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A touch of Deeside Rugby added to The Queens’s Baton Relay

Club President, Ian Finlayson, was one of four thousand Scottish baton bearers nominated to take part in the Queen’s Baton relay, a tradition of the Commonwealth Games. On 29th June Ian paraded the Queen’s Baton cheered on by several Club members in Banchory. The Queen’s Baton is travelling approximately 190,000km, through 55 countries, over 288 days and contains a special message from Her Majesty The Queen which will be delivered at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony held in Glasgow on the 23rd July.

On relay day Ian and fellow Banchory baton bearers met at 08:00 to each run 200 meters. Friends and family gathered to cheer Ian from the roadside as he ran, escorted by his own personal police officer. The day did not end there as baton bearers met afterwards to receive official group photographs in Peterhead.
Taking part in the relay was a tremendous honour and once in a lifetime experience for Ian as he joined a number of people throughout the world involved in the Queen’s Baton Relay journey.
The Finlayson family contribution to the Commonwealth Games will continue beyond Ian’s relay as his wife Lizzie, who is a local GP, is the medical lead for the Table Tennis competition. Taking part in this sporting event is an excellent opportunity to support your country and celebrate the coming together of all Commonwealth nations across Africa, India, Australasia, Canada, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and many others.


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17th May 2014 – a day of rugby at Deeside Rugby

This is our annual ‘big day of rugby’ at Deeside Rugby.

The day started early for many in finalising the preparations for the annual Deeside Minis and Micros Tournament.  The tournament itself saw some 500 boys and girls from teams throughout the area and for the first time included a touring party from Musselburgh Rugby Club in addition to all the coaches, parents and huge number of helpers. 

This year the weather stayed fair, other than one or two minor showers unlike the monsoon of last year.  After lots of exciting play, the P4 and P5 tournaments ended with the same result – Mackie winning both and Deeside as the runners-up.  The P6 tournament was won by Aberdeen Grammar with Deeside as runners-up.  The P7 tournament was won by Musselburgh with Mackie as runners-up – Deeside were a very close third having drawn with Musselburgh and being narrowly beaten by Mackie 2-1.

With the end of the tournament, the pitch was reset for the annual Captains vs Presidents game for the Nigel Wilkinson Cup.  With the 1st XV Captain working in Nigeria he passed the captain duties to Tobias Cochrane-Dyet, with the Presidents team being captained by Guy Finlayson, although at the final moment the President did join the fray.  There was a good mix of coaches/parents, members of the 1st XV squad and players moving up from the U18 team.  The game was played in the normal light hearted spirit and challenged Vernon’s referring skills with all the backchat!  The game ended in victory this year for the Captain’s team and Pat Wilkinson was there to present the trophy.  This year we had 4 father and son combinations (Finlayson, Cochrane-Dyet, Ballantyne and Fawcett) on the pitch plus one set of siblings (Mackenzie) – a family affair!

At the end of the game we retired to the Douglas Arms to replace the lost fluid and for the Club AGM.   This gave members the opportunity to hear what has been going on throughout the Club in the past year, hear the financial position, discuss subscriptions – no increase for the 2014/15 season – and to vote in a new Committee:



Elected Member



Ian Finlayson


Vice-President/Head of Admin

Alex Burnett



Roger Cummins


Head of Finance/Treasurer

Nigel Rusk


Head of Facilities

James Cochrane-Dyet


Head of Playing

Mike Fraser


Match Secretary

Sarah Fraser


Ordinary Committee Member

Neil Gordon


Ordinary Committee Member and 1st XV rep

Guy Finlayson


Ordinary Committee Member

Sandy Fettes


Ordinary Committee Member and 1st XV rep

James Nicol


Ordinary Committee Member

Martin Burgess


James and Martin are joining the Committee for first time for the coming year.

I went back up to the Club on Sunday morning to do what I thought would be a final tidy up around the facilities.  All I can say is a HUGE thankyou to everyone who helped clear up on Saturday afternoon.  You certainly would not have known that we had over 700 people on the pitches the day before, the whole site looked immaculate. 

Ian Finlayson


Porvoo Rugby Club visit Deeside

A touring party from Porvoo Rugby Club in Finland joined in the 7s training with the 1st XV squad on Thursday evening 17th April 2014.  This was organised through John King an ex player of Deeside.  A successful training session was led by Donald Ballantyne and in good traditions they are retired to the Douglas afterwards to further the team building.  Maybe we now need to think about doing a trip to Finland to take part in their winter Artic Rugby tournament in Northern Finland or the summer version – Midnight Rugby.

Thanks to Donald and all the boys for making this a successful visit.

Summer Camp 2013

Summer Camp 2013

The Summer Camp 2013 photo above is being used in the Banchory Calendar and will also appear in Issue 55 of Scrum Magazine.

Image Copyright © 2013, Jerry Cobb.


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