Thursday 19 December 2013

President's Blog - 19/12/13

After this Saturday our 1st XV squad gets a well-earned two-week break from competitive rugby until the 11th January 2014, when we play London Scottish in the B&I Cup at Raeburn Place. And they really do deserve it. It's been some first 'half' to our season - 18 games with no break, 14 Premiership and four B&I Cup games (three against fully pro teams). They have trained hard and played hard and I hope they enjoy their Christmas and New Year - though training will continue throughout that time.

I started the Newsletter a year ago saying: “Games don't come much bigger than Saturday's visit to Melrose for the Club. The last Premiership game of 2012 against one of Scotland's best.” Well, a year later and that still stands. We need more points and they have been going well in the Premiership. A year ago we had won four from our 11 Premiership games and had 26 points. This season we have won six from 13 and have 30 points. So it’s still tight for us but we did beat Melrose 29-21 at Raeburn Place in September. Let’s hope Saturday brings a repeat of that and last year's result at the Greenyards.

A little bit of back patting is due. Four of our squad - Phil Cringle, Jamie Farndale, Sam Pecqueur and Ruairidh Young - have made the latest Scotland U20 squad, preparing for the 2014 U20 Six Nations. We are also pleased to see that Alex Allan and Nyle Godsmark are in the initial 2014 Scotland Club International squad. Also, some of the more astute of you may have spotted that five of the starting Scotland 7 that beat Argentina in the semi-final of the Bowl in Dubai recently had played for our 1st XV in the Premiership this season, Alex Glashan, Chris Dean, Lee Jones, Scott Riddell and Andrew Turnbull all having pulled on the blue and white hoops over the last few weeks. Unfortunately Dean was injured and missed the win in the Bowl final against Canada. Sadly I hear he now needs a knee operation. Congratulations and well done to all the above and we wish Chris Dean a quick recovery.

Our final 'feast' of rugby at Raeburn Place for 2013 will be on Friday 27th December, when we will put out an Accies XV to play our annual game against the Co-Optimists, ko 2pm. This is always a great get-together, a chance to meet those Accies who are home for the break and of course to get some time out of the house. The long-range (10 day) weather forecast looks reasonable with lows of -2C and highs of +8C, so 'touch wood' we should get a game this year.

This will be my last ‘blog’ of 2013 and so on behalf of us all at Accies I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and successful New Year and to thank you for your interest in, and support of, the Club. You can keep in touch with what's happening over the holiday season by checking the news page on the Club website or via Facebook. I will keep both up-to-date with the latest information.

We look forward to seeing you at the Co-Ops game on the 27th and during the coming year at Raeburn Place.





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