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Reilly’s medals to stay at Easter


by John Hislop

The Hibernian Historic Trust is

planning to host an open evening

at Easter Road Stadium to thank

the Hibs’ fans who donated money

to enable the charity to purchase

medals won by the late Lawrie


The medals which date from the

club’s last top-flight title wins in

1951 and 1952, will be displayed

alongside other artefacts from

Reilly’s decorated career including

match worn Hibernian and

Scotland strips and his boots.

The nine carat gold medals,

originally valued at between

£1,000 and £2,000, eventually

sold for £12,000 after a flurry of

offers from anonymous bidders at

the Thomson Roddick auction in

Edinburgh on Thursday 22 August.

Club historian and trust curator

Tom Wright said : “The final price

was more than we were expecting,

but it was worth it in the end.

“We knew going in that the

valuation was always likely to be

much lower than the actual price,

but we never expected it to go that


" I am delighted that the medals

Meeting Jamie Ritchie

by Gary Heatly

Edinburgh Rugby’s Jamie Ritchie

has just turned 23, but the exciting

back-row player has packed a lot

into his life so far and one of the

pinnacles of his rugby career could

be just around the corner.

The former Madrascals [St

Andrews}, Howe of Fife and

Strathallan School player joined

Edinburgh straight from the latter

in the summer of 2014 and since

then has gone on to be a star

player for the national under-20s

side, the pro outfit and Scotland.

He is now in the mix to make

Scotland’s 31-man squad for the

World Cup in Japan which starts

next month.

Since he joined the pro ranks

he has been seen as one of

Scotland’s most promising talents

and he has handled that pressure


Indeed, when you realise that he

and partner Millie have also been

bringing up a son and daughter

- three-and-a-half-year-old Oscar

and 18-month-old Ava - while his

career has been on an upward

curve then you have even more

admiration for this measured


“Family life 100 percent makes

things like this summer camp with

the national team better,” Ritchie


“You can go home after a tough

day and be exhausted, but the kids

always have smiles on their face

and that is great to see.

“I have been quite lucky in that

becoming a dad has run almost

alongside my rugby career, Oscar

was born the same day as I made

my first Edinburgh start against

London Irish [in December 2015]

for example and Ava has been

around while I have been making

my Scotland breakthrough.

They keep me grounded and

busy and while balancing rugby

and family life can be tough, Millie

has been brilliant and she puts in

a lot of hard work with the kids

to allow me to live out my rugby


“Taking the kids out on the pitch

after big games like Scotland

internationals is an amazing

feeling - it is great that I get to

share it with them all.

“I was fortunate to sign for

Edinburgh straight from school,

but then I had to get used to get a

professional game and get used to

that environment, every player has

to take their own, different path to

get to where they want to be.

“Sometimes you need luck, but

if you put the hard work in you will

get there.

“In the first year at Edinburgh we

weren’t getting great results and

will return ‘home’ to Easter Road

and I’d like to thank everyone who

donated to the cause.”

The centre forward, who died in

2013 aged 84, scored 238 goals in

333 games for Hibs.

He won 38 caps for his country,

netting 22 times.

there were a lot of injuries so I

was kind of saying to the coaches

‘chuck me in’, but I learnt about

being patient and just getting the

head down.”

Ritchie made his Edinburgh

debut in October 2014 just a few

months after his 18th birthday, but

had to wait until December 2015

to make his first start.

During the intervening 14 months

he did a lot of growing up, Oscar

was born and he remembers one

Fishing bulletin

by Nigel Duncan

The Almond was fishing steadily

according to West Lothian Angling

Association chairman, Bruce


He added : “There has been a

welcome spate in the river around

the right time of year for salmon

and sea trout to run.”

The Cramond section from

Newbridge to the estuary has also

been fishing well with a number

of brown trout being caught

upstream going into the two

pound mark.

Chairman Adam Cross said dry

files have worked well and he

reported that a number of sea

trout been taken on wet and dry

flies on the bottom stretch of the

beat. A few salmon been also

been hooked and all the fish have

been in great condition.

The Edinburgh and Lothians

coarse angling club have

confirmed their match dates for

the rest of the season. They are 8,

man helping him a lot.

“Roddy Grant was a huge help

to me, he was still playing when I

was coming through at Edinburgh

and he was always passing on

advice and tips,” Ritchie said of

the former Edinburgh skipper who

then went on to become forwards

coach before a move to Ulster this


The main thing I learnt from

Roddy was being loud out there on

the pitch.

14, 21 and 28 September 2019.

