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TRAINING RESTARTS
TUESDAY 4TH JULY 2017

HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!

Training starts for the new season on Tuesday 4th July. 7pm at Violetbank. Oh happy days!


TARTAN TOUCH AT VIOLETBANK
FRIDAY 7TH JULY 2017

TARTAN TOUCH ON FRIDAY

Tartan Touch is on once again at Violetbank. Starts 6.30pm. Tis the last one of this Summer. Last chance Saloon!

Great way to keep fit and play some non-contact rugby.

Book your spot via: Tartan Touch Registration


SENIOR FIXTURES FOR NEW SEASON

CONFIRMED FIXTURES SO FAR


BAR SUPERVISOR - ANNAN RUGBY
CLOSING DATE 10TH JULY

VACANCY AT ANNAN RUGBY CLUB

A vacancy has arisen for an experienced bar person at Annan Rugby Club.

The successful candidate will be employed for an average of 10 hours per week (weekends), dependant on playing season and events.

Hourly rate subject to experience.

Apply in writing to:

The Executive Committee
Annan Rugby
17 Bank St
Annan
DG12 6AA

or

contact@annanrfc.com

Closing date Monday 10th July 2017


BT WEST SHIELD DRAW
TO BE PLAYED ON THE 26TH AUGUST 2017

1ST XV GET A HOME DRAW

Annan 1st XV have been given a bye in the preliminary round of the BT West Shield. In the 1st round we have been drawn at home v either Strathaven or Irvine. Match to be played on the 26th August.

As a result of the bye in the preliminary round - the 1st and 2nd XV will be taking on Carlisle 1st and 2nd XV at Violetbank on the 19th August.

So a feast of rugby at Violetbank to start the season as so far we have:
12th August - Violetbank Tournament
19th August - 1st and 2nd XV v Carlisle at Violetbank
26th August - 1st XV v Strathaven or Irvine at Violetbank


ANNAN RUGBY AGM 2017
THURSDAY 22ND JUNE 2017

SUMMARY OF THE ANNAN RUGBY AGM

Thanks to all who attended last nights AGM.

President - Gary Coupland
Vice-President (Rugby) - Neil Moffat
Vice-President (Admin) - Fiona Latimer
Secretary - To Be Filled
Treasurer - Lesley Ewing
1st XV Captain - Craig McCann
1st XV Vice-Captain - Sean Haren
2nd XV Captain - Matthew Crombie
2nd XV Vice-Captain - Duncan Kerr
Warriors Captain - Caroline Aitken
Warriors Vice-Captain - Chelsea Barnes

Congratulations to all.

A full run down of the positions filled will be up in the coming days.

And many many thanks to Neil 'Santa' Wallace who steps down as President after 2 years.


1ST XV FIXTURES
FOR SEASON 2017/18

BT WEST 1 FIXTURES CONFIRMED

Season 2016/17 is dead - long live Season 2017/18!. Here are the current agreed 1st XV fixtures for the new season.

29/07/17: Away to Moffat Rugby - Moffat Tens
05/08/17: Currently No Game
12/08/17: Violetbank Tournament
19/08/17: Home (and 2nd XV) to Carlisle - Friendly
26/08/17: Home to Strathaven or Irvine - Round 1 - BT Shield
02/09/17: Home to Kilmarnock - BT West 1
09/09/17: Away to Allan Glens - BT West 1
16/09/17: Home to Irvine - BT West 1
23/09/17: Home to Oban Lorne - BT West 1
30/09/17: Away to East Kilbride - BT West 1 / Round 2 - BT Shield
07/10/17: Home to Stewartry - BT West 1
14/10/17: Away to Greenock Wanderers - BT West 1
21/10/17: Home to Cambuslang - BT West 1
28/10/17: Away to Carrick - BT West 1 / Round 3 - BT Shield
04/11/17: Home to Helensburgh - BT West 1
11/11/17: League Standby / Autumn International - Scotland v Samoa
18/11/17: League Standby / Autumn International - Scotland v New Zealand
25/11/17: League Standby / Autumn International - Scotland v Australia
02/12/17: Away to Garnock - BT West 1 / Regional Final - BT Shield
09/12/17: Away to Kilmarnock - BT West 1
16/12/17: Home to Allan Glens - BT West 1
23/12/17: Currently No Game
30/12/17: Currently No Game
06/01/18: Away to Irvine - BT West 1
13/01/18: Away to Oban Lorne - BT West 1
20/01/18: Home to East Kilbride
27/01/18: Away to Stewartry - BT West 1
03/02/18: League Standby / 6 Nations - Wales v Scotland
10/02/18: Currently No Game
11/02/18: 6 Nations - Scotland v France
17/02/18: Home to Greenock Wanderers
24/02/18: Currently No Game / 6 Nations - Scotland v England
03/03/18: Away to Cambuslang - BT West 1
10/03/18: League Standby / 6 Nations - Ireland v Scotland
17/03/18: Home to Carrick / 6 Nations - Italy v Scotland
24/03/18: Away to Helensburgh
31/03/18: Home to Garnock / National Semi Final - BT Shield
07/04/18: League Standby
14/04/18: League Standby
21/04/18: League Standby
28/04/18: League Standby / Cup Finals Day
05/05/18: Currently No Game
12/05/18: League Standby
19/05/18: League Standby


PLAYER AWARDS 2017
SATURDAY 20TH MAY 2017

PLAYER AWARDS

A great night was had by all at the Annual Awards and Ceilidh Evening held at Annan Academy.

The awards went to:

U18 Hornet's Coaches Player of the Year: Lily Glendinning
U18 Hornets Players' Player: Caitlin Craik
U18 Hornets' Most Improved Player: Cameron Ewing
Warriors Most Improved Player of the Year: Rachael Donnelly
Warriors Most Improved Player: Chelsea Barnes
Warriors Player of the Year: Kayleigh Warrick
U18 Player of the Year: Josh Whiteside
2nd XV Player's Player of Year: Callum Smith
1st XV Most Improved Player: Ryan Glass
1st XV Players' Player of the Year: Sean Haren
Annan Rugby's Player of the Year: Alex Halliday and Andrew Jancey

Many congratulations to all!


THIS WEEKEND AT ANNAN RUGBY
FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY 20TH-22ND MAY 2017

TARTAN TOUCH ON FRIDAY

Tartan Touch is on once again at Violetbank. Starts 6.30pm.

Great way to keep fit and play some non-contact rugby.

Book your spot via: Tartan Touch Registration

CEILIDH AND AWARDS EVENING

Annual Ceilidh and Presentation Evening at Annan Academy on Saturday Doors open 6.45pm

Tickets available from Colin Warrick. £15 a head

Always a great evening! Buy your ticket before it sells out.

Award to be Presented:

  • Men’s 1st XV Player of the Year
  • Men’s 1st XV Player’s Player of the Year
  • Men’s Most Improved Player
  • Men’s 2nd XV Player’s Player
  • U18’s Player of the Year
  • Women’s Player of the Year
  • Women’s Player’s Player
  • Women’s Most Improved Player

    SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEETING

    If you have always wanted to help with the social side of Annan Rugby or just to help Annan Rugby in general - then this is a message for you!

    The Social Committee is recruiting new social/fundraising committee members to give a helping hand every now and then or to come in with fresh ideas!

    The next meeting is this Monday (22nd May) at Violetbank at 7pm

    Anyone who wants to come along is more than welcome or if you want more info then just give Nicole Barlow an email on - nicolebarlow9@aol.co.uk


    GRIZZLIES WIN
    30TH APRIL 2017

    GRIZZLIES REGAIN TROPHY

    On a bright, warm and sunny Sunday 30th April the annual Annan Rugby (Grizzlies) v Meerkats (U23) match took place at Violetbank. The event was run in conjunction with the annual club ladies day.

    After suffering their first loss in this event the Grizzlies were keen to regain the Sara Bell happy memories trophy.

    The game itself turned out to be the usual entertaining affair with it being quite close for the majority of the match until experience began to tell and the Grizzlies pulled away for 39 -29 win to regain the bragging rights for another 12 months.

    Scorers on the day were -

    Grizzlies - Andy White, Kevin Jones, Billy Henderson, Calum Heughan, Keith Hogg, Gav Lynch (2) with a couple of conversions by Niall Smith and Andy Allison.

    Meerkats - Declan Ferguson, Callum Smith, Calum Taylor, James Kirby and Ryan Hetherington. Josh Whiteside and Scott Muir adding a couple of conversions. Thanks to Club Captain Craig McCann for refereeing and to the large crowd who came to watch.

    Thanks also to all the staff and volunteers at Violetbank and Bank Street for helping to make the day such a success.


    SEVENS AND ANNUAL MATCH UP THIS WEEKEND
    29TH/30TH APRIL 2017

    ANNAN OFF TO NEWTON STEWART SEVENS

    An Annan Sevens Squad travel to Bladnoch on Saturday to take part in the Newton Stewart Sevens Tournament.

    Annan Sevens Squad: S Wyllie, M Thorburn, A Halliday, S Haren, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, C Wallace, R Glass, R Dunlop.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 9.15am for 11am registration with first game at 12 noon.

    LADIES DAY AND GRIZZLIES V MEERKATS AT VIOLETBANK ON SUNDAY

    STOP PRESS: Grizzlies reign supreme with a 39-29 win!

    Sunday sees the Annual Grizzlies v Meerkats Rugby extravaganza when the past meets the future in Annan rugby terms.

    This annual event has proved to be a highly entertaining afternoon of surprisingly high quality rugby with the Meerkats the current holders of The Sarah ‘Our Bella’ Bell Happy Memories Memorial Trophy.

    The match will kick off at 3pm

    Will the Meerkats continue their winning run (of 1)? or will the Grizzlies add to their 4 wins?. The game is part of the already sold out Ladies Day starting at 12.45 for 13.00 at 17 Bank Street.

    All players meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO


    TARTAN TOUCH LAUNCH
    22ND APRIL 2017

    ANNAN SQUAD OFF TO MURRAYFIELD

    On Saturday, Tartan Touch will be launched at the BT Cup Finals Day at Murrayfield.

    Tartan Touch is “Scottish Rugby’s NEW Fun, Simple and Social version of non-contact rugby”

    At the launch, Annan Rugby will be providing a team that will include players from all age groups and teams (Warriors, 1st XV, 2nd XV, Tigers and Hornets) - 5 females and 5 males in the 10 person squad.

    If you are at the finals, get yourself along and support the T.T. players! Best of luck to them!

    Tartan Touch is coming to Annan on Friday the 5th May. Please see https://www.tartantouch.org/ for more details and how to book your place.


    2ND XV LOSE THEIR LAST GAME
    15TH APRIL 2017

    ARDROSSAN TOO STRONG FOR ANNAN

    The Annan 2nd XV go down 46-24 in their last league game of the season

    Annan were hanging in there for the majority of the game but some Annan indiscipline allowed Ardrossan to run in a few late tries to secure the win.

    The Annan points came from: Shazza (2T), Josh Whiteside (T, 2C), Andy Allison (T)

    Congratulations to Josh for his 1st senior Annan try and also to Declan Ferguson who despite not scoring ended the 2016/17 as the 2nd XV's top try scorer.


    LAST LEAGUE GAME OF SEASON
    15TH APRIL 2017

    LAST LEAGUE GAME FOR 2ND XV

    Annan 2nds travel to Memorial Field on Saturday to take on Ardrossan 2nds in their final game in West 2 of the BT Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Martin, S Muir, C Park, D Forest, D Kerr, F Laurie, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, R Brown, C Nicholson, S Haren, D Ferguson, D Nordon, R Dunlop, J Whiteside, C Taylor, and C Smith

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30am for a 3pm KO.


    DECENT SHOWING FOR THE ANNAN SEVEN
    8TH APRIL 2017

    1ST OUTING FOR THE ANNAN SEVENS

    The Annan squad at Hawick Linden came away with a P3 W1 L2 record.

    The lads started off on fire beating Langholm 43-7 but alas for the team their next game was against hosts just 10 minutes later and went down heavily 48-0.

    The final game was 90 minutes later against a Jed Forest VII and despite some great rugby from Annan Jed were too strong and they went down 24-14.

    Well played anyway lads and enjoy the rest of the tournament! Onto the next one!

    2ND XV GO DOWN

    The 2nd XV go down 62-19 to Cumnock

    Annan points from: Neal Coupland (T), Ian 'Tam' Thorburn (T), Scott Muir (T) and Josh Whiteside (2C)

    The Annan cause wasn't helped as we went down to 13 men 10 mins into the 2nd half due to injuries.

    Unlucky lads. Onto the last game next week!


    SEVENS SEASON STARTS FOR ANNAN
    8TH APRIL 2017

    HAWICK LINDEN SEVENS FOR ANNAN

    An Annan VII travel away to Hawick Linden on Saturday in their 1st Sevens appearance of the season - in a group with Langholm (1.24pm), Hawick Linden (2pm) and Jed Forest (3.58pm). The Tournament Kicks off at 12.30pm.

