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ANNAN WARRIORS v RDVC LADIES
17TH APRIL 2016
GREAT WND OF SEASON WIN FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton (Match Photos / Match Highlights)
On Sunday The Warriors had 23 players at their disposal for the final league game of the season at home to Royal Dick Veterinary College (RDVC) from Edinburgh. This created the first task of the day which fell to the coaches to pick the maximum allowable 20 players to strip for this game. The cut was made with the minimum of fuss and all were in agreement with the final team list. RDVC had travelled with 15 players but had lost 2, due to car trouble, and in fact played with only 13.
This was billed as “The Revenge” as RDVC had beaten the Warriors 31 – 14 in Edinburgh only 7 days previous. As it was the final league game of the season the Warriors little sisters “The Hornets” took to the pitch to run some demonstration drills in a mini festival of female rugby prior to the main event.
This entertained the sponsors who were in attendance as well as an ever increasing crowd of spectators who were taking advantage of the nice weather and the promise of flowing rugby.
Annan have had a few stuttering starts to their games in recent times but started the match like a tidal wave, pressing on the RDVC line before Chelsea Barnes crossed over for a try within the first 3 minutes. This was converted by Mal McGeoch giving a healthy 7 – 0 scoreline which was put up on the scoreboard (the first time we’ve used it this year!).
The pressure was kept on the visitors defence and within another ten minutes the Warriors had doubled their lead with top try scorer Jane Stewart ghosting round the outside and finishing under the posts. This made an easy conversion for Mal making the score 14 – 0 in 14 minutes. With the hosts taking the foot off the gas somewhat, the visitors ran in a try from the re-start but failed to convert pulling back the score to 14 -5.
This re-ignited The Warriors and again straight from the kick off some strong forward play ended when Chelsea crossed for her second wide out. This was left unconverted and raised the score to 19 -5 still with only 19 minutes gone!
Things settled down somewhat with a period of hard forward play from both teams which only threw up an unconverted try for RDVC just before the break leaving a half time score of 19 -10.
Now whether the old school oranges at half time, or the now obligatory Jelly Babies, made a difference I’m not sure but Annan went straight from the off back into strong running from both backs and forward running in yet another try from Jane Stewart to give Annan the try bonus point for 4 tries scored.
This remained unconverted to give a running score of 24 – 10. Not for long as just after the re-start Jane “AGAIN” Stewart intercepted on the half way line to run in her 3rd of the day between the posts. This was easily converted by Mal meaning 31 – 10 and the game slipping out of RDVC reach.
The availability of the replacements meant constant rolling subs kept the Annan legs fresh, albeit interrupting the flow, which may have had a bearing on the slowing up of the scoring. Possibly a consequence of this was RDVC crossing the line for a converted try ten minutes later, giving a 34 – 17 running score.
Next to cross the line was, yep you guessed it, Jane Stewart, who had gone off with breathing difficulties only to demand to come back on to increase her try total for the year. 36 – 17. The final score of the day was a rampaging run in for Sarah Grainger which was converted, for her 5th successful conversion of the day, by Mal McGeoch. 43 – 17 No side! Season over.
This was rugby as we have been trying to play it all season. Dynamic, flowing, flamboyant, clinical…. You name it, it worked today. This augers really well for next year and plans for pre-season are already advanced.
Not easy or indeed fair to single out anyone with all 20 players affecting the outcome in a positive way. We however have to name a Wo(man) of the match and for the second week running it is Lyndsay McGoldrick.
Her birthday week topped off with a first rate performance and a little bird tells me a call up to the Police Scotland Women’s rugby team for a game in Edinburgh next month. Well done Lyndsay, The Warriors are proud to have you in the family.
As this is the final report of the season The Warriors would like to thank the following. The Hornets for supporting, the Grubber staff for serving, the Bank Street Staff for feeding, the scoreboard operator for operating, Billy Jardine for videoing and especially getting the highlights on at Bank Street immediately after games, Alan Robertson for photographing, Gus Robertson for tweeting, the Supporters for encouraging, the Coach drivers for driving, the Babysitters for sitting, the Mascots for mascotting, the non-playing Warriors for still turning up, the Sponsors for sponsoring, the list goes on. If I have missed anyone I apologise and ensure that even if you are not on this list you are appreciated.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Niamh Dobie, 14. Kim Taylor, 13. Malvina McGeoch, 12. Lindsay McGoldrick, 11. Jane Stewart, 10. Katy McBride 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Marie Beer Parker, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Lindsay Kyle 4. Ashley Clark 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Sarah Grainger, 8. Kayleigh Warrick.
Replacements: 16. Jenny Park, 17. Shona Barlow, 18. Lynne Nimmo, 19. Amy Graham and 20. Claire Martindale
ANNAN U18 HORNETS AT DUMFRIES SEVENS
10TH APRIL 2016
GREAT WIN FOR THE HORNETS
Match Report by: Iain Park
The Hornets U18's squad travelled to Dumfries on Sunday to compete in the Girls section of the Cussie Cup. They were supposed to play against teams from Stewartry and Dumfries but unfortunately Stewartry failed to show up and the host side only had three girls. As Annan had taken 11 players it was possible to make two sevens and the girls played three games with four Annan girls playing for the host team in each game.
In the first game Annan played some intelligent sevens and managed to keep the ball moving along the backline which enabled them to find the spaces in the home defence and they ran in some well-constructed tries. In the end Annan won 27-12 with tries from Eve Irving (2), Kayleigh Proudfoot (2) and Lily Glendinning and a conversion by Caitlin Craik. Ellie Kirkpatrick scored for the home side.
The second game finished 32-7 to Annan with the scores coming from Proudfoot (2), Glendinning and Jasmin Cain with Craik converting four. Hornets Kirsty Barlow scored a try for Dumfries which she also converted. Once again the Hornets played some really good rugby with strong running and some fine tries scored.
The third game saw another change to the team line-ups so each of the girls had played one game each for Dumfries. This game saw even more strong running and good passing and the Annan girls ran in six tries for a 38-7 scoreline.
Tries from Cain (2), Barlow (2), Kirkpatrick and Irving with Craik adding four conversions. At the end of the day captain Shei Howlett picked up the Gold Cup in front of a jubilant team and supporters.
