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Message from Rugby Club President

Greetings friends, family, sponsors and supporters!

Years of planning and hard work paid off handsomely on Saturday when the Stewart’s Melville RFC 1st XV gained promotion to Tennent’s National League Division 1, the top tier of fully amateur club rugby in Scotland.

Unfortunately time pressures mean I cannot wax lyrical about the subject this week but I aim to provide a more thorough overview next week. Suffice to say that I am a delighted and extremely proud President right now!

Results

The match report from the promotion winning game can be found here. Thank you Kevin Murchie!

Fixtures

Final game of the season this weekend. As the posts are down at Invers the game will be at Royal High School. The plan is to head back to Invers around 18:15. We are putting on a coach but there will be limited space so if you can grab a lift please do so.

Stew Mel 1st XV v Kirkcaldy – at Royal High School, Barnton – 3pm.

Social

Last call for tickets to the Awards Ball – help us celebrate our promotion and book your seat for a great night out now!  – details can be found.here

Hope to see you Saturday!

Simon Breeze

President, Stewart’s Melville RFC

Rugby – Promotion prospects receive a boost with weekend results

Saturday 27th March 2022 – Stewart’s Melville RFC 33 Gordonians 10

Having achieved a relatively stress free win and five league points at Inverleith on Saturday the club received an important and hardly hoped for boost to its National League 2 promotion prospects when news came through that promotion rivals Dumfries had lost their match with their local rivals Newton Stewart by 27 – 20 thereby picking only one league point for a narrow defeat.

That leaves Dumfries on 68 league points to our 67 but with them having played a game more and only two to play against league leaders GHK on Saturday and Kirkcaldy on 9th April. Our three remaining matches are against Hamilton on Saturday (away), Glasgow Accies (9th April) and Kirkcaldy (16th April). Saturday’s match will be hard for both promotion contenders.

FP Golf Club – Outing to Scotscraig on Sunday 20th March 2022

Venue for 1st Outing of Season

Great to kick start the season with a very enjoyable and challenging course, as well as the welcoming clubhouse.  Thank you again to Peter, Euan and Charlie for helping with the running of the outing.

Congratulations to David Aiken, winning the Scratch with a score of 80, closely followed by Tommy Bryson (82).

Congratulations again to James Mason on winning the Handicap with 37 points.  Also well done to Tom Kinghorn (36pts) and Peter Blance (34pts)  for excellent play and only narrowly missing out.

We continue to want to show the outings off to the rest of the members on Social Media – if you have any photos of the outing that you can send, please Whatsapp them to me – 07788 215 517.  Or email.

Hopefully see you all at Craigielaw for the 1887 Salver event on Sunday, 15th May.  You’ll hear from us before then, but until then, enjoy the start of your golfing season.

Harry Crombie

Captain, Stewart’s Melville FP Golf Club

Rugby – Dumfries hang on to win vital promotion match

Late attempt to score falls short

12th March 2022 Stewart’s Melville RFC 21 Dumfries 27

This match finished in a disappointing defeat for the 1st XV in their bid for promotion from National League 2. The final plays of the match took place underneath the Dumfries posts but we were unable to breach their line and score the points needed to win this vital match. Things had gone well to start with with Stew Mel gaining an early advantage and a 10 point lead early in the match. Thereafter Dumfries gained a foothold in the match assisted by some untidy Stew Mel play giving up too many penalties and losing line outs but with a penalty we still led 13-12 at half-time and added another after to lead 16-12. Thereafter Dumfries pulled ahead with three tries to lead 27-16 despite having a player yellow carded during that period. A late try took us back within one score but despite threatening their line we were unable to get over for the opportunity to take the winning points.

Following this match we are on 63 points from 18 games with four to play (Gordonians, Hamilton, Glasgow Accies and Kirkcaldy). Dumfries have played 19 with three to play (Newton Stewart, leaders GHK and Kirkcaldy) and have 68 points so there is still a chance of catching them given our much superior points differential (64). A four try win gets you five points so every game hereon counts.

Rugby – Saturday 29th January

Defeat at leaders GHK.

The 1st XV took on league leaders GHK in Glasgow going down by 17 points to 33 points. Despite the defeat the club remain well placed in the chase for the second promotion place with 57 points from 16 games one point behind Dumfries on 58 (from a win on Friday 4th February) but with us having played a game less. Preston Lodge are in fourth place on 51 points. We have six games left to play with a crucial game against Dumfries coming up at Inverleith on Saturday 19th February (3pm) being the break week in the Six Nations Championship. Hopefully a large support will turn out to support the club on that day.

Rugby Update – Sat 22 January 2022

Stewart’s Melville RFC 31 Newton Stewart 14

At 8-0 down after half an hour this looked like being another difficult day for the watching spectators after last week’s disappointing performance at PL in the club’s attempt to secure one of the two promotion spots in Scotland’s National League 2. But things picked thereafter and a first converted try came five minutes before half time followed by a second also converted just on the break so that a 14-8 scoreline seemed a just reward.

In the second half Stew Mel maintained the upper hand pretty much throughout though giving up penalties allowed the visitors back in at 11-14 and 14-17 before another two home tries both converted saw a comfortable outcome at 31-14 and five more points towards the promotion aim.

We move onto 57 points from 15 matches with promotion rivals GHK, Preston Lodge and Dumfries who all won on 63 points, 51 points and 48 points also from 15 matches. Next Saturday it is 1st v 2nd as we take on GHK at Old Anniesland (2pm).

Rugby Update – Saturday 15th January

Preston Lodge 20 Stewart’s Melville RFC 14

The 1st XV didn’t quite shake off the lethargy of the Christmas break on Saturday’s return to league rugby against Preston Lodge at Pennypit Park. An early try and conversion got our promotion push back on the road before PL hit back with a penalty kick and a converted try of their own (10-7 to the oppo). Just before half-time we regained the lead when PL handed us their own type of Christmas gift for an interception try and a 14-10 half-time lead. In a second half of stop start rugby on a very heavy playing surface PL got themselves another converted try for a 17-14 lead before Stew Mel lifted their game and thought they touched down for a try close to the posts to resume the lead. The referee thought otherwise and as both sides fought for the win it was secured by PL with a late penalty conversion (20-14). A rather disappointing display and outcome for the club but they hold onto second place in the league with a home game against Newton Stewart to come on Saturday (2pm).

Friday End of Month lunches suspended for present

Present intentions are not to reinstate Friday end of the month lunches in January or February 2022. Any resumption thereafter would likely see some changes in format which will be announced in advance.

FP Club Christmas Lunch – Inverleith, Friday 17th December 2021. Now Cancelled

Following pronouncements from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland re the threat from the Covid Omicron variant the decision to cancel the Christmas Lunch arranged for Friday 17th December was taken.

Steps have been taken to refund any sums paid in advance for tickets.