Sport – Former Pupils in Under 20 Rugby World Cup in Argentina

The FP Club have been represented by three recent school 1st XV players in the Under 20 World Cup currently being played out in Argentina, Conor Boyle the squad captain, Ross Thompson and Jack Blain.   Currently all three play their club rugby in the upper echelons of the leagues but both Conor Boyle and Jack Blain turned out for the FPs in their last year at school two seasons ago.

At the weekend with a much changed side Scotland went down by 52 points to 33 to New Zealand in their second group match.    The final Scottish try was scored by winger Jack Blain following a kick to the left corner from Ross Thompson who came on as replacement stand off in this match.   All three FPs played in the first match v South Africa which ended in a 43-19 defeat.

Next up: Scotland Under 20 face Georgia Under 20 in their final pool stage fixture on Wednesday 12 June (kick-off 2.30pm BST) at Racecourse Stadium, Rosario – streamed live at world.rugby/u20, a match they will be anxious to win to retain their current under 20 ranking.

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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Have you enjoyed the 2018 edition of the FP News? / Have you ever wondered how the articles are sourced and how the magazine is brought together? / Now is the time to find out!

Our current Editor, Bob Young, is retiring after 5 years and we are therefore looking for someone to continue the ongoing development of the magazine on a voluntary basis – the job, unfortunately, doesn’t command the salary of a Fleet Street Editor.

The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, possess a keen eye (preferably two) for detail and bring a positive outlook and fresh ideas to the role.

The brief is wide–ranging – the travel not so far ranging – and will source material and news stories; through contact with other FPs and friends; various SMC & ESMS websites and social media; the school archivist; newspaper articles; 3rd party contributors.  Liaison – in the best possible taste, of course – with the Club Secretary, Treasurer and the ESMS Development Office will be both productive and beneficial.

Overall, our new Editor should be motivated by the personal satisfaction of getting things done to a high standard while managing the end of year deadlines to enable the magazine to go to print for issue in January each year.

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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 23rd March – SM Rugby continue winning ways in Cupar

Rugby:    Howe of Fife    17    Stewart’s Melville RFC   36

The disappointment of last Saturday’s big game against Highland being postponed was soon eclipsed by what could only be described as an incredible comeback by Scotland. Whilst many felt gutted that we didn’t win, settling for a draw in the circumstances was, once the dust had settled, the more pragmatic option. We know all about ‘could have’ games at Stew Mel!

Great conditions for a display of running rugby at Duffus Park on Saturday. Bright sky, no wind, no rain – what more do you need?! A few changes were noted as Kyle Dixon replaced Adam Greig on the left wing, while, with Happy in the far-flung rainforests of Asia, Geoff Angco took up the inside centre position. Cormac McCracken came onto the bench, Ally Scott came in for our leader Momo and a special mention must be given to Ruaridh Stewart at number 8, making his return after his season was unceremoniously put on hold during the home game against Peebles. It takes a great deal of courage to come back, so well done!

Our last meeting with Howe was very much a one-sided affair as they struggled, initially, to raise a team, and, thereafter, injuries left them with only 12 players on the park, and, eventually, led to a premature final whistle. I was sure on Saturday that they would not want a repeat of their player number issues – and, more importantly, the scoreline! Howe have a proud tradition and throwing in the towel was never going to be on the agenda this time.

Stew Mel kicked off (I guess) northwards, playing ‘downhill’, and, from the start, our dominance was evident in the opening exchanges. That said, kicking appeared to be the preferred tactic of both teams from the outset, with either the bounce of the ball creating uncertainty or clearance kicks not quite finding touch. Stew Mel also conceded several penalties in the early stages, giving Howe some respite. It was a scrappy start, but, eventually, after around 10 minutes. a lucky bounce was well retrieved by Chris Baikie, who touched down by the posts. The successful conversion by Euan Bowen made it Howe of Fife 0 Stew Mel 7.

The ball was well taken at the restart by Matt Sanderson and some territory was gained with the assistance of Doug Randall. A knock-on from Howe gave Stew Mel the scrum and an impressive drive over the half way line resulted in a wrestling match in midfield but little fluency behind the scrum. Quicker ball soon came, giving Kyle Dixon the opportunity to make progress down the left wing; debutant Geoff Angco followed suit in midfield, and, with James Ferguson close at hand five meters out, the try was inevitable. With 25 minutes played it was Howe 0 Stew Mel 14, Euan again being successful with the conversion.

Joe Baillie, this time, took the ball well at the restart and made further inroads, aided by Ally Scott. James was involved again as Stew Mel encroached on Howe’s try line once more and Matt Sanderson was unlucky not to get over, some good defending from Howe preventing another score. There was a brief injury stoppage but momentum was soon regained and Ruaridh Mitchell, positioned fortuitously on the right wing, drove over. 30 minutes played, Howe 0 Stew Mel 19. Another couple of good phases by both forwards and backs followed the restart this time, releasing Kyle Dixon on the left wing to get the bonus point try. 35 minutes played, Howe 0 Stew Mel 24.

