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KIRKCALDY LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT NATIONAL DIVISION 1
17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

ANOTHER WIN ON THE ROAD FOR THE WARRIORS

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick (Match Photos (opens in a new tab))

After a week off the Warriors set off Fife bound once more to face Kirkcaldy Ladies with the defeat in last seasons Bowl Semi Final still fresh in the memory.

Following a minutes silence in memory of Annan Rugby stalwart Alex McEwen the game kicked off with Annan going on the front foot from the off.

After several phases of play Annan moved the ball wide to winger Lucy Thompson for Lucy to score what she thought was to be her 1st try for the Warriors, unfortunately she had made the schoolgirl error of scoring on the 5m line, to top off the embarrassment she jumped for joy in celebration. Oops.

From the ensuing scrum Annan quickly turned over the ball & after a nifty side step Kim Taylor scored close to the posts.

The game then got into the rhythm which was to flow throughout the game with both teams going at it hammer n tongs playing some good rugby throughout.

From a period of pressure from Kirkcaldy & some stout defence from Annan, the Warriors won a penalty under their own posts. Annan scrum half Nicole Barlow took a quick tap shot off on in attack throwing a dummy to confuse the Kirkcaldy fullback ran the length of the field scoring under the Kirkcaldy posts, her wee legs going as what can only be described as quicker than a hamsters on a wheel.

This gave Annan great confidence & only some basic errors & good defence from Kirkcaldy stopped them from increasing the lead.

The nip’n’tuck game continued until half time with Kirkcaldy scoring two tries taking the half time score to Kirkcaldy 10 v Warriors 12.

The 2nd half started brightly with Annan taking the upper hand exerting pressure on the opposition defence which on 50 mins final was breached with Jane ‘Wheels’ Stewart scorching up the right wing to score under the posts.

The Warriors with newly found confidence upped the pace of the game & with some good interplay left winger Niamh Dobie scored in the corner. Swiftly followed by Janes 2nd try again from some good interplay with some quality offloads in the tackle & good handling. For the remaining 15 mins of the game the Warriors seemed to become a bit complacent allowing Kirkcaldy to score two tries under the posts to make the final score Kirkcaldy 24 v Warriors 31. All in all a good performance with the lineout & scrum becoming stronger each game.

Annan Team:- Ashley Clark, Marie Parker, Eilidh Jardine, Correy Clark, Caroline Aitken ©, Nadine Barnes, Sarah Grainger, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Mal McGeoch, Niamh Dobie, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lucy Thompson, Kim Taylor

Subs:- Abbie Clark, Kirsty Aitken, Claire Gate, Jenny Park - all used

Best for Annan were Caroline Aitken, Nadine Barnes & Chelsea Barnes in forwards, Nicole Barlow, Jane Stewart & Kim Taylor in the backs.

Player of the match from Annan went to Abbi McCall.

Thanks to Kirkcaldy for the after match hospitality & the hard game & we wish them well for the rest of the league campaign.

Next game for the Warriors is Sunday 1st October away to National 2 team Ardrossan in the 1st round of the Sarah Beaney cup


HOWE HARLEQUINS v ANNAN WARRIORS
BT NATIONAL DIVISION 1
3RD SEPTEMBER 2017

GREAT VICTORY FOR THE WARRIORS

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick (Match Photos (opens in a new tab))

With all the pre season done, the Warriors set off on their 1st journey as National One team to last seasons National Two winners Howe of Fife for what was expected to be another tough, physical encounter between two evenly matched & now regular adversaries.

It was also the 1st time the Warriors had the chance to wear the newly designed Warriors strip, so once all the regulatory new strip selfies were taken, it was on to the task in hand.

As expected the game was evenly matched from the start with no quarter given from either team. Initially the Warriors defence seemed to be hesitant with line-speed lacking allowing the Howe team to get go forward fairly easily. This allowed Howe the opening score with a well worked try.

The Warriors quickly got the ball from the kick off & following a bit of pressure scored through Jane ‘Wheels’ Stewart for her 1st try of the season.

With the game following very much an end to end pattern with good attack & defence from both sides broken up with a couple of injury breaks, it was Quins who took the lead with another try.

Almost straight from the kick off following a break from inside her own half 2nd row Correy Clark fresh off the plane from holiday made a fantastic break & charge towards the Howe line, showing the presence of mind as she was just about to be tackle to offload to winger Rachel Armstrong who like Correy as she was tackled returned the pass to Correy who scored in the corner. This being during a period when Annan were down to 13 due to two yellow cards.

The ebb & flow continued with Howe scoring once more pretty much straight from the kick off to go into half time leading 15-10.

After well needed refreshment & the gathering of thoughts the 2nd half started with a bang with winger Rachel Armstrong scoring her 1st league try with a good score which Mally converted to make the score 17-15.

The next 20 minutes passed with a sort of stalemate as both defences were on top & some crunching tackles coming in from both sets of players, until with 15 minutes to go Howe crossed for their 4th & bonus point try. The ever improving Warriors didn’t let the head go down & with a strike move from a scrum Jane burst through the line & rounded the full back to score near the posts with Mally’s conversion put the Warriors 4 points in front with less than 10 minutes to play.

The last 10 minutes played out almost just as the whole match had done with both teams having chances to score & with the Annan supports nails well & to the truly bitten the referees whistle brought to the end a great game of rugby between two teams who will both hold their own in National One.

Still lots to work on for the next game but the Warriors can go forward with confidence on their journey in National One

Player of the match went to Correy Clark who was excellent in both attack & defence & considering only arrived home from holiday during the night & undoubtedly will have overindulged on holiday worked hard for the full 80 minutes.

Annan Warriors starting 15: Ashley Clark, Lindsey Kyle, Eilidh Jardine, Correy Clark, Caroline Aitken ©, Nadine Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Katy McBride, Nicole Barlow, Malvina McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lucy Thompson, Kim Taylor

Replacements: Julie Dalgliesh, Kirsty Aitken, Claire Gate (all used)