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Loch Lomond Single Malts, Hearts + Balls Limited Editions

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Loch Lomond Single Malt Hearts and Balls Limited Edition

  • Created as celebration of the Grand Slam Dinner for the Teams of 84 and 90.
  • Only 174 Bottles created of this 18 Year old Limited Edition .
  • All individually numbered. 
  • Each bottle will contain a certificate with the signatures of the players and coaches attending the dinner.
  • A donation to the charity will be made by Loch Lomond  for every bottle sold.  
  • Available to reserve here.
  • £125 per bottle 

Loch Lomond Single Malt Hearts and Balls Limited Edition 10  Year Old Single Malt 

  • A limited edition from the award-winning Loch Lomond Distillery 
  • Only 500 bottles created – bottled at 46% ABV 
  • A donation to the charity will be made by Loch Lomond  for every bottle sold  
  • Available to purchase here.
  • A well-balanced single malt with an underlying fruit character with a hint of peat on the finish 

Jim Telfer names his dream team from 1984 and 1990

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As part of the Grand Slam Celebration Dinner on Saturday 21st May, Jim Telfer chose his ‘Joint team from 1984 & 1990’. 

His selection was

15. G Hastings
14. T Stanger
13. S Hastings
12. S Lineen
11. R Baird
10. J Rutherford
9. G Armstrong

1. D Sole
2. C Deans
3. I Milne
4. C Gray
5. A Tomes
6. D Leslie
7. F Calder
8. D White

The winning submission was made by Gordon Affleck on table 5 (table host was David Kirkwood). A major prize will be winging its way to them shortly.

Dylan Russell’s 365 Challenge

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Dylan Russell, club manager + player for our 7s team HBMB7s has undergone a mammoth charity challenge for us. Since June 1st 2021 he has been running 35km every single week without fail. Aptly named, The 365 Challenge, his goal was to do this for an entire year, the equivalent distance of running 5km every day for 365 days. He is set to finish this on 1st June 2022.
 
The challenge has not just been physically demanding but also mentally strenuous. Juggling his day job, injury and prepping a very busy 7s schedule, it’s amazing to see The 365 Challenge is still going strong and remains unbroken.
 
As if this wasn’t enough, Dylan has decided to go even bigger to finish the chalenge. For the final two weeks (19/5/22-1/6/22) he will be attempting 14 half marathons, across all 14 Scottish Healthboards in just 14 days. A feat which has never before been done in this geographical area.
 
So far he has raised over £3000 for The 365 Challenge and is hopeful that now in the final month he’ll manage to raise a lot more.
 
Below is the donation link for the challenge as well as a list of all the great companies that have came on board to support Dylan, The 365 Challenge and the 14in14 finale.
 
 
Rival Kit, Asics, Run4It, Blue Door Coffee Shop Thurso, Orkney Distilling, Salmon Scotland, Aberdeen University RFC, Caltech Lifts, Vision Scotland, Bier Hoose, Duncan Mackay & Sons, LIFT Gyms UK, The Pickled Haggis Catering Company, Border Embroideries, Dumfries Saints RFC, Sparta Gym Eyemouth and Puresport.
 
If you can please share Dylans story and donate whatever you can.
 
  
 
Photo credits:Jax Mackenzie https://jaxmackenziephotography.smugmug.com/ 
 
 

GRAND SLAM-WINNING BROTHERS READY FOR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AFTER A TWO-YEAR DELAY

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Scotland’s Grand Slam winning teams of 1984 and 1990 are set to come together for a once in a lifetime joint celebration later this year…

 

And it’s all to raise money for rugby players who have suffered life changing injuries. 

The Hastings brothers, who played a major role in Scotland’s historic 1990 win, were at BT Murrayfield today to launch the event which has been delayed for almost two years due to the pandemic.

Tickets are now available for the dinner which will take place on Saturday 21st May 2022 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. 

 

30 year celebration

 

The event to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1990 Grand Slam win has been driven forward by the squad’s winger Iwan Tukalo to help raise awareness and funds for Hearts + Balls, a charity which supports former players. 

Gavin and Scott Hastings, two of the country’s greatest ever players, both played key roles in Scotland’s historic win against England to secure the Grand Slam. 

Gavin’s chip ahead at the start of the second half led to Tony Stanger’s famous try, while Watsonian’s centre Scott Hastings made a magnificent try-saving tackle on Rory Underwood later on. 

Gavin said: “To be able to look back on your career and know that you played on the same Grand Slam-winning team as your brother is beyond special.

