President's Message

More Ups and Downs

06 Feb 2017

More Ups and Downs

This week we lost another huge figure from the sport in Joost van der Westhuizen, and in a fashion that reminds us all that life is there for living as it can be mightily fragile. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. Joost was diagnosed in 2011 and set up his own campaign to support those with MND, the J9 Foundation. Melrose Rugby joins the rugby community in sending it's condolences to the van der Westhuizen family and those he inspired.

To see how sport can inspire and uplift we only had to experience the atmosphere at Murrayfield on Saturday. Scotland may not be world beaters just yet, but they are playing with a freedom that makes them good to watch. Some of the touches are sublime, and we have reached that point where the inevitable mistakes that go along with that freedom are outnumbered by the good parts. On Saturday it was all backed up by a ferocious defence that caught Ireland out, and the whole stadium was absolutely jumping. To give credit to Scottish Rugby they seem to be developing the match day into a really enjoyable experience. Perhaps the clubs should look at what's being done and see if they can start to develop their own match days.

On Saturday we are on the road to Goldenacre with a lot at stake for both sides. It should have been the penultimate match in the regular league season, but with the postponement of the Stirling County game until the 11th of March we still need a win to secure a home playoff. Heriots have a great gift for snaffling silverware and the competition for fourth is very close between them and Currie so it is going to be a real challenge to see who comes out on top.

Trevor Jackson

  Melrose Rugby

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