Squad: Megan Ker, Caitlin Craik, Shei Howlett, Cameron Ewing, Lily Glendinning, Kirsty Barlow, Eve Irving, Jasmin Cain, Kayleigh Proudfoot, Caitlin Ritchie and Ellie Kirkpatrick.
RDVC LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
10TH APRIL 2016
GAME OF TWO HALVES
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
On Sunday The Warriors travelled to Edinburgh with a healthy squad of 18, albeit missing a couple of regulars through injury and holidays. This was our first opportunity to play RDVC and is first part of double header with the home leg being Sunday 17th at Violetbank. The hosts could only muster 14 and one of them was late arriving the kick off was held back to 13 a side until the 14th arrived 15 minutes in.
Annan started well and breached the line within 3 minutes with scrum half Nicole Barlow crossing between the posts after a sniping run. Mal McGeoch added the extra 2 points to give an excellent 0 – 7 start. RDVC rallied well and were back on terms after 10 minutes with a break through score of their own. The game then settled down for ten minutes or so with no team giving an inch.
By this point the sides were 14 a-piece and RDVC scrum benefitted from the late arrival. The next score went to the visitors after a typical Mal McGeoch breaking run and offload to Abbie Clark who breenged over the line. Again Mal added the extras and Annan were back in the lead 7-14. They held out to the last play of the half when RDVC broke through to score their second. Having failed to convert the sides went in 12 – 14 at half time.
The second half was punctuated by a plethora penalties given for infringements at the rucks and high tackles which the referee had warned both sets of players were to be scrutinised closely.
Annan struggled to get going after the break and due to players being moved round in positions also lost the cohesion they had in the first half. This culminated in RDVC running in 3 additional tries (and 2 conversions) with no further scores for The Warriors. Disappointingly the game finished 31 – 14 to the home team.
Annan had their moments but were stifled at the final pass. Some good individual performances were eclipsed by the team deficiencies. Top of the individuals this week went to Lyndsay McGoldrick (on her birthday) who played like a jackal, tackling hard and getting back up to steal ball on numerous occasions throughout the match as well as running hard in attack.
After the previous week victory expectations were high for this game but at the end heads were down. But they’ve only got 7 days to prepare their response as RDVC visit Violetbank on Sunday 17th with a 2 pm kick off.
This is The Warriors last competitive game of the season and the Warriors hope to see lots of people there, and in the club, to help them celebrate their first competitive season (and a victory!). Keep an eye on the local press and social media for details of this match and some pre-match surprises too.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Kim Taylor, 14. Rachel Donnelly, 13. Malvina McGeoch, 12. Lindsay McGoldrick, 11. Niamh Dobie, 10. Katy McBride 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Lindsay Kyle, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Marie Beer Parker 4. Ashley Clark 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 17. Sarah Grainger, 8. Kayleigh Warrick.
Replacements: 16. Kirstie Aitken, 18. Lynne Nimmo, 19. Nicola Oakes.
GRANGEMOUTH v ANNAN WARRIORS
3RD APRIL 2016
WIN ON THE ROAD FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
Due to injury and unavailability Annan set off for Grangemouth with only 12 players for our first match against the well-established Grangemouth Stagettes on what started as a wet morning, but by kick off time was a dry warm day ideal for running rugby.
The focus for the Warriors was to start early and try not to fall behind to any early score. Unfortunately, The Stagettes hadn’t read the script and started on the front foot, scoring within the first 5 minutes. Unlike the previous weeks however, The Warriors took the re-start, recycled the ball and centre Mal McGeoch crossed for the equalizer making the score 5 - 5 with 7 mins gone.
This paved the way for 15 minutes of highly competitive play from both teams with Annan’s defence standing solid but unfortunately spilled balls going forward curtailed any scoring chances for the visitors.
The home stand off had a couple of strong runs culminating in her breaking through two or three tackles to run in an unconverted try in 30 mins making the score 10 – 5.
The Warriors then took charge and in the final ten minutes of the half pummeled the home line with Lindsay McGoldrick crossing the line on 36 minutes. Mal McGeoch added the extra 2 points as the half drew to a close at 10 – 12 in Annan’s favour.
A quick turn round at half time and The Warriors took to the pitch ready to carry on as they had finished the first. And boy did they do that. With fast flowing ball and slick handling, the Warriors ran in three tries in 5 minutes.
The scorers were Jane Stewart (2) and Lindsay McGoldrick bagging her second of the day. Combined with two Mal McGeoch conversions the score now sat at 10 – 31.
Five minutes later Jane “unstoppable” Stewart decided she wasn’t happy with 2 tries and ran in her third of the day, 10 – 36. Not to be outdone by the backs Sarah Grainger topped off a Wo(man) of the match performance with a strong running try for the forwards. 10 – 41 (65 mins).
Not to be out done, Chelsea Barnes then ran another forwards try which was converted by Mal McGeoch with less than ten minutes to go. Despite the score the Stagettes had come back into it and ran in an unconverted consolation try at the end. This made for a final score of 15 – 48 in The Warriors favour, making it a fine afternoons work in the shadow of The Kelpies sculptures which towered over the pitches.
This was a much more rewarding day out than the last couple of outings. More impressive by the fact that players playing in positions for the first time almost outnumbered those playing in their regular positions. All 12 players did as they were asked and some of the interplay in the purple patch at the start of the second half was mesmerizing.
It seems a bit churlish to pick a woman of the match but due to her performance on the day in a position totally alien to where her experience has previously been, it was felt that Sarah Grainger deserved the accolade. The fact that she topped it off with a try (not that she mentioned it!) was icing on the cake.
The day was topped off by the kind post-match words from the Stagettes Captain who said Annan were the “fittest” team they had come across. We think we knew what she meant!
Annan Warriors Dirty Dozen on the day were: Lindsey Kyle, Linden Moffat (Capt.), Rachel Donnelly, Abbie Clark, Sarah Grainger, Chelsea Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Lindsay McGoldrick, Claire Martindale, Malvina McGeoch, Jane Stewart and Kimberley Taylor.
