Past and present members of Crieff and Strathearn RFC gathered at the Braidhaugh to celebrate the club’s recent 40th birthday in outstanding style.
Three games were involved on the day, with the youngest team kicking off first, the S1/S2 squad.
In a game with some exciting running and passing play for players of such a tender age, the Crieff squad defeated Strathendrick 44-4.
As a follow on from that, the U18s played “short handed” but put up a valiant display against a strong Falkirk side and came 2nd. Lastly the 1st XV played a local derby versus Perthshire 2nd’s and won a tight, exciting game 16-7.
But that was only half the story. The clubhouse was packed with members old and new, some of whom travelled from north and south to take part in Crieff and Strathearn RFC’s 40th year celebrations , including the first club president Billy Sinclair, past presidents, captains and long standing members, who enjoyed lunch and refreshments to celebrate 40 years at the Braidhaugh.
A superb meal was provided by Martin Lutti and served by Jackie Clarke, assisted by Kevin Guntley, watched over by club vice president Drew Watson.
The committee thanked Gillian Murchie, who catered for all team players during the day whilst the others took part in the celebration.
Club president Duncan Murchie regaled the guests with anecdotes from the past, using newspaper cuttings from the Strathearn Herald to highlight some of the more memorable events of the past, from the inaugural game on October 21, 1972, when Crieff beat Royal Dick Vet on the Murrayfield pitches by 82 points to 0, to the original opening of the existing clubrooms in September 1976.
Founder captain and former Crieff Highland Games Chieftain Jim McGregor was unable to attend due to a prior engagement but sent a message to the attendees.
A fantastic day was had by all with renditions of Sunshine Mountain ringing in their ears no doubt for weeks and years to come.
After lunch two past presidents combined to recite an amusing rugby poem.
Then with the guests well-fed and lubricated the assembly marched outside to welcome the Blue and Gold Firsts, along with the fireworks, to the senior match against Perthshire.
Duncan Murchie said: “This weekend has been a fantastic success for the club. Bringing so many old friends back together for the day has been a pleasure and great fun.
“I was lucky enough to be able to speak to most people at some point throughout the day, from former players, former captains and former presidents.
“All had nothing but pride and good comments about the success of the event.
“We couldn’t have been so successful without the help from within the club from our chefs Martin Lutti and Pierre Leger and of course the rest of the committee and members.”