Edinburgh Academicals 2018Edinburgh Academicals 2018 RSS news feedEdinburgh Academicals 2018Tue, 03 Aug 2010 08:09:42 +0100https://www.edinburghaccies.com/Match Preview Prem7: Accies v Glasgow Hawks<p><strong>Saturday 13 October</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Glasgow Hawks, RP, 15:00</strong></p> <p>We were so close to our elusive first win again last week, just letting Hawick steal the victory in the final moments of the game, that we have to believe it will come soon. Hawks did manage to beat Hawick, but that is their only win of the season and we will be looking to restrict them to that tomorrow. However, they showed resilience to come back strongly in the second half of their game against Watsonians last week and that, combined with their Glasgow pros, will see them come to Raeburn Place in optimistic mood. We will meet them on equal terms.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "We took our time on selection this week to get our combinations right, with the team not decided until after Thursday night training. There are welcome additions to the match day squad wit the return from injury of Sam Johnson and Ronan Seydak.</p> <p>"We have gone from nowhere near to nearly men over the course of the first six rounds and we are starting to put a game together. There are a couple of bits that need to come good: our discipline and the ability to kill games off in the last twenty. A lot of that comes from the unnecessary pressure we are putting on ourselves when we should be applying it to the opposition.</p> <p>"We have been working to put these things right in training, in the hope it begins to manifest itself in games, but we will continue to be patient with our rate of development and not force things too much.</p> <p>"People in the cheap seats talk a lot about league pressure but we don&rsquo;t feel it ourselves within our group. We can see what&rsquo;s coming round the corner, so we will let everyone else worry about the pressure of winning and losing and we will let the score take care of itself."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Glasgow Hawks:</strong></p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Hawks_home_13Oct18.jpg" alt="" width="491" height="642" /></p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Leith Rugby, RP, 15:00</strong><br /> With the 2nd XV having a week off, the 3rd XV will play their fixture against Leith Rugby at Raeburn Place. It will no doubt be another entertaining game. The 3s are currently second in their league, but only on points difference and we have a game in hand on league leaders, Ferry Road Wanderers. The Entertainers will want to maintain their winning streak tomorrow, but fourth-placed Leith will have something to say about that.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100Match Summary Prem6: Hawick v Accies<p><strong>Results, Saturday 6 October 2018</strong><br /> 1st XV 28-32 Hawick 1st XV<br /> 2nd XV 46-22 Musselburgh 2nd XV<br /> 3rd XV 34-32 Ferry Road Wanderers</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 28-32 Hawick</strong><br /> Despite a strong start on Saturday, with an early try, and a determined performance, we could not prevent Hawick capitalising on a few mistakes and taking the victory in the final moments of the game. However, we scored four tries and at least earned ourselves two bonus points.</p> <p>For a full match report, please visit <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/tennents-premiership-hawick-edge-past-edinburgh-accies-for-first-win/" target="_blank">The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was <strong>Callum Black</strong>, who scored two tries and put in a phenomenal defensive shift too.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tries</span>:<br /> Callum Black (2) - <em>sponsored by <a href="http://www.harvestmoonholidays.com/" target="_blank">Harvest Moon Holidays</a>.</em><br /> Robbie Davis<em> - sponsored by Andrew Desson<br /></em>George Spencer<em> - sponsored by Mr &amp; Mrs Sole</em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Conversions</span><em>:</em><br /> Richard Mill (4)<em> - sponsored by <a href="http://www.g-s.co.uk/" target="_blank">Graham + Sibbald</a></em></p> <p><strong>Accies 2nd XV 46-22 Musselburgh</strong></p> <p>A tighter game for the 2nds away to Musselburgh, conceding our greatest number of points in a game so far this season, but we held firm and still came away with a bonus point win. We are top of the league but second-place Currie have a game in hand.</p> <p><strong>Accies 3rd XV 34-32 Ferry Road Wanderers</strong><br /> Ferry Road Wanderers were always going to be our most serious contenders this season, being an amalgamation of Stew-Mel and Heriot's 3rd XVs, and so it proved on Saturday. In an exciting game, with the scores flip-flopping from one side to the other, we were down 32-27 in the dying minutes of the match. Then a last minute try by Jack Doherty evened the points and Jonny Baine kicked the extras to secure the victory as the final whistle went. Great stuff by the Entertainers!</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100ACCessorIES - Limited Offer<p>The Club is organising a special order of Accies baseball caps, bobble hats and - new for this season - scarves (all as pictured below). If you would like to buy any of these items, please note that orders must be made and paid for <strong>before Friday 26 October</strong>.</p> <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td><strong>Cost</strong></td> <td><strong>Size</strong></td> <td><strong>Extra information</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Bobble hat</strong></td> <td> <p>&pound;25 - adult</p> <p>&pound;20 - youth</p> </td> <td> <p>Adult</p> <p>Youth</p> </td> <td>Initials can be printed on the side at no extra cost</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Cap</strong></td> <td> <p>&pound;25 - adult</p> <p>&pound;20 - youth</p> </td> <td> <p>Youth</p> <p>XS</p> <p>S/M</p> <p>L/XL</p> </td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Scarf</strong></td> <td>&pound;20</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Special Bundle Deal:</strong><br /><strong>Order all three items (ie 1 cap, 1 hat &amp; 1 scarf) for just &pound;55 - a saving of &pound;15 on adult sizes</strong></p> <p><strong>Please email <a title="ACCessorIES order" href="mailto:wmcoupar@hotmail.co.uk" target="_blank">Matthew Coupar </a>to place your order and arrange payment <em>before Friday 26 October</em>.</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="/Images/news/ACCessorIES.jpg" alt="" width="517" height="172" /></strong></p>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100Match Preview Prem6: Hawick v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 6 October 2018</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Hawick, Mansfield Park, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Following last Saturday's strong performance and narrow loss to Boroughmuir, we now have a point on the table and will be eager to continue the improvement and look for our first win. However, Hawick are also looking for that elusive victory and being on home ground always gives them an edge. Please come down and support if you can - every friendly voice in the Borders makes a difference.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "The team selection is beginning to settle, so dovetailing returning players such as Jamie Sole, Angus Inwood and Michael Badenhorst in has been difficult, but it gives some real options off our bench, providing us with the ability to completely change our game should we need to.