Thursday 19 February 2015

President's Blog - 19 February 2015

Last week in our hit-out at Malleny Park two current Academy boys made their 1st XV debuts. Saul Melvin-Farr had a good 80 minutes and showed a fine turn of pace, not least when scoring a try in the first two minutes. Unfortunately for Blair Kinghorn he had to leave the field after 10 minutes following a head knock, which was a pity as he had a very promising start. Both of them are now involved with Scotland U18s preparing for their game against England U18s.

Last Sunday we were well entertained at the Unified Rugby game between the Edinburgh Clan and the Swansea Gladiators, where the visitors triumphed by 29-21. It was a good start for the Edinburgh Clan, who will now continue to train at Raeburn Place and look to increase the number of available players.

We have a few exciting events coming up over the next few weeks that you should note in your diaries: the 144th anniversary of the first ever international; the 25th anniversary of the last Scottish Grand Slam; the 10th anniversary of BATs; the Club Dinner and Awards at RP; the Academicals v Merchistonians game; our final BT Premiership game (against Stirling County) and pre-match lunch of the season; and the first visit of an Old Wesley XV to RP for a number of years. The latter takes place on the morning of Saturday 21 March before the Irish international at Murrayfield.

BATs has been an immense success for Accies and I hope that you will all make some effort to join in the 10th anniversary celebrations which will take place in May. More details will be available nearer the time.

But for now the most important 80 minutes of this season, and perhaps of the decade, are against Hawick away on Saturday. We have left ourselves in a position where we need to win both our last two games and probably with a bonus point in each. There is no point in looking back - we must look forward with a determination to win.

We did beat Hawick at RP earlier this season but it's now down to the squad that our Head Coach has picked to perform to their maximum potential and repeat that at Mansfield Park on Saturday.

We have three teams out on Saturday: the 2nd XV at Watsonians, the Development XV at home against Kelso 2nd XV and of course the one that will occupy all our minds this weekend - the 1st XV at Hawick. Good luck to them all.



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