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    1ST XV LOSE TO CARRICK
    SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018

    END OF SEASON LOSS FOR THE 1ST XV

    It was never going to be an easy game versus already crowned West 1 champions Carrick on Saturday and so it proved to be.

    The 1st XV played some good attacking rugby and strong defence in phases of the game but failed to cope with a bigger more powerful Carrick team who played with confidence.

    Carrick scored 12 tries at regular intervals with Annan replying with just 2 of their own through Jonny Callaghan and Captain Craig McCann. Craig with 2 conversions.

    It was a close game for the 1st quarter and Annan were just down 17-7 but Carrick upped their game in front of the large home crowd and lead 41-7 at half-time

    The second half was much of the same and when the referee blew for full time it was a 72-14 win for the team from South Ayrshire.

    So Carrick go up at West 1 Champions in style and congratulations to them.

    And as Carrick said on their facebook page "A huge thank you to Annan Rugby Club for their guard of honour yesterday as the team entered the field. A very nice touch which highlighted why your such a great club. Good luck for next season folks!"

    It was Carrick's first championship on their 40 year anniversary. Nice way to celebrate!

    Next year it is Annan 50th Anniversary, would be nice if the 1st XV could get their 10th Championship. And with Carrick unable to compete for the BT Shield next year - why not the double! (a man can dream!)

    So the Annan 1st XV finish in 7th spot, 2 points behind Stewartry in 6th. Annan did have a game left to play versus Oban Lorne but time ran out for the Highland team who had 3 games left to play.

    Next season is looking like being a cracker with Strathendrick and Cumnock coming up and Dalziel coming down. All games this season bar the odd game were all looking like matches that on their day any team could win.

    Finally, we must bid a fond farewell to our Antipodean strawberry blonde, the man with the best first name a man can have, Gus Clark, who has played his last game for the Annan 1st XV (for just the time being hopefully) as Gus is heading back to Oz in July.

    Gus has now played 20 games for the black and amber and scores on average 1 point a game. (4 tries scored). Enjoy your last few weeks in Scotland Gus.

    For the record, the 1st XV played 24 competitive games this season (21 League and 3 Shield) and scored 567 points. This includes 78 tries scored by 19 different players (plus 1 penalty try)

    Top point scorers was Craig McCann with 141 points. Craig is now up to 2199 in his 1st XV career.

    Top try scorer was Alex "Willix" Halliday with 15 tries this season. Willix is now on 495 points in his 1st XV career (89 tries, 14 penalties and 4 conversions).

    The next highest back was Jonny Callaghan with 7 tries.

    Top forward try scorer was the one, the only, Ryan Hetherington with 8.

    Sean Haren is in 2nd spot with 7. At one point Sean did have 8 but I realised last week I had given one of Ryan Glass's tries to Sean...#ThemsTheBreaks

    43 players turned out at least once for the 1st XV this season.

    The iron men were Josh Whiteside and Ryan Glass who both appeared in 23 of the 24 possible 1st XV games.

    Onto next season, pre-season training starting date will be announced in the next few weeks! :)

    Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, N Coupland, C Bell, C Smith, A Clark, H Houldey, C McCann, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Whiteside, A Allison.

    Subs (both used): Z Lockerbie, J Crombie


    1ST XV OFF TO CARRICK
    SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018

    THE FIRST XV TRAVEL TO CARRICK

    Saturdays opponents Carrick are the West 1 Champions after their win over Allan Glens last Sunday, so congratulations to them.

    Annan still have a chance of getting 6th but it would require a monumental effort to get a win against the South Ayrshire club.

    Carrick have won all 10 home league games this season with an average score of 53 points!

    At the bottom in the "race" for the 2nd relegation spot, it looks like Oban Lorne will be going down. They still have the games in hand to overtake Irvine but alas not the weekends to do so.

    The teams will be replaced by Cumnock and Strathendrick who come up from West 2

    Annan need the win to get 6th on Saturday and go above Stewartry. It could be 5th but Greenock Wanderers are away to Helensburgh and will be favourites to win that match.

    Annan do technically have 1 more game to play but that is against Oban Lorne and time has run out I believe for that match to take place,

    So Annan travel to Carrick for the 6th time and for our 11th match up at at 1st XV level.

    Annan do not have a great record at Carrick and have just 1 win from the 5 attempts. This was back in 2012 when the lads won 20-13.

    Overall its 3 wins for Annan and 7 for Carrick in league and shield games.

    Annans last win v Carrick was at Violetbank last season.

    The teams have met twice this season in the Shield and league with Carrick winning both encounters 44-20 and 28-15

    As already mentioned, Carrick will be huge favourites to win this match but the black and amber will be up for match to try and get the win and secure 6th spot.

    Players to meet 11.30 (cars) for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, N Coupland, C Bell, C Smith, A Clark, H Houldey, C McCann, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Whiteside, J Bigham

    Replacements: Z Lockerbie, A Allison and J Crombie


    THE 1ST BEAT HELENSBURGH
    SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018

    BONUS POINT WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    The Annan 1st XV lads took to the Sunny Violetbank pitch for their 3rd game in 8 days taking on bottom club Helensburgh. Helensburgh have been struggling all season and have been relegated but no doubt will be up amongst the West 2 promotion contenders next year.

    For Annan, it was potentially their last home game of the season, potentially as they still have to host Oban Lorne at home but a date is still to be confirmed.

    The lads got off to a great start with Harry Houldey crossing the whitewash for his first try in the Annan colours after just 3 minutes. The conversion was missed.

    The game then settled down and there was no further scoring until the 12th minute when Ryan Hetherington burst though for his 8th try of the season. Captain McCann with the conversion. 12-0 to the black and amber.

    Despite some heroic Helensburgh defence, the Annan players scored at regular intervals throughout the half with tries from Andy Allison (1st of the season for the first XV), Jonny Callaghan (6th of the season), Alex Halliday (12th and 13th), Angus Clark (2nd) and James Kirby (3rd)

    Captain McCann with 4 conversions.

    Helensburgh with a succesful penalty kick.

    Half Time Score: Annan 1st XV 50 v Helensburgh 3

    The 2nd half was similar to the first with scores at regular intervals for the black and amber but Helensburgh did score 3 well worked tries of their own.

    Annan tries from Alex Halliday (2), Andy Allison, Harry Houldey, Callum Bell and Craig McCann. With Captain McCann with 4 conversions.

    Full Time Score: Annan 1st XV 88 v Helensburgh 22

    So nice to get a wee 5 pointer in the bag after a hard run in. Commiserations to Helensburgh but enjoy the Annan after match hospitality and your wee trip back home on the bus! Sure it will be a quiet affair!

    The 1st XV next game is perhaps going to be their toughest of the season when they travel to Carrick next Saturday. A game which Carrick will already be champions or will need to win to be champions!

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    THE 2ND XV LOSE TO ARDROSSAN

    A 18 man second XV squad made the trip to Ardrossan for their last league game of the season.

    The Annan bench had both the Tam and the Cash!

    It was a stronger than expected Ardrossan team and the Annan lads were 45-7 down at half time. Kieron Watret with the try and Adam Carlyle with the conversion.

    The second half played like the first and the final score was 103 to 14

    Annan points from an Adam Torbett try and Adam Caryle conversion

    Enjoy the bus home lads!

    Pre season training starts in a few months so take it easy!


    1ST XV LOSE ON THE ROAD
    WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY 2018

    CAMBUSLANG GAIN REVENGE OVER ANNAN

    With Saturdays running out before the end of the season, the Annan 1st XV travelled this evening to South Lanarkshire to take on Cambuslang RFC for the 2nd time in 4 days.

    On Saturday at Violetbank, Annan ran out convincing 42-10 winners, but knew that Cambuslang at home would be an entirely different proposition.

    Cambuslang needed to win this game to ease any relegation worries. For Annan, a win would take them one step closer to 6th.

    Annan's cause wasn't helped though with late withdrawals from selected starters Jonny Callaghan and Andrew Jancey.

    So it was a fairly dreich evening as the teams took to the pitch but it was a bright start from the home side and they were 7-0 up on the 5th minute after a converted try.

    And as the weather got worse, it also got worse for Annan as Cambuslang extended their lead to 12-0 on the 18th minute. Not the best of starts from Annan.

    And it was to get worse for Annan as Cambuslang extended their lead to 17-0 with about 5 minutes until half time.

    Fortunately for Annan on the stroke of half time, Ryan Hetherington burst through to score Annan's opening try of the match. 17-5 to Cambuslang.

    So the 2nd half started and Annan knew they had to score next to get back into this game.

    But Cambuslang started like they had in the first and it was 22-5 after 45 minutes after the home side scored their bonus point try.

    Cambuslang knew they had done enough and Annan couldn't get through the home defence for most of the game but a late Callum Bell try and conversion from Harry Houldey made the final score 22-12.

    So congratulations to Cambuslang and who with this win have almost ensured their place in West 1 for next season.

    The 1st XV now have to regroup and they host bottom club Helensburgh on Saturday. Kick Off: 15.00


    HOME FOR FOR 1ST XV/LAST GAME FOR 2ND XV
    SATURDAY 12TH MAY 2018

    1ST XV HOST HELENSBURGH

    The 1st XV host Helensburgh RFC on Saturday for their penultimate home game of the season

    After Helensburgh, Annan have Carrick away next week and we still have to fit in the home game v Oban Lorne if required!

    So Annan welcome Helensburgh to Violetbank for the 4th time as we compete in our 8th competitive game at a 1st XV level.

    At Violetbank, Annan have a won 2 lost 1 record, while at Helensburgh we have a won 2 lost 2 record.

    Helensburgh have had a torrid season and have struggled to put a team out most weekends but have persevered rather than defaulting on games. They will play in West 2 next year and will no doubt regroup and will be back in West 1 before we know it.

    For Annan, not knowing yet the score of Wednesdays game v Cambuslang, but a win could take them above Stewartry into at least 6th place.

    Annan will be wanting to get back to the form they had at the start of the year as they will need to be at their absolute best next week v potential champions Carrick!