</p> <p>"It is always a challenge to go and get a result at Mansfield and Saturday will be no different. We cannot shy away from the fact that both sides are desperate for that first win in what has been a very challenging opening quarter for us both.</p> <p>"Our aim is to improve week on week and to continue knitting the various parts of our game together. That has been our focus through training and it will be our intention this weekend."</p> <p><strong>1st XV v Hawick:</strong></p> <p><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Hawick_away_06Oct18_-_FINAL.jpg" alt="" width="499" height="648" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Musselburgh, Stoneyhill, 15:00</strong><br /> The 2nd XV are also on the road this week, away to Musselburgh 2nd XV. Musselburgh would appear to be struggling this season - they failed to fulfil their first fixture of the season and have lost the three subsequent matches, although narrowly, 5-12, away to Boroughmuir last week. They will be keen to change that at home tomorrow but based on our recent performances, they will need something special to derail our winning streak.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Ferry Road Wanderers, Goldenacre, 15:00</strong><br /> This fixture was initially against Heriot's 3rd XV but they were given permission at the start of the season to merge with Stew Mel 3rd XV and form Ferry Road Wanderers. The merger would appear to be working, as they are top of the league, having played five and lost just one, the opening game of the season. Since then, they have been recording even higher scores than the Entertainers. Saturday's match therefore looks like the 'must win' of the season.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0100Match Summary Prem5: Accies V Boroughmuir<p><strong>Results, Saturday 29 September 2018</strong><br /> 1st XV 13-15 Boroughmuir 1st XV<br /> 2nd XV 48-3 Biggar 2nd XV<br /> 3rd XV 138-12 Edinburgh Northern 1st XV</p> <p><strong>Accies 1st XV 13-15 Boroughmuir</strong></p> <p>It was obvious from the outset of Saturday's game that our last match at home was behind us. The play was pretty evenly matched, with our team looking more settled and the players who had stepped up to the 1st XV managing the challenge well.</p> <p>So evenly matched were we that neither team was able to move the action out of the central section of the pitch and it took more than 20-minutes for the first score, which came when Edinburgh Rugby pro draft (and Accie), Tom Brown, broke down the wing and passed to George Spencer to dot down out wide: 5-0.</p> <p>Boroughmuir then worked their way to our five metre line, where they camped as they forced scrum after scrum, an area where we appeared to be struggling. Eventually we were penalised, with temporarily-out-of-retirement Greg Campbell seeing yellow. From the resulting scrum, Boroughmuir were able to use their man advantae to score a pushover try, which they converted: 5-7 and that is how we went into the break.</p> <p>We started the second half still a man down, but although we were able to defend until Campbell was back on, it was Boroughmuir who opened the scoring. We were again enduring repeated scrums on our line and eventually the inevitable score came. The conversion was missed: 5-12.</p> <p>Boroughmuir's 14 was then yellow carded for tackling Robbie Davis off the ball, we elected to kick the penalty and Belgian International, Vincent Hart, slotted his first points for Accies 1st XV: 8-12. This was followed by a really well-worked try, with ground made by the forwards and the backs linking well. It was Spencer who again put the points on the board, putting us ahead for the first time this season: 13-12.</p> <p>Unfortuantely, there was still enough time left on the clock to allow Boroughmuir to put us under pressure on our line yet again. Scrum followed scrum, with our players giving their all to secure the turnover but falling foul of the ref and ending up with yet another scrum. It was almost inevitable, from that position, that we would concede a penalty. Boroughmuir chose to kcik the points and the final whistle went. FT: 13-15.</p> <p>It was a disappointing end to a game that had actually restored the spirits of our supporters, showing the mettle and belief we showed earlied in the season. We looked like we beleived we belong in the Premiership and our game bore out that belief.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match</strong> was newcomer Vincent Hart, who has joined the Club as a result of his Belgian teammate, James Pearse.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tries</span>: George Spencer (2) - <em>sponsored by Mr &amp; Mrs Sole.</em><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Penalty</span>: Vincent Hart - <em>available to sponsor</em></p> <p><strong>Accies 2nd XV 48-3 Biggar</strong><br /> The 2nd XV continued their winning streak but were made to work a lot harder by Biggar's 2nd XV, who displayed great persistence despite having to settle for a solitary penalty on the scoreboard.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV 138-12 Edinburgh Northern</strong><br /> Officially the score on Saturday was 28-0, as Northern could not field a full team and so had to concede. However, we agreed to play them with however many they could pull together and lent them the rest to get a game. It was no doubt entertaining to score so many tries, but it is not great for the game and we hope Northern will have more luck getting a team together for the return fixture. We have been fortunate to have such strong numbers this season, but we remember from last year what a challenge it can be.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 21:00:00 +0100Match Preview Prem5: Accies V Boroughmuir<p><strong>Saturday 29 September 2018</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Boroughmuir, RP, 15:00</strong></p> <p>A better effort against a dominant Melrose side last week will hopefully have set us up for a more evenly-matched game against Boroughmuir. With the greater attrition rate of the Premiership taking its toll, along with player unavailability, the squad looks quite different this week. Belgian international Victor Hart starts at 10, having recently joined his national team mate James Pearse at the Club, and several 2nd team players are being given the chance to step up to the Premiership.</p> <p>There is also one surprise name in the forwards - clearly last week's run out for the Vets whet his appetite to get back in the game. Welcome back, Greg!</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong></p> <p>"Tom Brown is a welcome addition to the backline this week as part of the Edinburgh Rugby draft system, joined by the debutant Belgian International standoff Vincent Hart. Cameron Taylor impressed off the bench against Melrose and earns a start as part of a broader move to build depth across the squad. Robert Lovett earns another Premiership start thanks to his heroic physical performance last week. Tom Welding joins the squad this week for his 1st XV debut, having arrived from Aberdeen Wanderers in the summer.</p> <p>"We look forward to welcoming Boroughmuir to RP on Saturday for a repeat of our pre-season encounter at Fettes. Having been through a relentless block of attrition over the opening four games, which National 1 does not prepare you for, we are becoming increasingly aware of the type of game required to apply pressure to teams in this league.</p> <p>"We saw glimpses of this coming through in the second half against Melrose on Saturday and we built upon that this week at training. We are acutely aware of the firepower that the seasoned Boroughmuir bring and I am sure they will aim to put the squeeze on us early and throughout. I am confident, however, in the face of what continues to be a challenging phase for us, that we will keep progressing in-line with our long-term vision for this squad."