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Rugby: Newcastle 17-5 Edinburgh

posted 1 Sep 2009, 04:04 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 1 Sep 2009, 10:52 ]

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat praised the performance of debutant stand-off Rory Hutton in the aftermath of the team’s 17-5 friendly defeat at Newcastle Falcons on Friday night and believes several positives emerged from the preparation game.

In the first half, Edinburgh dominated with a positive brand of enterprising rugby, but only had a Ben Cairns try to show for their troubles.

Against the run of play, Newcastle took a 7-5 lead and ended up winning by a 12-point margin on Tyneside, but Moffat highlighted the plus points and improvements shown by the side.


Moffat said: “It was an improvement on last weekend’s display. Thea areas we worked on were far better than against Harlequins. Our physicality and our work at the breakdown was much better – it was far more accurate.

“The only thing we didn’t manage to do in the first half was finish off our good play.”

National Academy back Hutton, 22, was handed the number 10 jersey in the absence of the injured Phil Godman and David Blair and Moffat believes the Heriot’s man responded with an assured display.

He added: “Rory did very well. He proved he can play at this level and, if he gets another opportunity, he has to do the same again. I was really pleased with his contribution.”

Moffat says that, regardless of results, the team’s preparation work is going well ahead of the big kick off against Cardiff Blues in Wales next Friday (4 September, kick off 7.05pm).

He said: “Make no mistake, we wanted to win the game, but at the end it is all about preparing the right way for the start of the season; you don’t get points for these games.

“So in that respect it was vital to get another 80 minutes of game-time and now we need to carry on moving forward as we prepare for Cardiff next Friday.”

Edinburgh: Steve Jones; Andrew Turnbull, Ben Cairns, John Houston, Tim Visser, Rory Hutton, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Craig Hamilton, Scott MacLeod, Fraser McKenzie, Alan MacDonald, Allister Hogg (captain).

Replacements: Sean Crombie, Kyle Traynor, Ryan Grant, Davie Young, Steve Turnbull, Roddy Grant, Chris Fusaro, Ross Samson, Andrew Easson, Mark Robertson.

Badminton: Merrilees leads way as Scotland players tackle Yorkshire Elite

posted 28 Aug 2009, 02:26 by myEdinburgh Admin

Kieran Merrilees,, who finished runner-up at last season's Yonex Welsh Open, is the No 5 seed in the men’s singles for this weekend's Yorkshire Elite Open in Sheffield.

The Glasgow player, who will be 20 next month, is joined in the men's singles by Yonex national champion Gordon Thomson, who is seventh seed. Merrilees starts against Chris Hotchen while Thomson meets Arthur Cheung in the first round of a competition where holder and Bank of Scotland International champion Rajiv Ouseph is top seed.

In the women's singles Glasgow's Linda Sloan, who was runner-up in singles and doubles (with Emma Mason) at last season's Sussex Elite, is third seed and starts with a first-round bye. The 20-year-old is on course to meet England's second seed Panuga Riou in the semi-finals.

Sloan will also play with England's Fontaine Chapman in the women's doubles and they start against Helena Lewczynska and Hayley Rogers.

Emma Mason begins her 2009-2010 campaign with England's Sam Ward in women's doubles, where they are No 2 seeds and have a first-round bye.

In the mixed the 23-year-old from Edinburgh partners Bank of Scotland International men's doubles winner Andrew Ellis, where they are fourth seeds. Their first match is against Ben Tier and Alex Langley.

In the men's doubles Duncan Leith partners Peter Hockey and they have a first-round bye. Their first big test should come in the quarter-finals against top seeds Andrew Ellis and Dean George.

Watson Briggs, runner-up in the mixed (with Jillie Cooper) at last season's Wimbledon Elite, teams up with Thomson in the men's doubles and they also have a first-round bye but can expect to meet Welsh pair Matthew Hughes and Martyn Lewis, the fourth seeds, in the last eight.

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The other two Elite Opens on the season are at Wimbledon on January 16-17 and Haywards Heath on May 9-10.



