Now that the important people – the players – are safely tucked up in bed those of us with less physically demanding tasks ahead of us tomorrow (although possibly equally mentally draining) can pause and reflect in the calm before the storm that tomorrow will bring, on a few of the component parts that have brought us here.
The place that GHK holds in the hearts of so many has never been better demonstrated than in the simply magnificent turnout for The Big Day Out tomorrow. 4 supporters buses, each filled to capacity; superb numbers from our Mini rugby section coming through to Murrayfield including ballboys and one lucky mascot; over 150 for a champagne breakfast at Old Anniesland prior to departure; over 300 tickets sold; messages of support from so many kindred clubs (just this evening a complimentary and encouraging note from Gordon Brown, coach of our nearest challengers in the league, Carrick); and individual messages of support from former players and internationalists including Percy Friebe, Mike Hunter and Colin Gregor. All this building on a loyal and growing band of regular supporters who are appreciative of the rugby played by this team.
We are grateful to them all: main club sponsors Cairnhill Construction; Greenbelt; Tusk; The Really Delicious Food Company; and DWR Property – all of whom have gone above and beyond in their support of the club. Other sponsors including Blair and Bryden; Hugh Stirling and French and Duncan. we couldn’t have achieved so much without your generosity. We hope you’ve enjoyed the season – and are looking forward to next season already!
Off the Field Team
It’s easy, and sometimes appropriate, to have a go at committees and those who contribute behind the scenes. Your scribe can’t be described as impartial but I reckon we get a fair amount right at GHK and are always willing to listen to how we might improve the club environment. Certainly many hours are spent trying. The coaches, both at 1st XV and 2nd XV levels, rugby management team and physics all make huge contributions to the club.
Last word has to go to those who have achieved so much already this season. Facts and figures don’t prove everything but here’s a few that indicate what has been accomplished.
- 43 players have taken the field for the 1st XV this season
- 22 games played by 1st XV in league and shield – 22 won
- Points for 898; points against 222.
- Tries scored 139; tries against 32
- Average score 41 – 10
- 1st and 2nd XV combined: played 44; won 41; lost 3
Selection of the team and squad for tomorrow’s game will, undoubtedly, have caused coaches Little and McIntyre much angst and soul searching. Some players, as is always the case in such circumstances, will feel hugely disappointed to have missed out on this occasion. Personal disappointment will be put to one side tomorrow and no doubt will be used as motivation for next season.
Tomorrow is a day to be enjoyed by everyone connected with the club. The league has been won; the season is a huge success. If the team comes off the Murrayfield pitch tomorrow knowing they have given it their very best effort, the result will take care of itself and, whichever way it goes, heads can be held high and there will be much to celebrate.
ONE MORE SLEEP!