Next up for The Warriors is a double header against Royal Dick Veterinary College (RDVC) from Edinburgh. First game is Sunday 10th April in Edinburgh, with the return 7 days later at Violetbank. Both 2pm kick offs. This will be Annan’s final game this season and deserves a big crowd so why not come along and support Your Warriors.
ANNAN U15 HORNETS v LISMORE/RHC
25TH MARCH 2016
SUPERB BOWL WIN FOR THE HORNETS
Match Report by: Iain Park (Match Photos)
Annan Hornets U15’s travelled to BT Murrayfield Stadium on Friday to compete in the final of the Girls Bowl competition against a Lismore/Royal High Corstorphine combined side and they certainly did not disappoint the large, and vocal, travelling support who went with them.
The girls started the game very strongly and some really good handling saw them hold possession for a long spell and take play deep into opposition territory. Some clever recycling of the ball at the breakdown saw the ball released to the backs and strong running centre Jasmin Cain ran in for the first score of the game scoring out wide, the conversion attempt was just short.
Shortly after Lismore/RHC managed to get into the game and after coming close a couple of times they too scored a try out wide which went unconverted to level the scores. Eilidh Henderson sustained a shoulder injury in a tackle and had to leave the pitch to be replaced by Lily Glendinning. It was confirmed later that Eilidh had in fact suffered a broken collar bone and will be out for several weeks.
The Annan girls responded really well and immediately took the game back to the opposition and only some strong tackling by Lismore prevented them from scoring. With the defence pulled out shape Caitlin Craik found the narrowest of gaps which she slipped through to run 30metres for a try which she also converted.
Next came a fine solo effort when Eve Irving offloaded to Jasmin Cain who ran fully half the pitch to score under the posts, Craik added the extra points for a 19-5 lead.
Some clever work at the breakdown saw the forwards keep the ball tight and they advanced up field and were only prevented from scoring by some determined tackling by Lismore. Eventually, the pressure caused a breach in the defence and Cameron Ewing found a gap and charged through to.
Two changes were made at half-time with Glendinning moving of the wing and replacing Bell at hooker, Megan Muir replacing Caitlin Ritchie in second row and Beth Taylor going on the wing in place of Glendinning.
The second half saw the Annan girls grow in confidence and they put together some nice intelligent passages of play which should give them some real confidence as a team moving forward. Cain added her third try, which Craik converted, after she broke through several tackles to run in under the posts.
Next the backs ran some clever lines to enable them to run the ball wide and release Ellie Henderson to race down the right wing for a brace of tries, the second converted to stretch the score to 43-5.
Lismore had some good passages of play themselves and the girls were forced to defend hard in order to stop them from adding to their first half try. The opposition were camped on the Annan line for some time but some brave defending led to a turnover and Bella Rowan raced clear and took the ball deep into the Lismore half before being stopped.
Shortly after Hannah Thomson found a way through the defence and crossed the line for a final unconverted try and a full time score of 48-5.
In such a team performance it is difficult to single out individual performances as all the girls played really well and all contributed to what was a very good result.
Jasmin Cain was selected as Player of the match by Scotland International Karen Dunbar but everyone of the team should be extremely proud of the way they played, the coaches and parents were all extremely proud of the girls and it was a very excited bus which arrived back in Annan around midnight.
Hornets Starting Team: Cameron Ewing, Jordan Bell, Hannah Thomson, Lauren Warwick, Caitlin Ritchie, Caitlin Craik; Kirsty Cooper, Eve Irving, Ellie Henderson, Ellie Kirkpatrick, Jasmin Cain and Bella Rowan.
Replacements: Lily Glendinning, Megan Muir and Beth Taylor
HOWE HARLEQUINS v ANNAN WARRIORS
27TH MARCH 2016
WARRIORS BEATEN ON THE ROAD
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
Sunday saw twenty Warriors, plus friends and family, head for Cupar in Fife for the second time in 2016, this time for the Bowl Semi Final. All thoughts of Easter Eggs were left behind us as we boarded the coach at 0930 for the 3 hour journey. After a brief stop, amidst a few hundred veteran bikers, we arrived at the changing rooms in Bell Baxter High School. Having played Howe twice this season, with honours even one victory each, confidence was high for a victory and the icing on the cake of a trip to Murrayfield for the final in mid April.
Alas it was not to be. Howe started the game at a hundred miles and hour and were 22 - 0 (4 tries and one conversion) up, within 22 mins. This was down to a bit of good fortune in the opening attack which saw Howe dot down under the posts and another bit of poor first time tackling allowing them to run another in with the next attack.
Annan held them out for the next 10 mins but gaps appeared in the defence once more to allow the next two tries to be run in.
Having finally shaken off the bus journey and got to grips with the marauding front row of the hosts, Annan held on for most of the remainder of the half until Howe managed to breach the defence twice late in the half to give a 32 – 0 half time.
After some stern words at half time, and a realisation that the game was probably over as a contest, The Warriors lived up to their name in the second half. The tackling was far better, led by Marie Beer Parker and Lindsay McGoldrick.
In fact it’s probably unfair to mention anybody above the others because the improvement in defence was team wide. Admittedly, Howe had probably taken the foot off the gas, but there was a marked lift in the level of commitment and tenacity both in defence and attack in the Annan ranks.
Howe still had the eye for the line and ran in another 2 tries but with a lot more effort required to cross the line. Annan’s improvement and effort was awarded with a consolation try which was run in by Jane Stewart after a flowing backs move which culminated in Jane scoring her 12th try of the season.
This made a final score of 42-5 and sees Howe coming up against 1st Division Glasgow University in the final at Murrayfield on the 16th of April. Good Luck to them from The Warriors.
The main learning from Sunday was you can’t give a team like Howe four tries of a start and expect to get back on level terms. The players and coaches need to address this slow starting as it is becoming a worrying trait.
There is also a worrying trend of losing the ball in contact as it’s difficult to get it in the first place. On the plus side, when we do start, the defence is rock solid as mentioned above and going forward we are not scared to try miss moves and variations of running lines.
We also have many players who can swap position and be equally effective. This comes in handy when we can use rolling subs and can use players to cover various positions.
