Boroughmuir Bears Mid Season Report
By Headmistress Christina Slaw
2016 has been an eventful year for the mighty Boroughmuir Bears. The 2015 – 2016 season came to a close with the Bears picking up a 3rd consecutive league title in a row. 3 league titles in a row, a promising young squad captained by the ever impressive Jamie Scott (who then deserted us to go and play for the 1’s, but is still considered a bear…just), playing some fantastic free flowing attacking rugby….it was time to take the step up to the dizzy heights of the National League. This meant a couple of noteworthy points….the first time a club has ever had all three teams in national leagues, a huge achievement for the club…and most importantly….a bus trip to Aberdeen!!
After a few different approaches to pre season, some choosing to attend something called training, whilst others took a different approach…Goose travelled to the southern hemisphere to undergo a rigorous training regime of pints, taking romantic pictures with his better half Kathleen in front of tourist landmarks and more pints, Rod Hutchison could be found in any whisky bar in Edinburgh whilst Ali Carr was attending every wedding he could in order he didn’t have to attend pre season. Naturally this meant the Bears got off to a slow start to the season, not helped by a lack of coach as Rups had left to go to Murrayfield Wanderers, forfeiting a game to GHA and losing a close game to Aberdeen in which we had lead the majority. A couple more defeats on the road dented the confidence even more, however the Bear’s dug deep to put in some fantastic performances and pick up wins against West, Musselburgh and Selkirk. This leaves the Bears 6th in the league, having played an extra game than most, at the mid way point of the season. A great achievement so far, however still with plenty of work to do to ensure we stay up come the end of March. However with a pack that has contained impressive performances from Andy Clark, Derick Mcleod, Dr Chris O.Neil to name a few, the welcome return from injury by Greg Jones and a back line that contains as much talent as it does internationals ( so far we have used backs from Spain, Australia, Canada, South Africa, America, New Zealand, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Fife. Naturally they all had better English than the lad from Fife) then there is definitely the talent for the Bears to stay up. Chris Whitelock should also get a mention here for easily being the most consistent performer so far this season and over the past few years for the Bears. What he lacks in size and his ability to date and keep a girlfriend, he more than makes up for in his defence, pace and attacking ability. Irish Dan should also get a mention for his outstanding performances over the last two years, and for his love of Hi Tec trainers and chinos combo!!
It wouldn’t be a mid season review without signing off with a few thank you’s and goodbye’s…
To Rups, a huge thank you to leading us to success last year! It was a pleasure! Hope to see you down at Meggetland soon!
To Ian Weekes, who sadly leaves the Bears to go back to his native Canada with his fiancé, a huge thank you for your performances for the bears! Ian has had a fantastic season so far, and his ability to shout the word “Defence” in an annoying accent, use the words like cleats and field instead of boots and pitch and his ability to sneak away early from a night out to go home and keep his fiancé happy will be sorely missed. Keep in Touch Ian!!
Thanks to Reekie and Joni Hare for the coaching over the last few weeks! It is very much appreciated from everyone, even Pacey who can moan about anything!!
And finally a huge thank you to Boroughmuir stalwart Ron Carr. Ron has taken a bit of a step back from Boroughmuir in recent weeks to concentrate on his work, however Ron has been with the Bears the last few years, mainly as Team Manager as well as a spell as coach over Pre Season and the start of the season this year. Without Ron, the Bears would have been less organized, less educated and without a doubt less successful. Cheers for all your help Ron, and we hope to see you back at the helm soon!
Finally from everyone associated with the Bears, a huge thank you for everyone’s support this season! It is always appreciated. We wish you all the best for 2017!