</p> <p><strong>Squad for Boroughmuir:</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Boroughmuir_home_29Sep18_FINAL.jpg" alt="" width="517" height="675" /></strong></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Biggar, RP, 15:00</strong><br /> The 2s will be keen to continue their winning streak and on paper, they would appear to be the stronger side, with Biggar having lost two and 'won' one by default (their opposition could not field a team).</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Edinburgh Northern, Inverleith Park, 15:00</strong><br /> The 3s will be glad to get back into some rugby after their week off, although several of our 3rd XV featured in our Vets line up last Saturday. We play Edinburgh Northern this week and will play them in Inverleith Park, before heading back to RP for food.</p> <p><strong>Onwards &amp; upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0100Match Summary Prem4: Melrose v Accies<p><strong>Results, Saturday 22 September 2018<br /> </strong>1st XV 5-38 Melrose 1st XV<br /> 2nd XV 99-0 Dundee 2nd XV<br />Vets 69-15 Leith Vets</p> <p><strong>1ST XV 5-38 MELROSE</strong><br /> The beautiful setting of the Greenyards was unfortunately not enough to inspire us to a win, but we certainly gave a better performance than the week before. Melrose appeared to be stronger, especially in the scrum, where they were able to push us about the park, although this improved in the second half when we had a lot more stability.</p> <p>The score is perhaps not truly reflective of the game. For periods in the first half, and for a good portion of the second, we were in their half and on the attack. We just could not find an answer to Melrose's tenacious defence. Their line appeared unbreakable but it was not due to any lack of perserverance that we failed to score.</p> <p>In the end, the team's hard work was rewarded when Will Stephen chipped the ball over the Melrose line about 10 metres from the whitewash and Robbie Davis nipped in to collect and dart over for our only points.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Man of the Match</span>: Nick Hall - <em>sponsored by <a href="https://www.murrayandcurrie.com/" target="_blank">Murray &amp; Currie</a>.</em><br /> <span style="text-decoration: underline;">Tries</span>: Robbie Davis - <em>sponsored by Andrew Desson</em>.</p> <p><strong>2ND XV 99-0 DUNDEE</strong><br /> The 2nd XV proved they can dominate teams in this league whether home or away, scoring 15 tries and 12 conversions against Dundee. They have been an impressive machine so far this season and three of their number will be hoping to show their mettle in the Premiership this coming Saturday.</p> <p><strong>ACCIES VETS 69-15 LEITH VETS</strong><br /> This was the first fixture for our newly formed vets team and it was reportedly an exciting game to watch and a great game to play in, although some of our players may have been regretting their enthusiasm come Sunday. We hope this will be the first of many such fixtures, with our elder statesmen dusting off their boots on a semi-regular basis.</p> <p>Look out for a surprise return to the 1st XV on Saturday for one vet who obviously enjoyed his return the park just a little too much...</p>Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100Match Preview Prem4: Melrose v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 22 September</strong></p> <p><strong>1st XV v Melrose, the Greenyards, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Following last week's disappointing outing against Heriot's, we will be hoping for a return to better form at the Greenywards on Saturday. We will certainly have to play better than we did last week to have any chance against a Melrose side who have started the season in dominant form. They currently sit top of the league with the maximum possible 15 points.</p> <p>Our performances against Ayr and Stirling showed that we are defintiely capable of competing at this level - it is this level of performance we will need again on Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "There are several changes to the side this week due to returning players, a lack of draft players and experimenting with people in different positions. Notable additions are the returns of Jamie Sole and George Spencer and the potential for Mark Sinclair to make his Club 1st XV and Premiership debuts.</p> <p>"We are continuing to learn, week-to-week, what it takes to compete in this league. While we have been cut on a few occasions, I do not believe it is leaving any long-lasting scars. There has been progress every week and, irrespective of last week&rsquo;s score line, there was progress there too.</p> <p>"The resounding lesson for us now is how we start games. Our resolve is without question and this is reflected in the nature of how we finish games. We have put some strategies in place this week that we believe will enable us to make a settled start. If we do so, I have faith that can go toe to toe with Melrose over 80 minutes, in what is always a great occasion at the Greenyards."</p> <p><strong>Squad for Melrose:</strong></p> <p><strong><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Melrose_away_22Sep18.jpg" alt="" width="481" height="642" /></strong></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Dundee, Dundee, 15:00</strong>The 2nd XV travel to Dundee hoping for a repeat of their recent successes.</p> <p><strong>Accies Vets v Leith Vets, RP, 12:00</strong>The first fixture for our Vets squad and we wish them well. The exact rules for this match will be decided on the day, but over-60s can opt not to be tackled, rolling subs are allowed and the exact length of the game will also be decided at the beginning. Some big Accies names have dusted off their boots for the occasion, so please come along and support if you can.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:30:00 +0100Match Summary Prem3: Accies v Heriot's<p><strong>Match results, Saturday 15 September 2018:<br /> </strong>1st XV 12-71 Heriot's 1st XV<br /> 2nd XV 65-12 Cartha QP 2nd XV<br /> 3rd XV 72-0 Corstorphine Cougars 2nd XV<strong><br /></strong></p> <p><strong>1ST XV 12-71 HERIOT'S 1ST XV</strong><br /> Heriot's came out with all guns blazing on Saturday and we just did not seem to have the ammunition required to face them down. They had secured their try bonus after just fifteen minutes and ran in another three before the break, making the half time score 0-45.</p> <p>Whatever was said in the changing room during the break was clearly effective as we came out and scored two tries in fairly quick succession. First James Pearse broke from a scrum on their 10 metre line to cross the line. Then a period of sustained pressure and some good phase work put Callum Ramm over under the posts for Jamie Loomes to convert.</p> <p>However, it was a short-lived period of dominance, with Heriot's coming back to score four more tries before the final whistle put us out of our misery.</p> <p><strong>2ND XV 65-12 CARTHA QUEEN'S PARK</strong><br /> The 2nd XV had an exciting game against Cartha, who were a much tougher oppositon than the score implies, keeping their heads up and staying determined until the end.</p> <p><strong>3RD XV 72-0 CORSTORPHINE COUGARS</strong><br /> With changes to the 1st XV due to injury, it was excellent to see 15 and a sub out for the 3rd XV last Saturday, and what a team it was, knocking up another cricket score away to Corstorphine. As long as we can fulfill our fixtures this season, it does not look as if we have much to fear on the playing side.