This weeks (Wo)man of the match goes to Niamh Dobie who started on the flank and moved to stand off, filling both positions with big tackles and hard heads up running.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Kim Taylor, 14. Amy Graham, 13. Malvina McGeoch, 12. Lindsay McGoldrick , 11. Jane Stewart, 10. Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Lindsay Kyle, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Marie Beer Parker, 4. Ashley Clark, 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Sarah Grainger, 17. Niamh Dobie and 8. Kayleigh Warrick.
Replacements (all used): 16. Jenny Park, 18, Nicola Oakes, 19. Lynne Nimmo, 20. Shona Barlow and Rebecca Davies
Next game is Sunday 3rd April away to Grangemouth Stagettes with a 2pm KO. We have not played Grangemouth yet this season as they couldn’t raise a team for the home game. They sit just behind us in the league and therefore this should be good measure of where we are.
ANNAN WARRIORS v GARIOCH LADIES
20TH MARCH 2016
LEAGUE LEADERS TOO GOOD
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton (Match Photos / Match Highlights)
On a glorious Sunday morning 18 Warriors made themselves available to take on table topping Garioch at Violetbank. This was always going to be an uphill struggle against a club with 3 years experience in Nat league 2 . Having finished 5th the first year and 3rd last season Garioch are on an upward path which sees them one game away from winning the league this season. They have only lost one league game this year and were expected to be formidable opponents.
The game kicked off in bright sunshine and on a surprisingly good surface after all the rain it has had to handle. Conditions were perfect for flowing rugby and both sets of players didn’t disappoint. Annan, with some unbelievable defence, weathered the early onslaught well and matched the larger more experienced Highland packs driving play.
Annan’s backs mirrored their forward colleagues in keeping Garioch out when the away team decided to try out wide. This stoic defence held fast for the first 20-25 minutes when the inevitable breach happened and Garioch ran in a try wide on the left. This proved to be the preferred route as by half time Garioch were 0-20 in the lead thanks to 4 unconverted tries all scored on the left hand side of the Annan posts.
Unbowed by the score The Warriors took to the field in the second half with the same steely determination and resolve.
Unfortunately tiredness (of both sets of players) and a few minor injuries meant the second period was a stilted affair and saw the visitors cement the victory with another 3 unconverted scores. Annan’s dogged determination was finally awarded with the final score of the game, a try of their own which was run in by left winger Jane Stewart.
This was greeted with almost as much appreciation from the Garioch team and coaches as it was from the Annan crowd. Post match the Garioch coaches stated that Annan had put up the hardest defence they have come against this season and more than deserved the consolation.
On the odd occasion that Annan had possession there was some positive attacking runs by both centres and Wo(man) of the Match full back Lyndsay McGoldrick. Lyndsay also led the team in tackling like a demon and showed that the ten year layoff between the old Warriors and the new Warriors has done nothing to dampen her zest for the game.
It’s also worth noting that in those ten years or so Lyndsay’s family have come along and both her daughters were mascots for this game. Proud Mummy moment!
Once again Annan had players playing out of position, and had players changing positions during the game to cover injuries/replacements, all with no detrimental effect to the overall team performance. Well done!
Finally The Warriors would like to welcome another 2 debutants in Claire Martindale and Nicola Oakes both of whom pulled on the Black and Gold for the first time.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Lyndsay McGoldrick (Capt.), 14.Rachel Donnelly, 13. Malvina McGeoch, 12. Claire Martindale 11. Jane Stewart, 10. Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Jenny Park, 2. Lindsay Kyle, 3. Marie Beer Parker, 4. Ashley Clark, 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 17. Niamh Dobie and 8. Kayleigh Warrick.
Replacements: 16. Shona Barlow, 18. Nicola Oakes, 19. Lynne Nimmo. (all used)
The Warriors would like to thanks the Grubber staff and Clubhouse staff for the after match tea. The Warriors would also like to take this opportunity in congratulating the first XV on their 149-13 club record victory on Saturday and the u15’s Hornets in reaching their Bowl final at Murrayfield this Friday night. #OneClubOneLove.
Next up for The Warriors is Sunday 27th March away to v Howe of Fife in Cupar with a 2pm KO. This is the semi-final of the SRU Women’s Bowl competition which sees the winners going to Murrayfield for the Final on Cup Finals Day 16th of April.
The Warriors have played Howe Harlequins twice this season and the score is currently 1 victory each so all to play for and with the extra incentive of a Final at Murrayfield it should be a great occasion.
The club are running a bus to this fixture leaving Bank Street in Annan at 0930. An Easter Sunday Treat.
Please contact the club if interested, places available on a first come first served basis.
ANNAN WARRIORS v GREENOCK WANDERERS LADIES
21ST FEBRUARY 2016
GREENOCK RUN IN 5 TRIES
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
Sunday saw 22 Warriors make themselves available for the 3rd game of the season with Greenock Wanderers. Unfortunately to comply with the League rules we were only allowed to use 20 of those available, which meant an agonising task for the coaches before the game even began. With the team selection agreed, and the puddles forked on the pitch, The Warriors took to the park to challenge the team in 2nd top spot in the League
The game kicked off with the pitch very soft in places which was always going to make flowing rugby an unlikely event. This was proven with a first half of errors from both sides. Ball retention was a tricky skill to implement for either team although the visitors seemed slightly better in this department.
Greenock had The Warriors pinned back and breached the line for the first of 4 first half tries within 5 minutes of the start. This try was the only one of the day to be converted although a subsequent effort did strike the outside of the upright.
In the ensuing play from the restart Annan’s no.8 Caroline Aitken landed awkwardly on her knee and left the game for treatment. She did try to rejoin the match but her knee wouldn’t hold up so left the field to take no further part.
This meant a re-jig in the forwards and an early debut for Ashley Clark. Shortly after this Annan were reduced to 14 players for 10 minutes with the sinbinning of scrum half Nicole Barlow after an altercation had stopped play!
This loss added to the disruption in the forwards and the loss of Laura Grainger with her second shoulder dislocation in a year meant that any rhythm Annan were building was disrupted and Greenock ran in 3 more unconverted tries before the break. Thus making the score 0 - 22 at half time.
