A ticket for this Saturday’s game v South Africa has become available. The price is £62 and please contact Roger Wilkins – firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Morning from a blustery West Lodge,
Friday night lights at West Lodge with the 1st XV game v Dumfries moved from Saturday to tonight with a 7.45pm kick off. Wrap up warm and come down and support the team. The boys have had very close results during October and will be determined to start November with a bang!
The only other rugby information I have at present is that the Minis are away to Lenzie on Sunday with 10.30am meet at Lenzie.
The Squash teams had a clean sweep on Wednesday with all four teams winning, great effort.
You will have recently been sent a survey to complete, please do so as soon as possible in order that the Committee can shape the future of the Club.
You will have noticed some activity in the car park to the left hand side as you enter the Club. We have rented this area to a Car Wash company, G77 Vehicle Wash & Valet Centre. The owner is known to us and will work hard to ensure the success of his business. It will also provide an income for the Club so please support him and tolerate the slight alteration in our parking arrangements.
Sunday is the 11th day of the 11th month and at 11.00am the Country will fall silent to remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their Country. It is the Centenary of the end of the First World War and I have written in the past about the role rugby played in that conflict.
The Rugby Clubs of Scotland immediately rose to the call to arms in 1914 and over the next five years fought in every area of conflict. The toll, however was horrific with 31 Scottish Internationalists making the ultimate sacrifice, more than any other Home Nation. Clubs in Glasgow suffered many casualties with 8 1st XV Glasgow Academical players that played in the final game of season 1913/1914 being killed. Records show that 75 members of Melrose Rugby Football Club enlisted. There are 90 names of local men who lost their lives recorded on the Melrose Parish War Memorial , 13 of whom were members of Melrose. Many Clubs can record similar experiences.
There are Clubhouses, Pavilions, Stands and Grounds in Rugby Clubs throughout Scotland that were named as Memorials to those who did not return and we should remember this as we walk into the grounds at Ardrossan, Old and New Anniesland, Hughenden and many others.
I will end with a poem an American, Moina Michael, who penned this after reading “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae:
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Field, Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the faith
With all who died
We cherish too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
Of Flanders Field
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead
Fear nought that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought in Flanders Field.
Have a great weekend. Graeme
Good Morning from a Wild West Lodge,
The 1st XV return to West Lodge tomorrow in a Tennents National 2 league match v Lasswade. The boys are determined to return to winning ways after the nail biting 26-26 draw against Glasgow Accies, last Saturday. We are playing good rugby and the defence has improved since the beginning of the season. Kick Off is at 3.00pm so if you can, get down and encourage the boys, they deserve it.
The 2nd XV hope to return to action this week after two fallow weeks through no fault of their own – no referee and no opposition. They are away to Clydebank and will be looking to continue their winning ways and their position at the top of the table.
The Rhinos are not in action this weekend after their victory at Cartha last weekend. However, they have a busy week ahead as they prepare for their game next Saturday in Blairgowrie. Passports dusted down, vaccinations organised and much discussion re provisions for the long journey. Just remember the old adage, count them out, count them back!
The Galant Conference has finished just in time for the October week holidays. We have seen many tremendous performances from u13 through to u18 which shows that rugby is truly heading in the right direction at West Lodge. It is a huge testament to the hard work of the players, coaches and not forgetting the parents. In the leagues, the under 15 squad finished top, u16 squad finished mid table and the under 18 squad finished 2nd in a very competitive league. This is very encouraging and bodes well for the future.
A reminder that the Performance Camp runs for all u13 to u18 players next week (Tuesday to Thursday). This will be the first Performance Camp under new Development Officer, Caitlyn Haldane, so well worth attending. Sign up by e-mailing president@whitecraigs,org
Another positive week for the squash teams with 3 victories and 1 loss. 1st team beat Hamilton 14-6, 2nd team beat Hamilton 14-9, 3rd team beat Western 15-10 and 4th team lost to Newlands 16-4. A great effort by all those taking part especially when we are one of the very few non racquet ball Sports Clubs taking part in the leagues.
On a sad note, I have to report the death of Past President (1986 to 1988), Tom Shepherd. Tom played rugby for us back in the 70s and was a stalwart of the 3rd XV. He then was instrumental in the formation of our Mini section and went onto be President. When we moved up to West Lodge, he took on the role of Grounds Convenor which he managed pitch usage with an iron fist. Tom was a character and enjoyed the companionship of a rugby club and made life long friends through his association with Whitecraigs. Tom had suffered ill health for a number of years and our sympathies are with his sons Craig and Tom who are still associated with the Club. His funeral takes place on Thursday 18th October at 10.00 am at Linn Crematorium and then to the Redhurst Hotel. Tom was another one of the good guys and will be missed.
A reminder that subscriptions are now overdue. If you have to alter your standing order, please do so as the Club cannot do this for you.
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Have a great weekend and wrap up against the wild and wet weather that is forecast.
Good Afternoon from a bright and breezy West Lodge,
The rugby season starts in earnest with the first home league fixture for the 1st XV in Tennents National League 2, ko 3.00pm. Last Saturday they travelled through to Inverleith to play Stewarts Melville and lost 21 to 27 but gained a useful losing bonus point.
Tomorrow’s opponents are Howe of Fife who always play an exciting brand of fast and open rugby so it could be a high scoring afternoon. Our team selection includes five players making their home 1st XV debuts – Liam Barbour, Aaron Graham, Callum Innes, Michael Owen and Jack Ramage, who have all come through our youth system. Captain Ian Laidlaw is playing his first game of the season after injury and Stuart Henderson is making a fourth return from retirement which I think is more than Frank Sinatra had!
