Dizzy heights in Edinburgh

by Mike Marshall

Awards and nominees for last year’s endeavours have found their way in abundance to Guernsey Raiders Rugby Club at the beginning of this New Year. To a pure rugby fan as myself my reward found its way to me with my visit to the wonderful city of Edinburgh. My hotel on the Royal Mile happened to be the headquarters to the Springbok team for their Autumn International match against Scotland.

Early morning fire alarm time!! So all quests in all manner of attire manageable amble outside to the assemble point. Camera in pocket a golden opportunity to snatch a few photo’s with the players. Firstly I have to say how accommodating all the players were for an impromptu photo shoot. Having never considered to being called short it came as a bit of a shock to be standing next to some of the tallest men of today’s rugby stars Eben Etzebeth and Lodewyk de Jager both around 205cm (6’8” old money).

Following up that on the same day I went to a book signing to meet the incredible and inspirational Doddie Weir, another standing over 6’6” Diagnosed in 2017 with Motor Neurone Disease. That same year he set up a charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, in his own words “It is frustrating that there has been so little progress over the last two decade. I want to push the need for research into MND further up the agenda. We may be too late in finding something that can help me, but I am committed to doing everything I can to help find a cure” He was awarded an OBE in this New Years Honours list.

Our very own Guernsey Raiders stalwart Adie Le Page followed suite with an MBE for his services to rugby, fantastic. The Raiders 1stXV also ran away with the Team of the Year 2018 at the Guernsey Commission Sports awards and the Bet Way Channel Island Sports awards in Jersey. Congratulations to Raiders Matt Creber, Antony Armstrong & Jordie Reynolds for being nominated and making the short list.