Rugby Club AGM
MEMBERS of Langholm Rugby Club were told how restructuring had denied the club promotion in spite of the team finishing second in the league.
President Dougie Beattie welcomed everyone to the club’s AGM, which was held in the Eskdale Hotel last Friday night, and asked club secretary Catriona Bell to read the minutes which were subsequently passed and seconded.
Chairman Kenneth Pool then gave a report on the past season which had seen the senior club win 12 out of 18 league matches with 12 try bonus points and three losing bonus points achieved. They had finished the season on 63 points which had put them second in the league. Promotion however had been denied due to league restructuring.
“Preparations were well underway for next season under coach Craig Hislop and the youth rugby club continued to go from strength to strength” said Mr Pool and he extended a big thanks to Davie Gordon, Davie Oliver, the youth coaches and the youth steering group.
He went on to report that the annual sevens had been a great success despite the mixed weather on the day. The sevens were a real club effort and all involved in organising and running the tournament were thanked.
The chairman congratulated Bailey Donaldson on his achievements as both Hawick Youth Rugby and Scotland U 18 club team captain and wished him all the best for the future.
Improvements were underway at Milntown to repair the kitchen and toilet roof and this should be completed before the start of the season. Some groundwork on the pitch would be carried out in early August.
The president said that the club had just finished its year providing the Border League President and thanked Kenneth Pool for undertaking this role.
The management committee and general committee members were then confirmed and the office bearers were elected – president Dougie Beattie, secretary Catriona Bell, treasurer Michelle Grieve and fixture secretary Stuart Mabon. Kenneth Pool will remain as chairman. The honorary officials of the club are Hon president T. Scott, Hon vice Presidents J. Scott, M Bell and J Little with life members J Donaldson, J Wood, T Stothart, B Rae, D Reid, J Balmer, J Scott and E Beattie.
The meeting closed with the chairman thanking everybody that had helped in any way, big or small, at the club over the past season. It was much appreciated and allowed the club to move onwards and upwards.