    Players to meet 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, K Watret, D Barnes, C Bell, A Clark, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, H Houldey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: M Crombie, S Livingston

    LAST GAME OF LEAGUE SEASON FOR THE 2ND XV

    The 2nd XV have their last league game of the season on Saturday as they travel to Ardrossan.

    Its been a hard season for the 2nd XV who have found teams less and less willing to travel down to Violetbank. Hopefully something will be sorted for next season to ensure the 2nd XV get a few more games.

    A win on Saturday and the 2nd XV could move up into 7th but will be facing a tough Ardrossan side.

    Best of luck lads.

    Players to meet 11.30 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 2nd XV squad:J Crombie, I Thorburn, G Lynch, A Carlyle, R Brown, C smith, D Ferguson, D Kerr, G Williamson, J Ogilvie, G Graham, S Wyllie, D Wyllie, W Gray, Z Lockerbie,


    1ST XV OFF TO CAMBUSLANG
    WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY 2018

    RETURN LEG AT CAMBUSLANG

    So a midweek game for the lads on Wednesday v Cambuslang, a game Cambuslang really need to win to dispel any potential relegation fears.

    In the BT West 1 league, its still Carrick's to lose. Sundays game for them v Allan Glens could clinch the title for Carrick. This would be Carrick's first ever title in their 40 year history. If Glens win, then it goes down to Carrick's last game at home to....Annan!

    At the bottom, with Dalziel relegated from National 3 then I believe 2 teams will now go down from West 1 to West 2. Helensburgh are of course relegated. Oban Lorne though are fighting back and had a great win last Saturday v Kilmarnock.

    If Oban are still in within 5 points of 3rd bottom them I am assuming that they will have to play their last game of the season away to.....Annan! Date, if it happens, is a TBC.

    So potentially the Annan lads can have a big say on who goes up and who goes down!

    So we travel to Cambuslang for the 8th time and for the 16th match between the teams at a 1st XV competitive level.

    We first met at Cambuslang in 1998. Annan winning that game 46-18. The teams have met in South Lanarkshire a further 6 times. Annan winning 4 of the 6 encounters. So overall its 5 wins to Annan and 2 to Cambuslang.

    Cambuslang last win at home v Annan was back in 2004 as Annan won the 3 subsequent meetings. Cambuslang need to win to put to bed any lingering relegation fears while for Annan it would mean they would be just 2/3 points off 5th spot.

    The squad for Wednesday game at Cambuslang kick off 7pm. Cars 5pm departure.

    Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, N Coupland, C White, D Nordon, D Barnes, A Clark, A Jancey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, C Bell, J Kirby, H Houldey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: M Crombie, D Wyllie, C Smith, K Watret


    MEERKATS WIN A CRACKER
    SUNDAY 6TH MAY 2018

    94 POINT THRILLER AT VIOLETBANK

    t’s that time of year again when Annan Rugby’s past meets Annan Rugby’s future and on Sunday at Violetbank these protagonists put on a highly entertaining display of rugby which ranged at times from the sublime to the ridiculous. In front of the largest crowd of the season, which included the participants of Ladies Day, on a brilliant spring day there was end to end action throughout the full 80 minutes with a total of 14 tries scored - seven from each side.

    First blood went to the Meerkats with Callum Taylor breaking through in the opening minutes to score and the final say to the Grizzlies’ Neil Moffat!

    In between the tries were scored at regular intervals.

    Those tries were scored by the Meerkats’ Finlay Laurie, Niall Goldie (2), Mark Walker-Jones, Declan Ferguson, Josh Whiteside, and for the Grizzlies’ Kieran Watret, Andy Allison (3), Kevin Jones (2), the difference at the end of the match the conversion success rate Grizzlies (4) and Meerkats(7).

    So the Sarah (Our Bella) Bell Happy Memories Trophy was retained by the Meerkats ensuring that the future of Annan Rugby is in safe hands!

    Perhaps the star of the day was referee Andrew Jancey who kept the crowd entertained with his range of exaggerated arm signals which earned him a special award at the after-match activities.


    THE 1ST XV GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS
    SATURDAY 5TH MAY 2018

    ANNAN BREAK THE LOSING STREAK

    After 5 loses in a row, the 1st XV took to the pitch at a windy but dry Violetbank hoping to get back to winning ways with a home tie v Cambuslang,

    Cambuslang's form was the same as Annan until last week, when the team from South Lanarkshire got a huge win v bottom club Helensburgh. So the Annan lads knew they would need to be firing on all cylinders to get the win.

    After the usual back and forth at the start of the match, it was Annan who scored the first try.

    An it was Ryan Hetherington who crossed the white-wash for his 5th try of the season. Captain McCann with the conversion. 9 minutes on the clock.

    And it was the same combo just 8 minutes later. 14-0 to Annan.

    Annan got their 3rd try on the half hour mark when current 1st XV top try scorer for the season Alex Halliday stormed through for his 10th of the season. Captain Craig with the conversion.

    And with a few minutes to go until half time, it was Alex's turn to get the double as his second try and Craig's conversion took it to 28-0. And thats how the half ended.

    So with the try bonus in the bag, the second half started and the main task for the lads was to put the game to bed and claim the full 5.

    For the first 20 minutes though, both teams defences were on top and it wasn't until the 57th minute that there was another score.

    And it was the visitors who got a deserved try to take it to 28-5. Possible comeback?

    Well, 5 minutes later it was 28-10 as the Annan defence seemed to switch off.

    Luckily the lads steadied the ship and a few minutes later it was 35-10 after centre Jonny Callaghan burst through for his 5th of the season. Captain McCann again with the conversion. 16 or so to go.

    The game was finally laid to rest when utility player Callum Bell, playing on the wing scored his 2nd of the season. Craig again with the conversion. 10 to go and 42-10

    And that was that as there was no further scoring in the final period of the game.

    So a great win for the black and amber (or yellow / gold? - will have to have a vote one day!).

    There was that wobble in the 2nd half though that I am sure the coaches will be addressing that come training on Tuesday! ;)

    Cambuslang will not have to wait long for a chance at revenge though as the team meet again on Wednesday in a return match. Kick Off: 7pm

    #MonTheAnnan

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    1ST IN ACTION ON SATURDAY/GRIZZLIE V MEERKATS ON SUNDAY
    SATURDAY/SUNDAY 5TH/6TH MAY 2018

    1ST XV HOST CAMBUSLANG

    On Saturday Annan welcome Cambuslang to Annan for the 9th time and for the 15th match between the teams at a 1st XV competitive level.

    The teams first met down at the Everholm back in the 1997/98 season when Annan came out on top 22-3.

    At Annan, Cambuslang have struggled to pick up wins but have done on 2 occasions. First in 2003 when they romped to a 33-17 win and then again the following season, winning 24-14.

    The teams last met during the 2012/13 season and after Saturdays game, the teams will be meeting again just a few days later when we travel to Cambuslang on the Wednesday for the return leg.

    Should be a cracker of a game, and hopefully the sun will be shining! Cambuslang need to win to put to bed any lingering relegation fears while for Annan it would just be good to get a win under their belts and stop the losing streak

    Players to meet 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, D Nordon, C White, A Clark, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, C Bell, J Whiteside

    Replacements: K Warrick, N Coupland, J Bingham, D Wyllie

    LADIES DAY AND GRIZZLIES V MEERKATS AT VIOLETBANK ON SUNDAY

    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 Grizzlies the current holders of The Sarah ‘Our Bella’ Bell Happy Memories Memorial Trophy.

    The match will kick off at 3pm

    Will the Grizzlies continue their winning run or will the Meerkats add to their 1 win?.

    The game is part of Ladies Day starting at 12.30 for 13.00 at 17 Bank Street.

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


    BETTER AGAIN FROM THE 1ST XV
    SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018

    TIME RUNS OUT

    A changed again 1st XV again ran out of time v Garnock in their latest West 1 game.

    Down 29-5 with 20 to go, the 1st XV lads started to find a bit of their usual try scoring form and 2 converted tries took it to 29-19 with about 5 to go but alas it was too late.

    The 3 Annan tries coming from Dwayne Barnes, Alex Halliday and Jonny Callaghan. Captain McCann with 2 conversions.

    The 1st XV have now played 32 different players over the last 5 games! Hopefully things will start to settle down again for the run in.

    The 1st XV now take on Cambuslang next Saturday at Violetbank.

    Match Report


    JUST THE 1ST XV IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY
    SATURDAY 28TH APRIL 2018

    1ST XV OFF TO GARNOCK

    Last weeks heavy defeat to Allan Glens was the Annan 1st XV 4th defeat on the trot after a great start to the year.

    And on Saturday its not going to get any easier as they travel to inform Garnock who are on a purple patch of 6 wins on the bounce. The last 3 with a combined total of 201 points scored and 0 conceded!

    At the top, its still Carrick's to lose. The are almost certain to go up as champions bar a last minute collapse in form.

    Down at the bottom, despite their great win last weekend, Helensburgh are doomed and games are running out for Oban Lorne

    So Annan 1st XV travel to Garnock for the 7th time and for the 14th match up at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Garnock have the lead over Annan in wins with 8 wins to 5. At their home ground of Lochshore they hold a 4 wins to 2 lead.

    Annan have actually only won 1 in the last 9 meetings! A classic 3-0 win last year at Violetbank.

    The teams met only a few weeks ago at Violetbank when Garnock ran out convincing winners.

    So Garnock will be huge favourites going into this game. The Annan lads as always will be giving their all to try and upset the odds.

    Players to meet at 10.30am (cars) for the 2pm KO

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Gracie, R Martin, K Watret, T Sloan, D Barnes, D Nordon, R Hetherington, J Whiteside, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, S Haren, C Bell, A Halliday

    Replacements: C Smith, H Houldey, D Wyllie, J Bigham


    BOTH THE 1ST AND 2ND XV HOST ALLAN GLENS
    SATURDAY 28th APRIL 2018

    1ST AND 2ND XV HOST ALLAN GLENS

    STOP PRESS: The 1st XV go down 53-3 while the 2nd XV lost 80-0. Tough day at the office lads!