    Annan 7s Squad: C Bell, D Nordon, R Glass, C McCann, J Callaghan, R Hetherington, S Haren, M Thorburn, A Halliday, A Jancey

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11am.

    LEAGUE GAME FOR THE 2ND XV

    Annan 2nd XV resume league business on Saturday when they travel to Broomfield to take on bottom placed Cumnock 2nd XV in the BT West 2 of Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: N Coupland, C Warrick, I Thorburn, C Smith, C Taylor, R Martin, S Muir, D Ferguson, J Whiteside, N Goldie, R Brown, F Laurie, C Nicholson, R Dunlop, A Allison

    Meet at Clubhouse at 12.30pm for 3pm KO


    HOME DEFEAT FOR THE 1ST XV
    25TH MARCH 2017

    LAST LEAGUE GAME ENDS IN DEFEAT

    After a 6 week break, the 1st XV returned to a sunny Violetbank for their last league game of the season.

    For the first 15 minutes, neither team could get on the scoreboard despite a couple of decent moves from both teams.

    Alas for the home support, it was Irvine who broke the deadlock, thanks to 2 quick tries (1 converted) to take a 12-0 lead.

    Despite both teams trying to play some running rugby, there was no further score until we neared half time. Again it was Irvine who crossed the whitewash to take a 19-0 half time lead.

    Annan needed to score first in the 2nd half to have any chance of getting something from this game but alas (once again) it was Irvine who scored first to take the game out of Annan's reach and secure the try bonus.

    However, Annan finally got on the score sheet as winger Max Thorburn scored in the corner to take the score to 26-5 with 25 to go. This was Max 2nd try of the season. 2 in a row even!

    Both teams continued to try and entertain the hardy band of supporters but there was no further score so the full time score was 26-5 to Irvine.

    So a disappointing end to the season but a still a great season all round with a 5th placed finish for the mighty black and yellow! (or is it black and gold / black and amber? - I am still never certain!)

    There will of course still be outings for the 1st XV players this season, be it some friendlies or 7's competitions. Keep an eye out for details in the coming days.

    Focus in the club now turns to tomorrows crucial Warriors game v Lismore in Edinburgh. Best of luck to the Warriors!

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (opens in a new tab) / Match Report

    THE 2ND XV ALSO GO DOWN

    The 2nd XV are also beaten as they lose 48-7 to Irvine 2nd XV. The Annan points were from a Declan Ferguson try and a Scott Muir conversion.


    BOTH SENIOR TEAMS AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    25TH MARCH 2017

    LAST LEAGUE GAME OF SEASON FOR 1ST XV

    We welcome Irvine RFC to Annan for the 5th time at a 1st XV competitive level and face them for the 10th time in total.

    We first met in November 1995 during out season in National Division 4. We won both legs. We didn't meet again until 2003 on the hallowed grounds of Murrayfield in out Bowl win.

    The Bowl win seemed to start a bit of revenge from Irvine and when we next met in 2007 in the Shield they got their first win (42-20) which started a run of 5 wins on the bounce.

    It wasn't until the meeting earlier on in the season that Annan finally managed to stop the rot with a 29-22 win.

    Onto Saturdays game, Irvine are on a fine run of form with 5 wins on the trot (3 in the Shield) while Annans form is not too shabby with 4 wins from 5.

    Should hopefully be a great end of season clash!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, C Park, D Norden, C White, S Haren, D Barnes, C Bell, A Allison, C McCann, J Kirby, D Wylie, C Wallace, M Thorburn, A Jancey.

    Replacements: S Livingston, M Carpenter

    LAST LEAGUE HOME GAME FOR THE 2ND XV

    The 2nd XV also take on Irvine in the BT West Reserve League Division 2. This will be the 2nd XV last home league game of the season. After Saturdays game they have 2 more games on the road.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Williamson, C Warrick, R Martin, I Thorburn, D Forest, L Trussler, C Bell, S Muir, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, J Whiteside, R Brown, F Lawrie, D Carradice


    ANNAN XV TAKE ON TOURING TEAM
    18TH MARCH 2017

    EARLY START FOR ANNAN

    STOP PRESS: The Annan XV were victorious at a wet and muddy Violetbank by a few tries to 1. Cheers for Jarrovians for the game!

    An Annan XV welcome touring team Jarrovians from Hebburn Tyne And Wear to Violetbank on Saturday with a 10.30am KO.

    The early KO is to enable the teams and any interested spectators and members to enjoy Super Saturday of the last weekend of the Six Nations in the Annan clubhouse at Bank Street.

    The clubhouse will be open from 12 noon and will be showing all three games.

    SUPER WEEKEND FINISHES OFF WITH AN EVENING WITH AL KELLOCK & ALEX DUNBAR

    Annan Rugby are hosting an evening with local lad and Scotland star Alex Dunbar and Ex Scotland Captain Al Kellock to a talk all about rugby, Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, the Lions and Annan! All over a meal and a drink or two at the Bruce Restaurant on Sunday March 19th. Starts at 6.30pm.

    Tickets are £25 - only a few left!

    Anyone interested email contact@AnnanRFC.com by no later than Friday night.


    ANNAN OFF TO CREIGHTON
    11TH MARCH 2017

    OLD FRIENDS FOR ANNAN ON SATURDAY

    STOP PRESS: Creighton 24 v Annan XV 19 Tries by Kieran Warrick, Wullie Gray & Andrew Jancey. 2 cons by Craig McCann

    An Annan XV made up of 1st and 2nd XV players travel to Carlisle on Saturday to take on old friends Creighton prior to the Calcutta Cup match in a friendly. The KO is arranged for 1.30pm to enable all participants to enjoy the Six Nations game in the Creighton clubhouse.

    Annan XV Squad: C Warrick, K Warrick, R Martin, I Thorburn, D Kerr, C Smith, W Gray, C Taylor, R Brown, J Whiteside, S Muir, A Allison, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, M Thorburn, F Lawrie, J Kirby, A Jancey, C McCann, A Halliday, R Glass, S Livingstone and R Hetherington

    Meet at Clubhouse as arranged.


    ONLY THE 2ND XV IN ACTION
    4TH MARCH 2017

    LAST LEAGUE GAME OF SEASON FOR THE 1ST XV

    STOP PRESS: Match is POSTPONED as Violetbank is waterlogged.

    So the end is nigh! The 2016/17 league season is almost over.....at least it made it to March!

    We welcome Irvine RFC to Annan for the 5th time at a 1st XV competitive level and face them for the 10th time in total.

    We first met in November 1995 during out season in National Division 4. We won both legs.

    We didn't meet again until 2003 on the hallowed grounds of Murrayfield. As you may know, Annan also won that day 23-13 to claim the BT Bowl!.

    The Bowl win seemed to start a bit of revenge from Irvine and when we next met in 2007 in the Shield they got their first win (42-20) which started a run of 5 wins on the bounce.

    It wasn't until the meeting earlier on in the season that Annan finally managed to stop the rot with a 29-22 win.

    Onto Saturdays game, Irvine are on a fine run of form with 5 wins on the trot (3 in the Shield) while Annan's form is not too shabby with 4 wins from 5.

    Should be a entertaining end of season game.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, N Coupland, D Barnes, D Nordon, R Dunlop, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Halliday, M Thorburn, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, C Smith, W Gray.

    Players to meet at 12.45 for a 14.00 KO.

    2ND XV ALSO TAKE ON IRVINE AT VIOLETBANK

    STOP PRESS: Match is POSTPONED as Violetbank is waterlogged.

    Annan's 2nd's also host Irvine on Saturday to take on Irvine 2nd XV in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, M Crombie, R Martin, L Trussler, C Taylor, M Carpenter, S Livingstone, D Kerr, A Allison, S Muir, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, J Whiteside, R Brown, F Laurie, D Carradice

    Players to meet at 12.45 for a 14.00 KO.


    ONLY THE 2ND XV IN ACTION
    18TH FEBRUARY 2017

    2ND XV AWAY TO DALZIEL

    STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV win 38-24. Nicely done!

    Annan's second string travel to Motherwell on Saturday to take on Dalziel 3rd XV in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, C Park, K Warrick, M Crombie, C Taylor, G Williamson, D Forrest, I Thorburn, L Ogilvie, J Whiteside, M Carpenter, C Smith, R Brown, D Kerr, AN Other.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 12 pm for a 3pm KO.

    Transport: Cars


    BIG WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    11TH FEBRUARY 2017

    ANNAN TOO STRONG FOR HELENSBURGH

    The 1st XV comprehensively beat Helensburgh at Violetbank on Saturday.

    Scoring at regular intervals throughout the match the final score was 94-0 to Annan!

    Great win for the lads who can now look forward to their last league match of the season next Saturday at Violetbank v Irvine.

    Annan Points from: Max Thorburn (T), Alex Halliday (4T), Callum Bell (T), Sean Haren (2T), Ryan Hetherington (2T), Cairn Wallace (2T), James Kirby (T), Callum Smith (T) and Craig McCann (12C)

    Match Highlights / Match Report


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    11TH FEBRUARY 2017

    1ST XV HOST HELENSBURGH

    So its back to league action for the 1st XV in West 1 of the BT Regional leagues after their exploits in the BT Shield.

    Annan welcome Helensburgh to Violetbank for just the 3rd time and for the 6th competitive game at 1st XV level.

    Annan played Helensburgh just a few weeks ago and ran out convincing winners 51-25. The try count was 7-5 though so hopefully Saturdays game will be a high scoring, try-fest!

    Annan will be hoping to add to their decent wee run in the league while Helensburgh will just be wanting to end this season with a victory.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, R Dunlop, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, D Wyllie,A Halliday M Thorburn, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, D Nordon, C Smith, N Coupland

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO


    THE ROAD THE MURRAYFIELD ENDS FOR ANOTHER YEAR
    28TH JANUARY 2017

    SHIELD LOSS FOR THE 1ST XV

    In a break from league action, the 1st XV welcomed West 1 championship favourites and local(ish) rivals Newton Stewart RFC to Violetbank for a BT West Regional Shield Quarter Final match.

    The first half was a close affair for the majority of the half.

    Newton Stewart took the lead on the 5th minute thanks to a successful penalty. Defences were on top and the supporters then had to wait until the 20th minute until the next score.

    Alas for Annan it was again another successful penalty for Newton Stewart to make it 6-0.

    Then with 5 minutes to go until half time, Newton Stewart extended their lead to 11 thanks to a well worked try.

    At half time, it was looking like the end of the road for Annan!

    The second half started and you knew the next score was going to be crucial. Thankfully it was by Annan!

    First Captain Craig McCann reduced the deficit with a penalty on the 43 minute then 7 minutes later a great Sean Haren try, converted by McCann, made it 10-11....Game on!

    There was no further score for the next 10 minutes, so as has been the case this season, one score separated the teams going into the final quarter!

    Newton Stewart extended their lead to 6 points after crossing the whitewash for the 2nd time with 19 minutes to go.

    Alas despite some good Annan pressure, the Newton Stewart defence held firm and there was no further score as the final whistle sounded.

    Final Score: Annan 10 v Newton Stewart 16

    And so a trip to Murrayfield will have to wait for another year for the first XV.

    A trip is still possible however for an Annan team as the Warriors take on Oban Lorne Ladies tomorrow at Violetbank. KO: 13.30. Your support as always would be most welcome!

    And best of luck to Newton Stewart in the next round as they are still on track for a league and shield double.

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (opens in a new tab) / Match Report


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    28TH JANUARY 2017

    SHIELD GAME FOR THE 1ST XV

    So we welcome Newton Stewart to Violetbank for the 7th time as we take on the team from Bladnoch for the 14th team at a 1st XV competitive level.

    This is the 3rd meeting this season after meeting twice already in the league. As you probably know, Newton Stewart won both encounters but with a combined score of just 29-23 you know this game is going to probably be just as close!

    In the Shield competition, the teams have met twice in the past. The 1st time was back in 2010 at Violetbank when Annan were victorious 22-20.

    We then met again in 2014 at Bladnock. This time it was a Newton Stewart victory. Slightly more comprehensive as it ended 55-3!

    Onto Saturdays game, both teams come into this game was some decent form. Annan will be hoping they can at least match last years Shield exploits when they reached the Regional West Final.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, R Dunlop, D Nordon, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie and C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, N Coupland, A Rae, and M Thorburn


    5 POINTS FOR THE 1ST XV
    21ST JANUARY 2017

    BIG WIN FOR THE FIRST XV

    The 1st XV took to the pitch against a team they had only beaten once in four attempts and never at Helensburghs Ardencaple ground

    With Helensburghs poor form this season, it was hoped that the match today was going to be a great chance for Annan to notch up the 2nd win.

    However it was Helensburgh who came out flying and they were the first to score to take a 5-0 lead after only a few minutes.