The second half was a much closer affair with Greenock only able to add one more unconverted try. This was due to tough defending by the Warriors led by Chelsea Barnes and (wo) man of the match Abbie Clark.
It was good to see Abbie play her first game in 4 months due to injury/unavailability and come through unscathed. Towards the end of the match The Warriors Captain Linden Moffat added to their injury worries by leaving the field suffering from an apparent head knock. Tough game this rugger!
By the end of play Annan were convincingly beaten 27 points to nil. A disappointing result brought about by some sloppy ball carrying, the afore mentioned injuries and subsequent re-organising, some dubious refereeing decisions as well as some good straight running by the Greenock girls.
On a more positive note Annan gave their debuts to 3 new players, Ashley Clarke, Lynne Nimmo and Rachel Donnelly. Finally this was the Warriors first match with fully contested scrums which they handled admirably. In fact they took the first scrum against the head, which is always a reason for celebration.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Kim Taylor, 14.Niamh Dobie, 13. Sarah Grainger, 12. Malvina McGeoch, 11. Jane Stewart, 10. Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Lindsay Kyle, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Marie Beer Parker, 4. Kayleigh Warrick, 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Laura Grainger and 8. Caroline Aitken.
Replacements (all used): 16. Jenny Park, 17. Ashley Clark, 18. Lynne Nimmo, 19. Amy Graham and 20. Rachel Donnelly.
Thanks must go to the ladies who were available but couldn’t be accommodated, your time will come, and those who helped in the Grubber and with the after match players food.
Of course The Warriors would like to thank all the brave souls who braved the constant drizzle to add vocal support and refereeing advice throughout the day.
Next game is Sunday 6th March at Violetbank v Morgan RFC, from Dundee, with a 2pm KO. This follows a mini rugby festival in the morning (KO 11am) Why not get along to support The Tigers and The Warriors on a day which promises 100% effort and entertainment. #OneClubOneLove
ANNAN U15 HORNETS v CUMNOCK
14TH FEBRUARY 2016
DEBUT HOME GAME FOR THE HORNETS
Match Report by: Iain Parks
Last Sunday Annan Girls U15's played their first West League match at home against Cumnock Girls. Cumnock arrived with just 10 girls so the game was played as a ten a side match.
The Annan girls started really strongly and ran in a number of unanswered scores before the visitors got into the game.
The girls played some really good rugby and it was good to see them get some valuable game time so all their hard work in training could be put to use.
One of the Cumnock girls took a knock and had to leave the field so first Caitlin Ritchie and then Lily Glendinning joined them so the game could continue.
Team and scorers: Hannah Thomson 1t, Elli Kirkpatrick 3t, Caitlin Craik 1t, Caitlin Ritchie 2t, Eve Irving 5t, Jorden Bell, Megan Muir 1t, Kirsty Cooper 2t, Lily Glendinning 1t, Lauren Warwick, Ellie Henderson 1t, Bella Rowan 1t and Jasmin Cain 3t.
The U18's had a training session with a small number of Cumnock U18's who had travelled down and then played some 7 a side games. Shei Howlett, Farish Redpath, Adele Wyllie, Megan Muir, Lois McLatchie, Kirsty Barlow, Laura Hunter, Iona Bryson, Kayleigh Proudfoot and Eden Collett.
HOWE HARLEQUINS v ANNAN WARRIORS
24TH JANUARY 2016
HOWE TOO STRONG FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
Sunday saw 16 Warriors head for Cupar in Fife for our first game since the 29th of November last year. Postponements due to rain, frost and snow have meant that we have had 2 barren months with no competitive fixtures. Summer rugby anyone? Or does anyone know of an artificial pitch nearby??
The opposition were to be Howe Harlequins who they beat at Violetbank back in October 2015. This fixture had been in doubt right up to the Saturday morning but when the rain stopped Friday they were hopeful they would get the game played. It was encouraging to travel with 16 players, two of whom were making their Warrior debuts.
The game kicked off with the going distinctly soft and sticky under foot. Both sides fought tooth and nail in the opening 20 minutes with neither able to breach the opposing defence. This being down to some solid tackling and spoiling at the breakdown by both teams.
Something had to give and in 24 mins Howe finally broke through to score under the posts.
Having successfully converted this, the score sat at 7-0. Another twelve minutes of stodgy defence and loose handling on both parts meant it was 38 mins in before Howe increased their lead with an unconverted try to lead 12-0 at the half.
After the now obligatory Warriors half time sweet break (wine gums this time as there was no big bags of Jelly Babies!) the game re-started in a similar fashion to the first half. However Harlequins managed to breach the now tiring Warrior defence to register another try within 5 mins of the re-start.
This led to two further tries being scored with one successful conversion. Annan did rally towards the end and on a couple of occasions threatened the Howe line. But alas it was not to be.
Thus making the final score 29-0 to the hosts. It was fairly obvious that Howe learned more from the first fixture than The Warriors did. They had worked on stopping the ball getting to Annan’s dangerous outside backs.
On the odd occasion threat the ball got wide their defence was there in numbers to quash any forward momentum. Annan were disappointed to leave the field without a score for the first time this season.
A feeling they hope not to have to go through again any time soon. Annan found that lack of game time and a never seen before lack of ball retention in contact was ultimately to cost them dear. Unfortunately we are 4 weeks away from the next game due to the 6 Nations break.
So lots of Sunday sessions planned for the next 4 weeks to build on what wasn’t a bad performance but one which could be improved upon. On a plus note Rebecca Davies and Shona Barlow made their debuts and both fitted in well to the Warriors ethos of “play hard with a smile”.
Other positives on the day were Chelsea Barnes both in defence and going forward and Kayleigh Warrick again both on the front foot and defending. This was Kayleigh’s best performance all season and earned her the coaches Wo(man) of the Match.
This report would not be complete without a mention of another first, in a season of firsts, for Annan RFC in that Shona and Nicole Barlow became the first mother and daughter to play in the same team for this incarnation of Annan Warriors mirroring the duo of Cindy and Joy Little who played together in the original Annan Women’s team.