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:00:00 +0100Match Preview Prem3: Accies v Heriot's<p><strong>Saturday 15 September</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Heriot's, RP, 15:00</strong></p> <p>We are struggling to get out of the starting blocks in terms of league points but both our games so far have shown, with strong second half performances, that we can match our opponents if we believe in ourselves, stay focused and work to eliminate simple mistakes.</p> <p>Heriot&rsquo;s have won both their games so far and secured a maximum 10 league points. Whilst it could be argued their opening game against Hawks was a relatively soft start, they had a hard fought win against Watsonians last week that showed their determination and professionalism.</p> <p>However, whilst a Premiership league fixture is a very different matter to a Cup game, and there is certainly no complacency here, we showed last season that we are capable of giving Heriot&rsquo;s a run for their money.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong><br /> "Jamie Sole&rsquo;s unavailability creates room for Sean Hagerty to make his Premiership debut. James Pearse earns a rest on the bench, with Clement Lacour returning to the starting line-up for the first time this season. A reshuffle of our back three allows Cammy Gray to show some of his attacking threat from 13 this week.</p> <p>"There is no doubt that Heriot&rsquo;s are the Goliath to our David this weekend, given their league pedigree and sheer size. However, it is derby day and anything can happen."</p> <p><strong>Our senior team this week:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.edinburghaccies.com/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Heriots_home_15Sep18_-_final.jpg" alt="" width="495" height="658" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Cartha Queen's Park, RP, 15:00</strong><br /> Another convincing win by the 2s last week (63-0 against Selkirk A) puts the boys joint top of their league with Currie and looking forward to another good game on Saturday.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Corstorphine Cougars, away, 15:00</strong><br /> The 3s obviously relished their first league outing, scoring 108 points in 60 minutes, at which point the game was halted. Thebans apparently had seven new players in their squad and we hope they will not be too disheartened. This week we are away to Corstorphine Cougars for their first league match of the season, and once more have a full squad available. Long may this enthusiasm amongst the Entertainers continue.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:00:00 +0100Match Report Prem2: Stirling County v Accies<p><strong>ACCIES 1ST XV 24-38 STIRLING COUNTY</strong><br /> For the first ten minutes or so against Stirling the play was contained in the middle of the pitch and the two sides looked fairly evenly matched. However, despite scoring first with a penalty cleanly slotted by Richard Mill, we seemed to lose our concentration and allowed Ayr to run in a trio of tries before the break. Stirling also claimed a penalty, putting the half time score at 24-3 to our hosts.</p> <p>As with the preceding week against Ayr, whatever was said at half time clearly had an impact as we put Stirling under sustained pressure and were rewarded when Cammy Gray scored under the posts. Mill converted, putting the game back in reach on 24-10. Unfortunately, we struggled in the scrum on our line, eventually conceding a penalty try. This was followed by a yellow card for our Edinburgh pro, Rory Sutherland, for a high tackle, allowing Stirling to score their fifth.</p> <p>One of Stirling's props then retired from the field and they opted for uncontested scrums. This proved to be a turning point for us, scoring two tries in reasonably quick succession - Neil Armstrong breaking from the scrum to cross beneath the posts and Gray getting his second following some excellent link work from <strong>Man of the Match, Armstrong</strong>. Jamie Loomes drop-kicked both the conversions. Although it was too little, too late, we once again won the second half at Bridgehaugh and our resurgence proves we can compete at this level when we focus.</p> <p><strong>Tries: </strong>Cammy Gray (2); Neil Armstrong<br /> <strong>Conversions: </strong>Richard Mill; Jamie Loomes (2)<br /> <strong>Penalty: </strong>Richard Mill</p> <p><strong>ACCIES 2ND XV 60-3 SELKIRK A</strong><br /> With good numbers across all three squads, the 2nd XV fielded a strong team against Selkirk at Raeburn Place, running away with the game to secure their second convincing win in as many weeks.</p> <p><strong>ACCIES 3RD XV 108-0 THEBANS</strong></p> <p>The 'Entertainers' were just too strong for the seven rookies in the Theban squad. The score was 53-0. by half time and once we went over the tun, the ref called it with twenty minutes still to go. Although we have gone down a league, which will make a difference, the importance of having a full squad, including replacements, is clearly at play here too.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:42:00 +0100Match Preview Prem2: Stirling County v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 8 September</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Stirling County, Bridgehaugh, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Following last week's good performance against Ayr, we will travel to Stirling expecting a hard fought and, we hope, exciting encounter. Although Stirling won our game against them in the Cup last season, we won the second half and showed we are definitely a match for them.</p> <p>They have one league point, following a 14-20 loss away to Watsonians last week, and will be keen to secure a victory in their first home game of the campaign. We will work hard to disappoint them and get some points of our own on the board.</p> <p>You can read Captain Jamie Sole's thoughts about tomorrow's game, last week's encounter with Ayr and the rest of the season in an interview with him in <a href="https://theoffsideline.com/edinburgh-accies-approach-sole/" target="_blank">The Offside Line</a>.</p> <p><strong>Our senior team this week:</strong><br /> Just one change to the squad this week, with Angus Inwood coming onto the bench.</p> <p><img src="http://www.edinburghaccies.com/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Stirling_away_08Sep18.jpg" alt="" width="513" height="581" /></p> <p><strong>2nd XV v Selkirk A, RP, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Following a convincing 59-0 win against Boroughmuir at Meggetland last weekend, the 2s are looking forward to welcoming Selkirk to Raeburn Place tomorrow. It will be Selkirk's first game of the season.</p> <p><strong>3rd XV v Thebans, RP, 15:00</strong></p> <p>The 3s are also at home this week and are no doubt looking forward to playing a league fixture, after Ross High conceding the game last week. Despite this, we are sitting top of the table, having been granted a 28-0 'victory'. The intention this week will be to earn another five league points, but this time on the field. No doubt their close fought 29-27 win in a friendly against Lasswade will stand them in good stead to face Thebans, who launch their league campaign this week, having had no fixture last Saturday.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0100Match Preview Prem1: Accies v Ayr <p><strong>Saturday 1 September</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Ayr, Raeburn Place, 15:00</strong></p> <p>We open our Premiership campaign this Saturday with Ayr at home. The last time they came to Raeburn Place was on a snowy Saturday in January 2015. The weather this week should be considerably better and, if it stays dry, will suit the type of open rugby we prefer to play.