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ANNAN WARRIORS AT THE BIGGAR SEVENS
27TH MAY 2017

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick

On a sunny Saturday morning 12 Warriors and their entourage headed off to Biggar 7s for their first shot at the abbreviated game this season.

On arrival the two groups of 4 teams had been cut down to one group due to call offs from teams so rather than play 7s it was decided to play 10s with game time increase from 7 minute halves to 10, to allow more game time for the teams.

The Warriors started off against Hamilton Ladies. Straight from the off Annan pressurised and quickly regained the ball scoring the 1st try of the day after two minutes. A pattern quickly appeared with Annan scoring at regular intervals throughout the game against their less experienced counterparts with the final score ending. Annan Warriors 48 v Hamilton Ladies 0.

Scorers were Tries:- Niamh, Kayleigh, Mally, Nicole, Jane(2), Chelsea and Rachel with Mally adding 4 conversions.

After a bit of rest and enough time to apply a bit more Factor 30 the Warriors kicked off against Biggar Ladies. During this game the Warriors played what was their best rugby of the day with the ball flowing from wing to wing with a mix of quick rucks & offloads in the tackle. Again scores came at regular intervals, however Biggar pressurised the Warriors line more than in the previous game but the Warriors defence scrambled well and held them out with the final score ending Annan Warriors 64 – Biggar Ladies 0

Scorers were Tries : - Ciara (3), Jane (3), Chelsea, Niamh and Rachel with Mally adding 7 conversions.

After a quick turnaround the Warriors played Broughton Ladies in a game of 8s due to Broughton being short of numbers. With Broughton being a National 1 team this was always going to be a test for the Warriors, allied with the limited experience of the abbreviated game. Annan started quickly racing into a 12 point lead before Broughton exerted their experience on the game holding their width whilst the Warriors tended to get pulled into contact.

Broughton scored a try just before half time then a further 3 tries soon to take a 22 -10 lead going into the last few minutes. The Warriors then upped their game once more exerting a lot of pressure resulting in a final try. With no time to take the restart this was the final act of the game with the final score Annan Warriors 17 – Broughton Ladies 22

Scorers were Tries:- Jane, Nicole and Mally with Mally adding 2 conversions

All in all a very successful tournament with the Warriors being praised for the quality of rugby played. Congratulations go to Broughton and thanks to Biggar for the invitation and the Warriors look forward to playing again next year.

Annan Squad: Ashley Clark, Kayleigh Warrick, Correy Clark, Sarah Grainger, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Ciara O’Connell, Mal McGeoch, Jane Stewart, Rachel Armstrong, Niamh Dobie, Kim Taylor


HOWE HARLEQUINS v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
14TH MAY 2017

Match Report by: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

The Warriors finished the 2016/17 season away to table topping Howe Harlequins an beautiful sunny Fife afternoon. This was a Championship decider with all to play for both teams. A bit of good news on Thursday that both clubs are promoted didn’t take the edge off of this game in the slightest. It was always going to go to the wire and did not fail to live up to its billing.

Annan started with the upper hand both in possession and territory but without being able to cross the Howe line. The match swung in Howe’s favour and after tying up the Annan defence Howe created an overlap to open the scoring wide on the right. This wasn’t converted making the score 5-0 to the hosts after 12 minutes.

The game restarted in a similar fashion where both defences were resolute and no quarter was asked, or given. Howe repeated their earlier feat of tying up the Annan defence and crossed in the same corner on the 30 minute mark. 10-0 but still all to play for.

Howe crossed again just before half time to extend their lead to 15-0 and only one try away from gaining the bonus point they needed to secure the League title. A combination of this fact and some excellent forward play culminated in Abbie Clark crossing for Annan’s first try just before the half time whistle, making it 15-5 at the interval.

It was always going to be crucial who scored first in the second half especially as one more try would clinch the title for Howe. They wasted no time in applying pressure on the Annan try line and were soon confirmed as Champions by crossing the whitewash for their bonus point try. 20 – 5.

Annan’s focus then moved to winning the game as the big prize had gone. No Annan game would be complete without a Jane Stewart try. A quiet game by her normal standard burst into life as she ran in from her own 22 as only Jane can. She was chased all the way and left Mal McGeoch a difficult conversion attempt. 20 – 10.

Hopes of a comeback were short lived as Howe drove over for a converted try to finish the scoring at 27-10.

All in all a disappointing result but both teams served up an excellent hard fought game to delight the substantial crowd present.

Annan’s Players of the Match were Caroline Aitken who came off the bench in the first half for her first game this season having been out with a knee injury since early last year and Lorna Vevers, who topped off a good weekend having won First Place the day before at Ayr Show with her prize gimmer. It’s a bit churlish to select any player above the massive effort and performance by all 19 players used. With a few regulars missing and a couple playing their first games of this season this was an excellent display form The Warriors. Megan Alexander came off the bench for her first ever game taking the total players used this year to 36.

Despite the loss, a couple of bottles of Prosecco lifted the spirits and the Annan contingent headed for the sheds to get changed into their Hawaiian inspired costumes for what was an entertaining post match get together and journey home. A fitting end to an enjoyable and successful season.

Only one more fixture as The Warriors take to the field at Biggar 7’s on Saturday 27th of May. This will be their first foray into the short sided game.

The Warriors would like to congratulate The Quins on their title win and also thank everyone who has baby sat, come to watch, nursed their battered and bruised bodies and encouraged them throughout the season. We can’t do it on our own! Bring on National league One!!

Warriors team on the day was:

Starting 15: 1. Ashley Clark, 2. Lindsay Kyle (Capt), 3. Marie Beer Parker, 4. Correy Clark, 5. Nadine Barnes, 6. Kayleigh Warrick, 7. Sarah Grainger, 8, Katy McBride, 9. Mal McGeoch, 10, Niamh Dobie, 11.Claire Gate, 12. Lorna Vevers, 13. Kim Taylor 14, Rachel Armstrong, 15. Jane Stewart

Replacements: 16. Abbie Clark, 17. Caroline Aitken, 18. Julie Dalgleish (not used), 19. Megan Alexander and 20. Lucy Thomson.


ANNAN U18 HORNETS v CARTHA QUEENS PARK
NATIONAL SHIELD: FINAL
29TH APRIL 2017

Match Report by: Iain Park (Match Photos)

The Annan Hornets U18 team travelled to BT Murrayfield on Saturday to play Cartha Queens Park in The Scottish Rugby Girls Shield final. The team which travelled was an extremely young squad with 13 of the girls having only just moved up from playing under 15’s rugby.

Cartha kicked off and initial stages of play were all in the Annan 22 as they found it difficult to break out under some stiff tackling from their opponents. Eventually the ball was kicked downfield and a solid attacking platform was built from a secure lineout.

Some excellent handling saw the ball transferred well along the back line before Abbie Clarke, the youngest on the team, was put clear and she ran well through two attempted tackles to score an unconverted try.

From the restart the Cartha girls once again pressed into Annan territory and a penalty for a ruck infringement allowed them to relieve the pressure with a well drilled kick to touch from Caitlin Craik. The ball was recycled from the lineout and the backs went on the attack again with some really impressive handling. The ball was passed between backs and forwards and the strong running of Lily Glendinning saw her glide past five defenders to score an unconverted try and put the Annan girls 10 points in front after 20 minutes of play.

It was the Cartha side who reacted best to this second score and went in search of a try of their own to attempt to stay in touch and from the restart some strong running saw them break some tackles and score an unconverted try. Annan suffered a couple of injuries and were pulled out of shape slightly and some confusion led to Cartha getting a second score, this one converted, to take the lead just before the break.

