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By BEN GLASGOW

16.01.2019

Senior Rugby

Tennent’s National League Division 2

On Saturday 19th January, Peebles RFC – sponsored by Stobo Health Spa – make the trip down to Galloway to play Dumfries Saints in a Tennent’s National League 2 match. Both teams sit mid-table and, with the earlier home fixture ending in a draw, a close encounter is expected once more. Kick off is at 2:00 pm for travelling fans and there may be some room on the team coach which leaves at 11:00am.

Last Saturday Peebles RFC – sponsored by Stobo Health Spa – were due to play Highland RFC in a Tennent’s National League 2 fixture – however the fixture was postponed due to the untimely passing last Thursday of Alasdair “Porky” Wymess, the Highland Head Coach.

Porky had been a stalwart of Highland, having played under the legendary Nairn McEwan through the 70s and 80s as well over 50 times for the old North & Midlands District team.
He will be missed by all the Rugby Community and our thoughts are with his family and everyone at Highland Rugby.

The re-arranged fixture has been provisionally scheduled for Saturday 6th April.

Peebles Reds

On Saturday 19th January, Peebles Reds – sponsored by The Crown Hotel Peebles – are also on the road when they travel into Edinburgh for a Tennent’s Reserve League East 2 fixture against Lismore/Portobello. Kick off is at 2:00pm for travelling Reds fans.

Last Saturday Peebles Reds – sponsored by The Crown Hotel Peebles – had Leith Rugby Club as their first foots to the Gytes for a Tennent’s Reserve League East 2 fixture. Reds won this match convincingly in front of a good sized crowd by 106 – 0, their superior fitness being a telling factor especially in the second half. Despite the score-line the Leith players never gave up competing until the final whistle and enjoyed the Peebles hospitality in the clubrooms after the match.

Junior Rugby

Colts/Under16s

On Saturday 19th January, the Colts entertain near neighbours Lasswade for a friendly fixture – kick off at Hay Lodge Park is at 10:00am for Colts fans. The under 16’s will also be playing Lasswade at Peebles High School – kick off at 10:00am.

Last Saturday the Colts had a friendly fixture away at Haddington against Haddington Colts returning convincing winners by 49 – 7. A combined under15/16 squad also went to Haddington on Saturday and were narrowly defeated by 5 tries to 4. The Peebles side contained 8 under 15s while their opponents were predominately in the upper age group. However the youngsters gave a good account of themselves – many playing out of position –with Patrick Cannon, Ewan Hunter and Oscar Weipers tackling well above their weight. Reece Hunter meanwhile showed what a fine prospect he is at prop for future teams. From the older boys Evan Maciver and Finlay Sinclair were outstanding in the loose. Try scorers for Peebles were; Evan Maciver, Jay Coltman, Frey Maciver and Alexander Walpole with Frey kicking 1 conversion.

Piranhas News

Training again at Hay Lodge and High School on Sunday. Week after there is a Round Robin at Stewart Melville for some of the year groups, so watch out for emails from coaches checking availability. It’s a later start than normal at 1pm. P6 Tour is building a head of steam as kit sizing and fundraisers are being investigated. Tape measures and wallets at the ready!

Club Business

Memberships – Members are reminded that subscriptions are now very much overdue for those who are yet to pay – payment methods can be found on the club website or the club noticeboard.

Staff Wanted - Bar staff wanted - mostly weekend work just when needed. Also the club is looking for a couple of kitchen people again mostly weekend work and just when needed. Contact Andrew Shortreed on 07772834483 for more details.

Events

Burns Supper – the annual club Burns Supper will be held in the Eastgate Clubrooms on Sunday 27th January at 5pm – cost is £12 – contact Jim Currie on 07742 919694 or Andrew Shortreed on 07772834483 to book.

Carvery – this coming Sunday 20th January the Carvery is back in the Eastgate Clubrooms 3 courses for £16 – kids menu available – contact Jim Currie on 07742 919694 or Andrew Shortreed on 07772834483 to book.

Family Quiz – the Eastgate Clubrooms is the venue for a family quiz in support of Peebles Ex-Serviceman’s Pipe Band. The quiz will be held on Friday January 25th 7 for 7:30pm start. Teams of 4 or 5 are invited – maximum 2 adults per team – entry fee £10. Raffle – all proceeds from the night go to support the band. For more info and team reservation contact Rob Knox on 07769 971620.

Updated 16:30 - 23 Jan 2019 by Adam Clark

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