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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