Although Annan tried tremendously hard during the second half they were unable to add any further scores while the Cartha girls added six further tries to finish 46-10 winners.

The Hornets are very young side they will only get better as they play more together and it must be stressed that all the girls played well and tried hard. More games are needed to get valuable time to work on their game and this is always difficult to our remote location.

Hornets U18 Starting 15: Elli Kirkpatrick, Kayleigh Proudfoot, Abbie Clarke, Farish Redpath, Kirsty Barlow, Eilidh Henderson, Eve Irving, Cameron Ewing, Jorden Bell, Megan Ker, Shei Howlett, Megan Muir, Caitlin Ritchie, Lily Glendinning and Caitlin Craik (Capt).

Replacements: Hannah Thomson and Bella Rowan, both used.


ANNAN WARRIORS v OBAN LORNE LADIES
NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
23RD APRIL 2017

Match Report by: Gus Robertson (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

At a sunny Violetbank, the Warriors took to the field knowing that a win would guarantee 2nd spot and promotion to National Division 1. While a bonus point win would also mean that the final match away to Howe Harlequins would become a championship decider!

But first they had to beat one of the best teams in the division this season, Oban Lorne Ladies.

It was a nervy game with the larger Oban pack dominating the scrums while the Annan backs looked the more likely to score but numerous handling errors put paid to numerous chances.

However it was the Warriors forwards that scored first on the 9th minute thanks to a Kayleigh Warrick try. A first try for Kayleigh on her 24th appearance for the Warriors.

The try started from all the way back from a lineout in the Annan 22. After the hefty clearance from the boot of Mal McGeoch, the ball was chased by the Warriors and after a great break from Nicole Barlow, numerous Annan Warriors backs handled the ball before the final pass to Kayleigh who crashed over from 5 yards out. The conversation was missed.

The Warriors were on top but thanks to some great Oban defending it wasn't until the 25th minute until the Warriors struck again thanks to, who else, the try shy Jane Stewart who scored her 37th try of the season to take the score to 10-0.

Jane's try started in identical fashion as to the previous try and after the Warriors won the line out in their own 22, the ball was passed though the Warrior backs and Jane out sprinted the flailing Oban defense to run in from the Annan 22. The conversion was also missed.

And it looked like that was going to be the half time score but just before the half time whistle, Jane "38th Try" Stewart romped in to take it to 15-0.

This try was like a combination of the 1st two - with the try starting from the Annan 22 as the Oban Lorne Ladies tried to run a penalty. The ball was eventually won by the Annan backs who cleared their lines with a big boot! The ball was eventually chased down by the rampaging Warriors, who once again, after numerous passes got the ball to Jane who, from just outside the Annan 22, romped in to score.

The 2nd half started and for 17 minutes the Oban defence held firm. Nervy times!

The Warriors knew that they needed to a) consolidate the win and b) get a try bonus to make the final game of the season v Howe a classic!

Thankfully on the 62 minute, Abbie Clark stormed over to take it to 22-0. Mal McGeogh with the conversion.

Abbies try came from good tackling from the Warriors defence as Oban tried to run the ball. A cracking tackle from Correy Clark dislodged the ball which was quickly recycled to Abbie who sprinted over for her 3rd try of the season.

And despite chances for both teams it seemed thats how it would end. But some Warrior indiscipline cost them and Oban had the last say and scored with 5 to go to take it to 22-5. And thats how it ended.

Well done to the Warriors and thanks to Oban Lorne Ladies who came down on one of the longest trip in Scottish rugby!

And massive speedy recovery goes out to Warrior Rachel Donnelly who unfortunately ruptured her achilles tendon during the match. All at Annan Rugby wish you well and can't wait to see you back on the pitch!

Women of the Match
Katy McBride chosen by Annan (forward)

Malvina McGeoch chosen by Annan (back)

Nicole Barlow chosen by Oban Lorne Ladies

What this means is that the Warriors are promoted and that the game on the 14th May is now a National 2 championship decider! So best of luck to both teams. A classic is now on the cards!

Watch this space for details in the coming days re a supporters bus to the land of Fife.

The Warriors would also like to wish the Annan U18 Hornets all the best and good luck in the BT Shield Final at Murrayfield on Saturday. This goes for all at Annan Rugby - we are all behind you!

And finally a reminder that there is Girls and Womens rugby taster session on Saturday at Violetbank. Starts at 2pm. If you have always wanted to try some rugby - then nows your chance!.


GRAMPIAN GIRLS v ANNAN U18 HORNETS
NATIONAL SHIELD: SEMI FINAL
9TH APRIL 2017

Match Report by: Iain Park

Awesome!!!!!!

That’s it!!!

As a match report that would probably be rated as the shortest report ever filed but it also describes perfectly just how well the Annan Hornets U18’s played on Sunday in their Shield semi-final match.

After a ridiculously early start the girls had a five hour journey to the Granite City where they were drawn to play against Grampian Girls at the Aberdeen Wanderers ground.

The Grampian team is a fairly new side which is a composite team drawn from Aberdeen Wanderers, Banff, Deeside, Ellon, Garioch and Huntly rugby clubs and it is great to see that girls teams are emerging in more areas across the country.

It is also good to see that clubs can work together to produce a team in order that young players get valuable game time and it is an example of good practice that could be followed in the boys game.

After such a long journey and waiting whilst Biggar U15 girls had played the younger Grampian side in their semi-final the girls from the South took a bit of time to settle into the game and, after a fairly evenly balanced opening 10 minutes of play, it was the home side who took the lead from a five metre lineout move which saw them score out wide through Charlotte Lynch, the conversion was well short but the first score went to Grampian.

In response the Annan girls put together some really fine running rugby with some of the best passing they have shown so far this season and it was only a series of last ditch tackles by the home team which prevented them from levelling the score.

Rather against the run of play Grampian extended their lead when the ball slipped out of the side of a ruck on the home 22 and was snatched up by the winger Rebecca Bestwick who ran hard and avoided the defence to score under the posts to make the conversion easier and it was duly slotted by Sarah Kelly.

Five minutes before the break the Annan girls reduced the leeway with a really well worked try of their own which came after a sustained period of pressure. The ball was passed from one side of the pitch and back again as the girls looked to keep the ball alive and avoid taking contact in order to play a more fluent and open came and one such move paid off when the ball was given to Farish Redpath who scorched in from 22m to score in the corner, The conversion attempt fell just short and half time arrived with Grampian 12- 5 in front.

Unfortunately the second half started in the worst possible way when the home side claimed a turnover from a knock on and Isla Jack ran in a try converted by Kelly to stretch the score to 19-5 which meant the Hornets really had a hill to climb and must get the next score if they were to prevent a big gap appearing on the scoreboard.

The way in which the girls responded was quite simply phenomenal. Rather than panicking they proceeded to play some quite stunning running rugby and produced a display of handling rugby which older teams would have struggled to produce.

Due to some unavailability’s which saw the squad short of five backs on the day several players had been asked to play out of their normal position. Cameron Ewing, normally a prop was playing in centre and showed some neat skills in offloading early when taking contact.

Eve Irving at scrum half was constantly harassing her opposite number and this led to some spilled ball whilst the back row of Lily Glendinning and Caitlin Craik were working tirelessly to win any loose ball and set up counter attacking opportunities.

From such turnover the ball passed through several pairs of hands out to Kirsty Barlow on the wing, who was having most definitely her best game, and she ran fully 40 metres to touchdown close to the posts and Craik added the extras to narrow the lead to only seven points.

Just five minutes later and from a similar turnover Barlow found space once again and ran straight through the defence for another try converted by Craik and it was all square with 15 minutes to play.

