Thursday 11 December 2014

President's Blog - 11 December 2014

It's always easier to write these pieces when we win and, with the 2nd and Development XVs winning as well last week, it was a great weekend. The 2nd XV came back from Aberdeen with a 69-17 win, putting them fourth in the National Reserve League 1, and the Development XV won 15-13 after having to move their game to Royal High because of problems with getting the pitch in Inverleith Park.

The 1st XV match against Currie was a game we needed to win and it was good to see that hard work on the training pitch was the key element in the success that has moved us to within a point of second-bottom Boroughmuir.

Phil Leck said: “It’s nice to see the squad put everything we have done in training into practice. The thing we really tried to emphasise was that they have potential. For us to climb up the table we’ve got to be winners and in the game against Currie they played like winners.”

It was tremendous to see thirty-odd 'Hasbeens' at the pre-match lunch last weekend - including some who had not been at RP since the last century. I said last week that they could be a 'bit of a handful'. I got that wrong - they were more than that. They enjoyed the lunch, supported the lads playing with full voice and then entertained the clubhouse with a few renditions of songs, one in which there was so much stamping I thought they would go through the floor. I look forward to seeing them at RP again very soon.

This Saturday's game at Nailacre is our last competitive game of 2014 and another one that we need to win. When we played them at Raeburn Place in September it was oh so close, when a last minute goal by Heriot’s took the game from us 26-28, the conversion from the touchline ending the game.

Last weekend Scotland 7s finished up sixth in the World Rugby 7s in Dubai. It was good to see Nyle Godsmark getting more game time and scoring his first World Rugby 7s try. We won't mention him being 'stepped' by a New Zealander. He has moved on to the next round of the competition in South Africa this weekend. Well done, Nyle.

Fraser Gillies, ex Edinburgh Academy and occasional Accies player, was in the Cambridge XV that played Oxford today (Thursday), playing at centre rather than his more customary fly-half role, the position another Accie, Paul Loudon, played in, in the 2010 game. Sadly Oxford won the match 43-6 but we are sure Fraser enjoyed being part of the Varsity experience at Twickenham.

On Sunday 21 December we will be having the legendary BATs Christmas Charity Lunch & Carols on the now traditional last Sunday before Christmas. This year we are in for a treat as our carol singing will be accompanied by none other than The Jedburgh Instrumental Brass Band Ensemble. It's always a good event. If you would like to go, full details can be found here.

A reminder that on Monday 29 December an Accies XV will play our annual game against the Co-optimists at Raeburn Place, kick off 1.30pm. Our first game of 2015 will be against Hawick at Raeburn Place in the third round of the BT Cup on 3 January, also a 1.30pm kick off. Please put the dates in your diary.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday. The game is at Nailacre so a vocal Accies support could make all the difference.



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