THIS WEEK AT ANNAN RUGBY
Strength & Conditioning Circuits sessions for S1-S6 Boys and Girls returns on Monday
Plus training returns for all age groups. See https://annanrugby.com/our-teams/ for more info on times and locations
New players of any or no experience always wanted and welcome.
On Friday, its Annan’s Got Talent at 17 Bank Street. Now open to all ages to attend/perform. All welcome. See the Annan’s Got Talent Page for more info.
On Saturday both the 1st XV and 2nd XV are in action as they both host Kilmarnock.
You read that right, the 2nd XV have a home match!
1ST XV HOST KILMARNOCK
STOP PRESS: The 1st XV go down 21-19 to Kilmarnock this afternoon at a very heavy Violetbank.. 21-0 down at half time, the lads left themselves with just too much to do in the second. They came close though thanks to two Ollie Ferdinand tries, two Josh Whiteside conversions and a late Neal Coupland try. Losing bonus point but could have been so much more
The match report, the 6 tries from the match and full match highlights – Now Online
The 1st XV have their first home match of 2023 as they entertain Kilmarnock up at Violetbank.
Kilmarnock are having a decent season and are sitting 4th in the league with a played 10, won 6 record. They just lost last week to promotion chasing Stewartry and as a result a 2nd place and a play-off spot is looking unlikely for the East Ayrshire club but stranger things have happened.
For Annan they were unuckly last week to return from Lenzie with a loss but did pick up a losing bonus point that may come in handy later on in the season.
Annan still need a few more wins to ensure West 1 rugby for next season but do have 5 home matches left (and 2 away), so will be hoping that they can pick up the necessary points in these games.
The 1st XV have a decent record versus Kilmarnock at Violetbank, with 9 wins and a draw in the last 15 meetings but Kilmarnock have won the last 2 at Violetbank, so will be a interesting match up.
Kick off: 12.30pm
Starting XV: 1 Ryan Glass 2 Murray Forbes 3 Kieron Watret 4 Dan Robson 5 Ollie Ferdinand 6 Frazer Hope 7 Jacob Campbell 8 Sean Haren 9 Fraser McMillan 10 Josh Whiteside 11 James Kirby 12 Alex Halliday 13 Aaron Carmichael 14 Ben Conroy 15 Andrew Jancey (C)
Subs: 16 Kieran Warrick 17 Callum Smith 18 Willie Grey 19 Neil Coupland
2ND XV ALSO HOST KILMARNOCK
STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV also lost to Kilmarnock, this time 48-12. Mathew McClurg (T) and Fin McCartney (C & T) with the Annan points. The lads will be disappointed with the result but against the undefeated league leaders it was always going to be a tough match. Great to see 40+ Annan players at Violetbank though for the first time in awhile. Enjoy the shandies lads.
Match report and photos – Now Online
You read that right, the 2nd XV finally have another home match in the league this season.
With Kilmarnock putting out a 3rd XV last week, you know their 2nd XV will be coming down on Saturday to Violetbank.
Kilmarnock are vying for the title and have won the 5 matches they have played this season, with 4 more 28-0 walkovers.
For the 2nd XV having been scheduled 7 away matches (5 played, 1 walkover and 1 conceded) and only 3 home matches (1 played, 1 walkover and this one) this season, the SRU fixtures committee have not been exactly fair to the to the lads but it’s great to finally a home match,
After this match, the league will split into 2 halves for the remainder of the season.
For Annan, a win will most likely mean a top 6 finish and matches v Galloway (home), Dalziel (home), Carrick (home), Strathaven (away) and Kilmarnock (away). All 5 matches are likely to be fulfilled based on these teams fulfilment rates.
If Annan end up in the bottom 5, then we will most likely have Cambuslang (home), Strathendrick (home), Cumnock (home), Hillhead Jordanhill (away). Based on these opponents fulfillment rates, these matches are less likely to be fulfilled!
So a big match on Saturday for both team, for Kilmarnock a win will keep up their championship ambitions while for Annan a win would probably mean a decent run of games for the remainder of the season.
A big Annan support for both matches will as always be most appreciated by the lads.
Kick off: 12.30pm
Starting XV: 1 Alan Lee 2 John James McKay 3 Adam McMinn 4 Craig Bell 5 Tam Thorburn 6 Stewart Livingstone 7 Ryan Armstrong 8 Daniel Burns 9 Rory Livesey 10 Fin McCartney 11 Kieran Johnston 12 John Glendinning 13 Mathew McClurg 14 Bradley James 15 Alex Jones
Subs: 16 Declan Ferguson 17 Danny Lockerbie 18 Coll Irvine 19 Ewan Campbell 20 Jack Ogilvie 21 Keiran Riches 22 Alex Hodgson 23 Murdo Bruton