The girls from the Solway then went in search of a winning score and continued to apply pressure on the home defence with Elli Kirkpatrick and Caitlin Ritchie combining well to provide go forward ball and set up further attacking moves.

The forwards were extremely dominant in the scrum and hooker Jordan Bell stole several strikes against the head to regain any lost possession.

With time running out and a draw looking likely the Hornets launched one last attack from deep in their own half and once again the ball was moved around with some skill as they made their way into opposition territory.

Barlow went close with another run being stopped just short of the line, Ritchie was on hand to recycle the ball and Irving fed the ball along the line with Redpath being stopped just short of the line on the other wing.

By now all of the girls were involved in moving the ball around but things looked lost when the ball was dropped on the opposition. Glendinning was in quickly to rip the ball out of the tackle and Ewing took it deep into Grampians 22 before it was offloaded to Craik who ran in for what proved to be the decisive score.

Several nail biting minutes of added time had to be endured as Grampian girls tried to find once last score and it took a solid defence to prevent them breaking through. Solid tackles by Megan Ker, Kirkpatrick, Megan Muir and one final try saving tackle right on the corner flag by Irving brought the game to an end and the Annan Hornets had won a thrilling encounter 24-19 and progress to the Shield final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 29th April against either Cartha Queens Park or Midlothian girls.

Hornets Team: Caitlin Ritchie; Cameron Ewing; Farish Redpath; Kirsty Barlow; Elli Kirkpatrick and Eve Irving. Hannah Thomson; Jordan Bell; Megan Ker; Megan Muir; Shei Howlett; Lily Glendinning and Caitlin Ritchie.


KIRKCALDY LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT BOWL SEMI FINAL
2ND APRIL 2017

Match Report by: Gus Robertson

In the Semi Final of the Bowl, the Warriors took to the pitch knowing that a victory against Division 1 Kirkcaldy Ladies would mean a trip to Murrayfield in 2 weeks time! Not a bad prize for the winners!

It had been a year since the last Annan team had been to Murrayfield (go U15 Hornets!) and it was hoped a 3rd trip for an Annan team would be on the cards. The Annan 1st XV Bowl win in 2003 being the first visit.

The teams had met earlier in the season in the Sarah Beaney Cup and the Warriors had come out on top 12-7 and with the Warriors in fine form in the league, a wee win was well within the realms of possibility!

In the the 1st half, in great rugby conditions, Kirkcaldy had the edge though, scoring 2 converted tries, either side of a Jane Stewart Warrior try, to take a 14-5 half-time lead.

Jane's try was from Annan's own half, and after some quick hands from the Annan midfield, Jane collected the ball and for the 36th time this season, out-sprinted the opposing teams flailing defence.

As is always the case in close games, the first score in the 2nd half would be all important in determining the outcome of the match.

And for 10 minutes it was uncertain who this was going to be, but alas for the Warriors it was Kirkcaldy Ladies who scored next to take the score to 21-5.

The Warriors knew they would have to dig deep to get back into the game against their higher league opponents and despite a valiant effort from the Warrior players it was just not to be, with Kirkcaldy Ladies scoring once more.

The Warriors had the last say though with a great Correy Clark try at the death. Her first for the Warriors!

Correys try came after some pressure from the Warriors forwards, which resulted in a string of penalties being conceded by Kirkcaldy. The Warriors kept the ball in the forwards and Correy barged over for a well worked and well deserved try.

It was the final play of the game and it ended 28-10 to Kirkcaldy.

So congratulation to Kirkcaldy Ladies and best of luck in the final v Garioch Ladies (who got a walkover in their semi v Greenock)

For the record, joint Warriors of the match were Kayleigh Warrick and Nicole Barlow - well done to them.

The Warriors now have to focus on the 2 remaining league games, games that could still decide the Division 2 winner!

Its been a great season for the Warriors so far and there is still time to make it an amazing season! 'Mon the Warriors!

Currently the Warriors do not have another game until the 30th April when they travel to Howe Harlequins for a crucial league game (as they all are!) but efforts are being made for another game before then. Keep an eye out online.

Warriors Starting 15: 1 Ash Clark, 2 L Kyle, 3 N Barnes, 4 K Warrick, 5 C Clark, 6 C Barnes, 7 S Grainger, 8 K McBride, 9 N Barlow, 10 C O'Connell, 11 N Dobie, 12 M McGeoch, 13 K Taylor, 14 L Vevers, 15 J Stewart

Replacements: Abb Clark (used), J Park (not used), C Aitken (used), A McCall (not used), R Armstrong (used), J Dalgliesh (not used), L Thompson (not used)


LISMORE LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
26TH MARCH 2017

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick

On an almost tropical Sunday morning the Annan Warriors travelled to Inch Park, Edinburgh full of the enthusiasm although some missing the one hour less sleep after the clock change.

With Lismore unfortunately only 13 players the Warriors player matched & with a full squad of 20 this allowed the team to be regularly refreshed throughout the game.

Straight from the kick off, from the first of many strong carries from Chelsea Barnes the ball was recycled & moved along the backline to Jane ‘Wheels’ Stewart to score the 1st try within 1 minute.

This got the Warriors off to a great start & this continued on 11 minutes when a lineout was stolen by the Annan team & the ball moved quickly through several sets of hands for Jane to get her 2nd.

The next try came from a set move off a scrum when Stand off Ciara O’Connell scored. Straight from the kick off Annan returned the ball with vigour once more & an aggressive run by Correy Clark was halted by a stumble over her own feet from the loss of balance due to what was described as a speed wobble, ball was quickly recycled for Jane to get her 3rd of four tries.

The remainder of the half continued on a similar theme with Annan scoring another 3 tries from Mally, Nicole & Jane with Lismore scoring what turned out to be a consolation try when the Annan players seemed to lose concentration at a ruck or were applying an extra bit of Factor 30.

Half Time score: Lismore 5 v Warriors 39

The second was somewhat less fluent with Lismore unfortunately loosing 3 players due to injury & the regular reshuffle of the Warriors team to get players game time disturbed the rhythm of the Warriors play.

Annan did however score a further four tries, the first from Ciara O’Connell following a run from inside her own half by Rachel Donnelly, who seemed to tire & dived over 5m line thinking she had scored. Ooops!!

The 2nd from Abbie Clark after bursting a tackle & running in from 22, the 3rd again from Ciara following another lung bursting run from Ashley (I will score eventually) Clark, who on several occasions seemed to get the ball in open prairie but only to be caught close to the line.

The last try coming from Rachel Donnelly who learning from her earlier mistake finished well in the corner.

Full Time score: Lismore 5 v Warriors 59

Overall a good performance by the Warriors with a few things to work on in the coming weeks as they push towards the end of season still in the running in both the league & bowl competitions.

Players of the match jointly went to Ashley Clark & Nadine Barnes.

The Warriors thank their travelling support & also wish the injured Lismore players a speedy recovery.

Warriors Starting 13: Ashley Clark, L Kyle (C), N Barnes, K Warrick, Abbie Clark, C Barnes, S Grainger, K McBride, N Barlow, C O'Connell, M McGeoch, K Taylor, J Stewart

Replacements: R Donnelly, N Dobie, C Clark, J Park, C Aitken, L Vevers, R Armstrong


OBAN LORNE LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
19TH FEBRUARY 2017

Match Report by: Gus Robertson

The Warriors took to the Oban Lorne pitch for the 2pm KO after a long 6 hour bus journey from Annan.

It was a battle of the top 2 with Oban lying in 1st and the Warriors 1 point behind in 2nd.

Oban had just 14 players (at the start of the game) so the Warriors matched with 14 (but had 4 subs to use). Due to the injuries our front row players have suffered over the past few weeks (get well soon to you all!) and unavailability of others, the scrums were uncontested.

