Sunday 3 November 2013

Programme notes v Aberdeen, 2 November 2013

Welcome to Raeburn Place

This game marks our half way stage in the RBS Premiership - our ninth game out of 18 - though we are two games behind most of the Premiership clubs because of our two B&I Cup games. After today, that leaves us five months to fit in nine games – 5 up to the 21st December, then 1 game each in January and February and 2 in March!

Today we welcome the Aberdeen players, their President, Jim Rae, and supporters to Raeburn Place. A big thanks and welcome also to our match officials - referee Mr Charles Sampson and assistants Mr David Changleng and Mr Stephen Ward - for without them there would be no game.

After a good start, we now find ourselves having won four and lost four and third from the bottom of the Premiership, two places (one point) behind today's opponents Aberdeen, who have played two more games than us (won three and lost seven). So, for both clubs there is a lot to play for today, including pride and position in the Premiership!! When we last met at Rubislaw we won 18-17, having come back from being down 3-14 at half time, plus we returned to Raeburn Place as holders of the Bill McLaren Shield for the second time.

We will have four teams out again this weekend - the 2nd XV playing Aberdeen 2nds on the 2nd XV pitch at RP, the Development XV at Jed-Forest 2nds and the Whites playing PL 2nds, round the corner on Broughton High School's new and excellent rugby pitch.

It takes a lot of organisation to get four teams out - from the coaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays - to actually getting 15 players and replacements out on the Saturday. Our thanks go to all those involved in doing that.

With the modern communications - mobile phones, texts, e-mails, FB, Twitter and web sites - you would have thought it would have been easier than the days of post cards, tick team lists, etc - but it doesn’t seem so! There is so much more 'choice' of what to do at weekends nowadays and so the commitment to play week in and week out, from September to March, has gone, which makes it hard for the team managers/coaches. Even so, what surprises us is the number of players who just sit back and don't make contact, or say they didn't get a 'message' from the Club about the weekend - even though one will have been sent - and just do nothing.

What's happened to some respect towards those who work so hard to run the teams, respect such as contacting them to say I am available to play or ‘where am I playing this week?’ It would make running the Club so much easier and enjoyable for all…

We are delighted with the support of all our sponsors and especially pleased to continue the relationship with our main sponsor, Hamilton & Inches. Thanks go to Steve Paterson and his Team and all our other sponsors for their steadfast support and their faith in the Club.

Finally, 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

After two away games, we make a welcome return to Raeburn Place. Our experience down at London Scottish has taught us valuable lessons. Playing against fully professional players took its toll in the end, but the players did themselves and the Club proud. The driving play by London Scottish was impressive and their ability to put us under constant pressure, while being clinical in attack and organised and tenacious in defence, allowed them to control the majority of the game. We scored three high quality tries against them and at times stretched their defence and we took a lot of heart from our second half performance. We look forward to welcoming them to Raeburn Place in January.

Unfortunately we couldn't raise our game last week against Hawks. At half time we were in the game and were looking to push on. However, we made a number of crucial individual and team errors that allowed Hawks to take control, and they fully deserved their victory.

Looking forward to Aberdeen today, we must ensure we cut out the silly errors we made last week. We won very narrowly up at Rubislaw at the start of the season in a game that could have gone either way. They have a good pack of forwards with talented backs, so we must be on our guard defensively at all times. We must front up physically, ensuring that we don't take a backward step, while ensuring that we show enterprise and creativity in attack.

Once again selection has been difficult this week. Players returning from injury and availability from both the Edinburgh and the Scotland 7’s Squads, means that the number of quality players to select from is growing. We aim to put the best blend of youth and experience together to ensure that whoever represents the Club, does so with pride and passion.

Jonny Else, Head Coach, EAFC 

 View from the Touch Line

What a nail biter you experienced if you were at Rubislaw on the 31st August for our first away match of the season. Grammar exploded out of the blocks and had points on the board before our 1st XV could catch a breath. Slowly, very slowly, we woke up and, while Grammar won the first half, we won the second and eventually came out 18-17 winners in a very tight, but highly entertaining, match. Hopefully, the result will be the same today - but without the palpitations!

Despite the recent losses, the majority of our players and coaches regard our B&I Cup involvement as most beneficial, albeit for those of us who ventured to Old Anniesland for the RBS Premiership match against Glasgow Hawks last week it was not immediately apparent! The first half of that match was the poorest I’ve witnessed seen for some time. That day, with the exception of the newly signed Glasgow Warriors Fijian 7s player, Leone Nakarawa, it was not particularly obvious as to who were the pro and who were the amateur players – were the pros having an off day or are the amateurs closing the gap performance-wise?

As we all know, ‘what happens on tour stays on tour’, but for those of you who ventured to Richmond for the B&I Cup match against London Scottish it is good to hear that i) some of our older members have eventually rediscovered coherency of speech; and ii) one younger member now, hopefully, realises that you cannot suck cash out of a cash machine (don’t ask)! 

Finally, I hope that you enjoy your visit to Raeburn Place in this, our 156th season, and that you will be entertained to a fast, free flowing game of rugby culminating, dare I say it, with an Accie victory. And it goes without saying - no matter the result - 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

Trinity Academy’s Brewin Dolphin Cup campaign came to an end on Wednesday afternoon with a 29 to 3 loss to St Aloysius’ College in Glasgow. However, it was certainly the team’s best performance this season.

Broughton High’s S1/2 side have been invited to train with Japan next Thursday prior to the Scotland Test a week on Saturday - this is great reward for an ever-increasing squad of players. It’s looking like Broughton High will be entering the newly formed City of Edinburgh Council S1/2 Cup in the New Year. 

Our S1 side are playing Dunfermline on Sunday at Raeburn Place with a 10:30am kick off - if you are at a loose end please pop down and give them some support. Also, our U16 team have Linlithgow away in the Edinburgh and Lothian’s U16 League and are still on the hunt for their first win of the season. Although they have had some great performances, they are in desperate need of a win. 

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.

Finally good luck to Broughton RFC, Trinity Accies RFC in there league fixtures this weekend and of course Edinburgh Accies who play the club’s first ever B&I Cup game vs. Pontypridd at Raeburn Place.

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

After the half-term break the boys are back in action this Sunday with a long trip away to St Andrews for the annual Madrascals Tournament.

The mini tournaments we attend provide a great opportunity for the players to get game time, which plays a key role in their rugby development. Win, lose, or draw, the boys always have a great time and it’s great to see just how much enjoyment they get from these events. 

However, without the support of parents none of this would be possible and I thank you for all your time, support and effort you put in to help the boys in the early stages of their rugby playing careers.

This Sunday the graduates from last year’s P7 minis team play their first competitive U13 game at home against a strong Dunfermline squad. If you fancy a look at what’s happening within the junior section of Club we’d be delighted to have your support on the touch line. Kick-off is 10.30am at Raeburn Place. 

Good luck to the 1st XV this afternoon and here’s hoping the boys get back on the winning track in the league..

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,


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