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Warriors at the Biggar 7s

ANNAN WARRIORS AT THE BIGGAR SEVENS
BIGGAR SEVENS
26TH MAY 2018

WARRIORS WIN THE BIGGAR SEVENS

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick

After being crowned National Division One Champions a few weeks ago the Warriors travelled up the road to Biggar 7s to round off an extremely successful season.

Joined by the senior male players who were supporting the ladies & enjoying a few beers in the sunshine.

With 5 teams taking part the tournament took the form a round robin with each team playing each other & also getting to play at least one game on the main pitch in front of a significant crowd.

So the Warriors in a confident mood took on Kelso Ladies in the 1st game & scored at regular intervals to win 24 v 7, with tries from Abbie Clark, Jane Stewart, Nicole Barlow & Mally McGeoch who also converted two.

After one games rest the Warriors took to the field against Liberton Ladies with a number of the players having played for Melrose in the league at Violetbank earlier in the season. The team played well throughout this game coming out 36 v 0 winners with tries from Jane Stewart (3), Nicole Barlow & Mally McGeoch (2) & 3 conversions.

Again after a games rest the Warriors took on home side Biggar who had played some decent rugby in the 1st two games. Once again the Warriors experience showed taking the win 31 v 0 tries coming from Chelsea Barnes, Jane Stewart (2), Rachel Armstrong, Nicole Barlow, conversions from Allana McWilliam (1) & Mally McGeoch (2)

For the final game the Warriors took to the field against Hamilton on the main pitch in front of quite a large crowd. The Warriors ran in scores regularly throughout the 1st half & after 1 minute of the 2nd half the game was abandoned due to a serious injury sustained by one of the Hamilton players who seemed to fall awkwardly while chasing to try & prevent a try. Final score 38 v 0 tries from Chelsea Barnes, Correy Clark, Nicole Barlow, Jane Stewart (2), Mally McGeoch 1 try & 4 conversions.

Best wishes to the Hamilton for her recovery.

Another highlight was the Warriors being able to get a squad photo taken alongside the Calcutta Cup

So another piece of silverware for the Warriors cabinet to go along with National One Championship & Annandale & Eskdale Sports Team of the Year.

The Warriors get a well earned rest before preseason commences on Tuesday 3rd July. Thanks to the supporters who made the trip to Biggar am sure you had a great day. Also thanks to Biggar for the invite to come along & we certainly look forward to next years tournament.

Annan Warriors Squad: Chelsea Barnes ©, Allana McWilliam, Correy Clark, Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Jane Stewart, Rachel Armstrong, Linden Moffat, Abbie Clark, Megan Alexander, Kim Taylor, Niamh Dobie


ANNAN WARRIORS v BROUGHTON LADIES
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
29TH APRIL 2018

THE WARRIORS END SEASON IN STYLE

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

So the newly crowned National One Champions the Warriors took on Broughton Ladies in their final league game at a for once sunny Violetbank. The Warriors determined to get revenge for the 19-36 defeat from Broughton earlier in the season.

Things didn't start smoothly for Annan with Captain Caroline Aitken failing a fitness test early in the warm up, so with Vice Captain Chelsea Barnes taking over as captain & Niamh Dobie taking her place in the back row.

The game kicked off & the Warriors went straight on the attack determined to rise to the final 2 challenges set prior to kick off. From a Broughton clearing kick the Warriors scored from a lineout move with Chelsea Barnes storming up the 5 yard line to score.

From the kick off Correy Clark fielded the kick & went on the 1st of many rampages deep into the Broughton half where Annan pressed only for a knock on to cause the ball to be turned over.

The Annan players kept pushing & following good interplay Abbie Clark charged over to score following a couple of her now trade mark hand offs.

With the confidence flowing Annan started to play some really good rugby & scored another quick try through Jane Stewart, Jane has score at least one try in every league game this season a record with the cup game against Watsonians the only game she has failed to score. The conversion was kicked by Mally

Broughton came into the game & pushed the Annan team back but very strong defence by all repelled all the attacks.

There was no more score until on the stroke of half time when Abbie Clark again broke the line to handoff the full back, when the pass to Jane was probably the best option, to score the bonus point try in the corner.

Half time score: Annan Warriors 22 v Broughton Ladies 0

So the 2nd half began with Annan keen to continue their good performance, & the half couldn’t have started any better with Abbie Clark storming through once more leaving several Broughton players in her wake to score her 3rd try of the game. Conversion by Mally.

To their credit Broughton stuck to their guns & kept giving their all & after a couple of phases their winger picked a great line to race through to score under the posts.

Not to be outdone by her opposing winger the next try was scored by Jane who put on the afterburners after some excellent handling by the Warriors backs to score her 24th try of the season.

The next score came from a quick penalty when the ball was handed to Correy Clark who with a couple of hand offs of her own scored under the posts to join her sister on the scoresheet. Mally converting once more.

The final Annan score came from Annan’s terrier of a scrum half Nicole Barlow who with a quick pirouette & sidestep raced away to score. Mally with the conversion. With the game entering the final few minutes Broughton scored a consolation converted try.

Final score: Annan Warriors 48 v Broughton Ladies 14

So with the final whistle the Warriors season in National One drew to a close and the celebrations began as the Warriors were presented with the Championship shield from SRU delegate Adam Gray.

An amazing achievement from the Warriors who now join the Premier League an even more amazing achievement as its only 4 years since the 1st Warriors taster session was held. A good all round performance from the Warriors to end the season with the focus turning to Kelso 7s & Biggar 7s.

Forward of the match Abbie Clark

Back of the match Mally McGeoch

Thanks to Broughton for making the trip, also to the Warriors supporters & staff at Bank St clubhouse.

Annan team: Marie Parker, Lindsay Kyle, Eilidh Jardine, Abbie Clark, Correy Clark, Linden Moffat, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes (c), Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Jane Stewart, Lorna Vevers, Allana McWilliam, Megan Alexander, Kim Taylor

Subs all used: Ashley Clark, Julie Dalgliesh, Jenny Park, Rachel Armstrong


MURRAYFIELD GIRLS v U15 HORNETS
CLUB SHIELD - QUARTER FINALS
25TH MARCH 2018

QUARTER FINAL WIN FOR THE GIRLS

Match Report by: Kayleigh Warrick

This weeks destination for the u15 Hornets was home of Scottish Rugby BT Murrayfield as they faced Murrayfield Wanderers in the quarter final of the BT Shield competition.

14 girls, chauffeured by coach Billy and a few mums, set off on the journey up the road knowing all to well that a win today would set them just one game away from Finals Day on 6th May.

On arrival to Murrayfield on a rather cloudy day, our Hornets were soon to realise they were in good company with a few of the Scotland women playing for their home clubs as Watsonians and Murrayfield Wanderers Women faced off in the semi final of the Sarah Beaney Cup!

