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President's Message

The Festive Season is Over...

17 Jan 2019

Well that’s it; Festive time all over and done with for another year and to all who I have not seen as yet, a very happy New Year.

Today we welcome Heriots President Colin MacCallum, his committee and support from Goldenacre to the Greenyards. With 3 games to go in the Tennent’s Premiership it has become interesting at the top with 5 teams vying for the play-off spots. It is a fact that any four out of the top five (Ayr, Melrose, Currie, Heriots and Watsonians) can qualify so today is a crucial game for both clubs.

Last weekend produced two very good wins at Stirling with huge effort and commitment from both our squads to come out on top – well done to all concerned. In addition, all of our EHS Wasps had games last weekend against Lasswade and, with the exception of S1 who drew their game, scoring 16 tries each (must have been some game!), had comfortable wins over their Midlothian opponents. 

We have had a number of significant “leavers” recently with Trevor Jackson and Raymond Kerr from the board and our business manager David Peace. We thank them for the time and effort they put in for the club and wish them well for the future.

In addition, and probably the most visible to the membership, Christine McGee has left to take up a new position within the NHS. Christine has been with the club for the best part of 20 years and the Greenyards will not feel the same without her. She has been the constant in the office to provide information and answer whatever questions were thrown at her. We are indebted to her and thank her for all she has done during her time at the club.

Sevens Snippets

We now have a full line-up of teams for this year’s event with no fewer than five guest sides coming from outwith the boundaries of Scotland. Stellenbosch make a welcome return to the Greenyards, as do the USA Tigers. In addition, we have the British Army, London Scottish and Durham University who are first timers to the event and British University sevens champions. When you add all of the top Scottish sides, we have one of the best line-ups for a number of years.

This is the time of year when we look for hosts for some of our guest sides. This year it will be our South African and American visitors who we need to look after for a few days and nights (usually 3 evenings). If you can help with hosting please contact the club either by speaking directly to me or our junior section convenor Michael Dalrymple or email rugby@melroserugby.org  From past experience this has been a very worthwhile experience with people forming lasting friendships and may be of particular interest to those with young families.

Important Announcement

 

There will be a member’s meeting in the clubhouse on Tuesday 29th January at 7.30pm. The purpose of the meeting is to update members on various aspects of the club. A question and answer section will be included. 

Douglas Hardie

President

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