Meanwhile, 48 pegs are already

taken for Iain Reid’s two-day

Memorial Match on Saturday,

November 9 and Sunday,

November 10.

Registration is at the Caravan

Site at Leven Promenade Car Park

and it is a measure and return

event counting for PENN Sea

League points.

Entry is £30 and fishing times

are from 12.30pm to 4.30pm

(registration 11.30am) and contact

David Dobbie on 07940 111729 or

Alan Combe on 07872 899791

On shore, the Whiteadder is

in good condition with the river

holding grilse. Prospects look

good but the river needs rain to

keep the level up.

Thomas Slow from Edinburgh’s

Portobello area won the ninth

round of the Bass Rock Sea

Angling League summer series

title which was a roving match

based near Torness Power Station.

“When you were out there playing

he would literally talk to you

constantly in attack and defence

and make sure everyone knew

their roles and I realised that for

me to become a better player it is

something I had to bring into my


“I took that on board and am

given it my all to make the World

Cup at the moment.”

Scotland’s World Cup squad is

named on 3 September 2019.

Edinburgh baseball umpire on visit to China

Thomas Haywood is an

Edinburgh based international

baseball umpire. Recently he was

invited to officiate at the U18

International Rubber Baseball

Organisation (IRBO) in Xi'an

(pronounced "See-Aan), China. In

2018 Thomas told The Edinburgh

Reporter he also took charge in

Taipei, Taiwan.

He found that the hosts had

built two full sized baseball fields

side by side using astro turn on a

concrete base in just two months.

Thomas told The Edinburgh

Reporter : "The weather is always

a very British talking point.

During the day it was generally a

constant 33C and 23C at night,

however, on the second day of the

tournament, the whole day was

lost to rain. Under normal western

standards, you would shunt the

games around to make up time

and everyone would be happy. The

Chinese answer was to disqualify

one of the Chinese teams.

"To say that that team was

annoyed, was putting it mildly! It's

a cultural thing. In China, often

things are dictated to you, you

don't have an option. The shame

was the second Chinese team

was actually quite good. As a

consolation they were allowed to

play against the Chinese Taipei

team which turned out to be a very

good exhibition game.

"Rubber baseballs are hollow like

a tennis ball. They do not give a

crack when hit by a bat. It is more

like a dull "boof" sound and they

do not fly as far. Often when they

are hit by the bat, they can really

spin so the umpires have to trust

the players' reactions (hit by pitch

etc) and have to wait until the ball

has spun in the direction it wants

to go. In all other aspects the

tournament was played to OBR


"The tournament was won by

Chinese Taipei in a close fought

game against China 1st team.

Korea came third.”

The strong teams in the

tournament turned out to be

Korea, Taipei and China (1st

team). Singapore and Hong Kong

sadly did not have the pitching

or the quality of fielding needed.

Games against these last two

teams tended to be lop-sided.

The Chinese did not waste time

using the new facility after the

IRBO tournament. They then

hosted the National U18 national

Championships there two days

later for a 10 day tournament.

Morton reflects on an emotional day at Meikleriggs

by Gary Heatly

When Heriot’s captain Keith

Morton lifted the silverware

after his club’s Citylets Scottish

Cup final victory over Carlton on

August 25 it was extra special to

him for a number of reasons.

For one it means that Keith, 29,

has now led Heriot’s to a clean

sweep of trophies during his five

years at the helm of the first XI,

this Cup triumph following in the

footsteps of previous CSL Eastern

Premier Division glory and wins

in the National T20 event and the

Murgitroyd Masterton Trophy.

And secondly it was a fitting

way to end what has been a tough

time personally for him and the

Goldenacre club who have had to

deal with the passing of Morton’s

own father Willie and the passing

of fellow first XI player Joe

Kinghorn-Gray’s father Mark during

the last few weeks.

Willie was a former Scotland

Heriot's win the Cup by Donald MacLeod

internationalist and one of Keith’s

first coaches while they played in

a Cup final together for Penicuik

against Ferguslie back in 2008.

It was a lovely moment therefore

when Keith lifted the trophy to

the sky after their four wicket

win to show his dad what he had

achieved and then was able to

share the moment with his mother

Donna and his wife Hannah in

the late sunshine at Ferguslie’s

Meikleriggs ground.

“This Cup win is dedicated to the

people who should have been at

the match but sadly weren’t - we

did it for them,” Keith, who has

now played in four Cup finals and

won two, said poignantly after the


“It has been a tough time, but

focusing on cricket has helped and

I put a lot of pressure on myself

leading into the final because I

wanted this so much.”

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