The 2nd XV, after a very comfortable victory last Saturday, make the journey to Annan for their next fixture. The under 18s have had a great start to the season with two victories and also travel to the South West of Scotland to play Dumfries, ko 2pm.
The Rhinos are back in action at GHA taking part in a round robin over 35’s tournament. Ourselves , Cartha, GHA and Hillhead/Jordanhill are taking part. More of these events are planned in the future.
On Sunday our opponents in the Galant A conference are Dumfries with two sides playing at home and two away. I am afraid I do not have details of who is playing where. The Minis are away to Helensburgh with an early meeting time of 10.00am at Helensburgh. The Micros are training with a 11.15 registration in the Clubhouse.
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Tomorrow also sees the return of the “Spot of Lunch” Chaps, a welcome boost for the sales of Merlot.
Unfortunately, I have to pass on the sad news that one of our members, Jimmy Loudon passed away last week. Jimmy battled with Parkinson’s Disease for many years but finally succumbed to this horrible disease. Jimmy played for the Club during the Sixties but remained in contact with his many friends when he moved to the North West of England to advance his career in Orthopaedic Surgery. When he retired, he returned to Scotland and eventually moved to Crail. Jimmy was one of the good guys and will be sadly missed by his family and all his many friends. His funeral takes place at the Linn Crematorium on Monday at 12 noon.
Another plea for all players to remove their boots before entering the lounge. It took me 20 minutes on Thursday morning to vacuum the lounge carpet. It would not be allowed at home so the same principle applies to the Club.
Hopefully the weather will remain fair for the weekend and good luck to all those pulling on a Whitecraigs shirt this weekend.
C’mon the “Mighty”.
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Good afternoon from West Lodge,
Welcome to the first Craigs News of Season 2018/19.
Today is about some housekeeping items for the start of the Season.
2018-19 Membership Renewal
Further to the recent reminder to renew your membership we wish to reconfirm necessary actions to be taken:
1. Every member MUST complete and return the form to the Honorary Secretary as soon as possible.
2. Please complete ALL personal details on the form, even if they have not changed recently, then sign and date the form to confirm your agreement to allow the Club touse your personal information as detailed in the new Privacy Notice for Members and in accordance with GPDR 2018.
3. Payment Due date is the 1st September and Payment Deadline date is 30th September 2018.
4. Any New Bank Standing Order forms must be returned together with payment for the first month’s subscription rate, either by card, cash or cheque, with the new SO to start in October 2018.
5. All Existing Bank Standing Orders must be amended directly by the member to start in September, 2018 as the Club cannot amend an SO on your behalf.
No Boots in the Clubhouse and especially the Lounge
Yesterday was the first full day of rugby and it was evident by the grass that was left on the lounge carpet no boots were taken off when entering the Clubhouse. This excess of grass takes a lot of time to clean up and increases our cleaning costs together with complaints for Club members. This would not be allowed to happen at home and the same should be applicable at the Rugby Club. Your co-operation would be greatly appreciated.
One of our sponsors is Mearns Castle Golf Academy and they have given us a superb rate of £10 per person for the our Golf Outing on Sunday 30th September. There is a sheet up on the notice board so please add your name. Great to see so many Senior rugby players on the sheet. More information will be available nearer the date.
I am always looking for content for Craigs News so if you have anything you wish to be circulated to the wider Whitecraigs family, please contact me.
Please support our sponsors. It is vital that we support them as they provide much needed financial support to the Club.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST TO MONDAY 20TH AUGUST THE LEFT AND RIGHT HAND SIDE OUTSIDE CAR PARKS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR USE.
WE ARE HOSTING 35 MOTORHOMES/CARAVANS WHO WILL BE USING OUR SITE DURING THE WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS.
WE REALISE THAT THIS MAY CAUSE SOME INCONVENIENCE FOR OUR MEMBERS AND GUESTS DURING THIS PERIOD FOR WHICH WE APOLOGISE.
WE WILL BE RECEIVING APPROXIMTELY £1200 RENT FOR THE USE OF OUR SITE.
THESE VEHICLES WILL BE COMING FROM ALL OVER THE UK AND IRELAND SO PLEASE MAKE SURE OUR VISITORS RECEIVED IN A FRIENDLY FASHION.
9TH AUGUST 2018
New player management system introduced by the SRU.
Scottish Rugby is now using a new player registration system called SCRUMS, having switched from the previous system at the end of the 2017/18 season. SCRUMS has been developed to provide a modern, integrated set-up to record member information for those involved with rugby in Scotland.
ALL PLAYERS (AGED 8 AND OVER) AND CLUB OFFICIALS, ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER WITH SCRUMS OTHERWISE THEY ARE UNABLE TO REPRESENT WHITECRAIGS RUGBY CLUB.
Please click on the following link to begin the registration process.
All the information that you require is contained in the attached documents. However, If you have any questions, please contact Brandon – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Email Verification – when a player or parent provides their email address, they will receive an automated message from SCRUMS to confirm that the email address provided is a valid one. This email will request the player / parent to click on a link to verify their email address. Some email servers have been rejecting these automated verification emails and we are working to resolve this. Please do not worry if you or any players / parents / club officials have not received these. If an email address has not been verified in the system it will not prevent a player from being fully registered and we will resend verification emails once the issues have been fixed.
A reminder that the Club AGM will take place on Monday 11th June at 7.00pm.
The following have been nominated for positions;
President – Craig Percival
Vice-President – David McCormick
Hon Treasurer – Douglas Emery
Hon Secretary – Graeme Scott