    As has been the case this season, it was Captain McCann who steadied the ship with 2 successful penalties in the 10th and 13th minutes.

    Some decent defence from both teams kept the score at 5-6 before the 1st XV stepped up a gear as the Helensburgh defense creaked.

    First to cross the whitewash was Ryan Hetherington on the 24th minute. Alex Halliday was then next to score 4 minutes later. Ryan Glass and Sean Haren also got their name on the scoresheet before half time. Captain McCann was successful with 2 of the conversions.

    Annan did not get it their own way however as Helensburgh also scored to take the half time score to Helensburgh 10 Annan 30.

    The 2nd half followed a similar vein and by the 60th minute Annan had added another two tries and Helensburghs one. The Annan tries were from Ryan Hetherington again and Neal Coupland, his 1st of the season.

    Craig again successful with both conversions. The 2nd of which took the score to Helensburgh 15 Annan 44

    This was already looking like Annans biggest win of the season and the Annan scoring was completed by Sean Haren with 10 minutes to go. Captain McCann with the conversion.

    Helensburgh did get the last word in with their 4th and 5th tries in the dying minutes to take the final score to Helensbugh 25 v Annan 1st XV 51

    So a try bonus, 5 point win for the 1st XV as they notched up their 8th win of the league campaign.

    A great performance by the lads who will now go into next Saturdays BT Shield clash at Violetbank versus Newton Stewart with a bit more confidence!

    The coaches will be a bit concerned with the 5 tries conceded though!

    Match Photos (opens in new tab) / Match Report

    THE 2ND XV LOSE ON THE ROAD

    The 2nd XV suffer a heavy defeat, going down 99-12 to Whitecraigs.

    Annan only travelled with 14 men and as a result it was always going to be tough to get anything from this game.

    2 tries though which is a decent effort!

    Many thanks to the 14 who travelled


    TEAMS ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND
    21ST JANUARY 2017

    1ST XV OFF TO HELENSBURGH IN LEAGUE

    After last weeks win over Allan Glens, the 1st XV have now reached equilibrium with 7 wins, 7 loses and 1 draw so far in this West 1 league campaign. With 3 games to go (with 2 at home), the 1st XV have a great chance of ending the season with a plus in the win/lose column.

    With the strong possibility that 2 teams will be going down from West 1 this would mean that Annan still need to pick up 1 more win to be 100% certain of West 1 rugby next season although it would take an amazing set of results for Annan to go down! On the other hand, its last chance saloon time for Saturday's opponents Helensburgh.

    Helensburgh are having a dreadful time this season (due to injuries and player unavailability) and as a result find themselves with just 1 win from 14 games and if you were a betting man Helensburgh would be huge odds on favourites to end up bottom.

    They could still escape the dreaded drop but they would really need to win their last 4 games (v Annan, Carrick, Annan and Allan Glens) with try bonus points AND hope other teams above them lose enough games as well.

    Its very unlikely but Helensburgh will be desperate to at least chalk up a home win this season in the league and with promotion chasing Carrick next week at home for Helensburgh, this game v Annan could be their best chance.

    So Annan travel to Helensburgh for the 3rd time at a 1st XV competitive level to take on Helensburgh for the 5th time in total. Annan have only beaten Helensburgh once and that was at Violetbank so as you may have worked out, Annan have never beaten Helensburgh at Ardencaple.

    For some reason, Annan has never played Helensburgh at 1st XV level until first meeting in the league in 2013! Both teams winning the home leg. The teams then met the following year, this time, however, Helensburgh had the edge in both games, winning 21-8 and 27-18.

    So to Saturdays game, as mentioned, Helensburgh really need to win this game as a loss would mean they are relegated from West 1. Annan will be wanting to keep their mini win streak up and take the good form into next Saturdays BT West Shield clash with current West 1 leaders Newton Stewart at Violetbank.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, R Dunlop, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, C Wallace

    Replacements: N Coupland, D Nordon, M Thorburn

    Meet at clubhouse at 10 30am for a 2pm KO.

    Transport: Cars.

    2ND XV AWAY TO WHITECRAIGS 2NDS IN LEAGUE

    Fourth placed Annan 2nds travel to Newton Mearns on Saturday to take on second placed Whitecraigs 2nds in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, K Warrick, S Muir, C Smith, A Allison, D Forest, L Johnstone, J Ogilvie, M Crombie, N Goldie, C Taylor, C Bogg, I Thorburn, L Trussler, J Horan.

    Meet at clubhouse at 11am.

    Transport: Cars.


    GREAT WINS FOR BOTH ANNAN TEAMS
    14TH JANUARY 2017

    THE 1ST XV WIN AGAIN

    The teams took the field at a cold but sunny Violetbank knowing that with 4 games to go in the league season, both were probably safe from any relegation worries.

    So while the conditions were not perfect for the players, you felt that the match would be an open game with both teams going for it.

    And it was the team from Bishopbriggs that started the brighter and it was no surprise when they scored a well worked try on the 5th minute to take the lead. The try was also converted.

    Annan got onto the score sheet a few minutes later thank to the reliable boot of Captain McCann after Glens had conceded a penalty .

    However, after that initial flurry of points, there was no further score for the rest of the half despite both teams coming close.

    Half Time: Annan 1st XV 3 v Allan Glens 7

    The half time summary for the game was "We had the chances"

    The start of the 2nd half was a reverse of the start of the 1st, with Annan starting the brighter and Ryan Hetherington, with his 2nd of the season, crashed over the whitewash and Annan took the lead for the first time 8-7.

    This lead was quickly extended as 2 successful penalties from Captain McCann took the score to 14-7 to Annan with 25 minutes to go.

    The game was turning into a bit of a stop/start affair with numerous penalties and Glens were punished again with 20 to go. Captain McCann kicked his 4th penalty of the game to take the score to 17-7.

    However, if Annan thought it was done and dusted, they were mistaken as Glens hit back and on the 65th minute they scored their 2nd try to take it to 17-12.

    So once again, a 1st XV game was within one score with 15 minutes to go! The Annan supporters have been used to it this season!

    But as has also been the case in numerous games this season, the Annan defense held firm and another 4 points was added to their West 1 total.

    The lads now have to focus on Helensburgh next Saturday in their last away league game of the season before their next home game, which is the BT West Shield game v Newton Stewart the following week.

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (opens in new tab) / Match Report

    THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN

    The 2nd XV get a bonus point win v Hillhead Jordanhill winning 38-11.

    Leading 7-6 at half time, the 2nd XV cut lose in the second half and ran out convincing winners.

    Well played lads!

    Scorers: TBC


    ANNAN TEAMS AT VIOLETBANK ON SATURDAY
    14TH JANUARY 2017

    ANNAN WELCOME ALLAN GLENS TO VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE

    After a gritty performance last Saturday, Annan have now won 3 and drawn 1 of their last 5 games and are now clear in 5th spot, 7 points ahead of Saturdays opponents Allan Glens in West 1 of BT Regional Leagues. Glens, after a decent start to the season, have stumbled in their recent games and have now lost 4 games in a row.

    So Annan welcome Allan Glens to Annan for the 7th time and take on the Bishopbriggs team for the 13th time in total.

    Earlier this season, Glens edged the victory 34-29. It was 34-17 with 10 minutes to go but Annan left it too late but it was close!

    Onto Saturdays game, both teams will keen to put on a display of running rugby. Annan have been getting the results recently but based on great defence rather that attack. Glens will be wanting to end their poor run of form and get back to the way they played earlier on in the season.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, R Dunlop, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Rae, C Wallace

    Replacements: R Martin, D Nordon, D Wyllie, N Coupland

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO

    ANNAN 2ND AT HOME TO HILLHEAD JORDANHILL 3RDS IN LEAGUE

    Annan 2nd s take on Hillhead Jordanhill 3rds in West 2 of BT Regional Reserve Leagues at Violetbank on Saturday.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, K Warrick, R Arthur, C Smith, I Thorburn, D Forest, S Livingston, C Taylor, L Johnstone, A Allison, A Carlyle, W Gray, J Ogilvie, M Thorburn, N Goldie

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO


    THE 1ST XV WIN ON THE ROAD
    7TH JANUARY 2017

    THE FIRSTS WIN AND 2001 POINTS FOR CRAIG!

    At a drizzly and dreich Oban, the 1st XV took to the pitch for their first game of 2017 and like the last few league games, defences were on top for the majority of the match.

    It was a well rested 1st XV though, as they had travelled up the night before to Oban.

    It was also a changed 1st XV with Sean Haren at centre and Max Thorburn making his 1st XV debut and with the possibly of a old stalwart making a rare appearance for the Amber and Black.

    Penalties were centre stage in the first half, with Captain Craig McCann kicking two for Annan with Oban scoring one in reply.

    The 2nd successful kick from Craig marked a milestone for Craig as he broke the 2000 points barrier for competitive 1st XV games. Nice one Craig!

    Despite numerous chances for both teams there was no further score and the half ended 6-3 to Annan.

    The 2nd half was much of the same, with defences on top.

    And as the game wore on, you felt that the next team to score would probably go onto to claim the 4 points but as it happens, no one scored in the half at all and so Annan ran out 6-3 winners.

    Not a classic, but 4 points is always welcome and the 1st XV win on the road for only the 2nd time this season.

    Enjoy the evening in Oban lads and look after Sean on his birthday!

    And congratulations again Craig and a reminder to all supporters that the 1st XV have their first home game of 2017 next Saturday v Allan Glens. Kick Off: 14.00

    Match Photos (opens in new tab) / Match Report


    ANNAN TEAMS ON THE ROAD THIS SATURDAY
    7TH JANUARY 2017

    FIRST XV AWAY TO OBAN LORNE

    Annan travel to Oban Lorne for the first time at 1st XV level this Saturday in West 1 of the BT Regional Leagues. The clubs have played before at 2nd XV level at Oban but Saturday's game will be the first time the 1st XV have had the honour.

    Annan have played Oban three times at Annan. The first meeting was way back in 1993 at the Everholm when they met in Glasgow District Division 1. Annan won that day 48-0. The clubs then had to wait 22 years before meeting again, this time in the BT Shield last season. Annan were again on top winning this encounter 24-15. The third and final meeting was earlier this season when Annan again won, this time 10-0 thanks to a Ryan Hetherington try and the boot of Captain McCann.

    It's been a tough old season for Oban Lorne and they currently lie in 9th spot but do have games in hand on the teams around them. They have also only played four home games so far this season and have not played at home since the 29th October!

    Oban have a won 2 lost 2 record at home, and their two defeats at home have been close affairs. Their result of their season was their 17-15 defeat of promotion chasing Carrick. So at home, Oban are no push overs. Their visit to Annan back at the start of October was also a close affair with Annan edging it 10-0.

    Annan in the league are hopefully 1-2 wins away from removing themselves from any relegation battle. On the road Annan have only one win (from 7 games) and so will be hoping to improve this record on Saturday.

    So as you may have worked out, Annan have never lost to Oban Lorne at 1st XV level and I am sure the Annan players will be wanting to continue this record on Saturday.

    On the other hand Oban Lorne will be wanting to get another tick in the win column!

    For the Record: If Captain Craig McCann scores at least 5 points in the game, then he will have broken the 2000 points barrier for the 1st XV. It will be Craig's 264th appearance for the 1st XV in a competitive game. Good luck Craig!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, C White, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, R Dunlop, A Rae, C McCann (C), M Thorburn, S Haren, A Halliday, C Bell, C Wallace.

    Replacements: C Smith, R Martin, W Henderson, J Callaghan

    Meet at Clubhouse at 6pm on Friday

    Transport: Bus

    ANNAN 2ND XV GAME IS OFF

    Sadly, the 2nd XV game is OFF as we cant raise a team. Sad times!


    ANNAN TEAMS OFF TO DUMFRIES
    27TH DECEMBER 2016

    A.A. MACPHERSON MEMORIAL TROPHY

    STOP PRESS: Dumfries retain the A.A MacPherson Memorial Trophy in a 43-0 win.

    Annan travel to Park Farm on Tuesday 27th December to play Dumfries in their annual fixture for the A A MacPherson Trophy.

    The A.A. MacPherson Memorial Trophy is in memory of the late Alex MacPherson (Mac) who died in 2007. Mac was President of the Annan club in 1983-84.

    In the first meeting in 2009, Dumfries just pipped Annan 19-15. There was then a 5 year break before the next clash, Dumfries again were victorious this time 27-10. The 3rd meeting was last year, it was more of a squad game, but Dumfries also won this encounter.

    All 3 games have been at Violetbank, so Tuesday’s game will be the first A.A. MacPherson cup at Park Farm.

    To the game itself, Dumfries will be odds on favourites having won all 3 of the A.A MacPherson Memorial Trophy games in the past and the fact they are flying high in National 3 and are at home.

