President Donald in hot seat

AN EXCELLENT turnout of members attended Hawick Rugby Club's annual general meeting last week, when outgoing president Terence Froud handed over the reins to Donald McLeod.

The AGM, which was held in the Conservative Club, also heard that Alisdair Pow is to be Donald's vice-president.

The club has a new treasurer in Andrew Hermiston, while Dougie Jackson is director of rugby and John Hogg is on the management committee.

Jim Hay and Steven Cranston resume as coaches and are joined by Derek Armstrong, who coached Biggar last season and has also trained Hawick YM.

Also at the meeting, club stalwart Janet Brydon was given a life membership at Mansfield Park.

A deserving recipient of the honour, Janet commented: "I was in tears when I was told. It's one of the nicest things that has ever happened to me, and I feel greatly honoured.

"I have supported the Greens for 60 years and have loved every minute of it. My dad took me to my first game when I was just a little girl and I have been going to the games ever since."

Janet went on: "I have had a lot of favourite players over the years. There was Wattie Scott and Jackie Wright way back and I also liked Colin Telfer a lot.

"But my biggest favourite was Tony Stanger as I thought he was just great.

"I sit in seat 14 in row E in the stand at the home games as 14 was Tony's number."

Janet has many fond memories of her time supporting the Greens including their two Scottish Cup wins and the magificent seven which won 10 tournaments in a row in the sixties.

"They were a great sevens team," continued Janet. "Rob Welsh, Dougie Jackson, John Auchinleck, Colin Telfer, Brian Patterson, Harry Whittaker, Norman Suddon, Peter Robertson, Rob Brydon, Jim Hay and Alec Graham – they were all brilliant players.

"I have travelled all over the country watching the Greens and rugby has been a big part of my life. So to have been given life membership at the AGM means an awful lot to me."

Looking ahead to next season, club secretary John Thorburn told the Hawick News yesterday: "Financially it has been a hard season for the club due to the troubles of the floods. But with the new clubrooms and function hall now ready for use, things should be a lot better for the new season."