THIS WEEK AT ANNAN RUGBY
Walking Rugby and S1-S6 Strength and Conditioning Training continues 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.
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 Girls, U16 Boys, U18 Girls and Warriors squads all take to the rugby pitches.
With all the matches on Sunday at Violetbank and the 1st XV at Violetbank on Saturday. Not a bad bit of rugby watching this weekend
1ST XV ON HOST ARDROSSAN ON SATURDAY
STOP PRESS: The lads win 66-10. Lovely!
Tries from Aaron Carmichael (3), James Kirby (2), Ryan Glass, Michael Thompson, Neal Coupland, AJ, Murdo Bruton, Jonny C and 4 conversions and 1 penalty from Josh
Well played lads
The 1st XV welcome Ardrossan to Violetbank on Saturday for only the 3rd time. In fact the 1st XV’s have only met on 5 occasions, the last time being back in 2006. The 2nd XV’s teams have met on numerous times over the years though.
The only current 1st XV player who played in the 2005/06 season was Kieron Watret but Kieron was not in the team that last faced Ardrossan. For the record, Kieron has been playing off and on for the 1st XV since 1995!
Just as well as the 1st XV have never beaten Ardrossan 1st XV in those 5 attempts with a 10-10 draw the best Annan result back in 2005.
Ardrossan are in a rebuilding phase after being relegated to West 1 after 5 years in National 3 and a couple of years in National 2.
They, like Annan, are having a tough start to the season and currently lie in 9th spot with 4 defeats from 4. Annan are 1 win from 4 but Annan are currently on a 3 match losing streak.
So both teams will be wanting to stop the rot and get back to winning ways.
For Annan, the problem has been the 1st XV starting 15 has been changing from week to week for various reasons. So far Coach Carmichael has had to select 28 players in just 5 matches. This week will be no expectation as a number of players are off on a stag do.
With Stewartry looking like runaway leaders of West 1 and with Annan facing them the following Saturday, the Annan lads will be wanting to get a win under their belt and get a bit of confidence before they travel to the Greenlaw, which on current form is looking like a tough tough game for Annan.
Should be a great match though between Annan and Ardrossan as both teams try and put some space between them and the relegation spots. Or if you are being more optimistic, start the unbeaten run that leads to promotion!
Kick off is 3pm.
Starting 1st XV: 1 Ryan Glass, 2 Murray Forbes, 3 Kieran Warwick, 4 Michael Thompson, 5 Neal Coupland, 6 Frazer Hope, 7 Jacob Campbell, 8 Callum Bell, 9 Andrew Jancey, 10 Josh Whiteside, 11 Max Thorburn, 12 Jonny Callaghan, 13 Aaron Carmichael, 14 James Kirby, 15 Alex Halliday.
1st XV Replacements: 16 Ben Conroy, 17 Jack Graham, 18 Callum Smith, 19 Murdo Bruton.
THE 2ND XV ON THE ROAD ONCE AGAIN
STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV lose 42-3 with the points coming from a 1st half Scott Muir penalty. Onto the next one lads
For the 3rd time in 4 matches, the 2nd XV are off on the road. This time to old friends Dalziel – a team the 2nd XV have played numerous times over the years.
The 12 team West Reserve 3 Division is unfortunately already at the stage where the majority of matches are called off due to lack of player numbers for certain teams. Only 6 of the scheduled 18 matches have taken place and some of Saturdays 6 matches will no doubt suffer the same fate.
Luckily Dalziel are also one of the teams in the league who still manage to get a 2nd string out so this is little chance of this tie not going ahead.
2nd Team Coach Logan Johnstone is doing a lot of work behind the scenes and quite a number of players this season are making their 2nd XV debuts and in some cases, rugby debuts.
The teams met last met just before the 2020 shutdown of the league, with Dalziel winning 28-7 at Dalziel Park. Annan won the home tie earlier on in the same season.
For Annan, it’s been 3 defeats from 3, but with the new players coming in its all a learning curve just now and the results will come.
Kick off: 3pm
Starting 2nd XV: 1. Alan Lee, 2. John James, 3. Daniel Burns, 4. Tam (The Mighty) Thorburn, 5. Craig Bell, 6. Stewart Livingstone, 7. Aitken Render, 8. Declan Ferguson, 9. Ben Latimer, 10. Adam Carlyle, 11. Kieran Johnston, 12. Callum Taylor, 13. Finley McCartney, 14. Bradley James, 15. Alex Jones
2nd XV Replacements: 16.Scott Muir, 17.Keiron Riches, 18.Martin Roper, 19. Alex Hodgson
THE WARRIORS HOST WIGTOWNSHIRE LADIES
STOP PRESS: Tough day at the office for Warriors as they go down 80-25 to Wigtownshire Ladies
The Warriors points from: Kim McClure try, Nicole Barlow try, Ashley Cole try, Lexie Glendinning try, Rhianna Parker-Clevett try
The Warriors welcome Wigtownshire Ladies to Violetbank on Sunday. The last match of a day of rugby at Violetbank with 3 youth teams also in action.
This season in West 1 was all about gaining experience for the Warriors players, the majority who still have that 5 games or less under their belts.
Last week of the 16 who played against Greenock Wanderers, only 4 players would be classed as experienced with 170 matches between them. The 12 other players have combined total of just 71 matches. Or less than 6 each.
So every match is a learning experience just now for the Warriors and although heavily beaten in the last 2 matches, the players showed a lot of rugby skill with just the last phase of play/the old missed tackle letting them down.
As for Sundays opponents Wigtownshire Ladies, the teams have only met once for a 12 a-side friendly back in 2021. 104 points where shared between the teams that day. Sundays match might not be quite as high scoring but there will be tries and some great rugby on show.
Kick off: 2pm
Starting Warriors XV: 1 A Clark (vc), 2 S Taylor, 3 M Cother, 4 H Paterson, 5 M Muir, 6 R Parker-Clevett, 7 A Cole, 8 S Wylie, 9 N Barlow (c), 10 L Glendinning (vc), 11 I Cook, 12 L Stevenson, 13 J Clark, 14 K Morrison, 15 K McClure
Warriors XV Replacements: 16 M Brogan, 17 B Nelson, 18 E Jardine, 19 L McGregor, 20 R Taylor, 21 B Carroll
YOUTH TEAMS IN ACTION
STOP PRESS: The U14 Girls made it four wins from 4 matches today at Violetbank – Match Report Now Online
There are 4 teams in action at the weekend.
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 all at Violetbank
Starting us off are the U18 Girls who are hosting numerous teams from around the region in an U18 Girls Rugby Festival. All kicks off at 11am.
Then at 11.30am, the U16 Boys welcome Wigtownshire/Newton Stewart to Violetbank in their latest league match
While at 12.30pm the U14 Girls entertain Wigtownshire Girls and Cumnock Girls.
Not a bad way to spend your Sunday.
Best of luck to all the teams this weekend.