The first half was a close affair and it was the Warriors who stuck first on the 15 minute thanks to top try scorer Jane Stewart who scored her 31st try of the season (and her 50th career try for the Warriors!)

As expected, Oban Lorne used their forward dominated game to great effect and at times the Warriors defence was creaking.

Both teams were committed to the cause however and chances were few and far between but Oban took one of their chances to score an unconverted try on the 25th minute to tie the scores.

There was no further score for the remainder of the half.

The 2nd half started with Oban back to 15 players so the Warriors were able to go up to 15 as well (eventually)

The second half continued the trend of the first and was a very tightly contested match. Both teams having chances but no-one managing to cross the whitewash.

However, unfortunately for the Warriors, it was Oban who scored the next try on the 65th minute to take a 10-5 lead.

And despite some great Warrior pressure the Oban defence held firm and the game ended 10-5.

So well played to Oban Lorne ladies but a great effort from the Warriors who gained a losing bonus point and as a result only fall 4 points behind Oban (and Howe)

With the Warriors still to play Oban at Violetbank and Howe away from home (plus Helensburgh and Lismore) then despite the loss on Sunday - the fate of the National Division 2 title is still in the Warriors hands.

A quick summary of the permutations is as follows:

As it stands, Howe are top with 35 points (plus 277), Oban 2nd with 35 points (plus 187) and Warriors 3rd with 31 points (plus 314).

All have played 8 game so have 4 games left (Home in bold)

  • Howe Harlequins - Lismore, Oban, Helensburgh, Annan
  • Oban Lorne Ladies - RDVC, Howe, Annan, Lismore (TBA)
  • Annan Warriors - Helensburgh, Lismore, Oban, Howe

    Basically if the Warriors win all 4 games (plus try bonuses) then they are probably champions (easy to write...harder to do!). Probably as try bonuses and point differences are all important!

    The Warriors next game is in 2 weeks time when they host Helensburgh.

    Warriors team on the day was: 1 Ashley Clark, 2 J Park, 3 M Parker, 4 C Clark, 5 Abbie Clark, 6 C Barnes, 7 S Grainger, 8 K Warrick, 9 N Barlow, 10 C O'Connell, 12 M McGeoch, 13 R Donnelly, 14 L Vevers, 15 J Stewart.

    Replacement:11 N Dobie (used) 16 R Armstrong (used) 19 E Jardine (not used) 20 J Dalgleish (not used)


    RDVC v ANNAN WARRIORS
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    12TH FEBRUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton

    A much changed Warriors team set off for Edinburgh at the early time of 0830 to allow an early kick off due to the International later in the day. Due to injury, unavailability, illness and a late call off the Annan bus contained just 16 fit and willing players to take on the Apprentice Vets at Edinburgh Uni’s pitches.

    Similarly the RDVC team was short on players and the game was finally played at 13 a side. This was the return fixture with the Home leg seeing an Annan victory 78 – 5, so hopes were high for a repeat.

    The game started scrappily with Annan in the ascendancy and the scoring was opened by Ciara O’Connel within the first 5 mins. 0 – 5 and it looked like the Annan confidence was justified. However it was almost another 20 minutes before Annan finally breached the home defence again, this time with Chelsea Barnes touching down at the end of some patient play. 0 – 10.

    The next ten minutes saw RDVC come back into it with some determined ball carrying culminating in them crossing for what transpired to be their only score of the day. 5 – 10.

    This galvanised the visitors, who went up the park and scored from the restart. This time it was top try scorer Jane Stewart who crossed for her first of the day to make it 5 – 15. Within a couple of minutes Jane crossed again this time with Mal McGeoch converting to give a running score of 5 – 22 and the bonus point secured before half time.

    Not to be outdone Mal finished the first half effort by converting her own try to leave the Half Time score at 5 – 29. The score flattered the leaders as the 1st half was a disjointed affair but winning ugly is still winning.

    The second half started well for the visitors with both Rachel Donnelly and Ciara (for her second) running in scores. Mal added the 2 points to Rachel’s try to set the scoreboard at 5 – 41.

    This left the final 5 minutes to Jane to run in her 3rd, 4th and 5th of the day. With Mal converting 2 of these the score as the ref blew up was 5 – 60.

    A convincing win and, once The Warriors had got over the erratic first 15 minutes, a solid performance too.

    Lots of players out of position but still willing to battle hard for the cause. Special mention go to Wo(man) of the Match Nadine Barnes for marauding play in her unfamiliar no. 3 shirt and debutant Lucy Thompson, who came on for part of the 2nd half and looked like she fits in just fine.

    Warriors team on the day was: 1. Ashley Clark 2. Lindsay Kyle (Capt), 3.Nadine Barnes, 4. Correy Clark, 5.Jenny Park, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Rachel Armstrong, 8, Kayleigh Warrick, 9. Niamh Dobie, 10, Ciara O’Connell, 11. Lorna Vevers, 12. Mal McGeoch, 13. Rachel Donnelly 14, Abbi McCall, 15. Jane Stewart

    Replacement: 16. Lucy Thompson.

    Next week Annan Warriors leave at 7am for the long trip to Oban. Having beaten Oban Ladies narrowly in the Bowl a couple of weeks back, there’s no under estimating the ferocity of the welcome that awaits.

    With Annan now second in the League to Oban by a point this is also an opportunity to take the top spot of the league which Oban have held almost since the start of the season. Game on!

    Why not join the Warriors on the journey as there are still spaces on the bus. See Social Media for details.


    ANNAN WARRIORS v OBAN LORNE LADIES
    BT BOWL - PRELIMINARY ROUND
    29TH JANUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

    Having been narrowly defeated away to Aberdeenshire Quines in the Cup competition, this Sunday saw the visit of Oban Lorne Ladies to Violetbank to contest the Preliminary Round of the Women’s BT Bowl.

    The final for this will be held on the back pitches at Murrayfield in May. The Warriors are hoping to go one better than last year where they were defeated at the semi final stage. Sundays opponents made the long journey from Oban hoping to carry on a strong season which sees them top of National League 2 having come down form National League 1 last season.

    The game had all the hallmarks of a classic confrontation between a forward orientated team (Oban) v a smaller quicker team in The Warriors. Accordingly the bulk of the first half was spent in the Annan half with Oban trying to breach the, what turned out to be impenetrable, Home defence. Wave upon wave of attacks were held out by some heroic defence.

    Oban finally took the lead through a penalty kick to go in at half time 0 – 3 up. The game was held up for 15 mins due to an unfortunate leg break suffered by the Annan stand off and Captain Lindsay McGoldrick. Out thought are with Lindsey as she learns how to operate a crutch for the next few weeks.

    The second half followed in similar fashion with Oban having the bulk of the possession and becoming more and more dominant in the set piece. It was always going to be living off scraps for the Home team but after 6 minute of the restart the ball was spilled by Oban and collected up by the Annan defence which finally released winger Jane Stewart to run home from the half way line. 5 – 3 to The Warriors and hopes were raised that the game may turn.

    However this only led to an upsurge in the Oban attacks which culminated in a push over try scored after some heavy pounding on the Annan line. 5 – 8 to the visitors with only 20 minutes to go.

    From the restart Oban looked menacing once more but some unbelievable defence kept them out. Cue the big turnover when Oban again spilled the ball and after it was secured and set up by Kim Taylor, the ball found its way into Jane’s hands again. This time from her own 22m the top scoring winger headed for the opposition end of the pitch and ran in the match winning try. 10 – 8 to Annan, phew!

