News for the Last 7 Days [ Dec 6 to Dec 13 ]
2nd XV v Kelso Off
Unfortunately Kelso have struggled for Front Row and the needs of their 1sts have meant the postponement of the 2nds match.
S1/2 training is now finished until the 8th of January.I hope you all have great Christmas.You have all worked hard and deserve the break.Make the most of it guys as we have a busy second half of the season.Remember guys we have paintball on the 23rd.
Coaches and dads day out
The midi coaches and dads are having a day out on Sat the 21st.We are meeting at the club to watch the Musselburgh v Lasswade game then we may be persuaded to stay for a few light refreshments.All welcome.Hope to see you there.
Test in the West
The Mini Section was at Currie Sunday 1st December to take part in a high quality “round robin” where the other guests were Heriots and Stewarts Melville. An early start had been decided on in order to get the games over by 12:00. The event ran closely to the pre-printed timetable, thanks in no small part to the extensive area that Currie has available.
The weather was much better than had been feared and the ground whilst wet with dew was a lot less boggy than can be the case at Malleny Park in December. All in all a good morning for rugby and there was nothing in the conditions to impede running, attacking rugby.
Most of our teams seized the chance to show what they could do against their peers from much bigger clubs than Musselburgh. If they had any doubts or stage fright they swiftly got into their stride and whilst a couple of them lost one of their games they won the rest of their fixtures. With successes against all the opponents spread across the years we can be satisfied that our Mini section measures up well against our better known [and larger] Edinburgh neighbours.
The P6s were the one group that did not take full advantage of the opportunities before them winning only 1 of their 4 games. Possibly the starting time was too early but they just didn’t really gel and seemed to be trying to prove that they could win games without tackling the opposition. Many of the players themselves identified the problems after the games. It is now up to them and the coaches to find a way of fixing them.
All in all a very good day and definitely the sort of fixtures that we must ensure form a large part of the fixture list next season and in the future. If we can provide more challenges for our players then they will have the chance to develop and learn.
Well done everyone I hope that you are proud of yourselves. I am sure that your parents and the coaches are very proud of the way that you performed and behaved today.
PS My apologies I thought that I had successfully posted this last week. JA
Successful end to first half of the seaso
Sunday 8th December saw the last fixtures of the first part of the season. It is hard to believe and it just seems yesterday that we unpacking recently delivered equipment and inflating the new practice balls.
Our guests were Haddington and Biggar [although the convenor was under the delusion that we were expecting Dunbar – the Xmas rest will do him good ]. Sadly some of the year groups from the two visiting sections withdrew at short notice so the P7s and P3s only had one set of opponents. However, by showing a willingness to organise a rolling loan of Musselburgh players everyone was able to play a good amount of rugby.
All our teams reported success and several years were playing a high standard of rugby – taking up where they had left off the previous week. The feedback I received from the visitors was very positive and appreciative, covering everything from the quality of the matches to the food for the players and the hospitality extended to travelling parents and supporters. In which context thanks go to the P6 parents and to all those who brought home baking.
There is now just training left on Sunday 15th before the Xmas party on 22nd [see separate posting] so let’s make sure that we use that time to identify what we need to improve as well as what we’ve been doing well in what has been a good first half of the season.
Could anyone intending to go to either of the Club Hogmanay Parties please get their tickets as soon as possible.
This is for either the family party and disco which is being held at the Club, where tickets are £5 per head. Or to the party in the Community Centre where 'Rowzed' are performing. Tickets are priced £10 per head for this party.
Tickets can be purchased at the bar.
We would never ask for details of your child via email
There has been press coverage of an email asking parents for details of children in P6/7 including weight, height and name of doctor and requesting a photo of the upper body of the child.
The email pretended to be from a rugby club that didn't exist. Whilst this occured near Aberdeen it is worth restating that the mini section would not ask for that sort of information and where we do need to know i.e. the name of your doctor/surgery we seek it in a written form not via email.
If any parent has any concerns about the information that we seek or any aspect of the Mini Section then they can contact me via MRFCMinis@outlook.com or Shona Stott the MRFC Child protection officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Section Xmas party Sunday 22nd December 2013
This year's Xmas party will take place in the clubhouse on Sunday 22nd December, starting at 14:00. There will be no training that day so that everyone can turn up in their party finest.
The party will end about 16:00 hoefully after a visit from a well loved figure dressed in red with a big sack on his shoulder. Once we have cleared up John A will be buying the helpers and coaches a drink and any parents who wish to stay for an hour or so and chat over the season so far will be very welcome to join the company.
Tickets are £5 each and are available from the bar.
Welsh Tour - Match Tickets Monies
Message from Brian Jardine.
We have now received our allocation of tickets for the Welsh game. There will be enough tickets for everyone travelling but each person intending to go to the game will have to pay £60 for their ticket as soon as possible. This is because the Club has to pay for the tickets by the end of the month. Could all persons going possibly pay this at the club at their earliest opportunity.
