Last Saturday Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles played their first home fixture this season in RBS Premier 2 against Stew/Mel unfortunately this was lost by 39 – 13 leaving Peebles pointless - at very much the wrong end of the table.
The second XV – supported by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – also had a home fixture at Hay Lodge against Melrose Knights. A fine win by 28 - 13 was recorded giving a timely boost to the seconds prior to the start of their RBS Reserve League East 1 campaign which starts next Saturday.
The Colts – supported by BARC again this season – completed a trio of home games with a Border Semi-junior League match against Jed Thistle at the High School – looking to build on last week’s excellent result at Langholm. The home side won by 20 – 8 to make a good start to their league season.
Tomorrow Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles are on the road to Philiphaugh Selkirk for their first Border Derby of the season in RBS Premier Division 2. As always Selkirk will provide stiff opposition and as is usual in such game there will be plenty for the crowd to shout about and points for old friends from both sides to discuss over a beer or two in the clubhouse after the game.
The seconds – supported by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – have their first match in this season’s RBS Reserve league East 1 away at Hawthornden against Lasswade seconds.
The Colts – supported by BARC – are also on the road with the long trek down to Corbridge to play Tynedale Colts in what is always a difficult fixture.
On Saturday morning Peebles High School teams from years S1 thru S3 play their counterparts from Gala at the High School fields kick-off 9:45.
Staying with school rugby, this season sees a revamped Scottish Schools Cup competition with only the top 16 or so – mainly private schools - competing in the cup. Peebles High School will feature in the plate competition at both under-18 and under-16 levels. In order to encourage developing schools and to increase competition for the more established schools the plate draw has been regionalised. In the draw made last week both of the Peebles High teams avoided the preliminary round and enter at the first round proper where the under-18 side will face either Firhill High or Lasswade at home and the under-16 side will be away to either Firhill High or Craigmount High. All of the competitions under the Scottish Schools Cup umbrella are sponsored by Brewin-Dolphin.
Members still to renew can do so at the clubrooms where subs can be left along with completed forms at the bar, where there are also blank forms available for those who need them. It is especially important for those who are making a donation to complete the gift aid section, including signing the declaration, as the club, being registered under the HMRC CASC scheme, can reclaim the tax deemed to have been paid to the extent of 25p in the pound. Completed forms and payment can also be sent to John Swanson at the address shown on the top of the form.
Members will be familiar with the concept of the pre-match sponsor’s lunches, now David Swan is looking into the idea of having a lunch club. Things are at an early stage at present but any members who would be interested in being part of such a venture should contact either David Swan or Gerard Bony for further details.
With the Rugby World Cup upon us - check on the noticeboard for details of the matches being shown in the Eastgate Clubrooms on the big screen.