As we approach the half way stage of the season, I believe, we are in a very good 'place' following yesterday's match in Aberdeen and at Inverleith. 'Better being the hunter than the hunted' as we sit tucked in behind Dumfries and GHK. Both sides meet next week at Old Anniesland so something has to give above us. That said however, a nil all draw would be just the ticket!
At the same time though we will be welcoming Hamilton RFC who, unfortunately for us, appear to have hit a rich vein of form with a massive win over Peebles yesterday. That said, we will not fall into the trap of taking them lightly and the players will be looking forward to the match very much. Yesterday's match in Aberdeen reminds us all that just about every side in our League can spring a win against the 'so-called' favourites and whether we like it or not, we are one of these teams. We must manage it.
As the day improved in Edinburgh, allowing the Development Team to play on an almost perfect pitch, the weather gradually got worse as I drove north. Rather like a black cloud, it appeared to be following me! My mood was not improved as I thought I knew where Countesswells was ..... I didn't and arrived late to find us 5pts up to the good. But even on an ideal playing surface, we struggled to put Gordonians away. They're no mugs and will take a scalp or two at home for sure. That said, would I have taken five tries and five pts before kick-off ....... of course, I would. You can only get 5pts after all! Kevin will be sending his match report through but it does make me purr to see such a physically fit team on the park in Stew Mel colours.
So pleased to see Connor Mackay back in the fray having stepped off his Manager's bench to play his part. With Dad Colin running the line, coming up from Workington, there was one very proud father on the touch lines. Connor's inclusion in the starting line-up was a bit of a scramble as Big Roo had to call off sick in the early hours of Saturday morning. We wish the big man a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile down at Inverleith our Development Team made a real fist of their match against the Accies losing by just 6pts. It appears we have more than enough talent to stay in the League and, such is the structure of the League, we gained 2pts in the process nudging us up to 7th place however with Heriots flying high, we will need a massive effort to pin them back next week.
In short, we have a huge weekend coming in then as the Clubhouse will be buzzing from noon with the lunch sold out at 80. To the faithful appearing bring loads of money for the raffle ...... it helps so much !! Ian Barr, President of the SRU, doing a Q&A with Jim, will make for an interesting discussion prior to the scran. Ian has plenty on his mind for sure but a great win against Tonga yesterday with three lads, George Turner, Ross Thompson, Jamie Hodgson, from the school in the match day squad, it speaks volumes of the Stew Mel stable. Congratulations to the three of them and their former teachers. Suspect the Ozzies on Sunday next might prove a touch more difficult.
Our 1sts host Hamilton the DT host the Nails ......it's games on!!
As I said at the start the Club is in a good space and, as folk return from injuries, we are in a pretty good spot to push now for promotion. Promotion is something I believe we deserve for so much effort goes in both on and off the pitch from Players, Coaches, Committee, President, Vice Presidents, Lindsey Geddes et al ........ as my great pal George Hook used to say, 'remember Fin good guys deserve a break too'.
We deserve a break.
Sunday Sermon ends ......