Cow Pat Compo winners announced

Winners of Bannockburn RFC’s very first Cow Pat competition have been announced.

The overall winner of the £500 prize was entry White 1878 (Tom Young), whilst the following entries won four ‘splatter’ mini-prizes:

  • White 111: Joe Miller
  • White 336: Shona Dove
  • Yellow 1381: Bruce Platform syndicate
  • White 517: Claire Baxter c/o Bannockburn Nursery

Bannockburn 08:26 Kinross RFC

Bannockburn’s Caley Bowl run was brought to an end after a hard-fought match against Kinross Rugby Club.

Burn controlled the majority of possession in the first half, but still found themselves second best to a confident Kinross side with a strong kicking game in wet conditions.

The Burn’s phase play was excellent and controlled the breakdown well. The home side’s kick and chase worked well, putting pressure and forcing mistakes, but ultimately the visitors went in at the break nine points ahead.

Industrious club captain Bob Conway was in effervescent form, causing problems for the visitors all match with his physicality and work rate.

Bannockburn took their foot off the gas after the restart and failed to run as hard as they were tackling, giving the visitors too much credit – something the disciplined team from Kinross used to their advantage with some decent running from depth.

Veteran No. 8 Nick Cram scored Bannockburn’s solitary try, running over in the final ten minutes to add to Grainey’s early penalty. Man of the match was Iain Duncan.

Bannockburn RFC’s next game is away to Waid Academy FP RFC on Saturday 12 October.

On Sunday 13 October, the local community is invited to take in the Bannockburn Club Day at the Heritage Centre (09:00-11:00) followed by the Scotland World Cup match in the clubhouse.

Rugby coach education courses: August 2019

Coaches spend every training session giving players feedback to help them improve, but who helps coaches improve? Some of the upcoming courses in the region this August is a good starting point.

Games Builder Workshop: Stirling County: 14 August 2019

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/technical-blueprint-games-builder-workshop-stirling-county-rfc-tickets-65670300637

Development Conference: Strathallan School: 18 August 2019

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caledonia-midlands-rugby-development-conference-2019-strathallan-school-tickets-62144362461

AGLV P4-P7: Kirkcaldy: 19 August 2019

P4/5 link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/p4-p5-aglv-workshop-kirkcaldy-rfc-tickets-67919915295

P6/7 link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/p6-p7-aglv-workshop-kirkcaldy-rfc-tickets-67920182093

First Aid in Rugby: Online/Ongoing

Link: http://playerwelfare.worldrugby.org/firstaidinrugby

Hive Platform/Rugby Right: Online/Ongoing

Link: https://www.hivelearning.com/scotrugby/

Rugby club ‘digs’ Battle of Bannockburn

Bannockburn Rugby Club continued their preseason efforts with community work at the Battle of Bannockburn Experience centre.

Battling torrential rain, players and volunteers helped centre staff with heavy lifting and manual labour in the gardens, meadows and paddocks – laying the foundations for future improvement works.

And though the weather wasn’t on side, the lads worked hard as a team to get the job done.

Retracing ancestral footsteps was Team Captain Calum Bruce, who trod the same Bannockburn earth as his namesake Robert did almost 700 years ago.

After the graft, the workers were treated to the centre’s immersive Bannockburn experience and battle simulation – with many remarking on the quality of the exhibits and knowledge of the centre staff.

Speaking afterwards, Head Coach Jimmy Samuel said:

“Today was about giving something back to the community. We take pride in Bannockburn just as we take pride in our club.

“It wasn’t an easy ask with the terrible weather, but the lads stuck in and that sort of mental resilience will be vital in the season ahead.

“It’s a small gesture on our part and hopefully supports the centre in their preparations for the school and public visits next term.”

Bannockburn RFC’s preseason campaign continues with the club’s Open Day on Saturday 3 August, followed by a friendly against Falkirk 3rd XV on Saturday 17 August.

All are welcome to give rugby a go at Bannockburn RFC training. Training times are published on our Facebook page: facebook.com/bannockburnrugby

Plea for support at Sruighlea Festival

To all club members

This is a plea for your support for the upcoming Sruighlea, Stirling’s Summer Festival event. The event is at Forthside on the 17th August 2019. We have secured a spot for the club in the activities challenge area of the festival, with the following aims:

  • Raise the profile of rugby in the local area
  • Build the profile of the club in Stirlingshire
  • Encourage new members to join both seniors and juniors sections

We need volunteers to help organise the day, including any events or activities we can share, and to help out on the day itself. We will have some members from the seniors available on the day and are very keen to work in partnership with the junior section.

Anyone who may be interested in helping us, please speak to me.

Thanks,

Finlay MacCuish
Sponsorship manager

Bannockburn RFC committee confirmed for 2019-2020

Following the club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 5 June 2019, committee roles and officeholders for the 2019-2020 season have been confirmed:

  • Chairman: Martin Kenny
  • President: Mark Wetton
  • Vice-President: Kevin McCormack
  • Treasurers: James Jaffery and Colin Alexander
  • Secretary: Ronnie McGown
  • Fixtures Secretary: Nick Martin
  • Senior Head Coach: Jimmy Samuel
  • Minis Head Coach: Davie Davidson
  • Minis Section Manager: Martin Kenny
  • Midis Head Coach: David Grainey
  • Midis Section Manager: Steve Balfour
  • Club Captain: Bob Conway
  • Social Secretary: George Vekic & Stuart McGown
  • Welfare Officer: Iain MacAskill
  • Sponsorship Manager: Fionnlagh Campbell
  • Food and Beverage Manager: Fionnlagh Campbell
  • Discipline Secretary: Ronnie McGown
  • Safeguarding: Colin Alexander, Fiona McDougall-Aitken, Rachel Keenan
  • International Tickets: James Jaffery & George Vekic
Stuart McInally holding the 2019 Calcutta Cup

Bannockburn RFC to host Calcutta Cup

Bannockburn RFC will host the Calcutta Cup on Saturday 1 June as part of the club’s end-of-season festivities.

