Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 27/28th April – Rugby, Cricket, Golf news

Rugby:    Stewart’s Melville RFC     29     Highland     45

The 1st XV’s season finally came to a conclusion on Saturday at temporary “home ground” Raeburn Place.    A game  full of action saw Stew Mel leading by 17-5 and 24-19 before a Highland revival saw them close out the match with a sixteen point margin.    So Biggar end as NL2 champions with 21 wins out of 22 matches and 101 points.   Highland second with 91 points and Dumfries on 79 points just edged us, 78 points, out of third place.    Hopes are high for next season.

Cricket:    East Premier League – 1st XI (9 for no wickets) v Aberdeenshire.   Match abandoned after only one over.

It was along way to travel on Saturday for only one over of play.   A persistent drizzle delayed the start to 2pm and supposedly 40 overs a side.   Put in to bat we got off to a flier with nine runs in the first over before the drizzle returned leading to the umpires taking the players off.   Heavier rain followed and the match was abandoned at 3.30pm.

Next up is a second away game on Saturday v Carlton at Grange Loan (12 noon).   Carlton against expectations lost their opening match on Saturday to newly promoted Stoneywood Dyce.

Golf:    Best Professional finish for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest recorded his best professional performance to date finishing in sixth place in the European Tour event in Morocco yesterday.   On a Par 73 course measuring 7600 yards Grant had rounds of 75, 70, 69 and 74, doubled his prizemoney for the season and moved up to 69th place in the tour rankings – a big step towards retaining his playing rights for 2020.  After eight holes of the final round Grant was in second place one behind the leader  and figured prominently in Sky’s TV coverage of the event.   This week he is in the field for the China Open and then the British Masters at Southport the following week.

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Weekend Sport – Sat / Sun 30/31st March. Rugby and FP Golf

Rugby:   Decisive Win for Rugby Club

Stewart’s Melville RFC    57     Falkirk    10

The 1st XV achieved another big win on Saturday scoring nine tries with six conversions, six of the tries coming in the second half after leading 19-3 at half-time.   The win leaves them on 77  points equal with Highland who however have played two fewer games in NL2.   We are due to play Highland in the match postponed from the Calcutta Cup weekend on Saturday 27th April before which Highland have games against Peebles (away) on Saturday and Howe of Fife (home) the following week.

Golf:    FP Golf Club’s Spring Outing

The FP Golf Club enjoyed fine weather for their first outing of the year at the links course of Monifieth on Sunday.    Despite the sunshine and only a slight breeze the course did not play easily and Euan Parker  took the scratch prize from Scott Noble with a round of 83 after a count back.   Donald Lowe with 40 Stableford points had no challegers for the handicap prize.  Robin Mather won nearest the pin at the short 14th but Bert Barclay scooped the twos sweep with the only two of the day at the same hole.   Twenty-one members took part.


Weekend Sport – Sat 16th February Wins for Hockey Men and Ladies Cricket Annual Dinner & Awards Evening

Hockey:   ESMS Mens 1st XI travelled to Inverness to play Highland at Bught Park and were rewarded with an 8-2 win which keeps them on top in NL 3 with 8 wins out of eight matches played.     ESMS Ladies 1st XI were also big winners, 5-0 v Dundee University at Ravelston.  With a 9 and 3 record they remain in second place in NL2 four points behind Gordonians.

Rugby:   A planned friendly match with Dundee did not take place – league rugby resumes on 2nd March v Dumfries at Inverleith.   This weekend’s focus is on the Six Nations when Scotland play in Paris.   The bar at Inverleith is open for a large screen viewing of the match.

Cricket:   The Cricket Club had their Annual Dinner and Awards night on Friday evening.   A full report on the evening’s awards can be seen on the Cricket Club’s website at http://www.stewartsmelvillecricket.com


Weekend Sport – Sat/Sun 2nd/3rd Feb Rugby / Outdoor Hockey resume Saturday 16th February


No competition play to report on this weekend with League rugby taking a break during the Six Nations Rugby Championship although a friendly match has been arranged for Saturday 16th February with Dundee at Inverleith.   The match will be followed in the evening by the Rugby Club’s own version of a Burns Supper.


Outdoor hockey is on the mid winter break resuming on 16th February.   The Mens 1st team went into the break in NL3 with a 100% record of 7 wins from 7 games, top of the league ahead of FMGM from Dundee who have a 6 and 1 record.  The team’s next match is against Highland at Bught Park, Inverness with the next again match on 23rd February at Inverleith v Stirling University.   The Ladies 1st team are presently in 2nd place in NL2 with 8 wins and 3 defeats (24 points).   Gordonians lead the league with 28 points from 9 wins, a draw and one defeat.  Their next match is on the 16th against St Andrews University at MES (2.30pm).


