THIS WEEK AT ANNAN RUGBY
Walking Rugby and S1-S6 Strength and Conditioning Training are back on Monday. All Welcome
Training continues all week for all ages. New players of any or no experience always wanted and welcome.
See https://annanrugby.com/our-teams/ for more info.
On Friday its the Warriors Quiz Night – see https://annanrugby.com/2022/09/16/30th-september-quiz-night/ for more details
At the weekend we have 7 squads/teams in action if all goes well.
On Saturday the 1st XV and 2nd XV are in action plus the U18 lads are playing with Cumnock Boys
While on Sunday the U14 Boys, U16 Boys, U18 Girls and Warriors squads are all in action.
The 2nd XV and U16 Boys matches are both at Violetbank.
1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO KILMARNOCK ON SATURDAY
STOP PRESS: The 1st XV go down 37 v 13. 5 first half Kilmarnock tries ended the game as a contest but Annan were better in the 2nd half with tries from Sean Haren and Andrew Jancey.
The lads now take on Ardrossan next Saturday at Violetbank.
The 1st XV are back on the road this Saturday when they travel to Kilmarnock in their latest West 1 game.
After a great start to the season, the 1st XV have now lost their last 2 matches but will be hoping to get back to winning ways at Bellsland
A tougher away game the team probably could not have asked for though as Kilmarnock have a great record against Annan on their home patch with 12 wins from the last 15 encounters going back to 2001.
Saying that, Annan did win the last match at Bellsland 41-17 almost a year ago and will be hoping to do the double on Saturday.
Kilmarnock have had a great start to their West 1 season winning their first 2 matches before losing to Stewartry last week. Most teams will be suffering that fate this season versus Championship favourites Stewartry, but with 2nd place getting a playoff spot to National 4 this season, promotion is still a possibility.
Almost certain the play off winner will come from West 1 as of the 3 regional leagues, West 1 is packed with far stronger teams.
The league is still only 3 games in with 15 to go though, so if Annan can find a settled team again – last week there were numerous forced changes – then anything is possible this season.
Kick off is 3pm.
Starting 1st XV: 1 Ryan Glass, 2 Murray Forbes, 3 Kieran Warrick, 4 Fraser Hope, 5 Dan Robson, 6 Willie Grey, 7 Neil Coupland, 8 Ollie Ferdinand, 9 Andrew Jancey, 10 Josh Whiteside, 11 Alex Jones, 12 Sean Haren, 13 Aaron Carmichael, 14 Max Thorburn, 15 James Kirby
1st XV Replacements: 16 Callum Bell, 17 Ryan Armstrong, 18 Callum Smith, 19 Jacob Campbell
THE 2ND XV FINALLY GET A HOME GAME
STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV also lose 45-14. A new look 2nd XV with lots of new players, playing in just their 1st or 2nd match of rugby. Annan points from a Bradley James try, Aitken Render try and 2 conversions from Kieran Johnston.
The lads now are now on the road to Dalziel next week.
The league fixtures have not been kind for the 2nd XV lads this season as with the 11 fixtures before the league splits, Annan have just 4 home matches and 7 away matches. One team managed to get the reverse. Most are on 5 home, 6 away or 6 home, 5 away. Even with the split, depending on what half Annan are in, they could end up with 4 more away and 1 home. But hopefully that’s the worse case scenario!
As always seems to be the case these days in the reserve leagues, very few of the matches are being fulfilled, with 8 of the 12 matches so far this season being given has no contests.
Annan always manage to get teams out home and away but in past seasons very few clubs manage to get players willing to travel to Violetbank but it is hoped Strathaven will get a team together for Saturday. Strathaven were one of the few clubs to travel to Annan last season and have had a great start to this season and sit on top of the West Reserve 3 league.
For Annan, it’s been 2 defeats on the road but at Violetbank the squad are usually very hard to beat so should be a great match.
If you are at a loose end on Saturday why not pop along to Violetbank and cheers on the lads.
Kick off: 3pm
Starting 2nd XV: 1. John James MacKay, 2. Liam Ogilvie, 3. Adam Mcminn, 4. Thomas Martindale, 5. Craig Bell, 6. Aitken Render, 7. Murdo Burton, 8. Declan Ferguson (C), 9. Kieran Johnston, 10. Adam Carlyle, 11. Coll Irving, 12. Callum Taylor (VC), 13. Mathew McClurg, 14. Bradley James, 15. Jack Ogilvie.
2nd XV Replacements: 16. Tam Thorburn, 17. Dan Burns, 18. Alan Lee, 19. Liam Boyd, 20. Alex Hodgson, 21. Stewart Livingstone
THE WARRIORS AWAY TO GREENOCK WANDERERS
STOP PRESS: The Warriors go down to a heavy defeat. 94-5. The Warriors try coming from Hannah Paterson.
The Warriors now take on Wigtownshire next Sunday at Violetbank.
Both teams started out at the same time in 2014/15 and have met 5 times but through promotion/relegation they have no made since 2018!
Greenock have the upper hand with 4 wins to 1 but the Warriors did win the last encounter!
For the Warriors, they have not have the best preparation for the match with their last match being back at the start of September but will be up to try and bring some points back from Greenock.
The Warriors are in a rebuilding phase with the majority of the team new for this season or only have 1 season under their belts and will be going into this match as underdogs but as always will be fighting hard for the black and amber.
Meet at Bank Street at 10am
Kick off: 2pm
Starting Warriors XV: 1 E Jardine, 2 S Taylor, 3 M Cother, 4 H Paterson, 5 M Muir, 6 R Parker-Clevett, 7 A Cole, 8 A Clark (vc), 9 N Barlow (c), 10 L Stevenson, 11 I Cook, 12 M Brogan, 13 J Clark, 14 S Leesing, 15 K Morrison.
Warriors XV Replacements: 16 R Taylor, 17 B Carroll
YOUTH TEAMS IN ACTION
STOP PRESS: The U18 Boys win with Cumnock while the U14 and U16 Boys lose.But great games of rugby by all.
There are 4 teams in action at the weekend at home and around the country.
On Saturday, our U18 Boys are off to join Cumnock U18 Boys in their latest league game while on Sunday 3 teams take to the pitches.
At Violetbank, the U16 Boys take on Moffat in their latest league match. 2pm kick off
While the U14 Boys are on the road to Wigtownshire. TBC kick off
While the U18 Girls are off to Ayr Rugby for a Girls rugby festival. TBC Start time
Best of luck to all the teams this weekend.