Peebles Rugby Club

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Tomorrow Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles are at home for a second consecutive week when they face table toppers Musselburgh in RBS Championship Division B at the Gytes – kick-off 3:00pm. Peter Wright’s men will be looking to avenge the heavy defeat inflicted at Stoneyhill on the first day of the league season in August, although it is fair to say that the Peebles team has really gelled since then to produce some good results, especially at the Gytes. This match is sponsored by John and Archie Smellie of Hattonknowe and their guests, and must be won to maintain Peebles’ challenge for promotion into the RBS National League, but it will need a much improved performance from the frustratingly error strewn one against Morgan.

Members and supporters are asked to look out for Helen Newton and friends who will be attending the game in fancy dress and collecting for Macmillan Cancer Care – please dig deep and give generously to this very worthy cause.

The seconds - sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – are also at home when they play Haddington A in RBS Reserve League East 1. This match kicks off at 3:00pm in Hay Lodge Park with the seconds coaches and players looking to repeat the win against Forrester.

The Colts - supported by BARC Coach Hire – are on the road to Hawick to play the Wanderers in the Border Semi-Junior League. Kick off is at 3:00pm in for travelling Colts fans.

Sunday sees the club under-16 side in action when they host Langholm in a Border Under-16 League fixture kick-off 1:00pm in Hay Lodge Park.

Last Saturday Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles were at home when they met Morgan Academy FP in RBS Championship Division B at the Gytes. Starting well Peebles moved into a 28 – 0 lead before an injury to a Morgan front row player forced uncontested scrums for the rest of the match – the visitors having arrived with only 17 players including coach Graeme Kiddie and no front row replacement. This caused Peter Wright’s men to lose momentum as they could not put pressure on the opposition pack to force them on to the back foot and the game suffered as the defences were able to cut down the free space and the number of handling errors increased.

The seconds - sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff – travelled into Edinburgh for an RBS Reserve League East 1 fixture and came home with a 21 – 3 win under their belts.

The Colts were also at home when they played Kelso Harlequins in the Border Semi-Junior League. The home boys won a tight contest 36 – 28 to please the management and coaching staff. This completed the first Saturday ‘full house’ of the season for Peebles.

On Sunday the only winner was the weather for despite it being a glorious day the rain over the previous week had waterlogged the pitches and the match between the Peebles under-16 side and Selkirk Cougars in the Borders Under-16 League was called off. The under-16 squad, however, decided against having a day off, and opted instead to have a full training session at Hay Lodge Park. The work ethic of this squad of boys bodes well for the future of Peebles RFC.

Tonight Peebles Silver Band are the hosts for a quiz night starting at 7:30pm – members and guests only. Members are asked to support these events. Please note that the club operates a Challenge-25 policy.

Tonight is also the October Platinum Club draw – there is still time to get a number – come down to the club before draw time at 9:00pm and see Linda Murray to enter.

November is a busy month in the social calendar starting on Saturday 3rd when the Eastgate Clubrooms is the venue for a Parlour Derby fundraiser for Tweeddale Rovers FC and Peebles Ex-Service Pipe Band starting at 7:30pm. Members and Guests – please note that the club operates a Challenge 25 policy.

On Saturday 10th November there is a coffee morning being held in the Eastgate Clubrooms aid of Macmillan Cancer Care from 10:00am till 12 noon – usual stalls. Members are asked to support this very deserving cause.

There will be a Sunday Roast Lunch in the clubrooms on 11th November prior to the showing of Scotland v New Zealand – the first of the Autumn International Series on the Big Screen – the match kicks off at 2:30pm. Bookings for lunch to Jim Currie – 01721 740274 on 07742 919694.

Saturday 17th November sees the second of the Autumn Series of Internationals when Scotland take on South Africa – the match will be shown on the Big Screen kick-off 2:30pm.

On Friday 23rd November members can indulge in some mental gymnastics when the Peebles RFC Quiz night takes place – David Cornwall will come up with the usual mix of tasks to test the best.

Saturday 24th November is a busy day with the Eastgate Clubrooms playing host to a coffee morning and craft fair from 10:00am till 2:00pm followed by the Scotland v Tonga International on the big screen at 3:00pm. In the evening the entertainment is a Scottish Nite.

The Peebles Accordian and Fiddle Club meets in the Eastgate Clubrooms on the last Thursday of each month with the next night being 29th November when the guest band will be Dochie McCallum and Friends.

The club is still looking for sponsors – especially for the senior players if you are interested in becoming a club sponsor please contact

David Swan - e: swansnest@lineone.net t: 07976 774279 or

Jim Currie 07742 919694 e: jim.currie1@btconnect.com

who can provide you with details of the packages which are available or look up sponsorship on the club website.

And finally – please remember that the clocks go back 1 hour between Saturday night and Sunday morning this weekend .

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