Reds Hard Fought Win
The Reds closed out their 2018-19 league season with a hard fought away win in dreich conditions at Cavalry Park in Duddingston, Edinburgh, against Portobello. This win guaranteed that they will finish no lower than seventh place in the league with 50 points out of a possible 100. After a disappointing first half of the season, the Reds have enjoyed a much better run in the return fixtures with 6 wins and 1 draw out of 10 matches.
The 2s still have one league match to go – a home fixture this Saturday against Forrester.
Saturday 06 April
Reds Win 6th Match in Last 10
Portobello 8 -10 Linlithgow
Aidan Rennison scored the Reds only try of the match and Jack Frame added a conversion and a penalty to enable the Reds to close out their league season with another win (6 wins and a draw in their last 10 matches).
Here is the Tennents East 1 league table as it currently stands:
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2s Can’t Hold Watsonians
Linlithgow 18 – 31 Watsonians
Tries from Aaron Flucker, Rory McAdam and Guy Sutherland were not enough to hold a Watsonian team that contained a number of players who have played at a much higher level.
FRIDAY 29 MARCH
Reds Stumble at Tranent
Ross High 41 – 27 Linlithgow
After their recent excellent run of results, the Reds came up short on Friday night under the lights against Ross High. There were tries for Ross Martin and Joe McKillion (2), with Jack Frame kicking 12 points.
SATURDAY 30 MARCH
2s Give Lasswade the Run Around
Linlithgow 2s 54 – 17 Lasswade 2s
This was a fine result against a team that normally has the edge on Linlithgow.
SUNDAY 31 MARCH
Wee Reds Micros Tournament
Fun in the Sun!
Another great day with visiting teams from East Kilbride and Boroughmuir.
SATURDAY 23 MARCH
Reds in Thrilling Draw
Linlithgow 33 – 33 Royal High
In a thrilling match, with both sides committed to open rugby, the Reds and Royal High served up a 33-33 draw, which had many similarities to the previous week’s Calcutta Cup game. Giving up an early lead to the visitors, the Reds pulled back level at 19-19, before taking the lead only to be pulled back by a late Royal High surge.
2s Pipped by Bannockburn
Linlithgow 2s 16 – 18 Bannockburn 1s
Although playing the better rugby, the Reds 2s were pipped by a street-wise Bannockburn side in this return friendly fixture.
School Rugby Round-Up
There were fine wins for the S1s and U16s, while the S3s put in a fine performance against strong opposition and the U18s shared the honours in their tournament.
FRIDAY 15 MARCH
Reds Shade Forrester
Linlithgow 12 – 7 Forrester
The Reds continued their winning sequence in a hard fought match under the lights on Lower Mains Park. Although Forrester claimed the only try of the game, the Reds gradually asserted their authority and probably should have scored more points. However, well done to Forrester for some very effective defending.
SATURDAY 02 MARCH
On Saturday, the Reds claimed their third win on the trot with a 21 – 8 victory over Broughton, to leapfrog them in the Tennents East 1 league table. Unfortunately, a late call-off by Currie 3s on Thursday night, left the Reds’ 2s without a game.
The Young Reds had a full set of games in the morning and their were fine wins for the S1s and U18s against Dunbar Grammar and the U16s against Edinburgh Academy.
The Clubhouse was very busy over the weekend, with 110 attending a Sportsman’s Dinner on the Friday night to hear British and Irish Lions legend, John Bentley, while 117 ladies attended a Ladies’ Day and lunch on the Saturday. A big thanks to all involved in both days. A special thanks to Alison Timlin, not only for her help with the Sportsman’s Dinner, but also by providing two of the raffle prizes.
3 Wins in a Row for Reds
Linlithgow 21 – 8 Broughton
Defence and forward dominance, particularly in the scrum, were the two main factors that helped the Reds to their third successive victory in Tennents East 1.
Big Wins for Young Reds
Linlithgow u18 33 – 24 Dunbar u18
Recovering from falling behind in the first half, the Young Reds clicked in the second to record a fine win.
Linlithgow u16 62 – 0 Edin Acad u16
Another barnstorming performance from the U16s as they ran in ten tries.
Dunbar GS S1 6 – 80 Linlithgow S1
The S1s proved too strong for Dunbar, even with extra players lined up against them they still managed to run in 22 tries.
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* * UPCOMING RUGBY * *
Saturday 13 April
2s HOME v Forrester
Sunday 14 April
Wee Reds Minis
Wee Reds Micros
Monday 15 April
Reds Walking Rugby
There are changes on the horizon for how members can purchase international tickets. Click on the link below to find out more.
