This weeks Gytes Gossip for the Peeblesshire News on 18.1.13.
Weather permitting tomorrow - Peebles RFC – sponsored by Glenrath Farm Eggs – are back in RBS Cup action when they entertain Hawick at the Gytes. The ‘Greens’ will no doubt be coming up looking for revenge following the win in the Booker Border League at Mansfield Park in November by Peter Wright’s men and, given the form of the Hawick side in their recent RBS National league campaign, Peebles will have to be at their very best to contain them. Kick-off is at 3:00pm. This match is sponsored by various player sponsors.
Pitch side catering will be available from Thomson’s Snack van with their usual varied menu of burgers, rolls, hot and cold drinks.
The seconds – sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – have an away assignment in RBS Reserve League East 1 when they travel into Edinburgh to face Murrayfield Wanderers on the back pitches at the International Stadium. Kick-off is 2:00pm for travelling 2nds fans.
The Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire – are at home when the play host to table-topping Hawick Wanderers in the Borders Semi-Junior League at Hay Lodge Park. Kick Off is 2:00pm for Colts fans.
Last weekend Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles RFC travelled down to Poynder Park to play Kelso in a Borders Qualifying Tie in the RBS National Cup. In a game where fortunes swung like a pendulum they eventually lost out by 24 – 17 – despite outscoring the hosts by 3 tries to 2. A superb display from the tee, by Kelso’s stand-off Hastie, proving decisive in this tight Borders derby.
The seconds – sponsored by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – played host to Lasswade in RBS Reserve League East 1 at the Gytes – a win by 19 – 17 in a tight encounter keeping the seconds in the top two in the table albeit the chasing pack have games in hand.
The Colts – supported by BARC Coach Hire – were in also in action at Kelso when they played the Harlequins in the Borders Semi-Junior League at the Croft Park. A superb win by 30-22 coupled with a Jed Thistle win over Hawick PSA gives the Colts a top four finish and a place in the National Under-18 Championship competition for the second year running – congratulations boys on another fine achievement - which bodes well for the club when these young men progress into the senior ranks, as a number have done this season from last season’s Colts side, to strengthen the playing pool and compete for places in the 1st XV. The National Under-18 draw has been made and Peebles Colts face a difficult away encounter with Boroughmuir Colts at Meggatland on 26th January – kick-off 2:00pm. For those wishing to travel and see the Colts in this important tie there may be space on the team bus – look out for details of travel arrangements on the club website or noticeboard.
The U16's, sponsored by Bordermix, were left kicking their heels in frustration when bad weather forced the late cancellation of their Border Cup match against Hawick Albion. The boys have been turning out in force for their training sessions and were fired up with the prospect of playing in a competitive match.
Fingers crossed for better weather this weekend as we're hoping that Biggar U16's will be able to come to Peebles on Sunday for a friendly match.
A timely reminder that the club will be holding its annual Burns Supper on Sunday 27th January 4:00pm for 5:00pm start - as usual it will be free to senior citizen members but this year it will be open to other members at a cost of £10 – names to Jim Currie or the bar steward. The haggis will be piped in by Ross Brown, Graeme Murray will address the haggis and toast the Bard, the Lassies will be toasted by Dale Clancy – the club captain and Lynn Smellie will reply for the Lassies. There will be a variety of entertainment throughout the supper.
On Saturday 2nd February there will be a ‘Bucking Bronco’ night for all the aspiring cowboys and cowgirls in the membership.