    Last weeks loss to East Kilbride was the 3rd defeat on the bounce after a great start to the New Year when the Annan 1st XV had won 5 from 7. So its now 5 wins and 5 loses so far in 2018.

    At the top, its really Carrick's league to lose now but Carrick's next 3 games are away to East Kilbride, Greenock Wanderers and Saturdays opponents Allan Glens, before their last game at home to Annan

    With 4 games left for the top 2, Glens who are 7 points behind Carrick do need to probably win all 4 remaining games and hope for Carrick to drop points in another one of their games.

    So on Saturday, Annan 1st XV welcome Allan Glens to Annan for the 8th time and for the 15th match up at a 1st XV competitive level. At home, Annan have a great record v the Bishopbriggs club with 5 wins and a draw from 7 encounters.

    Glens will be favourites on paper after the great season they are having. Coupled with the fact they need the win to keep any chance of the title alive.

    Annan at Violetbank are a bit of a bogey team for the Glens and the Annan lads will be wanting to get back to the kind of winning form they had at the start of the year.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Martin, D Nordon, A Clark, C Smith, D Barnes, S haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, C Bell, W Gray, J Whiteside

    Replacements: Z Lockerbie, S Wyllie, D Wyllie

    2ND XV ALSO AT HOME

    The Annan 2nd XV are also at home as they also take on Allan Glens in their latest BT West Reserve 2 league game. The Glens are top of the division having only lost 1 game all season so the Annan 2nd XV will need to be at the top of their game to take the points.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    Annan 2nd XV team from: R Brown, D Kerr, G Williamson, J Ogilvie, C Rudd, M Carpenter, D Ferguson, C Taylor, S Livingston, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, AN Other, AN Other, AN Other, AN Other

    Contact Muff if you are available to turn out for the 2nd XV on Saturday.


    1ST XV LOSE
    SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2018

    DEFEAT FOR THE 1ST XV

    After 2 defeats in a row, the 1st XV were hoping to get back to the winning form they had at the start of the year. The task was not going to be easy though as they took on East Kilbride, a team who have not lost at home this season and whose last 3 home matches had ended 58-3, 62-3 and 46-0 victories for the South Lanarkshire team.

    The 1st XV also had a unfamiliar face at number 12 as Vice Captain, and usual number 8, Sean Haren took on the pinnacle of rugby union, being a back. ;)

    And at number 10 was usual centre Jonny Callaghan, who for the second time this season took on the roll of stand off with Captain McCann still in Australia and back up 10 this season, Jame Bigham, still not 100% match fit.

    It was East Kilbride who came out of the blocks better though and were 7-0 up before 3 minutes was on the clock. Not the best of starts!

    Annan got onto the score sheet on the 7th minute when Jonny Callaghan kicked over a penalty after some East Kilbride indiscipline.

    It then became a game of great defenses and there was no further scoring by the time prop Ryan Hetherington was yellow carded on the 27th minute.

    The question was now if Annan could get to half time without conceding with the 14 me?

    The answer to that question was Yes.

    Half Time Score: East Kilbride 7 v Annan 3

    So still anyones game as the second half started.

    And it was Annan who started like East Kilbride in the first with, who else, but the Hetherington crashing over for his 4th try of the season on the 42 minute. Jonny with the conversion. 10-7 to Annan.

    And it got a wee bit better for Annan when Jonny made it 13-7 on the 48 minute with another succesful penalty.

    However on the 56th minute, East Kilbride hit back and retook the lead 14-13 with a well worked try and conversion. Then a few minutes later made it 17-13 with a penalty.

    Still only one score in it, but East Kilbride were starting to get on top of the game. The classic next score could be crucial....*first time I have said that this season....*

    It was nick and tuck, but alas for Annan players and the supporters it was East Kilbride who scored twice in the dying minutes to take the game as Annan were trying for the winning try.

    Full Time Score: East Kilmarnock 31 v Annan 1st XV 13

    So Annan go down for the 3rd time in 3 games, And for the 2nd week, lost a game they could have won.

    The lads now have to regroup for next weeks game v 2nd placed Allan Glens at Violetbank. A team who just thrashed Stewartry 82 v 17 and who still have a chance (albeit now slim) of winning the league. Rugby is never easy!

    Ah well, time for some dancing in the club tonight. Disco starts at 9pm. Ł3.50 on the door. Non members most welcome.

    #MonTheAnnan

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    TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 2018

    ANNAN 1ST XV ON THE ROAD AGAIN

    After last weeks loss to Kilmarnock, coupled with other teams wins, Annan move down to 7th in the West 1 table. It was a game Annan should really have won but it wasn't meant to be.

    East Kilbride did not play and remain in 4th .

    At the top, its as you were with Carrick, Glens and Garnock all fighting it out for the one promotion spot. Carrick in the driving seat and looking almost certain to be the Champions barring an unexpected collapse in form.

    At the bottom, its really down to who will end up second bottom and possible relegation. Its between Oban, Irvine and Cambuslang. If you were a betting man Oban look "favourites" but do have games in hand.

    Still a lot to play for in BT West 1

    So Annan 1st XV travel to East Kilbride for the 10th time and for the 19th match up at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Along with Kilmarnock and Stewartry, East Kilbride are a team we have played the most since joining the league structure back in 1991/92.

    East Kilbride hold the lead with 10 wins to Annan's 6 (with 2 draws). At Torrance House, Annan have had 3 wins from the previous 9. 2 of these wins were in the Shield. The only league away win was almost 10 years ago to the day with a 31-12 win back on the 19th April 2008.

    Both teams are safe from relegation but cant challenge at the top so hopefully high scoring game of running rugby will be on show on Saturday!

    Players to meet at 11.30am at 17 Bank Street for the 3pm KO.

    Transport: Bus

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, T Sloan, D Nordon, D Barnes, C Bell, A Clark, A Jancey, J Callaghan, J Whiteside, S Haren, A Halliday, W Gray, H Houldey

    Replacements: K Watret, R Martin, M Thorburn

    2NDS XV ALSO TRAVELLING

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now CANCELLED as we can't raise a team.

    The 2nd XV are off to Whitecraigs for their latest BT West 2 Reserve match.

    The teams met just a few weeks ago at Violetbank with Whitecraigs running out 59-31 winners. The lads will be hoping for a better result this time on the road.

    Players to meet at 11.30am at 17 Bank Street for the 3pm KO.

    Transport: Bus

    Annan 2nd XV starting 15 from: TBC


    THE 1ST XV LOSE ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018

    GAME OF TWO HALVES FOR THE 1ST XV

    After last weeks heavy defeat, the Annan 1st XV were hoping to put that behind them when they took to the pitch against the team just above them in the league, 5th placed Kilmarnock.

    Kilmarnock, after a blistering start to the season, have also been struggling for the past few games and a win for the black and amber would put them only 4-5 points behind Kilmarnock with 5 games in hand

    Annan got off to the perfect start as Alex "Willix" Halliday sprinted over the whitewash with almost the first attack of the game. Jonny Callaghan with the extras. 7-0 and 2 minutes on the clock. The try was Willix's 8th try of the season. Sean Haren now on his own in second spot in the try scoring stats for the season with 7 tries.

    And it got better when on the 8th minute, a break away try from winger James Kirby made it 12-0. His 2nd of the season. Jonny was again succesful with the conversion.

    Kilmarnock hit back almost from the restart and it was 14-5. Hectic start!

    The scoring calmed down a bit and it wasn't until the 21st minute that the scoreboard changed. 17-5 to Annan as Jonny Callaghan kicked over a penalty after some Kilmarnock indiscipline.

    Kilmarnock were the next to score though, when on the 28th minute, they went over in the corner. 17-10 to Annan. And a few minutes later it was 17-13 after an easy penalty kick in front of the posts.

    It was then Annan's turn to turn on the pressure and after a number of successive penalties, the Annan pack drove over for the 3rd try of the game. Ryan Hetherington was the scorer. Ryan's 3rd of the season. This was on the stroke of half time.

    So the half time score was 22-13 to Annan. Not a bad first half of rugby from both teams.

    The second half started and the scoring was not quite as fast and furious as the first and it wasn't until the 55 minute that their was the first score of the half.

    And it was a try for Kilmarnock to take it to 22-18. 25 or so to go.

    Into the last quarter and it was still anyones game. Alas for the Annan supporters, Kilmarnock took the lead for the first time in the match with 15 to go with a well worked try. 23-22

    Both teams knew the next score was going to be crucial and with about 10 to go, Kilmarnock were reduced to 14 after a dangerous tackle. So chances?

    There was, but alas from Annan, Kilmarnock defence held firm. Annan did have a chance to win it with a penalty kick at goal with a few minutes remaining but the ball drifted wide.

    Kilmarnock had the final say with a penalty kick at goal to end the match.

    Full time score: Kilmarnock 26 v Annan 22

    So 1-1 if you take who won each half. A draw in my book! And a losing bonus point. A much better performance from the lads who can hopefully take their improved form into next weeks game. Which is on road again as they travel to 4th placed and in form East Kilbride. #MonTheAnnan

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    1ST XV HOPE TO BOUNCE BACK
    SATURDAY 7TH APRIL 2018

    ANNAN 1ST XV ON THE ROAD

    Both Annan and Kilmarnock will be wanting to put last weeks games behind them and look forward to ending the latter part of the season with some wins.

    Kilmarnock, after starting the season really well, have started to fade. 1 win from the last 5 games in their 150th anniversary year has put paid to any Championship aspirations.

    For Annan, a record home league defeat to Garnock last weekend was something they will have to learn from. A positive is that despite over a full team of players unavailable for selection last weekend, Annan still managed to put 2 teams out!

    As for the West 1 title, its still Carrick's to lose with Allan Glens and Garnock waiting for any slip ups.

    At the bottom, Helensburgh are down and out while the 2nd relegation place (if there is one) is looking like its between Oban, Cambuslang and Irvine.

    So Annan 1st XV travel to Kilmarnock for the 12th time and for the 25th match up at a 1st XV competitive level.

    At Bellsland, Annan do not have a great record with 2 wins from the 11 matches. Overall though its fairly close with 11 wins to Annan and 12 to Kilmarnock (and 1 draw).

