Peebles Rugby Club

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Tonight the seconds - sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – have a home fixture under the Gytes floodlights when they play Boroughmuir 3rds in a rearranged RBS Reserve League East 1 match. For seconds supporters - this match kicks off at 7:45 pm.

This weekend Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles have a well earned rest with no scheduled fixture on the card. The time out will allow the niggling injuries to heal leaving Peter Wright’s squad refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead in the push for promotion.

The Colts - supported by BARC Coach Hire – also have a blank week with the autumn internationals taking precedence.

On Sunday the Under 16 side are due to meet Jedforest Under 16’s in a rearranged Border Under 16 league match at hay Lodge Park – intending supporters are asked to check the club website for details of the kick off time.

Last Friday night Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles made the journey down to Mansfield Park to play Hawick in the Booker Border League. The squad returned with a well-deserved 22 – 13 win under their belts having played well in all phases and weathered the expected Hawick storm having been 10 – 0 down early on in the match – 3 fine tries by Connor Blyth, Martin Cruikshank and Ruraidh Clinch – two of which were converted by Greg Raeburn and a penalty goal by the same player comprised the Peebles tally but it was the overall intensity and excellence of the performance both in attack and in defence which was the feature for travelling fans. This must give a big boost to Peter Wright’s men in their quest for promotion which, if this level of performance can be maintained in their remaining fixtures, is a possibility.

Last Saturday the seconds - sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff – were also on the road – to play Boroughmuir 3rds at Meggetland in RBS Reserve League East 1. They returned with a convincing 58 – 14 win – despite being reduced to 14 men when Sandy Smellie was unfortunate to be shown a red card by the ref after a mass handbags session. The resilience shown in adversity is evidence that progress is being made throughout the club.

The Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire - were also on the road making the long journey down to Scremerston to play Berwick in the Border Semi-Junior League and with a 53 – 19 win under their belts the journey home would not seem as long.

The match of the day, however, was the over 35’s local derby between Jim Currie’s Peebles Pensioners and the Biggar Old Boys – played in front of a healthy crowd which entered into the spirit of the occasion in Hay Lodge Park - a fine afternoon’s sport was enjoyed by all, with the result a 43 – 7 win for Jim’s Pensioners, although at the end of the day the real winners were all that took part. This was followed up by a good evening of banter and a few beers in the Eastgate Clubrooms.

So another senior ‘full house’ for Peebles RFC last week.

Tomorrow 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. Watch out for Norman Elder and Donald Swanson who are taking part in the ‘Big Shirt’ event prior to the match.

In the evening there will be a Robbie Williams Tribute night from 8:00pm till late to raise funds for Peebles Rovers. Tickets cost £10 including a light supper – to book contact James on 07779 388024 or Colin on 07967 658391.

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 it is time to don the tartan for the St Andrew’s Scottish Nite – cost is £15 including supper – to book contact Jim Currie – 01721 740274 or 07742 919694.

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.

On Friday 30th November members can indulge in some mental gymnastics when the Peebles RFC Quiz night takes place at 7:30 pm – David Cornwall will come up with the usual mix of tasks to test the best. Members are asked to support this event by either entering a team or being willing to be part of a team. These nights are good fun despite the anguish of finding answers to the pop music questions when you are a Radio 4 listener.

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