The Calcutta Cup will make the short journey along the M9 as part of celebrations marking a year of progress for the club, which include Bannockburn’s annual Captain’s XV versus President’s XV match.

Club Captain Calum Bruce will select a team to face Club President Kevin McCormack’s side in a friendly fixture, with faces old and new lining up for a shot at glory. Later in the day, a Forth Valley select side will take on visiting French team RC Digne.

Bannockburn RFC’s various age groups will be showing off their skills throughout the day. The club extends an invite to everyone in the community to enjoy a day of rugby and see the Calcutta Cup from 11:30am.

Food and refreshments will be served from the clubhouse from 12 noon, whilst Active Stirling will be on hand to provide sports and fitness fun for all ages in what is sure to be an enjoyable day for the whole family.

Scotland’s rugby team retained the Calcutta Cup this year after drawing with England in March at Twickenham. Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983, but retained the trophy by virtue of being current holders after the match finished in a 38-38 draw.

The Calcutta Cup is contested each year between Scotland and England’s men’s rugby sides, and was first up for grabs in 1879. England have won the trophy 70 times to Scotland’s 40.

Notice of AGM: Wednesday 5 June 2019

Bannockburn Rugby Club’s annual general meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday 5 June 2019 in the clubhouse at Bluebell Wood Park, from 7:30pm.

Members, friends, future volunteers and the general public are welcome to attend.

Motions and agenda items may be forwarded to Ronnie McGown, giving at least 7 days notice: pud900@aol.com

Bannockburn RFC promoted, new head coach

Bannockburn Rugby Club had a campaign to remember after achieving league promotion, following a strong end to their 2018-19 season.

Promotion was confirmed after Stobswell RFC could not field a team for the final league match of the season.

The senior XV will play in the Tennent’s Caledonia Midlands 3 league from 31 August 2019, with games against familiar foes Dunfermline and Montrose – and heavy-hitters such as Grangemouth, Arbroath and Waid Academy – all ahead for the ‘Burn.

The 2018-19 season saw some memorable games including two close encounters with league-topping Dunfermline – Bannockburn running the Fifers close in both matches – and a 111-point thrashing dished out to Glenrothes back in January.

New head coach

News of Bannockburn’s promotion success this week coincided with the appointment of new head coach Jimmy Samuel, with departing head coach Nick Cram resuming his accomplished playing career with the club.

Jimmy brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience, with the senior team already experiencing the benefits.

Bannockburn RFC Club Captain Calum Bruce said:

“We’re absolutely ecstatic that our hard work on and off the pitch paid off this season. We’re raring for the season to start and can’t wait to face the challenges ahead.

“I’d like to thank Nick Cram, who stepped up as Head Coach at the start of the season. He has done a fantastic job, and it will be good to see him back in a Bannockburn jersey next season.

“Thank you to all the supporters who followed us home and away last season – I promise next year will be just as exciting!”

Bannockburn RFC Club President Kevin McCormack said:

“It’s been an excellent season. For the third year in a row we have made progress and smashed our targets. We are already in a great position going into the next campaign with the new coaching infrastructure in place, and a good bunch of lads eager to play.

“Thanks must go to the players, coaches, committee, clubhouse staff and supporters who contributed during the season. On behalf of the club, we welcome new head coach Jimmy Samuel. Jimmy’s wealth of experience in both regiment and club rugby will be a great asset to the club and exciting times lie ahead.

“Similarly we wish former head coach Nick Cram all the best as he continues his rugby adventure by resuming his playing career into the golden years.”

Departing Bannockburn RFC Head Coach Nick Cram said:

“This season has been one of real growth, both personally and for the squad. As my first season as a head coach and first full season coaching adult rugby it has been a privilege to see the development and engagement from all quarters.

“I look forward to being part of the continued growth next season and have confidence that further success is ours for the taking.”

New Bannockburn RFC Head Coach Jimmy Samuel said:

“The season past has seen the beginning of firm foundations being laid for the First XV and Bannockburn RFC as a whole. Promotion to Cali 3 provides an excellent opportunity for the senior team to build on these foundations.

“I’m really excited to coach this team towards the potential they clearly have, in a competitive and consistent league structure.”

Bannockburn RFC Director of Rugby Martin Kenny said:

“The committee, club members and friends of the club have been working hard to provide a foundation to allow players to succeed. This promotion is just the next step along the Bannockburn RFC journey.

“As an inclusive club we welcome everyone from primary one to retirement, players and non-players. Everyone makes a difference, so we’d love to see more folks down at the club.”

Though the league season is over, supporters and friends of the club can get their fix of the ‘Burn at the Captain v President game on Saturday 1 June 2019. The club will also host the Juniors’ End of Season Awards and Family Day on the same day – all are welcome.

The first XV Awards & Dinner Dance night takes place on Friday 3 May. Tickets can be purchased from club officials, or through our PayPal pool: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/8cC92bBHnz