Match reports for the Ladies XVs


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Melrose Ladies
Glasgow Uni Ladies
Greenock Ladies
Garioch Ladies
Greenock Ladies
Howe Harlequins
Kirkcaldy Ladies
Glasgow Uni Ladies
U15 Hornets v Falkirk



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



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)



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.



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)



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



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



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



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



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)