</p> <p>It will be a stern test for us on our return to the top flight. Ayr finsihed last season in third place and then made it to the final of the play-offs, which they narrowly lost to Melrose. We will need to stay focused and no doubt it will be a hard battle, but we are sure the lads will enjoy performing at this level again.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong></p> <p>"It is great to see our starting XV freshened up from our championship winning campaign in National 1. A balanced blend of youth in Davis, Spencer, Campbell and Hagerty in the squad is offset by the experience of some seasoned players in Armstrong, Mill, Black and Sole. It is definitely an exciting 20 who will be taking the field at the weekend and we are looking forward to watching them step up at Raeburn Place on Saturday.</p> <p>"Saturday is a great opportunity to kick off our campaign with a bang &ndash; benchmarking ourselves against one of the most consistently successful clubs in the country for over a decade. However, our approach won&rsquo;t change how we navigated our way through National 1: heads down, working hard for each other and letting the score take care of itself."</p> <p><strong>Our senior team for this week:</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="http://www.edinburghaccies.com/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2018-19/Ayr_home_01Sep18.jpg" alt="" width="511" height="515" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Other Games This Week</strong></p> <p>Updated 31/08 @ 19:50:</p> <p>Both the 2nd and 3rd XVs were set to open their league campaigns tomorrow. However, whilst the 2nd XV will be taking on Boroughmuir Bears (3rd XV) at Meggetland, unfotunately the 3rd XV will have to wait a week for the proper start of their league campaign. Ross High had to cancel the fixture, thus gifting us a 28-0 'win' and five league points. Luckily, our management team were able to secure a friendly round robin with Lassade and Corstorphine, at Lasswade, so the boys will not have been training in vain.</p> <p><strong>Onwards and upwards!</strong></p>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 20:30:00 +0100Job Opportunity - BATs Rugby Assistant Development Officer<p>An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Development Officer with BATs Rugby, as they look to grow their community development team. Please see below for job description and person specification. For more information, please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:iain@edinburghbatsrugby.co.uk" target="_blank">iain@edinburghbatsrugby.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Please note the deadline for applications is Friday 31 August 2018. Please spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.</p>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0100EAFC AGM 1 August 2018<h2>Raeburn Place Clubhouse, 19:00 for 19:30</h2> <p>This year's Annual General Meeting of the Edinburgh Academical Football Club will take place at Raeburn Place on Wednesday 1 August, 19:00 for 19:30. All full Club members*, including honorary life members, players and coaches, are entitled and actively encouraged to attend.</p> <p>The meeting will receive reports on the financial year and past playing season, discuss the Club's plans for the coming year and receive an update on the progress of the development. The accounts will be available at the meeting.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong></p> <p>1. Apologies for absence</p> <p>2. Approval of minutes of 2017 AGM&nbsp;</p> <p>3. Matters arrising&nbsp;</p> <p>4. Presentation of the financial report and Company&rsquo;s accounts for the year ended May 2018</p> <p>5. Adoption of the Company&rsquo;s accounts</p> <p>6. To receive the Board reports</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; i) Executive Chairman&rsquo;s report&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ii) President&rsquo;s report</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; iii) Rugby Reports &ndash; senior club and Minis</p> <p>7. RP Development report</p> <p>8. Reapointment of Company&rsquo;s accountants</p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To appoint Henderson Loggie as EAFC Accountants</em></p> <p>9. Election of EAFC office bearers</p> <p>10. AOB</p> <p><strong>Please put the date in your diary and if possible support your Club by being there. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 1 August. The bar will be open.</strong></p> <p>* The term 'full Club member' applies to all 2018/19 season paid-up members in a category with voting rights assigned. For season 2018/19 this applies to members in all categories (including players and coaches) with the exception of 'Club Supporter'. Please note, for Family members, only one adult has voting rights.</p>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 +0100Super 6 Application Update<p>As many of you will have seen in the media yesterday, our bid for a Super 6 franchise was unsuccessful. This is obviously disappointing, especially as a lot of work went into our bid, which we felt was as strong as it could be and addressed all the stipulated criteria.</p> <p>We would particularly like to thank our partners, the University of Edinburgh, for their support in this application and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them.</p> <p>The Committee will have the opportunity to meet with Mr Dodson and others from Scottish Rugby in a few weeks, at which time they will go through our application in more detail and explain more fully the rationale behind the decision. We will update members again after this meeting.</p>Wed, 02 May 2018 08:15:00 +0100Match Report NL1 19: Selkirk v Accies (rescheduled)<p><strong>Selkirk 7-52 Accies</strong></p> <p>Well, there we were after 21 games played out of 22 in the National 1 season and we hadn&rsquo;t shaken Jed. We had both won 20 games, both with 19 try bonus points, both with 99 points and we were only ahead on our better scoring and our superb defensive record.</p> <p>Who would blink first?</p> <p>We started Saturday&rsquo;s game with the best XV we could pick, with our three young age group internationals, Shaun Gunn, Finlay Richardson and Jack Mann, all injured and Conor Hirini, having gone back to the Southern Hemisphere to support his fianc&eacute;e, Sarah, as she captained the New Zealand Silver Ferns to gold at the Commonwealth Games women&rsquo;s sevens.</p> <p>Nerves abounded on a glorious sunny afternoon, although most were probably in our large travelling support and some of our coaching team, as Selkirk kicked off into the wind.</p> <p>We started well with Lawrie Seydak breaking tackles and play moving rapidly to Selkirk&rsquo;s 22. However, we then lost the ball and for the next 10 minutes could not regain possession. Then a squint lineout gave us a scrum, from which a Luther Hirini kick put play 15m from their line.</p> <p>Selkirk won their line but careless placement of a foot on one of our players at the ensuing ruck gave us a penalty. We kicked to touch, won the lineout, worked our way towards the line and Robin Snape scored near the posts for Richard Mill to convert: 0-7, 12 minutes gone.</p> <p>From the Selkirk restart Mill put us deep into their 22, where we were given a scrum for a knock on. We drove Selkirk back and they were penalised for standing up. We took another scrum and they were penalised again though play went on. A Mill cross kick to the corner was pounced on by Matt Coupar but Robbie Chalmers following up did not manage to score.