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WARRIORS AT THE MOFFAT TENS
28TH JULY 2018
FINAL FOR THE WARRIORS
Report by Colin Warrick (Match Photos (opens in a new tab))
For the 1st team in the new season the Warriors on the road to local neighbours Annual 10s tournament where for the 1st time a Womens tournament would run alongside the long running mens competition.
Unfortunately due to late call offs from Wigtownshire & Biggar only the teams from Stewartry Sirens & Oban Ladies joined the Warriors in a round robin format with each team playing the others 3 times with the top two going forward to the final.
First up for the Warriors was local Premier league rivals the Stewartry Sirens who had players from Carlisle & Greenock helping to swell their numbers. In a very physical closely contested game both teams were evenly matched. With the scores still even going into the last minute a break up the wing from Abbie Clark saw the ball recycled for Sarah Grainger to crash over from close range, with Allana McWilliam converting to take the tie 7 – 0
Following a quick change of pitches the Warriors took on Oban for the 1st time, again the game was nip & tuck but the Warriors with a little bit of rust out if the system started to string some good rugby together to take the lead with a try from Abbie Clark which started on their own line following Nicole Barlow running down Obans Scotland U18 7s player to make a try saving tackle & force a turnover.
This was quickly followed by the Warriors 2nd try from debutant Kirsty Barlow who with her 1st touch as a Warrior romped in from just inside the Oban half. Annan sealed the game on the stroke of 10 mins with a try for Jane Stewart who with her usual burst of speed broke away to score.
After a small break the Warriors them took on the Sirens for the 2nd time, Annan seemed to be a bit sleepy & gave the Sirens far too much freedom to play rugby, however from a quick turnover in centre field the ball was moved wide for Rachel Armstrong to speed away from the Sirens defence to score. From the kick off Stewartry went back on the front foot & broke through to score with the conversion given but with a certain amount of doubt as both touch judges adjudged it hadn’t been converted.
Annans sleepiness seemed to still be there in the 2nd game against where the Oban ladies took a comfortable 12-10 win with Annans tries coming from Abbie Clark & Chelsea Barnes.
So as the final games played out the Warriors new the needed to win at least one game to make the final. First up against Stewartry the game was to & fro with both teams pushing hard for the win. The game was once more physical with the Warriors taking the lead with a well worked try from Nicole Barlow only for Stewartry to score & convert with the final play to take the win 7 – 5.
The final game between the Warriors & Oban quickly followed with both teams going for the win & but Annan playing well took a two try lead going into the last minute both of which were from the rampaging Sarah Grainger. The Oban consolation score proving crucial as it took them into the final ahead of the Sirens on the number of tries scored.
So, with 30 minutes break to refresh & rejuvenate the Annan Ladies took to the main pitch against Oban Ladies for the fourth time. As with all the previous games there was nothing between the teams with both teams having chances to break the deadlock before Oban broke through the Warriors staunch defence to score out wide. Not o be outdone the Warriors upped the pace of the game & from a break by Abbie, Jane broke free & sped away from the defence to score under the posts which Allana converted. With the game entering the final minute it was Oban that had a final chance with following an offload out of the tackle the Oban Ladies scored under the posts to take the tie 12 – 7.
All in all, a good day at the office for the Warriors with it proving a worthy exercise to get the cobwebs out of the system & the extra game time will always benefit.
Thanks to Moffat for the invite & hospitality.
Annan Squad: C Barnes ©, L Moffat, N Barnes, S Grainger, Abbie Clark, Ashley Clark, N Dobie, N Barlow, A McWilliam, L Vevers, J Stewart, K Taylor, K Barlow, R Armstrong