A Very Happy President...
30 Apr 2018
To quote a fairly well known line of a song, “and now the end is nigh”, and with the exception of four rounds of “Kings of the Sevens”, what a season it’s been. Starting with the Charity Shield victory at Ayr, followed by the history making Melrose Storm (3 consecutive years at the top) winning the BT Reserve League 1, the BT Premiership and to cap it all the BT Cup at Murrayfield, recording an emphatic 45 – 12 win over Stirling County – that’s our first double (league and cup) for 21 years. All I can say is superb and I am a very proud and happy President. The thanks, in the main, should go to all our players for their effort and commitment over a very long and hard season, they deserve every plaudit that comes their way. In addition, and it’s almost becoming a cliché now, but sincere thanks to the “team around the teams”, all the support that accompanies the squad to achieve these results. Having witnessed at close hand the work that goes in prior to each game I doubt whether any club will have better preparation than at The Greenyards and, although not wanting to single out any individual, there must be an exception to every rule and Head Coach Rob Chrystie fully deserves being that exception for his effort and commitment which have simply been outstanding.
I will also put on record our thanks to Bill Noble for his time and effort over a long number of years in the strength and conditioning/fitness department. Bill leaves a substantial hole to fill going forward. In addition, an even larger hole is going to be left in our front row with Nick Beavon hanging up his boots for the last time on Saturday – thanks to both for all they have done for the club over the years. We also said goodbye to the mercurial Austin Lockington at the weekend, thanks and good luck to Locky as he heads out to Australia to seek new challenges.
On the sevens front a special mention to the squad who represented the club at Langholm Sevens last weekend and reached the final – to say scratch is unfair, however to point out that their average age was about 19 is fact, so well done to all.
The weekend was further enhanced by having the Drummond Cup and Greenyards Shield played at The Greenyards and the visit of a touring French side who played a few sevens ties with our juniors – all in all a very busy couple of days and thanks to all who assisted with the organisation.
As mentioned, we still have Kelso, Earlston, Selkirk and Jed Sevens prior to season end so any support would be most welcome.
From a very pleased and proud President,