This soon inspired our girls with a great start soon after the whistle as Isla Cooper crashing over the whitewash not once but twice in the first 5 minutes thanks to great runs from Ellie Henderson and Lexie Glendinning. Abby Notman added the points converting both.

At the strike of 20 minutes Murrayfield Wanderers soon put down their first try as a simple over lap left the Hornets a defender down. Annan were quick to bounce back though with another great try this time by Captain Jenna Patterson.

In the run up to the half an hour mark Wandies closed the gap leaving the score at half time 19-19. All was to play for in the second half with both teams wanting to reach Murrayfield in 4 weeks!

Half Time Score: Annan Hornets 19 - Murrayfield Wanderers 19

Once again the Hornets started off with great runs and decision from several of the girls allowing Ellie Henderson to charge over the line to score her first try of the day! The next 10 minutes tested the young Hornets defense as Wandies ran over the line for a further two scores. The Hornets soon got back into gear with some speedy decisions from scrum half Lucy Stevenson allowing a run up the field from Jenna to score her second try of the day.

Taking the score back to 29 all with less than 10 minutes to play.

Could they pull it out the bag?.. Well the supporters had faith as some great rugby was on display however after a great chasing tackle from Lily Miller, Wandies managed to sneak under the posts for one final try.

Determined not to end the game there Rhianna Parker-Clevett, Ellie Henderson and Lexie Glendinning all made the important yards to allow Isla to crash down her 3rd and final try of the day once again converted by Abby.

Full Time Score: Annan Hornets 36 - Murrayfield Wanderers 34

Both teams played exceptionally well for such young players with some great attacking and defensive skills on display. A few things to work on at training this week ahead of the Semi-finals but so many positives to take away.

Stand out players for the Hornets were Ellie Henderson for her strong running and Lexie Glendinning for her for her strong running and Lexie Glendinning for her great running and defensive tackles.

A massive well done goes to all of the girls but especially Lily Miller who played her 1st game for the Hornets today!

Best wishes to Emily Oakes who unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury, we hope to see you back at training soon!

Annan Team: Jenna Patterson (Capt), Ellie Henderson, Lexie Glendinning, Lucy Stevenson, Abby Notman, Rhianna Parker-Clevett, Kara Jamieson, Eva Graham, Eve Jackson, Olivia McQueen, Lily Miller, Emily Oakes, Skye Watret, Isla Cooper.

ANNAN WARRIORS v HOWE HARLEQUINS
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
25TH MARCH 2018

WARRIORS FIGHT BACK FOR THE WIN

Match Report by: Colin Warrick

So after a two week break the Warriors took the field against old adversaries Howe Harlequins on a sunny Sunday at Violetbank.

With a slight delay due to refereeing issues the game kicked off later than scheduled but the crowd weren’t to be disappointed with straight from the off both teams flying head on into each other with a level of physicality that made a number of the crowd wince.

Howe started the game & put Annan under immediate pressure utilising the brisk wind to pin Annan deep into their own half. With Howes 7 being to the fore with some big carries. It seemed that Annan were still half asleep & struggled to hold onto the ball, but some stout defence & luck on a couple occasions kept the score to zero.

On the brief occasions that Annan had possession, they just could not exert much pressure on the Howe defence & turned the ballover on a number of occasions.

Half time score: Annan Warriors 0 – Howe Harlequins 0

The second half kicked off & with the wind being on Annan backs it was hoped that we would see a resurgent Annan take control as so often as they had in previous games.

This was however not to be when following a number of phases Howe burst over to take a 5 point lead on 43 minutes & almost straight from the kick off double there lead with another well worked try.

Finally this seemed to spur the Warriors into action with, finally gaining parity in the game & controlling the ball for longer periods. On 57 minutes following a turnover & some big carries from the forwards, scrum half Nicole made a dart from the back of a ruck to dummy the last defender & force herself through a despairing Howe tackle to score.

The next period of the game was 50: 50 with neither team able to push for victory, Annan now with bit between their teeth pushed hard for the equalising score with the combination of good field position & hard running gaining good field position for Abbie Clark to force her way over from close range, conversion by Mally.

So with little over 15 minutes to go Annan held a 2 point lead which was further extended on 72 minutes when Mally outstripped the defence to score out wide.

So could Annan get the bonus point??? Well lady luck was shining on the Annan team they managed to squeak home with Jane Stewart scoring wide out to score the crucial 4th try with only two minutes to go.

Howe had the final say in the game when they scored a consolation try on the stroke of full time to gain a hard earned losing bonus point.

Final score: Annan Warriors 22 – Howe Harlequins 15

All in all not a great performance from the Warriors but to get a bonus point from being 0-10 down shows how the team are growing.

Best for Annan on the day were Nicole, Mally & Lorna in the backs & Nadine,& Chelsea in the forwards.

Sponsors Player of the Match went to Correy Clark

Forward of the match Caroline Aitken

Back of the match Kim Taylor

Thanks to Lorna Hind & friends for the match sponsorship & to the Howe Ladies for the keenly contested game & we wish them all the best for the rest of the season & particularly their Bowl Semi Final against Oban.

So with two games left Annan sit top of the table 10 points ahead of Glasgow Uni & 11 points ahead of Broughton, so the Warriors destiny is very much in their own hands.

Annan team: Marie Parker, Lindsay Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Jenny Park, Abbie Clark, Nadine Barnes, Correy Clark, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Malvina McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Lorna Vevers, Jane Stewart, Megan Alexander, Kim Taylor

Subs (all used): Ashley Clark, Eilidh Jardine, Linden Moffat, Shei Howlett, Allana McWiliiam


HOWE U15 GIRLS v ANNAN U15 HORNETS
CLUB CUP
25TH MARCH 2018

GREAT EFFORT FROM THE HORNETS

Match Report by: Billy Henderson

On Sunday 25th March Annan U15 Hornets travelled up to Howe of Ffife in Cupar to play a previously cancelled cup game.

Other commitments and injuries resulted in Annan only being able to take 11 players. We played 11 a-side however Howe having a larger squad of 16 players thus allowing them to rotate their players often. Whereas the Annan girls had to dig deep into their fitness, mental determination and a bit of stubbornness to keep going in the fine spring sunshine.

Annan started off a bit sluggish which allowed Howe to exploit gaps to score a quick try. Annan upped the game from then and with superior rucking techniques stole a lot of Howe possession allowing Isla Copper a few good runs up the wing before a passing move in the backs created room that allowed her to jinks in for a score.

Three further tries were scored by Howe during the first half. Late in the first half it materialised that the Howe team had 12 players on the pitch.

In the second half tiredness and slight knocks resulted in Howe getting 5 more tries and Annan another, with Isla Coppers second try following good rucking and pick and goes by the Annan players.