Weekend Sport – Sat 26th January. 1st XV lose but stay in touch with second place

Peebles  25   Stewart’s Melville RFC  17


A disappointing outcome for the 1st XV at Peebles failing to add to our games point total.    Turning around a 15-3 deficit into a winning 17-15 position with 15 minutes left Peebles added a penalty and a try with 5 minutes left to give them the win.   A lift was received however when the result of Highland’s match at Dumfries came through, 10-3 to the “Saints” leaving Stew Mel tied on points with Highland on 62.    We have four games left, all in March, including one v Highland on Saturday 16th March at Inverleith.   Highland still have to travel to Peebles on 6th April for a catch up fixture … so all is not lost.


Pos Team P W L D F:A Diff. TB LB Points
1 Biggar RFC 18 17 1 0 730:122 608 14 1 83
2 Highland RFC 16 12 4 0 480:232 248 11 3 62
3 Stewart’s Melville RFC 18 13 5 0 543:363 180 10 0 62

Weekend Sport – Saturday 12th January. Rugby – Another win for 1st XV

Preston Lodge    21    Stewart’s Melville RFC    27

For many our supporters the highlight of the day was the substantial pre match lunch complete with non PC comedian put on by PL and which our club chairman Finlay Calder issued the equivalent of a three line whip to attend, it all being enjoyed by a packed clubhouse.

The game itself required a hike up the road to the ground at Pennypit where the former clubhouse is no more but the ground as cold as ever.   Most of the points came in the first half of fluctuating play that saw us reach half-time 24-16 ahead.   A further penalty after 15 minutes of the second half put us comfortably ahead at 27-16 a situation we held onto until the final minutes when PL crossed for another try leaving our supporters somewhat less than comfortable as they wished for the ref to blow the final whistle.    The win ultimately kept us with 57 points from 16 games on the coat tails of second placed Highland on 60 points but with two more games played.  Biggar 74 points from 16 games look uncatchable.

Full match report here   http://www.stewmelrugby.com/match-report-v-preston-lodge-rfc-saturday-12-january/ .

On Saturday we welcome GHK to Inverleith (2pm kick off).

Monday 17th Dec – Santa visits Inverleith

Santa dips into his sack


The club’s Annual Christmas Lunch attracted a full house of over 100 to Inverleith today to enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch and a visit from Santa.   A great time was had by all.

Hopefully most will return on Friday 25th January for the Burns Day celebration,  12 noon for 12.30pm – no booking necessary.  Just turn up.

Weekend Sport – Sat 15th Dec. Substantial win for 1st XV before Christmas break

Stewart’s Melville RFC   58     Lasswade   7

Doug Randall crosses for Stew Mel’s second try

The 1st XV finished their pre Christmas National League 2 campaign in freezing cold weather and virtual darkness with probably their best performance of the season scoring nine tries with four converted maintaining third place in the league.   Two early scores the second by Doug Randall (above) gave Stew Mel an early 12-0 lead which was pulled to 12-7 after a Lasswade interception.  Three more tries with two being converted took the half-time lead to 31-7 but with the prospect of playing against the whipping wind in the second half.   Despite facing the wind Stew Mel continued their adventurous brand of possession rugby adding five more tries and a further conversion to make the final score 58-7 – a great way to finish the first part of the season.  With the other matches  in the league being cancelled StewMel closed the gap to second placed Highland to seven points though with a game more played.

Good too to see sixty guests attending the pre match lunch two weeks on from 120 attending the lunch before the Biggar match.

The season resumes on Saturday 12th January with a match v Preston Lodge away.   PL are doing a pre match lunch at Pennypit Park and anyone wanting to attend it should contact Bill McNie.   If there is sufficient take up the club will provide transport.

Weekend Sport – 8th December. 1st XV win in Glasgow

Glasgow Academicals   8    Stewart’s Melville RFC    13


The 1st XV travelled to Glasgow to take on an Accies side who we had previously recorded a win against at Inverleith.    The weather conditions were rather different on this occasion and not conducive to a handling game.   Stew Mel opened the scoring with penalty and built on this lead with two unconverted tries by Freddie Roddick and Craig Davidson before half-time, 13-0.   The second half was a struggle to hold on as Accies clawed their way back into the game with a penalty and a try, 13-8 and that was how it remained to the final whistle.   The win and the four points keep us in third place in the league on 48 points  but two wins behind second placed Highland (60) and leaders Biggar (64), all from 14 matches.   The action returns to Inverleith on Saturday with a home match v Lasswade, 2 pm.   After that we have a Christmas break from league play until 12th January.