Sunday’s squad was: 15. Kim Taylor, 14. Amy Graham, 13. Sarah Grainger, 12. Malvina McGeoch , 11. Jane Stewart, 10. Lindsay McGoldrick, 9. Nicole Barlow, 1. Lindsay Kyle, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Marie Beer Parker, 4. Kayleigh Warrick, 5. Rebecca Davies, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Laura Grainger and 8. Caroline Aitken. Replacement 20. Shona Barlow.
Next home game is Sunday 21st February at Violetbank v Greenock Wanderers with a 2pm KO. Get along to support YOUR Warriors.
LISMORE v ANNAN WARRIORS
29TH NOVEMBER 2015
ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
10.30 saw ten Annan Warriors leaving Annan aboard the “Chocolate Express” bound for South Edinburgh. The bus travelled through wind, rain, wind, sun, wind, snow and finally, wind before finding the road blocked by a fallen tree. Takes more than that to stop The Warriors and they were soon on their way again heading for Cameron Toll to play Lismore in an SRU Women’s National League 2 fixture.
On arrival they met up with an 11th Warrior and set about getting ready for the game. Although dry and mildly less windy come half one, it still took a bit of persuading for the ref to deem the pitch playable. But despite this hold up the game started promptly at 2 o clock.
Lismore started the better of the two teams and ran in a converted try within the first 5 minutes to go 7-0 up. This galvanised the Annan girls into a period of quick interplay which concluded with our Edinburgh based Warrior Sophie Robinson going over for our first try of the afternoon with ten minutes gone. This remained unconverted giving a score of 7-5 to the hosts.
A 20 minute period of parity ensued where both teams struggled to break through some solid defending. Sometimes too solid which prompted the ref to speak to the host team’s Captain about repeated high tackles. Ironically the next player penalised was a Warrior which led to Lismore releasing their leggy winger who crossed the line for an unconverted try to make the running score 12-5.
Annan went down to 10 with debutant Jenny Park having to leave the field for a short time due to a leg knock. Not wishing to be outdone, Annan went back up the pitch and for the first time in the game released their own leggy winger Jane Stewart who outstripped the defence to score with her usual panache. This was converted by Malvina McGeoch giving a 12-12 half time score.
After the obligatory Jelly Babies and a few encouraging words from the coaches The Warriors re-entered the field of play with a spring in their step. A ten minute period of close play was ended by Lismore breaking through a tiring defence to score another unconverted try. This gave a score of 17-12 to the home team.
Annan took the initiative and a period of ferocious ball carrying by the forwards culminated in the backs being released into space and Jane Stewart running in a second try below the posts. Again converted by Malvina which saw Annan take the lead 17-19.
This lead was held for 15 minutes until the fresher legs of the Lismore team, who had 16 players and were rotating them like a whirly gig clothes dryer in a force 10, started to make a difference. This allowed Lismore to break through two further tries and converting one of them to give a final score of 29-19.
Unfortunately during the final play of the game centre Sarah Grainger was trapped in a maul which collapsed causing her to twist her ankle requiring medical assistance right at the final whistle.
All in all The Warriors gave a hearty performance typified by the hard work in both defence and attack by all. It’s unfair to single out anyone but “man of the match” went to our Centre/Second Row Chelsea Barnes for her titanic tackling and direct ball carrying.
Lismore ran out winners mostly due to their numerical advantage allowing them to rest their players and keep that bit of freshness which made the difference.
As Lismore have been established in the league for a number of years this was by no means a poor result. Just think what the Warriors could do with a full set of 15 fit players. We live in hope.
Sunday’s team was: 15. Sarah Grainger, 12 Sophie Robinson (1T), 11. Jane Stewart (2T), 10. Malvina McGeoch (2C), 9. Nicole Barlow , 1. Jenny Park 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.)3. Lindsay Kyle, 4. Kayleigh Warrick, 5. Chelsea Barnes, 8. Caroline Aitken.
Next match is scheduled for next Sunday, 6th December, when the Warriors are at home to Royal Dick Veterinary College (Edinburgh) at Violetbank with a 2 pm kick off. Get along to support YOUR Warriors.
MORGAN LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
1ST NOVEMBER 2015
INJURY WORRIES FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
A much depleted squad of ten set out at 9:30 am for the three and a half hour minibus journey to Dundee, where the Warriors would take on Morgan RFC Women’s team. This was always going to be a difficult task due to the numbers available but the Warriors were determined to complete the fixture as arranged.
With Morgan having to number match our team the game started 10 a side. Obviously this made for acres of space all over the pitch which allowed a fast free flowing game. Annan scored first through Jane Stewart with a fast becoming characteristic run in from 60 metres. This was ably converted by Kim Taylor. 0-7 to the Warriors.
Morgan came back with a vengeance and ran in two tries albeit with only one converted. The score then sat at 10-7 before Annan scrum half Nicole Barlow went on a dash through of her own to dot down between the sticks. This was again converted by Kim Taylor. Morgan quickly countered bash over the line with a converted try to give a score of 17-14 to the hosts.
On scoring the next try, which was converted Morgan stretched their lead to 21-14 but already the writing was on the wall for the Warriors depleted numbers. Niamh Dobie took a knock to the nose which required some attention before we could re-commence.
Almost straight from the kick off Morgan again crossed the line but more concerningly Linden Moffat went down with a nasty ankle injury, which caused the game to be held up and eventually prematurely ended with a score of 29-14. Fortunately the referee was a local GP and there was also a physiotherapist in the Morgan ranks who took charge of the situation and immobilised the injured joint.
After almost two hours waiting for an ambulance, only for it to get stuck in the mud on the field, Linden was moved off the ground and into the bus for the long journey home. Fortunately not with the fracture which the medics thought but with a nasty sprain and possible ligament damage. Niamh also attended A and E as she was showing signs of concussion following her bang on the nose mentioned earlier.
Full back Kim Taylor had her wrist taped during the game as it was a “bit sore”. On waking up on Monday morning this had not improved so after a visit to A and E at Dumfries she now has her left arm in plaster due to 2 broken bones in her wrist. All in all a bruising encounter with at least 3 other women carrying, hopefully, not too serious injuries.
The remaining players from both teams decided to play a 12 a side 30 minute session on the second team pitch which carried on the free flowing expansive style we had witnessed before the unfortunate injury.
