Business End of the Season...
24 Mar 2018
Firstly, I welcome Watsonians President Andrew Kerr, his committee and support from Myreside for this BT Premier League semi-final play-off. We hope they have an enjoyable afternoon at The Greenyards. Next weekend – 31st March - we have the reciprocal match when we visit Myreside for the BT Cup semi-final, needless to say, weather permitting!
On a very positive note, The Storm made history two weeks ago when they were confirmed BT Reserve League 1 champions for the third successive year. Congratulations to all players and coaches for the huge effort they have put in to achieve this remarkable milestone. Their trophy will be presented at the half time break this afternoon.
Richly deserved congratulations must go to our Nyle Godsmark who has been selected for both The Hong Kong Sevens, the seventh leg of the HSBC series, and The Commonwealth Games in Australia. Our DOR has given a fuller account of both Nyle and The Storm elsewhere in this publication which is well worth a read.
A bit closer to home, well done to the seven Melrose lads who represented their country playing for the Club Scotland XV against their Irish counterparts. Over the two games Club Scotland retained the Dalriada Cup with our own Rob Chrystie as coach – great result and congratulations to all who were involved.
The sevens ticket machine is still churning away with the online sales running at over 150% (yes that is correct) of last year’s total. In fairness that probably means we will have reduced numbers of people paying at the gate on sevens day, however it is a very positive sign and has broken all previous records. I would strongly advise buying your tickets in advance via www.melroserugbyshop.co.uk
With regards to this year’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose Sevens, remember we have events leading up to the main day. Watch out for the draw which will be held in the clubrooms (date TBC) and our Presentation Night on Friday the 13th April when we officially welcome our overseas guest sides. The Presentation Night is open to all and we would be pleased to see you at The Greenyards.
In addition, we have the Rotary Melrose University Sevens tournament on the 1st April at The Greenyards and the Provender Next Generation junior sevens event on Friday the 13th April at The Battery Field. On the same day The Border Reivers VETs will take on The Crusaders at the same venue at approximately 6.00pm.