Wednesday 10 September 2014

Programme notes- Accies v Boroughmuir, 6 September 2014

Welcome to Raeburn Place

Today we welcome Boroughmuir, their President, Bill Noble, and supporters to RP for our first home BT Premiership match of the season. A big thanks and welcome also to our match officials - referee Mr Graeme Wells and assistants Messrs David Changleng and Digby Thomas - for without them there would be no game.

For this season our youth sections - Accies Minis and BATs - will provide a guard of honour and a mascot for every 1st XV home game. So, we are pleased to welcome our guard of honour today, the Minis from P4 and the mascot Fergus Woodward - we thank them for their efforts and hope they enjoy the experience.

This is our first meeting against Boroughmuir for a year, as they went down a league. As expected, they bounced straight back to the Premiership, and last week they lost to Stirling at Meggetland, though they did get a losing bonus point.

We also missed out last week. With 10 minutes to go we were down by six points and pressing hard, going close to scoring a couple of times, only to make a mistake in their 22 with a minute to go and for Melrose to break away for a try under the posts – typical! It could have been the other way round, but it was not to be. Our 2nds did, however, come away with a good win from Melrose, with precocious talent Ronan Seydak bagging a hat-trick of tries.

Our starting XV last week had five former BATs players in it: Michael Liness, Lewis Niven, Josh and Sam Pecqueur and debutant and man of the match, Bobby Wilson. With my BATs hat on I must say how proud we are of all these lads.

Not only is this our first game at RP this season, it's our new Head Coach, Phil Leck's, first home game. We welcome him to Accies and hope he enjoys his time with us.

We also hope you are impressed with our new 'bad weather' undercover training area, which is being constructed on our ex-2nd XV pitch. When it's complete it will complement the new facilities brought by our development project. We look forward to that day!

I hope you all enjoy your visit to Raeburn Place, the 'cradle of rugby football in Scotland' and we look forward to welcoming you back soon - minus that b----- lump on the 2nd XV pitch!

John Wright President, EAFC

Coach's Comments

It’s a pleasure to welcome you all to Raeburn Place for our first home game against newly promoted Boroughmuir. It’s also a pleasure to be coaching such a famous club as ‘Accies’ with such a rich and historic rugby heritage.

Our three warm-up outings have gone well, with good wins against Stirling and Watsonians. Unfortunately, we couldn't keep that momentum going in our opening league fixture at Melrose last Saturday. We were on top for most of the game, but were hit hard by a couple of key injuries and in the end lost out 27-14 to last year’s champions - I think the final score flattered them!

We will be looking to redress that loss this weekend and after an intense week of training the lads are ready to move up the gears. I have been really pleased with the way the players have gone about their work and myself and the other coaching staff have been kept on our toes to ensure that the enthusiasm is channelled in a positive manner.

We are lucky with the undoubted skill and flair that the Club has at its disposal, but are trying to add the hard edge and concentration levels that it takes to compete at the highest level in the Premiership. I hope you will see that emphasis out on the field today.

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse after the game

Phil Leck Head Coach, EAFC

View from the Touch Line

A very warm welcome back to RP and to our first home match of the season against our south-side friends Boroughmuir. Like us, Boroughmuir lost last week, but I’m sure they will be looking to make amends this afternoon, in what should be a super game of open attacking rugby.

When the BT Premiership League and Cup fixture lists were put together for this season it was done with input from the pro clubs Edinburgh and Glasgow, to ensure sufficient free Saturdays for said pro clubs to play A games using BT Premiership Club players, as and when necessary. Because of the inability of the pro clubs to get their respective acts together, this laudable plan is now in the bin! As a result, there are going to be 5 league matches, as well as the Cup semi-finals, where the pro clubs are likely to call on our players. And, they are meant to be professionally run organisations!

Last Friday, I was involved in The Sportsman's Charity golf outing, at Bruntsfield Links GS, which was superbly organised and run by Accie, Duncan Mennie. The standard was extremely high, but one fourball stood out, possibly (or more particularly), because of stature and girth! Captained by David ‘Parky’ Parker and with John White, Charles Pearson and Ralph Lutton on board, this heavyweight team ‘examined’ the course’s flora and fauna in great detail, taking over 5 hours to get around - and there was not even a prize for the longest (time wise) round!

Finally, in this our 157th season of rugby at Raeburn Place, I hope that you enjoy a fast and free flowing game today and, dare I say it, an Accie victory. But, no matter the result, I hope that you enjoy lots of liquid refreshment and good banter in the Clubhouse afterwards.

Vincent O’Donoghue

Edinburgh BATs Rugby

RUGBY FOR ALL ….. in the North Edinburgh Community

All BATs teams have been back in training for over a month and numbers have been encouraging - for the first time in two years we will be running teams at S1 and U15 as well as S2 and U16.

The U16s’ season started last Sunday with a convincing victory over Lasswade at Broughton HS and they look forward to playing Heriot’s at Goldenacre tomorrow. The U15 side play against Lasswade away and our S1 and S2 teams have home games against Currie at Broughton HS starting from 10am.

Our P6 and P7 group join the rest of BATs/Accies Minis for the BBQ ‘Welcome Day’ at Raeburn Place tomorrow with training starting at 10:30am.

As always, the job of coordinating all fixtures and training sessions would be impossible without all our volunteers and I thank you all for your hard work already in getting the BATs season started. I hope you are looking forward to a successful season with BATs both on and off the field in what is our 10th season - a great achievement by all involved in BATs from start to present.

I am sure you will hear more about our 10th year throughout the season.

Good luck to all Accies Minis and BATs teams this weekend as well as Broughton RFC, Trinity Accies and Edinburgh Accies.

BATs Training Times:

  • BATs U15, U16 and U18 squads train on Wednesday evenings @ Raeburn Place from 6.30-7.30pm
  • BATs S1 & S2 sides train on Sunday mornings @ Raeburn Place from 10.30-12.00 noon
  • BATs P6 & P7 sides train on Sunday mornings @ Raeburn Place from 10.30-12.00 noon

If you would like to join and play for BATs or volunteer and help BATs in any way - be it coaching, fund-raising or just joining the committee - please contact either John or Iain on the contact details below.

The BATs are the future of rugby in the community……… and that future is bright.

BATs Web: click; Twitter: click  

Iain Berthinussen, Rugby Development Officer, 0783 469 2823; 

EAFC Minis Rugby

A warm welcome back to the all the Minis boys and girls for what I am sure will be another exciting season. The Minis have already been training hard. It’s fantastic to see so many down at Raeburn Place on Sunday mornings and to see lots of new faces among the familiar ones.

This Sunday from 11.30am we are holding our official Minis Welcome BBQ and we hope that as many of you as possible can make it along to Raeburn Place. This season we will further develop our Minis coaching program. The 1st XV's very own Michael Liness will be joining us on Sunday mornings to help with coaching and more Minis coaches than ever before are undertaking UKCC coaching qualifications.

We also hope to further strengthen the links between the Minis and the senior Club. Senior squad players will be coming down on a regular basis to help with the Minis coaching and to provide the youngsters with a bit of extra inspiration. In return, and following the success of the Minis Guard of Honour at the B&I Cup matches last season, the Minis will be supporting the 1st XV by providing a Guard of Honour at all BT Premiership home fixtures this season.

Good luck to the 1st XV this afternoon - and for the rest of the season - in particular from the P4 Guard of Honour who will be cheering the boys on today.

Please refer to our website for up to date info: click here  

Remember, ANY player from ANY school is welcome to join the Accies Minis!

Chris Bamberry, President, EAFC Mini Rugby, M 0772 555 7856, E


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