    The teams met earlier at Violetbank when Kilmarnock ran out 31-25 winners.

    Matches between the sides have always been entertaining and usually high scoring and sure Saturdays game will be much of the same, with both teams wanting the win to steady the ship after disappointing performances in the last few matches.

    Meet at Bank Street at 11.45 for a 15.00 kick off

    Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, A Clark, S Livingstone, C Smith, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, H Houldey

    Replacements: M Crombie, Z Lockerbie, W Gray, C Park


    BIG HOME DEFEATS FOR THE TEAMS
    SATURDAY 31TH MARCH 2018

    GARNOCK AND WHITECRAIGS SWAMP ANNAN

    Alas, having the toll of having 15 regular 1st XV players out was too much for the new looking 1st and 2nd XV teams.

    Despite the players defending their socks off, in form Garnock inflicted a record home league defeat for the 1st XV, losing 62-0.

    The 2nd XV did slightly better but were still on the losing side with a 59-31 loss to Whitecraigs.

    A bad day at the office and one that we knew in advance potentially would happen, as at the start of the season we had gotten league dispensation not to play the game on this Saturday but alas all the postponements and backlog of matches meant it had to be played.

    Good that we can lose 15 players and still get 2 teams out though!

    Onto the next one lads!

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    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME THIS WEEKEND
    SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018

    A CHANGED LOOK FOR THE 1ST XV

    After last weeks win over Helensburgh, the Annan 1st XV are slowly gaining on Kilmarnock in 5th. Annan are 8 points behind but have 5 games in hand.

    The Annan 1st squad of 19 will have 10 changes to the previous week as quite a few players are away on Jonnys Stag Do and Craig is off to Australia for a couple of weeks.

    So we welcome Garnock to Annan for the 7th time and for our 13th meeting at a 1st XV competitive level.

    This is the first meeting of the teams in the league this season, but the teams did meet in the BT Shield back in September up in Ayrshire. Annan were victorious 24-17.

    The clubs first met back in 1994 down at the Everholm in National Division 7. Annan ran out 36-9 winners.

    The last meeting at Violetbank was a classic back in December 2016 when the crowd were entertained in a 3-0 win for the Amber and Black.

    Heres hoping for the same result if not the low scoreline on Saturday!

    Players to meet at 13.45pm for the 3pm kick off.

    Starting XV: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, C White, D Nordon, S Livingston, R Hetherington, J Whiteside, J Bingham, J Kirby, D Wyllie, A Halliday, M Thorburn, A Torbett

    Replacements: R Martin, Z Lockerbie, G Lynch

    2ND XV ALSO AT HOME

    The 2nd XV are also at home as they host Whitecraigs in their second last home league game of the season. The Annan lads will be wanting to put last weeks defeat to Cumnock behind them.

    The 2nd XV have a decent home record this season with only 1 defeat all season in Annan.

    Players to meet at 13.45pm for the 3pm kick off.

    Starting XV: I Thorburn, G Williamson, D Ferguson, C Grant, A Carlyle, K Watret, J Ogilvie, R Brown, J Park, C Taylor, C Park, S Wyllie, R Martin, H Houldey, G Lynch


    1ST XV MADE TO WORK HARD FOR THE WIN
    SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018

    THE 1ST XV EVENTUALLY OVERCOME HELENSBURGH

    The 1st XV travelled to Helensburgh to take on the Dunbartonshire team, a team who had been struggling all season and were at the bottom of the division.

    The small band of Annan supporters who made the trip were hoping that Annan could put last weeks loss behind them and start the 2nd half of the league fixtures with a win.

    At home, no team is easy to beat in this league and Helensburgh came out like a team that meant business.

    Defences were on top for the first quarter, and it wasn't until the 22nd minute that the first try was scored. And it was for the home team thanks to a well worked try. 5-0 to Helensburgh.

    It looked like the half would end 5-0 but with a few minutes to go, Annan winger Adam Torbett was on the end of a great move to tie up the scores. Captain McCann missing the difficult conversion. 5-5 at half time.

    So, a disjointed first half from Annan who needed to up their game if they were to return back down south with the points.

    The second half started, and this time it was Annan who started off the better. On the 52nd minute, Centre Alex "Willix" Halliday crossed the whitewash for his 7th try of the season. Captain McCann with the conversion. 12-5.

    The try put Willix to equal top with Sean Haren on the 1st XV top try scorer chart for the season with 7 tries.

    Still 14 tries behind top senior club try scorer Jane Stewart on 21, but catching up! Better start scoring some more tries Jane!

    The match entered the last quarter and it was still anyones game. Twas looking like the team that scored next could go onto win the game.

    And what always seems to be the case when I write the above line, there was no further scoring in the half so it ended up: Helensburgh 5 v Annan 1st XV 12. Phew!

    So. not the greatest performance of the season from Annan but a win is always good. Credit to Helensburgh though who played like a team that shouldn't be at the bottom of the league.

    The 1st XV now host inform Garnock next week at Violetbank. Kick off is 3pm and a big Annan support is as always most appreciated!

    Also as a reminder, the Warriors are hosting Howe Harlequins tomorrow (Sunday 25th March) in a crucial National 1 league clash.

    #MonTheAnnan

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    THE 2ND XV GO DOWN 38-5

    The 2nd XV lost 38-5 to Cumnock in their latest game. We only had 14 men so a great effort all round!


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018

    1ST XV OFF TO BOTTOM PLACED HELENSBURGH

    After last Saturdays game v Carrick, Annan 1st XV finally completed the first half of the league seasons fixtures. 11 down 11 to go!

    The 1st XV have a won 6 lost 5 record and are in the top half of the league in 6th spot.

    Saturdays opponents Helensburgh are having a torrid season and are sitting at the foot of West 1. The Argyll and Bute team have been struggling with player injuries and unavailabilities all season. With the exception of last weeks defeat to East Kilbride though, at their own ground, Helensburgh are a hard team to get points past.

    At the top, its really Carrick's to lose, although Glens and Garnock do still have chances if Carrick slip up.

    To Saturdays game, Annan will go in as favourites, but as stated Helensburgh at home are not the easiest team to get a victory against. And there might only be 1 team going down from West 1 this season (depending on what teams are relegated from National 3) so its not a done deal for Helensburgh as a few decent results and 2nd bottom is a possibility.

    Will be an interesting tie as Annan will be hoping to bounce back after last weeks defeat.

    So the Annan 1st XV travel to Helensburgh for the 4th time and for our 7th meeting at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Overall both teams have 3 wins each from the 6 previous encounters. Both with 2 wins at home and 1 away.

    Helensburgh have been in West 1 since season 2012/13 when they were promoted from West 2. For some reason, Annan has never played Helensburgh at 1st XV level until first meeting in the league in 2013.

    This will be the first meeting this season between the teams, the return leg at Violetbank will be on the 12th May.

    An intriguing game awaits as both teams will see this as a game they can get something from.

    Players to meet at 11.30am for the 3pm kick off.

    Transport: Cars

    Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, A Clark, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Torbett, C Wallace.

    Replacements: J Whiteside, C Smith

    2ND XV ALSO ON THE ROAD

    The Annan 2nd XV are also on league duty as they travel to Cumnock for their latest West Reserve 2 match. The 2nd XV are currently sitting in 4th in the league and a decent final run in could seem them break the top 3 with 5 games left to play in the league campaign.

    Players to meet at 12pm for the 3pm kick off.

    Transport: Cars

    2nd XV Squad: Z Lockerbie, I Thorburn, F Laurie, J Bigham, D Ferguson, J Ogilvie, G Williamson, R Martin, G Graham, R brown, C grant, M Thorburn, C Taylor, AN Other, AN Other.


    THE 1ST XV GO DOWN TO CARRICK
    SATURDAY 17TH MARCH 2018

    LEADERS CARRICK TAKE THE WIN AT VIOLETBANK

    At a cold Violetbank, the teams took to the pitch for their latest West 1 game. Carrick are currently top of West 1 and were looking to consolidate their position.

    Annan themselves are on a decent run of form with 4 wins from 5 and were hoping to continue this run.

    It was a tight start with defences on top and it wasn't until the 15th minute that the first points went on the board - which was a succesful penalty to Carrick after some Annan indiscipline.

    For the next 20, once again defences were on top until the first try was scored and it was for Carrick. It was converted to take it to 10-0 with about 5 to go.

    Annan had the last say in the half as Captain McCann kicked a penalty on the stroke of half time to take the half time score to 10-3 to Carrick.

    Annan needed to start the half well and get back on terms. Alas for the home support it was Carrick that took that accolade as they scored right at the start of the half to take it to 15-3.

    Both teams had chances but it was Carrick that extended their lead with a well worked try on the 57 minute. 20-3 and game over?

    Not yet as almost straight from the kick off, Annan hit back through a converted Andrew Jancey try. Captain McCann with the conversion.

    Entering the last quarter, it was now back into, next score so important territory.

    But it was Carrick who did the deed and with 13 to go they extended their lead to 15 points as the score went to 25-10.

    But then with 7 to go, prop Ryan Glass popped up for his 2nd try of the season to take it to 25-15. Chances?

    Alas there was but none were taken bar a Carrick penalty and it ended 28-15.

    So congratulations to Carrick who keep their 6 point gap over 2nd placed Allan Glens in the race for the West 1 title.

    For Annan, they are on the road next week as they travel to bottom placed Helensburgh.

    And we have finally played half the league games for the season!

    #11down11togo #MonTheAnnan

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    TWO TEAMS IN ACTION
    SATURDAY 17TH MARCH 2018

    THE 1ST XV NOW HOST CARRICK AT VIOLETBANK

    To accommodate Carrick RFC, Annan who were going to travel to Carrick on Saturday now host the Maybole Club.

    This will be the teams 10th match up at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Carrick are having a great season and in addition to the league title, they also have a chance of retaining the BT National Shield for the 3rd time in a row .

    The teams have already met this season at Violetbank in the Shield. Carrick ran out 44-20 winners.In the 3 other games the teams have met at Violetbank, Annan hold a 2-1 lead in wins.

