Good Afternoon from a pretty miserable November afternoon,
1st XV rugby returns to West Lodge with a second round cup tie against the formidable Stirling County. Stirling are mid table in the very competitive Premier Division and will be very tough opponents both in physicality and intensity. Our young team that takes the field tomorrow will not give in and this has to be taken as a learning experience for the future.
There is no 2nd XV fixture tomorrow but I have to report a fine away win last Saturday v Cumnock. The under 18’s have a scheduled fixture v GHA.
On Sunday the S1 and S2 teams are away to GHA and the u15 & u16 teams are at home. The Micros and Minis continue at their usual times.
Our previous DO, Stewart Magorian, is now living and working in Oregon, USA for USA rugby. He has recently become a father to Lachlan who is sure, with his genes, to become either a rugby player or a horseman. Stewart has organised a 18 year old promising Oregon player to come to Whitecraigs for six months from 1st December. This is for both a rugby and life experience We are currently sorting out accommodation for him but are looking for someone to offer him a temporary home, preferably with someone of a similar age. If you can help out, please contact Jon Jewitt.
It is interesting to note that along with Stewart we also have another Craigs man involved in rugby in the USA. Stevie Swindall is coaching and still playing! with the Austin Blacks Rugby in Austin, the State capital of Texas. Great to see them still involved albeit on the other side of the Atlantic.
I would remind you about the Rugby Memories Meeting on Monday 28th November at 7pm. Jon Jewitt has arranged this in conjunction with Alzheimer Scotland and the idea is to provide an opportunity to chat/reminisce/debate over rugby related topics in a relaxed atmosphere. The aim is to be informal, relaxed and most of all to have fun. If you know of anyone who could be helped by this initiative please contact me and I will provide further information.
The St Andrews Ball is next Saturday, 26th November and I believe there are a limited number of spaces available. Contact Percy for further details.
Today’s sponsor is Orr Fire Protection who have recently become the Squash Section Sponsor. Well done to Ally McLeod ex rugby player and now current squash player.
Scotland take on Argentina at Murrayfield and we all hope that they can turn narrow losses into wins. We all know that winning increases the confidence of everyone involved in Scottish Rugby.
Tonight Scotland Women play Spain in the first leg of a two leg series for the final place in the World Cup to be held in Ireland next year. If you can get along and support them at Scotstoun tonight. If not, it is on BBC Alba.
Have a great weekend.