    All in all not a game for the purists with lots of stop start due to many spilled balls and injuries (Thankfully not all as bad as Lindsay’s). It was a case of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object with Annan hanging on to advance into the draw for Round 1 of The Bowl.

    Congratulations are due to Oban for their commitment to the cause, Annan for their solidarity in defence, Jane for another 2 tries and Abbie Clark for her (Wo)man of the Match award chosen by Dee Bradbury Vice President of the SRU, who attended the match and had a vested interest in the match by virtue of the fact that she was a main instigator in the formation of Oban Lorne Ladies section a few years back.

    Warriors team on the day was: 1. Ashley Clark 2. Linden Moffat (Capt), 3. Mari Beer Parker , 4. Abbie Clark, 5. Nadine Barnes, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Kayleigh Warrick, 8, Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow, 10, Lindsay McGoldrick (Capt.), 11. Jane Stewart, 12. Niamh Dobie, 13. Rachel Donnelly, 14, Lorna Vevers , 15. Kim Taylor, Replacements 16. Lindsay Kyle, 17. Correy Clark, 18. Jenny Park, 19. Rachel Armstrong, 20. Abbi McCall and 21, Amy Graham.

    With no game scheduled for Sunday the 5th the next outing for The Warriors will be away to RDVC in Edinburgh on Sunday 12th of February. Having already been victorious in the Home game The Warriors will be confident of a victory to keep up the pressure on Howe Harlequins and Oban Ladies at the top of the league table.


    ANNAN WARRIORS v GRANGEMOUTH STAGETTES
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    22ND JANUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

    The Warriors got 2017 under way with a game against Grangemouth Stagettes on a cold, but dry, winters day at Violetbank. This was the second game against Grangemouth this season with Annan winning the close fought corresponding fixture, in the shadow of The Kelpies, 21 – 34 back in October. The Grangemouth team appeared to have changed in personnel since the previous fixture and as such were a bit of an unknown quantity.

    Having started slowly in previous matches The Warriors were not to be caught out this week and within 3 minutes, after some good phase play, they unleashed Jane Stewart to round the defence and score under the posts. This was converted by Mal McGeoch to make it 7 – 0 to the hosts.

    Annan continued in the same vein and next to cross was Captain Lyndsey McGoldrick on the end of some good handling form both backs and forwards. Mal McGeoch closely missed the conversion to make the score 12 – 0 after 12 minutes.

    The first half continued in similar fashion with the visitors having no real possession and although defending strongly the gaps were appearing fairly regularly. In fact had it not been for at least 4 final passes being forward the score could have been much higher. Poor concentration from the rampant Warriors.

    Despite this they still managed to run in 4 further tries before half time through second tries for Jane and Lyndsey as well as tries from Sarah Grainger and Mal McGeoch, who added 2 conversions to make the half time score 36 – 0.

    The second half started in a similar fashion with Abbie Clark breenging through to score the most uncomfortable try ever witnessed. (Find the video on our Facebook page!) The 2 extra points were added by Mal to give a running total of 43 – 0.

    The Grangemouth defence were starting to come together but despite this it wasn’t long before winger Rachel Donnelly backed herself from 40+ metres to go all the way across the whitewash and score under the sticks. Made all the sweeter as she had family up from Liverpool on the touchline to witness it. Mally duly kicked the conversion to reach the half century 50 – 0.

    Things got a bit more even with Grangemouth pressing for a consolation and Annan trying some positional and personnel changes. It looked like the scoring was over until Jane Stewart moved to Full Back and decided 2 tries were not enough. With her usual arcing run she broke through the initial defence and rounded under the posts for her third. Mally finished off the scoring to take her personal tally to 17 points and the overall final score to 57 – 0. Job Done!

    All in all a good day for The Warriors who improve with every game played. An uninterrupted run of games would make this team a very difficult proposition for any opposition in this division.

    Wo(man) of the Match was given to Ashley Clark on her return from injury although every one of the 20 in the squad performed up to, and beyond the coaches expectations. Long may it continue.

    Special mention to Jenny Park who celebrated her 21st birthday with a victory.

    Warriors team on the Day was: 1. Lindsay Kyle 2. Linden Moffat (Capt), 3. Mari Beer Parker , 4. Abbie Clark, 5. Kayleigh Warrick, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Sarah Grainger, 8, Katy McBride, 9. Nicole Barlow, 10, Ciara O’Connell, 11. Jane Stewart, 12. Mal McGeoch, 13. Lyndsey McGoldrick (Capt.) 14, Rachel Donnelly, 15. Kim Taylor

    Replacements (all used): 16. Lorna Vevers, 17. Ashley Clark, 18. Jenny Park, 19. Niamh Dobie and 20. Abbi McCall.

    Next week Oban Ladies make their first visit to Violetbank to contest the Preliminary Round of the SRU Women’s Bowl competition. This is the second attempt at hosting this game which was frozen off in November last year.

    Oban have recently come down from League 1 and are currently top of League 2 so should prove a hard test for the Warriors. One, which with a bit of self-belief, they should rise to. Warriors Assemble.


    ANNAN WARRIORS v HOWE HARLEQUINS
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    11TH DECEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

    On a dry but cold Sunday, Annan Warriors took to the Violetbank pitch to play old rivals Howe Harlequins in a rearranged match from earlier in the season.

    Both teams have been going well and this was built up as a top of the table clash between 2 teams who started at the same time and have followed each other through the National Development League into National League 2.

    They also met in the Bowl semi last year, which Howe won, and the Final of this season's Queen of the 10s where Annan were the victors.

    With this, and both teams winning their home league fixtures last season meant that this was expected to be a close and hotly contested encounter. It lived up to this billing and more.

    The game, kicked off by Annan, started with some scrappy play, with both sets of players struggling to come to terms with the soggy conditions and a ball which at times appeared as slippy as a bar of palmolive.

    This meant lots of scrum restarts which Howe had the upper hand in, but for 25 minutes the play was all within the Howe half. Having said that neither team looked like breaching the very committed defences.

    Howe finally broke into Annan territory and with this forage up the park managed to land a penalty kick to make the half time score a nail biting 0 - 3 to Howe.

    The second half kicked off in a similar vein but was barely 10 minutes old when a serious injury to a Howe player meant a break in play. The injury was serious enough to merit calling an ambulance and as moving the player was deemed too risky, the match moved onto the 2nd team pitch.

    This loss and move of pitches seemed to galvanise the Harlequins, and started their best period of play which culminated in the defensive wall put up by Annan final running out of bricks and saw the Howe full back run in behind the posts for the first try of the game. This was deftly converted to make the score 0 - 10 to the visitors.

    After the restart Howe again took control and pressed for another score, however Annan were giving nothing away easily and when they managed to intercept the ball it was passed through the hands to release Jane Stewart to run in from her own 22m area to take her personal tally to 20 for the season so far. This took the score to 5-10 and gave the home team some hope.

    Unfortunately this was soon to de dashed again by some good handling which culminated in the Harlequins no.8 putting the winger in for their second try. This remained unconverted to make the score 5 -15.

    The game slipped away from both teams and a couple of misdemeanours meant Annan finished the game down to 13 players due to two yellow cards. However there was no further scoring and the score remained 5 -15 until the end.

    This was not the prettiest advert for the noble sport of rugby union, but was an intense battle to the end by all who took part. Annan will be planning their revenge already as their next game is a trip to Cupar to play Howe on the 15th of January.

    There were many gritty performances on the Annan side. As far as (Wo)man of the match goes Howe picked Katy McBride for her barraging runs and the Annan Coaches selected Lorna Vevers who only found out she was starting during the warm up, as first choice no. 13 Rachel Donnelly failed to recover from a nasty insect bite suffered early in the week. Lorna gave her all and did not look out of place in the role.