Men’s Singles
1) Rajiv Ouseph (Middx)
2) Carl Baxter (Avon)
3) Harry Wright (Lancs)
4) Ben Beckman (Surrey)
5) Kieran Merrilees (Sco)
6) Jamie Bonsels (Yorks)
7) Gordon Thompson (Sco)
8) Nathan D'Cruz (Middx)

Women’s singles
1) Helen Davies (Cheshire)
2) Panuga Riou (Hants)
3) Linda Sloan (Sco)
4) Sarah Walker (Essex)
Men’s doubles
1) Andrew Ellis (Yorks) & Dean George (Herts)
2) Robin Middleton (Yorks) & Chris Langridge (Surrey)
3) Marcus Ellis (Yorks) & Peter Mills  (Notts)
4) Martyn Lewis & Matthew Hughes (Wal)
Women’s doubles
1) Heather Olver (Sussex) & Sarah Walker (Essex)
2) Emma Mason (Sco) & Sam Ward (Surrey)

Mixed doubles
1) Robin Middleton (Yorks) & Mariana Agathangelou (Avon)
2) Marcus Ellis (Yorks) & Heather Olver (Sussex)
3) Dean George ( Herts) & Sam Ward (Surrey)
4) Andrew Ellis (Yorks) & Emma Mason (Sco)


Last season's Elite winners:

Sussex Elite

MS - Lim Kenn bt Raj Ouseph

WS - Anita Kaur bt Linda Sloan

MD - Robin Middleton/Peter Mills bt Ben Beckman/Simon Hardcastle

WD - Anita Kaur/Joanne Swee Ling Quay bt Emma Mason/Linda Sloan

XD - Joel Gayle/Caroline Westley bt Peter Mills/Sarah Walker


Wimbledon Elite

MS - Lim Kenn bt Harry Wright

WS - Anita Raj Kaur bt Atu Rosalina Sagita

MD - Andy Ellis/Dean George bt Ed Foster/Chris Tonks

WD - Jenny Wallwork/Gabby White bt Anita Raj Kaur/Joanne Swee ling Quay

XD - Robin Middleton/Gabby White bt Watson Briggs/Jillie Cooper


Yorkshire Elite

MS - Raj Ouseph bt Ben Beckman

WS - Atu Rosalina Sagita bt Sarah Walker

MD - Richard Eidestedt/Andrew Ellis bt Chris Adcock/Rob Blair

WD - Sarah Bok/ Mariana Agathangelou bt Jenny Wallwork/Gabby White.

XD – Robin Middleton/ Jenny Wallwork bt Andrew Ellis/ Sarah Bok

Hutton selected for Newcastle test

posted 27 Aug 2009, 06:58 by myEdinburgh Admin

Scotland 7s internationalist Rory Hutton has been named in Edinburgh’s 26-man squad for Friday’s pre-season friendly match against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park (28 August, kick off 7.45pm).
The 22-year-old stand-off could start because both Phil Godman (thigh) and David Blair (shoulder) are unavailable for the trip south while club captain Simon Cross is expected to be out for a few months with a knee injury.
Head coach Rob Moffat welcomed the addition of former Hawick back Hutton to the squad and revealed he believes it will be an ideal chance for the National Academy and Heriot’s player to showcase his skills. 
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Moffat said: “It is a really good opportunity for Rory to show what he can do at this level. He is a National Academy player, but he has already got some experience and now he will be given a chance.”
Edinburgh’s first warm up match ended in a 16-33 defeat last weekend against a strong Harlequins side at Myreside.
But Moffat believes the experience will stand his players in good stead ahead of the opening match of the Magners League season at Cardiff on Friday 4 September.
And he expects the game at Kingston Park to be another physically demanding test against quality English Premiership opposition.
He added: “The Harlequins game was a good test for us physically and this warm-up match at Newcastle will be exactly the same.
“This will be ideal preparation for us ahead of the opening game of the Magners League at Cardiff because they are also a very physical side.
“We will look to improve upon the areas of our game which were not up to scratch last week, although I thought there were a lot of positives to take from the Harlequins match.”
Club captain Cross, 28, came on as a replacement during the ‘Quins match, but damaged his knee and is expected to miss the opening stages of the season.
Moffat said: “He has suffered a serious knee injury and we expect him to be out for some time.”
Meanwhile, full-back Chris Paterson will also miss the match on Tyneside; the Scotland internationalist has been rested after taking a knock to his hip against Harlequins.
Edinburgh have selected four former Newcastle players in the 26-man squad who will travel on Thursday evening – Craig Hamilton, Steve Jones, Ross Samson and Tim Visser – with the latter three all swapping Falcons for the Capital in the summer.
Edinburgh squad for the pre-season practice match against Newcastle Falcons (Friday, 28 August, kick off 7.45pm): (Forwards), Allan Jacobsen, Kyle Traynor, Andrew Kelly, Sean Crombie, Davie Young, Ryan Grant, Geoff Cross, Scott MacLeod, Craig Hamilton, Steve Turnbull, Neale Patrick* (Boroughmuir), Fraser McKenzie, Roddy Grant, Chris Fusaro* (Heriot’s), Alan MacDonald, Allister Hogg (captain). (Backs) Steve Jones, Andrew Turnbull, Tim Visser, Mark Robertson, Ben Cairns, John Houston, Andrew Easson, Rory Hutton* (Heriot’s), Greig Laidlaw, Ross Samson.
* denotes National Academy player


