Sunday 6 October 2013

Programme notes v Gala, 5 Oct 2013

Welcome to Raeburn Place

How emotions change in a week! From the highs of a good win against previously unbeaten Melrose, to the lows of losing to arch rivals Heriot’s. However, it's time to put all that behind us now and welcome Gala, their President Scott Dalgleish, committee and players to Raeburn Place. We also welcome our referee Sig Elia Rizzo, from Italy, and very Scottish assistants Mr Andy Ireland and Mr Stephen Hart to Raeburn Place. This is Sig Rizzo's first visit to the 'home' of international rugby - we hope he enjoys his day here, refereeing on the pitch where the first international was played.

Gala have also had an up and down time this season - a one point loss at Heriot’s, a 38-38 draw at Hawks, a three point loss to Melrose and three good victories - leaving them two places and three points ahead of us in the Premiership. After today, both clubs take a 2-week break from the Premiership to play our first two B&I Cup fixtures. Whilst Gala play Aberavon at Netherdale, we welcome Pontypridd to Raeburn Place - the first time I believe we have played each other in our long histories. Pontypridd RFC was formed 19 years after Accies, in 1876, and, like Accies in Scotland, it was one of the founding clubs of the WRU. In 1907, Pontypridd's captain, Duncan McGregor, played in all 3 games for Scotland’s Triple Crown winning team. McGregor, who was born in Pontypridd to a Scottish father, was educated at Watson's and played so well for Watsonians on their Christmas tour to Newport, that the Wales selectors picked him as a reserve for the Scotland game that season, only to find him playing for the opposition! Another Scottish connection is their current coach, Dale 'The Chief' McIntosh, who along with Neil Jenkins has made such a huge impact on Pontypridd rugby. Like McGregor, New Zealander McIntosh had a Scottish father and was selected to play for the Scotland A side in 1992 - four years later he played for Wales against South Africa.

After the Pontypridd game we make what is now a rare long trip by train to London - though this was a regular occurrence in the 1880/90’s and early 20th century - where we take on London Scottish. Scottish was an annual fixture for Accies in years gone by, but this will be the first time we have met at 1st XV level for a number of years. It is certainly the first time we have played them in the professional era and the first time Accies will have met a full time pro outfit - interesting times!

Back to this week - the Premiership has turned up some great matches over the last two seasons - including our meetings with Gala. Last season at Raeburn Place we lost by two points in a 56 point thriller - and I hope we see more of that today.

John Wright President, EAFC

Coach's Comments

After last week’s disappointing result, it is important that we put in a performance to be proud of today. We were simply not at the races last week. Our first half was not acceptable by anyone's standards, let alone ours. We made crucial mistakes at the start, middle and end of the first half and let Heriots dominate us. Our shape in attack and defence improved marginally in the second half, but there were some glaring errors and Heriot’s fully deserved their victory.

However, it is only the start of October. The players have worked extremely hard this week and I could see, come Thursday, that they are ready to tackle Gala. Today's game will be hugely competitive. Gala have been consistently at the top end of the table and have a talented and well coached squad.

We pride ourselves on working hard as both coaches and players. There have been some huge selection calls this week, leaving some players bitterly disappointed. However, the strength of the squad means that one man’s disappointment is another man’s opportunity.

We must all take the opportunity today to ensure that we put in a performance that everyone at the Club can relish.

Enjoy the game today and thank you for your continued support.

Jonny Else Head Coach, EAFC

Edinburgh BATs Rugby RUGBY FOR ALL ….. in the North Edinburgh Community

Broughton High had another successful run out last Friday at S1/2 level; this time, however, the tournament was 10-a-side. This is a real step in the right direction for the school’s rugby with grass root numbers increasing steadily.

Trinity Academy School of Rugby sides were at last Friday’s Edinburgh game as part of the ‘Cashback for Communities’ programme. The S2 side comfortably won against Hawick High and the S1 side enjoyed a tour of the stadium - a massive thanks to all the Edinburgh Rugby players who took time out to chat to the kids.

From a club perspective, the U18’s have a week off this week – good timing, allowing them to regroup ahead of their last 2 league games before the split to instil some confidence after a couple heavy defeats. Our U16 numbers are growing, which is great to see. They are a very young U16 side who are putting in some really good performances but just not picking up tries for all their hard work. Our S1, P7 and P6 sides continue to train and play games on a Sunday - a massive thanks to Heriot’s for last week’s pre-match P7 game - the players had a great time.

Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work 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 Edinburgh Accies, Trinity Accies and Broughton this weekend.

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

As I walked around the pitches at RP last Sunday on a beautiful autumn morning, I was struck just how far the Minis/Junior Section has progressed over the last few years.

Despite having teams away representing Accies/BATs at the annual Watsonians Minis Tournament, we still had over 60 youngsters training – so well done to all the coaching staff and enthusiastic junior players. What particularly excited me was the numbers of P1’s and P2’s who were having great fun while learning the very early principles of our wondrous game.

At Watsonians, all the boys performed well and represented the Club with great determination and enthusiasm. Particular mention should go the P6’s who performed superbly and won their age group level – well done to Mark Stuart, his coaching team and all the boys involved.

Good luck today to the 1st XV and let’s hope they can get back to winning ways by repeating the type of performance they produced at home against Melrose.

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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