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