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U14 Girls and U16 Girls - Thursday at Violetbank. 7pm start.
New players always wanted and welcome at Annan Rugby. #JoinTheTeam
CONFIRMED WARRIORS FIXTURES FOR 2019/20
28TH MAY 2019
The Annan Warriors Tennent's National League fixtures for season 2019/20. Other fixtures will be added when known
NATIONAL 1 FIXTURES
18/08/19 - Broughton Ladies v Warriors
25/08/19 - Warriors v Stewartry Sirens
01/09/19 - Howe Harlequins v Warriors
08/09/19 - Glasgow Uni v Warriors
15/09/19 - Warriors v Garioch Ladies
22/09/19 - Heriots Ladies v Warriors
29/09/19 - Stand By Date
06/10/19 - Warriors v Oban Lorne Ladies
13/10/19 - Warriors v Broughton Ladies
20/10/19 - Stewartry Sirens v Warriors
27/10/19 - Warriors v Howe Harlequins
03/11/19 - Warriors v Glasgow Uni Ladies
10/11/19 - Garioch Ladies v Warriors
17/11/19 - Warriors v Heriots Ladies
24/11/19 - Oban Lorne v Warriors
01/12/19 - Stand By Date
08/12/19 - Match A: Bottom of National 1 v Top East 1
08/12/19 - Match B: Top West 1 v Top North 1
Winners of both matches will enter the National 1 Play Off match
Please Note: If the National 1 team loses in Match A, they will be relegated to the Regional Leagues.
NATIONAL 1 PLAYOFF FINAL
15/12/19 - Winners of Match A v Winners of Match B
Winners (if the National 1 team) will remain in National 1 or be promoted to National 1 (if a Regional team)
Losers (if a Regional team) will remain in the Regional league or be relegated to the Regional Leagues (if the National 1 team)
PREMIERSHIP PLAYOFF FINAL
15/12/19 - Loser of Premiership Playoff (5th v 6th) v Top of National 1
Winners (if the Premiership team) will remain in the Premiership or be promoted to the Premiership (if the National 1 team)
22/12/19 - Stand By Date
12/01/19 - Stand By Date
WARRIORS AT THE BIGGAR SEVENS
25TH MAY 2019
BOWL WIN FOR THE WARRIORS
Final piece of silverware for the Warriors for this season as they win the Bowl at the Annual Biggar Sevens.
Well played Warriors
PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
11TH MAY 2019
2018/19 WARRIORS PLAYER AWARDS
Most Improved Player of the Year: Megan Alexander
Players Player of the Year: Nicole Barlow
Player of the Year: Nicole Barlow
Well done and well deserved to Megan and Nicole.
3 TEAMS IN ACTION ON SATURDAY
4TH MAY 2019
WARRIORS, U18 AND U15 HORNETS ALL IN ACTION
On Saturday, 3 Womens/Girls teams are in action.
The U15 and U18 Hornets are on the road over the border to Maryport to take on Netherhall and Preston Grasshoppers. Kick off: 1.30pm.
STOP PRESS: The Hornets do well at Maryport - Match Report
Players to meet at 11.30am.
While at Violetbank, the Annan Warriors host Llangollen Ceiriog Ladies, a touring team from Wales.
STOP PRESS: The Warriors win a great match v Llangollen Ladies - Match Report
Warriors to meet at Violetbank at 12.30pm for the 2pm KO
Annan Warriors XV Starting 15: 1 Ashley Clark, 2 M Alexander, 3 J Dalgliesh, 4 K Warrick, 5 C Clark, 6 L Moffat, 7 N Barnes, 8 C Barnes (c), 9 N Barlow, 10 M McGeoch, 11 M Ker, 12 E Henderson, 13 C O'Connell, 14 K Barlow, 15 K Taylor
Annan Warriors XV Replacements: 16 M Parker 17 L Kyle 18 M Muir 19 S Grainger 20 L Vevers 21 R Armstrong 22 L Glendinning
Good luck to all the teams on Saturday
3 TEAMS IN ACTION ON SUNDAY
28TH APRIL 2019
WARRIORS, U16 AND U13 HORNETS ALL IN ACTION
STOP PRESS: Great performances from the teams who were 100% against all the teams they played!, Lovely!
On Sunday, 3 Womens/Girls teams are in action at Violetbank.
The U13 Hornets host Penrith Girls with a 12.30pm kick off while the U16 Hornets entertain both Penrith and Biggar Girls with a 1pm start.
Cumbrian Girls from Maryport may also be attending with U13 and U16 teams.
At 2pm, the Annan Warriors will take on Biggar Ladies. This is the first pre league season warm up match for the Warriors.
All players to meet at Violetbank as arranged with their coaches.