    Annan though have shown time and time again this season that they are a hard team to beat, and usually only in the last 5 minutes have they lost the lead. In fact of the 7 loses this season, in 4 of the games Annan were leading with less than 5 to go!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: TBC

    Meet at Clubhouse at 12.30pm for 2pm KO.

    Transport: Cars

    Annan 2nd XV have a friendly against Dumfries 2nds also a Park Farm.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC

    Meet at Clubhouse at 12.30pm for 2pm KO.

    Transport: Cars


    MIXED FORTUNES FOR THE TEAMS
    10TH DECEMBER 2016

    2 POINT DRAW FOR THE 1ST XV

    The 1st XV scraped a draw against 2nd spot East Kilbride.

    It wasn't the greatest performance from the the 1st XV and they were out scored 3 tries to 1 but thanks to the boot of Captain Craig McCann it was enough to earn a 20-20 draw.

    We have played much better this season and ended up on the losing side (despite being the better team) so sometimes the rugby Gods even things out!

    The Annan try came from 1st XV top try scorer James Kirby.

    A welcome 2 points and the 1st XV have a small xmas break until their next game on the 27th December away to Dumfries in the A.A MacPherson Memorial trophy.

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (opens in new tab) / Match Report

    THE 2ND XV GO DOWN TO EAST KILBRIDE

    Despite it being a top of the table clash and and home, Annan could only raise 14 players.

    Luckily East Kilbride just had the bare 15 but the extra man proved crucial and the 2nd XV went down 36-10.

    The 2nds next game is also again Dumfries on the 27th December.


    BOTH THE 1ST AND 2ND XV AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    10TH DECEMBER 2016

    ANNAN WELCOME EAST KILBRIDE TO VIOLETBANK ON SATURDAY IN LEAGUE

    After last weekends games Annan, despite losing 8-6 to new league leaders Newton Stewart, moved up a place into 5th in West 1 of BT Regional Leagues thanks to a losing bonus point coupled with Allan Glens losing heavily at Carrick.

    Annan welcome East Kilbride to Violetbank for the 8th time at a 1st XV competitive level. The clubs first met at Violetbank in the SRU Cup back in 2001. East Kilbride won that day 41-24.

    The clubs have met numerous times (15) since then both home and away. East Kilbride have a winning record over Annan having 9 win to our 6 (with 1 draw)

    Both teams will be looking for a win to end 2016 on a high!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, R Dunlop, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Halliday, A Rae, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, D Nordon, S Clark

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO.

    ANNAN 2ND XV ALSO WELCOME KILMARNOCK 2ND XV TO VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE Annan 2nds get back to league action on Saturday when they entertain East Kilbride 2nds at Violetbank. This is a table topping clash with the visitors in top spot with Annan in 2nd place some 5 points adrift.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad from: L Ogilvie, M Crombie, L Stannus, C Taylor, S Livingstone, I Thorburn, C Smith, L Trussler, Z Lockerbie, L Johnstone, S Muir, J Ogilvie, D Forrest, N Goldie, D Ferguson, R Martin, M Carpenter.

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO.


    THE 1ST XV JUST GO DOWN TO NEWTON STEWART
    10TH DECEMBER 2016

    NEWTON STEWART REMAIN UNBEATEN

    The 1st XV travelled to Bladnoch Park, a ground where Annan had lost on their previous 4 visits, to take on unbeaten and 2nd placed Newton Stewart.

    And as has been the case for a quite a few games this season, Annan led at half time but lost the game in the 2nd half.

    It was 6-0 at half time (thanks to 2 Craig McCann penalties) but the final score was 8-6 to Newton Stewart.

    Match Photos (opens in new tab) / Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    10TH DECEMBER 2016

    ANNAN TRAVEL TO UNBEATEN NEWTON STEWART IN LEAGUE

    With the win last week, Annan consolidated their position in 6th and are only points difference from being in 5th. The game v Garnock was not one for the faint hearted and despite picking up the 4 points, Annan have also picked up a few injuries to key players.

    Newton Stewart are having an excellent season and have yet to be beaten in the league and shield. Two draws however have meant that they are currently in 2nd spot in the BT West 1 table. With only 1 team going up from West 1 - Newton Stewart know that they cannot afford to drop any more points this season.

    Going to be a tough old game for Annan especially with the injury list that is currently accumulating!

    So Annan travel to Newton Stewart to take on the 2nd placed team for the 13th time at competitive level. The clubs first met during the 80's but that was as at 2nd XV v 1st XV level.

    The clubs first met at 1st XV level in a friendly back in 1989. Annan won the game 4-27. It was in 1993 that the clubs finally met at a competitive level, Annan also won that day 3-15. Since then Annan has travelled to Bladnoch five more time where Newton Stewart have ended on top on four occasions.

    Newton Stewart have actually won the last four away meetings. Overall Annan have played Newton Stewart 12 times with Annan winning five and Newton Stewart seven.

    In the league game earlier on in the season, it was heart break for Annan as Newton Stewart scored in the last minute to sneak a 21-17 win.

    So to the game on Saturday, Newton Stewart have to win to keep their promotion aspirations on track, which were helped last week as Carrick beat leaders East Kilbride.

    Annan will be hoping to continue their decent form and climb up the table and put any possibility of relegation to bed.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, C White, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Halliday, W Gray, C Wallace.

    Replacements: R Martin, R Dunlop, S Clark, A Allison

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11am for a 2pm KO

    Transport: Cars

    ANNAN 2NDS AWAY TO KILMARNOCK IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 2nd XV game is OFF as we cant not raise a team.

    Annan travel to Bellsland on Saturday in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve Leagues. Annan sit in 2nd place in the league and will be hoping to get back on their winning ways on Saturday after a four week layoff.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11am for a 2pm KO

    Transport: Cars


    THE FIRST XV SNEEK IT!
    3RD DECEMBER 2016

    A WIN IS A WIN!

    At a sunny but cold Violetbank, the 1st XV took to the pitch after a 4 week absence from rugby.

    Garnock themselves had not played for 3 weeks and so you would think that the teams might be a bit ring rusty.

    And that proved to be the case as both teams struggled to get any attacking threats going with the both teams defenses being on top.

    Garnock have the best defense in the league and so it proved in the first half, as time and time again Annan just could not get across the whitewash.

    The only points in the first 40 were for Annan though, thanks to a 10th minute penalty from Captain Craig McCann.

    Half Time: Annan 3 v Garnock 0

    The second half started and nothing much changed from the first half.

    Both teams couldn't seem to get any inroads into the opposition half, bar the use of the boot. The game was one for the purists!

    As the game went on, it looked like one moment of brilliance from either team could win the game but it was not to be as once again both teams defenses remained on top and there was no further scoring.

    Not the greatest game to watch for the Annan supporters but heck, a wins a win and 4 points is 4 points!

    It was also Annans first win over Garnock in the last 8 attempts!

    Full Time: Annan 3 v Garnock 0

    The 1st XV now have to focus on 2nd place Newton Stewart who they travel to next week.

    For the record, todays game was the lowest scoring game for the 1st XV at Violetbank since the 3 all draw with Ross High back in February 2006!

    Actually, its probably the lowest scoring game ever at Violetbank (EDIT - there was a 0-0 in 2006 for the 2nd XV!) and perhaps for the 1st XV in competitive rugby!

    I do remember watching a 0-0 in the mid 80's with the old man but think that might have been a friendly. Will have to check!

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    THE 1ST AT HOME TO GARNOCK
    3RD DECEMBER 2016

    ANNAN 1ST XV RESUME LEAGUE BUSINESS ON SATURDAY

    The 1st XV will not have played for 4 weeks by the time they take on Garnock (hopefully!) on Saturday, in West 1 of the BT Regional leagues, due to the Autumn Internationals, call offs and frozen pitches! Annan will be wanting to continue their recent decent form that has seen them win 3 from the last 5 league games.

    Garnock are themselves having a decent season and currently find themselves in 4th with a played 11, won 7, lost 4, record. Garnocks achilles heal is that they are finding wins on the road hard to come by against the higher placed clubs, with their two away wins being against bottom clubs Irvine and Helensburgh. That said, their three away loses were not by huge margins!

    In the match earlier this season, Annan were leading 5-0 up until the last few minutes before going down 7-5.

    So to the game on Saturday, Annan will be wanting to break the winning streak that Garnock have over the club.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, N Coupland, D Nordon, E Braid, S Haren, A Rae, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: C Nicholson, D Wyllie, R Dunlop, S Livingston

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO.


    BT WEST SHIELD DRAW
    27TH NOVEMBER 2016

    HOME TIE FOR THE 1ST XV

    The 1st XV have been drawn at home to Newton Stewart in the Quarter Finals of the BT West Regional Shield.

    The tie is to played on the 28th January

    The home league game v Irvine RFC has now been moved to the 18th February as a result.


    BOTH TEAMS OFF TO THE GREENLAW
    26TH NOVEMBER 2016

    CHISHOLM CUP UP FOR GRABS

    STOP PRESS: Alas both the 1st and 2nd XV games are postponed as Stewartrys pitches are frozen solid. Scotland game on in club - doors open 2pm.

    Annan travel to the Greenlaw on Saturday to take on Stewartry in the annual fixture for the Chisholm Cup.

    For those that don't know, the Chisholm Cup is an annual contest between Annan and Stewartry in memory of past Annan President Peter Chisholm.

    Annan have not played for a couple of weeks due to the Autumn Internationals. However they are starting to get the results their play this season has deserved and have won 3 of their last 5 games.

    Stewartry are having a decent season and currently lie in 2nd in BT West 2. They have won their last 6 league and Shield games.

    Annan v Stewartry games are always tough encounters and Saturday’s game will be no exception!

    Annan travel to the Greenlaw to take on Stewartry for the 16th time in the Chisholm Cup. Annan currently lead with 8 wins to Stewartry’s 7 and are the current holders after winning last year 27-25 at Violetbank.

    Annan have not won, the Chisholm Cup, at the Greenlaw since the 2007 encounter so an away win is long overdue for Annan!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: TBC

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.45am for a 2pm KO. Transport: Bus

    ANNAN 2ND XV ALSO PLAY STEWARTRY 2NDS XV

    The 2nd XV also travel to the Greenlaw to take on Stewartry.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.45am for a 2pm KO. Transport: Bus


    1ST XV IN SHIELD ACTION
    19TH NOVEMBER 2016

    ANNAN AT HOME TO CAMBUSLANG IN ROUND 1 OF REGIONAL SHIELD

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 1st XV game is now POSTPONED as Cambuslang could not raise a team to travel to Violetbank

    Annan welcome Cambuslang to Annan for the 8th time and to Violetbank for the 7th. The clubs first met at 1st XV level back in the 1997/98 season (in National Division 2). Annan won both those encounters. Since then the clubs have met a further 12 times over the years in the leagues. Annan hold a record of 10 wins to Cambuslang’s 4.

    As for the game, Annan will be wanting to continue their good runs in the BT Shield over the last few years while Cambuslang will be wanting to get back to the form they showed at the start of the season.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, C White, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Rae, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, A Jancey

    Replacements: C Nicholson, N Coupland, R Dunlop, W Gray

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.15pm for a 1.30pm KO.

    NB: SUPPORTERS PLEASE NOTE EARLY KO


    GREAT WINS FOR BOTH TEAMS
    5TH NOVEMBER 2016

    THE 1ST XV BEAT CARRICK

    At a sunny but chilly Violetbank, the 1st XV took the field against 3rd placed Carrick knowing that the results so far this season have not been consistent with their play.

    The 1st 10 minutes were a nervy affair from both teams but it was Annan who settled down first and a great try from full back Cairn Wallace, converted by Captain McCann made it 7-0.

    And the start got better when a few minutes later Callum Bell cross the whitewash to make it 12-0 with only 16 minutes on the clock.

    Both teams were playing some great running rugby in the perfect conditions and after some great pressure from Carrick, a converted try made it 12-7. And thats how the half ended.

    In the second half, an early Craig McCann penalty took it to 15-7 but with 35 mins to play it was still anyones game.

    And anyones game it was as Carrick hit straight back with another converted try to take the score to 15-14.

    And Carrick extended their lead with a penalty after some Annan indiscipline and Carrick led for the 1st time 17-15 with 25 mins to go.

    Both teams had chances but it was Annan who scored next thanks to a Craig McCann penalty with 15 to go and Annan were back in front 18-17!

    It was a nervy last 15 but the lads held firm for a great victory! Nicely done!

    The 1st XV now have a week off and their next game is in the BT Shield competition on the 19th at Violetbank when they take on West 2 leaders Cambuslang.

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    THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN

    The 2nd XV get a great win over Cumnock. They led 28-0 at half time thanks to 4 great tries and ended up winning 56-10.

    So the 2nd XV end the weekend still top of the league. Well played lads!

    Match Report


    BOTH SENIOR TEAMS AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    5TH NOVEMBER 2016

    ANNAN WELCOME CARRICK TO VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE

    Annan welcome Carrick to Violetbank for the 3rd time for our 8th competitive meeting at 1st XV level with Annan winning 2 and Carrick 5.

