Thursday 26 March 2015

President's Blog - 26 March 2015

Last Friday evening we had a most enjoyable Club Dinner and Players’ Awards in the Clubhouse. It was attended by around 70 players and members, mostly players. Nathan Pike was an excellent compere and the Club captain, Greg Campbell, and yours truly spoke.

Director of Rugby Bob Easson announced the players’ awards. The winners were:

  • Development XV/Whites Player of the Year - William Marshall
  • 2nd XV Player of the Year - Callum Black
  • Most Improved Player of the Year - Jamie Sole
  • Players’ Player of the Year - Jack Marples.

Congratulations to them all.

The following morning those who made it saw a keenly contested game between an Accies XV and an Old Wesley XV, two sides which had both had late Friday nights. It was good to see Old Wesley - and their supporters - back at Raeburn Place after a number of years.

Old Wesley's web site said: “Saturday’s match was a tremendous example of rugby at its purest being played in a spectacular manner full of vim and vigour. A final score of 30-28 (that's under Irish touring scoring methods!!) was officially recorded as Accies took the win. It was then off for a delightful afternoon of rugby football as our Irish heroes took a big win. The many tweed clad Wesleyans then returned to Raeburn Place in full spirits to watch England coming up just short.”

They seemed to have a ball. We really need to look into making a return trip to Dublin next year…

The next few days see the last XVs games of the 2014/15 season, with the Development XV playing Biggar in Inverleith Park so that an Academicals XV can play a Merchistonians XV at Raeburn Place. Last season a large crowd enjoyed a cracking game against Merchistonians, which the Academicals just won 31-29 (official scoring, not Irish). The gates open at 12.30pm and the bars and BBQ will be ready. The kick off is 2.30pm.

The final XVs game is on Wednesday 1 April when we have the annual Ed Saunders' Cup match between BATs U18s and Edinburgh Academy 1st XV. The kick off is at 5.30pm.

Next week the Club starts its Sevens season. On Saturday 4 April an Accies VII will play at Haddington and on the Sunday the 1st VII starts the Kings of the Sevens Tournaments at Gala, where we play a round robin against Selkirk and StewMel to decide who progresses into the finals.

Although we have not chosen our VII yet, it's bound to be very different to last season as a few players are not available this season: Ryan Godsmark has gone to play in America, Scott Riddell is not with Accies this season, Alex Blair has retired, Ruairidh Bonner is in Singapore and Sam Pecqueur is awaiting knee reconstruction surgery. The availability of Nyle Godsmark, Alex Glashan, Jamie Farndale and Chris Dean will be in the hands of Scotland VIIs and/or Edinburgh Rugby.

I do hope we see you at Raeburn Place this Saturday and then at the BATs v Academy game on Wednesday evening, ko 5.30pm.



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