THIS WEEKEND AT ANNAN RUGBY
After last weekend was curtailed just a little bit by the weather, this weekend we have, weather permitting, 7 squads in action.
On Saturday, the 1st XV are away to East Kilbride, while the U18 Colts are at home taking on East Kilbride/Cambuslang – alas now OFF. Both 2pm KO’s
On Sunday, the U14 Boys welcome Moffat, Carrick, Newton Stewart and Wigtownshire to Violetbank – 2pm start.
The U14, U16 and U18 Girls are away to Greenock for a Girls Rugby Festival – 12.30pm start
While the big match of the weekend, the Warriors host Kelso Ladies at Violetbank in a match both need to win to boost their chances of playing National 1 rugby next season. 2pm KO. Alas now OFF.
Whatever match or matches you can get to, your support is most appreciated as always by all the players.
1ST XV OFF ON THE ROAD AGAIN
STOP PRESS: The 1st XV go down to East Kilbride 40 v 15. Torrance House has not been a happy hunting ground for Annan in recent years and alas today was no exception.
The Annan points coming from Captain Andrew Jancey (T), Ryan Hetherington (T) and James Bigham (C, P)
The 1st XV now have their last match of 2021 next Saturday as they host Cambuslang at Violetbank. 2pm KO. All welcome.
1st XV match report – now online
The 1st XV are on the road this Saturday as they travel to East Kilbride in their latest league match.
Both teams has opposite results last weekend with Annan losing heavily to Allan Glens while East Kilbride won big versus Strathendrick,
East Kilbride are in 4th spot, 5 points and 2 places ahead of Annan. Annan do have 2 games in hand though.
The West 1 league is really between 3 teams now – Allan Glens, Garnock and Stewartry.
At the bottom, it’s looking bleak for Cambuslang (next Saturday’s opponents at Violetbank) and Strathendrick.
While the middle 6 teams are most likely building for next season unless there is a huge collapse in form of the top teams or improvement from the bottom teams.
Torrance House has not been a happy hunting ground for Annan in recent years. Annan have not won in the league there since 2008. Annan did win twice in 2011 and 2012 but in the SRU Shield.
East Kilbride also have a decent run over Annan in general over the 10 last matches with 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Another tough match on Saturday will no doubt be on the cards.
For Annan, they have lost 3 times this season to the aforementioned top 3 teams but have been unbeaten in the 4 other matches and will be wanting to get the result on Saturday and potentially move into 4th spot.
So far 33 players have played for the 1st XV this season in just 7 matches but if Annan can get a settled side, the 1st XV are a match for anyone in this league.
Should be a cracking match.
Kick Off: 2pm
Starting XV: 1 Ryan Glass, 2 Kieran Warrick, 3 Aidan Craik, 4 Michael Thompson, 5 Dan Robson, 6 Harry Houldey, 7 Frazer Hope, 8 Sean Haren (Vice Captain), 9 Aaron Carmichael, 10 Josh Whiteside, 11 James Kirby, 12 James Bigham, 13 Ryan Hetherington, 14 Ollie Ferdinand, 15 Andrew Jancey (Captain)
Subs: 16 Callum Bell, 17 Callum Smith,18 Zac Lockerbie, 19 Murray Forbes
U18 BOYS AT HOME TAKING ON EAST KILBRIDE/CAMBUSLANG
STOP PRESS: Alas match is OFF.
The U18 Boys have their last home match of 2021 on Saturday as they host East Kilbride/Cambuslang.
The lads have had a 4 week break from rugby but will be wanting continue the winning form that they showed last time when they beat Strathaven/Dalziel 22-12.
A big Annan support would be most welcome by the lads for the 2pm KO
U18 Squad: TBC
WARRIORS IN BIG MATCH AT VIOLETBANK
STOP PRESS: Alas match is OFF. Kelso can’t raise a team to travel to Violetbank. Warriors awarded 5 points. Training at 10am on Sunday will now take place.
The Annan Warriors host Kelso Ladies on Sunday in their latest National Division 1 match.
This is a big big match for both teams as the losing team will be bottom of the Division 1 table by the end of the match.
A win for the Warriors could put them 4-6 points clear of Kelso Ladies as we enter the 2nd half the season.
For Kelso, the matches v the Warriors (home and away on the 16th January) are the only matches they have left against bottom half teams. Their other 3 matches are v Garioch, Howe Quins and Stewartry – who against all the 4 bottom half teams this season have struggled.
The teams have met 3 times – 2 friendlies and 1 cup match. The Warriors won the friendlies but Kelso edged the Cup match 19-17 at Poynder Park back in 2020 just before Covid hit.
For both teams this match is huge and the result will be a long way to determining what league the teams could be playing in next season.
A big Warrior support would be most appreciated for the 2pm KO.
Starting XV: TBA
YOUTH TEAMS IN ACTION OVER THE WEEKEND
STOP PRESS: The U14-U16 Hornets have a great time winning all their matches at Greenock while the U14 Tigers have a played 4 won 1 lost 3 (just) record.
U14 Boys highlights, tries and photos – Now Online
U14-U18 Girls match report – Now Online
4 squads in action on Sunday for the youth teams. The U16 Boys and P1-P7 Tigers have a day of rest.
On Sunday, the U14, U16 & U18 Girls are now off to Greenock for the next instalment of the SRU Girls Rugby Festivals where they will be joined from Girls teams from around Scotland. Start time 12.30pm
While the U14 lads will be hosting teams from Wigtownshire, Stewartry, Moffat and Newton Stewart to allow for more game time and 15-a-side rugby. Start time 2pm.
Best of luck to all the players this weekend.