    The last one being last season when Annan won 18-17. Overall though in the 9 games played between the teams, Carrick hold a 6-3 lead in wins thanks to their impressive record over us at their Maybole ground.

    Will be an intriguing game on Saturday as Carrick will be wanting to keep up their 11 match winning run (in league and shield) while Annan will just be happy to play only their second game in 7 weeks and continue their fine run of form which has seen them win 4 from the last 5

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for a 3pm kick off.

    Starting XV: R Glass, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Nordon, A Clark, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Whiteside and C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, C White, J Bigham, A Torbett

    2ND XV OFF TO LOCAL FRIENDS CREIGHTON

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now CANCELLED as neither club could raise a full 15.

    The 2nd XV cross the border to take on old friends Creighton RFC.

    The teams met at Violetbank back in January in a cracker. 38-31 to Annan at the end. No doubt this game will be just as high scoring. Apologies if its now a 6-3 result!

    Kick Off: TBC

    If you are free this weekend and fancy a game for the 2nd XV - contact Muff.

    2nd XV Squad: C Grant, F Laurie, C Smith, R Brown, D Kerr, M Crombie, J Ogilvie, G Lynch, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, R Martin, AN Other, AN Other, AN Other, AN Other.


    OBAN AT HOME FOR THE 1ST XV
    SATURDAY 10TH MARCH 2018

    3PM KICK OFF AT VIOLETBANK

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now POSTPONED as pitches waterlogged.

    We welcome Oban Lorne to Annan for the 4th time and our 6th meeting at a 1st XV level.

    The teams first met way back in 1993 during our run brief stint in Glasgow District Division 1. The black and amber ran out 48-0 winners.

    There was then a slight break of 22 years before the team met again. Annan winning the Shield encounter in 2015

    The teams then met last season, with Annan again victorious in both matches. And finally they met earlier this season, with Annan again victorious up in Oban.

    So the stats are Annan 1st XV with 5 wins to Oban Lorne's 1st XV with 0 wins. I am sure Oban will be wanting to break this run and finally get their first win over Annan. For Annan a win would take them closer to 5th placed Kilmarnock.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for a 3pm kick off.

    Starting XV: R Glass, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, A Clark, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Whiteside, C Wallace.

    Replacements: J Bigham, A Torbett, K Warrick, C Smith


    TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 2018

    1ST XV AWAY TO CAMBUSLANG

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now POSTPONED as the weather takes its toll.

    After a break due to the 6 Nations, the 1st XV are back in action with an away trip to Cambuslang Rugby

    The West 1 league is looking like its going to be between Carrick and Allan Glens who meet on the 3rd and then again on the 10th March in potentially season defining games for both teams.

    So Annan travel to Cambuslang for our 7th meeting at a 1st XV competitive setting. In total the teams have have played the South Lanarkshire team 14 times. Annan have a winning record with 10 wins to 4.

    The teams last met back in season 2012/13. This was during Annan's Championship winning season. Annan racked up 2 wins; 35-7 at Violetbank and 72-8 at Coats Park.

    Annan have actually. won the last 6 encounters. The last Cambuslang win was a thumping 43-0 at Coats Park back in April 2004. The last in a run of 3 big wins for Cambuslang.

    For the record, the teams first met back in 1997/1998 season. Which also happened to be the season Annan won their 7th successive championship when they won National Division 2.

    As for this encounter, both teams need the win to keep their season on track, Cambuslang as a win would take them further from the relegation zone while for Annan, a win and a top 4 finish is still very much on the cards.

    Players to meet at 11.30 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, A Clark, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Bigham, A Halliday, J Whiteside, C Wallace

    Replacements: K Warrick, A Torbett

    THE 2ND XV ARE ALSO ON THE ROAD

    The 2nd XV are also on the road, travelling to take on Ardrossan Rugby

    The 2nd XV are now 4th in the BT West Reserve Division 2 league, however a number of wins have been walkovers as other clubs could not make the trip to Annan (5 in all so far). The Annan players will just be wanting to start playing some rugby again!

    Players to meet at 11.30 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Grant, D Ferguson, M Thorburn, T Martin, W Gray, G Lynch, R Arthur, J Ogilvie, G Graham, R Brown, C Smith, A Carlyle, B Jamieson, TBA, TBA.


    NO ANNAN MEN GAMES THIS WEEKEND
    SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2018

    COME WATCH THE SCOTLAND GAME IN THE CLUB

    The 1st and 2nd XV do not have any games this weekend. So on Saturday why not get yourself along for the Scotland v England 6 Nations clash!

    Free half time nibbles!


    THE 1ST XV SECURE A BIG WIN
    SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

    SUPER 8 TRY WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    So after a 3 week break, the 1st XV took to the Violetbank pitch knowing a win, or even a point, would take them into the top half of the BT West 1 league.

    It was Greenock who drew first blood on the 10th minute though when Annan indiscipline meant a succesful penalty took the score to 3-0 to the Renfrewshire team.

    The Annan lads hit back and on the 20th minute, after some sustained pressure, centre Jonny Callaghan score a cracking try. His 3rd of the season.

    Then just a few minutes later, the unstoppable Neal Coupland barged through to take it to 10-3. With Captain McCann succesful with the conversion it then became 12-3. This was Neal's 3rd try in 4 games.

    And that seemed to be how the half would finish, but with about 5 to go, the man that goes by the name of Sean Haren popped up for his 6th try of the campaign.

    This took Sean to the top of the 1st XV try scoring table for the season. 1 ahead of the Willix but 7 behind the leading try scorer in the club Jane "The Rocket" Stewart. #TeamJane

    And with the McCann again succesful with the conversion it was 19-3 to Annan and a few minutes later it was half time.

    Could Annan hold on for the win? *fingers crossed*, Another try for at least the bonus point? *hopefully* and could Sean score another 8 tries and take the lead over Jane? *ummmmm*

    So the second half kicked off and that man the Coupland scored again. Bonus try bonus time. With the conversion kicked it was 26-3 and game over?

    It certainly was when with about 15 minutes to go. Alex 'Willix" Halliday scored his 7th try of the season to take it to 33-3. Craig with the conversion. So Willix and Sean now both on 7 for the season.

    Then almost from the kick off, Ryan Hetherington, scored his 2nd of the season. Craig again with the conversion and 40-3!

    And then the Haren, not liking the Willix was equal, scored again. Conversion good. 47-3.

    The last word went to Andrew Jancey as he crashed over for the final try. Craig kicked the conversion and it was 54-3. And not long after the ref blew for full time.

    Well played lads.

    So the 1st XV move into 6th, 4 points ahead of Stewartry in 7th (with 5 games in hand) and 7 points behind Kilmarnock in 5th (but with 5 games in hand!)

    The 1st XV next game is away to Cambuslang on the 3rd March.

    For the record: The next game at Violetbank is tomorrow, 18th Feb, as the Warriors try to retake top spot in the league. Game v Garioch Ladies kicks off at 1pm.

    'Mon the Annan!

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    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    SATURDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2018

    1ST XV HOST GREENOCK WANDERERS

    Only BT West 1 game survived the weather last weekend, and that was Saturdays opponents Greenock's game away to East Kilbride and it was a heavy defeat for the Renfrewshire team.

    So the 1st XV welcome Greenock Wanderers to Annan for the 5th time and for our 10th competitive match at a first XV level.

    At Violetbank, Annan have the edge with 3 wins to 1 and overall with 5 wins to 4.

    The teams last met earlier this season when the Greenock club ran out winners 20-17.

    Its been over 10 years since we last met at Violetbank, during the 2007/08 season, when Annan were victorious 22-8.

    Greenock will be wanting to end a poor run of 4 defeats on the trot in the league, while Annan will be wanting to get themselves on a decent run with still 12 games to go in the league season!

    Players to meet at 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, N Coupland, A Clark, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann, J Whiteside, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: C White, T Sloan, J kirby

    THE 2ND XV ALSO HOST GREENOCK

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now OFF as Greenock could not raise a team

    The 2nd XV also take on Greenock Wanderers at Violetbank.

    The 2nd XV have had a great start to 2018 with a played 4 won 4 record, with wins over Moffat x2, Creighton and Hillhead Jordanhill.

    Last weeks league game was cancelled as Lenzie could not raise a team, so the 2nd XV players will be eager to get back into rugby action as they take on the team just below them in the league.

    With 8 games to go, a top 3 is still possible for the Annan lads.

    Players to meet at 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, K Warrick, M Thorburn, B Jamieson, K Watret, D Ferguson, D Nordon, G Williamson, G Lynch, J Ogilvie, R Martin, W Gray, C Smith, S Livingston, l Johnson, I Thorburn, F Laurie, M Carpenter, R Arthur


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    SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY 2018

    1ST XV HOST THE LEAGUE LEADERS

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now POSTPONED as Violetbank is waterlogged and there are no alternative pitches.

    The 1st XV welcome Carrick to Annan for the 5th time and for our 10th competitive match at a first XV level.

    The teams met earlier in the season in the BT Regional Shield when Carrick ran out 44-20 winners.

    Since then, Carrick have made it to the BT National Semi Finals were they await their opponents to be finalised.

    In the league, Carrick are on a fine run with 7 wins on the bounce after their only defeat of the season to Garnock back in October.

    Against Annan, Carrick hold a big edge with 6 wins to Annan's 3 and will no doubt wanting to keep up that record as they continue on their league and shield double quest.

    Annan will be wanting to get the win to continue their decent run of form.

    So a cracking game in prospect on Saturday

    Players to meet at 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 1st XV starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, A Clark, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, R Hetherington, J Bigham, C McCann, J Whiteside, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey and C Wallace.

    Replacements: M Crombie, C Smith, D Wyllie, J Kirby.

    THE 2ND XV TAKE ON LENZIE

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as Lenzie could not raise a team.

    The 2nd XV are also at home as they take on Lenzie RFC in their latest league game.

    The 2nd XV are the inform team in the club having won their past 5 matches!

