Thursday 12 March 2015

President's Blog - 13 March 2015

It's only mid March but Saturday sees the last XVs game for our 1sts and 2nds. One of the better times of the year to play rugby with warmer weather, light and perhaps sunshine, and we shut up shop. Crazy!

Though we play Stirling in what is our last BT Premiership match of the season and for at least 12 months we can still influence who will be involved in the 'play-off' to remain in the Premiership, with Boroughmuir, Hawks and Stirling all on 32 or 33 points and fighting to avoid what can be a financially lucrative play-off.

Our team to play Stirling is based on our Cub players, as other than Michael Fedo, a Sevens contracted player who has not played rugby for over a season following knee surgery, pro players are like hens’ teeth this week. Never mind, a chance for some players to shine and good practice for next season when we will have to rely on our own.

There are a few games left at Raeburn Place after this week. Next week (21st) we welcome Old Wesley back after a number of years. They will play an Accies XV at 11am, then they are off to the Irish international at Murrayfield.

The following week (28th) the Development XV will play their last game against Biggar 2nd XV and an Academicals XV will also play Merchistonians at RP. Last year this was an exciting game and attracted a large crowd.

On 1 April BATs U18s will play their annual game against the Edinburgh Academy, ko 5.30pm. This is all part of our push to develop good young players. We have seen a number of youngsters who played in this game over the last two or three years appear for our 1st XV this season including three who are still at school. Do please make the effort to come and support our future.

Last weekend three young players - Jamie Troup (son of ex-Accies and Scotland A scrum half Kevin), Saul Melvin-Farr and Blair Kinghorn, who are still at school - all played in the good display by Scotland U18 against England last weekend. All have been involved at Accies Minis and the Academy and the latter two have already played in our 1st XV this season. Well done to the three.

If you haven't already, there is still a little time to book your place at next Friday's Club Dinner and Players’ Awards – click here for information.

I do hope to see you at Raeburn Place on Saturday for the game with Stirling. Let’s see if we can go out with a bonus point win and put the pressure on someone else for a change! After the game you can then stay on and watch the Calcutta Cup game on the big screen (ko 5.30pm) - 144 years, less a week, from the first ever international, which as you all know was played at RP. And Scotland won!



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