Two teams, linked to Doddie, enjoyed a spirited match at The Greenyards and established a new fixture and friendship between the clubs.
A few seasons ago the then Blaydon RFC U10's, based just outside of Newcastle, raised £1700 for Solving Kids Cancer UK - a venture which sowed the seeds for the importance of fundraising and helping others. This season the team, now U13's, have been inspired by the story of the legendary former Scotland and Lions international star player Doddie Weir and chose to support his charity by playing a fixture against Melrose RFC.
When Doddie first played rugby it was for his local club Melrose RFC in the Scottish Borders and when the sport went professional he played for Newcastle Falcons and it was this geographical link that provided the connection between the two clubs.
On the day of the match, 45 eager and skilful young players representing Melrose Wasps and Blaydon Lions got involved in a fantastic game of rugby played on what is arguably one of the most scenic pitches in the country under some glorious autumnal Scottish sunshine. The game was played in the true spirit of the sport with some beautiful running rugby on display and tries aplenty with Blaydon RFC emerging as victors and claiming the inaugural "Doddie Weir Trophy" that had been donated by the Blaydon team as an annual award to encourage that this fundraising fixture continues for many years to come.
Post match in true traditional style the young players enjoyed each others company and after all being presented with a participation medal and acknowledging each others performances got down to raising funds for Doddie's Foundation by way of a raffle.
The day was great fun all round and both teams made new friends along the way with the talk already turning to plans for the return fixture at Blaydon RFC next season for some more entertaining rugby and to continue raising funds for such a worthwhile cause.
Last Friday, Sebastian Hurst lifted the Dinnie Stones with his bare hands and became the 92nd person in history to do so. The Dinnie Stones are two giant rocks that weight 333kg (52 ½ stone) and are the most famous of the many Stones of Strength in Scotland.
He has raised £3,658.48 (including gift aid). Having lifted these rocks he decided to lift another one on Sunday and propose to his girlfriend. She said ‘Aye’