    Players to meet at 13.45 for the 15.00 kick off.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, G Lynch, R Martin, J Ogilvie, G Williamson, G Graham, D Ferguson, C Wilson, A Carlyle, S Livingston, M Thorburn, B Jamieson, L Johnson, Z Lockerbie and AN Other.*

    * If you are available and not contacted Muff yet - drop him a text/call.


    ANNAN 2ND BEAT HILLHEAD JORDANHILL AT THE EVERHOLM
    SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

    GREAT 5 POINTER FOR THE LADS

    The 2nd XV beat Hillhead Jordanhill 2A 53-0 in their latest league game.

    Game was moved to the Everholm as Violetbank was still suffering from the weather.

    But that only inspired the Annan lads who win their 5th game on the bounce.

    Tries from Max Throburn (3), Liam Ogilve (2) Kerion Watret (2), Declan Ferguson (1) and Gav Lynch (1). With 8 points from the boot of Ross Brown (4C)

    Well played lads.

    Match Report


    DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO JACK THOMPSON AND FAMILY
    FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2018

    All at Annan Rugby Club would like to extend their sympathies to founder member and player Jack Thomson and family after hearing of the death of Jenn.

    Jenn, wife of Jack and Eric and Beckys mum, passed away on 29th January following an illness.

    The clubs thoughts are with Jack, his family and his friends at this time.


    ANNAN 2ND XV TAKE ON HILLHEAD JORDANHILL AT VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE
    SATURDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2018

    HOME MATCH FOR THE 2ND XV

    With the Six Nations Tournament starting this weekend (watch in the Club!) Annan 1st XV do not have a fixture but Annan’s second string have a league game in BT Reserve League Division 2 against Hillhead Jordanhill 2A at Violetbank with a 1pm KO.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, J Ogilvie, C Smith, K Warrick, N Goldie, M Crombie, J Crombie, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, W Gray, J Kirby, D Ferguson, F Laurie, D Kerr, G Lynch, K Watret, M Carpenter

    Meet at Violetbank at 11.45am for a 1pm KO


    ANNAN RETAIN THE CHISHOLM CUP
    SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY 2018

    LEAGUE AND CHISHOLM CUP WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    The teams took to the Greenlaw pitch for the 2nd leg of the (almost) Annual Chisholm cup clash between Annan and Stewartry (plus it was a league game or something). The Cup has been played for 15 times since the first game in 1998 with Annan being the current holder and holding a 8-7 lead

    The first leg had been played earlier this season at Violetbank and Annan had won that encounter 24-14.

    Twas the first time the Chisholm Cup had been played over 2 legs, so all manner of results was possible; Annan win and retain the Cup, Annan lose but retain the Cup, Stewartry win but lose the Cup, Stewartry win and regain the Cup!

    In the league, an Annan win could move them above Stewartry while a win for Stewartry would extend the gap over Annan to at least 8 points (albeit Annan would still have 6 games in hand)

    So the Chisholm Cup, bragging rights, league position and points up for grabs.

    And as always seems to be in matches at the Greenlaw, it was Stewartry who came out all guns blazing and they were 8 nil up after just 14 minutes. First with a try on the 7th minute which was followed up with a penalty shortly afterwards.

    For the rest of the first half, both teams had chances and it looked like it was going to end 8 zip to Stewartry but on the stroke of half time, the Aussie rugby guru that is Gus Clark, in his first game for Annan for almost 2 years, was on the end of a move to take it to 8-7. Captain McCann with the conversion.

    8-7 at half time and game on!

    The second half started at a hectic pace but there was no further scoring until the 65th minute, and it was the Coupland by the name of Neal that crashed over to take it to 12-8.

    Stewartry hit back almost straight away though as some Annan indiscipline meant a succesful penalty took it to 11-12 with 10 to go.

    And with 5 to go, Annan were reduced to 14 as Gus Clark was yellow carded for some southern hemisphere interpretation of the rules. Could the lads hang on?

    Yes!

    A Craig McCann penalty shortly afterwards took it to 15-11 and the lads hung on for the win!

    So Annan retain the Chisholm Cup. Well played lads.

    For Stewartry, their losing bonus point was enough to keep them above Annan for now.

    The 1st XV now take a break for a week and continue their league campaign with a home game v Carrick on the 10th Feb at Violetbank.

    Match Photos (open in a new Tab) / Match Report (basically version 2.0 of the above!)

    THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN

    And a great Saturday was complete as the 2nd XV do the double over Moffat Rams with a great 24-22 win.

    Annan scorers: Tries: Kieran Warrick, Gavin Lynch, Declan Ferguson, Maximus Thorburn and 2 conversions from Ross Brown.

    Well played lads!

    Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD FOR LOCAL DERBIES
    SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY 2018

    LEAGUE AND CUP CLASH FOR THE 1ST XV

    Last Saturdays defeat to East Kilbride means that the 1st XV now have a played 8, won 4 lost 4 in the BT West Division 1 league. With 14 games to go however a top 4 finish is still up for grabs.

    Stewartry have played 6 more games this season that Annan and are currently sitting 4 point clear in 6th spot. An Annan win would take them above Stewartry while a Stewartry win would give the Castle Douglas side a chance of getting into the top 5 come season end.

    The West 1 league is basically split into 3 sections. The top 3 (Carrick, Allan Glens and Garnock) are fighting for the championship. The next 5 (Kilmarnock, East Kilbride, Stewartry, Greenock and Annan) are probably fighting for 4th at best, while the bottom 4 (Oban, Irvine, Cambuslang and Helensburgh) are fighting to avoid the relegation places.

    But the game on Saturday is more than league points, the Chisholm Cup is up for grabs!

    Annan hold a 24-14 lead after the game at Violetbank back in October. Stewartry will be aiming to overturn that on Saturday while Annan will be wanting to get the double over their local rivals.

    Big game! League points, league position, Chisholm Cup and bragging rights up for grabs!

    So we travel to the Greenlaw to take on Stewartry for the 13th time and for our 25th game at a competitive 1st XV level.

    We have of course met many more times over the years but these have been "friendlies".

    In Chisholm Cup games, Annan are the holders and have a 8-7 lead over Stewartry. The last Chisholm Cup match was back on the 12th September 2015 when Annan ran out 27-25 winners.

    We met a few months later at the Greenlaw when Annan were also victorious 9-3 win, in a game of defences!

    The Chisholm Cup wasn't played for last season due to frozen pitches and time running out in the rugby season

    This is the first time we have played for the Chisholm Cup over 2 legs, makes for a much more intriguing encounter!

    Players to meet at 11.30 for the 14.00 kick off. Transport: Cars

    Annan 1st XV starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, N Coupland, T Sloan, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann, J Whiteside, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey and C Wallace

    Replacements: D Wyllie, D Nordon, A Clark.

    LOCAL DERBY FOR THE 2ND XV

    The 2nd XV are heading up the A74 to take on Moffat Rams in a friendly.

    This will be the 2nd meeting of the clubs in the last couple of weeks. The 2nd XV ran out winners last time at Violetbank and will be wanting to do the double over their rugby neighbours.

    Moffat will no doubt be planning to stop this from happening!

    Players to meet at 12pm for the 2pm KO. Transport: Cars

    Annan 2nd XV Squad D Kerr, M Crombie, G Lynch, R Martin, R Brown, K Warrick, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, J Ogilvie, C Smith, Z Lockerbie, C Grant, A Carlyle, M Carpenter, W Gray,


    LAST GASP LOSS FOR THE 1ST XV
    SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2018

    EAST KILBRIDE WIN AT THE EVERHOLM

    With the weather wiping out most of the BT West Division games, the Annan - East Kilbride match was 1 of only 2 games (from a possible 17) that went ahead on Saturday afternoon.

    The weather though had caused the fixture to be played at the Everholm instead of Violetbank. The pitches at Violetbank were still waterlogged after the recent snow and rain.

    This was the 7th league game that had been played on the Everholm pitch by the 1st XV since the opening of Violetbank in 1999, and the first for almost 8 years.

    So the teams took to a heavy pitch each knowing that a win would improve their respective positions in the West 1 league table. Up to 4th (from 5th) for East Kilbride and potentially up to 6th (from 8th) for Annan. Only potentially as it would require a bonus point win.

    It was Annan that had the better start as they went 3-0 up in as many minutes thanks to the boot of Captain McCann and some East Kilbride indiscipline and then the same again on the 18th minute to take a 6-0 lead. In-between there had been chances for both teams but none were taken.

    The 2nd twenty of the first half was again a series of missed chances and the half ended 6-0 to Annan.

    The 2nd half started and this time is was East Kilbride who got off to a flyer and a well worked try and succesful conversion right at the start took the score to 7-6 to East Kilbride.

    The way the scoring was going in this game, it was once again the old cliche of the next score was going to be all important....and....

    ...on the 65th minute, up stepped that man again Captain Craig McCann, on his first start since being injured back in the Stewartry game on the 7th October, to slot over another penalty to take it to 9-7 to Annan. Could Annan hold on?...

    No.

    With a few minutes to go a penalty from East Kilbride gave them a 10-9 lead which was how the game ended.

    So congratulations to East Kilbride who move up to 4th in the table.

    For Annan, they have to regroup for one of the biggest games of the season next week when they take on Stewartry at the Greenlaw with the Chisholm cup, league points and league position all up for grabs!

    'Mon The Annan!

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (open in a new Tab) / Match Report (basically just the above!)


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 2018

    1ST XV HOST EAST KILBRIDE

    STOP PRESS: The match will now be played at the Everholm, pending a morning pitch inspection.

    So a great start to the year for the Annan 1st XV as they made it 2 bonus point away wins from 2 after beating Irvine and Oban rugby on the road.

    The wins consolidated Annan's league position in 8th but with their numerous games in hand over the other teams in the league (between 2 and 7) a top 5 (perhaps 4) finish is well within reach.

    So Annan welcome East Kilbride to Annan for the 9th time and for their 18th match at a 1st XV competitive level.

    The teams first met in the leagues back in 2003 back in the National 1 days. Both teams won their home match.

    The teams met however a bit earlier in the SRU Cup competition back in 2001. The South Lanarkshire coming out on top that day 41-24. Annan Coach Niall Smith scoring a try and 2 conversions in that game.

