Monday 17 March 2014

Programme notes- Accies v Heriots, 15 march

Welcome to Raeburn Place

At the fourth attempt, we welcome Heriot’s FP, their President, Donald Gray, and supporters to Raeburn Place for today's match. A big thanks and welcome also to our match officials - referee Mr Gary Gordon and assistants Messrs Kevin White and Gus Tweedale - for without them there would be no game.

First, congratulations to Ruairidh Young, Sam Pecqueur, Jamie Farndale and Phil Cringle - all with Scotland U20’s who played Wales U20’s last night - and also to Chris Dean and Alex Glashan who are with Scotland 7’s on their way to Tokyo.

Today's game was first scheduled for the last week of January. Unfortunately, that was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, although we did enjoy a very good lunch, where we were regally entertained by Iain ‘The Bear’ Milne and Andy Irvine, who gave a fascinating (and impromptu) talk about the recent Lions Tour.

The match was rescheduled for 8th February, but then we supported Heriots’ request to the Championship Committee (CC) for another date as they had a big Calcutta Cup Lunch at Goldenacre that day, so it was moved to 8th March. Come 4th March, Heriot’s asked for another dispensation from the CC to postpone the game – which they duly received – so, fingers crossed we manage to get this played today!

Along with those above with Scotland U20’s and 7’s, we will be without Callum Reid today. He cracked a cheek bone against Ayr and is probably out for the rest of the season – we wish him all the best. There is one new-comer to our team today, Aleki Lutui, the 40 times capped Tongan international hooker, who has played for Worcester Warriors and before that for the Chiefs in New Zealand. Lutui played for Tonga in the famous 2011 Rugby World Cup victory (19-14) over the eventual runners-up, France. We welcome him to Accies and hope he enjoys his game today.

Including today’s game, we have two Premiership games left. We play Stirling next week at Raeburn Place and, similar to last season, there are a variety of permutations regards the final league positions. At the top it's between Gala and Melrose for the title, but Melrose can only win it if Gala lose next week. At the bottom, Aberdeen have already been relegated, but there are five clubs who could be involved in the play-off with the second team in the National League. They are, Currie (34 points,1 game left), Hawks (33, 2), Accies (30, 2), Stirling (29, 1) and Hawick (28, 2) - phew!

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.

John Wright President, EAFC

Coach's Comments

We welcome Heriot’s FP to Raeburn Place this afternoon. We made a number of silly errors in the game at Goldenacre earlier in the season, and Heriot’s punished us, so it is vital that we do not make the same mistakes this afternoon.

We have a number of changes in the squad today, largely down to the success of Sam Pecqueur, Jamie Farndale, Phil Cringle and Ruairidh Young, being involved in the U20’s. Alex Glashan and Chris Dean are also back with the Scotland 7’s Squad. They are a credit to the Club and themselves and we are very proud of them. Also, congratulations go to Nyle Godsmark, who was selected for the Club International XV who played last Friday night.

Although we lost at Ayr two weeks ago, the performance was pleasing. Malcy has been working incredibly hard with the forwards and this showed up front. It’s not an easy task with players unavailable or injured but Malcy has a clear idea how he wants the forwards to play and has demanded a high work rate, while also ensuring that our technique is excellent at the breakdown. Our pack looked and played the part against Ayr - they must front up again today.

Managing the squad has been fundamental this season. I’m proud to say that we have a large and talented squad to pick from, meaning that when players are unavailable we are still able to field a strong squad. We are delighted to welcome Jack Marples into the squad today - he has been outstanding for the 2nd XV and fully deserves his start.

Talking of which, the 2nd XV had a great win against Heriot’s last month. Andrew Easson is an outstanding young coach who is working wonders with a squad that changes every week. He has two loyal sidekicks in Duncan and Graham who are working extremely hard to ensure that all players are improving technically, but are also enjoying their rugby. The 2nd XV are a credit to the Club - they train well in good numbers and there’s a great camaraderie within the squad.

The players are raring to go for the ‘business end’ of the season. We must come out of the blocks firing today and be on our A game, because if we don’t, Heriots will certainly punish us.

As always, your support is greatly appreciated by myself, Malcy and the boys.

Enjoy the game!

Jonny Else Head Coach, EAFC

The Club would like to thank the following:

Our Faithful Volunteers - too many to mention, for giving their time so generously.

Our Ball Boys – Ramsay Hodgson, Elliot Drysdale, Jamie Simpson & Robbie Simpson

Edinburgh BATs Rugby

RUGBY FOR ALL ….. in the North Edinburgh Community

This weekend sees the launch of our newly formed S2 side who are playing Forrester at Raeburn Place tomorrow, kicking off at 11.30am. We have 3 fixtures over the next 3 weeks and I thank all parents and coaches involved so far for getting this side up and running.

Our U18 and U16 sides are nearing the end of their respective Edinburgh and Lothian’s Cup matches and both are sitting mid table. Hopefully, with a big push, they can reach the knockout stages.

Congratulation’s must go to BATs players, Mark Latta and Fraser Miller, on being selected for the Edinburgh U17 Squad. Unfortunately, they didn’t make the match day squad, however both performed well throughout the programme.

As we near the end of the season, we are starting to get invites in for the U18 side to compete in 7’s tournaments. It is testament to the BATs relationship with many Border and Fife clubs that we have been invited to – and accepted - six invitations so far.

BATs Training Times:

  • BATs 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 Iain on the contact details below.

Good luck to all teams involved this weekend for Broughton, Edinburgh Accies and Trinity.

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

Tomorrow sees the Minis Section host their ‘home’ tournament at Newfield from 11am, where we will be hosting 7 clubs with teams represented from P3 to P7 level. This is always a great occasion and an opportunity to see in action, the result of all the hard work that both the coaches and children have put in.

It will also be my last home tournament as President as I hand over the reins at the end of the season to a new management team. I’m extremely proud of what we have collectively achieved with the Minis over the last 3 years, building on the great foundations that have been laid down over the years by many volunteer coaches. I’m a firm believer that the future of the game in Scotland is dependent on what happens at the grass roots level of the game and, looking at the numbers we now have attending Minis (over 180 at the last count and from a wide catchment of schools), I hope in some small way we can contribute to the long-term future of the game.

I know the boys would appreciate your support tomorrow if you could pop along for an hour or two.

Good luck to the 1st XV today from all at the Minis.

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!

David Crawley, President, EAFC Mini Rugby, M 07715 555 005, E


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