Brechin’s veteran rugby team, BRUCE, got back into action after nearly a month’s lay off following their successful and much praised trip to Italy.
On Friday night, they joined with close neighbours and friends the Forfar’s Strathmore Rugby Clubs Gryphons players.
The match was the Leiths (Scotland) Limited – MoreBRUCE Floodlight Invitational. This is an annual event where another veterans’ team from around the country are invited to come long and play under the floodlights at Strathmore’s Inchmacoble Park, with Howe of Fife being this year’s guests.
The match was a close run affair with both teams digging in hard with plenty of flowing play to be enjoyed by the sizeable crowd of supporters.
Howe of Fife are relatively new to the veterans’ scene and they have vastly improved on their first meeting with the Brechin team and the game ended up with both teams crossing the score line four times.
In a nail biting finish to the match, Howe secured a draw with a late push into the home sides half of the pitch.
Howe of Fife were awarded the trophy on the night due to the manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the game and their grit and determination right up to the end of a game played in the spirit of fun, friendship and fraternity expected of veterans’ rugby.
A spokesperson for BRUCE said: “All of the players and supporters joined in the usual veterans’ social event following the match with a lovely meal prepared by the Strathmore’s clubs wonderful Kirrie Dumpling Caterers, with a supply of Bruce Brymers Brechin Bangers.”
The Brechin BRUCE were delighted that their ‘superstar’ veteran Alastair Urquhart (85) accepted the invitation to captain the team for his first time and led the team with the experience 77 years of playing has taught him. Strathmore Gryphons also fielded their own legend for the night with Fred Crowe (75) taking to the field at scrum half where he showed that, although a wee bit slower, he could still read the game and spray passes left and right as the game roared on around him.
The BRUCE’s next outing will be a return match on April 12, when they travel to Cupar in Fife to face Howe of Fife.
Following this game the BRUCE team will be starting in earnest in an attempt to raise funds for next year’s visit of the Italian Old Becks team who hosted and looked after the Brechin side so well when they stayed there last year. Anyone with any ideas or willing to help would be welcomed by the club in this major task ahead.
The club who play and train at the towns Guthrie Park continue to welcome new members with boys and girls up to 13 years of age training on a Tuesday night from 6.30 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., over 14’s are all welcome to come to BRUCE and Sheila training on Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 8 p.m.