In one of Annan’s attacking moves Eva Graham took a thumping tackle which made us on the side lines wince and anticipate that treatment would be required however the tough girl kept going. Abby was unsuccessful with one conversion but kicked well out of hand in the rest of the game. Kara Jamieson was successful with one conversion.

What we learned today was that Annan girls can ruck with enthusiasm and handle the ball well. They all worked hard as a team. We need to practise on supporting the ball carrier more, be up in defence quicker to cut down the oppositions space and when we are rucking well be confident to pick and go (route one in the old school terms) and when with the ball in hand have the confidence take it on yourself.

Overall from having a lack of game time this season the coaches and parents were pleased with the visible uplifting skill level in the first half and maintaining this in the second half. The girls may have lost however they played very well.

Annan Squad: Lexi Glendinning (captain), Danielle Marshall, Lucy Stevenson, Eve Graham, Abby Notman, Kara Jamieson, Olive Marczak, Eve Jackson, Isla Copper, Skye Watret, Oliva McQueen


GREENOCK WANDERERS LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
11TH MARCH 2018

THE WARRIORS MARCH ON

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick (Match Highlights)

Buoyed by being awarded Annandale & Eskdale Sports Team of the Year for 2017 the Warriors set off on the final away journey of their National One campaign looking to gain victory for the 1st time against old adversaries Greenock Wanderers Ladies.

The game kicked off with Annan determined to start well after a couple of tentative starts in the last two games, kicking long from the kick off the Warriors pressed hard & with the physicality taking its toll on both teams early, Greenock losing a player with a facial injury & Annan centre Abbi McCall whilst making a tackle took a bang to the face causing her to leave the field with quite a nasty cut to her lip, testament to having a decent gum shield as such was the force had managed to bit through her one.

After a quick reshuffle of the back line Annan pressed once more & from a turnover the ball was moved wide for Jane Stewart to race round behind them posts with Mally converting to take a 7 point lead.

The game went back n forth with both defences on top & although Annan had the better of territory could not break down the Greenock defence. The game being so tight that other than one break from Correy Clark & Rachel Armstrong the score remained the same at half time.

Half Time: Greenock Ladies 0 – Annan Warriors 7

So with the need for Fire in the Bellies & Ice in the Brains, the Warriors set about the 2nd half with the knowledge that a BIG effort was required.

With Annan playing a controlled game & Mally sensibly for position off the back of good forward carries the pressure finally took the toll on the Greenock team when after a couple of phases of play in the Greenock half centre Lorna ‘Gold Medals’ Vevers burst through between two would be tacklers to offload to Jane who raced once more behind the post with Mally converting.

Again similar to the 1st half both teams had chances but the ferocious tackling continued & defences won out.

With 10 to go Annan pressed hard & from about 10 yards out Captain Caz smashed her way through three tackles to dive over by the posts for her 3rd try of the season with Mally once again converting. So with just under 10 minutes to go the Warriors went on the search for the bonus point but a combination of 1 or 2 penalties the Greenock Ladies broke through & from a tap on the 5 metre line scored out wide.

Final score: Greenock Ladies 5 – Annan Warriors 21

A true team performance from the Warriors who are once again rising to the challenge week on week. To a Lady the team played well with Back of the Match going to Lorna Vevers & Forward of the Match going to the rampaging Correy Clark.

A special mention to Fiona ‘Chanel no 5’ Latimer who won the players dummy prize for having to borrow a onesie for the pyjama themed fancy dress.

Also a mention to the 20 or so supporters who made the trip to cheer on the Warriors, & Billy Jardine who enjoyed his day out while filming the game.

So as it stands the Warriors destiny is in their own hands sitting top of the table 6 points in front of Broughton & Glasgow Uni with 3 games left, the 1st of which is this Sunday against Kirkcaldy. So get along to Violetbank & cheer on the Warriors.

Annan Team: M Parker, L Kyle, C Aitken ©, Abbie Clark, C Clark, N Barnes, N Dobie, C Barnes, N Barlow, M McGeoch, R Armstrong, A McCall, J Stewart, L Vevers, K Taylor

Subs (all used): Ashley Clark, E Jardine, J Park, S Howlett, M Alexander


U14 AND U16 ACADEMY GIRLS AT SCOTSTOUN
SEVENS TOURNAMENY
25TH FEBRUARY 2018

BEST IN THE WEST

Match Report by:Iain Park

Last Friday two teams from Annan Academy travelled to Scotstoun Stadium to take part in a West Coast schools 7’s tournament prior to the Scotland Women v England Women international.

The U14 team consisted of five from Annan: Lexie Glendinning, Lucy Stevenson, Olivia McQueen, Skye Watret and Erin Ewing along with two from Moffat Academy: Kara Jamieson and Eva Graham and Olivia Marczak from Lockerbie Academy.

Their first game, against Louden Academy, saw the Annan girls settle quicker into their game and ended with a six try to one score line with tries from Ewing (2), Glendinning (2), McQueen and Jamieson.

The second game saw the team from the south play against a team from the islands from Arran Academy. This was a very close contest and each Annan score was matched by one by the islanders and ended with three tries each. Annan scorers were Glendinning, Stevenson and Ewing.

The girls final match was another very close game against Largs Academy and the Annan girls were made to battle all the way to claim the game with a fouth try on the very last play of the game for a 4-3 scoreline with tries from Ewing, Jamieson, Watret and Stevenson.

This young squad played really well together and were growing in confidence with each game and more game time either at school or with their club will help them develop further. There are some talented players amongst the squad with some very strong runners and playing a fast open game is definitely a better option especially against some of the bigger teams they will come up against.

Meanwhile, the U16 squad were playing on an adjacent pitch against the same schools with all their players coming from Annan Academy: Lexie Steel, Cameon Ewing, Lily Glendinning, Jenna Patterson, Kirsty Cooper, Danielle Marshall, Elli Kirkpatrick and Rhianna Parker-Clevett.

The Academy started with a game against the island girls and just like the younger team this ended in a three try draw with tries from Patterson and Glendinning (2).

Next up were a team from across the other side of our region and a first ever game against a Wigtownshire when the girls played Stranraer Academy. Tries from Cooper, Glendinning, Kirkpatrick and three from a strong running Steel gave the girls a 6-2 victory.

The third game against Kyle Academy was a tighter contest and the Annan girls were held for most of the game until two late tries sealed a 4-2 win with tries from Cooper, two from Kirkpatrick and a first ever try for Marshall.

The final game of the afternoon saw the Academy girls take on a team from Largs Academy in what was a very close game and the Annan girls played some really good rugby to pinch a 3-2 win right at the end after tries from Cooper and Glendinning had put them into lead only for Largs to level the score but a final touchdown from Patterson saw the girls sneak the win and leave both Annan teams unbeaten on the day.

