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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
Training is on tonight as usual at 7pm. Weather is as expected for November so wrap up and be prepared for rain. As ever please remember ad rink and gumshield.
On Sunday we complete our trio of away games with a trip to Lenzie to play our hosts and another club. The meet time is at 10.30 and there will be a wreath laying ceremony before the matches kick off to commemorate armistice day 100 years ago.
The address for our hosts is Lenzie Rugby Club, Viewfield Ave, Lenzie, G66 4RB
Why not dig out those old boots or buy a pair for the first time, come and join the Whitecraigs Rugby Club Rhino’s Team. We train every Tuesday evening from 7pm until around 8:30pm. We meet in the changing rooms around 6:45pm and on the pitches for 7pm. There are showers available after training. We aim to play at least one game a month, so there always plenty of time to recover before the next game. We’re a friendly bunch who love rugby and a well earned beer after a game. You’ll be welcomed by all, so come along and introduce yourself. We don’t expect high standards of rugby at our age, but we do try our hardest. If your new to the game, you’re also more than welcome, you might even enjoy yourself. If you feel your told old to play for the 1st or 2nd team, then your ready to play for us.
Were looking for as many new/old players as possible, the more the merrier!!
We’re back tonight at training at 7pm for an hour. Its chilly so players and parents need to wrap up well. Remember gumshield and drink as usual.
On Sunday we are making the short journey to Hughenden in the West End to play Hillhead/Jordanhill and Loch Lomond. Meet time is 11am. Address is below and a link for directions provided by our hosts who have confirmed that parking there is ‘murder’. Also remember that the clocks go back so have an extra hour in bed unless you want to get an extra long warm up on Sunday morning.
Address: HJRFC, 32 Hughenden Rd, Glasgow, G12 9XP
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.
Training is on this week, usual meet time of 1115hrs for a start at 1130hrs.
The club are hosting Paisley Rugby Club, who may bring some of their micros. This will give us the opportunity to train alongside another club and finish the session with some small sided practice games.
As we are the hosts, if anyone is able to assist in catering (setting up / providing bake good to sell/ serving /clearing up) it is gratefully appreciated.
Friendly reminder that training re-starts on Sunday 30th Sept.
Registration is at 1115hrs in the clubhouse with training starting prompt at 1130hrs. Please ensure that your child’s name is noted by one of the coaches (especially if your not staying). All children must be signed in before training.
Remember to bring outdoor and indoor footwear as Autumn has arrived so the weather is back to the possibilty of all seasons in a day!
Kenny and I look forward to seeing you all there!