1st XV v Boroughmuir match report
Scottish Regional Cup
Musselburgh v Boroughmuir
Saturday 7th December 2013
Report by Ian Donaldson
Musselburgh followed on last week’s last gasp victory at Livingston with a cup fixture against Boroughmuir and being a higher division side ‘Burgh were not expected to make a great deal of headway. The visitors stand-off Ben Cooper got proceedings under way and quickly set the visitors into an attacking position and scrum-half Adams made an incision backed by his forwards before ‘Burgh cleared the early dangers. However , constant Boroughmuir attack led to the concession of a penalty from which Cooper opened the scoring for 0-3.
The visitors were looking very sprightly as passes were shifted back and forth with alacrity, although Gahan produced ‘Burgh’s first foray into opposition territory and was impeded illegally and Owenson drew the score level at 3-3. Before Cooper goaled a penalty for 3-6, the points for ‘Burgh proved to be a delay of the inevitable that was to follow as fine Boroughmuir handling put centre Graeme Blackhall in for the opening try which was converted by Cooper for 3-13.
Musselburgh were fighting hard, but the visitors seemed to have that little bit extra when required. Gahan and Doig were running at the opposition and kicking intelligently but the visitors seemed very capable in defence. Musselburgh replaced Hogg with Young and shortly after the injured hooker had left the field Boroughmuir flanker Hare charged down a clearance for an unconverted try and 3-18.
Boroughmuir stand-off Cooper was giving a fine exhibition of tactical kicking and fine passing and movement by the visiting backs put winger Robert Cairns over in the corner before making the kick easier by touching down under the posts, before Cooper obliged with the conversion for 3-25. The Musselburgh backs were often being undone by the speed and precision of the visiting back line and another well connected attack complimented by sound handling sent scrum half Johnny Adams over for another try converted by Cooper for 3-32.
The disparity in the score line was in no way due to lack of spirit by ‘Burgh as both forwards and backs were giving their all. They were duly rewarded just before the interval, when a move which started deep inside their own half by Gahan and Doig was concluded by a great finishing run by Andrew Cook up the wing before a fine conversion by Danny Owenson made the half time score Musselburgh 10 Boroughmuir 32.
Musselburgh started the second half well and attempted to force the issue with James and Fleming forcing the lineout duties. Jye Thomas in particular was making his presence felt with some sound tackling and astute distribution. A break by Gahan almost produced an opening but the visitors defence closed ranks.
A spell of back and forth kicking then ensued before the play broke up again and the more play became broken ‘Burgh attempted to handle at every opportunity. The enterprise was highly laudable but the visitors usually ran it back as well and as a consequence an entertaining game ensued despite the first half of the second period remaining scoreless. Josh James was replaced by Rory Monks and Musselburgh produced several attacking penalties and line-outs. Further substitutions and tactical and positional changes were the order of the day as Brian Walls replaced Jye Thomas and Danny Owenson moved the stand-off.
Musselburgh at this stage of the second half were making a decent fist of it, but were then hit by a breakaway try by No 8 Iain Moody which was easily converted by Cooper from under the posts for 10-39 and the first points in the second half. This, again seemed to spur on the visitors and only desperate but convincing defence by ‘Burgh kept them out. More changes followed as Talac and Louden replaced McLean and Doig. Musselburgh continued to handle with abandon from deep positions with Todd, Cook and Gahan linking well with the pack.
In the conditions the play was surprisingly open and very entertaining and Musselburgh had every reason to feel aggrieved when winger Jordan Webster went over for the visitors sixth and final try which was converted by Cooper for 10-46 which appeared a little unfair on ‘Burgh. It did however seem to be fitting that ‘Burgh concluded the scoring when a move up the wing was halted temporarily before Willie Fleming following up when he went over in the corner before Danny Owenson scored with a superb conversion for a final score of Musselburgh 17 Boroughmuir 46.
Musselburgh can come out of this match with a great deal of credit despite the score line and should not be too down hearted.
Next week sees a vacant Saturday with no cup or league matches on the agenda, allowing the various wives and partners of the members to haul them round Christmas shopping!
1stXV to play Boroughmuir in Cup 7th December at home
15 Lance Gahan
14 Adam Hook
13 Andrew Cook
12 Willie Todd
11 James Doig (Captain)
10 Jye Thomas
9 Danny Owenson
1 Dave Paton
2 Neil Hogg
3 Neil McNairn
4 William Fleming
5 Joshua James
6 Luke Hutson
7 Andy Lamb
8 Patrick Brown
16 Callum Young
17 Cameron McLean
18 Michael Louden
19 Brian Walls
20 Rory Monk
2nds v Watsonians Off
The match tomorrow at Pinkie is unfortunately off.