Veteran rugby event held in Brechin

Can you guess the total age of the group?

Can you guess the total age of the group?

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This Saturday, Brechin’s Rugby veterans are hosting the largest veterans’ rugby event in the Angus area.

This year’s event will be bigger than anything the Brechin club has staged to date with visitors The Mammoths from Stonehaven, The Zingari from Kirkcaldy, Cupar’s Howe of Fife, The Morgan Auld Blacks of Dundee and The Aberdeen Strollers all attending.

Following the festival the teams will be heading down to the Bridgend Bar where the usual hospitality provided by their staff to round off what will hopefully be a truly memorable day of rugby in Brechin.

This event, which will be held at Guthrie Park from 1.30 p.m., will add to the growing reputation of Brechin BRUCE on the veterans’ circuit where they are receiving numerous invites from around the country due to their strong rugby ethics and their promotion of the social aspect of what is a hard but fun game played in the correct spirit.

This reputation will be further enhanced in February 2014 where the veterans have been invited to fly the Scottish flag at a friendly game in Italy against one of Italy’s longest formed veterans teams The Reggio Old Becks.

The match will be played the day before Italy and Scotland meet in the 2014 Six Nations Championship game in Rome.

To assist the team in their travel arrangements they are holding a number of social events and competitions such as a ‘Guess the Age’ of the BRUCE’s and a raffle of a signed Scotland Rugby Top.

Anyone can enter these competitions and there is a sheet in Bruce Brymers Butchers shop or entries can be placed with any of the BRUCE team members.

The picture was taken on August 24 at a recent match at Tillycoultry, where the BRUCE were given the honour of being invited to play in a memorial match for one of the Hillfoots members who sadly passed away whilst carrying out a search and rescue mission for the emergency services.

The challenge is to guess the combined age of the 21 BRUCE’s who played at the game to the nearest day.

The first social event is a ‘Race Night’, which will be held on October 26 at the Bridgend Bar and will be held in conjunction with local youth charity Hedzup Racing in the BRUCE’s commitment to supporting local charities.

Brechin BRUCE are very proud to be able to help this charity which gives local youngsters a start into running and managing a motorsport team and takes the youngsters to the Isle of Man to participate in the Manx TT events.

Anyone willing to support the event can sponsor a race and be promoted in the race cards and advertised throughout the evening or buy horses and trainers in an attempt to win various prizes on the night.

Other events planned in the near future are a Quiz night and a Burn’s Supper to be held in January. Anyone will to help at these events would be most welcome.

Anyone interested in the veterans or the recently formed ladies’ team, The Sheila’s, or indeed the juniors would be most welcome to come along on the September 28 to meet the players and club officials or can come along on any of the Pirates training sessions held on Tuesday evenings 6.30 to 8 p.m. or Sunday, 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. or the veterans and ladies of The Sheila’s who meet and train on a Thursday from 6.30 to 8 p.m.