Weekly Ramblings

Issue 11 – Monday 2 November 2020 The Good The highlight of this weekend was watching Scotland defeat Wales in the Valleys for the first time in 18 long years, before enjoying a Guinness or two while watching France beat Ireland later on Saturday evening. Despite the turgid nature of the former game, it wasContinue reading “Weekly Ramblings”

English Premiership: Dominant Chiefs restart season with bonus point victory against battling Tigers

Exeter Chiefs 26(12) Leicester Tigers 13(6) Exeter Chiefs began the restart with a controlled victory against a competitive Leicester at an empty Sandy Park. In a match where both sides had plenty of chances, the hosts got the job done against a fighting Tigers side on Jonny Gray’s debut for the hosts. The second rowerContinue reading “English Premiership: Dominant Chiefs restart season with bonus point victory against battling Tigers”

Caledonia One: Ellon beat battling Wanderers in enthralling encounter

Ellon  38(24)  Aberdeen Wanderers  31(12)  Ellon now sit second in the league table after an entertaining bonus point victory against a resilent Aberdeen Wanderers side. The sides shared ten tries between them as Wanderers fought their way back into a game which the hosts looked to have tied up by the 50th minute after JamesContinue reading “Caledonia One: Ellon beat battling Wanderers in enthralling encounter”

Caledonia One: Aberdeen Wanderers 29-5 Blairgowrie

Aberdeen Wanderers 29 (15) Blairgowrie 5(0) Aberdeen Wanderers brushed past Blairgowrie as blustery conditions and a heavy Groats Road pitch made the going tough for both sides.  The hosts’ stand-off, Ed Vickers, scored 14  points, adding a fine try to three conversions and a penalty. Ewan Smith, Mitchell Scott and Carwyn Walker also crossed theContinue reading “Caledonia One: Aberdeen Wanderers 29-5 Blairgowrie”

French Flair, Irish Intelligence and Scotland’s Silly Errors

This weekend was always going to be just that little better than usual as the crème la crème of sporting events got underway in Cardiff. I speak not of the Super Bowl in Miami, but instead of the Northern Hemisphere’s rugby showpiece where long-time supporters and long-suffering girlfriends (or boyfriends) alike were treated to twoContinue reading “French Flair, Irish Intelligence and Scotland’s Silly Errors”

Six Nations 2020 Preview: Ireland

When wandering down some of Dublin’s busiest streets its difficult to ignore the countless electoral posters which line the streets in their hundreds. Each one stars a TD or party leader front and centre. The subject of the personal political campaigns either smiling wryly or poising in an authoritative stance in order to gain voterContinue reading “Six Nations 2020 Preview: Ireland”

Six Nations 2020 Preview: Italy

When thinking of Italy as a country or an entity if you will, the mind might likely conjure images of warm beaches, vineyards full of grapes and great food. For most of us these images are likely to be appetising if not slightly patronising to a more realistic outlook on the Italian national identity. ForContinue reading “Six Nations 2020 Preview: Italy”

The Maddest of Rugby Matches

What. A. Test. Match. On Saturday England and Scotland met in the last round of the 2019 Six Nations to compete for the annual Calcutta Cup. From a Scottish perspective the outlook leading up to this final competitive game before the world cup wasn’t looking too bright. A Scottish team savaged by injuries and comingContinue reading “The Maddest of Rugby Matches”

Weekly Rambling

Issue 7 – Monday 4 March 2019 The Good As the days gradually get longer and 2019 continues to speed past at lightening pace, the last days of the month felt very unlike February. With temperatures hitting 16 degrees in the Granite City it felt more like June at times this week. However, despite theContinue reading “Weekly Rambling”

Weekly Rambling

Issue 6 – Monday 25 February 2019 The Good The last week seems to have gone past very quickly so maybe this will be a slightly shorter weekly update. Here’s hoping it is less of a rambling mess than usual. So once again the last seven days have been pretty good. Not as good asContinue reading “Weekly Rambling”