    A game, as always, both teams will want to win. For East Kilbride to keep up their slim (but still a chance) of claiming top spot come the end of the season.

    For Annan, a 3rd straight win of the year will give them huge boost going into next weeks Chisholm Cup 2nd leg match away to Stewartry.

    Players to meet at 12.45 for a 14.00 start.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (c), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Whiteside, A Jancey

    Replacements: C White, C Smith, D Wyllie

    2ND XV ENTERTAIN HILLHEAD/JORDANHILL 2A

    STOP PRESS: Alas the game is now POSTPONED as Violetbank is waterlogged and there are no alternative pitches.

    The 2nd XV will hopefully finally get a home league game on Saturday when they take on Hillhead/Jordanhill 2A.

    The Glasgow team have struggled in their last 2 games but are still in 3rd spot with an outside chance topping the league come season end. Someone will have to stop Allan Glens 2nd XV though!

    A win for the Annan 2nd XV could move the team up into 4th spot and their highest league position of the season. So all to play for.

    Players to meet at 12.45 for a 14.00 start.

    Annan 2nd XV Team from: R Brown, J Ogilvie, A Torbett, D Kerr, M Crombie, D McClure, D Ferguson, F Laurie, K Warrick, G Lynch, N Goldie, C Wilson, C Grant, W Gray, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, S Livingston, R Martin, D Nordon, A Carlyle, K Watret, B Jamieson, M Carpenter


    WINS AGAIN FOR BOTH TEAMS
    SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2018

    2 FROM 2 FOR ANNAN AGAIN

    Both the 1st and 2nd XV won again on Saturday to keep up their 100% start to the year.

    The 1st XV left it late to win 24-15 over Oban. Jonny Callaghan with the only score in the first half for Annan who trailed 12-5 at half time.

    However second half tries from Neal Coupland and 2 late tries from Alex Halliday sealed the bonus point win. Craig McCann kicked 2 conversion.

    Match Report

    And the 2nd XV won at Violetbank 29-17 over local friends Moffat Rams.

    Match Report

    Well played to both teams!


    BOTH TEAMS IN ACTION ON SATURDAY
    SATURDAY 13TH JANUARY 2018

    LONGEST TRIP OF THE SEASON FOR THE 1ST XV

    So after a long delay, the 1st XV finally played another league game last week. And luckily it was well worth the wait as Annan ran in 7 tries away to Irvine.

    Oban Lorne had the slightly harder task of playing league leaders Allan Glens. The result was predicable but Oban did score a few tries against the unbeaten league favourites.

    The West 1 league does look like its now between 3 teams - Allan Glens, Garnock and Carrick.

    The next 5 teams, including Annan, are probably playing for 4th spot at best.

    Down at the bottom its looking more likely that Irvine and Helensburgh could be bottom teams come the end of the season.

    Oban Lorne (and Annan) are not out of the fire yet in terms of ending up in the bottom 2 places but unless there is a huge change in form in the teams in West 1, its looking unlikely.

    For Annan, a win could potentially take them above Stewartry in 7th spot (and still have 7 games in hand over the Greenlaw team) while a win for Oban would put some breathing space between them and the bottom 2.

    All to play for!

    So Annan travel to Oban for only the 2nd time at a 1st XV competitive level and for our 5th match up.

    The 1st XV have never lost to Oban but the recent matches have been close run affairs. The last meeting was our only match in Oban and Annan ran out 6-3 winners!

    Previous scores have been 10-0, 24-15 and 48-0. The 48-0 game was our first encounter back in 1993!. It wasn't until 2015 that we met again for the 2nd time.

    Both teams will be wanting to win to put some space between them and the bottom teams.

    Annan will be wanting to continue their fine form of last week and take that into the next set of matches. Especially with the Stewartry game in 2 weeks!

    Bus leaves Bank Street at 17.30 on the Friday night.

    Kick Off: 14.00 on Saturday

    Starting XV: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey and C Wallace

    Replacements: C McCann, D Nordon, C Smith

    THE 2ND XV HOST MARR 3RD XV

    STOP PRESS: Alas for the 4th time this season, the opposing team could not raise a team to travel to Annan and the game has been cancelled....but Moffat Rams have stepped in and its game on at Violetbank. KO still 2pm.

    The 2nd XV continue their league campaign with a home tie against Marr. Marr are currently 4th spot and with their games in hand will be looking to finish in the top 2.

    Annan will have to be at their best, but happily the 2nd XV squad once again is the full 15 plus a full set of subs.

    Players to meet at 12.45pm for a 2pm kick off.

    2nd XV squad: F Laurie, I Thorburn, R Brown, A Carlyle, G Lynch, J Ogilvie, R Martin, D Ferguson, D Kerr, S Clark, S Livingston, M Thorburn, C Grant, D McLure, M Crombie, N Goldie, W Gray, A Allison, L Johnson, K Warrick, D Wyllie


    WINS FOR BOTH TEAMS
    SATURDAY 6TH JANUARY 2018

    GREAT WINS FOR BOTH THE 1ST AND 2ND XV'S

    The 1st XV get a great 7 try win over Irvine, winning 44-12. A try bonus point as well.

    The Annan points coming from: Sean Haren (2T), Andrew Jancey (T), James Kirby (T), Ryan Hetherington (T), Alex Halliday (T), Tam Sloan (T) and Cairn Wallace (3C, 1P)

    Match Photos (open in a new Tab) / Match Report

    The 2nd XV also win in a thriller, coming back from being 31-7 down at half time to win 38-31 v old friends Creighton RFC.

    The Annan points coming from: Callum Smith (T), Andy Allison (T, 4C) Gavin Lynch (T), Kieran Watret (T), Stephen Clarke (2T)

    Match Report

    Well in lads.


    BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION
    SATURDAY 6TH JANUARY 2018

    1ST XV TRAVEL TO MARRESS

    So hopefully on Saturday, the Annan 1st XV will finally get to continue their BT West 1 league campaign.

    The game away to Irvine on Saturday will be the 1st XV's first league game since their 20-17 loss to Greenock Wanderers on the 14th October!

    For Irvine, they have played 9 games and only had 1 win. Every game has usually been close though. Their last 4 games have been: Loss - 17-14, Loss - 10-14, Loss - 14-15 and Win - 24-22

    Irvine are 2nd bottom, a similar position they found themselves last year before they turned their season around after recruiting a number of players.

    The fact Irvine seem to be one score away from 4 wins on the trot seems to suggests that this season a bit of luck rather than new players could save the day.

    For Annan, just getting to play 80 minutes of rugby will be all the reward needed. Although I am sure they Annan lads will be after the win!

    So Annan travel to Irvine for the 5th time and for our 13th meeting at 1st XV level.

    Over the 12 meetings its be a 50/50 split with 6 wins apiece.

    At Marress its also a 50/50 split with 2 wins each. At Violetbank its a 3-4 win ratio for Irvine

    The final Annan win to make it 6 wins each is of course the BT Bowl Final in 2003 at Murrayfield (always have to get that mentioned!)

    The teams have actually met twice already this season. So for Annan, who have only played 8 times in the league and shield, 25% of the games and soon to be 33% of the games played will be v Irvine!

    Annan won both these games and will be wanting to make it a hat-trick on Saturday.

    For Irvine, they will be wanting to finally get that bit of luck on their side and be the team that wins by a couple of points rather than the opposite!

    Players to meet at 10.30am. Transport: Cars

    Starting XV: R Glass, R Hetherington, R Gracie, C White, T Sloan, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace.

    Replacements: N Coupland, D Nordon, K Warrick and C McCann

    2ND XV HOST DALZIEL

    STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV will now face Creighton RFC instead of Dalziel. Kick Off: 14.15

    The 2nd XV also hope to get their league season back on track with a home game v Dalziel.

    This will be the 2nd XVs first league game since their 76-0 win over Cumnock back on the 4th November.

    A score of 7-6 this time to Annan will no doubt be just as good!

    Kick off is at 2pm at Violetbank and a big Annan support would be, as always, appreciated.

    2nd XV Squad: R Brown, A Allison, C Grant, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, K Watret, S Livingston, J Ogilvie, S Clark, C Grant, G Lynch, M Crombie, D Kerr, C Smith, B Jamieson, F Laurie, W Gray, M Carpenter


    LEAGUE LEADERS FOR BOTH TEAMS
    SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2017

    1ST XV HOST ALLAN GLENS

    STOP PRESS: All games are OFF. Violetbank/Everholm are frozen.

    So, assuming the Violetbank pitches defrost in time, Annan will be hosting BT West 1 league leaders Allan Glens on Saturday.

    Due to postponements and the autumn internationals, this will be Annan's first game since the Shield loss to Carrick back on the 28th October and their first league game since the 14th October!

    Allan Glens are having a great season and are, as yet, undefeated at the top of the league, with a played 8 won 8 record

    Their only loss this season has been in the BT West Regional Shield when they lost to eventual winners Carrick.

    Annan will just be hopefully of finally getting a game after a now 7 week break! So we welcome Allan Glens to Annan for the 8 time and for the 15th competitive match at a First XV level.

    We met earlier in the season when the Glens ran out convincing winners at Bishopbriggs. As always on Saturday the Annan lads will be trying to reverse that defeat

    Players to meet 12.45pm for a 2pm kick off.

    Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, C bell, S Harren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: T Sloan, J Kirby, D Wyllie

    2ND XV ALSO HOST LEAGUE LEADERS ALLAN GLENS

    Annan 2nd XV also have a tough ask when they host West Reserve 2 league leaders Allan Glens at Violetbank on Saturday. The Glens are also undefeated in 8 games this season.

    Players to meet 12.45pm for a 2pm kick off.

    Starting XV: C Park, F Laurie, A Carlyle, D Kerr, S Clark, I Thorburn, G Lynch, M Thorburn, M Crombie, J Ogilvie, R Brown, C Smith, G Graham, G Williamson, Z Lockerbie.


    1ST XV ON THE ROAD AGAIN
    SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 2017

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO KILMARNOCK

    STOP PRESS: Game is POSTPONED. Pitch frozen.

