Last Saturday Peebles – sponsored by Glenrath Farm Eggs – played Biggar at the Gytes - in RBS Premier Division 2 - in the usually fiercely contested local derby. This was definitely the proverbial game of two halves – in the first Peebles enjoyed a real purple patch putting past troubles behind them to go in at half time 26-3 up with the try bonus already secured. After the interval Biggar came out firing on all cylinders and within 2 minutes were themselves on the board with a try. Two more followed as they ate into the Peebles lead taking the score to 26 – 20 – the atmosphere around the ground rose to fever pitch as both sets of fans urged their teams on but there was relief for the home fans and dismay for the visitors as Neil Warnock calmly stroked over a late penalty to take the score to 29 – 20 – denying Biggar even the comfort of a losing bonus point which over the piece they deserved. This was one of the best derbies seen at the Gytes in a while - well contested by both sides who showed a lot of enterprise and well refereed by the Italian exchange official who was presented with a Peebles tee-shirt in the clubhouse by President Lindsay Laird as a momento of his visit. A big thank you is due to all of those who volunteered on Friday and Saturday to make the day a success, off the field as well as on it, by setting up on Friday for the 60+ diners who lunched on Saturday, acting as waiters and bar staff at the meal, setting up the ground on Saturday morning and putting the gear away after the final whistle, working on the gate, selling 50/50’s in the club and at the gate, selling the raffle in the club after the game, catering for the players and officials, and working on the bar after the game and thru Saturday evening. A big thanks also to David Wilson and his staff who worked tirelessly to serve the many Peebles and Biggar supporters who came back into the club after the match.
The seconds – supported by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – had their match at Melrose Knights called off as the home club could not raise a side.
Peebles Colts – supported by BARC – were also on the road – to Kelso to play the ‘Quins in a Border Semi-Junior League fixture. Players, coaches and management were delighted to return with a 16 – 12 victory – keeping the Colts in touch with the top of the league.
Tonight will see a visit to the Gytes by Melrose Ladies who will play RHC Ladies with a 7:15pm ko. Members are welcome to come down to support the ladies.
Tomorrow Glenrath Farm Eggs sponsored Peebles are back on their travels when they face West of Scotland – one of Gerry McGuiness’s old clubs – in RBS Premier Division 2 at Burnbrae in Glasgow.
The seconds – supported by FIRST XV and rugbystuff.com – have a home fixture in RBS Reserve League East 1 when Forrester are the visitors. Check the club noticeboard of the website for the venue.
The Colts – supported by BARC – are also at home where they face the stiff test of Selkirk Youth Club in the Border Semi-junior League. Check the club website for the venue.
Sunday morning sees the Rugby World Cup final between hosts New Zealand and France – a repeat of the 1987 final – breakfast will again be provided by the Piranhas at a cost of £5 – doors open at 8:30am.
For those fans of traditional Scottish music the Peebles Accordion and Fiddle club meets in the Eastgate clubrooms at 7:00 on the last Thursday of the month – starting the coming Thursday. The November meeting will be on the 24th.
Tomorrow the Eastgate clubrooms will be the venue for a coffee morning in aid of Breast Cancer from 10:00am till noon – usual stalls. All members are asked to support this fundraiser for a very worthy cause.
This coming Tuesday - 25th October - sees the start of a new block of jive classes with Le Ro. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and further details.
We will have a new pitchside caterer for the Falkirk game on 5th November - Thompson’s Snack Van – Serving Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Bacon butties Hot Drinks – Coffees, Teas, Hot Chocolate etc. and Cold soft drinks.
And finally – last Thursday (13th) saw the darts Stalwarts – minus a few regulars – travel round to the ‘old club’ to play the Central. After a hard fought contest it came down to the final pairing of ex-Presidents Currie and Shaw to win their tie and give the Stalwarts a fighting draw!