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Glasgow Hawks v MARR Balgray 09.11.19. KO 2pm

Entry £12. +65s £5. U18 Free.

WELCOME TO BALGRAY

Head Coach Craig Redpath brings a confident Marr side to Balgray as they sit proudly on top of the Scottish Premier League. They were a little disappointed with their last home outing against Edinburgh Accies which finished in a 20-20 draw.

Club President Stephen Allum, his vice President Tony Peters and Past President Kevin Quinn have a great deal to be proud of having created an admirable club structure which has a buoyant youth programme, which they run in parallel with Marr College and ever improving facilities at Fullarton.

The Marr College side managed a win over an unusually strong High School of Glasgow side in the schools cup last week which gives strong grounds for optimism around their future player strength and development.

Hawks managed a gutsy if fairly dour win over Hawick away last time out. It was a much needed win in difficult playing conditions and the resolute defence was the hero.

World Cup 2

What a tournament. Typhoon cancellations, an imperious performance from England against the mighty All Blacks and a fascinating final. I loved it.

The biggest story became the South African captain Siya Kolisi. And what a story it is.

Born in the Zwide township to a 16 year old mother and a father in his final year at school, he overcame a number of challenges presented by oppression, poverty and profound disadvantage including hunger. He was fortunate to first gain a scholarship to Grey Junior and then a rugby scholarship to Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. Evidently he impressed in trail match playing in his boxers as he had no shorts.

To then go on and lift the Rugby World Cup as his country’s first black captain is an astonishing story and one that will surely inspire others.

Armistice

At this time we take a brief moment to pause and reflect on the sacrifice made by large numbers from the rugby playing community and Kelvinside Academicals.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Kenny Hamilton , President.
Callum Harrison
Murray Godsman
Struan Dow
Andrew Kirkland

Andy’s THOUGHTS ON GAME

Andy Hill

Quite a few changes to the team that last played against Hawick.

Lyall Archer reverts back to prop with Sione Halafihi returning to the second row. Fraser Christie comes in at flanker with Struan Dow moving to the bench while Jack Gemmell replaces the injured Paul Cairncross at hooker.

In the backs Yousif Alagilly moves to full back from the wing while Max Priestly earns an opportunity on the wing after impressing in training with Murray Godsman dropping to the bench. Joe Strain comes onto the bench with Matthew Stewart looking to impress when he comes on.

Max Priestly

We are looking forward to the game against Marr at the weekend after a couple of Saturdays off. Marr are unbeaten and will be on a high after Scott Bickerstaff’s selection in the Scotland 7’s squad. Well done Scott and well deserved from all at Hawks and it shows players can still transition into professional rugby from the Premiership.

Scott Bickerstaff

Marr will look to continue their run of form at the weekend. We need to put together an 80 minute performance that will test a formidable team.

I am really looking forward to the challenge and how our boys front up.

Andy Hill- Head Coach
Paddy Boyer

LAST MATCH FOOTAGE FROM HAWICK

Yousif Alagilly

TENNENT’S PREMIERSHIP STANDINGS

Liam Brims
Kerr Gossman
Ryan Sweeney
Lyall Archer

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GETTING TO BALGRAY

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