Warriors would like to thank their host, especially the physio, for their hospitality and the chance to play despite our lack of numbers. They would also like to thank the referee, Rebecca Wheater, for her medical skills as well as her refereeing of the game. Thanks also go to the bloke in the clubhouse who kindly delivered the kitbag, which was left in the car park, to us at Ninewells Hospital.
Finally they would like to apologise to the groundsman for the state of the seconds pitch following the stunt driving ambulance man churning it up!
Sundays team was: Kim Taylor (2C), Amy Graham, Jane Stewart (1T), Niamh Dobie, Nicole Barlow (1T), Kayleigh Warrick, Linden Moffat, Lindsay Kyle, Nadine Barnes and Caroline Aitken.
Next game is scheduled to be home on Sunday 8th November at Violetbank v Grangemouth Stagettes with a 2pm KO. Get along to support YOUR Warriors.
ANNAN WARRIORS V HOWE HARLEQUINS
25TH OCTOBER 2015
A GREAT WIN FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton (Match Highlights)
Well it had to happen some day and this Sunday was that day. Annan Warriors finally managed to get a competitive game against a team other than Greenock Wanderers. What with called off matches and blank weekends this was The Warriors first game since being put out of the Sarah Beaney Cup three weeks past.
The visitors to Violetbank were Howe Harlequins who are Howe of Fife RFC’s women’s team. Howe, like Annan, are in their maiden year in the National Leagues having attended the NDL sessions along with us last season. Their squad were a mix of new starters and seasoned players who are returning to the sport. Howe travelled with a full complement of 20 players as well as a couple of players unavailable due to the SRU concussion protocol.
Annan however could only field 14 players due to unavailability and injury, this meant a much re-organised line up with players playing in positions alien to their normal roles.
In their first two games Annan have been guilty of allowing the opposition to go a couple of scores up, this was not the case in this game. They started with solid defence and capitalised on any mistakes made by the visitors to open up a 12 – 0 lead through wide tries from Jane Stewart and Niamh Dobie, with Mal McGeoch converting the first.
Howe rallied the troops and bowled over for their first try in which remained unconverted. Annan did not change their game plan and with perseverance ran in another try between the sticks. A second for Jane Stewart which also remained unconverted. This meant a 17-5 half time score line which on balance of play was about right.
After the break Annan took up where they left off with a mazy run from Amy Graham ended between the posts and Mal McGeoch added the two points making a 24-5 scoreline. It looked as though Howe may come back into it as they scored the next unconverted try after some fierce defending by Annan taking the score to 24-10.
This was the trigger for Annan to open up and run in a further four tries from Nicole Barlow, Lindsay McGoldrick (on the 3rd attempt!), stand in Captain Caroline Aitken and the hat trick try for Jane Stewart. Mal McGeoch converted two of these (and hit the outside of the post with one other attempt) taking her tally with the boot to 8 points for the day.
All in all a well-executed match where Annan stuck to the plan and started both half’s with the belief that winning teams need. This being the first game in a seven games in seven weeks stint all involved were more than happy with the outcome.
Difficult to pick out players who stood out from an impressive team performance. “Man” of the match goes to Nadine Barnes for her constantly being a thorn in the Howe side tackling and recovering like a demon. Special mention too to all girls who were out of position and performed admirably. Of course we can’t miss our try machine that is Jane Stewart whose hat trick takes her to seven tries in three games.
Sunday’s team was: 15. Kim Taylor, 14. Amy Graham (1T), 13. Lindsay McGoldrick (1T), 12. Malvina McGeoch (4C), 11. Jane Stewart (3T), 10. Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow (1T), 1. Kayleigh Warrick, 2. Lindsay Kyle, 3. Kirstie Aitken, 4. Laura Sproat, 5. Nadine Barnes, 6. Niamh Dobie (1T) and 8. Caroline Aitken (Capt.) (1T)
This bonus point victory takes Annan to second place in the league and augers well for the upcoming busy months.
Next Sunday 1st November they are away to Morgan RFC in Dundee with a 2 pm kick off. Next home game is Sunday 8th November at Violetbank v Grangemouth Stagettes with a 2pm KO.
Get along to support YOUR Warriors.
ANNAN WARRIORS V GREENOCK LADIES
4TH OCTOBER 2015
GREAT SECOND HALF SHOWING
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton (Match Photos / Match Highlights)
After the Youth Tournament in the morning, next up with a 2:30 kick off was Annan Warriors Women’s team v Greenock Wanderers in the Preliminary round of the Sarah Beaney Cup.
This was The Warriors first competitive home game since reforming last year. Unfortunately due to injuries and unavailability we could only field 13 players. The opposition came with a 20 strong squad but as the rules of the Cup dictate had to number match our 13.
The game started frenetically with Greenock carrying possession to us but heroic defending keeping them out for the first 15 minutes or so. The inevitable finally happened and Greenock ran in 5 unopposed tries before half time converting 2.
Due to a yellow card for one (of many) high tackles in the game and losing a player to injury with ten minutes left in the half the score was probably not too surprising despite some unbelievably stoic defence.
A quick bag of Jelly Babies at half time had the desired effect and The Warriors took to the field rejuvenated and determined not to be blown away. And boy did they manage it.
By the end of the game the score was 17-34 which meant Annan had “won” the second half 17 -5 scoring 3 tries (1 converted) and conceding only 1 unconverted try in the corner. All this playing as 12 v 13 for the entire half.Some strong running in attack and tenacious defending meant that heads were held high as the ref blew for full time.
The second half performance especially showed that as a unit Annan are nearly there. How it would have panned out had it been 15 v 15 no one knows.
Annan Team: Kim Taylor, Taylor Stewart, Amy Graham, Chelsea Barnes, Jane Stewart, Katy McBride, Nicole Barlow, Kayleigh Hodgson, Linden Moffat (Capt.), Lindsay Kyle, Kayleigh Warrick, Nadine Barnes, Caroline Aitken
For the record the Annan try scorers were Chelsea Barnes and Jane Stewart (2) with the sole conversion added by Kim Taylor.
