West of Scotland call off Beveridge Park match
Written by Norman White   
Sunday, 25 March 2018
Kirkcaldy President Jimmy Bonner had a surprise phone call on Thursday evening from his West of Scotland counterpart Alan Sneddon, intimating that his club would be calling off Saturday's scheduled league match at Beveridge Park citing a lack of front row players. Sneddon was clearly embarrased by the sitution that West found itself in. This reason is frequently quoted by teams in the lower reaches of the various regional leagues but is virtually unknown amongst clubs in the national set up. Apparently a spate of injuries and player unavailability had mounted up and there was a simple lack of trained front rowers withiut which for safety reasons a game cannot.

In the early years of league rugby West, with a hosy of international players competed at the highest level of Scottish club rugby and still have some of the finest club facilities on the country. However with severe competition for players in the west of scotland generally, especially in Ayrshire nd Glasgow Hawks their player recruitment has dwindled and not so long ago fell into the fourth tier.

Bonner sympathised with West's plight, mentioning the decreasing numbers of front row players in the Scottish games. “There are problems right, left and  front row players and this generally shows up in reserve team rugby, even some Premiership sides are having problems in this regard. It's time the SRU devoted more of their energies dealing with this problem – all they seem to be interested in is pro team and international sides”

The procedure now is that the SRU will ask West why they did not fulfil the fixture and if they are not satisfied with the response there will be a points deduction and the game will be played at a later date. This new date is likely to be 5th May.
 
Blues win tight battle
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 17 March 2018

KIRKCALDY 15 PEEBLES 8

The Blues maintained their table top position with a hard fought and feisty win against a Peebles team which remained in contention until the end. While the pre-match snow flurries had stopped temperatures remained close to zero and a matching gusting wind testing everyone, players and spectators alike.

There was little to separate the sides behind the scrum but Kirkcaldy probably shaded the forward battle with their formidable driving maul a clear advantage. As the meteorological temperature remained low through out, the atmosphere on the pitch was any thing but frosty with referee Tom French issuing two yellow cards and three reds as the last quarter of the game threatened to run out of control as players on both teams lost composure.

Head coach Quintan Sanft readily admitted that his side had to battle to take the points. “ Peebles are a tough side and had won seven out of their last eight games. We had our work cut out to get the win. Our defence had to work really hard, especially in the second half and that's where training ground work is paying off. The second half became a bit tousy and the referee didn't help matters with some of his decisions difficult to understand”

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Blues win on the road
Written by Murray Oliver   
Saturday, 10 March 2018

GHK 17 KIRKCALDY 38

Conditions at Glasgow's Old Anniesland with near zero temperatures and pouring rain could not have been more unpleasant as the Blues faced a side which more often than not has proved to be a real stumbling block for them. They went into the game knowing that a win would edge them closer to the league title and preserve their lead over the chasing pack with as many as four other teams still in contention for the two places.

While the game was by some distance less than spectacular, forwards coach Kenny Fraser saw the positives in this win “The conditions were awful but credit to both teams for their efforts. Our power up front won it for us but we kept them in the game for longer than necessary by some less than clever kicking. The weather was always going to dictate the game and to get six tries said it all - we were the better team from 1 through to 19"

They started off with a bang, taking the lead within five minutes. Lock Steve Mitchell managed to rip the ball from a GHK maul to set his back line in motion. The ball sped through the hands with centre Josh Laird touching down under the bar to give Finlay Smith an easy conversion kick and a 7-0 lead.

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The late Rev George Lugton
Written by Norman White   
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
The Club sadly learned of the death of former player George Lugton in Guernsey on 22 February, aged 88. After attending Dunfermline and Buckhaven High Schools where he first played rugby he enrolled at Edinburgh University, graduaing M.A. and B.D. In his early ministerial career he had a post as assistant minister at Dysart Barony Church, beginning in 1953. It was at this time that he joined Kirkcaldy RFC playing in the pack for several seasons in the mid 1950's.

