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Kirkcaldy v Cartha QP at Beveridge Park Saturday 21 January 2017 kick-off 3:00pm

 
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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BLUE BLITZ
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 08 January 2017

KIRKCALDY 85 HILLHEAD/JORDANHILL 5

The Blues maintained recent improved form with a fourteen try gallop against the division's basement side who have still to win a game this season.  Physically inferior and outplayed in almost every aspect of the game the Hills side never capitulated and to their credit were putting pressure on the home line as the match ended.

World Rugby's recent ruling banning tackles  above the shoulder in a bid to improve player safety came into force with less than three minutes played at Beveridge Park. Home player coach Quintan Sanft suffered the indignity of being shown a yellow card for the first time in his long and illustrious career for a tackle which previously would have passed unnoticed.  Six minutes later Kirkcaldy winger Jamie Moffat also went to the bin for a high tackle.  To balance things, two of the visiting team also went went off for ten minutes before half time.  Interestingly, the threat of a yellow or even a red card meant that by and large tacklers went for the legs for the remainder of the game.

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BLUES AVENGE SEPTEMBER DEFEAT
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 18 December 2016
WEST OF SCOTLAND  22 KIRKCALDY 34

The Blues ended the year with  five point win at Burnbrae which lifted them above their hosts in the National  2 table and avenged the single point loss suffered at Beveridge  Park in September.

With both sides intent on attack there were inevitable handling errors but they managed to put together an attractive eighty minutes of league rugby.   Although  West scored within three minutes of the start in yet another dismal Kirkcaldy start through a driving maul leading to a Fraser Smeaton try converted by Blair Smith.  Quintan Sanft's men were no slouches in their reposte and a Greg Wallace score converted by Craig Letham quickly tied the game
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KIRKCALDY HIT BACK IN THRILLER FOR DRAW
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 11 December 2016

KIRKCALDY 31  ABERDEENSHIRE 31

Down 24-5 with only eighteen  minutes played  and with the visitors already having bagged the bonus point the Blues looked to be on the way to a real hammering. In the remaining  sixty two minutes 'Shire managed only one more try as Kirkcaldy really buckled down and showing true character tied the scores in the final minute of stoppage time.

Back rower Rhys Bonner was  a late call-off.  However a more than adequate reserve was available in the form of experienced navy man Matt Harvey

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BRITTLE BLUES BEND TO BORDERERS
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 04 December 2016

KIRKCALDY 10  KELSO 27

From the moment the Blues failed to secure the kick-off ball deep in their own half they gave Kelso an attacking opportunity  which produced the first try of the game before three minutes had been played.  Apart from their own two tries Kirkcaldy had many other scoring chances including three fairly straight forward penalties and a conversion but, for most of the game they played second fiddle to a side which on this form will make a speedy return to National 1 from where they dropped last spring.

The Tweedsiders' pace about the field and constant backing up left the Blues gasping at times and are clearly the most accomplished side they have faced this season.  They had a clear vision and able to exploit any deficiences which arose.  Two of their tries came from cleanly struck cross kicks from stand off Andrew Skeen the first  expertly taken by out wide by full back Craig Dods who shrugged off some despairing Kirkcaldy tackles. 

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KIRKCALDY BATTLE TO VICTORY IN CUP
Written by John Methven   
Sunday, 20 November 2016

MUSSELBURGH 27 KIRKCALDY 32

The Blues progressed to the third round of the national cup for the first time since the 2008-09 season in recording the best result of the day in the second round tie played at Stoneyhill last Saturday.  This was the only game of the twelve played where a side beat a team from a higher division.

In the past Stoneyhill has not been a particularly happy venue for Kirkcaldy, not having won there for well over a decade.  This time they also had to overcome having Danny Jennings and Kurt Littlejohn sent to the bin and then with fifteen minutes left,  winger Finlay Bruce was ordered off for throwing and connecting with  a punch, clearly seen by the referee.  Littlejohn's card came late in the game so the Blues had to see out the last ten minutes with only thirteen players against a resurgent Musselburgh.

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This Week's Fixtures

Saturday 21 January 2017

1st XV v Cartha QP at Beveridge Park ko 3pm

2nd XV v Morgan Academy FP (a) ko 2pm

Sunday 22 January 2017

Ladies v Greenock Wands (a) ko 2pm

U16/U15 v Howe of Fife (Cup) (a) ko 1pm

S1/S2 v Penicuik (a) ko 12 noon

Micro & P6/P7 training at 10am

P2/P3, P4 & P5 v Howe (a) ko 11am

League Table

BT National League Division 2

TeamPlPts
Kelso 14 62
Cartha QP 14 59
Peebles
 14 55
GHK
 14 50
Aberdeenshire 14 47
Preston Lodge 14 42
Whitecraigs
 14 32
Kirkcaldy 14 31
Biggar 14 30
West of Scotland
 14 26
Ardrossan Acad 14 14
Hillhead Jordanhill 14 1

View full league table on scottishrugby.org

Star Check

FIFE TROPHY CENTRE

Match 16 v Hillhead Jordanhill

3 Kurt Littlejohn
2 Finlay Bruce
1 Rory Brown

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