Best of luck to all the teams on Sunday,
THE WARRIORS AND HORNETS BOTH LOSE
31ST MARCH 2019
THE WARRIORS GO DOWN TO STIRLING
At a sunny Violetbank, the Annan Warriors and Stirling County Ladies took to the pitch for a preliminary round match in the Sarah Beaney Cup.
The ladies from Stirling were favourites after the teams met back in September, with Stirling winning 72-12. Twas the Warriors first match in the Premier league so you knew the Warriors would have taken on board their experiences from the top division to make this match a closer encounter.
The Warriors started the brighter and it was no surprise when Captain Chelsea Barnes led by example and scored the opening try on the 10th minute Mally with the conversation.
Stirling hit back though through 2 quick converted tries. 14-7 and only 17 minutes played.
It was a physical battle with both teams putting in some crunching tackles.
And just before half time, the Warriors scored again. Allana McWilliam with a great try. 12-14 and thats how the half ended.
With the sun at their backs, the Warriors were looking to produce a shock result! Alas almost straight from the kick off Stirling County scored and it was 21-12.
Not long after it was 28-12. Stirling County Ladies finding that extra gear the Warriors were struggling to cope with.
But this is the Warriors, they adapted and scored next through the Barlow by the name of Nicole. 17-28.
Unfortunately, County scored not long after. 35-17 and with 25 to go you felt the match was probably out of reach for the Warriors. It certainly was when a few minutes later it was 42-17.
The Warriors never gave up as usual, and Ms Barlow scored her 2nd try of the match. Converted and it was 24-42 with 18 to go or so.
Things tightened up, with only a few scoring chances. Stirling took one more but it was the Warriors had the last word with a well worked Abbie Clark try.
Final Score: 47-29 to Stirling County Ladies
Congratulations to Stirling who enter the next round of the Sarah Beaney Cup.
As for the Warriors, the road to Murrayfield ends for another year. The Warriors will get to a final one of these years!
For me, they should do what a lot of teams do and get themselves into the Bowl or Plate competitions! Alas the Warriors, being Warriors this is never an option! Cup or bust. Tis the Warriors way!
As for the Warriors next match, watch this space!
THE U15 HORNETS EXIT THE SHIELD
The U15 Hornets travelled to Ellon for the Shield match v Grampian Girls.
The Hornets found themselves 38-10 down at half time but came roaring back in the 2nd at at one point it was 25-43 but alas the girls from Grampian upped a gear in the last 10 and it ended 78-35.
Well played Hornets and safe journey home. Just a wee 200 miles back to Annan!
WARRIORS START THEIR PRE-SEASON FIXTURES
17TH FEBRUARY 2019
WARRIORS ON THE ROAD
On Sunday, the Annan Warriors travel to National 2 champions Kelso Ladies in a pre-season match ahead of the start of the season proper away to Glasgow Uni in a couple of weeks.
It should be a great game of rugby as the Kelso Ladies will be wanting to continue their fine run of late and the Warriors will be wanting to get back to winning ways after their tough stint in the Premier Division.
Players to meet at clubhouse at 10.30am for the 2pm kick off.
Warriors Squad: N Barnes, M Alexander, E Jardine, J Dalgliesh, Ashley Clark, L Kyle, J Park , K Warrick, Abbie Clark, C Clark, L Moffat, A McWilliam, L Glendinning, C Barnes (c), N Barlow, M McGeoch, L Vevers, M Ker, A Armstrong, E Henderson, C O'Connell, K Barlow, K Taylor
U15 HORNETS AT SCOTSTOUN
1ST FEBRUARY 2019
U15 IN GLASGOW AT THE SCOTLAND V ITALY MATCH
STOP PRESS: The Hornets win 4-2 v Waysiders. Well played Hornets
The U15 Hornets are at Scotstoun on Friday at half-time at the Scotland v Italy nations women match. Game is on BBC Alba. #MonTheHornets
SARAH BEANEY CUP DRAW
9TH JANUARY 2019
ROAD TO MURRAYFIELD BEGINS
The Sarah Beaney group pool stages have been drawn and the Annan Warriors are in group 10 along with Glasgow Uni (National 1), Ardrossan Accies (West) and Greenock Wanderers (West)
Warriors: 8 - 9pm
HORNETS ON THE ROAD
25TH NOVEMBER 2018
HORNETS AWAY TO HILLHEAD JORDANHILL
STOP PRESS: Alas matches cancelled as too many players unavailable.
The U15 and U18 Hornets compete in their latest Mirage Conference match when they travel to Hillhead Jordanhill. Kick off at time of writing TBC
Players to meet as arranged with the coaches. Best of luck to the teams this weekend.
HORNETS AT HOME
18TH NOVEMBER 2018
HORNETS HOST MURRAYFIELD
STOP PRESS: The U15 Hornets get a great victory while the U18 Hornets despite a great effort go down to the Edinburgh side Match Report
At Violetbank, the U15 and U18 Hornets will be hosting their counterparts from Murrayfield Wanderers in their latest Mirage league game. Kick Offs: 12pm.