After the games the girls went into the main stadium to watch the Six Nations game against England and although the Scotland Women were beaten they played with a lot of spirit and are showing definite signs of improvement.

Watching the main game allowed our girls to watch some of the best in the game and learn more on how they should be looking to play and hopefully one day we can take more girls from the Academy to watch former pupils turning out in navy blue.


ANNAN WARRIORS v WATSONIANS LADIES
SARAH BEANEY CUP
25TH FEBRUARY 2018

WATSONIANS DEFEAT THE WARRIORS

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

On a chilly but sun drenched Sunday the Warriors faced Premier League team Watsonians in the Sarah Beaney Cup for the chance to face Edinburgh Uni Ladies in the quarter final. With Annan buoyed from the previous week’s victory they took on their more illustrious opposition with optimism & hope of potential giant killing on their minds.

Watsonians kicked off & put immediate pressure on the Annan team with the Warriors looking somewhat tentative, & showing a bit too much respect to their opposition.

From a penalty on the Annan 22 the Watsonians stand-off stroked over a penalty to take the lead, & from the kick off went straight on attack with a good mix of tight & wide play applied the pressure once more with the Annan line being broken by Watsonians to score a try.

Annan started to come a bit more into the game finally realising that they were a match for the opposition, as you would expect from a premier league team their defensive line was hard to break & it wasn’t long before Annan turned over the ball allowing Watsonians to counter attack to score their 2nd try of the day which the stand-off converted.

Annan began to control the ball a bit more & after several strong carries from Abbie Clark, Caroline Aitken & Nadine Barnes the ball was offloaded to Shei Howlett who plucked the pass up off her bootlaces to burst through would be tacklers to score under the posts, with Mally converting.

Annan found to their expense that with an experience opposition kicker comes better kick offs & more kicks for space & it was from one of these kicks that Watsonians recovered the ball & with the Annan defence back pedalling broke through to score on the stroke of half time.

Half time score: Annan Warriors 7 v Watsonians Ladies 20

The 2nd half kicked off with Watsonians soon gaining control of the ball pressing Annan’s backs against the wall score a quick try & conversion to push the lead to 20 points.

The Annan Ladies dug deep & efforts remained high with some more excellent work from both forwards & backs pushing Watsonians back, however the well drilled opposition able to slow the ball create turnovers to relieve pressure. Annan went close to the try line only to concede a penalty which allowed the Watsonians 10 to kick to touch & gain a lot of territory, from the ensuing lineout one of their hard running forwards took advantage of a couple of weak tackles to break the line & score.

With the game entering the final 10 minutes the Annan Ladies to their credit kept pushing for opportunities & following one of Abbie Clarks trademark charges into the opposition half, Scrum Half Nicole sniped from the base of a ruck to canter in from the 22.

The kick off reception hoodoo struck again with Watsonians retaining the ball & bursting through a last gasp challenge to score once more, with the conversion being successful. With an almost identical mistake Watsonians scored a final try to put the icing on the cake.

Final score: Annan Warriors 12 v Watsonians Ladies 46

A lot can be taken from the game with the tireless effort in defence & never give up attitude a credit to the Warriors.

Congratulations to Watsonians & good luck in the next round.

For Annan mentions to Chelsea Barnes, Caroline Aitken & Niamh Dobie in the forwards & Kim Taylor & Rachel Armstrong in the backs, also a mention to the returning Linden Moffat in her 1st game back after injury & the arrival of the 3rd ‘Mini Muff’ Jude.

Forward of the match went to Nadine Barnes & Abbie Clark

Back of the match went to Abbi McCall

The challenges for the Warriors don’t stop with a top of the table clash against Broughton Ladies next Sunday at Violetbank.

Annan Warriors Team: Ashley Clark, Lindsay Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Jenny Park, Correy Clark, Nadine Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Abbie McCall, Jane Stewart, Lyndsay McGoldrick, Kim Taylor

Replacements (all used): Marie Parker, Julie Dalgliesh, Abbie Clark, Shei Howlett, Linden Moffat & Megan Alexander


HILLHEAD JORDANHILL v U18 HORNETS
SRU CUP
18TH FEBRUARY 2018

HILLHEAD TOO STRONG FOR THE HORNETS

Match Report from: Iain Park

Last Sunday the U18 Hornets side travelled to Hughendon to play Hillhead/Jordanhill in the Scottish Cup qualifier, a game which see the girls play their first full side competitive game this season.

The Hillhead/Jordanhill girls have been competing regularly in the new Presidents Conference for the last two seasons and the lack of game time for the Annan girls was always going to make this a difficult encounter.

Although up against a well organised and more experienced side the Annan girls played well in spells and put together some well constructed passages of play and showed improvement as the game progressed.

Although they were eventually defeated 52-0 they made the Hillhead girls work harder for each score. The girls can take the positives from the game, and there were plenty of them, and now move onto their next game which is away to Ayr in 1st round of the cup.

All the girls gave their best and deserve credit for the way they stuck in after such a long time without a game.

Eve Irving put in numerous big tackles as did Lily Glendinning and Caitlin Ritchie. The forwards worked hard to secure ball at the breakdown and won several turnovers. Jenna Patterson deserves mention for the way she stepped up a level in her first game at U18’s.

Team: K Barlow, L Steel, E Henderson, J Patterson, E Irving and K Cooper. M Ker, J Bell, C Ewing, M Muir, C Ritchie, L Glendinning and C Craik(captain)


ANNAN WARRIORS v GARIOCH LADIES
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
18TH FEBRUARY 2018

WARRIORS GO TOP OF THE LEAGUE

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

Annan Warriors welcomed Garioch Ladies to Violetbank for the return encounter in National One, the Garioch Ladies having had what could be called an unforgettable experience after deciding to stay at a local truckstop, with all to play for in the league with the Warriors having the opportunity to take top spot in the League.

With the pitch in by no means perfect condition the weather on the other hand was great for playing rugby.

The game kicked off in an almost mirror like way to the 1st game in Inverurie with defences on top & the bulk of the game being played between the two 22s. After 15 mins as with the original game Jane Stewart seized the opportunity of an interception & raced in from just inside her own half to take her try scoring streak to 28 games & 67 tries.

From the kick off both teams were at it again with defences & errors cancelling each other out, Gariochs strong running centre making big carries only to be tackled by the improving centre partnership of Abbi McCall & Jane Stewart.

On 30 mins the Warriors pushed the lead out to 12 points when following so good hands from the backs Nadine Barnes scored from close range with Mally converting.

With half time approaching Garioch were penalised on the Annan 10 m line Nicole Barlow tapped quickly before feeding Abbie Clark who broke two tackles before finally being hauled down, offloading from the ground to Jane Stewart to burst through & score her 2nd of the game, again converted by Mally.