</p> <p>Unfortunately, Matt Coupar had to leave the field early in his last game, with what turned out to be two fractured ribs and a lacerated kidney, resulting in a three-day stay in the Western General Hospital back in Edinburgh.</p> <p>Play was brought back for another penalty and we settled for a scrum by the posts, which we drove back at some pace and Lawrie Seydak scored, just as the ref was about to give a penalty try. Mill converted: 0-14, 20 minutes gone.</p> <p>For the next 18 minutes both sides were playing attacking rugby, but neither looked like scoring. Then we kicked to the corner following a penalty against Selkirk for holding on to the ball on the ground. Callum Black threw in to Ronan Seydak, down to brother Lawrie, who passed to Black in the &lsquo;tram lines&rsquo; for Black to score the third try: 39 minutes gone and 0-19.</p> <p>We were on the front foot straight from the restart, with Lawrie S knocking player after player off as he made 20m, quickly move the ball across the field for Neil Armstrong to also break through three tackles. Jamie Sole then took the ball and made ground to 15m from the Selkirk line. We then worked the ball up to their line, where Snape went over for the fourth and invaluable bonus point try next to the posts, which Mill converted. The score was now 0-26 with 43 minutes played and the half time whistle went shortly after.</p> <p>It was an opportune time to get the bonus point, as the news from north of the Tay was that Jed had already got their bonus point too.</p> <p>The second half started with us well on top and play mainly in the Selkirk half. After a long period of possession Hirini made a break down the right wing, Chalmers moved the ball to Mill, Mill to Ronan S who committed two defence and offloaded in the tackle to Snape coming back against the play. Snape made 15m, beat one defender and carried the Selkirk fullback over the line to score his hat-trick. Mill converted: 0-33, 11 minutes gone and a dawning realisation that we would probably win the league!</p> <p>Seven minutes later, with Selkirk fighting to clear their line, James Pearse charged down a clearance kick and was first to pounce on the ball to score. Mill&rsquo;s conversion took the score to 0-40.</p> <p>With Selkirk a man down for 10 minutes, for a reckless tackle on Hirini, we made quick progress down to their line where we were awarded a scrum 10m out. We drove them back easily and were awarded a penalty try as their scrum disintegrated and they stood up just short of their line. No conversion needed and 0-47 with 15 minutes gone.</p> <p>Selkirk then had a good period of play. After a couple of good forays into our 22 they managed to finish one off when their out-side centre, Darren Clapperton, went over and Josh Welsh converted: 7-47, but only three minutes to go.</p> <p>From the restart we were attacking the Selkirk line. Following a good break by Rory Simpson, Max Love whipped the ball to Hirini, on to Mill, who threw a long miss-out pass to Callum Ramm on the wing. Ramm beat the first tackler, out paced his opposite winger and sublimely stood their full back up, going outside him to score a fine try in the corner. The conversion was missed and the whistle went, with the final score 7-52 and Accies winning the league.</p> <p>We well deserved our win. Eight tries at Philiphaugh takes some doing and we gave Selkirk their biggest beating of the season. It was a nervous start but once we got going we were well on top. With the pack dominating Selkirk at the scrums and breakdown, we were well on the front foot.</p> <p>Some of our play reflected the weather, which was hot and sunny - what a change from our previous game at GHA where it rained &lsquo;cats and dogs&rsquo; all game - and every player, starters and finishers, played their part.</p> <p>As mentioned earlier it was Matt Coupar&rsquo;s last game, as he is retiring after many years playing for the Club (except for a couple of years in South Edinburgh!). It was also Luther Hirini&rsquo;s last game as he returns to the North Island of NZ. We wish them both well and thank them for their services.</p> <p><strong>Man of the Match </strong>was a difficult one to call, as everyone played well, but the coaches&rsquo; choice went to Neil Armstrong, not least for some great tackles to contain Selkirk&rsquo;s speedy South African.</p> <p>So, finally, to answer my question at the start of this piece: who would blink first? Well, in the end, neither Club &ndash; we both played 22, won 21, got 20 try bonus points and finished up with 104 league points. These are outstanding records for any club, but for two to achieve it in the same season is exceptional.</p> <p>It was our 730 points differential that put us on top, with 976 for and 246 against, compared to 898 and 432 for Jed, resulting in automatic promotion to the Premiership next season for us and a play-off at Lasswade on 5 May against Glasgow Hawks for Jed, for which we wish Jed the best of luck. They deserve their chance in the Premiership after their great season.</p> <p><strong>Tries: </strong>Robin Snape (3); Lawrie Seydak; Callum Black; James Pearse; Callum Ramm; penalty try.<br /><strong>Conversions: </strong>Richard Mill (5)</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&amp;v=AvbgP4-cO7M" target="_blank"><strong>Video highlights, courtesy of Scottish Rugby TV.</strong></a></p> <p><strong>Onward and upwards!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Images/01.jpg" alt="" width="534" height="207" /></p>Fri, 27 Apr 2018 08:57:00 +0100Match Preview NL1 19: Selkirk v Accies (rescheduled)<p><strong>Saturday 21 April</strong><br /> <strong>1st XV v Selkirk, Philiphaugh, 15:00</strong></p> <p>As our Head Coach says below, no one is any doubt about the significance of this week's game against Selkirk. A bonus point win will ensure we finish first in the league, with automatic promotion to the Premiership next season. Any other outcome (unless Jed match us or get a worse result) will see us take on Glasgow Hawks in a play-off on 5 May.</p> <p>Having seen the team come back against GHA two weeks ago (the first time we had been in a losing position all league season) in hideous conditions, their steely determination to get the job done and secure those four tries as well as the win, left little doubt about their ability to perform under pressure. However, vocal support always provides an extra edge, so please come down to the Borders to cheer on the guys at the end of their excellent season.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong></p> <p>"The only change to the starting line-up this week is Callum Ramm replacing Connor Hirini, who returned home last week to witness his fianc&eacute; captain the Silver Ferns to Commonwealth Gold. Angus Inwood and Martin McGinley join the bench, replacing two of our age grade internationalists who picked up injuries in recent weeks.</p> <p>"There is no hiding what is at stake at the weekend and what rewards could await us on the final whistle but there are 80 minutes of rugby to get through first. Marsh made his intentions clear in an interview after their recent encounter with Jed: they are out to do their fellow borderers a favour because he feels they deserve their place in the premiership over us. We will let him and Selkirk worry about doing Jed a favour and we will worry about ourselves and letting the score take care of itself."