Get yourself along and watch some future Annan Warriors and hopefully some Scotland internationalists!
Players to meet with the coaches as arranged
Best of luck to all the teams this weekend.
END OF THE SEASON FOR THE WARRIORS
11TH NOVEMBER 2018
WARRIORS LOSE TO THE SIRENS.
The Warriors took to the Greenlaw pitch at Stewartry for their last Premier league game. A win would mean the Warriors would win the mini Premier B league game but they would have to get past the Sirens.
The Sirens had won at Violetbank earlier this season, something teams from Stewartry rarely get to enjoy, so the Warriors knew they had to be at their best to get some if not all of the points.
The Warriors would also be missing top try scorer Jane "The Flash" Stewart who is carrying an injury but top try scorer this season Abbie "Say hello to my little palm" Clark was playing, one of the Warriors danger players.
It was a very physical start from the home team but it wasn't until the 18 minute until the first score. 5-0 to the Sirens.
On the 36 minute the Sirens took it to 12-0 and thats how the half ended.
A big second half was required from the Warriors if they wanted to get back into the game.
And the big second half started well for the Warriors as, who else but, Abbie "Face, meet Palm" Clark romped over for her 10th try of the season. Mal with the conversation. 12-7 and game on!
The Warriors pushed for the winning try but alas it was the Sirens who scored with 10 to go to take the game out of reach of the Warriors on the 70th minute.
The Warriors had the last word though as at the death, Correy Clark crossed the whitewash, Mal with the conversion. 17-14 and losing bonus point gained.
So congratulations to the Sirens.
The Sirens should beat next seasons Premier league team Cartha Ladies and the Premier B mini league will be theirs.
So the 2018 season is over for the Warriors. It's been emotional!
Watch this space as the new 2019 season starts in, err, 2019! with a new cup structure to start it all off in the new year.
Both teams will be in National 1 next season so SW Scotland Womens rugby bragging rights will be up for grabs again in the not to distant future.
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
DERBY DAY FOR THE WARRIORS
11TH NOVEMBER 2018
WARRIORS OFF TO STEWARTRY
So the last Warriors Premier B match of 2018 and its a nice wee derby game away to Stewartry Sirens!
With only 3 teams in Premier B and after the Warriors great bonus point win v Cartha Ladies, the Warriors would end up on top of the mini Premier B table with any sort of win on Sunday.
The Sirens did find some form in their last 2 games in the Premier league and will be wanting to continue this trend on Sunday!
A win for the Sirens then it would all come down to their last game away to Cartha the following week. A Cartha win there and it would all come down to bonus points and difference!
So the Warriors travel to the Greenlaw for the first time to face local friends and rivals Stewartry Sirens.
The Sirens, like the Warriors had been finding life in the Premier league tough this season but they did win their last 2 games before the split. One of those wins was versus the Warriors at Violetbank when the Ladies from Castle Douglas won 31-10.
Both teams will be wanting the win in this game. For the Warriors it would mean they would end up top of Premier B while for the Sirens it would take it to their last game of the season v Cartha.
There will be a bus going from Annan for supporters. £10 per person. Contact Warriors manager Tracy Whiteside if you would like a seat. The bigger support the better!
Players to meet at Bank Street for a 11.30am for the 2pm KO
Warriors Starting XV from: M Parker, J Dalgliesh, E Jardine, L Kyle, M Alexander, C Clark, Abbie Clark, K Warrick, N Barnes, N Dobie, C Barnes (c), L Moffat, C Ritchie, L Glendinning, N Barlow, M McGeoch, E Henderson, K Taylor, J Stewart, C O'Connell, A Armstrong, L Vevers, K Barlow, R Armstrong
HORNETS ON THE ROAD
4TH NOVEMBER 2018
OFF TO STIRLING
The mighty U15 and U18 Hornets are on the road to take on Stirling County Girls. Stirling are top of the Mirage league so it will be a big ask of the Hornets to win these matches, but this is the Hornets so you will know they will give it their all and return with some points!
Kick offs: 12pm
Players to meet as arranged with the coaches
STOP PRESS: The U15 Hornets go down to Stirling despite a great first half. Final Score 59-7. The U18 Hornets match was called off due to lack of numbers
From Coach Henderson: "Outstanding performance by the U15 Girls. Got beat 59-7 but in the first half, Stirling only marginally better than us. No-one better than Emilia on the pitch and opposition very complimentary with Zoe Mitchell's performance. A proud coach with all 12 girls playing well. Thanks Billy"
MIXED FORTUNES FOR THE TEAMS
28TH OCTOBER 2018
WARRIORS BEAT CARTHA
The Warriors took to the Violetbank pitch for their last home league game of 2018 against a Cartha side who the Warriors had just beat in their last encounter.
