1st XV go down to Preston Lodge

Saturday 12th October

The 1st XV suffered a second league defeat of the season at Preston Lodge on Saturday losing by 25-19 in a game where they performed someway below expectations and after being helped into a half-time lead somewhat against the run of play by two PL errors leading to an interception try and a second when a defensive catch was missed under no pressure. PL were less gratuitous in the second half turning the match in their favour although some late Stew Mel pressure might have produced another score to close the gap.

This defeat leaves the team in sixth place on 18 points, five behind second placed Peebles. Next opponents Dumfries top the league with six wins out of six and 29 league points.

Christmas Reception : 5 December 2019

This year’s festive evening is on Thursday 5 December – Please be advised that, due to the popularity of the Carol Party, applications for tickets must be received no later than 21 November 2019

Tickets – cheques payable to SMC FP Club – are available from Charles S Wilson MBE, 66 Thomson Crescent, CURRIE, EH14 5JS Tel: 0131 449 2866 Email: charles_s_wilson@btinternet.com

Christmas Lunch : Friday 20 December

Book your place now for the Daniel Stewart’s & Melville College Club FP Christmas Lunch!

Email FP Club Secretary  or download application form and return by post

First league defeat for 1st XV

Saturday 21st September 2019

After opening the season’s national league 2 campaign with two wins the 1st XV entertained GHK for match day 3 ultimately losing by 44 – 19 with the visitors drawing away with three late tries as Stew Mel chased a fourth try and a game point.

GHK had started strongly putting on 17 points without reply in the first fifteen minutes as Stew Mel were denied possession before captain Fraser Morrison broke away to score a try unopposed.

GHK then added a further two tries to take a commanding lead of 29 – 7 into half-time. Thereafter Stew Mel had their best period in the match two forward tries taking them back to within ten points and offering some hope of getting back into the game within twenty minutes to go. Unfortunately it was not to be as the game opened up and GHK exploited the opportunities arising rather better.

Next week its on the road to Newton Stewart.

Rugby Sat 14th Sept – second league win for 1st XV

The 1st XV achieved a narrow 19-13 win over Kirkcaldy at Inverleith today.

Selected team: 15 Matthew Watson; 14 Sean Murchie; 13 Jamie McGurk; 12 Euan Morrison; 11 James Ferguson; 10 Mike Miller; 9 Fraser Strachan; 1 Chris Baikie; 2 Darren Miller; 3 Ruaridh Mitchell; 4 Jamie Sword; 5 Fraser Morrison (c); 6 Matt Sanderson; 7 Dave Allan; 8 Scott Alldritt.

Newton Stewart 22        Hamilton              20

Peebles                27           Glasgow Accies   0

Preston Lodge   32           Gordonians        19

Stewart’s Melville 19      Kirkcaldy              13

League Table

Team Pld Won Drawn Lost F A BP Points
Dumfries 2 2 0 0 112 38 2 10
Peebles 2 2 0 0 45 10 1 9
Preston Lodge 2 1 1 0 68 55 2 8
Stew Mel 2 2 0 0 43 34 0 8
GHK 2 1 0 1 80 57 3 7
Newton Stewart 2 1 1 0 35 33 1 7
Hamilton 2 1 0 1 60 58 2 6
Kirkcaldy 2 0 0 2 38 48 3 3
Whitecraigs 2 0 1 1 48 119 1 3
Glasgow Accies 2 0 1 1 13 40 0 2
Falkirk 2 0 0 2 38 68 1 1
Gordonians 2 0 0 2 29 50 0 0


1st XV start season with narrow 24-21 win at Falkirk

Click here to read Bill McNie’s match report


Next Saturday – 1st XV v Kirkcaldy, Inverleith, ko 3pm.


FP Golf Club – Autumn Outing to Roxburghe

The FP Golf Club had their Autumn outing yesterday to the Roxburghe course near Kelso and the fifteen members present were rewarded with about the best golfing day of the summer.

David Lowes with 85  had the best gross score of the day reflecting the difficulty of the course and David Macfarlane won the handicap stableford with 39 points.   Bert Barclay won the nearest the pin competition at the 8th hole with the only shot that finished on the green.  The two’s sweep had 3 joint winners.   All agreed the course was a fantastic venue in superb condition.

Funeral Arrangements for Brian Mitchell

The funeral service for Brian Mitchell will be held in the Lorimer Chapel, Warriston Crematorium on Thursday, 5 September at 12 noon. 

Denise and her family would be pleased if you would join them after the service at the Clubhouse for refreshments. 


Rugby – Pre season match v Musselburgh at Stoneyhill this Saturday

The Rugby Club have their first pre season match this Saturday, 10th August v Musselburgh at Stoneyhill.   Entry is free to all spectators.

Cricket East Premier Matchday 15 – 1st XI lose at Goldenacre

Saturday 3rd August

Stewart’s Melville CC 77 all out (27.4 overs); Heriot’s CC 78 for 5 (26 overs). Lost by 5 wickets. Ball sponsor – Colin Brown

After last week’s weather cancellation the 1st XI resumed their East Premier League campaign against Heriot’s at Goldenacre having won the first match earlier in the season.

Captain Steven Parker won the toss and chose to bat first despite having won the first match batting second. Kyle McCallum (18 runs) and Mike Miller (20 runs) started profitably against the pace bowling of our former player Elliot Ruthven and Joe Kinghorn-Gray, ex RHC putting on 30 runs before Kyle stranded out of his ground was bizarrely run out by Hayes van der Berg after he had failed to take an overhead catch at mid off. Ben Wilkinson followed caught low down in the same position off Kinghorn-Gray with the score on 41. Shaylen who replaced Ben at the crease started confidently the score quickly moving onto 63 before he was caught behind for 15 off the bowling Michael Shean who had replaced Elliot Ruthven. The slow bowling combination of Shean and Scotland and Derbyshire player Michael Watt then appeared unplayable on a helpful wicket as we slumped to 77 all out with five of our bats failing to score.

Photo – Mikey Miller plays forward

Given the success of Heriot’s slow bowlers we opened with Greg Ruthven and Hayden Sweet with Kyle McCallum replacing Sweet after one over. Heriot’s reached 23 without loss and seemed on their way to a comfortable win when the pursuit of runs against a turning ball resulted in a succession of wickets so that the score became 44 for 5 and Stew Mel hopes of achieving something special were raised. Hayes van der Berg and Keith Morton then chose to pick their shots carefully so that after 26 overs Heriot’s achieved the anticipated win leaving Stew Mel to wonder how many more runs might have tested the home side more. Greg Ruthven bowled his 10 overs straight off taking two wickets for just 20 runs with Kyle McCallum one for 17 off seven overs and Sam Tait two for 27 off 8 overs making things difficult for the Heriot’s batsmen.

We have three Saturdays to go in the league season with home games to come against Watsonians, RH Corstorphine and league leaders Forfarshire. Aberdeenshire remain in the relegation spot two wins behind us.

View scorecard http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Scorecard-Heriots-v-SMCC-03.08.19.pdf