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The ISC Red Kites & Gallowglass Security raising money for Prostate Scotland.

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  • 22nd April 2016
  • By Alta Blue
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Having opened up a new Gallowglass Scottish office within the last year, it seemed only fitting that we took time out from our day to day activity in the provision of security services for a Scottish based charity to support.

It was with alacrity that we accepted an invitation from the Red Kites Rugby Football club to lend our support to their magnificent fund raising efforts in support of Prostrate Scotland.

The Edinburgh based Red Kites were formed in 2014 with the specific purpose of raising both funds and awareness for Prostate Scotland through the vehicle of sevens rugby.

Prostate Scotland outlines its laudable aims on its website (http://www.prostatescotland.org.uk/ ) as follows:

  • To provide information about the prostate and its diseases;
  • to increase awareness and improve education, support and provision for prostate issues;
  • to Influence policy and promote research and treatment developments on prostate issues across Scotland.

The rugby family are all too aware of the potentially lethal effects of this terrible disease, following the untimely departure of the late great Andy Ripley (England and British Lions) in 2010.

Anyone who has played sevens rugby knows that that it is anything but an end of season jolly, for the players at least, and that high levels of stamina, fitness and skill are required to play this game successfully. We think that it is testament to the commitment of the young players in the select Red Kites squad, who, after a demanding domestic season, have committed themselves to the punishing end of season sevens circuit that culminates with the fantastic Amsterdam Sevens.

Brimming with lots of emerging young Scottish talent, the Red Kites have chalked up notable successes ; and are quickly establishing themselves as a formidable outfit with a reputation for playing the game at a  blistering pace, with panache, and in true “oh la la” big bang champagne style. Having had the pleasure of seeing them play at St Andrews, we look forward to seeing them in action again soon.

Managing Partner Giles Turnbull says:

“We always endeavour to look a little beyond our daily world of security services, to lend our support to worthy causes whenever and wherever we can. Having recently opened up a Scottish office under the leadership of David Mair, we took the view that it was only right and proper that we do our bit to help promote a Scottish charity. With both myself and many of my colleagues sharing an unbridled passion for rugby, our decision to sponsor the Red Kites in their fundraising efforts for Prostrate Scotland was an easy decision to make. I commend the Red Kites players and management alike for their selfless fundraising efforts, and for the entertaining brand of sevens rugby that they have rightly become associated with”. 

If you are interested in supporting the Red Kites in their fundraising efforts, please see their Facebook page for more details at https://www.facebook.com/TheISCRedKites/ and enjoy their match report from St Andrews last weekend.

 

                                                     The Edinburgh Red Kites                                                     

The Edinburgh Red Kites

Match Report

The team headed to St. Andrews Sevens with a slightly weekend side. This was a result of a few key players being unable to play as a result of representing their club sides at the BT Cup Finals. Despite not having a full strength squad we still had a strong side and felt confident that we would be able to deliver a good account of ourselves.

Twenty-four teams turned out to compete at one of the country’s oldest sevens tournaments in very changeable weather conditions that saw it trying to snow on a number of occasions. This season saw a change in the competition format that meant our previous seeding was not taken into account. As a result we were in a group with two of the previous years semi-finalists so we knew we had to play well to proceed in the cup competition.

Our first game saw the team play a University of St. Andrews select side that we managed to comfortably win 65-5. As it was out first game together as a team it was a fantastic achievement. The second pool game saw us play against the Booshleekers – a team made up of players from Hawks and GHA – to decide who would finish top of the group. This game was an incredibly physical and close encounter that resulted eventually running out 26-19 winners. Unfortunately during the game Andrew Manson and Scott Simpson sustained injuries that required medical treatment and as such was unable to continue. Scott should be ready for our next tournament but we are waiting for an update from the physiotherapist regarding the extent of Andrews’s injury.

After two strong performances the team finished top of our group and set up a last 16 match against Gordonians. The team – now having played a few games together – raised our performance against and eventually run out 31-10 winners. Unfortunately during this game David Finlay – who is representing for the first time since breaking his leg – picked up a knock to his leg and was unfortunately unable to play again for the team. However, on a positive note he should be back fit for our next tournament.

The Edinburgh Red Kites 1

The team – now getting used to playing as a team – set up a quarterfinal encounter against a strong Edinburgh Napier side that was captained by Iain Martin (one of The Red Kites players). This was a good test for the team and to see the strength of this season squad. The team – who were now beginning to play some very good sevens - always looked comfortable and were outstanding again in defence. Danny Ritchie (pictured) showed his experiencing playing on the Kings of the Sevens Circuit with Jed in controlling the team at scrum half. After playing some fantastic sevens the side ran out 35 – 10 winners. As a result the team now faced Alpha Nails – a side made up from Heriot first XV FP’s – in the cup semi final.

The Edinburgh Red Kites 2

The semi final was a very one-sided affair with the team running out comfortable winners, winning 40-0. This meant we had achieved our goal of reaching the final and set up a game against Strathclyde University. It was a very competitive game that saw the lead change hands a number of times that saw us eventually loosing with the last play of the game 21-19. It was a good first outing for the team despite the disappointment of loosing by 2 points in the final.

 

Forward of the Tournament                     Back of The Tournament

Jamie Maclean                                               Ali Greig

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The Edinburgh Red Kites 3

The Edinburgh Red Kites 4

 

The team’s next tournament is the Musselburgh Sevens on Saturday the 7th May and we would love it if you were able to attend. We cannot thank you enough for your support.

The St. Andrews Sevens Squad

The Edinburgh Red Kites 5

 Angus Rennie, Andrew Manson, David Finlay, Ross Gregor (Captain), Scott Simpson, Fraser Christie, Sandy Watt, Logan Sinclair, Jamie Berrisford, Stuart Kirby, Ali Grieg, Chris Gilfillan, Chris Thompson, Nick Hurn, Jamie Maclean, Danny Ritchie.

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