Twas a great start for the Warriors as Abbie "Hand Off" Clark crossed the white was on the 5th minute. Mal with the conversion, This was Abbies 9th try of the season.
Like the first match, Cartha came back strongly and drew level on the 12 minute with a well worked converted try. 7-7
Unlike the high scoring away match, defences were on top in this game and it wasn't until the 33rd minute that there was another score. And it was the Clark sister by the name of Correy that scored. Her 2nd try of the season. Mal with the conversion. 14-7 which was also how the half ended.
The 2nd half started and it was the Warriors who started the better and it was no surprise when Jane "Slightly Fast" Stewart crossed over for her 6th of the season. Janes 88th try for the Warriors! Mal with the conversion 21-7 with 32 to go.
Twas end to end stuff from both teams but the odd knock on and great defence kept the score down.
But with 12 to go, who else but Jane "The Rocket" scored her 89th try for the Warriors. 26-7. Try bonus point gained. Could the Warriors see out the game?
Final score: Warriors 26-7 to the Warriors. Nice!
The Warriors now travel to Castle Douglas on the 11th November as they take on Stewartry Sirens in what could be a winner takes all Premier B clash.
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
HORNETS GO DOWN TO BIGGAR
U15 Hornets 17 v Biggar Girls 54
U18 Hornets 5 v Biggar Girls 45
Well played to all the teams. Some great rugby on show.
The Hornets are off to Stirling County next Sunday
HORNETS AND WARRIORS AT HOME ON SUNDAY
28TH OCTOBER 2018
WARRIORS HOST CARTHA
So the last home match for the Warriors in this years Premier Division is versus Cartha Queens Park Ladies on Sunday.
The Premier league has split into 2 with Annan, Cartha and Stewartry playing each other over the next few weeks.
After this Sundays match, the Warriors then travel the short distance to Castle Douglas for the derby rematch with Stewartry Sirens.
The Warriors will be wanting to end this part of the league season on a winning note so you know as always the Warriors will be giving their all to try and make this happen.
So the Warriors welcome the Cartha Queens Park Ladies to Violetbank for the first time.
The teams of course met back in September when the Warriors ran out 53-41 in a try fest of a match!
Both teams have had some high scoring matches in this division this season, alas the majority of the points coming from the opposition.
But as was seen in the away match, both Annan and Cartha are fairly evenly matched and like to play attacking running rugby and Sunday match will not be an exception you would think.
A win for the Warriors would mean the next match v Stewartry Sirens in a couple of weeks would mean a win for the Warriors and they would be winners of this mini league. The same goes for Cartha as well though and Sirens will be thinking the same!
It's like every team wants to win Premier B. Who would have thought!
All to play for on Sunday.
Players to meet at Violetbank at 12.30pm for the 2pm kick off
Warriors Starting XV: 1 M Parker
2 M Alexander
3 N Barnes
4 Abbie Clark
5 K Warrick
6 C Clark
7 A McWilliam
8 C Barnes (c)
9 N Barlow
10 M McGeoch
11 J Stewart
12 A Armstrong
13 C O'Connell
14 E Henderson
15 K Taylor
Replacements: 16 J Dalgliesh
17 L Kyle
18 L Moffat
19 R Armstrong
20 L Vevers
U15 AND U18 HORNETS FACE BIGGAR
The U15 and U18 Hornets are also at home on Sunday as they both face Biggar Girls at Violetbank.
Biggar Girls are one of the top girls rugby teams in Scotland so the Hornets will need to be on the top of their game to pick up the points.
The Hornets have 2 games left after this one in the league this year. Travelling to leaders Stirling County next week then hosting Murrayfield Wanderers on the 18th November.
Players to meet as arranged with the coaches for the 11.30am kick offs.
HORNETS IN ACTION
7TH OCTOBER 2018
HORNETS OFF TO CARTHA
With the Warriors taking a break, its the Hornets that will represent the girls this weekend at Annan (and the odd great player in the tigers!)
In league action, the U15 and U18 Hornets girls squads are off to old rivals Cartha Queens Park.
Both teams lost to Cartha last year, the U18's at Murrayfield in the Bowl Final, so both teams will be wanting to finally getting tick in the win column.
Players to meet as arranged with the coaches for the 11.15am kick offs.
Best of luck to the Hornets.
STOP PRESS: Hornets lost both games but great rugby on display - Match Reports
LOCAL DERBY CLASH AT VIOLETBANK
3OTH SEPTEMBER 2018
DERBY DAY LOSS FOR THE WARRIORS
The Warrior took to the Violetbank pitch for their first ever competitive match against local friends and rivals Stewartry Sirens.
A win for the Warriors would take them above Stewartry in the league with one match to play before the league splits into 2. The Warriors last match is supposed to be against Murrayfield Wanderers Ladies. This game is very unlikely to be taking place.