</p> <p><strong>Our senior team for this week:</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2017-18/Selkirk_away_21Apr18_rescheduled.jpg" alt="" width="525" height="786" /></strong></p> <p><strong>Hawick 7s</strong></p> <p>Our 1st VII are at Hawick on Saturday, where they will play the hosts at 14:36 in a striaght knock-out tie. Obviously given our game at Selkirk, Hawick will be anticipating an easy ride to the next stage, but our squad may well surprise them.</p> <p><strong>Onwars and upwards!</strong></p> <p><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2017-18/Hawick_7s_21Apr18.jpg" alt="" width="522" height="670" /></p>Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:22:00 +0100A Touch of Accies' Sophistication<p><strong>Wine Tasting Hosted by Appellation Wines</strong></p> <p>Fancy a change from rugby and beer? Join us for an evening of wine tasting hosted by Appellation Wines. This night of sophisitcation and good company costs just &pound;15 per person, including tasty snacks.</p> <p>Please email <a href="mailto:bookings@edinburghaccies.com">bookings@edinburghaccies.com</a> to book your place(s).</p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td><em>Event:</em></td> <td>Wine tasting including snacks</td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Date:</em></td> <td>Friday 18 May</td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Time:</em></td> <td>19:00 for 19:30</td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Venue:</em></td> <td>Raeburn Place</td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Cost:</em></td> <td>&pound;15 per head</td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>To book:</em></td> <td><a href="mailto:bookings@edinburghaccies.com">bookings@edinburghaccies.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="/Images/Social_Event_Flyers_-_other_than_lunches/Wine_tasting_18May2018.jpg" alt="" width="552" height="775" /></p>Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:29:00 +0100Golden Oldies Rugby<p><em><strong>Does the thought of running around with a rugby ball again still appeal? Do you dream of scoring just one more try? If so, then Golden Oldies rugby could be for you.</strong></em></p> <p>Golden Oldies rugby is a fun and social version of the game, tailored for those who thought they had hung up their boots but who miss the exercise and camaraderie of the sport.</p> <p>It is open to anyone 35+ who can still jog and hold a rugby ball. Contact and tacking are dependant on age and different coloured shorts are worn to show which category you fall into. It is full 15-a-side rugby and the matches are refereed, but game time is shorter and there are unlimited substitutions, so everyone gets a game.</p> <p>This is not a hard-hitting, aggressive game - the ethos is all about fun, friendship and staying active.</p> <p><strong>If you think this might be for you and would like to know more, please come to an introductory meeting in the Clubhouse on Monday 30 April, 18:30 for 19:00.</strong></p> <p>Golden Oldies rugby is well established in some parts of Scotland and around the globe and there is even a World Cup. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/scottishgoldenoldiesrugby" target="_blank">Scottish Golden Oldies Rugby</a> and <a href="http://www.europeangoldenoldiesrugby.com" target="_blank">European Golden Oldies Rugby</a>.</p>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:25:00 +0100Match Preview NL1 22: GHA v Accies<p><strong>Saturday 7 April, Braidholm, 15:00</strong></p> <p>Our penultimate league game on Saturday sees us travel west to play third-placed GHA. This will not be an easy encounter, especially as the pressure to perform is all on us. When we met at Raeburn Place in December, GHA held us to a tight 29-7 win, with both sides playing attacking rugby. We expect more of the same from them on Saturday, but have no doubt our squad are prepared to work hard and stick in there.</p> <p><strong>Coach's Comments</strong></p> <p>"Lawrie Seydak, Sam Johnson and Richard Mill return to the starting line up, giving a different look to our 8-9-10 axis, meaning Max Love, Jack Mann and Will Stephen will start off the bench. Finlay Richardson comes back into the side for the first time since his successful U20 Six Nations campaign and is joined at front row cover by Rory Simpson.</p> <p>"GHA is going to be a challenging fixture for us. They are third in a difficult league and have proven their ability to cause teams trouble in both attack and defence. Conditions are not looking great at the weekend and I believe we need to take the experience of the last three games and apply the learning at Braidholm on Saturday if we are to come out on top. Euan Clark is a quality coach who has done a great job with GHA this year. I am sure he will have a few surprises in store for us at the weekend making it an entertaining fixture, irrespective of the weather or ground conditions."</p> <p><strong>Our team for this week:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><img src="/Images/Team_Sheets/Season_2017-18/GHA_away_07Apr18.jpg" alt="" width="523" height="712" /><br /></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:53:00 +0100T'Old Tin Lid - an unusual piece of rugby memoribilia<p>The picture below of t'old tin lid appeared on Twitter recently, via a re-tweet from our friend Hugh Barrow, of Glasgow Accies</p> <p>It caught my imagination, because top right is an Edinburgh Accies player, whose name is undecipherable. Who was that?</p> <p>A couple of days later, a rare bit of spare time, some playing with the image on the laptop and some searches on t&rsquo;internet, has answered most of my questions. And surprisingly came closer to my home than I would have believed!</p> <p>So, what have I found?</p> <p>Top left is James &lsquo;Jim' Valentine, an English rugby union player who represented England, Lancashire, and Swinton as a rugby union player, before Swinton became part of the Northern Union and he turned to the professional game. He was a prolific scorer, during the 1889&ndash;1890 season with 61 tries, 5 drop goals and 35 goals. He gained his first of four international caps in 1890 against Wales and made 60 appearances for Lancashire.&nbsp;</p> <p>The middle three are Blackburn Rovers players - Jack Southworth, William Townley and John Forbes, all who played in the 1891 FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval, where Blackburn won 3&ndash;1, their second consecutive FA Cup Final victory. Southworth and Townley both scoring for Blackburn.</p> <p>Southworth also played for Everton and was capped three times for England. He was the top scorer in the Football League in 1890&ndash;91. Townley had the honour of scoring the first hat-trick in the history of the FA Cup final and his lasting legacy is defined as an important pioneer of the game in Germany. And Forbes was a Scottish footballer, who began his career as a forward with Star of Leven, later joining Vale of Leven. He was capped five times for Scotland and played two Scottish Cup Finals while at Vale of Leven, both were lost.</p> <p>Bottom left middle is Samuel Moses James Woods, an Australian, who played for both Australia and England at Test cricket, for England at rugby union, and soccer and hockey at county level. At Cambridge, he gained his Rugby Blue in each of 1888, 1889 and 1900 Varsity games.</p> <p>Like &lsquo;Jim&rsquo; Valentine above, he made his England debut against Wales at Dewsbury in 1890 and gained 13 caps, captaining England in 1892, 1893 and all three games in 1895.