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Saturday 17th November

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The Late Willie Matthew
Written by Norman White   
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Willie passed away on Tuesday 28th August after a long illness at the age of 94.  A one time vice-president of the Club, Willie was associated with Kirkcaldy RFC for over 40 years.  It was at the time son Graham first appeared in the 1st XV that Willie started attending games and soon became deeply involved  with the club.   Forever generous on a personal level, he transformed the Club's attitude to fund raising.  His Tuesday and Thursday night wine raffles quickly raised the costs of many items of playing equipment, especially strips.  Whenever something in the clubhouse had to be repaired or replaced, Willie would see that it was done in quick time, frequently at his own expense.

Willie was well known not just in the rugby club but in the town generally, especially for his charitable work and his business activities.  For many years he worked in the family coal merchants business before in later life acquiring funeral directors A & J Crosbie, transforming it into Crosbie Matthew with its modernised premises in Nicol Street. For some years Crosbie Matthew were regular match sponsors with Willie hosting convivial pre-game lunches.

Pre-deceased by his wife Ena last year,  Willie is survived by his three children Andrew, Graham and Sheila, grandchildren and great children to whom the Club extends its deepest sympathy.
 
Ladies show Howe it's done
Written by Colin George   
Sunday, 26 August 2018

Kirkcaldy Ladies 32 Howe Harlequins 7

The game started brightly for Kirkcaldy receiving the ball from the kick off and they were soon applying pressure in the Howe half. With early season errors from both sides it was a tight affair, with Kirkcaldy looking for the breakthrough and Howe defending well. Eventually Kirkcaldy were able to create a little space down the blind side, Captain Brogan took off towards the try line, scoring the first of three tries for the afternoon. Her second came shortly after, it was a similar jinky run in. Just before half time Howe got the ball and looked strong in attack, a scrambling Blues defence was able to hold Howe out.Half time – Kirkcaldy 10 Howe 0

With the rain getting heavier the second half was similar to the first with Brogan scoring her third try after a well worked team move. Howe were still challenging but, Kirkcaldy’s fourth try came from a patient build up and multiple phases before the backs became involved, this time Brogan slipped the ball to Laing who ran in to score. The try of the day came soon after and was made by the front row union. A storming 20m run from prop Cockburn, support play by hooker Cooper, who cleared the ruck to supply a quick ‘pop’ pass to Small, to complete the set. Small didn’t quite have the legs to run in so she offloaded to supporting player Milne who fell over the line to score.

Howe scored a converted try soon after, however Kirkcaldy weren’t finished as Cockburn made yet another barnstorming 40 metre run, and this time she was able to make the line and score her first try for the club. The conversion made the final score 32-7. As well as a bonus point win there was great team spirit and effort shown today by the ladies. Special mention to Jenna, Caitlin and Ellie making their club debuts.

 
Kirkcaldy progress in the League Cup
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 25 August 2018

GORDONIANS 22 KIRKCALDY 52

An eight try to three Kirkcaldy win at Countesswells saw Kirkcaldy progress to Round 2 of the SRU's National League Cup at the expense of Gordonians in Aberdeen last Saturday. Kirkcaldy and Gordonians were one time regular league opponents but have not met since 1996 as they drifted apart.

Gordonians were on the verge of extinction at one stage but made a spirited recovery and now find themselves in National 3 and with home advantage in this tie must have have fancied themselves to pull off a shock result.

The Blues were far from full strength fielding several inexperienced youngsters. Their performance excited forwards coach Kenny Fraser. “There's a huge amount of talent out there and I was delighted by the way the newcomers showed up. In the second row 18 year old Struan Robertson stood out, as did flanker Jack Denton who came on as a sub in the second half”. He also commended his defence. “Gordonians had about 70% possession in the first half and also with wind advantage but all they got was a single try and a penalty. Throughout we defended strongly and a lot of their possession was simply shipped across the field or kicked away”

Early play suggested that. With wind advantage and crisp handling Gordonians forced early play into the Blues' 22 and few were surprised when they went ahead through an unconverted try from Adam Morrison . The Blues took a while to come to terms with the difficult wind and it was against the general run of play they went ahead with flanker Dayle Turner breaking loose for a score converted by Finlay Smith.