It’s a couple of weeks til our next league match which is home to Howe of Fife, from Cupar. Hopefully we will be able to field a full complement of fully fit players from our training roster of 27.
This is a 2 pm kick off on Sunday 25th of October, please come along to watch.
Finally the ladies team would like to thank the referee, coaches, Grubber staff, Club Staff at Bank Street and especially parents, friends and clubmates for their support on Sunday (and every other weekend).
Why not come along and join the Rugby Family?
GREENOCK LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
6TH SEPTEMBER 2015
BONUS POINT FOR THE WARRIORS
Match Report by: Iain Park
Last Sunday Annan Warriors travelled to Greenock Wanderers to play in their first game in National League 2 and although they were eventually defeated by the home side they came home with far more positives to take from their performance.
Greenock had the upper hand in the opening exchanges and the early pressure eventually told when the visiting defence were sucked into midfield and the ball was sent wide to the left winger who had space to run through to score under the posts which was converted for a 7 nil lead.
From the restart Annan lock Abbie Clark secured turn over ball through some excellent work in the loose and the recycled ruck ball was fed to the strong running backs and centre Mally McGeoch was eventually tackled just short of the home try line. Warriors spent some time in the home half with some tremendous pressure but they were unlucky not to convert the pressure into points.
Very much against the run of play Greenock managed to break out of defence twice and both centres scored in quick succession, the first being converted to open up a 19 point lead.
What followed then was five minutes of excellence as this fledgling Warriors team showed they have an abundance of grit and team spirit as they dug deep to prevent Greenock adding any further score before the break. From a home scrum on the Annan 22 they sent the ball along the back line but a crunching tackle by Sarah Grainger led to a turnover and Nadine Barnes was up to pounce on the loose bouncing ball and she galloped away 25m to score Warriors first league points as she touched down under the posts, McGeoch added the conversion.
Next Jane Stewart broke through a tackle in her own 22 and outstripped the defence as she ran fully 70 metres for a try out wide on the left, the difficult conversion falling just short. Then just before half time Chelsea Barnes added to her birthday celebrations by matching her sisters earlier score by ghosting through the defence to score under the posts and McGeoch levelled the score on the stroke of half time.
Warriors started the second half in the best possible way as they scored almost from the restart when the kick off was reclaimed by the forwards and some neat passing saw Stewart burst through to claim her second try which McGeoch also converted.
There was some really good rugby played by both sides in what was a well contested match and a great advert for women's rugby and they sizeable crowd were certainly well entertained.
It was just on the hour mark when Wanderers managed to make some of their pressure tell and the outside centre found a chink in the defence and the strong runner was away for a converted try to level the scores. They went back in front a few minutes later when a well-constructed rolling maul from a lineout saw their stand-off crash over but they failed with the conversion.
The home side managed to add two further unconverted tries late on to give them a final score-line of 41-26 which, on the balance of play slightly flattered the home team.
For the Warriors Nadine Barnes had an outstanding game amongst the forwards whilst in the backs Mally McGeoch tackled well and kicked intelligently to clear pressure.
STEWARTRY SIRENS v ANNAN WARRIORS
25TH AUGUST 2015
WARRIORS AT THE SIRENS
Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton
Annan Warriors embarked on the new season with a hard fought match away to National League One outfit Stewartry Sirens ata a damp Greenlaw on Tuesday 25th. Both teams fielded a full 15 a side team, which is a bit of a novelty in the pre season. This goes to show that Women’s Rugby is on the up in Dumfries and Galloway.
The Warriors entered this as basically their first competitive outing since forming a year ago. The match was preceded on Thursday 20th with a joint training session at Violetbank ran by coaches from both teams. This provided the Annan women with an insight into the physicality required at this level.
Tuesday’s game was split into 3 x 20 min sections to allow coaching input during the 2 breaks. The first session was a close affair with both teams competing strongly for the ball and specifically with some huge hits being given and received in equal amounts.
Some constant pressure resulted in Sirens running in 2 tries but failing to convert either. This session ended in with a scoreline of 10 – 0 to the hosts.
The second session was the most productive for the visitors who not only managed to keep out the Sirens ferocious attack but culminated in a try by Sophie Henry which was converted by Mal McGeoch. This was no more than The Warriors deserved for a display of determined defence punctuated by tremendous handling skills in attack.
It was also apparent that the Warriors had started to grow in confidence and were starting to believe in themselves. This session closed with no further scoring meaning a a running scoreline of 10 – 7.
The final session was played out in fading light and was punctuated by a couple of minor injuries. It was pretty much as the first 2 with Sirens being camped in the Warriors half but being held out by some awesome defence. Unfortunately an attempted clearance kick was charged down and collected for the Sirens 3rd try.
On top of this the Sirens finally put together a well worked planned move which saw their no. 12 run in for her second and Sirens 4th try, which was also converted. Thus the final score was 22 – 7.
Although defeated the Warriors have many reasons to be pleased with this performance such as the resolute defence, more than impressive off loading and handling in attack, good line out play, the team spirit shown throughout and all round sense of self belief.
The pluses far outweighed the negatives although they need to be wiser in ball retention and be prepared to secure loose ball rather than “throw it over the shoulder”.
Both teams came through reasonably unscathed with a couple of walking wounded but thankfully no one hurt too badly. This is quite surprising given the intensity this game was played to.
There is no doubt that Sirens, having played for 4 years now were better organised and experienced but The Warriors ran them close and prompted many words of praise, and surprise, from both Stewartry players and coaches alike.
Their thanks go to Stewartry for hosting this game, providing the opposition, referee and pies!
All in all a worthwhile run out in preparation their first League game in National League 2 on Sunday 6th September away to Greenock Wanderers, kick off 3pm. Well worth a trip up the A74 to watch
Annan Warriors prior to the match.
Back Row: Amy Graham, Mal McGeoch, Sarah Grainger, Jane Stewart, Laura Grainger, Caroline Aitken, Abbie Clark, Nadine Barnes, Kayleigh Warrick.
Front Row: Kim Taylor, Mal McGeoch, Nicole Barlow, Sophie Henry, Linden Moffat (Capt.) Marie Beer Parker, Niamh Dobie.