“I’ve been looking forward to sharing stories and some friendly debate for more than two years – I can’t believe it’s almost here.”

Scott added: “Rugby has sorely missed these big group celebrations – and charities have been hit hard by not being able to utilise vital fundraising streams. 

“Of course the evening will be incredibly enjoyable, but to be able to know that we’re making a real difference to members of the rugby community who need our support makes it all the more special.

“Hearts + Balls is an incredible charity that every single one of us is proud to be able to support.”

The Grand Slam-winning squads of both 1984 and 1990 will be in attendance at the event which will be hosted by Dougie Donnelly, who was an integral part of the TV coverage in both 1984 and 1990, and features music from 1984 Grand Slam winner John Beattie and his band.

 

We’ve raised £650,000 for charity

 

Since Hearts + Balls was founded in 1999, it has provided more than £650,000 to rugby players who have suffered serious injuries. The support has ranged from property conversions to counselling.

Hearts + Balls Chair Kenny Hamilton said: “This celebration shows exactly what the Scottish Rugby community is made of. We can’t do the work that we do for injured rugby players without donations. These last two years have been tough as much of our fundraising activity has been curtailed, but this dinner marks our charity getting back on track after the pandemic- and what a way to do it!

“Hundreds of fans and former players will come together to celebrate two of Scottish Rugby’s best ever moments and share memories of the joy that rugby can bring. We just can’t wait.” 

 

To buy tickets, visit https://heartsandballs.org.uk

 

Event sponsored by Loch Lomond Group

Hearts + Balls MB 7s Teams Make History With Huge Wins

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In just two weeks of sevens action, the Hearts + Balls MB 7s teams have already claimed three trophies.

Last week, the Hearts + Balls MB 7s won its debut tournament – Edinburgh City 7s. The ladies defeated Corstophine Cougars in the final. Laura Wilkie was named Player of the Tournament. 

On Saturday, the charity’s women’s team continued their incredible debut season, making it two for two with a win at Peebles’ King of the 7s tournament. 

 

 

And the men helped the charity make history when they defeated Selkirk 12-7 – making Hearts + Balls MB7s the first side to ever complete the double with a men’s and women’s win at the event. James “Sax” Ferguson was named player of the tournament. 

You can see both teams’ dramatic wins and more action from the tournament, here. 

 

 

Hearts+Balls chair Kenny Hamilton said:

 

“The ability to promote the charity and its work through the participation of the H+BMB 7s had already brought significant dividends through the continuing generosity of the Scottish rugby community.

“Every weekend they are spreading the message of our charity by playing incredible winning rugby with great spirit. We are hugely grateful to every player who has done us proud while wearing the shirt, all the teams’ sponsors and especially to Dylan Russell who has been the driving force behind Hearts + Balls MB 7s since it began.”

HBMB 7s is sponsored by LIFT, Argyle Consulting LTD., SoundSurf, Bier Hoose, Pure Sport CBD, Ryden, Hit., and Sports Hall Medical Supplies. 

LIVE RUGBY IS ALMOST HERE

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We’re delighted to announce that our Hearts+Balls Mighty Bovs ( HBMB) sevens teams are raring  to go for their first tournament since August 2019, as the pandemic restrictions are lifted. 

We break new ground by fielding  three teams, including our ladies team, at the Edinburgh City 7s on Saturday 31st July / Sunday 1st August at Edinburgh University, Peffermill.  Please come along for a great day of elite, social and veterans 7s rugby. https://www.edinburghcity7s.com/

We are very grateful to the ongoing support of the sponsors of our charity 7s teams; Ryden , Argyle Consulting, Sound Surf (prev. Cream Floats) , Bier Hoose and Rival Kit.

Below are the the captains of our Ladies, Mens Elite and Mens Social  teams.  Good luck to all teams  participating.

2022 DATE CONFIRMED FOR GRAND SLAM CELEBRATION DINNER

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We are determined to make sure the players from both Grand Slam-winning teams, and all of you, have the chance to come together to recognise two of Scottish Rugby’s proudest moments.

The players from Scotland’s Grand Slam-winning team of 1984 and 1990 and Hearts + Balls are pleased to announce the new date for the Grand Slam Celebration Dinner:

Saturday 21st May 2022 at the EICC 

All tickets from our postponed event will be honoured.

If you have any questions about the event, your ticket or would like to purchase a table,  please contact [email protected]

We will all deserve this chance to celebrate once all this is over and look forward to welcoming you to the EICC in 2021, provided it’s safe to do so.