He had a robust style of play, appreciated by team mates but which would not have been appreciated by present day referees. When opponents realised he was a man of the cloth they were more than surprised.

After leaving Kirkcaldy he served the Church of Scotland in a variety of positions including the parishes of Strathblane and Dumbarton as well as in the church's administration in Edinburgh. His final charge took him to Guernsey in 1987 where he also to spend his years of retirement.
 
Ladies kept quiet at Howe
Written by Rebecca Flanagan   
Sunday, 18 February 2018

HOWE HARLEQUINS 6 KIRKCALDY LADIES 3

On a dry day in Cupar the scene was set for a good game of flowing rugby from two teams who like to throw the ball about. Kirkcaldy started well by securing the kick off and taking play up the field only to be thwarted by the first of many penalties.  Howe kicked for touch where Kirkcaldy stole the ball - this was a theme that was to carry on throughout the game with Howe only winning 3 line outs during the game.

Kirkcaldy pressured for most of the half but were often penalised for varying offences by the referee.  He requested complete silence during the game, threatening to penalise, or escalate if required, should the ladies not adhere to the instruction.  This seemed to deter the game from gaining any momentum with both teams finding it difficult to gain phase play.  Late in the half Kirkcaldy were then awarded a penalty in the 22m and chose to take a shot at goal which Redpath successfully kicked, to make the score 0-3. 

Half-time 0-3 to Kirkcaldy, but some of the newer ladies to the game were struggling to find their feet and looking a bit lost due to the instruction regarding communication.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first with Kirkcaldy taking the game to the home side.  Once again, the momentum was hampered with a string of penalties dominating the proceedings.  After an hour there was a swing in possession, as Kirkcaldy were now camped on their own line for 10 minutes keeping the attack out.  An excellent turnover and a clearing kick looked as if it would relieve the pressure but the referee penalised Kirkcaldy for the kick chaser being offside, Kirkcaldy pointed out to the ref that the chaser was in fact the kicker but the decision had been made! 

Howe were awarded a penalty and took the points making the score 3-3.  Well into injury time Howe were awarded another penalty in the 22, which they successfully converted taking the final score to 6-3 for the home team.

A disappointing match to view for the spectators, no momentum at all with 50-60 penalties being conceded   Frustrating and some confusion for two teams who score on average 16-20 points a game by playing free flowing rugby.  Hopefully the return fixture in a few weeks will be a better exhibition of what both teams can produce.

 
Kirkcaldy take full points from Pennypit
Written by John Methven   
Saturday, 17 February 2018

PRESTON LODGE 19 KIRKCALDY 36

Although the Preston Lodge fire was never fully extinguished Kirkcaldy's six try to one winning margin told its own tale at Pennypit Park. For lengthy portions of the game the Blues dominated territory and possession yet PL kept in touch until near half time through four well struck long range penalties from scrum half Brian Walls.

Strength in defensive basics from a well organised Kirkcaldy team kept the home team at bay throughout the first half, snuffing out their attacks in midfield on a regular basis. PL didn't help themselves with an erratic performance at the line-out where the Blues had a succession of vital steals.

Director of Rugby Mark Henderson had a broad smile on his face just after the final whistle, appreciating this bonus point win “We were in total control for over an hour of this game but they showed real tenacity, fighting for every ball. However we were strong at the back and our defensive lines gave little away. The pack did their work, really well playing as a unit, giving us plenty usable possession”

An aggressive Kirkcaldy started the game purposefully with the forwards driving to the PL line. They won a series of scrummaged penalties before hooker Greg Wallace drove over for an unconverted try and a 5-0 lead. Within two minutes this had been reduced to 5-3 with the first of Walls's massive penalties. Another monster penalty from Walls put PL into a 6-5 lea

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TeamPlPts
Kirkcaldy2088
Hamilton2077
Dumfries2074
Lasswade
2064
Biggar2062
Peebles
2061
GHK
2041
Howe of Fife20
41
Whitecraigs2028
Preston Lodge2021
West of Scotland2021
   

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