) and Hamilton (ko 4.15pm). At Gala we are in a group with StewMel (ko 1.00pm) and Selkirk.

A week ago I attended the celebration dinner for the first International and 25th anniversary of Scotland’s 1990 Grand Slam. It was a splendid evening attended by a good number of players from David Sole’s Grand Slam team, plus Brian Moore to put the English slant on things.

Moore was standing in for Will Carling, who was in Hong Kong, and apparently when he was asked to stand in he was not told the significance of the event. That evening he tweeted: “When I agreed to step in for Will Carling tonight I didn't realise it was the 25th anniversary dinner of the 1990 Scots’ Grand Slam - git.”

John Beattie compered the evening and the highlight was a question and answer session between Beattie, Sole and Moore - Moore who seemed to have had one or two or more drinks, before and during the session. Howard Haslett rounded the evening off with a typical Howard Haslett speech. It was good to see Howard at an Accies’ event again.

Each table had a rugby ball placed in the middle and I was pleased to see that at least during the dinner they remained there. I did hear a ball or two were whizzing around the hotel later - and more so outside!

It was a good long evening for some. Moore survived even though he spent some time in the company of Club captain Greg Campbell and Tom Stuart. Later, another tweet from Moore said: “Scottish 1990 Grand Slam Dinner Edinburgh - I'm still alive.”

Well done and many thanks to those who organised the event.

In July a party of 15 Accies are heading to Africa to play in a Sevens tournament on 4 and 5 July in Kenya. Ex President David Parker will be leading the tour for the Club. As part of the fundraising for the charities the tour is supporting and for Accies, David is organising a reunion Dinner for the 1999/2000 Accies Division 3 Champions team and supporters.

Full details can be found here. I'm sure it will be another splendid Parky-organised evening - one not to miss. Do your bit and support the Club, Saturday 15 June at Raeburn Place.

A number of Accies are away representing Scotland at various levels. Nyle Godsmark and Chris Dean are currently in Japan with Scotland 7s, both being involved last weekend in Hong Kong when Scotland won the bowl.

Saul Melvin-Farr and Blair Kinghorn are away with Scotland U18s in the Rugby Europe Championships in France. They both started the first two games, which were lost 10-22 to France and by 2-3 in the best of five penalty shoot-out to Portugal after being 0-0 at full time.

Well done to all four.

I'll be cycling over the Garleton Hills to get to the Haddington 7s - that's if I can manage to reach the top rather than roll back to Gullane - I hope to see some of you there if I make it!



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