    This season, the league opener at Carrick resulted in a 51-21 victory for Carrick. Annan were in the game up until the 60th minute.

    So Annan will be hoping to improve their winning percentage versus Carrick. Carrick will need a 5 pointer to keep the pressure on league leaders East Kilbride IN West 1 of the BT Regional Leagues.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Heatherington, C White, N Coupland, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Rae, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, D Wyllie, D Nordon, R Dunlop.

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO

    ANNAN 2NDS AT HOME TO CUMNOCK IN LEAGUE

    Despite last week’s defeat away to East Kilbride in West 2 of BT Regional Reserve Leagues Annan’s second string are still sitting 9 points clear at the top of the league. This week they host Cumnock 2nd XV at Violetbank.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from C Warrick (C), C Taylor, C Smith, A Allison, G Williamson, L Johnstone, I Thorburn, S Muir, M Crombie, D Ferguson, L Ogilvie, A Carlyle, C Wilson, C Trussler, N Smith, R Martin, D Forest, S Livingston, W Gray, D McClure, B White, L Trussler.

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO

    NOTE FOR SPECTATORS: KO OF ALL GAMES ON SATURDAY IS 2PM.


    BOTH ANNAN TEAMS LOSE ON THE ROAD
    29TH OCTOBER 2016

    THE 1ST XV PIPPED IN KILMARNOCK

    The 1st XV took the field against Kilmarnock, a team just below them in league, knowing that a win would give them some breathing space from the bottom teams and keep a top half finish a possibility.

    And they got off to the best possible start thanks to a converted Dwayne Barnes try on the 10th minute. Cairn Wallace with the conversion.

    For the next 15 minutes, both teams came close to scoring but it was Kilmarnock who got onto the scoresheet thanks to a successful penalty to take it to 7-3.

    After Annan came close on a couple of occasions, it was again Kilmarnock who scored in the corner with 10 minutes remaining to take the lead.

    But after some sustained Annan pressure, a great Cairn Wallace penalty meant that Annan had the lead again. However on the stroke of half time, another Kilmarnock try took the half time score to 13-10 to the home side.

    The 2nd half kicked off, and on past form this season, the second period has not been the best for the lads this season.

    However, Annan came out flying and within 5 minutes of the restart retook the lead thanks to an Andrew Jancey try. Again converted by Cairn Wallace.

    But the lead changed again, 10 minutes later, as Kilmarnock scored their 3rd try of the game to take a 1 point lead.

    Despite some great chances for both teams, thats how the score remained until the dying minutes as Kilmarnock were successful with a penalty kick at goal.

    So full time Kilmarnock 21 v Annan 17.

    Annan gain a losing bonus point though which means thats been 6 points from the last 2 away games. Not a terrible haul!

    The 1st XV now have to regroup and take on Carrick next Saturday at Violetbank. Note the kick off will be 2pm.

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    THE 2ND XV ALSO LOSE

    The 2nd XV also go down on the road, losing 50 v 10 v East Kilbride.

    The half time score was 17-10 to East Kilbride but East Kilbride stepped up their game in the second half to eventually win 50-10.

    Annan only had 12 players so keeping it so close until halftime was not a bad achievement!

    The Annan points were scored by: Liam Ogilvie (1T) and Adam Carlyle (1C,1P)

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    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    29TH OCTOBER 2016

    ANNAN ON ROAD AGAIN THIS WEEKEND TO KILMARNOCK IN LEAGUE

    Annan travel to Kilmarnock for the 11th time at 1st XV competitive level in West 1 of the BT Regional Leagues. Bellsland has never been a happy hunting ground for Annan with only 2 wins from the 10 encounters. At home, Annan have almost the reverse record and overall its 11 win for Annan, 10 for Kilmarnock and 1 draw.

    The clubs met at Violetbank earlier in the season where Annan ran out convincing 30-0 winners. Kilmarnock at home however are a different prospect and the 4 games they have played at home has resulted in 2 wins and a draw. Their last home game was an impressive 12-12 draw with still unbeaten league leaders East Kilbride.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, C White, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, A Rae, A Allison, J Kirby, C Wallace, A Halliday, C Bell, A Jancey.

    Replacements: E Braid, R Arthur, R Martin.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.45am for a 3pm KO

    Transport: Cars

    ANNAN 2NDS AWAY TO EAST KILBRIDE IN LEAGUE

    Annan 2nds travel to the Torrance Arena on Saturday in their latest league game in West 2 of the DT Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan are still sitting top of the league but have a poor away record but will be hoping to improve on their record this weekend.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, C Smith, G Williamson, I Thorburn, M Crombie, B White, l Ogilvie, C Trussler, C Wilson, S Muir, D Ferguson, l Johnstone, N Smith, R Brown, AN Other.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.45am for a 3pm KO

    Transport: Cars


    GREAT WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    22ND OCTOBER 2016

    1ST XV GET THEIR FIRST WIN ON THE ROAD

    Annan took the field knowing that the Irvine team they faced had started to turn around their poor start to the season and with Irvine starting to bring in their numerous imported players knew they would be in for a tough tough match.

    For the first 25 minutes, it was scoreless despite Annan being on top. And it was some relief that they finally scored 2 great tries from James Kirby and Daniel Nordon. Andy Allison converting 1 of the tries.

    Annan and Irvine then traded penalties (Andy Allison with the Annan penalty) to take the half time score to 15-3 to Annan.

    The half time summary from the man at the game was that Annan were playing some great rugby, but their line out and scrum was creaking a bit.

    Annan in the second half of games this season however have not been the greatest to say the least and after just 8 minutes a converted Irvine try took the score to 10-15 and game on again!

    However, Annan hit back through a converted Callum Bell try. Cairn Wallace taking over the kicking duties to take it to 22-10 with 25 to go.

    Annan were playing some great rugby and the try bonus point was secured with 10 minutes to go thanks to a Cairn Wallace try. Cairn also with the conversion.

    Irvine did have the last say with 2 tries, the last at the death.

    Final Score: 29-22 to Annan

    So a great 5 point win for the lads, who now travel to Kilmarnock next Saturday.

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    THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN

    The 2nd XV also win, a massive 88-10 win for the lads.

    A good weekend all round!

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    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    22ND OCTOBER 2016

    ANNAN TRAVEL TO MARRESS IN LEAGUE

    So there was no rugby last weekend at Annan Rugby for the 3 senior teams thanks to call offs by the opposition.

    But with the other BT West 1 teams playing last weekend, and with some unexpected results, Annan slipped down to 8th in the league. One of the teams below Annan is Saturday’s opponents Irvine.

    Irvine have had a terrible start to the season with 7 loses but there is a wee revolution going on at Irvine just now with Irvine having decided to try a different route to get themselves out of the position they currently find themselves in. Irvine ended their losing streak with a win over Allan Glens last Saturday.

    So Annan take on Irvine for the 9th time at 1st XV level and for the 5th time at Irvine’s Marress ground. The record between to the 2 teams is that Annan have won 3 times while Irvine have won 5.

    One of the Annan wins was neither at Violetbank or Marress though but at Murrayfield in the 2003 SRU Bowl Final.

    So, a tough game awaits Annan who have only won once in Irvine and Irvine will be hoping to build on their unexpected win last Saturday.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, N Coupland, C Bell, D Barnes, S Haren (C), A Rae, A Allison, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, A Jancey.

    Replacements: C Wallace, R Dunlop, C Park.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30am for a 3pm kick off.

    Transport: Cars

    ANNAN 2NDS AT HOME TO DALZIEL 3RDS IN LEAGUE

    Annan’s second string are hopeful that their opposition on Saturday Dalziel 3rd XV will make their way down the M74. This is a table topping clash as the teams sit 1st and 2nd in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from L Ogilvie, C Warrick (C), M Carpenter, C Smith, C Taylor, D Forest, S Muir, G Williamson, J Ogilvie, I Thorburn, D Ferguson, l Trussler, M Thorburn, M Crombie, S Livingston, C Trussler, N Smith, N Goldie

    Meet at 1.45pm for a 3pm kick off.


    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    15TH OCTOBER 2016

    ANNAN WELCOME HELENSBURGH TO VIOLETBANK

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 1st XV game is now POSTPONED as Helensburgh could not raise a team. The 2nd XV game is still ON. So there will be some rugby this weekend at Violetbank

    STOP PRESS NUMBER 2: 2nd XV v Allan Glens game now also OFF. *sigh*

    Annan welcome Helensburgh to Violetbank for the 3rd time in West 1 of the BT National Leagues.

    Annan’s first meeting at 1st XV level was fairly recently back in September 2013 during the clubs last stint in West 1. Helensburgh won the away leg while Annan won the home. The following season Annan lost both games. So it’s a played 4 won 1 record for Annan versus the lads from Argyll and Bute.

    Annan will be hoping to add to that win tally in a game that both teams must really win to try and kick start their respective seasons. Helensburgh currently sit in 9th place on 7 points with Annan in 6th place on 13 points.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Rae, C McCann (C), J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Jancey

    Replacements: K Warrick, C Nicholson, D McClure, A Allison.

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for 3pm KO.

    ANNAN 2ND XV AT HOME TO ALLAN GLENS 2ND XV

    Annan’s seconds host Allan Glens seconds at Violetbank on Saturday in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick, C Smith, D Forest, R Arthur, G Williamson, I Thorburn, L Trussler, C Park, M Crombie, S Livingston, B White, R Martin, S Muir, L Ogilvie, D Ferguson, N Smith, N Goldie, C Trussler, S Crichton.

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for 3pm KO.


    THE 1ST XV GO DOWN TO ALLAN GLENS
    8TH OCTOBER 2016

    TALE OF TWO HALVES AGAIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    Annan travelled to Bishopbriggs, off the back of a great defensive win over Oban Lorne last week, hoping to gain their 1st away victory of the league campaign against Allan Glens.

    And they got off to a great start thanks to a early try from Captain Craig McCann. The tricky conversion was missed.

    For the next 20 minutes both teams played some attractive rugby but it was Allan Glens who scored next. With the conversion successful it was 7-5 to Glens after 25 minutes.

    But Annan hit back almost straight away thanks to a well worked try by winger James Kirby in the corner. His 2nd of the season. Alas the conversion was just missed but it was 10-7 to Annan.

    And Annan built on their lead thanks to a great forwards try, with Ryan Glass crossing the whitewash. The conversion was good to take the score to 17-7 with 7 minutes to go.

    Despite some chances from both teams the half time score was 17-7 to Annan

    The second half kicked off. With the Glens fired up and after Annan infringed, an Allan Glens penalty took it to 10-17 and this was quickly followed by a converted Glens try and it was 17-17 and game on!

    And it was Glens who continued to pile on the pressure and another converted try gave Allan Glens the lead for the 1st time 24-17 with 25 to go. This was alas quick followed by another successful penalty to take it to 27-17.

    Annan knew they could still take something from this game with another try and perhaps 2 bonus points if they could get to within 7 but Glens scored again to make it 34-17.

    However Annan had the last say in the game as another well worked try from James Kirby made it 34-22 with 5 to go and a try bonus point for Annan!

    And at the death a late converted Craig McCann try took it to 34-29 and also a losing bonus point!. So 2 bonus points for Annan!

    Annan now have to regroup for next weeks home encounter with Helensburgh.

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    THE 2ND XV LOSE TO IRVINE

    The 2nd XV travelled to Irvine with just 13 men but the guys just wanted some rugby after so many games had been called off when teams faced travelling to Annan!

    The lads fought for the entire 80 minutes but with 13 men there was only ever going to be one outcome. The final score was 107-14 to Irvine.

    The 2nds will now hope that their next match against Allan Glens next Saturday will be a chance to finally get a home game under their belts!


    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    8TH OCTOBER 2016

    1ST XV TRAVEL TO ALLAN GLENS

    The 1st XV travel to Allan Glens for the 6th time at first XV level. Its never been a happy hunting ground for Annan with only 1 win from the 5 away encounters. That win was back on our first trip in 2006. Alex Halliday and Craig McCann (who should feature tomorrow) scored in the 27-5 victory.

    We have since lost the next 4 away encounters. The last back in 2014 with a 7-17 loss.

    Overall we have played Allan Glens 11 times with both teams recording 5 wins and a draw.

    We first met back in 1995 in a SRU Cup game at the Everholm. Annan won that day 54-0. Our next meeting was the above away encounter 20 years later in 2006!

    Both teams are currently sitting on 11 points and on paper it should be a very close game. At Allan Glens, this seasons performances and Annans lack of results in the past there would make the Glens favourites but I am sure all at Annan would like to prove that wrong!