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International Tickets - Autumn Tests 2018
Written by Don Burns   
Friday, 13 July 2018

The application form for the autumn international series in November 2018, featuring Fiji, South Africa and Argentina, is now available below.

International Ticket application form PDF

Please return the completed form to Don Burns before the closing date of 9th August.

 
The late Dr R K W Sharp
Written by Norman White   
Thursday, 07 June 2018
It was profound sadness that the club learned of the death of Ron Sharp at the age of 98 after a short illness. He had been associated with the club since 1950 when he moved to the town as a general practitioner, eventfully working from premises on Victoria Road.

He served as club doctor for a lengthy period until retiring from work.  For over a quarter of a century after, he supported the club enthusiastically, rarely missing a home game which he would watch from his seat at the back of the stand. His services to the club were recognised in 1994 when he was elected an Honorary Vice President at that year's AGM.

Ron's roots lay in North Fife and it was in his years at Bell-Baxter High School that his involvement with rugby began and later continued at St Andrews University. He graduated MB ChB in 1942 and then spent four years in the army, mainly as an anaesthetist uring service in France during the D Day landings and later in the Far East.

After demobilisation he entered general practice, working initially in Irvine and Gretna before arriving in Kirkcaldy in 1950. Although he never played for Kirkcaldy he had a long association with the club which constantly called upon his medical expertise, much more so in in later years as the game became more physical and injuries more frequent.

The club extends its sympathy to his sons Russell, Sandy and Alan, grand children and great grandchildren. His funeral will be at Kirkcaldy Crematorium on Thursday 14 June at 2.15pm.  

 
Blues finish with 100% home record
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 05 May 2018

KIRKCALDY 29 WEST OF SCOTLAND 19

Craig Letham's sweetly struck penalty in the penultimate play not only confirmed Kirkcaldy's 100% unbeaten home record in this season's BT National League 2 championship winning campaign but also consigned visitors West of Scotland to relegation.

West just needed to take a single point from this final game of the season, gained either by scoring four tries or coming within seven points of the winning side. When the referee whistled them up for a penalty 40 metres out with over three minutes of stoppage time gone their seven point deficit and salvation was about to be whipped away from them.

The Kirkcaldy co-captain Greg Wallace had a special cause for satisfaction prior to kick-off as he became the first Kirkcaldy player to take part in 250 league games in a career stretching back to 2002. A guard of honour from the Wee Blues, joined by the entire West squad, applauded the Kirkcaldy side as they took to the field. At the other end of the age span 17 year old Cameron Pilner made his first team debut on the left wing.

Director of Rugby Mark Henderson admitted that things hadn't gone as planned at the beginning “We had a slow start, giving away a soft try early on but came back well.  They were playing for survival and I was delighted with our attitude, concentrating on winning the game. At the end there was some controversy about what we should do with the penalty, go for goal or put it into touch and hoping to drive on for a try. We could have lost the ball and they could have gone the length of the field and could have drawn the game. The goal option was the best for us, no doubt about that. West had given their all and that penalty may have relegated them but our job was to make sure we won with maximum points” He was also full of praise for the two youngsters who made their league débuts “Cameron Pilmer started and quickly came into the game while Craig Hamilton came off the bench and both showed they have a real future in the squad” 

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Saturday 20th October

1st XV 52 Cartha QP 24

2nd XV 17 Kinross 17

1stXV League Table

Tennent's National League Division 1

TeamPlPts
Gala 3
15
Marr
3
12
GHA
3
12
Aberdeen Grammar3
11
Jed-Forest3
11
Selkirk3
10
Musselburgh3
9
Hamilton
3
7
Cartha QP3
5
Kirkcaldy3
5
Kelso
20
Dundee HSFP
2
0

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Match 8 v Cartha QP
3 Josh Laird
2 Finlay Smith
1 Dayle Turner

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