    It's been a good, if a bit on/off, start to the season as we approach the Christmas break. Training will continue during the holidays, keep an eye on social media for the details.

    Sundays Team: 1 Lindsey Kyle, 2 Linden Moffat 3 Jenny Park, 4 Abbie Clark, 5 Nadine Barnes, 6 Chelsea Barnes, 7 Sarah Grainger, 8 Kayleigh Warrick, 9 Lindsay McGoldrick, 10 Ciara O'Connell, 11 Jane Stewart, 12 Mal McGeoch, 13 Lorna Vevers,14 Niamh Dobie, 15 Kim Taylor, 16 Correy Clark, 17 Rachel Armstrong, 18 Katy McBride and 20 Amy Graham.

    Merry Christmas from all at The Warriors


    U15 HORNETS AT SCOTSTOUN
    TOURNAMENT
    2ND DECEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Iain Parks

    The girls from Annan Rugby's Hornets U15 team travelled up to Scotstoun last Friday night to take part in a eight team tournament prior to the Glasgow Warriors v Munster game.

    This was a short sided tournament and was played as a 10 a side format.

    First up was a game against Falkirk, a much bigger side but the Annan girls got stuck in from the start and fought out a close draw one try each with Lily Glendinning scoring for the Hornets.

    Next up the girls faced East Kilbride, another side a good bit bigger than our girls but by the Hornets were playing some really good rugby and keeping the ball alive and out of contact which resulted in them running in four good tries for a 4-2 win. Tries by Lexi Glendinning, Rhianna Parker-Clevett, Jenna Patterson and Lucy Stevenson.

    Last pool game was against Hillhead/Jordanhill who play in the new Presidents conference. Once again a solid defence with several cracking tackles and strong running with ball in hand ended in a 2-1 win for the Annan girls with Isla Cooper running in both scores.

    This put our girls top of the pool and gave them the opportunity to play on the main Scotstoun pitch during the half time break. The girls played Falkirk and this time the bigger girls were able to get the better of our girls and the game finished 2-1 to Falkirk with Kirsty Cooper scoring for Annan.

    Annan Hornets Team: Cameron Ewing, Lily Glendinning, Rhianna Parker-Clevett, Jenna Patterson, Lucy Stevenson, Kirsty Cooper, Lexie Glendinning, Kirsten Kerr, Olivia McQueen and Isla Cooper.


    HELENSBURGH v ANNAN WARRIORS
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    16TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gus Robertson

    The Warriors kept up their great start to the season with their 3rd win from 3 in the league after beating Helensburgh Ladies.

    Like last week, the Warriors were on top for most of the game and by the 17th minute were already 24-0 up thanks to 2 tries from the try machine that is Jane Stewart, 1 try from Captain Lyndsay McGoldrick and another from Ciara O'Connnell. Mal McGeoch was successful with 2 conversions.

    Helensburgh Ladies upped their game and the scoring quietened down for a period but normal service for the Warriors resumed on the 25th minute when scrum half Nicole Barlow sprinted over for her 2nd try of the season. Mal again with the conversion.

    Mal was the next on the scoresheet with 2 tries in quick succession - 41-0 to the Warriors after 30 minutes.

    Jane secured her hat-trick try a few minutes later and thats how the half ended. 46-0 to the Warriors!

    Edit: It was actually 53-0 to the Warriors at half time, as Lorna Vevers scored a try during the half. Mal with the conversion. Poor Hammys fingers could not keep up with the texting of the try scorers!

    The 2nd half kicked off and within 2 minutes Jane had secured her 4th try on the day after a blistering 70 meter run from deep within the Warriors half. Mal with the conversion

    Jane wasn't finished there and her 5th try of the day followed shortly after. 65-0.

    And it was Jane again a few moments later with a senior club record equalling 6th try in a competitive match, equaling Stuart Clanachans 6 tries from back in 2004. Well done Jane!

    Niamh Dobie was next to cross the whitewash then Mal again with her 3rd of the day and it was 82-0 with still 20 minutes remaining!

    The score at 82-0 was a club record score for the Warriors (which had been the 78-5 win from last week!)

    Mal then scored her 4th, and was successful with the conversion.

    But it didn't stop there and Jane scored her and the clubs record breaking try on the 71st minute, quickly followed by Lyndsay McGoldrick with her 2nd of the day. Mal with the 2 conversions.

    Final Score 103-0 to the Warriors.

    Edit: It was indeed 103-0 as Lorna Vevers scored the missing try and Mal with the conversion, twas too many tries for poor Hammy to cope with!

    So an amazing win and well done to Jane for the try record - superb stuff, a Warriors individual point score from Mal with 38 and the Warriors for their highest ever score 103-0

    The Warriors now have a week off but are back in action on the 27th November with a home tie v Oban Lorne Ladies.

    Put that in your diary and get along to see the record breakers in action!

    Annan Warriors Team: 1) Lindsay Kyle, 2) Linden Moffat, 3) Jenny Park, 4) Nadine Barnes, 5) Clare Gate, 6) Chelsea Barnes, 7) Niamh Dobie, 8) Kayleigh Warrick, 9) Nicole Barlow, 10) Ciara O’Connell, 11) Jane Stewart, 12) Mal McGeoch, 13) Lindsay McGoldrick (Capt.), 14) Rachel Donnelly, 15) Kim Taylor

    Replacements: 16) Lorna Vevers, 17) Abbie Clark, 18) Katy McBride, 19) Abbi McCall, 20) Rachel Armstrong, 21) Eilidh Jardine


    ANNAN WARRIORS v RDVC LADIES
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    9TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gus Robertson (Match Highlights / Match Photos)

    At a sunny but chilly Violetbank, the Warriors stepped onto the pitch with high hopes against RDVC Ladies.

    The Warriors are the inform team at the Club at the moment and after Sundays result that remains the case!

    The 1st half was dominated by the Warriors who ran in 5 tries at regular intervals. However for the first 15 minutes it remained scoreless after both teams took time to settle. However that was soon to change!

    First to score for her debut Warriors try was stand off Ciara O’Connell who broke from the half way line and evaded numerous tackles to cross the whitewash. This was converted by Mal McGeoch (who converted 9 of the Warriors 12 tries!)

    This was then quickly followed by trademark tries from speed merchant Jane Stewart, a great try from Mal McGeoch (after some fine work from both the forwards and backs) and try from the half way line from Rachel Donnelly on the stroke of half time.

    The half time score was 31 v 0

    The second half was much of the same as the Warriors were too much to handle for a committed but over stretched RDVC team.

    An early hat-trick try from Jane and then Mal with her second took the score to 43-0 but then RDVC Ladies scored a try of their own when their full back evaded numerous Warriors tackles to briefly stop the Warriors advance!

    Jane completed her customary 4 tries in a match before Nadine Barnes and Nicole Barlow both scored their 1st try for the Warriors this season after some great rugby.

    The final two tries were also debut Annan tries for Linden Moffat who crossed the whitewash after the backs and forwards combined to stretch the RDVC defence to breaking point and Katy McBride who scored a classic number 8 pick up from the base of the scrum to dive over from 3 yards.

    Final score was 78 v 5.

    And the Warriors moved into 2nd spot (briefly) but are now back in 3rd as the league has started to hand out 28-0 walkovers for games that are not competed (so Oban Lorne were awarded 5 points after Lismore Ladies could not raise a team)

    Was a great display by the Warriors who controlled the game from start to finish with some great running rugby.

    If I was to point out anything that could be looked at (you have to always mention something…its an armchair watchers duty!) it would be to practice restarts as 4-5 times on Sunday the ball was dropped and a scrum given to RDVC Ladies. Against a more experienced team this may have been costly. On the other hand to be receiving the ball usually means you have just scored…. so swings and roundabouts!

