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The late Stephen MacKenzie
Written by Norman White   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Not only the Kirkcaldy rugby community but a much wider circle of friends and colleagues received the news last Friday of the sudden death of the former 1 st XV captain Steve MacKenzie at the age of 57.

Steve had his introduction to rugby in Kirkcaldy High School where he was a pupil between 1971 and 1977. As an outstanding schoolboy player he was welcomed into the ranks of the rugby club in the 1977-78 season. His pace as a winger quickly marked him out as worthy of senior honours. Within two seasons as a 1 st XV player he was selected for the North and Midlands XV which played New Zealand at Linksfield Stadium in Aberdeen in December 1978.

A series of injuries blunted his career for several seasons but in the later years of his playing days he re-invented himself as a highly effective stand off and a consistent goal kicker He captained the 1 st XV for three seasons from 1986 to 1989, leading the side into the second tier of Scottish rugby after an unbeaten Division Three campaign.

Perhaps his most memorable goal kicking feat came in his first year of captaincy. In January 1987 against Dundee High School FP the Blues surrendered a 15-0 lead to go 16-15 down with seconds left. Meanwhile MacKenzie was languishing out on the wing after the recurrence of a hamstring injury when in the last play of the game the referee awarded Kirkcaldy a penalty 45 metres out and close to the touchline. None of the fit players was prepared to take the kick and Steve had to limp across the field. After placing the ball he turned and faced up before delivering an almighty wallop which saw the ball fly between the uprights at the Balwearie Road end before collapsing in a heap
Steve's talents lay well beyond the rugby pitch, In more youthful days he had success as a sprinter and later golf became his main sporting passion. With a rich singing voice he appeared regularly in productions of both Fife Opera and Kirkcaldy Amateur Operatic Society.

He qualified as a dental surgeon at Edinburgh University in 1982 and from 1984 until his death was in the Harper Bell practice in Redburn Wynd. Surviving him are wife Anna, sons Robin and Ross, sister Helen and brother Ken and his family.

His funeral service is in Linktown Church where he served as an elder on Friday 17 March at 10am with interment at Auchtertool Church where his late father, Rev Donald MacKenzie was minister
 
LAST GASP SNATCH
Written by John Methven   
Monday, 06 March 2017
KIRKCALDY 12 BIGGAR 10

It took Kirkcaldy until the fourth minute of added time at the end of the game to earn four valuable league points after being in arrears for all of the second half. By this time the Kirkcaldy pack was bristling with energy against opponents who had dominated territory for long portions of this game but whose forwards had been sapped of theirs.

Apart from a slip up just before half time Kirkcaldy put in a major defensive effort as Biggar handled confidently in atrocious conditions. The pitch had survived several early inspections before being declared fit for play but it must have been a marginal decision, especially with rain falling until near kick-off.
 
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KIRKCALDY DISLODGED
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 19 February 2017
PRESTON LODGE 35 KIRKCALDY 26

After a thoroughly entertaining game Preston Lodge just deserved to take the full five points on offer at Pennypit Park. Kirkcaldy's only consolation came from their four try bonus when they remained in contention to win until the last ten minutes..

The main difference between the sides lay in PL's ability to make the most of their scoring chances. They were totally secure on their own ball delivered quickly to a back division who knew how to make ground through some excellent tactical kicking.

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HONOUR BEFORE CUP PROGRESS
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 29 January 2017
KIRKCALDY 14 HERIOTS 36

The Blues battled every inch of the way against holders Heriot's in this third round tie of the BT Cup at a dismal Beveridge Park last Saturday. Although there was no denying that Heriots thoroughly deserved their six try to two win before the biggest crowd at the ground in almost twenty years, Quintan Sanft's side will take immense credit from their performance against one of the top sides in the country and winners of their previous four Premiership games.

Lining up on a heavy pitch for kick-off with rain falling steadily Kirkcaldy were without front row duo Greg Wallace and George Mangalo and faced a side which dominated territory and possession in the early stages. There was no surprise in the 5th minute as the Edinburgh team handled crisply, first creating a frustrated overlap on the right before switching to the left for flanker Michael Maltman to touch down.

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BLISTERING CQP BLOW BLUES OFF COURSE
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 22 January 2017
KIRKCALDY 12 CARTHA QUEENS PARK 59

A bruised and battered Kirkcaldy team ended a dismal second best in this National 2 game at Beveridge Park. Trailing 19-0 at half time they conceded a further six tries after the break as they collapsed defensively against a powerful side anxious to maintain their top spot in the league table.

Although they managed to scrape two second half tries the Blues were totally outplayed in these forty minutes as the slickest moving side seen at Beveridge Park this season exploited every aspect of defensive disorganisation.

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The Kirkcaldy Rugby cap who got away
Written by John Methven   
Monday, 09 January 2017

Seventy years ago last autumn  (John)  Murray Hunter returned to Cambridge University from his home in Kirkcaldy to resume his studies in Classics which had been interrupted by war service.  Born on 10th November 1920,  he was the elder son of the Rev J M Hunter, minister of Abbothall Parish Church.

Murray's education started at West Primary School, close to the then Abbotshall Manse in Milton Road. Later when the Manse moved to a new building in West Albert Road, he enrolled at the near by Kirkcaldy High Primary School  on Sang Road, now the site of  the car park of  Fife College.

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This Week's Fixtures

Saturday 25th March 2017

1st XV 27 Peebles 34

U18 7 Highland 24 (Cup)

Sunday 26th March 2017

Ladies v Grangemouth (a) (Bowl) ko 2pm

U16/U15 training at 11am

S1/S2 v Dunfermline (a) ko 1:30pm

Wee Blues training at 10am

 

League Table

BT National League Division 2

TeamPlPts
Cartha QP 21 92
Kelso 19 82
Peebles
 19 75
GHK
 20 71
Aberdeenshire 19 63
Preston Lodge 21 59
Biggar 21 56
West of Scotland 21 47
Kirkcaldy 19 38
Whitecraigs 19 34
Ardrossan Acad 20 22
Hillhead Jordanhill 21 1

View full league table on scottishrugby.org

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FIFE TROPHY CENTRE

Match 21 v GHK

3 Stuart McLean
2 Josh Laird
1 Michael Harper

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