Capitals sign netminder Rudkowsky

posted 27 Aug 2009, 02:52 by myEdinburgh Admin

Edinburgh Capitals have announced Cody Rudkowsky as their number one
netminder for the 09/10 season in the Elite Ice Hockey League.

Cody has a wealth of experience in both the ECHL and AHL and also
played a game for St.Louis Blues in the NHL. In the 98/99 season Cody
was goalie of the year in both the CHL and WHL and also WHL player of
the year. He was an ECHL All-Star is 05-06.

Doug Christiansen, Edinburgh Capitals coach, said, "I know everyone
has been waiting for us to sign a goalie. I hope the addition of Cody
Rudkowsky was worth the wait!

"Signing a player like Cody Rudkowsky does not happen often.
Sometimes opportunity knocks and you have the chance to bring a star
into your team. Cody was the best goalie I played with in the ECHL.
He is a game breaker. He has played in 107 AHL games and 1 NHL game.
He will be our third player who has played in the NHL. I have pursued
him the last three summers and was very patient to get him this year.

"Cody will fit in very nicely to our dressing room. As people know, I
am a firm believer in having great characters in the room. Cody is a
leader. He competes every day. He hates whenever a puck goes in
whether its practice or a game. He will make our shooters better each
day in practice. He will force them to be at their best to beat him.

"Cody missed the 2008-2009 season with a private medical matter. I am
very thorough. I have done my due diligence and I am certain that he
will be 100% this season.

"The addition of Cody is not without a sense of irony. Cody is
married to Shawn Germain's sister, Alicia. Of course, I was extremely
disappointed in Shawn's departure; however, it was his positive
impression of Edinburgh that paved the way for Cody and Ashley to
come to Scotland's capital. Shawn had a great offer in the ECHL and
he thought it was something that he could not pass up. I know the 3
of them have had lengthy conversations about the quality of life in

"I must admit signing Cody is something I did not think would happen.
I am excited for you all to see him in a Capitals uniform."

World hockey event set for the Capital

posted 17 Aug 2009, 03:55 by myEdinburgh Admin

Hundreds of hockey enthusiasts from around the world will descend on the Capital for a major tournament, it was announced today.

The Golden Oldies World Hockey Festival said it would be coming to the Capital in 2011 after striking a deal with EventScotland.

It comes hot on the heels of a similar rugby event which took place last year, and it is hoped the hockey version will attract a similar number of participants and supporters.

It is estimated that the event could generate as much as £1 million for the city.

Paul Bush, chief operating officer for EventScotland, said: "In 2008 Edinburgh hosted the Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival which was a phenomenal success.

"Hosting the World Hockey Festival in 2011 will, without doubt, build upon this success."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

Sharp hoping to make a point

posted 13 Aug 2009, 04:33 by myEdinburgh Admin

Fiery forward Andrew Sharp is hoping to make a point for the
Edinburgh Capitals in the 09/10 season in the Elite Ice Hockey
League. Sharp has a reputation for being a hot headed player and his
statistics certainly show this. Although he has only clocked up 98
games in his career, he has an incredible 620 penalty minutes to his
name. In those 98 games he has 13 points from 8 goals and 5 assists.