    Annan Warriors Team: 1) L Kyle, 2) L Moffat, 3) M Parker, 4) N Barnes, 5) C Gate, 6) N Dobie, 7) S Grainger, 8) K Warrick, 9) N Barlow, 10) C O'Connell, 11) J Stewart, 12) M McGeoch, 13) L McGoldrick (Capt), 14) R Donnelly, 15) K Taylor

    Replacements: L Vevers, C Martindale, A Graham, K McBride and A McCall.

    The Warriors now travel to Helensburgh on Sunday to try and continue their great start to the season.


    ABERDEENSHIRE QUINES v ANNAN WARRIORS
    SARAH BEANEY CUP
    30TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Iain "Parky" Parks

    Last Sunday the Annan Warriors made a super early start on their long travel north to play Aberdeenshire Quines in the 1st round of the Sarah Beaney Cup. Quines are a league above our girls so it was always going to be a tough game especially as they only had 14 available to travel.

    The home side kicked off and immediately had their visitors under pressure as they mounted several attacks on their line which stretched the defence out of shape and eventually found a gap wide on the right wing which led to an unconverted try.

    At this point it looked like the Warriors could be in for a long afternoon but this try only served to galvanise them and seemed to shake the long journey out of them. Several times the Annan side put together some well constructed moves which only just failed to bring any score.

    From a scrum on their own 22 scrum half Nicole Barlow made a clever break away from the base which saw her feed the ball out to Jane Stewart who made a strong run down the wing, when stopped short by the home full back she offloaded to Niamh Dobie who was up in support to run in the try which Mally McGeoch converted to put the Warriors 7-5 in front after 16 minutes play.

    The lead was shortened to two points when the home team rumbled over another short range unconverted try but once again the response was almost instant as the Annan girls ran in a further two well constructed tries through their strong running backs first through Rachel Donnelly and then yet another from the unstoppable Jane Stewart, this one converted by McGeoch to stretch the lead to 10-19.

    The home side managed a further unconverted try right on half time to narrow the gap to 15-19 but the coaches very sufficiently pleased with the first 40 minutes play and asked for more of the same in the second half.

    However the break seemed to suit the home side better who came out stronger and scored an early try from a rumble close to the line, again unconverted but they were back in front.

    There then followed a moment of "confusion" when the referee halted play for an injury to the Quines prop and then told the Warriors captain that number 7 was responsible for foul play. When she was informed we don't actually have a number 7 jersey, (it was cut off an injured player last season) she sin binned Lyndsey McGoldrick for being part of the ruck.

    During this period of being a player short proved costly as the home side managed to run in a further two unconverted tries for a 30-19 score.

    The girls hadn't travelled all this way to give in at this stage and as soon as they returned to full numbers they set about getting back onto the scoreboard which they did with some style.

    From another scrum in our 22 Barlow set the backs away again with Donnelly scorching down her wing before popping a neat pass inside to McGoldrick to run in under the posts.

    Then almost straight from the restart the ball was passed to Stewart who rounder several covering defenders to run a full 75metres to touchdown. McGeoch, who was having a successful day with the boot, converted both and the Warriors were back in front going into the dying minutes of the game.

    Just as in the first half the home team managed to rumble over for a try with the last play of the game and the Warriors were defeated 35-33.

    The did come out of the game with huge amounts of credit as the played the full game with only 14 players against a team from a league above them who had five replacements they could use to freshen tired legs.

    Having gone well behind in the second half the girls showed real determination to take the game back to the home side and get back in front and were really unlucky to lose the last score on the stroke of time.

    A two point defeat under such circumstances should be seen as a massive positive and the team should move forward with increased confidence.

    This result will move the Warriors into the Bowl competition which is a much better competition for them as the big names from the Premier league now enter the next round of the cup.

    Annan Warriors Team: 1 Jenny Park, 2 Lorna Vevers, 3 Susan Pollock, 4 Nadine Barnes, 5 Kayleigh Warrick, 6 Chelsea Barnes, 8 Niamh Dobie, 9 Nicole Barlow, 10 Lyndsay McGoldrick, 11 Jane Stewart, 12 Malvina McGeoch, 13 Rachel Donnelly, 14 Claire Martindale, 15 Kim Taylor


    GRANGEMOUTH STAGETTES v ANNAN WARRIORS
    BT NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2
    9TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton

    The Warriors got this seasons league games off to a start with a trip to see the Kelpies at Grangemouth RFC. This was a happy hunting ground for The Warriors, who defeated the Staggettes here last year. The Annan team hoped to build on last week’s victory in the Cup and set off in confident mood.

    Having instilled the “start well and get in front” philosophy from day one, it was a bit disappointing to see a few dropped balls and balls lost in the contact which plagued the opening ten minutes. This culminated in a converted try for the hard rucking, forward oriented hosts. 7-0 with ten minutes gone is not what The Warriors had hoped for.

    Things got better as the bus journey got run out of the legs and with a bit more emphasis on ball retention allowed Chelsea Barnes to cross the whitewash to open Annan’s account. 7-5.

    This was followed by a lengthy break where the game was moved to the second team pitch due to a nasty hip injury to the Home scrum half. The Warriors would like to wish her a speedy recovery.

    After the 25 minute break the game restarted with Annan now looking more like their old self’s and some deft play culminated in Jane “Again“ Stewart outstripping the defence for her first of the day. This took the score to 7-10 in Annan’s favour.

    Some concerted pressure and a kick through brought about a penalty try due to some obstruction/tackling off the ball from the scrambling home defence. This was converted by Mal McGeoch who had been close with the first two conversion attempts and who had actually touched the ball down as the penalty try was given. This rounded off the first half at 7-17 to the visitors.

    The second half was similar to the first with Annan knocking on the door but meeting a resolute and stout defence. When Grangemouth had the ball they were proving difficult to halt in their tracks but the Annan tackling was as ferocious as last week and kept the marauding Staggettes in midfield.

    Next score was Jane with her usual nonchalant run in from 40 yards. Grangemouth took the bit between their teeth and scored an immediate response of a converted try to make the score 14-22 with 13 minutes gone in the second half.

    Annan were starting to outlast a tiring home team and, after a period of parity Jane ran in another 30 yarder to extend Annan’s lead to 14-27. Jane then topped off a 4 try display with an interception, this time only running in from 10 metres instead of her usual 40. This one was converted by Mal McGeoch to end Annan’s scoring at 17-34.

    Not to be outdone the home team crossed for a consolation converted try to finish the game at 21-34.

    Although the start of the game was not as planned Annan settled into their running well and continue to look comfortable on a rugby pitch. The lineout play is bearing fruit as is the getting back to feet and competing for the ball. Focus this week will be on the contact area and ball retention.

    Annan had 4 debutants who all took part in the game and did not look out of place amongst their peers. Welcome to Suzy, Joanne, Rachel and, our very own Olympian, Lorna. Wo(man) of the match was awarded to Jane Stewart for her second half hat trick (4 tries in total) including the cheeky wee interception to cap them off.

    Warrior’s team on the day was: 1. Suzy Kirkpatrick, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt.), 3. Lindsay Kyle, 4. Joanne White, 5. Abbie Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 17. Sarah Grainger, 8, Kayleigh Warrick, 9. Nicole Barlow, 10, Ciara O’Connell, 11. Jane Stewart, 12. Mal McGeoch, 13. Rachel Donnelly, 14, Niamh Dobie, 15. Kim Taylor,

    Replacements: (both used) Rachel Armstrong and Lorna Vevers

    Next up for The Warriors is our first home league game of the season against Oban Lorne Women. Oban came down from Nat 1 last season and are currently rebuilding having lost a few players.