    Annan 1st XV Team: R Glass, K Warrick, R Martin, N Coupland, D Nordon, S Wyllie, C Bell, S Haren, A Rae, C McCann, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, A Jancey

    Replacements: C Warrick, R Arthur, A Allison

    Meet at noon. Transport: Cars

    2ND XV ALSO ON THE ROAD

    The 2nd XV are also on the road to take on Irvine RFC. The 2nds are currently lying in 4th spot, 3 points behind leader Hillhead. So a win tomorrow could take the team to near, if not the top, of BT Reserve League West 2.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: S Muir, N Goldie, J Ogilvie , D Ferguson, C Smith, G Williamson, L Trussler, M Crombie, S Crichton, B white, C Taylor plus AN Other (x 4+)

    Meet at 11.30. Transport: Cars


    THE 1ST XV GET SECOND WIN
    1ST OCTOBER 2016

    ANNAN BEAT OBAN LORNE 10-0

    At an overcast and drizzly Violetbank, the 1st XV stepped out onto the pitch knowing that they had played some great rugby over the past 5 weeks but had not been rewarded with the results their performances had probably deserved.

    So at the end of the 80 minutes it was just a relief, that after perhaps their poorest performance of the season, they had won against a stuffy Oban Lorne side.

    The Annan points came from a well worked 1st half try from Ryan Hetherington after the ball had passed though numerous hands, the resultant Captain McCann conversion made it 7-0 and a 2nd half penalty from McCann late on in the half completed the scoring.

    To summarise the game, the Annan forwards were misfiring against the Oban Lorne larger pack. The scrum was being pushed around for most of the game (bar the last 10 minutes) and Annan lost the majority of their own lineout ball.

    The Annan backs seemed out of sorts when they had the ball and the Annan team were pinned back in their own 22 for large parts of the game.

    The plus points were that once again the Annan defence was not breached for the 2nd time this season (the first time being the 30-0 win over Kilmarnock)

    And it was good to see that the team held firm for the full 80 minutes where in a few games this season its been in the last minute or 2 that the boys finally lost the lead.

    Oban Lorne will feel they could have done enough to win, especially in the 2nd half their as forwards kept the Annan team in their own 22 for a good period. However sometimes defences win games and that proved to be the case on Saturday.

    At the end of the day, a win is a win! And the boys now have to focus on the task in hand next Saturday when they travel to take on a resurgent Allan Glens team.

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    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    1ST OCTOBER 2016

    1ST XV HOST OBAN LORNE

    Annan welcome Oban Lorne to Annan for only the 3rd time and the 2nd time to Violetbank.

    The teams first met at 1st XV level in February 1993 during out brief spell in Glasgow District league 1. Annan won that day 48-0.

    The clubs then had to wait 23 years to meet again. This was last season in the BT West Shield. Annan won again that day 24-15.

    So an interesting game awaits, with both teams desperate to get that 2nd win under their belts and start climbing up the BT West 1 table to a more appropriate position!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, N Coupland, C Bell, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, D Wylie, A Halliday, D McClure, C Wallace

    Replacements: S Wylie, W Gray, R Martin, C White

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO

    ANNAN 2NDS HOST WHITECRAIGS 2NDS AT VIOLETBANK

    STOP PRESS: Alas 2nd XV game is POSTPONED as Whitecraigs could not raise a team to come to Annan. There will now be a training session at Violetbank from 13.15. All players new and old welcome.

    Annan 2nd XV welcome Whitecraigs 2nd XV to Violetbank on Saturday in their latest fixture in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from C Warrick, M Crombie, C Park, G Williamson, I Thorburn, L Trussler, C Smith, S Livingstone, D Forest, Z Lockerbie, S Muir, A Allison, N Smith, N Goldie, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, C Trussler, S Crichton, L Ogilvie.

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO


    THE 1ST XV GO DOWN TO THE LEAGUE LEADERS
    24TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    TALE OF TWO HALVES FOR ANNAN

    The 1st XV travelled to a windswept East Kilbride to take on the BT West 1 league leaders.

    After the last 2 weeks of last minutes defeats, the 1st XV needed to get out of the blocks fast to have a chance against the high flying East Kilbride team.

    But for the first 15 minutes it was a nervous affair from both teams with possession changing hands on numerous occasions.

    However after a great bit of pressure play from Annan set up scrum half Andrew Jancey for a great try and Annan were 5-0 up

    And it got better for Annan just 5 minutes later and Jancey again was the try scorer and Annan were 10-0 to the good!

    East Kilbride were rocked and as expected came back strong but Annan held out some sustained pressure to keep the 10-0 lead.

    The rest of the half was a fast and furious affair and some indiscipline from East Kilbride gave Captain McCann a penalty kick at goal and 13-0 it was!

    However on 36th minute, East Kilbride finally got on the scoresheet with a converted try to take the score to 13-7.

    However on the stroke of half time, another McCann penalty increased the Annan lead to 9 points and it was 16-7 to Annan.

    In the second half, East Kilbride came out fighting but some determined Annan defending kept East Kilbride to only a successful penalty kick at goal and a 16-10 lead.

    For the next 15 minutes there was no further scores despite chances for both teams but something had to give and unfortunately for Annan it was East Kilbride who scored next and with the conversation successful, East Kilbride took the lead for the 1st time at 17-16.

    And despite pressure from Annan in the final 15 minutes they could not score again and it was East Kilbride who had the last word with a penalty try with a few minutes go and then another unconverted try at the death.

    Full time: East Kilbride 29 v Annan 1st XV 16

    So unlucky again for Annan, who with a bit of luck could have had 3 wins from their first 5 games but as it is, sit with a record of played 5 won 1.

    Annan now take on Oban Lorne next week at Violetbank.

    Hard luck lads. Onto next week!

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    THE 2ND XV LOSE TO HILLHEAD

    Annan 2nds travelled to Hughenden on Saturday to take on Hillhead Jordanhill 2A in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    With only 14 players available to make the journey Annan’s second string were up against it but stuck to their task for the full 80 minutes. For the record Annan’s try was scored by Declan Ferguson.

    Despite the defeat Annan 2nds are still top of the league.


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    24TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    ANNAN TRAVEL TO EAST KILBRIDE TO TAKE ON LEAGUE LEADERS

    Annan travel to East Kilbride to take on the South Lanarkshire side for the 9th time at a 1st XV competitive level. Annan have a decent record in East Kilbride as they have won 3 times, lost 4 and 1 was a draw.

    Overall the clubs have met 15 times with East Kilbride leading with 8 wins to 6. The clubs first met at a competitive level back in October 2001 in the SRU Cup at Violetbank. East Kilbride came out on top that day 41-24.

    The clubs met in the league for the 1st time 2 years later during Annan’s brief stint in Premier 3. East Kilbride came out on top again 36-7. But the club didn't have to wait long for their 1st victory as Annan won the return leg at Violetbank 24-10.

    Annan beat East Kilbride away in the last game of the 2008 season, winning 31-12. Scotland Internationalist Alex Dunbar scoring twice in that game!

    The clubs last met back in January 2014 during Annan’s last stint in BT West 1. East Kilbride came out on top 27-16 that day.

    All in all, this looks like a tough game for Annan to get a result from but after the last 2 unlucky losses the lads are due a bit of luck!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, C White, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Halliday, D McClure, C Wallace

    Replacements: C Nicholson, R Arthur, B Jamieson

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30pm

    Transport: Bus

    ANNAN 2NDS AWAY TO HILLHEAD JORDANHILL

    Annan 2nds travel to Hillhead Jordanhill to take on their 2A team on Saturday hopeful of getting to play a game of rugby!

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from C Warrick (C), C Smith, D Forest, G Williamson, I Thorburn, L Trussler, R Martin, L Ogilvie, M Crombie, Z Lockerbie, C Trussler, S Livingston, S Muir, N Goldie, L Johnstone, J Ogilvie, D Ferguson, N Smith

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30pm

    Transport: Bus


    LAST GASP DEFEAT AGAIN FOR ANNAN
    17TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    ANNAN RUN NEWTON STEWART CLOSE

    League Leaders Newton Stewart were Annans opponents at a sunny Violetbank and for the first 15 minutes it was a nervy affair with both teams coming close but good defending kept the scoreline pointless.

    But on the 17th minute, Newton Stewart took the lead through a well worked try.

    For the next 15 minutes or so, it was much of the same as before but a bit of Newton Stewart indiscipline and Annan reduced the deficit to 4 points thanks to a Craig McCann penalty.

    Again the game ebbed and flowed back and forth but as we neared half time, another Newton Stewart try took the score to 14-3 and that is how it ended.

    In the second half, a typical Sean Haren try (his first of the season) on the 53rd minute, converted by McCann took took the score to 14-10 and it all to play for as we entered the final quarter.

    And what a finish we had, with 13 minutes left, a great break from the Annan backs, set up David Wyliie for the try and McCann converted. 17-14 to Annan!

    Both teams had chances but some great defending kept the score at 17-14.

    But it was Newton Stewart who had the last word and it was heartbreak for Annan as a converted Newton Stewart try took it to 21-17 with a few minutes to play.

    So for the 2nd week in a row, in the last few minutes of the match, Annan lost the game. Annan pick up a losing bonus point though.

    Annan now have to pick themselves up for another huge match as they travel to now 1st place East Kilbride next week.

    Unlucky lads.

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    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    17TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    ANNAN HOST LEAGUE LEADERS NEWTON STEWART AT VIOLETBANK

    Annan welcome Newton Stewart to Annan for the 6th time at 1st XV competitive level. Annan have a winning home record against Newton Stewart with a won 3 lost 2 record.

    In total the teams have met 11 times with Annan winning 5 and Newton Stewart 6. The clubs first met way back in 1993 during our brief stay on Glasgow District League 1. Annan won that encounter 15-3 at Bladnoch Park.

    Annan then had to wait 17 years for their next encounter when the clubs met each other in the SRU Shield in February 2010. Annan won again that day 23-20 at Violetbank. Later on that year the clubs met again in the league, and this time Newton Stewart were victorious in a 22-9 win.

    The clubs last meetings were back in the 2014/15 season during our last stint in BT West 1. Annan won at home but lost in the return fixture. So it’s going to be a tough old game as Newton Stewart are riding high at the top of the table and are currently undefeated.

    Annan, after last weeks defeat by Garnock, will be wanting to continue their good home record v Newton Stewart and get their season back on track.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, C Nicholson, C White, N Coupland, C Bell, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, C Wallace

    Replacements: D Nordon, R Hetherington, S Wyllie, D McClure

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO.

    ANNAN 2NDS AT HOME IN LEAGUE TO CLYDEBANK 2NDS

    STOP PRESS: Game is now POSTPONED as Clydebank can not raise a team.

    Annan 2nds take on Clydebank 2nds on Saturday in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve League at Violetbank .

    Annan 2nd XV Squad from C Warrick (C), C Smith, D Forest, G Williamson, I Thorburn, L Trussler, R Martin, L Ogilvie, C Park, M Crombie, S Crichton, Z Lockerbie, C Trussler, A Allison, S Muir, W Gray, L Johnstone, N Goldie, N Smith, J Ogilvie, M Carpenter

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO.


    FIRSTS GO DOWN IN GARNOCK
    10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    LAST MINUTE LOSS FOR THE FIRSTS

    The 1st XV go down 7-5 to Garnock in their latest BT West 1 game.

    A game dominated by defence, it was 0-0 at half time but a great try from James Kirby gave Annan a deserved lead in the 65 minute and thats how the score stated up until the last minute.

    After Garnock had scored to take the lead, Annan actually had one final chance in the last seconds to retake the lead but Captain McCann pulled his kick at goal agonisingly wide.

    So a losing bonus point instead.

    Annan now have to regroup as they take on league leaders Newton Stewart on Saturday at Violetbank. Bit of a local derby!

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    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    10TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    ANNAN TRAVEL TO BEITH IN LEAGUE GAME

    Annan travel to Garnock on Saturday to take on Garnock RFC for the 10th time at 1st XV level. This is the 1st XV's 6th trip to Garnock, a place which has not been a happy hunting ground for Annan as Annan have won just once there.

    Overall the clubs stats v Garnock are played 9, won 3, lost 6. The clubs first met back in the 1993/94 season in Division 7 when Annan beat Garnock at the Everholm 36-9.

    Annans only away win was not in the league but in the SRU Cup back in October 1998 when the 1st XV came away with an 18-10 win.

    Garnock were also beaten by Annan on their way to the club’s historic Bowl win back in 2003. The clubs last met back in the 2014/15 season during the club’s last stint in BT West 1. Garnock won both encounters 28-33 and 12-19.

    In fact Annan have lost the last 6 meetings between the 2 teams. You would think it would be about time Annan got another tick in the win column! Garnock might have something to say about that though.

    So another tough away game for Annan but after last week’s great win over Kilmarnock confidence should be high that Annan can get something out of this game. Garnock however at home, as mentioned, are a tough team to beat and will be wanting to get their season back on track after last week’s defeat.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, C Nicholson, C White, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, N Coupland, D McClure

    Meet at clubhouse at 11.45 am for a 3pm KO.