It was an end to end half. The Sirens struck first on the 10 minute to take a 5-0 lead but the Warriors hit back a few minutes later thanks to an Abbie Clark try. Abbies 7th try of the season.
A few minutes later though it was 10-5 to the Sirens who crossed the whitewash again with a well worked try. The supporters were getting their monies worth.
Things calmed down on the try front for the next 15 or so but both teams had chances.
But with about 7 to go before the half time whistle, the Sirens extended their lead to 17-5. And thats how the half ended.
Big second half required by the Warriors required!
Alas it was Stewartry that scored next on the 45th minute. A converted try and it was 24-5. Almost getting close to game over time!
The match tightened up again and it wasn't until the 67th minute that the next try was scored. And it was the try machine Abbie again to take it to 24-10
13 to go? Chance perhaps?
The Warriors did indeed have chances but the game was put out of reach of the Warriors, when the Sirens scored their 5th try of match to take it to 31-10.
And that was the final score.
So congratulations to the Sirens.
As always, the Warriors will have learnt a lot from this game to take forward into the next match. Talking of which, the Warriors next league match will be on the 28th October after the league splits into two. Opponents and venue to be confirmed.
Watch this space for any potential friendlies in the meantime.
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
FEAST OF LADIES RUGBY AT VIOLETBANK
3OTH SEPTEMBER 2018
LOCAL DERBY FOR THE WARRIORS
So after last Sundays great result away to Cartha Queens Park, the Warriors gained their first points and win of the season.
This means that Sundays game v Stewartry Sirens will decide which SW team gets the bragging rights being the top team in SW Scotland (until the league split at least!)
The following Sunday the Warriors are due to host Murrayfield Wanderers but not sure it will be taking place. Therefore Sundays game could be the last match before the league splits into 2.
All to play for!
So the Warriors welcome the Sirens to Violetbank for the 1st time in a competitive match on Sunday.
The teams have met in a couple of preseason friendlies over the past few years, with both teams winning 1 of the matches
Both teams will be up for this clash.
For the Sirens it will be to banish the heavy defeat last week to Watsonian Ladies (we know the feeling!).
For the Warriors, they will be wanting to add to their great win last weekend and end this part of the league season on a high.
Players to meet at Violetbank at 12.30pm for the 2pm kick off.
Warriors Starting XV: 1 N Barnes 2 M Alexander 3 E Jardine 4 Abbie Clark 5 K Warrick 6 C Clark 7 A McWilliam 8 C Barnes (c) 9 N Barlow 10 C O'Connell 11 R Armstrong 12 A Armstrong 13 J Stewart 14 L Vevers 15 K Taylor
Warriors Replacements: 16 M Parker 17 L Moffat 18 J Dalgliesh 19 E Henderson 20 K Barlow
HORNETS ALSO AT HOME
STOP PRESS: The Hornets go down in both games. Both teams played really well with some cracking tries scored.
The 2 Hornets teams are also at home on Sunday, with the U15 and U18 Girls taking on Hillhead Jordanhill in the Mirage Conference clash.
After last weeks double win, the Hornets will be well up for continuing their winning form at Violetbank
Players to meet as arranged with their coaches.
Kick offs: 11.00am
3 FROM 3 FOR THE WOMEN OF ANNAN
23RD SEPTEMBER 2018
BOOM....THERE IT IS
The Warriors travelled to Glasgow to take on Cartha knowing that they were getting closer to getting their first points in the Premier League.
To cut a long story (40 mins first half) short, come half time it was 25-19 to the Warriors! A hat-trick for the returning Jane Stewart and 2 tries from the Clark sisters meant the Warriors were on top after the first 40. A try bonus point to boot,
In the second half, it was all to play for.
Again to keep things simple and to wait for the main match report from a proud coach, the Warriors ran out 41 v 53 winners.
Tries from Abbie Clark (x2), Jane again, Allana and the boot of Mal (x4) meant it was a great and first win in the Premier Division.
The Warriors showed they deserve to be here and now look forward to the local clash v Stewartry Sirens next week at Violetbank.
Match Report / Match Highlights
THE 2 HORNETS TEAMS ALSO WON
Actual scores TBC but it was 2 wins from 2 for the U15 and U18 Hornets v Ayr Girls.
Edit: twas 50-48 to the U15 Hornets. 54-0 to the U18 Hornets
WARRIORS AND HORNETS ON THE ROAD
23RD SEPTEMBER 2018
WARRIORS AWAY TO CARTHA
The Warriors are off to Cartha Queens Park on Sunday for their latest Premier Division match.
For the Warriors, last Sundays game v Watsonian Ladies, despite the result, was the Warriors best performance to date. The last 20 in the matches seems to be when the Warriors defence leak the most tries. Tighten that up and the first points of the campaign are near!
After this weekends game, the next match of the Premier league is a home tie v Stewartry Sirens. This will be a local derby thats been in the making since the Warriors formed in 2014/15. This and next Sundays games should be crackers!