Half time score: Annan Warriors 19 v Garioch Ladies 0

Knowing the rewards that were there for a good 2nd half performance Annan went straight on the attack in the 2nd half & from a scrum in the attacking 22 Annan drove forward & from a quick ruck & good hands & vision from Marie Parker, Abbie Clark drove over in the corner.

With the Garioch Ladies visibly tiring in the sticky conditions Annan raised the pace & from a clearing kick by Garioch, Jane returned with interest breaking several tackles, with the ball being recycled quickly the ball was shipped left & after several attempts at the line from Nicole & Kim, Chelsea Barnes picked up & drove over.

With the Annan continually knocking back attack after attack from Garioch, the Garioch ladies seemed to run out of numbers & from the turnover Annan moved the ball with handling from Shei, Nadine & Captain Caz that would grace many back lines before the final pass was made to Jane “I can’t stop scoring “Stewart who dotted down under the posts, with Mally converting.

As said in what seems most match reports the Warriors through a combination of resting players & poor discipline had one of those 10 min spells where they had to defend constantly. With the Garioch Ladies to their credit still pushing for a score. From one of these penalties Garioch dived over the line from 5 yards out to score.

As the game went into the final few minutes the Warriors pushed once more & from a ruck in the middle of the pitch the ball moved swiftly right for Jan to score her fourth try of the day.

Final Score: Annan Warriors 41 v Garioch Ladies 5

A lot of credit must go to the Garioch Ladies for making the long trip down from Inverurie & we wish them all the best for their remaining fixtures.

A good performance from the Warriors with the set piece showing up well & the decision making across the whole squad much improved. A special mention to the returning Lyndsay McGoldrick in her 1st game back after a year out following a broken leg.

Back of the match - our very own Winter Olympian Lorna Vevers

Forward of the match Caroline “Winnebago” Aitken

So with 4 league games left the Warriors sit atop of National one 2 points ahead of Broughton who we meet on the 4th of March at Violetbank.

The Warriors have a week off from league action this week but face Premier League Watsonians at Violetbank in the Sarah Beaney Cup with the victors facing Edinburgh Uni in the quarter final.

Annan Team: Marie Parker, Lindsay Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Jenny Park, Correy Clark, Nadine Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Lyndsay McGoldrick, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lorna Vevers, Kim Taylor

Replacements (all used): Ashley Clark, Shei Howlett, Abbie Clark, Rachel Armstrong, Megan Alexander


GLASGOW UNI LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
4TH FEBRUARY 2018

WARRIORS MOVE INTO 2ND SPOT

The Warriors set off on the road for there penultimate away game in National League One with the hope of strengthening there position near the top of the table. With one or two unavailable due to trips to Cardiff & Rome the Warriors kicked off with a couple of players in more unaccustomed positions.

The game couldn't have started any better when within 5 minutes the try scoring streak continued for Jane Stewart who snatched an interception & cruised in from half way, converted by Mally.

As with the two previous encounters with the Uni Ladies the Warrior’s knew they couldn't rest on their laurels. The game restarted with the hope that the Warriors would gain the upper hand & instil some control on the game. This wasn't too be & for most of the half the Warriors were under the cosh & some stout defence held the opposition out.

From this pressure the Uni team scored two well worked tries to take the lead 10-7 after 25 minutes. Once again as seems to be the case Annan conceded several penalties & after receiving a team warning for the number of penalties the referee had no choice but to Yellow card Caroline Aitken 5 minutes before half time.

Half time score: Glasgow Uni Ladies 10 – Annan Warriors 7

With the half time words of ‘Discipline' & ‘Believe’ ringing in their ears the Warriors set out to make amends.

In an almost carbon copy of 1st half Jane Stewart scored after 5 minutes after some good work by the Annan forwards. Not to be outdone once more the opposition took the lead. This finally seemed to spur the Warriors into attacking life & the game plan finally started to click with the team playing some good rugby.

After 57 minutes Annan scored a good team try after continued pressure building & after 10 phases Correy Clark pounced from close range to put back into the lead, try again converted from Mally.

The game continued to to & fro with some big defence on show from teams. Going into the final quarter Annan held the upper hand but it wasn't until 70 minutes the Annan took what was an unassailable lead with another try from Nadine “Meatloaf “ Barnes who drove over near the posts, Mally converting.

For the remainder of the game the Glasgow team tried to drive the Annan team back but the work-rate & tackling from the Warriors showed the desire necessary to hold them out.

Final score: Glasgow Uni Ladies 15 v Annan Warriors 26

Forward of match went to Correy Clark on her return from injury Back of match went to Lorna Vevers

A big win but still lots to work on in preparation for a number of big games in both League & Cup starting on 18th February at home to Garioch

Warriors Starting XV: Eilidh Jardine, Allana McWilliam, Caroline Aitken (c), Jenny Park, Correy Clark, Nadine Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Lorna Vevers, Jane Stewart, Megan Alexander, Kim Taylor

Subs (all used): Ashley Clark, Julie Dalgliesh, Abbie Clark


GARIOCH LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
14TH JANUARY 2018

BONUS POINT WIN ON THE ROAD

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

So finally after 7 long weeks the Warriors got their league campaign under way with the daunting trip to Inverurie to play Garioch Ladies.

As with their male counterparts it was decided to travel up the night before the game, so a group of 15 players, management team & 2 supporters set off on Saturday staying in Dundee overnight completing the final league of the journey pre game.

Feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep & a hearty breakfast the team arrived in Inverurie in good time to find it dry but very cold.

The game kicked off with the Warriors receiving the kick off & determined to get into the game plan immediately & pressurise the home team. The early exchanges saw both team make hard yards when in possession & both defences holding strong with some big tackles going in.

As was to be pretty much the theme for the whole game it ebbed & flowed with both teams working hard in both attack & defence, until in the 10th minute the deadlock was broken when Jane “Janice” Stewart grabbed an opportunist interception & raced in from half way, successfully converted by Mally. This continued Janes scoring streak with her 61st try in the last 26 games.

From the kick off with the heads up the Warriors went straight back on the attack & from some good interplay & a number of phases from backs & forwards Captain Caroline Aitken bulldozed her way over from close range, a start no one from the Annan side could believe so confidence was soaring.

The game settled down with both teams showing no quarter & on more than one occasion the Ooohs from the crowd could be heard after some ferocious tackles were being put in by both teams.

With Garioch coming more into the game through their strong running forwards & lineout drive, they put Annan under more pressure but time & time again this was repelled by a good turnover or Garioch mistake. It was from one of these turnovers & a clearing kick by Mally that the Garioch was tackled by the Annan chasers & ball turned over. From the turnover Warrior debutant Shei Howlett burst through several tackles & it looked like she was going to make the line only to be hauled down, she did however managed to offload to Allana McWilliam to score in the corner on 27 minutes.

