Saturday saw Brechin’s veteran Rugby team playing their first match of 2013 at a rather snowy Guthrie park.
In near blizzard conditions, at times, the game went ahead virtually as planned with the Bruce team taking on a mixed team of Mackie Mammoths and new visitors from Arbroath.
The game was set up as a birthday celebration for Brechin’s Ronnie McLennan and as a charity fund raiser for Ronnie’s chosen charity Horseback UK.
Helpers arrived at Guthrie Park early in the day to clear the lines for the pitch which despite being under a covering of snow was actually really good for Rugby.
Despite the cold the crowd and players really got into the spirit of the day with one brave Arbroath soul taking to the park in Bermuda shorts, tank top and flip flops - a sight and memory that will be with those at the match for many years to come.
The main match kicked off with players taking a few minutes to get used to the conditions before the game came into full life. The Mammoths team, bolstered by a number of younger Arbroath players which included a couple of Marines from the Condor, established the upper hand in the game with Brechin Bruce having to make a number of defensive tackles to keep the quicker runners at bay.
It wasn’t too long before the extra pace told and the visitors took a very well deserved lead mid way through the first half. The Brechin Bruce veterans though re-arranged themselves and with renewed vigour held out until half time without further loss.
The second half saw Brechin getting the benefit of the wind and the slope of the pitch and they quickly got set about restoring the deficit with some powerful play from the fronts and good running from the backs. Tries from Gary Robertson and Nicol Welsh of Brechin giving the home team a lead which they had to scramble and fight for to the very end to maintain but it was a well deserved victory for the Brechin Bruce’s.
Following the main match there was a special “friendly match” which allowed some youngsters and Brechin’s ladies a run out in a game played at full pace much to the delight of the crowd. The ladies in particular mixed in well and are proving to be a very valuable addition to the Brechin Set-up.
There was the usual after match party following the game and the players thanks go to their wives, girlfriends and families for a wonderful selection of buffet and to the Bridgend Bar for their very fine hospitality as usual.
All are always welcome to come and try their hand at rugby in Brechin at the Cricket Pitch with the children training on Sunday Mornings from 11 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8 p.m.
The veterans meet on Thursday nights from 6.30 to 8 p.m. and we are delighted that the former Montrose ladies are now joining in with these sessions and any older girls or ladies that wish to join in are more than welcome at these sessions. Rugby in Brechin is a very enjoyable and affordable way to get some exercise.