Weekend sport – Sat 13th January. Rugby and Golf

Rugby:     Jedforest   64   Stewart’s Melville   7

A difficult day for the 1st XV at Jed on Saturday after a scoreless first quarter.     While this match probably was not marked down in the survival plan for Championship rugby this Saturday’s match with Musselburgh at Inverleith (2pm) certainly is.   With ten games left Musselburgh are one place (10th) and six match points ahead in the league table.    Pre-match lunches (12.30pm) are available on Saturday – contact lindseygeddes@live.com  .

There is always something different about the 3rd XV when our Lions’ legend Finlay Calder is involved.  Saturday’s 3rds for their match with Penicuik 2nd XV included a guest appearance by fellow Lion and 51 times capped Scottish internationalist Gary Armstrong who to keep things fair changed sides at half-time.  Oh … and the 3rd XV won 78 – 35 according to Lawrance Reilly who is used to keeping cricket scores.  A full accounting by Lawrance can be found on the rugby club website.

FP Golf Club:    The club’s AGM has been arranged for Friday 23rd February (7.30pm) following a wine tasting event at 6.30pm masterminded by Jim Preacher and then followed by curry and beers. Please let secretary  tonykelly045@virginmedia.com know if you are attending.   There is a £10 charge for the curry.



Weekend Sport – Sat 6th January

Try no 2. (James Ferguson) 10-15

Try no 3 (Roo Mitchell) 15 -18







Rugby:    Stew Mel   15 points    Cartha Queens Park   46 points

1st XV rugby returned to Inverleith on Saturday with what was perceived as a “must win” match v Cartha Queens Park after a five week break due to weather postponements and the holiday period.   CQP quickly went 18-0 ahead before three unconverted tries reduced the deficit to 3 points early in the second half.   That was as good as it got with two Stew Mel yellow cards and four converted tries for CQP following.

Next week’s match is away to Jedforest with a home game  v Musselburgh coming up on Saturday 20th January.





Weekend Sport – Sat 16th December


The 1st XV match with GHA predictably fell victim to the week’s frosty weather. The rugby club’s lunch hosted by Jim Calder with the SRU’s CEO Mark Dodson speaking about the part time professional super sixes competition to be introduced in season 2019-20 went ahead. The SRU anticipate having one franchised team from each of their four districts plus two others participating with the possibility of adding more franchises in the future. Each franchise would be restricted to registering a squad of 35 players in agreement with the SRU. Below the Super Sixes all rugby clubs would play league rugby on an all amateur basis. After his formal presentation questions were taken from the floor.

The next schedule match for the 1st XV is Saturday 6th January at Inverleith v Cartha Queens Park (2pm).

Weekend Sport – Sat 9th December

Rugby:  Frost put paid to the 1st XV match at Raeburn Place v Edinburgh Accies on Saturday.

Weather permitting league action resumes this coming Saturday v GHA at Inverleith, kick-off 2pm.   A supporters Christmas Lunch precedes the game with SRU CEO Mark Dodson giving an update on the proposed “Super Sixes” to be introduced below Pro rugby.   Lunch bookings to lindseygeddes@live.com – cost £25.  For lunch club members the lunch is part of their package for the season.

Weekend Sport – Sat 2nd December

Rugby: Disappointment at the 1st XVs last minute defeat by Kelso 35-30 was mitigated by picking up two league points for scoring four tries (James Ferguson, Jack Blain, Ruaridh Mitchell (2)).  Two conversions by Freddie Roddick and two penalties by Gregor Porteous added up to the 30 points scored leaving us in 11th place at the halfway stage of the league.

Musselburgh inconveniently beat Gala 41-39 to move 5 points above the 1sts in 9th place but we are within 2 points of Cartha Queens Park (10th).  Falkirk having lost all 11 games have only one point.

The next match is on Saturday (9th Dec) at 2pm at Raeburn Place v Edinburgh Accies who top the table with 11 wins from 11 played.

Cricket: The Cricket Club held their AGM last Tuesday evening.   The main item saw the club’s name changed to “Stewart’s Melville Cricket Club”.   John Archer was re-elected as President, Lawrance Reilly becomes Vice-President and Greg Ruthven remains as 1st XI captain.

Weekend Sport – Sat 25th November


No 1st XV rugby this weekend – league rugby resumes on Saturday with an away match at Kelso (2pm start).

Inverleith did have some rugby on Saturday morning – the school’s Under 16 A XV secured a place in the Scottish Schools Under 16 Cup Final at Murrayfield with a 20-10 win over Edinburgh Academy in the semi-final with two very late unconverted tries.   Well done !

Hockey:  National League Hockey for the Mens and Ladies 1st teams has gone into winter hibernation until 24th February.   At the break the Mens 1s are in fifth place (out of eight) with 10 points from eight games in NL3.   The Ladies 1s with 21 points from 8 games are in second place (out of ten teams) in NL2. (Three points for a win and one for a draw in league hockey.)

Cricket: The Club has its AGM on Tuesday evening at Inverleith, 7.30pm.

Christmas “Pre Match” Lunch – Sat 16 December

Saturday 16th December prior to GHA game.
There will be a pre-match Christmas lunch on 16th December prior to the GHA game. Jim Calder will host the lunch and will be joined by Mark Dodson, chief executive of the SRU, and representatives from other local clubs to discuss Agenda 3 – the Super 6 proposal.
11:30 start in the upstairs bar. £25 per head. We are expecting this to sell out so book your table early
(email: lindseygeddes@live.com).
Turkey and crackers might be provided…..

Weekend Sport – Saturday 18th November

It was an emotional moment for all when Doddie Weir accompanied by his sons took the field with the match ball at Murrayfield on Saturday when Scotland faced up to New Zealand.

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Weekend Sport – Sat 11th Nov. First Scotland cap for George Turner

Rugby:  The 1st XV had a Saturday off.   Next Saturday (Inverleith 1.30pm) they play Preston Lodge in Round 2 of the Scottish Cup having won an early season 1st round match against Gordonians.

The weekend highlight was former pupil George Turner, after a series of good performances for Glasgow Warriors, winning his first cap for Scotland.  George came on as replacement hooker with twenty minutes left in the 44-38 win v  Samoa before a capacity crowd at Murrayfield on Saturday.

George prepares for his first international scrum.

Hockey:  A 3-1 defeat by Highland for the Mens 1s.   Ladies 1s drew 3-3 with Gordonians.

Weekend Sport – Sat 4th November

Rugby:  1st XV  19   Selkirk  29.   Despite taking the lead (above) Selkirk came back with two tries to win a closely contested match.   More on the Rugby Club website.

Hockey:  At Inverleith – Mens 1sts   1   Strathclyde University  3;   At Meggatland – Ladies  1sts   4  Cala  0.

SMC Rugby:   In their Scottish Schools Cup quarter-final match at Inverleith the 1st XV lost out 19-0 to a bigger and heavier Strathallan side.