    However they are an established outfit and will be tough opposition for the undefeated Warriors.

    This is a 2 pm kick off at Violetbank on Sunday 16th of October. Come along, it’s gonna be a cracker.


    ANNAN WARRIORS v KIRKCALDY LADIES
    SARAH BEANEY CUP - PRELIMINARY ROUND
    2ND OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton (Match Highlights)

    Finally, The Warriors got this seasons games off to a delayed start with a Cup game at home to National 1 outfit Kirkcaldy Ladies.

    This was a departure from the norm for The Warriors being the first time they have been pitched in with a team from the league above.

    Confidence was high after the Tens tournament a couple of weeks past and a good training runout with Stewartry last week. The Warriors were more than pleased to get a competitive game under their belt.

    The game started well with both teams looking promising going forward and both trying to spread the ball on a beautiful autumn day at Violetbank.

    It wasn’t long until the Nat 1 side began banging on the door of The Warriors 22. Some tremendous and aggressive defence meant that the half was played out mostly in The Warriors 22 but at no point did it look as if the home defence was to be breached.

    Towards the end of the half Annan lost Captain, and hooker, Linden Moffat to a head knock which meant that the scrums went uncontested from that point on.

    The ref decided to prolong the half to compensate for the injury stoppage meaning that the players were on the pitch for nearly 50 mins before half time. With both side blowing a bit the half time score remained at 0-0.

    The second half started in a similar vein to the first with Kirkcaldy trying to unlock a now unbelievable defence. Ultimately the dam burst, but only due to a piece of bad luck when a clearance kick from behind the line was charged down and the chargee grounded the ball for the opening score. This was converted leading to a score of 0-7.

    Not allowing this to affect the confidence level Annan took to the restart in the same determined mind set as the previous 50+ minutes.

    Having secured good ball the backs showed some deft handling to release Jane Stewart into space. There was only going to be one outcome and Jane out stripped the defence to round under the posts for Annan’s first score. Mal McGeoch slotted the extra points to square the game at 7-7.

    This had a galvanising effect on the home team who had more possession in the next ten minutes than previous 60. It wasn’t long before this resulted in Jane crossing the line again, this time out on the left. As this was left unconverted the score moved on to 12-7.

    A final 15 minutes of pressure on the still stoic defence saw the match finish with a 12 – 7 scoreline and The Warriors march into the Cup first round proper.

    A magnificent display was marred only by a nasty wrist injury to prop Ashley Clark in the second last play of the game. Our thoughts are with her and we hope to see her back soon.

    This was a team victory where all of the 18 players used could hold their heads high in the knowledge that the display, especially in defence, was outstanding. All the forwards epitomised the hard hitting, resilient, never say die approach which also extended to the backs.

    Wo(man) of the match was awarded to Kayleigh Warrick who carried well and tackled anything that came her way.

    Warriors team on the day was: 1. Ashley Clark, 2. Linden Moffat (Capt), 3. Lindsay Kyle, 4. Clare Gate, 5. Correy Clark, 6. Chelsea Barnes, 7. Sarah Grainger, 8, Kayleigh Warrick, 9. Nicole Barlow, 10, Ciara O’Connell, 11. Jane Stewart, 12. Mal McGeoch, 13. Rachel Donnelly, 14, Shona Barlow, 15. Kim Taylor

    Replacements (all used): Amy Graham, Nadine Barnes and Katy McBride

    Next up for The Warriors is our first league game of the season away to Grangemouth Staggettes where The Warriors managed a victory last season. Hopefully following on from this week they can repeat that result.

    This is a 2 pm kick off at Grangemouth RFC on Sunday 9th of October.


    ANNAN WARRIORS v STEWARTRY SIRENS TRAINING MATCH
    25TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton

    Once again The Warriors failed to get season 2016/17 underway due to unavailability of opposition. This week it was Howe Harlequins from Cupar who couldn’t raise a team to travel the long road down the A74.

    But not to be outdone a few text messages were sent out and a training game between Annan and Stewartry Sirens was arranged.

    Annan had 20 players on the day, despite two late call offs due to injury and one who missed her train in Dundee (Mally!), this plus the 9 players who travelled across form Castle Douglas meant that the game was played 14 v 14 for the most part. It actually ended up 14 v 15 for the final session but who’s counting?

    From the off, the Annan XIV, showed how ready they are for the new season with some tremendous continuity in attack and steel in defence.

    The 2 league difference between the Annan players, on both sides, and the Sirens was not as noticeable as The Warriors had feared.

    The match was played in 4 x 20 minute segments allowing time for coaching points in the rest periods.

    There were some sterling performances from both the established players and the three first timers Susan, Lorna and Andrea.

    Others showed great improvement in game awareness and positional play as well as sheer determination in dealing with the larger, more experienced opposition.

    The session finished with an overall score of 44 – 27 to The Warriors but the whole idea was to get game time for both The Warriors and some Sirens fringe players who don’t get enough game time. So to this end the day was a massive success.

    Scorers for The Warriors were Sarah Grainger, Ciara O’Connell, Chelsea Barnes (2) and, of course, Jane “Again” Stewart with 4. Kim Taylor added 2 conversions.

    Warriors on display were: Ashley Clark, Lindsay Kyle (Capt.), Marie Beer Parker, Clare Gate, Abbie Clark, Chelsea Barnes, Sarah Grainger, Kayleigh Warrick, Nicole Barlow, Ciara O’Connel, Jane Stewart, Rachel Donnelly, Claire Martindale, Kim Taylor, Jenny Park, Niamh Dobie, Susan Pollock, Lorna Vevers, Shona Barlow and supersub Andrea Keenan.

    Big Thanks to the Stewartry 9, referee Neil Wallace, Grubber Staff and the under 14s for leaving the flags out! #justsaying

    Next up for The Warriors is the Preliminary Round of The Sarah Beaney Cup where The Warriors find themselves at home to National One opposition in the form of Kirkcaldy Ladies.

    This is a 2 pm kick off at Violetbank on Sunday 2nd of October.

    We are hoping for a big crowd for our first competitive game of the season. Warriors Come Out To Play!


    ANNAN WARRIORS AT THE MORGAN TENS
    11TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    After a long road trip to Dundee, the Annan Warriors took to the field in their first competitive outing of the season and after all was said and done, the Warriors became Morgan Rugby Queen of the Tens Champions.

    In the group stages the Warriors were pitted against Ardrossan, Liberton and Banff.

    Banff were up first and were beaten 29 - 0 thanks to tries from Jane (3T) Chelsea (1T) and Ciara (1T). Kim kicked 2 conversions.

    Next were Ardrossan who the Warriors put to the sword. The Warriors winning 68-0.

    Annan scorers were: Sarah (3T), Nicole (4T), Jane (1T, 1C), Claire (1T), Correy (1T). Abbie (1T), Ciara (1T) and Kim (3C)

    The final group game was against Liberton Ladies and the Warriors continued their great form running out 27-0 winners.

    Annan scorers were: Sarah (1T), Nicole (1T), Rachel (1T), Jane (1T), Correy (1T) and Kim (1C)

    So into the final against Howe Harlequins who had also won their 3 group games convincingly but the Warriors were not about to be denied their first bit of silverware of the season.

    Two great tries from try machine Jane Stewart put the Warriors into a 10-0 lead and it was a lead they never lost despite a converted try from Howe and some sustained pressure on the Annan line.

    Final Score: Annan Warriors 10 v Howe Harlequins 7

    Well done to all the Warriors who made the trip and to the coaches. Not a bad start to the rugby season!