So the Warriors travel to Cartha Queens Park on Sunday for their latest league match.
The teams have never met but the clubs have with the 1st XV, 2nd XV, Hornets and Tigers having all played Cartha in recent years,
In fact the Hornets play Cartha in a couple of weeks in the Mirage league.
This will be the last away league game of this years Premier league. The Warriors will be wanting to finally get some well deserved points on the board either via a try bonus, losing bonus or most preferably a win!
A win on Sunday then next weeks match v Stewartry could take the Warriors to 6th placed finish. Possibly higher as unlikely the match v Murrayfield Ladies will take place.
For Cartha, they will be wanting to consolidate their mid-table position. A 3rd placed finish is still within Cartha grasp.
Should be a great advert for the game on Sunday. Both teams still have lots to prove and play for.
Players to meet at Bank Street at 10 am for the 2pm kick off
Warriors Starting XV: 1 M Parker 2 M Alexander 3 E Jardine 4 Abbie Clark 5 K Warrick 6 C Clark 7 A McWilliam 8 C Barnes (c) 9 N Barlow 10 M McGeoch 11 R Armstrong 12 A Armstrong 13 J Stewart 14 K Barlow 15 K Taylor
Replacements: 16 M Ker
U15 AND U18 HORNETS ON THE ROAD
The U15 and U18 Hornets are on the road to Ayr as they continue their Mirage League campaign against some tough opponents. Both matches kick off at 11.30am.
All players to meet as arranged with their respective coaches.
Best of luck to the Hornets
WARRIORS AT HOME
16TH SEPTEMBER 2018
WARRIORS HOST WATSONIAN LADIES
STOP PRESS: The Warriors go down 55-14. Great performance and scoreline was not reflective of the game. Abbie Clark with the 2 Warriors tries and Mally with 2 conversions.
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
After last weeks game versus Hillhead Jordanhill ladies had to be conceded due to injuries and unavailable Warriors, (a friendly between the teams is being arranged for the new year) the Warriors turn to Sunday as they host Watsonian Ladies.
Watsonian Ladies have a played 3 won 2 record so far in the Premier league, although one of the wins was a walkover.
With Hillhead Ladies looking like they are the team to beat this season, Watsonian Ladies will still be eying the potential top spot.
For the Warriors, its been a tough but expected start to life in the Premier league.
At home you feel the Warriors always have a chance and they will be wanting to take the lessons of the past two Premier league matches and get their first point or points on the board on Sunday.
So the Warriors host Watsonian Ladies on Sunday at Violetbank.
Unusually for a team in the Premier league, the teams have actually met before when they clashed in the Sarah Beaney Cup last season at Violetbank.
Watsonian Ladies came out on top but the Warriors did score a couple of great tries.
Again it will be a tough ask for the Warriors to claim all the points in this game but the Warriors will, as always, be up for the challenge.
Players to meet at Violetbank at 12.30 for the 14.00 KO.
For Watsonian Ladies they will be wanting to keep up their challenge to the top spot with Hillhead Jordanhill
Warriors Squad: 1 M Parker, 2 L Moffat, 3 E Jardine, 4 Abbie Clark, 5 C Clark, 6 A McWilliam, 7 N Barnes, 8 C Barnes (c), 9 N Barlow, 10 M McGeoch, 11 K Barlow, 12 A Armstrong, 13 C O'Connell, 14 R Armstrong, 15 K Taylor, 16 M Alexander, 17 J Dalgliesh.
3 TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
8TH/9TH SEPTEMBER 2018
U15 AND U18 HORNETS HOST CAITHNESS
STOP PRESS: SCORES ON THE DOORS: MIRAGE LEAGUE
U15 Hornets 5 v Caithness U15 Girls 57
U18 Hornets 24 v Caithness U18 Girl 83
Well played to both teams. A tough shift but all rugby is good rugby!
Safe journey home to Caithness Girls! Great commitment!
U18 Match Photos / U18 Match Highlights
U15 try from Sarah Hunter
U18 points from Ellie Henderson (2 tries), Lily Glendinning (2 tries) and Jenna Paterson (2 conversions)
If there is an award for rugby dedication, its to Caithness Girls Rugby as they travel to 360 plus miles to Annan on Friday and Saturday to take on the Annan U15 and U18 Hornets on Saturday morning at Violetbank!
Thats commitment to the cause!
Kick off for both games in 11.30am and a big Annan support would be most welcome to support Caithness and the Hornets.
This is the opening home game of the Mirage league.
Hornets to meet as arranged with the coaches.
Best of luck to the girls.
MASSIVE GAME FOR THE WARRIORS
STOP PRESS: WARRIORS MATCH OFF
Alas the efforts/injuries from the last two weeks matches and Warrior unavailability means that Sundays Premier league match v Hillhead Jordanhill Ladies has been conceded.