    Transport: Cars

    ANNAN 2ND XV HOST ARDROSSAN 2ND XV IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: Game is now POSTPONED as Ardrossan can not raise a team.

    Annan 2nds take on Ardrossan 2nds at Violetbank on Saturday in West 2 in BT Regional Reserve League.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad from: R Martin, C Warrick, L Ogilvie, B White, G Williamson, N Goldie, S Livingston, I Thorburn, M Crombie, L Trussler, D Forest, C Smith, A Allison, S Muir, N Smith, W Gray, C Trussler, M Carpenter, Z Lockerbie, B Jamieson, D Ferguson

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO


    BONUS POINT WIN FOR THE FIRSTS
    3RD SEPTEMBER 2016

    GREAT WIN FOR THE FIRSTS

    The 1st XV had a great win beating Kilmarnock 30-0, scoring 4 tries and gaining a bonus point.

    Annan never looked liked losing this one and should have had quite a few more points on the board but a bonus point win is always good!

    The Annan points game from: David Wyllie (T), Cairn Wallace (T), Alex Halliday (T) and Craig McCann (T, 2P 2C)

    Nicely done lads!

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    2ND XV LOSE BUT GET THE POINTS

    The 2nd XV lost 27-29 thanks to a last second Kilmarnock try but Annan were awarded the game before kick off as Kilmarnock arrived short of players and Annan supplied the extras so the game could go ahead.

    Many thanks for the Kilmarnock lads who made it down and made it a great day


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    3RD SEPTEMBER 2016

    ANNAN WELCOME KILMARNOCK FOR FIRST HOME GAME IN WEST 1

    Annan welcome Kilmarnock to Violetbank for the 12th time as the club take on Kilmarnock for the 22nd time at 1st XV level.

    Annan first played Kilmarnock 1st XV back in 2000 when we met in Division 1. Annan won that day 28-16 and from the match report "Annan produce one of their best displays of the season to beat league leaders Kilmarnock Falcons. A wet and windy game down at Annan only produced 2 tries, one for each team, but the steady boot of old timer Gogs Carmichael gave Annan a great win and a huge boost to the team who had suffered 3 defeats in a row. The Annan try coming from Graham Smith"

    Overall the clubs have played each other 21 times, with both teams having 10 wins apiece.

    Annan last played Kilmarnock last season in the BT Shield at Violetbank. A great team performance from Annan saw a 46-13 win for the hosts.

    Going to be an interesting game, with Kilmarnock wanting to keep their good start to the season on track while Annan need a win to kick start their season.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, C Nicholson, C White, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (C), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, N Coupland, S Wyllie, A Rae.

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO

    ANNAN 2NDS PLAY KILMARNOCK 2NDS IN LEAGUE OPENER

    Annan take on Kilmarnock 2nds in their league openers in BT West 2 Reserve league at Violetbank.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from R Arthur, C Park, R Heatherington, R Martin, W Gray, A Alison, B Jamieson, D Mclure, M Thorburn, L Johnstone, D Ferguson, S Muir, C Smith, D Forest, G Williamson, M Carpenter, S Crichton, S Livingston, C Warrick (C), I Thorburn, Z Lockerbie, N Smith.

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO


    TOUGH START FOR THE 1ST XV
    27TH AUGUST 2016

    CARRICK TOO STRONG FOR ANNAN

    Annan opened their BT West 1 season with a loss after going down to Carrick 51 v 21.

    It was a dreadful start by Annan who were 5 nil down in about the same number of seconds and then 12 nil by the 6th minute.

    However the lads regrouped and a well worked try by Jonny Callaghan made it 12-5 after 11 minutes. Captain McCann converted to make it 12-7. And the Annan tails were up.

    However it was Carrick who scored next in the 23rd minute to make it 19-7.

    Both teams looked a bit rusty as you would expect for the first competitive game of the season but both teams were trying to play running rugby.

    And it was Annan who scored next, through a penalty try after Carrick were penalised one time too many.

    Carrick had the last word in the half though scoring a long ranged penalty.

    Half Time: Carrick 22 v Annan 14

    In the second half, if was Annans turn to come flying out of the blocks thanks to another great try from Alex Halliday. McCann with the conversion.

    Annan though were penalised a few moments later and Carrick scored with the resultant penalty. So with 30 minutes to go, Carrick led 25-21.

    Carrick started to turn the screw and scored to take the score to 30-21. Annans job was also made a bit harder when Sean Haren was yellow carded.

    And alas Carrick took advantage to make it 37-21 with 15 minutes to go and then scored again a few minutes later to take the score to 44-21 and it was game over for Annan.

    The Annan defence held firm to almost full time, but Carrick had the last say in the game scoring another try to take the full time score to 51-21.

    Full Time: Carrick 51 v Annan 21

    Tough start for Annan but against a strong Carrick side it was always going to be tough to get anything out of this game.

    The 1st XV now look ahead to taking on Kilmarnock next Saturday at Violetbank.

    Match Report / Match Photos (Opens in a new tab/Flickr)


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    27TH AUGUST 2016

    ANNAN 1ST XV AWAY TO CARRICK IN LEAGUE OPENER

    Annan travel to Maybole on Saturday to take on Carrick in their West 1 opener. Carrick are having a good pre-season, beating National 2 Ardrossan, Caledonian League Division 1 team Gordonians and then rounding that off with a win v BT East League Division 1 team Linlithgow.

    Carrick have also also brought in a few players from Irvine RFC this season, so you can say Carrick are looking already to be one of the teams vying for promotion after just missing out last year.

    As for Annan, there have a been good wins over both Moffat, a Marr XV and had a decent showing in last Saturdays Violetbank Shield culminating in a win over National 3 and local rivals Dumfries.

    All in all though, Annan couldn’t have started the West 1 campaign with a harder game travelling to Carrick for the 5th time at 1st XV level. The Maybole ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Annan, with only tick in the win column and 3 in the loss.

    A tough start for Annan but whatever happens it will show what Annan have to do if they want to improve on their last time in BT West 1.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, C Nicholson, C white, D Nordon, S Livingston, C Bell, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby and C Wallace

    Replacements: C Park, A Rae, R Arthur and W Gray

    Meet at Clubhouse at: 11 45am.

    Transport: Cars

    ANNAN 2NDS AT HOME IN FRIENDLY TO DUMFRIES 2NDS

    STOP PRESS: Game is now CANCELLED as Dumfries can not raise a team.

    Annan’s 2nd XV take on local rivals Dumfries 2nd XV in a friendly at Violetbank on Saturday.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Warrick (Capt), M Crombie, R Martin, S Crichton, L Trussler, G Williamson, Z McGregor, D Forrest, C Smith, B White, S Wylie, S Muir, A Allison, N Smith, L Johnstone, M Thorburn, D Ferguson and D McLure

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO.


    VIOLETBANK SHIELD
    20TH AUGUST 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS TO NEWTON STEWART

    At a very wet Violetbank, 5 teams lined up to compete for the Violetbank Shield and the Coupland Trophy

    With Stewartry unable to attend, the 2 groups were merged into 1 group to determine this year's winners.

    Round 1
    Annan 0 v Newton Stewart 10
    Dumfries 53 v Moffat 0

    Round 2
    Annan 27 v Moffat 5
    Newton Stewart 21 v Hawick Linden 5

    Round 3
    Annan 0 v Hawick Linden 0
    Dumfries 0 v Newton Stewart 0

    Round 4
    Dumfries 17 v Hawick Linden 5
    Moffat 0 v Newton Stewart 49

    Round 5
    Annan 7 v Dumfries 0
    Hawick Linden 38 v Moffat 0

    So Newton Stewart with the win and Dumfries with the runner up spot on points difference over Annan.

    Thanks to everyone who helped, took part or just attended and gave your support.

    Match Report

    Newton Stewart Winners

    VIOLETBANK SHIELD
    20TH AUGUST 2016

    ANNUAL TOURNAMENT AT VIOLETBANK

    As in previous years the Tournament will take place at our Violetbank Ground, Annan, DG12 5NY.

    Kick off starts at 12.45 and it is suggested participating teams arrange to arrive at 11.45. Gate opens at 12.00 for spectators.

    Changing areas will be allocated on arrival. After dropping off teams at the ground, parking for buses is available at the front of Annan Academy located in St John’s Road, Annan, DG12 6AP.

    There will be parking available for cars at Violetbank. Further details can be found here

    The Tournament is sponsored by LJ Residential.

    Annan Rugby Squad for Tournament: R Glass, C Bell, C Nicholson, N Coupland, D Nordon, Kk Warrick, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, C Wallace, C Park, R Martin, S Wyllie, M Thorburn, L Johnstone, B Jamieson, E Braid, D McLure, S Livingston, M Carpenter

    Meet at Violetbank at 11 45am


    RBS RUGBY FORCE DAY / MOFFAT TENS
    13TH AUGUST 2016

    GREAT DAY HAD BY ALL

    On Saturday 13th August, 2016 Annan Rugby held their Royal Bank of Scotland Rugby Force Open Day, when Al Kellock, the former Glasgow Warriors Captain and Scotland International was formally introduced to the Club as an honorary member of the board and advisor, for the coming season.

    Al will be on hand to assist the club’s continued progression primarily in relation to off field and business matters throughout the year.

    During the event Al took part in various taster sessions with the Clubs, micro, mini, youth and women's sections as well as talking to the senior squads regarding his career and the progressive development culture at Glasgow Warriors.

    The Club also launched their new playing strip following a sponsorship deal with Raging Bull Sportswear who are now the Official Club’s kit and clothing supplier. The Club Captain Craig McCann was presented with the new strip by Nigel Beaty from Raging Bull.

    Vice President Gary Coupland said, " I would like to thank Al Kellock, Royal Bank Rugby Force and all the Club volunteers for making the day such a success. Al certainly made an impact on all the players, volunteers and members of the public who met him and I'm sure his continued involvement will be of great benefit to the Club overall over the coming season. It was great to see so many smiling faces and everyone having a good time".

    The event was brought to a conclusion with an Annan XV taking on a Marr XV with Annan winning 57 – 26.

    After an early onslaught by Marr, who went into a 19 point lead in as many minutes, Annan took control of the game and ran out 57 – 26 scoring 9 tries in the process with No 8 Sean Haren, centre David Wyllie, standoff Craig McCann (2), centre Alex Halliday (3), hooker Callum Bell and prop Ryan Glass all crossing the whitewash.

    Captain McCann added 6 conversions to complete the Annan scoring. Marr scored a consolation try in the 3rd quarter.

    All in all an excellent pre-season friendly with all of the Annan squad getting a run out.

    So thanks to all the volunteers who manned the bouncy castle, grubber, cake and kit stalls, barbecued, face painted and generally helped out yesterday. A great day!

    As well as Al Kellock, Lindsey Smith, Raging Bull, the players, coaches and committee from Marr Rugby club, Annan supporters, players, coaches and committee, Youth Players, parents, Warriors, Hornets and future players!

    Plus anyone else I have missed! (I am sure there will be some!)

    Match Highlights / Photos From The Day (opens in new tab)

    MOFFAT TENS TOURNAMENT

    Annan were represented at the Moffat 10s Tournament on Saturday by players from Annan’s 2nd XV squad.

    They had a hard afternoon of entertaining rugby but were beaten in the Quaich Final by the hosts Moffat.


    RBS RUGBY FORCE DAY
    13TH AUGUST 2016

    ANNAN RUGBY WELCOMES AL KELLOCK

    1ST XV TEAM NEWS

    1st XV Squad for Saturday v Marr 2nd XV:

    Forwards: 1. R Glass, 2. C Bell, 3. C Nicholson, 4. C White, 5. N Coupland, 6. D Nordon, 7. D Barnes, 8. S Haren

    Backs: 9. A Rae, 10. C McCann, (Capt) 11. J Kirby, 12. D Wyllie, 13. A Halliday, 14. M Thorburn, 15. A Jancey.

    Replacements: 16. K Warrick, 17. E Braid, 18. M Carpenter, 19. R Arthur, 20. l Johnson, 21. J Nelson, 22. S Wyllie and 23 C Warrick

    Meet 1.30pm for a 3.00pm kick off.

    2ND XV TEAM NEWS

    2nd XV Squad for the Moffat Tens:

    S Muir (Capt), D Ferguson, S Crichton, Z Lockerbie, R Arthur, D Forrest, S Livingston, C Park, C Smith, C Wilson

    Meet 11am

    Transport: Cars.


    SQUAD GAME AT MOFFAT
    4TH AUGUST 2016

    SENIOR MEN OFF TO MOFFAT

    STOP PRESS: Moffat XV 7 v Annan XV 47

    There is a pre-season squad game tomorrow (Thursday) for the senior men v Moffat RFC (at Moffat). KO 19.00.