It was at this point that the Warriors seemed to have their customary discipline blip for 10 minutes where Garioch gained easy metres with penalties & forced their into the Warriors 22 where following several strong lineout drives they scored following a close range carry.

Half Time Score: Garioch Ladies 5 v Annan Warriors 17

The 2nd half started with the Warriors & supporters knowing a big half was required to hold off the Garioch team especially with them having a full squad to refresh tiring legs.

Annan started with a bang again going on the attack straight from the kick off, controlling the ball for several phases with the ball going from side to side driving deep into Garioch territory.

The Warriors scoring the bonus point try from Captain Caz again who charged over from close range once more. A better start to the half couldn’t have been asked for with the bonus point in the bag after 45 minutes & just the big W to go for now.

No to be out done the Garioch Ladies went on the attack from the kick off where none of the Warriors seemed to want to take the onus of collecting the kick & when the ball was collected the Annan player was forced into touch. Garioch mounted the charge once more through their pack & from the lineout drove the Warriors back in the maul before peeling off to score to take the score after 50 minutes to Garioch 10 v Annan 24.

The remaining 30 minutes continued with both teams throwing everything including the kitchen sink at each other with Garioch spurning opportunities to score & being held up over the line by the heroic Annan defence.

The final whistle went to much relief to the very tired Annan XV.

Final Score: Garioch Ladies 10 v Annan Warriors 24

A mega effort from all the Annan players so hard to pick out individuals but mention to Shei Howlett on her Warriors debut who tackled & carried the whole game, also to Jenny Park who improves with every game.

Also a mention to Shona & Kirsty Barlow who travelled with the team, I hope you have both warmed up.

Back of the match went to Mally.

Forward of the match went to Captain Caz who led from the front throughout. Thanks to the Garioch Ladies to the hospitality & we look forward to seeing you at Violetbank in February.

Annan Team:Eilidh Jardine, Allana McWilliam, Caroline Aitken, Jenny Park, Shei Howlett, Nadine Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Malvina McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Megan Alexander and Kim Taylor


ANNAN WARRIORS v GREENOCK LADIES
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
26TH NOVEMBER 2017

HOME DEFEAT FOR THE WARRIORS

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick (Match Highlights)

After a playing their last two home games at the Everholm due to pitch conditions, the Warriors made a welcome return to Violetbank to play old adversaries Greenock Wanderers. With a close contest expected both teams set about the game with vigour & it was noticeable that both teams were well matched.

Annan started well having the majority of territory & tried to impose their game plan on the Greenock Ladies.

Chances were few & far between, with Annan being unsuccessful with a penalty attempt the only scoring chance in the first 30 minutes.

On their first real foray into Annan territory, & following a series of penalties, Greenock opened the scoring when they forced their way over the Annan try-line following several pick’n’goes from their pack.

This spurred Greenock on & from the kick off they went on the attack once more with the brave Annan defence broken again on the stroke of half-time.

Half-time score: Annan Warriors 0 v Greenock Wanderers 10

The 2nd half kicked off & followed a very similar pattern as the 1st half with the Warriors trying to go over, round & through the Greenock defence but to no avail.

Finally following charges at the Greenock line by the Barnes sisters & Captain Caz the ball was moved wide where Eilidh Jardine gave the scoring pass to Jane Stewart who scored her 70th try in only 32 games for the Warriors & also extended her scoring run of scoring at least once in each of her last 25 appearances.

This gave the Warriors further belief & the but try as they might found the Greenock defence hard to break. The game to and froed right until the final whistle which saw the Warriors loose their unbeaten home record.

Final score: Annan Warriors 5 v Greenock Wanderers 10

Best on the day were Chelsea Barnes, Nadine Barnes & Niamh Dobie in the forwards & Lorna Vevers & Malloy McGeoch in the backs with player of the match going to Captain Caroline Aitken.

Lots to learn & still improvements to be made, with hopefully increased numbers at training & hopefully the end of the forever growing injury list.

A big thanks to Ali & Sammy from Stewartry who helped swell numbers after their game was cancelled.

Annan Team: Ashley Clark, Lyndsey Kyle, Caroline Aitken (c), Jenny Park, Nadine Barnes, Niamh Dobie, Alana McWilliam, Chelsea Barnes, Nicole Barlow, Mally McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lorna Vevers, Kim Taylor

Subs (all used): Julie Dalgliesh, Eilidh Jardine, Ali Henderson (Stewartry), Sammy Durnan (Stewartry)


U15 HORNETS v FALKIRK GIRLS
WEST CONFERENCE
19TH NOVEMBER 2017

HOME DEBUT FOR THE HORNETS

Match Report by: Ian Park (Match Photos (opens in a new tab))

Last Sunday saw the Hornets U15’s eventually play their first home game of the season. A three way fixture with Falkirk and Kilmarnock was schedules as part of the Mitsubishi West Conference but due to lack of numbers Kilmarnock cancelled. Falkirk arrived with eight players so the coaches split the 16 Hornets into two squads and three games of 7 a side were played.

The first period of play saw Danielle Marshall, Lily Glendinning, Rhianna Parker-Clevett, Lucy Stevenson, Ellie Henderson, Jenna Patterson, Katie Sherry and Lexie Glendinning take to the field.

Some good support play enable the home side to build some promising attacks against a strong and stuffy Falkirk team and the Hornets were made to work hard for their scores. Strong running by Henderson gave her two tries and these were added to a single touchdown from Patterson and Lily Glendinning saw the home team finish 20-0 up. The squad was swapped for Emily Oakes, Eve Jackson, Cara Robertson, Isla Cooper, Erin Ewing, Skye Watret, Olivia McQueen and Abby Notman.

Although this was the younger set of players they started well and went in front from a well worked try by Cooper which had seen all the team involved in the build up. The Hornets put in a number of good tackles as they battled to contain the Falkirk side who were improving as they played together with the visitors scoring three tries of their own, one converted. This period of play finished 5-17 in favour of Falkirk.

For the third period of play the Hornets mixed their two squads and also lent three players to Falkirk as they had picked up a couple of knocks. Falkirk opened the scoring with a well constructed try to close the aggregate score to only three points at 25-22.

The Hornets raised their game and put together some intelligent passages of play with good support running. Ellie Henderson claimed three further tries between one each from the Glendinning duo to end this period 25-5 and 50-22 on aggregate across the game.

The last quarter was played as a development game with all the girls split into two teams of 12. Erin Ewing made some strong breaks and made ground by running straight and breaking the gain line, Lucy Stevenson worked hard around the breakdown as scrum half while the new girls Marshall, Jackson and Robertson showed up well and will continue to improve with more game time.

The coaches were very pleased with the efforts of all the girls very grateful to Falkirk for coming down and giving the girls much need game time and will be able to work on continuing improvement at training sessions.

Eve Irving refereed the game and received praise from both sets of coaches and continues to impress with her level manner and calm approach towards the players.