Tickets are available here – Hearts & Balls

SUPPORTER VOWS TO RUN ALMOST 2,000K FOR HEARTS + BALLS

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Dylan Russell, who last June led 30 Hearts + Balls MB players to run a combined 800 miles for Hearts + Balls, has his sights set on a new challenge.

Starting in June this year, our charity sevens team manager will run a minimum of 35K every week for 52 weeks – an average of at least 5K a day for 365 days.

He’s doing it to raise money to help us provide support to members of the rugby community who have suffered life changing injuries and to help another amazing charity, Support & Offload.

To donate to Dylan’s challenge, visit his gofundme page.

Well done Dylan! If you want to discuss supporting Hearts + Balls by taking on a challenge this year, get in touch.  

30 Scottish Rugby players teamed-up to run more than 800 miles – here’s why.

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By Dylan Russell, HBMB club manager.

We were all geared up for a big 7s season. The official charity merger between Hearts and Balls and The Mighty Bovs. 

 30 players signed up to play in amazing new kit (courtesy of Rival Kit) in 13 tournaments across the UK. With the success of previous seasons, we knew we were on to a winner this year. After our very successful charity cycle last year for the charity,  we knew we needed something bigger this year as well. So we planned a Three Peaks Challenge.

Then, Covid-19 struck. National lockdown. No sports. Absolute standstill. Plans for the season canceled.

With tournament after tournament postponed and then inevitably cancelled, we were desperate to try and make sure the Three Peaks Challenge could still go ahead so we help a charity we all truly believe in.  When even this was postponed we started running through ideas for what we could do instead. It needed to be smaller and more manageable due to lockdown restrictions but still interesting and impressive enough that people would get involved and donate during what is a financially uncertain time.

We decided upon the Longest Day Challenge as a lot of the boys had started taking advantage of the daily exercise to get outdoors and run. We also decided that facing off the Forwards against the Backs would fulfill the competitive void left from the cancelled 7s season. What better rivalry than the age-old Forwards vs Backs. We signed up all the players for the season and made the rules simple. It had to be done on the 21st as this was the Longest Day. The exercise had to be completed in one continuous effort run/walk/jog and it had to cover a minimum distance of 10km. If each player managed this then we would cover 300km for the charity and hopefully raise about £1000.

With a lot of people doing various things for different charities we had to do something different to raise the profile of the event and ge attention. We had great support from various different players in the game including Scotland 7s players (Robbie Fergusson, Ross Mccann, Megan Gaffney and Abi Evans), England 7s players (Sydney Gregson, Deborah Fleming and Ellie Kidunne) and various other pros such as Edinburgh’s Jamie Hodgson and Murray Mccallum, Glasgow Warriors Kyle Steyn and George Turner and Saracens Callum Hunter-Hill.

The efforts from the players on the day was absolutely astounding. We had been drumming up some noise amongst each other over our Whatsapp group and it definitely worked. The 10km minimum went out the window as the average distance came in at 27.7km. There were many half-marathons, marathons and even a couple ultra-marathons. The forwards took the spoils 416km to 408km. That’s over 800km for the charity. It was a close battle throughout the full day but the man who ran the longest solo distance was Danny Bain with just over 56km. Special shout out to Stewart Hagart who manned the social media, doing an amazing job whilst I was out running an ultramarathon before going and doing his first half marathon himself. Every single effort was superb from each player especially given the typical Scottish weather of four seasons in one day!

The amount raised is ridiculous as well so huge thanks to everyone who has donated and to each and every player who helped drive the donations over the last 4 weeks. Currently (Including Gift Aid) we are sitting at £4941.18. A monumental amount raised and absolutely blowing our initial £1000 target out the water!

Some seriously tired legs today amongst the boys but as always an absolute pleasure to do what we can for the charity and we’ll just have to wait until next season to allow us to do our bit on the pitch once again.

FORWARDS AND BACKS GO HEAD TO HEAD TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HEARTS + BALLS

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With no tournaments to play, our sevens team, Hearts + Balls MB took on an almighty challenge -the #HBMBLongestDay

Two teams of 15, one made up of forwards, the other of backs, went  head to head to see which team could clock up the longest distance on the longest day. 

And the results are in…

 

The forwards defeated the backs by just eight miles, running 416 miles compared to the backs’ still impressive effort of 408 miles.

What’s even more impressive is together they’ve helped raise more than £5k to help members of our rugby community who need our support. 

From everyone involved at Hearts + Balls, we offer a massive thank you.

You can add to their impressive total here. https://lnkd.in/dxSzrF9

And here’s what club manager Dylan Russell had to say about the #HBMB longest day.