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    30TH JULY 2016

    2ND TEAM SQUAD OFF TO BANNOCKBURN RFC

    STOP PRESS: The Annan squad lose in their 3 group games but win their final game v Bo'ness to take the Wooden Spoon final.

    After what must feel like the shortest close season ever Annan seconds are off this Saturday to take part in the Bannockburn 10s Tournament at Bluebellwood Park.

    After finishing as runners up last year they will be hoping to go one better this year.

    Interestingly they meet Aberfeldy, who beat them in the final last year, in their first match in the league format.

    The teams participating are:

    Group A: Aberfeldy, Annan, Bannockburn and Paisley

    Group B: Bo’ness, Clydesdale, Marr and Stirling County.

    The winners of each Group meet in the final with the 2nd placed teams meeting in the Bowl Final, 3rd placed teams playing in the Shield Final and 4th placed teams playing for the Wooden Spoon.

    Annan 2nd team squad: R Glass, W Gray, S Haren, S Muir (C), C Smith, D Ferguson, G Williamson, J Kirby, J Graham, L Tussler, L Jamieson, L Johnstone, R Martin, A Allison, M Thorburn

    Meet at Clubhouse at 9.15am

    Transport: Cars


    PRE-SEASON TRAINING STARTING
    5TH JULY 2016

    PRE-SEASON AT THE EVERHOLM

    Senior Rugby training (male and female) recommences on Tuesday 5th July at 7pm at the Everholm and continues on Thursdays (same time, same place).

    New players welcome.


    ANNAN RUGBY - AGM RESULTS
    30TH JUNE 2016

    CRAIG MCCANN CONTINUES AS CAPTAIN

    EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  • PRESIDENT: Neil Wallace

  • VICE PRESIDENT (RUGBY): Gary Coupland

  • VICE PRESIDENT (ADMIN): Vacant

  • TREASURER: Lesley Ewing

  • SECRETARY: Fiona Latimer

  • FIXTURE SECRETARY: Gary Coupland

  • REFEREES SECRETARY: Gary Coupland

  • 1ST XV MANAGER: Colin McCann

  • 2ND XV MANAGER: Dennis Ryan

  • WARRIORS MANAGER: Tracey Whiteside

  • ORDINARY MEMBERS: Nicole Barlow, Shona Barlow, Gordon Carmichael, Ian Hamilton, Marion Hamilton, Sean Haren, Billy Henderson, Chris Lake, Colin McCann, Craig McCann, Danny McClure, Lyndsay McGoldrick, Neil Moffat, Ian Park, Niall Smith, Rod Smith, Jane Stewart, Colin Warrick, Tracey Whiteside and Eddie Woodman

    CAPTAINS & VICE CAPTAINS

  • 1ST XV CAPTAIN: Craig McCann

  • 1ST XV VICE CAPTAIN: Sean Haren

  • 2ND XV CAPTAIN: Colin Warrick

  • 2ND XV VICE CAPTAIN: Scott Muir

  • WARRIORS CAPTAIN: Lyndsay McGoldrick

  • WARRIORS VICE CAPTAIN: Caroline Aitken
    2ND XV FIXTURES
    FOR SEASON 2016/17

    FIXTURES FOR 2016/17

    Here are the current fixtures for the 2nd XV for the coming season (2016/2017).

    Games are all BT West 2 Reserve games unless stated. Any other games to be confirmed.

    27th August 2016 - Currently No Game
    3rd September 2016 - Kilmarnock v Annan 2nd XV
    10th September 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Ardrossan
    17th September 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Clydebank
    24th September 2016 - Hillhead Jordanhill v Annan 2nd XV
    1st October 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Whitecraigs
    8th October 2016 - Irvine v Annan 2nd XV
    15th October 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Allan Glens
    22nd October 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Dalziel
    29th October 2016 - Lenzie v Annan 2nd XV
    5th November 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Cumnock
    12th November 2016 - League Standby / Autumn International - Scotland v Australia
    19th November 2016 - League Standby/ Autumn International - Scotland v Argentina
    26th November 2016 - League Standby/ Autumn International - Scotland v Georgia
    3rd December 2016 - Bentlaigh Bulls v Annan 2nd XV
    10th December 2016 - Annan 2nd XV v Kilmarnock
    17th December 2016 - Ardrossan v Annan 2nd XV

    XMAS BREAK

    7th January 2017 - Clydebank v Annan 2nd XV
    14th January 2017 - Annan 2nd XV v Hillhead Jordanhill
    21st January 2017 - Whitecraigs v Annan 2nd XV
    28th January 2017 - Annan 2nd XV v Irvine
    4th February 2017 - Currently No Game / 6 Nations - Scotland v Ireland
    11th February 2017 - Allan Glens v Annan 2nd XV
    12th February 2017 - 6 Nations - France v Scotland
    18th February 2017 - Dalziel v Annan 2nd XV
    25th February 2017 - Currently No Game / 6 Nations - Scotland v Wales
    4th March 2017 - Annan 2nd XV v Lenzie
    11th March 2017 - League Standby / 6 Nations - England v Scotland
    18th March 2017 - Currently No Game / 6 Nations - Scotland v Italy
    25th March 2017 - Cumnock v Annan 2nd XV
    1st April 2017 - Annan 2nd XV v Bentlaigh Bulls
    8th April 2017 to 20th May - League Standby


    ANNAN RUGBY - THE LONGEST TRY
    18TH JUNE 2016

    WELL DONE TO ALL WHO TOOK PART

    Report by: Gary ‘Taggart’ Coupland

    On Saturday 18th June, Annan Rugby organised a ' longest try' sponsored event to raise funds for the club.

    At 4am the day started off at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh where with the kind permission of the SRU, Club Captain Craig McCann, kicked the ball off to start the run, which encompassed men's and women's senior players, carrying the ball in a relay format from Murrayfield back to the home of Annan Rugby at Violetbank Annan.

    The runners were joined by Rachael Law Scotland U20 and Sarah Law, Scotland International player, who ran with the Ladies Captain Linden Moffat and Ladies Vice Captain Caroline Aitken through the Penicuik stretch of the route home.

    At Moffat, our old friends from Moffat Rugby Club provided some much needed refreshments, before the final push via Lockerbie and Ecclefechan, back to Annan, where all the senior runners joined up to run the last leg from Scott street, via the High Street up to Violetbank some 12 and a bit hours later.

    Whilst the senior runners were heading home and prior to their arrival at Violetbank, the club youth section were involved in running half mile laps around the circumference of the pitches and training area, prior to both groups meeting up to run down the first XV pitch for P7 Tiger Callum Kirk to score the try in dramatic fashion in front of the pavilion and the large crowd who had assembled to welcome all the runners home.

    Some interesting facts of the day:
    Total distance run - Seniors - 86.7 miles.
    Total distance run - Juniors - 290 miles.
    Fastest mile - Andrew Jancey - 5 mins 20 secs.
    Quickest grouping - Craig McCann, Calum Bell, David Wylie and Josh Whiteside - 8 miles in 56 minutes.

    The Club would like to thank all those players and members who put all the miles in from both the senior and junior sections of the club and all those who sponsored their efforts.

    Thanks also to those who drove the buses and shuttled the players to and from the changeover points, Scottish Rugby, Moffat RFC for their hospitality and donation and all those who organised and managed the youth run and provided refreshments from the barbecue and Grubber.

    Special mention must go to the Clubs honorary President Mr Alan ' Irn bru' Robertson, who attended at Murrayfield at 4am and then travelled all the way back to Annan with the runners to photograph and record the event as they progressed through the countryside.

    Photos from the day (from the Annan Rugby Facebook page):- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Mini Try


    CLUB AGM
    30TH JUNE 2016

    ELECTION OF OFFICIALS

    AGM on Thursday 30th June in the Clubhouse. Starts at 19.30.

    Election of Office Bearers, Captains and Vice Captains for Season 2016/17

    All Members Welcome.


    ANNAN DRAW CAMBUSLANG IN THE SHIELD
    14TH JUNE 2016

    ANNAN HOST CAMBUSLANG

    Annan 1st XV have been drawn at home to Cambuslang in the 1st round of the BT Shield.

    Game to be played on Saturday 19th November 2016.

    KO 13.30


    ROYAL BANK RUGBY FORCE
    ALASTAIR KELLOCK JOINS FORCES WITH ANNAN RUGBY
    9TH JUNE 2016

    RUGBY FORCE AND ANNAN RUGBY

    Grassroots initiative will see former Scottish rugby captain offer advice and support to grassroots club as honorary board member 9th June 2016.

    Former Scotland and Glasgow Warriors captain Alastair Kellock has been announced as an honorary board member of Annan Rugby through the Royal Bank of Scotland RugbyForce initiative.

    The grassroots partnership between Royal Bank and Scottish Rugby aims to help clubs attract new members and become more sustainable.

    New for 2016, clubs had the chance to see Kellock join their club as an advisor for a year, in addition to be receiving grants of up to £1,000. A record number of clubs registered for Royal Bank RugbyForce this year, with 143 applications being received from across the country.

    Selected due to the club’s forward-thinking plans, Annan Rugby will receive a grant of £1,000 along with the opportunity to work with Kellock, who will offer his support, guidance and wealth of experience to the Dumfries and Galloway club. Kellock, who led the Glasgow Warriors to the Guinness Pro12 title before retiring, will mostly work with Annan Rugby on off-field matters, helping the club become more sustainable and continue their progression after a hugely successful 2015/16 season.

    Annan’s 1st XV will be competing in the BT West 1 Division in 2016/17 following their unbeaten season and promotion and the club’s ladies team, the Warriors, and youth teams have also experienced success this season.

    Kellock said of his new role, “I’ve stayed in the world of rugby since retiring from playing and I’m now using skills I learnt on the pitch to help Annan Rugby off the pitch with the business side of the game. Joining Annan Rugby is a great opportunity to grow the game outside of Scotland’s traditional rugby strongholds and Annan’s application and enthusiasm for Royal Bank RugbyForce really stood out.”

    Neil Wallace, President of Annan Rugby, is looking forward to working with Kellock and said, “After such a great season it is fantastic for the club to be rewarded for the work we are doing to build the game in our region. To be chosen above all the other entries and to have Al Kellock join our club is testament to the hard work and commitment of our players, volunteers, coaches, parents, supporters and extended rugby family.”

    Kellock will join his new club for the first time in August for Royal Bank RugbyForce Weekend (13th and 14th August).

    To celebrate the annual weekend Annan Rugby are encouraging club members and volunteers from the local community to come together at their Royal Bank RugbyForce Weekend event on Saturday 13th August.

    The club plans to use the day to upgrade and refresh the club’s facilities and will be rewarding volunteers with a BBQ, rugby taster sessions for children, a kit and memorabilia auction and other attractions such as a bouncy castle and cake sale.

    Beyond the weekend event, Kellock will be offering his support as Annan look to improve facilities for both players and supporters and develop a long-term plan to ensure the club continues to progress.


    1ST XV FIXTURES
    FOR SEASON 2016/17

    FIXTURES FOR 2016/17

    Here are the current fixtures for the 1st XV for the coming season (2016/2017).

    Games are all BT West 1 games unless stated. Any other games to be confirmed.

    27th August 2016 - Carrick v Annan
    3rd September 2016 - Annan v Kilmarnock
    10th September 2016 - Garnock v Annan
    17th September 2016 - Annan v Newton Stewart
    24th September 2016 - East Kilbride v Annan
    1st October 2016 - Annan v Oban Lorne
    8th October 2016 - Allan Glens v Annan
    15th October 2016 - Annan v Helensburgh
    22nd October 2016 - Irvine v Annan
    29th October 2016 - Kilmarnock v Annan
    5th November 2016 - Annan v Carrick
    12th November 2016 - BT Shield Pre Round / Autumn International - Scotland v Australia
    19th November 2016 - BT Shield Round 1 / Autumn International - Scotland v Argentina
    26th November 2016 - Autumn International - Scotland v Georgia
    3rd December 2016 - Annan v Garnock
    10th December 2016 - Newton Stewart v Annan
    17th December 2016 - Annan v East Kilbride

    XMAS BREAK

    7th January 2017 - Oban Lorne v Annan
    14th January 2017 - Annan v Allan Glens
    21st January 2017 - Helensburgh v Annan
    28th January 2017 - Annan v Irvine or BT Shield Round 2
    4th February 2017 - 6 Nations - Scotland v Ireland
    11th February 2017 - League Standby or BT Shield Regional Semi Final
    12th February 2017 - 6 Nations - France v Scotland
    18th February 2017 - League Standby
    25th February 2017 - 6 Nations - Scotland v Wales
    4th March 2017 - League Standby or BT Shield Regional Final
    11th March 2017 - League Standby / 6 Nations - England v Scotland
    18th March 2017 - 6 Nations - Scotland v Italy
    25th March 2017 - League Standby or BT Shield Regional Final
    1st April 2017 - League Standby
    8th April 2017 - Currently no game
    15th April 2017 - National Finals Day