Club Awards 2018-19
On return to Mains Park on Saturday night, the players enjoyed the annual Club Dinner and Awards with the following prize winners:
Player of the Season – Colin Devlin
Young Player of the Season – Kieran Cochrane
Most Improved Player of the Season – Kieran Cochrane
2nd XV Player of Season – David ‘Jeff’ Martin
Youth Dinner and Awards
The Youth Dinner and Awards was held on Wednesday night (03 April) in the Clubhouse. The award winners were:
S1 PP Daniel McKay; CP Logan Rusack
S2 PP Alex McHardy; CP Aidan McGurk
S3 PP Jamie Woodhouse & Oisin McVeigh
CP Oscar Davies
U16 PP Lewis Wells; CP Callum Richardson
U18 PP Aidan Wan; CP Andrew Graham
Team of the Year – S1
The pop-up restaurant returns on Saturday 25th May for evening dinner. More information and reservations either at
Kitchen Work Complete
We now have a brand new kitchen, with installation work completed yesterday. A big thanks to the contractor ScoMac, to Colin Watson and Maryann Cochrane who have coordinated the work and to Susan Braes and Maryann for clearing out the old kitchen and preparing the new one for immediate action this Friday for the Sportsman’s Dinner.
Pro Players Visit Linlithgow
The Club hosted a UKCC Level 3 course during the week – you might recognise some of the participants above. Thanks to our Young Reds who helped out for part of the course. From the left, interspersed with our Young Reds are Peter Horne, Johnny Gray, Alex Allan, Mark Robertson, Chris Fusaro, Adam Ashe, Sean Kennedy and Henry Pyrgos.
100 and 300 Club Draws
A big thanks to Peter Wright for coming along to the Club last Friday and carrying out the annual prize draws for both the 100 and 300 Clubs.
The 300 Club has been running for over 40 years and in that time has raised around £70,000 for the Club. This year a further £1,500 was handed over by Gerry Keating to the Club. The winner of the new annual bonus draw of £200 was Ruth Dixon.
The 100 Club is very much the younger sibling and has now been running for 5 years. Over that time it has raised over £18,000 for the Club. The winner of the annual bonus prize of £700 was Robbie Richardson, with Ted Thomas winning the main £500 prize in the 4th quarter draw.
A big thanks to all who have contributed to either or both of the fundraising clubs over the years – your support is much appreciated. There are still spaces available for the 100 Club – click here for more information.
Archive Page for Match Reports
You can access this season’s and last season’s match reports on this new archive page.
Get fit with Linlithgow’s very own Stuart Jamieson
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Summer Touch Rugby
Thursday Nights from 25th April
for 9 weeks (7pm to 8-30pm)
Tartan Touch is social rugby. We are aiming for 3 groupings, with 3 playing areas:
ADULTS (U16 upwards)
Upper Mains Park – two pitches:
one for ADULT social rugby (ie 16+ mixed gender). Beginners welcome!
one for ADULT challenge rugby, playing more competitive matches. This will be mainly senior players, but will be open to current U16s and U18s.
Coaches, parents, friends are all welcome to either.
YOUTH (S1 to S3)
Lower Mains Park – one pitch:
Youth mixed teams from S1-S3 and coaches (playing / attendance for coaches is not essential).
Tartan Touch will be free for existing Youth Members, ie S1s to U18s.
There will be a charge for adults – either a 9 week pass (£20) or one day at a time rate (£3).
Come along and give it a go!
Wee Reds Easter Camp
Open to boys and girls from P1 to P7
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Frank Clement at
The Memories’ Group welcomed Olympic athlete and Linlithgow resident, Frank Clement, on Monday 25 March. Frank enthralled the group – there were nearly 50 members present – with a talk on how he got into athletics together with an insight into the Olympic Games.
Linlithgow Rugby’s Memories Group extends an open invitation both to Club Members and members from other clubs to come along to our monthly meetings or to our monthly walking rugby sessions. Our programme for the season is shown below – click on the image to expand
All Minis and Micros training on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings will be in indoors in the ITC from now until end February, unless notified by exception. Training times for different age groups are shown below:
6pm P4 and P5
8-30pm Tartan Touch
10am P4 and P5
11am P1 and P2
Online Club Shop
Click on this link or the image above to go to the Club’s online shop run by PSL Sports.
Child Protection Policy
Linlithgow Rugby works closely with Scottish Rugby to ensure that all coaches of young persons at the Club are fully checked and disclosed through the Protecting Vulnerable Groups system operated by the Scottish Government. Gillian Wells is the Club Child Protection Officer – you can contact Gillian by email or by phone (07795-324568). You can view the Club’s Child Protection Policy here – P_5.01_Child_Protection_Policy
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