Hugh McCann at Memories Group
Monday 24 June at 10-30am
Local man Hugh McCann signed for Celtic as a 14 year old. A serious knee injury ended his progress there. He went on to play for Linlithgow Rose, Alloa, Berwick and East Stirling before going into management and coaching.
Wee Reds have Fun in the Sun
– P7s Claim Tournament Win
Last Sunday the Wee Reds Minis travelled to East Kilbride to take part in their final away fixture and Mini Tournament / Festival of the season. There was success for the Wee Reds P7s in their final tournament as Minis before moving on to the Young Reds S1 rugby next season.
Reds Lose Out to “Golden Try’ in Extra Time
The Reds closed off their season in Edinburgh at the annual Leith 7s Tournament on Saturday 27 April. After a close defeat to National League side Murrayfield Wanderers in the first round of the main tournament, they went on to beat Edinburgh Napier University in the quarter-final of the Bowl competition, taking them through to a semi-final against the host club, Leith. The Reds edged a cracking match 24-22, however the referee (who is the final arbiter) had the score as 22-22 and so extra-time was played, with the host team scoring the ‘golden try’ to win and progress to the final. A slightly disappointing end to the season, but well done to Leith in their own 7s tournament.
Great Day Out at Livingston Mini and Micro Rugby Festival
On Sunday 28 April, the Wee Reds travelled through en masse to participate in the annual Livingston Rugby Club Mini Tournament. Once again, our local rivals put on an excellent event in the spirit of rugby and all participants had a great time. Well done to Livingston and thanks for a great day! Pictured above are the victorious P4 team, who swept all before them.
Pictured below are the members of the P1 and P2 squads, some of whom were playing in their first away tournament.
Reds Retain Pond Plate
The Reds won the Blyth and Blyth Pond Plate for the third year in succession at the annual Edinburgh Northern 7s in Inverleith Park on Saturday. This tournament is one of the few still running in Edinburgh and attracts a strong entry from around the city.
The Reds won their Plate semi-final 21-17 in a close match against Dalkeith, before cruising to a 54-7 victory in the final against the President’s VII.
View Graham’s photos from the Blyth & Blyth 7s:
This weekend the Reds’ seven-a-side squad is again in Edinburgh, this time at the Leith Rugby Club Tournament. The Wee Reds Minis return to action, following the Easter break, travelling across the Bathgate Hills to take part in the annual Livingston Mini Rugby Tournament.
Saturday 13 April
Linlithgow 67 – 0 Forrester
There was a hat-trick for Cammy Walker as the Reds’ 2s finished off their season with a fine 11 try win over Forrester. There was also a first try for Kevin McLaughlin.
Saturday 06 April
Reds Win 6th Match in Last 10
Portobello 8 -10 Linlithgow
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.
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 following Forrester’s defeat by Royal High:
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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.
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* * UPCOMING RUGBY * *
Thursday 27 June
7pm to 8-30pm
Summer Rugby Camp
After the great success of the Club’s Easter Rugby Camp, plans have now been confirmed for our Summer Rugby Camp (week commencing 5th August).
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The Club’s display cabinets have now been revamped.
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
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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Makes National Press
The Linlithgow Memories’ Group was featured in an article in the Sunday Times – click here to see a copy of the article and the relevant extract.
On Monday 24 June, black bitch Hugh McCann entertained the group with reminiscences about his life in football – you’ll be able to read more on this later this week, as our Ace Reporter Hamish was on hand to capture the key points.
The Memories’ Group now moves into the Summer Recess and, with a full programme planned for next season, resumes on Monday 30 September with former Scotland Grand Slam star Sean Lineen.
Dee Bradbury at
Last month, Scottish Rugby’s first female President, Dee Bradbury, was the guest of the Memories Group. Our ace reporter Hamish McIntyre was on hand to pen a few words on Dee’s address to the group.
Donald Ford at
One of Scotland’s finest all-round sportsmen, Donald Ford, addressed the Rugby Club Memories’ Group recently.
This month’s speaker will be Dee Bradbury, the first female President of Scottish Rugby. All are welcome on Monday 27 May, with a 10-30am start in the Clubhouse.
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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