The teams have agreed to play a friendly match in the new year however as to be the best, you have to play the best!
So with the Warriors first foray into the Premier Division being the expected steep learning curve, Sundays opponents Hillhead Jordanhill will be the toughest game the Warriors have ever faced.
Not that the Warriors wont be giving 100% as always but against the best Womens team in Scotland at the moment, very few teams return from the Hughenden ground with the points.
Hillhead Jordanhill are stacked with Scottish Internationalists and are the current league and cup holders and are also top the league after the first 2 game.
It will be a tough ask for the Warriors to get a result of some sort in this match, but rugby can be a funny old game and this is the Warriors after all!
So the Warriors travel to HillHead Jordanhill for the first time.
Like last weeks opponents, Corstorphine Cougars, other teams in the club have played Sundays opponents but this will the debut match between the senior women's teams.
Hillhead Jordanhill will go into this game as huge favourites but the Annan Warriors will be making sure the Glasgow ladies will have to work for the full 80 if they are to claim the points.
For the Warriors, its been a tough introduction to life in the Premier league and after this game the Warriors will host Watsonian Ladies next week at Violetbank.
The Warriors could have turned down promotion last season (which has happened in the past to various league winners) but the Warriors knew that every game in the Premier league is gaining them valuable experience for the next match.
The only way is up for the Warriors!
Warriors Starting XV: TBC
Warriors Replacements: TBC
IMPROVED PERFORMANCE BUT END IN DEFEAT
2ND SEPTEMBER 2018
WARRIORS GO DOWN IN EDINBURGH
The Warriors travelled to Edinburgh for the first away tie in the Tennent's Premier League to take on Corstorphine Cougars
The first quarter was action packed but unfortunately for the Warriors it was the Cougars who took control with 3 well worked tries to the Warriors 1. The Warriors try coming from Abbie Clark. 15-5. 15 minutes played. Frantic start.
In the 2nd quarter of the half, things settled down for a bit and it wasn't until the 35th minute that there was another score.
Alas for the Warriors it was for the Cougars who scored and who took a 22-5 lead into the the half time break.
The Warriors were playing well when they had the ball but their defence had allowed a few soft tries and the game was starting to drift away from them.
Big second half required.
However it was the Cougars who scored the first points in the 2nd half with a well worked try to take it to 29-5. The Warriors were now playing for pride as the match looked out of reach.
For the next 10 mins though it was nip and tuck with the Warriors getting back into the game but just the last pass going astray.
But again a couple of defences lapses and the Cougars scored a couple of quick tries and it was 43-5 with about 20 to go.
Both teams has chances to add to the score in the last 20 and it was the Cougars who had the final say in the match and added 3 late tries to take the final score to 62-5.
Despite the score, an improved performance from the Warriors but it will take a will take a few more matches for the Warriors to adjust to the pace of the Premier league.
Anyway, the Warriors will take the experience from the game and add it to the rugby knowledge bank! Onto the next game Warriors!
The Warriors now have the toughest match of the season as they travel to Hillhead Jordanhill next Sunday. Then they are home to Watsonian Ladies the following week. A couple of big game coming up!
LEAGUE SEASON CONTINUES
2ND SEPTEMBER 2018
WARRIORS OFF TO THE CAPITAL
The Warriors travel to Edinburgh on Sunday for their 2nd match in the Premier league.
Last Sundays match v Stirling County showed what kind of pace the Premier league is played at. It will no doubt take a few games for the Warriors to adjust,
The other teams in the league have been playing at this level for many a year, so every game for the Warriors just adds to the Warriors players experience.
Corstorphine Cougars started their league campaign with a narrow away loss to Watsonian Ladies.
So both teams will be wanting to get the 4 or 5 points from this match to take into the next game. Which for the Warriors is away to current league champions Hillhead Jordanhill.
So the Warriors travel to Corstorphine for the first time.
The other teams in the club have played the Edinburgh club, with the U15 Hornets taking on the combined Lismore/RHC girls team at the time back in 2016. A wee Bowl Final win!
As was mentioned above, both teams will be wanting to get a win under their belts and get some points on the board.
Will be a tough tough game, with a couple of new faces in the Warriors team, and Corstorphine will be favourites to take the points. But this is the Warriors. Enough said.
Players to meet at Bank Street at 10am for the 2pm KO
Warriors Starting XV: 1 M Parker, 2 A McWilliam, 3 E Jardine, 4 Abbie Clark, 5 C Clark, 6 N Barnes, 7 S Grainger, 8 C Barnes (c), 9 N Barlow, 10 M McGeoch, 11 R Armstrong, 12 A Armstrong, 13 J Stewart, 14 C O'Connell , 15 K Taylor
Warriors Subs: 16 L Thompson, 17 E Henderson
LEAGUE SEASON STARTS
26TH AUGUST 2018
VIOLETBANK START FOR THE WARRIORS
STOP PRESS: The Warriors go down 72-12 to Stirling. Great effort but it will take a few matches for the Warriors to get up to speed with the difference in Premier league rugby
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
The Warriors take to the pitch on Sunday for their debut match in the Premier Division.
