'' Then catch the moments as they fly ''
In Robert Burns poem, ' A Bottle and a Friend ', he crafted the following words.
'' Wha kens, before his life may end,
What his share of care may be, man.
Then catch the moments as they fly,
And use them as you ought man;
Believe me, happiness is shy,
And comes not ay when sought, man ''
Yesterday was one of those special days for the Club as the First xv, 'caught the moments' travelling deep into Burns country to take on the formidable Club, Newton Stewart, on their home patch. Few Clubs, if any, will win there. Bill McNie will update all with his match report but I believe this to be the turning point we have all hoped for when true steel was shown. Even without our talismen forwards, Danny Morrison and Scott Alldritt, Stew Mel recorded a fantastic result scoring four tries and thus gaining the crucial bonus point in the process. With Adam Greig, Brendan Scott and James Ferguson in the ranks, they provide the bulk to threaten with ball in hand. Our pack too looked to have a much more familiar feel about it with Roo Mitchell and Chris Baikie back after holidays and injury respectively. Props are like gold dust!
The result is huge for the Club for the match against Preston Lodge left us all feeling disappointed. Maybe it was the wakeup call we needed but if we can travel to far flung 'airts' and win, we can win anywhere. I am so proud of you all for many a Stew Mel side would have gone down, done the decent thing, and rolled over. Not this bunch.......we are now focused for next week's crunch match against the all-conquering GHK, at home.
As for the Development Team it was a chastening experience for the lads as they travelled to Mansfield Haugh to take on Hawick Force ( effectively the famous rugby town's 2nds ). And so it proved with a 40pt drubbing but, heavy as that sounds, it was by no means one way traffic. We have some real talent in the backs where David Hodge in the midfield and both wingers, Redas Brukas and Mark Leckie caught the eye. The score would have been much heavier had these three lads not been on the field for they tackled the men in green, in copy book fashion, low and hard knocking them back time after time.
The truth is though that we were playing off scraps of ball as our scrum creaked and lineout failed to function. But despite that half backs, Aaron Paterson and Michael Miller, used what little ball they got well and in Michael, there's a very talented sportsman in there for sure.
But we are in a tough league and if we don't get going soon, we will be down in the league below where games will become even harder to find. Let's not kid ourselves, we need as strong a Development Squad as we can muster.......Currie next week at home will provide possibly an even stiffer test and I am calling on all players to make themselves available for selection.
With the Sunday Sermon over let's rejoice in a great win for the 1sts!
Congratulations to John Hardie ( flying solo as head-coach for the day ) and the great Fraser Morrison - to paraphrase his long lost relation Uncle Van, '' My Momo said there would be days like these ''
Hon Vice President