WEEKEND TEAM NEWS.
14 Jan, 2020
Senior Men/U18 Boys: Wednesday night at Galabank 7.30pm to 9pm and Thursday night at Violetbank 7pm to 8.30pm
Senior Women/U18 Girls: Tuesday night at Violetbank 7pm to 8.30pm and Wednesday night at Galabank 7.30pm to 9pm
U14-U16 Girls: Thursday night at Violetbank 7pm to 8.30pm
U14 Boys: Tuesday night at Violetbank 6.30pm to 7.30pm
U16 Boys: Thursday night at Campbell House Lodge for circuits 6.30pm to 7.30pm
P1-P7 Boys/Girls: Friday night at Galabank 6pm to 7pm
New players always wanted. Just turn up or email: email@example.com if you want more info. No experience necessary. You all have to start from somewhere!
1ST XV TRAVEL TO GARNOCK IN THE LEAGUE
The Annan 1st XV have a trip to Glengarnock on Saturday as they face Garnock in their latest West 1 Division match.
Garnock are currently lying in 5th spot so you would think they would be out of the West 1 Championship chase, however Garnock with 2 to 4 matches in hand on teams above them are still in with a shout of the one promotion spot come seasons end.
Annan however have been dragged back into the relegation mire with 2 straight defeats. The defeats may have been against top 3 clubs but Annan now have just 6 matches left in the season to pick up the points they need to avoid the 1 or possibly 2 relegation spots.
Basically the league has split into two. Any one of the top 6 teams could win the West 1 title (perhaps bar Lenzie) and any one of the bottom 4 could be relegated.
The teams met earlier in the season when Garnock scored in the last play of the match to sneak the win.
The black and ambers record at Garnock in the league is not great as Annan have never won in the league at Lochshore in 6 attempts.
Annan have won twice in the Shield/Cup though so Saturdays match should be viewed as a Cup Final match as a win and Annan are one step closer to playing West 1 rugby next season. A loss and West 2 rugby becomes a greater possibility.
Players to meet at Bank Street at 10.30am for the 2pm KO
1st XV Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, N Graham, M Thompson, N Coupland, C Bell, B Thomson, T Sloan, A Carmichael, J Bigham, J Kirby, H Houdley, A Jancey (Capt), J Park, J Whiteside
1st XV Subs: J Crombie, R Armstrong, D Ferguson
2ND XV WELCOME CUMNOCK TO VIOLETBANK
Stop Press: Alas once again the opposing team can’t raise a team to travel to Violetbank. Match is OFF. #sigh
Annan 2nd XV welcome Cumnock on Saturday in a Tennant’s Regional Reserve Leagues West 3 (South) fixtures.
With 7 matches left, the Annan 2nd XV still have chance of the league title but would probably require 6-7 wins and after Saturday’s match, the 2nd XV have a run of 4 aways matches, so a win really is a must on Saturday to keep up their championship winning ambitions.
Cumnock are currently lying just below Annan and beat Annan earlier in the season so it will be a hard fought match at Violetbank.
All players to meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO
As always the mighty Twos are on the lookout for new and available players for Saturday. Drop 2nd XV Team manager Gavin Lynch a message or on 07554 494262 if you are available.
2nd XV Squad: TBA later on in the week
WARRIORS XV FACE WIGTOWNSHIRE LADIES AT VIOLETBANK
The Annan Warriors get their 2020 season underway when they host Wigtownshire Ladies in a pre-season friendly match at the Everholm on Sunday
Wigtownshire Ladies just started up a few years ago but already have had some great away wins this season over Hamilton and Ardrossan in the West Regional league. The Ladies ended up with a played 10 won 5 record.
Both teams will be wanting to start their season with a win but both will no doubt be using the match as starting point to get themselves ready for the start of the Cup season in the following weeks.
The Warriors face West of Scotland Ladies at Violetbank on Sunday 26th while Wigtownshire Ladies host Livingston the following Sunday
Players to meet at Violetbank at 12.30pm for the 2pm kick off
Warriors XV Starting XV: 1 N Barnes 2 M Alexander 3 E Jardine 4 R Peacock 5 M Muir 6 A McWilliam 7 L Glendinning 8 K Warrick 9 N Barlow (c)10 M McGeoch 11 B Lowery12 C Barnes 13 C O’Connell 14 J McGregor 15 K Barlow
Warriors Subs: 16 L Moffat 17 J Dalgliesh 18 C Ritchie 19 R Armstrong 20 M Ker
HORNETS AT VIOLETBANK ON SUNDAY
The U14 Hornets have a friendly match on Sunday at the Everholm when they host Biggar Girls.
While the U16 and U18 Hornets players are joined by Biggar and Strathaven Girls for a Sunday training session before the U16 and U18 Girls teams (Biggar and Friends) start their 2020 Cup campaign on the 2nd February
Players to meet as arranged with their coaches for the 11am start.
TIGERS ALL HAVE A REST WEEKEND
The P1-P7 Tigers training restarts on Friday at Galabank (6pm to 7pm) and the Tigers fixture for the coming year will be announced soon.
The U14 Tigers have a break this Sunday before their run of 5 matches over the next 5 weeks.
The U16 Tigers are currently not playing on Sunday but Coach Render is looking at an extra fixture before the U16 Tigers first scheduled match v Langholm on Tuesday 28th January. Watch this space for an update in the coming days.
Best of luck to all the teams this weekend.