BROUGHTON LADIES v ANNAN WARRIORS
NATIONAL DIVISION 1
5TH NOVEMBER 2017

UNBEATEN RUN ENDS

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

The unbeaten Warriors travelled to Edinburgh to face Broughton Ladies in a top of the table clash on a bright but nippy Sunday which was a perfect day for a game of rugby. The game kicked off at high tempo with the Warriors with both teams hoping to gain the early control & score.

Unfortunately for the Warriors it was Broughton who had the lion’s share of possession in the early exchanges & following some big carries from their forwards broke through to score after 8 minutes to take the lead 5-0.

From the kick off Broughton gained control of the ball & put pressure on the Warriors defence with a constant barrage of big runners testing the usually resolute Annan defence. From a transgression the Broughton kicker took the opportunity to convert a penalty to push them into an 8 point lead.

Finally the Warriors managed to get the ball & string some phases together which resulted in Jane Stewart scoring her 11th try of the season which Mally converted to close the score to 8-7.

With both teams well matched the remainder of the half played out until with pretty much the last two plays of the half the usually strong Annan defence was broken to allow Broughton to score two quick tries which were both converted to take the half time score to 22-7.

With words of encouragement spread around the team the Warriors kicked off with the knowledge that the next score was crucial for them to help maintain their unbeaten run they set off looking for a 2nd half display to merit.

Unfortunately for the Warriors it was not to be & Broughton gained control once more scoring further tries on 51 & 60 minutes to take a 29 point lead. This allied to a number of injuries picked up during the game to Abbie Clark, Kayleigh Warrick, Kim Taylor & Jane Stewart you would have expected the game to be over but the Warriors with the hard earned belief raised their game & attempted the comeback.

Finally gaining the greater part of possession for the last 20 minutes allowed the Warriors to pressurise the Broughton defence with the breakthrough coming on 68 minutes from Allana McWilliam who scored her 4th try for the Warriors.

The Warriors pressed & pressed again only to be held out but with the final play of the game Nadine Barnes forced her way over to score a consolation try taking the final score to Broughton Ladies 36 v Annan Warriors 19

So all in all a tough day at the office with the Warriors tackling found wanting at some points & a number of injuries being picked up, with Broughton being a more experienced well drilled team on the day & are sure to be in the running for promotion come the end of the season.

Best for Annan were in the backs Nicole Barlow, Kim Taylor & Lorna Vevers & in the forwards Chelsea Barnes, Nadine Barnes, Caroline Aitken & player of the match went to Marie Parker who certainly brought the Welsh Dragon out in her performance.

Annan Team: Marie Parker, Lindsay Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Abbie Clark, Nadine Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Kirstie Aitken, Kayleigh Warrick, Nicole Barlow, Malvina McGeoch, Jane Stewart, Abbi McCall, Allana McWilliam, Lorna Vevers, Kim Taylor

Subs: Megan Alexander, Rachel Armstrong, Jenny Park (All used)


ANNAN WARRIORS v GLASGOW UNI LADIES
SARAH BEANEY CUP - ROUND 2
22ND OCTOBER 2017

3RD ROUND FOR THE WARRIORS

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

After another week of wet weather & the back end of Storm Brian, meant that this Sarah Beaney Cup game was played on the Everholm, where the two teams clashed for the second week in a row.

With both teams looking to progress into round 3 of the cup, where the challenge of a possible game against one of four of the Premier league teams awaited, the game kicked off in a similar manner to last week.

As last week, these two teams were well matched with both teams defence on top, that along with a few mistakes kept the score even with the whistle going for half time at 0 – 0, both teams had chances with Kim Taylor putting a couple of last ditch tackles in for Annan.

With the plan to use the wind, that was blowing in the Warriors favour, the Ladies took to the field hoping to up play territory & finally breakdown the staunch Glasgow defence.

The 2nd half started with the Warriors having to defend as the Uni team pressed for the first score, the Warriors making tackle upon tackle with Abbi McCall & Jane Stewart in the centres putting in a big shift.

From a ruck on the 22 the Glasgow 7, who was their player of the match, broke through two attempted tackles to romp in under the posts with the score being converted to take Glasgow into a 7 point lead.

This seem to galvanise Annan in attack & from the kick off they upped the tempo in attack pushing for the next score this coming when Abbie Clark broke through handing off several opposition players to score under the posts, with Mally converting.

Annan went straight back on attack when following some big carries from Chelsea, Kayleigh & Lorna Annan pushed for the next score. Having been under pressure in the scrum for most of the 1st half Annan found solidity & from a pick up by No. 8 Chelsea Barnes who broke the 1st line of defence to pop up to Allana McWilliam to score close to the posts with the conversion being kicked again by Mally.

All credit to the Glasgow team they picked themselves up for another crack at the Annan line & after a period of several minutes where Annan’s defence was solid once more they managed to drive over from close range to score, the kick from out wide was unsuccessful leaving Annan with a 2 point lead which they knew after last week would not be enough.

So with game entering the final 10 minutes all was to play for the Warrior ladies, with both teams starting to tire under the heavy conditions it was the Annan Ladies who went on attack with after good hands from Lyndsey Kyle, Jane Stewart broke one tackle then & raced outside the full back to score for the 23rd consecutive game, another conversion from Mally taking Annan into a 9 point lead, with little over 5 minutes to play.

Straight from the kick off Annan went back on attack with several phases of play gaining territory Chelsea Barnes broke through to score a well-deserved try.

This brought to the end a cracking game of rugby between two well matched teams with the Annan’s improved performance coming out on top.

The Glasgow Uni team will certainly do well in the forthcoming games both in the league & cup & we look forward to our return league game in Glasgow after the New Year. Final Score: Annan Warriors 26 v Glasgow Uni Ladies 12

Most pleasing from the Annan point of view is fact that the players are believing in their ability in both defence & attack, & seeing the fruits of the hard work on the training field.

Best for Annan in the forwards were Caroline, Kayleigh, Abbie & forward of the match Chelsea Barnes, in the backs Allana, Jane, Kim & player of the match Abbi McCall who tackled her heart out & played her best Warriors game so far.

This week the Warriors travel to Biggar Ladies on Friday night for a development game under floodlights where a lot of the less experienced players will get plenty opportunity for game time.

Annan Team:Nadine Barnes, Lyndsey Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Abbie Clark, Kayleigh Warrick, Kirsty Aitken, Niamh Dobie, Chelsea Barnes, Allana McWilliam, Malvina McGeoch, Rachel Armstrong, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lorna Vevers, Kim Taylor

Subs (all used): Julie Dalgliesh, Jenny Park, Megan Alexander


ANNAN WARRIORS v GLASGOW UNI LADIES
BT NATIONAL DIVISION 1
15TH OCTOBER 2017

TOP OF THE LEAGUE!