</p> <p>Woods was was one of the founder members of the Barbarians, formed by William Percy Carpmael in 1890 and played over 30 times for Somerset</p> <p>The bottom right middle is Paul Robert Clauss, a German born rugby player who was educated at Loretto and played for Oxford University in 1889, 1890 and 1891 (as captain) Varsity games and also Birkenhead Park. He represented Scotland on six occasions between 1891 and 1895 and was part of two Triple Crown winning teams making an impressive international start in the 1891 championship, scoring in all three Scotland games.</p> <p>Like Woods above, Clauss was a founder member of the Barbarians. He was also one of the original British Isles team that toured South Africa in 1891, which was captained by an Accie, Bill Maclagan.</p> <p>And finally the Accie, the top right player, is Matthew &lsquo;Saxon' McEwan - identified through another tin lid on t&rsquo;internet and the likeness to his picture in our 150th Anniversary Book.</p> <p>McEwan played for Accies from the early 1880s to the early 1890s, during which he was capped 15 times by Scotland and was captain in 1891 when Scotland won the Triple Crown.</p> <p>He was vice-president of the SRU in 1894-95, but emigrated to USA to take over as a financial manager, before he could move on to be President. He was recognised for all his work at Accies when the clock in the old pavilion was named after him - the clock which has been repaired and is in storage to be re-installed in the development of Raeburn Place.&nbsp;</p> <p>MC McEwan died in Chicago in 1899, at the tragically young age of 33.</p> <p>Doing the research I realised there were a number of &lsquo;coincidences&rsquo; between some of these players and my family.</p> <p>In 1885/6 Accies played Bradford at Raeburn Place in an infamous match that &lsquo;wasn&rsquo;t for the faint hearted&rsquo;. It was 'just too vigorous&rsquo; said one watcher! Both sides had an number of current or future internationalists, two of them were the above &lsquo;Saxon&rsquo; McEwan for Accies and a James F &lsquo;Jimmy&rsquo; Wright for Bradford - my father's, uncle.</p> <p>That was not all, because as I mention above "Jim&rdquo; Valentine and Samuel Woods both made their debut for England against Wales in 1890 - which just happens to be the very game that &lsquo;Jimmy&rsquo; Wright, made his debut for England as well.</p> <p>What a coincidence!!</p> <p><strong>John Wright, 128 years later.</strong></p> <p><strong><img src="/Images/News_images/Told_tin_lid.jpg" alt="" width="544" height="375" /><br /></strong></p>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:37:00 +0100Accies Give Back - Volunteers Needed<p>As part of Accies Give Back, we have two exciting volunteering opportunities lined up over the next few months. If you would like to get involved, please email <a href="mailto:anneedinburghaccies@gmail.com" target="_blank">Anne Tod</a> as soon as possible.</p> <p><strong>April/May - Oaklands Community School </strong></p> <p>Oaklands School provides education for children and young people with complex, long term additional support needs. We are looking for volunteers to do some gardening work at the school so please get in touch if you are available during the last weekend in April or any weekend in May. Gardening experience is not necessary - just a willingness to get stuck in. We anticipate the required tidy up taking no more than one day.</p> <p><strong>June - Fresh Start</strong></p> <p>Fresh Start is an Edinburgh-based charity that helps people who have been homeless to get established in their new home.</p> <p>They run 'Hit Squads' consisting of small teams of volunteers who work alongside the new tenant to decorate one or two rooms. Fresh Start will provide the paint and equipment.</p> <p>They are looking for between three and five Hit Squad volunteers for either (or both):</p> <ul> <li>Wednesday 13 June</li> <li>Thursday 21 June</li> </ul> <p>Again, if you are available on either date and woud like to help out, please let <a href="mailto:anneedinburghaccies@gmail.com" target="_blank">Anne </a>know asap.</p> <p>Many organisations allow their staff volunteering days where you can take a day or two off per year and are still paid, so it may be worth asking your employer about this if you would like to be part of Accies Give Back.</p>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:54:00 +0100Accies' 160th Anniversary Summer Party<p>You are invited to join us for a whole day of birthday fun at Raeburn Place to celebrate the end of our 160th season.</p> <p>There will be a bar and BBQ availale from noon, with a pre-match touch tournament before the Academicals play Merchistonians at 15:00. Enjoy a day in the sun (fingers crossed!) and then move seamlessly onto the after-party from 19:00.</p> <p>For just &pound;30 per head you are guaranteed a complimentary drink, summer buffet, birthday cake, raffle and music at probaly the friendliest rugby club in Edinburgh. Don't miss out - celebrate the end of the season in style. Book your ticket(s) now: <a title="Accies' Summer Party" href="mailto: bookings@edinburghaccies.com" target="_blank">bookings@edinburghaccies.com</a>.</p> <p>For more information aboutt the Academicals v Merchistonians game, <a href="/news/2018/02/22/acciesvmerchi-160thafterparty-0906181">please click here</a>.</p> <table border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><em>Date:</em></td> <td>Saturday 9 June</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><em>Time:</em></td> <td>From 19:00</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><em>Venue:</em></td> <td>Raeburn Place</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><em>Cost:</em></td> <td>&pound;30 per head</td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><em>To book:</em></td> <td>Email <a title="Accies' Summer Party" href="mailto: bookings@edinburghaccies.com" target="_blank">bookings@edinburghaccies.com</a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><img src="/Images/Social_Event_Flyers_-_other_than_lunches/Summer_Party_2018.jpg" alt="" width="542" height="755" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:32:00 +0100Ed Saunders' Cup - BATs U18 v Edinburgh Academy<p>This year 's annual BATs U18 v Edinburgh Academy 1st XV fixture, for the Ed Saunders' Cup, is this Saturday, 31 March, at Raeburn Place, ko 12:00.</p> <p>It is hoped that playing the match on a Saturday again this year, prior to Accies' pre-match lunch and the game against Cartha Queen's Park, will ensure a large and enthusiastic crowd for the fixture. It is also a chance to raise some much-needed funds for BATs, so there will be a voluntary collection at the gate with a suggested donation of &pound;5 for adults (over 18s).</p> <p>The game is a step in the development of both teams&rsquo; players and also serves as an introduction to our wider community for the Academy players, although some of them will have played for BATs and Accies Minis when younger. As usual, the BATs team will be made up of regular BATs U18s players from the wide north Edinburgh community.</p> <p>The importance of the work the BATs development team and volunteers do is plain to see in the number of players who move through to senior rugby at our three partners - Broughton, Accies and Trinity - and to a number of other clubs around Scotland. An increasing number are also getting capped for Scotland at various age-group levels.</p> <p>Please come and see and support our future players. Any gate we get from the game will go towards the funds we need to support all the work BATs does across north Edinburgh.</p> <p>We do hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you at Raeburn Place at 12:00.</p> <p>The future&rsquo;s good... with your support!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/Images/BATs/BATs_U18_EA_RP_31Mar18.jpg" alt="" width="518" height="689" /></p>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +0100