Last season he was played for the Sheffield Steelers with a brief
stint with Coventry Blaze the season before that. His notoriety first
became known in the UK when he made a dramatic debut in the English
Premier League playing for the Romford Raiders. In 19 league games he
had 156 penalty minutes with a further 51 racked up in 4 play off

Doug Christiansen commented, "Say what you want about Andrew Sharp:
but he gets people talking about the Capitals and he helps our team
in a lot of ways. First of all, Sharp is a British player and does
not count as an import. Secondly, he knows his role. He is being
brought in to add toughness and protect our skilled players. His
signing allows me to bring in two forwards whose job it is to create
offense, instead of one scorer and a tough guy. I believe that every
team needs to have some toughness and the loss of Adam Stefishen and
Ross Dalgliesh meant that we needed some grit.

Andrew did not get a lot of ice last year in Sheffield, but not many
players in the league would have cracked the line-up of the defending
league and play-off champions. He wants to get better as a hockey
player. He knows that this season he must prove himself as a player
if he is going to be able to be a valuable commodity in the British
game. He is excited about the challenge and is willing to take
advantage of the fact that we have ice twice a day to improve his
skill set. If Andrew can improve his game, he could arguably have the
value of Stephen Murphy or Stevie Lyle because he gives teams an extra
import. I love the fact that he wants to prove his doubters wrong and
make the Edinburgh fan base proud to have him.

Sadly, this signals the end of the Adam Stefishen era. Adam has taken
a job in British Columbia and is not going to be coming back to the
Capitals. In my opinion, Adam Stefishen was one of the two best tough
guys in the league the last two years. He came to Edinburgh after a
nasty incident in the Quebec League followed by time in the CHL. In
his two seasons in Edinburgh he proved to be a leader on and off the
ice. He was great with the fans, and was a dangerous enforcer. He
played hard between the whistles and only missed one game because of
a suspension. Adam Stefishen was a great asset to the club and was a
class act. I would like to thank "Stef" for all he did the last two

The job of a tough guy is arguably the toughest in sports. It takes
courage and fearlessness. Playing on the edge is something that is
hard to do. Controlling your emotions while being in a fist fight is
somewhat of a paradox. Andrew knows when he wears the Capitals
uniform he represents not just Edinburgh but Scotland. Andrew
understands how I believe the game should be played and knows what my
expectations of him are. He knows that he does not help us when he is

Every player is a risk. I believe that Andrew is a risk worth taking
because he is excited to play in Edinburgh and to develop into a fan
favorite in Scotland's Capital."

His statistics can be found here:

Mark Smith completes the defensive core

posted 11 Aug 2009, 03:38 by myEdinburgh Admin

Mark Smith completes the defensive core for the Edinburgh Capitals for the 09/10 season in the Elite Ice Hockey League. Smith spent last season playing for Rocky Mountain Rage in the Central Hockey League
where he had 17 points from 4 goals and 13 assists over 43 games in the regular season and 2 points from 2 assists over 3 games in the play offs.

Mark Smith spent a year playing for Charlotte Checkers in the East Coast Hockey League and preceded that with 4 seasons in the NCAA playing for University of Alaska-Anchorage. He was also team MVP and
voted most inspirational player during his junior year.

Doug Christiansen, Edinburgh Capitals coach, commented, "I played with Mark's brother, Kenton, in Charlotte. Kenton, who was the Manchester Phoenixes' captain last year, was one of the classiest
players I have played with in my career. I have been told that Mark is very similar in that regard. Mark is a blue-collar hockey player who shows up every night and works hard. Mark is a solid defender who
has the ability to play against other teams top lines. He is a good skater and will do well on our big ice. His skating will allow him to jump into the play when needed."

Christiansen continued. "I believe Mark has the ability to play on our first power play unit with Chris Allen or quarterback his own unit. I really liked the fact that he led his team in scoring as a junior at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. UAA plays in arguably the best conference in college hockey and leading a team in scoring as a defender is not an easy task. I spoke to his coaches from UAA, Charlotte, and Rocky Mountain. All of them believe he has the tools to be very successful in the UK. His coach in Rocky Mountain said that he was their best defender at the end of last season."

Looking at who the team is now shaping up, Christiansen said, "We have now signed our entire defensive core. I think we will have one of the best defensive units in the league. Chris Allen might be the
top offensive d-man in the league. It will be great to have a quarterback on the power play that has the offensive skills he does. Ben O'Connor and Kyle Horne are two national team level defenders. I do not believe any team in the league has two better British d-men. Mike Beynon and Mark Smith will provide us with two players who can play penalty kill and power play. They are versatile and good team players."

His stats can be found here:

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