The lead appeared comfortable at this stage. James retired early with a calf injury to be replaced by Seb Trotter, though, and Howe suddenly took the initiative, throwing caution to the wind, and, with kick & chase and strong running, gaining good field position for the forwards to drive over. They did this not once but twice in succession, aided and abetted by a poor Stew Mel restart. That made it Howe 10 Stew Mel 24 at half time.

Despite having ‘allowed’ Howe back into the game, Stew Mel started the second half brightly, with some good hands amongst the forwards giving Fraser quicker ball to play with. This pressure resulted in a lineout on Howe’s 22; although they eventually managed to kick to touch in desperation, this only served to bring the lineout back to a similar position. Further pressure ensued, but, unfortunately, a knock on prevented any immediate progress.

Stew Mel were dominant in the scrum by now, driving the Howe pack back, disrupting their ball and making it harder for them to launch any effective attacks. Howe had, however, certainly upped their tempo and were attacking effectively whenever the opportunity arose, putting together some reasonable phases with 60 minutes on the clock. A facial cut to Chris Baikie saw Connor McKay entering the fray, and, as always, his presence was felt by the opposition. A penalty eventually came Stew Mel’s way, and, after some good forward play, Ruaridh Mitchell once again found himself on the right wing with a similar outcome. 65 minutes played, Howe 10 Stew Mel 29.

Our scrum dominance at this stage was key to turning the tables and putting more pressure on our hosts. Kyle Marshall replaced Doug Randall, fresh legs always being welcome at this stage. Perhaps the best and most ‘typical’ Stew Mel move of the match eventually saw Jamie Sword cantering over for another try and a successful conversion. That made it Howe 10 Stew Mel 36 with 70 minutes gone. With the clock counting down, Howe again emerged from the ashes and produced a strong finish, eventually being awarded a penalty try after a string of penalties against Stew Mel. Final score Howe 17 Stew Mel 36.

It was, perhaps, not the performance we were hoping for, but a bonus point win will do even if the term’ winning ugly’ is an apt description of our afternoon at Duffus Park. There were spells where we showed what we are capable of, but, also, some very scrappy play where ball retention was difficult and too many basic errors were made. You can, of course, only perform as well as your opponents allow, and Howe certainly made it hard at times. A ‘Noddy’ guide to not conceding penalties would also have been a useful read prior to this encounter. Bottom line, we conceded too many, whether justified or not. The consolation penalty try was clearly the end result.

That said, there were still some outstanding individual performances from, in particular, Matt Sanderson, who was building an ‘interesting’ relationship with his opposite number. Euan Bowen was creative at 10 and Ruaridh Stewart showed no ill effects from his layoff, whilst Kyle Dixon, Ally Scott, Geoff Angco and Cormac McCracken all played their part. Howe clearly have some good players and are, I think, still very much in the development stage, mixing youth with more experienced personnel. We have been there, too, and it does come good in the end!

Our game against Falkirk on Saturday was supposed to be our last but the season drags on. See you then!

Kevin Murchie

Weekend Sport – Sat 16th March – Weather wins at Inverleith but compensation in Calcutta Cup match

Rugby:  Late winter snow, wind and rain meant the much anticipated NL2 match with Highland and the other club matches planned for Saturday fell to the weather.   With the final day of the 6 Nations Championship available on large screen TVs the pre match lunch arranged went on as planned and the bar was packed for the Wales-Ireland match and the Calcutta Cup match which followed.     Those present were rewarded by witnessing first hand Scotland’s amazing second half revival and eventual draw in the company of a raucous support.    The match with Highland is now likely to be played on Saturday 20th April – venue to be announced.     This Saturday coming the 1sts play Howe of Fife in Cupar with a 3pm start.

Hockey:  No league hockey took place with both Mens 1sts and Ladies 1sts still challenging at the top of their respective leagues with four and three games to play respectively.

 

 

Weekend Sport – Sat 2nd March. Rugby – 1st XV’s big win on league resumption

Rugby:     Stewart’s Melville RFC   48    Dumfries Saints   10

After a four week break due to the Six Nations Internationals league rugby returned on Saturday with the 1st XV producing probably their best performance of the season overcoming Dumfries 48-10 on a day of high winds and rain and replacing our visitors in third place in NL2 behind 1st placed Biggar and our next opponents 2nd placed Highland.    Highland with one game less played are on 72 points, five ahead of Stew Mel meaning a win is essential on Saturday 16th if we are to keep alive our slight hopes of promotion.   Highland still have a testing away match to play at Peebles on 6th April after we have finished our programme of matches.

Beyond Inverleith, Jack Blain an SMC school leaver last year made his competitive debut for Edinburgh Rugby against Benetton also on Saturday  joining another FP Calum Hunter-Hill in the starting line up, Benetton coming from behind to win 18-10.

 

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

Rugby

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.

Hockey

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