Match Report by: Colin 'Choc' Warrick

With the all the heavy rain that fell during the past week this Warriors game was in doubt until the decision to utilise the available pitch at the Everholm.

So after a troop of players & committee checked the pitch for the dog leftovers, rake the lines of fallen leaves & managed to get the pitch markings whitened the Warriors went old school & Annan Women’s rugby team played a competitive game on the Everholm for the 1st time since 2002.

The game got underway with Annan playing into the wind & a rather sleepy Warriors team struggled to retain the ball allowing the opposition to have sustained pressure on the Annan line.

Annans defence stood fast until the 19th minute when Glasgow took advantage of another Annan error & scored out wide, this was quickly followed by another score for Glasgow who took advantage of some weak Annan handling to take a 10 point lead after 22 minutes.

Finally the Warriors seemed to awaken to score two well worked tries from Mally McGeoch & Abbie ’many hand offs ‘ Clark. It was hoped by the coaching staff & many supporters that this would see the Warriors raise their game & cut out the errors of the early part of the game.

This was not to be & Glasgow came back into the game with a bang with two tries before half time to take the half time score to Annan Warriors 10 v Glasgow Uni 20

With the coaches words of wisdom still ringing in their ears the Warriors kicked off in the 2nd half hoping to utilise the wind at their backs & get back into the game playing their customary fast physical game.

The half couldn’t have started better when from a period of extended pressure Annan scored a good try from Jane Stewart after several phases of play. This score seem to kick start the Annan players & they went straight back on the attack with big carries from Chelsea Barnes, Abbie Clark & Lorna Vevers.

From a quick tap penalty Annan charged towards the Glasgow line with Alana McWilliam putting the finish to good phase of play from Annan with a her 2nd try in Warriors colours.

At this point Annan had the upper hand with Glasgow struggling to get over half way & once more Annan from a turnover made good ground & moved the ball wide through several sets of hands for Mally to score her 2nd try of the day, taking the score to 25-20 with little over 10 minutes to go.

All credit to the Glasgow Uni team & with words from the captain & scrum half they pushed into the Annan half from the kick off & won back possession via an Annan mistake, this week once more the Annan lack of discipline proved costly with flanker Chelsea Barnes being sent to the sin bin after Annan had received more than warning from the referee.

The numerical advantage & loss of Chelseas keen defence seemed to aid Glasgow & to their credit scored a 5th try in the corner taking it to 25-25 with about 5 minute to go.

The realisation of losing for the 1st time this season & the confidence in their ability as a team made the Warriors to give it the all or nothing, throw the kitchen at it effort to clinch the game.

Once Annan managed to get the ball back from a Glasgow mistake the Warriors exerted some pressure on the Glasgow line with Jane Stewart scoring in the corner for the winning score.

Final Score: Annan Warriors 30 v Glasgow Uni 25

A good effort from the Warriors but has to be said was probably the Get out of Jail card moment for the season.

Best for Annan were Chelsea Barnes, Abbie Clark, Marie Parker & Lyndsey Kyle the forwards & Allana McWilliam, Mally McGeoch & Abbi McCall in the backs with player of the match going to Jane Stewart

Following the return of other results in National One the Warriors found themselves at the top of the League table which is great credit to them in their 1st season in National one.

With still lots to work on its onwards & upwards to this week where Annan are at home to Glasgow Uni once more this time in the 2nd round of the Sarah Beaney Cup

Warriors Starting XV: Marie Parker, Lyndsey Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Abbie Clark, Correy Clark, Chelsea Barnes, Kirsty Aitken, Kayleigh Warrick, Allana McWilliam, Mally McGeoch, Niamh Dobie, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lucy Thompson, Kim Taylor

Replacements (all used): Lorna Vevers, Jenny Park, Rachel Armstrong, Megan Alexander, Eilidh Jardine


ANNAN WARRIORS v MELROSE LADIES
BT NATIONAL DIVISION 1
8TH OCTOBER 2017

3 FROM 3 FOR THE WARRIORS

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

After a three week break the Warriors returned to action with their long awaited 1st home game of the season where the new Warriors strip made its Violetbank bow.

The game kicked off on a slightly sticky Violetbank & Annan started well going straight on the attack from an attacking scrum the ball was spread wide & following interplay from Jane Stewart, Niamh Dobie & Mally McGeoch, Jane got her 1st score of the day after 4 minutes.

With Annan on top & having the majority of pressure the game was played mostly in the Melrose half, with the Melrose full back thwarting a number of Annan attacks with some great defence & last ditch tackles.

The Warriors did manage to breakthrough once more when Niamh Dobie raced down the left wing to score in the corner taking the score to 12 – 0.

Melrose then had a period of pressure but the Annan defence was on form with tackles being made & attacks thwarted.

Back on attack Annan made inroads into the Melrose 22 with fine runs from Abbie & Correy Clark, Nadine & Chelsea Barnes & Kayleigh Warrick on her return from injury. From a quick tap penalty after a Melrose infringement Nicole Barlow scored from a quick tap penalty to beat 3 defenders & stretch for the line.

With little time to go to half time Annan went straight back on the attack & from another penalty close to the line Chelsea Barnes got the next score after & good offload near the line from Kayleigh.

Half time score: Annan Warriors 22 v Melrose Ladies 0

The 2nd half kicked off with the Warriors having already secured a bonus point determined to continue to work hard. Quickly from the kick off the ball was turned over & the Warriors went on the attack once more with Abbie Clark scoring from the 22 after several hand offs & taking two players over the line, this was quickly followed by Janes 2nd try under the posts following a good line break from debutant Allana McWilliam.

From the midway of the 2nd half the game started to become scrappy with the Warriors discipline becoming concerning with a number of needless penalties given away which eventually resulted in Annan being reduced to 14 with a Yellow card being shown to Ashley Clark.

While Ashley was on the naughty step the Warriors scored a further 3 tries with the Melrose Ladies who were understandably tiring having only travelled with 15 players. The tries coming from Abbie Clark, Allana McWilliam & rounding off her hat trick Jane Stewart.

Final score: Annan Warriors 49 v Melrose Ladies 0

All in all a good performance, still with lots to improve on. With rucking, lineout & discipline the main areas of focus before the Warriors welcome Glasgow Uni to Violetbank next Sunday Player of the match selected by the sponsors went to Jane Stewart

Annan Warriors Team: Ashley Clark, Lindsey Kyle, Caroline Aitken ©, Abbie Clark, Correy Clark, Nadine Barnes, Chelsea Barnes, Kayleigh Warrick, Nicole Barlow, Mal McGeoch, Niamh Dobie, Abbi McCall, Jane Stewart, Lucy Thompson, Kim Taylor

Subs: Jenny Park, Marie Parker, Megan Alexander, Allana McWilliam, Kirsty Aitken


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)