November is a little quieter (?!) and so gives a chance to provide an update of sorts of Porty Rugby for the season so far.
Senior Rugby: 1st XV currently lie in 7th place in East Region League Division One with 3 wins and 5 losses from our 8 starts with a home match on 17th November (early kick off as Scotland play South Africa at BT Murrayfield later on) and then trips to Duns (1st December) and Broughton on 15th December to start the 2nd half of the season. Our aim is to end season in top 4 – so, quite a bot to do yet to achieve that. So much uncertainty of next season and following seasons waiting the outcome of recent consultation over how leagues should be set up once “Super 6” is set up and their amateur sides’ competition is decided.
A win over Trinity Accies on Saturday sees us into the semi-final of the Edinburgh Region Shield – just waitng confirmation of our opponents.
The 2nd XV (jointly with Lismore) have not had the joy of a win yet and only manage to scramble a side together to get games played – this is a vitally important area that we need to improve upon if we wish to see ourselves achieve what we hope and aim to. Where are all our players on a Saturday (or a Tuesday and Thursday, for that matter)? Our desire is to be able to field our own 2nd XV on a regular basis to be able to provide competition for 1st XV places and a vibrant atmosphere – as well as to have more home matches to help our bar trade and balance sheet.
Youth Rugby: Portobello High School are making good ground in the Mitsubishi Conference and enjoyed a quarter final win over Musselburgh last week (38 – 12) to reach the Plate semi-final – where they will play the winner of Boroughmuir High School v Carnoustie Monifieth. The semi-final is currently scheduled to be played on Wednesday 21st November.
The mini section continues to show great improvement with the quality of play shown by the P7 group in particular being good to watch. They have home games on Sundays 18 November (Gifford); 25 November (Falkirk) and 9 December (George Watsons) at Portobello High School starting at 11.00am.
Business – keeping our heads up – could do better, much better – need subscriptions in – need successful and well attended events – need to work hard to stand still – all familiar messages.
All International tickets orders are closed – details will be issued to those who have ordered in due course.
Scotland’s Autumn Internationals will be on television in Club.
Saturday 24th November we have Alison Henry returning to provide an evening’s entertainment. Please contact Lesley Edgar for tickets.
2019 – Quiz Night on Saturday 12th January; Burns’ Supper and February Ceilidh are at the planning stages – please keep an eye on website for updates.