It will be the Warriors first competitive game of the season although they played Carlisle Cougars on Tuesday in a training match.
Stirling County will be the opposition and it will be a huge step up from National 1 that the Warriors won last year.
So we welcome Stirling County to Annan and Violetbank for the first time.
For the record, this might be the first time the 2 clubs have met at any level. Especially at Violetbank anyway.
Stirling Ladies have been a mainstay in the Premier Division over the years and were 4th last year.
In this shortened season as the Women's game restructures to the new structure in 2019, both teams will be wanting to start the season with a win.
Should be a great game at Violetbank. Players to meet at Violetbank at 12.30 for the 14.00 kick off.
Warriors Squad: 1 M Parker, 2 A McWilliam, 3 E Jardine, 4 Abbie Clark, 5 C Clark, 6 L Moffat, 7 S Grainger, 8 N Barnes (Joint Capt.), 9 N Barlow, 10 M McGeoch, 11 R Armstrong, 12 L Vevers, 13 J Stewart, 14 K Barlow, 15 K Taylor (Joint Capt.), 16 M Alexander, 17 L Thompson
HORNETS OFF TO THE CAPITAL
STOP PRESS: Mixed fortunes as the U15 Hornets go down 52-14 but the U18 Hornets won convincingly in a development match. Well played Hornets. Onto the next one!
The U15 and U18 start their league season with a trip to Edinburgh to take on old friends Lismore Ladies.
The teams have met numerous times over the years with every match being very competitive and Sundays matches will be no exception!
Team to meet with the coaches as arranged for the 11.30 kick offs.
11TH AUGUST 2018
YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!
WARRIORS AT THE MOFFAT TENS
28TH JULY 2018
LADIES LOSE IN THE FINAL
Two Annan teams travelled to Moffat for their Annual Tens competition.
The Warriors took on Stewartry Sirens and Oban Ladies over 6 group matches.
The Warriors started like a house on fire and won their first games v each team. They then faded a bit and lost the next 3 games but bounced back to win their last game v Oban.
Overall the Warriors played 6 won 3 lost 3 in the group games.
Against Stewartry Sirens it was 17 points to the Warriors and 14 against.
Against Oban Ladies it was 39 points to the Warriors and 19 against.
With Oban besting Stewartry in their 3 matches, this meant the final would be between the Warriors and Oban!
So for the 4th time, the teams took to the Moffat pitch and for the 2nd time it was the Ladies from the North who came out on top 12-7.
Well played anyway to the Warriors. Onto the start of the Premier league season in just 4 weeks!
Game 1: Warriors 7 v Stewartry Sirens 0
Try from Sarah Grainger and converted by Allana McWilliam
Game 2: Warriors 19 v Oban Ladies 0
Tries from Abbie Clark, Kirsty Barlow (1st try for the Warriors) and Jane Stewart with 2 converted by Allana McWilliam
Game 3: Warriors 5 v Stewartry Sirens 7
Try from Rachel Armstrong
Game 4: Warriors 10 v Oban Ladies 12
Tries from Abbie Clark and Chelsea Barnes
Game 5: Warriors 5 v Stewartry Sirens 7
Try from Nicole Barlow
Games 6: Warriors 10 v Oban Ladies 7
Tries from Sarah Grainger (2)
Final Warriors 7 v Oban Ladies 12
Try from Jane Stewart converted by Allana McWilliam
Match Report /
TEAMS OFF TO THE MOFFAT TENS
28TH JULY 2018
2 ANNAN TEAMS TRAVEL ON SATURDAY
Annan travel to Moffat on Saturday to take part in the Annual Moffat 10s Tournament at The Holm. This year the tournament features women's rugby for the first time with Annan Warriors participating.
Annan Warriors 10 will play in a league comprising Annan, Biggar and Stewartry with the Warriors playing their first match against Stewartry Sirens with a 1.30pm KO.
Warriors Squad: C Barnes (c), L Moffat, N Barnes, Abbie Clark, S Grainger, N Barlow, A McWilliam, L Vevers, J Stewart, K Taylor, K Barlow
Players to meet at clubhouse at 11:15am
Annan men's 10 will play in a league comprising Annan, Oban, Stewartry and Walkerburn with Annan playing their first game against Walkerburn with a 12.45pm KO
Annan 10's squad: TBC
Players to meet at clubhouse at 11.15am
REALISE YOUR INNER HORNET/WARRIOR
TRAINING HAS RESTARTED
For all Ladies U12-Adult - currentrly down at the Everholm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 7pm.
Come down for a try or even just for a chat and see what its all about.