    So, assuming the weather holds, Annan are travelling to Kilmarnock on Saturday for their latest league game.

    Due to postponements and the autumn internationals, this will be Annan's first game since the Shield loss to Carrick back on the 28th October and their first league game since the 14th October!

    Annan have so far played just 5 league games this season (22 to be played in total). For comparison we had played 12 league matches by this time last year. Going to be a busy 2018!

    Kilmarnock are doing great this season in the league and look like the only real challengers along with Garnock to Allan Glens push for the title.

    Annan have a tough end to the year as they also take on league leaders Allan Glens next week at Violetbank.

    Annan are currently in 9th spot but have 4 or 5 games in hand over their nearest rivals. Or in Stewartry's case 6!

    So the 1st XV travel to Kilmarnock for the 12th time and for their 25th meeting at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Kilmarnock have the edge with 12 wins to Annan's 11 (with 1 draw).

    Kilmarnock at home though do have the edge with 9 wins to Annan's 2.

    Going to be a good match up with both teams wanting to getting back to winning ways after a couple of loses in row.

    Annan starting 1st XV: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, N Coupland, T Sloan, D Norden, R Dunlop, S Haren (C), J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday,A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: J Kirby, M Crombie G Lynch, C Smith

    Meet at club at 11am for the 2pm KO.

    Transport: Cars

    The 2nd XV fixture against Kilmarnock 2nds has been postponed as Annan are unable to raise a full team.


    1ST XV AND 2ND XV ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 2017

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO SECOND PLACE GARNOCK

    STOP PRESS: Game is POSTPONED. Pitch frozen.

    So, assuming the weather holds, Annan are travelling to Garnock on Saturday for their latest league game.

    Due to postponements and the autumn internationals, this will be Annan's first game since the Shield loss to Carrick back on the 28th October and their first league game since the 14th October! Summer rugby anyone?

    Garnock are doing great this season in the league and look like the only real challengers so far to Allan Glens push for the title. Still plenty of life left in this league though and Kilmarnock could still be a challenge.

    Annan have some tough games ahead, including this one, they also have Kilmarnock next week and then the following week against Allan Glens.

    This set of games could make or break Annan's season. A good set of results and the 1st XV have a chance of a top 3 finish. Big ask though against the 3 best teams in the league so far.

    So Annan travel to Garnock for the 7th time at a 1st XV competitive level and for the 13th match up between the teams. Garnock have the edge with 7 wins to Annan's 5.

    Games recently between the teams have be tight affairs. Over the last 5 games the winning margin has been 5, 7, 2, 3 and 7.

    The last match v Garnock was this season in the Shield when Annan came out on top 24-17 at Garnock.

    So, an interesting game awaits. Garnock are a team in form while Annan have not played much recently but on the plus side it has allowed for a few of the injured Annan players to recover.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, N Coupland, T Sloan, D Barnes, E Braid, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bingham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: D Nordon, D Wyllie

    Meet at Clubhouse at 10am for a 2pm KO.

    Transport: Bus

    THE 2ND XV ALSO ON THE ROAD

    STOP PRESS: Alas game is POSTPONED. Pitch frozen. 2nd XV only found out after arriving.....

    The Annan 2nd XV are off to Whitecraigs in their latest BT West Reserve 2 league game. It’s the teams first game for 4 weeks.

    Their last game being the great 76-0 win over Cumnock so hopefully the 2nd XV can extend this on Saturday.

    Whitecraigs are always tough at home though.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, K Warrick, J Kirby, C Grant, A Carlyle, D Kerr, G Lynch, M Thorburn, C Smith, M Crombie, S Clarke, R Martin, I Thorburn

    Meet at Clubhouse at 10am for a 2pm KO.

    Transport: Bus


    1ST XV ON THE ROAD
    SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

    BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION FOR THE 1ST XV

    STOP PRESS: Game is POSTPONED. Pitches unplayable.

    On Saturday, the 1st XV travel to East Kilbride for their first league game since the 14th October. The break due to Autumn internationals, Shield games and postponements.

    Annan have only played 5 games so far in the league (some teams are up to 10 games played!) and so will be glad just to get another game under their belt.

    East Kilbride were challenging for the 1 promotion spot but a few unexpected loses means they are probably looking at a top 3 finish at best. Not a bad season though!

    The West 1 league is looking like a battle between Allan Glens and Garnock. With Kilmarnock perhaps challenging. These 3 teams are Annan's next opponents as well!

    So combined with East Kilbride (who are currently in 4th) - this run of games will be Annan's hardest of the season by a long way.

    So we travel to East Kilbride for the 10th time at a 1st XV competitive level and for our 18th match up.

    East Kilbride hold a lead over Annan with 9 wins to our 6 (with 2 draws)

    We first played East Kilbride back in 2001 in the BT Cup. Our first league meeting was in 2003. East Kilbride won both these encounters,

    We last met just over a year ago when we drew 20-20 at Violetbank.

    The average score in this game has been Kilmarnock 20 v Annan 19 so I expect a similar scoreline on Saturday. With perhaps Annan scoring 2 points more than their average!

    Annan 1st XV Squad:R Glass, R Gracie, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Nordon, E Braid, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements:T Sloan, J Kirby, D Wyllie, M Thorburn

    Players to meet at Bank Street at 10am for a 12.30pm KO.


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME THIS SATURDAY
    SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

    ANNAN 2ND XV TAKE ON CUMNOCK 2ND XV AT VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: 2nd XV get a great win, beating Cumnock 76 v 0. Scoring 12 tries in the process. Well in lads.

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (open in a new Tab) / Match Report

    Annan 2nds welcome Cumnock 2nd to Violetbank on Saturday in West 2 of BT Regional Reserve leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: C Park, M Crombie (C), R Martin, D Kerr, I Thorburn, R Arthur, C Smith, G Graham, R Brown, A Carlyle, J Johnstone, G Lynch, S Livingston, J Ogilvie, M Thorburn

    Replacements: M Carpenter, F Laurie

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO

    ANNAN WELCOME HELENSBURGH TO VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as Helensburgh are unable to raise a team.

    It’s back to league action for Annan this Saturday in West 1 of BT Regional Leagues after last week’s BT Shield defeat v Carrick. Not the best performance from Annan last week but if we had taken few more of the chances created it could have been a lot closer!

    Helensburgh's recent form on paper looks poor but if you check their last 3 games they have played Glens (1st), Kilmarnock (2nd) and Garnock (3rd)!

    For Annan, after this game, they go on a similar run of games: East Kilbride (Away, 4th), Garnock (Away, 3rd), Kilmarnock (Away, 2nd), Glens (Home, 1st)!

    Both teams will be targeting this game as a chance to get some more points on the board and put some more breathing space from the dreaded relegation spots!

    A high scoring game is in prospect as matches between the 2 teams have never been low scoring.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, T Sloan, C White, N Coupland, D Nordon, E Braid, S Haren, (C) J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: R Hetherington, J Kirby, D Wyllie

    Meet at Violetbank at 12.45pm for a 2pm KO


    ANNAN WELL BEATEN IN THE SEMI FINALS OF THE REGIONAL SHIELD
    SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

    BT SHIELD REGIONAL FINAL FOR CARRICK

    The two teams took to the Violetbank pitch knowing the winners would be going into the BT West Regional Final and just 2 more wins from a Murrayfield final!

    It was also both teams first game in a few weeks, due to call offs and waterlogged pitches and the start was a bit rusty from both teams.

    So it was not surprise that it wasn't until the 12 minute that someone scored. Alas it was Carrick with the converted try to take it to 7-0.

    Annan hit back though not long after with a Cairn Wallace penalty to take it to 7-3.

    Start of some Annan pressure and points?

    Alas no, as 5 minutes later another converted Carrick try took it to 14-3 and Annan needed to score to next to keep in touch.

    Again, it was a no but it was only a 3 point increase for Carrick due to some Annan indiscipline. A 14 point lead for Carrick and not looking great to Annan.

    And it got worse as just before the break Carrick got their 3rd and then 4th converted tries as Annan collapsed and Carrick took a 31-3 lead into half time.

    Annan were now just playing for pride in the second half.

    And the Annan support had a little something to cheer about when Captain Sean Haren dove over in the 47 minute to take it to 31-8. Sean's first of the season. Finally! :)

    A Carrick penalty took it to 34-8 not long after.

    Some great chances from both sides was now the order of the day and it wasn't until the 65 minute and then 67th minute that the next scores occurred...

    ....and it was that man Captain Haren again for his brace and then hat-trick tries! Cairn with 1 conversion. 34-20 and 15 to go.

    Could this be one of the greatest ever Annan comebacks?

    Alas no - but by jove (always wanted to say that in a report) not a bad 2nd half performance! Carrick had the last say with 2 quick tries in the final few minutes.

    Final score 44-20 to Carrick.

    So in winning halves it was a 1-1 draw but alas until they change the rules thats wasn't good enough for the lads.

    Great 2nd half comeback though from Annan (from a man that was getting worried it could turn out to be a record home defeat at half time!) but alas the 1st half performance of Carrick or Annan (take your pick!) was Annan's downfall in this match.

    So a BT West Regional Shield final again for Carrick and best of luck to them as they attempt to retain the BT Shield trophy.

    For the 1st XV, they return to Violetbank next week when they take on Helensburgh in a league game.

    Anyway, next season would be far better to win the BT Shield in our 50th Anniversary year!

    #YouHeardItHereFirst

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    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    SATURDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2017

    ANNAN WELCOME CARRICK TO VIOLETBANK IN SEMI FINAL OF WEST REGIONAL SHIELD

    Last Saturdays postponement of the league game v Cambuslang (as Cambuslng could not raise a team!) wasn't the best preparation for this Saturdays BT West Regional Shield clash with Carrick.

    As it turned out, Carrick's game was also called off (waterlogged pitch) so both teams go into this game after a wee break from competitive rugby.

    So Annan welcome current BT Shield Holders Carrick to Annan for the 4th time and for our 9th match at a 1st XV competitive level.

    At home, Annan have the edge with 2 wins from 3. Away from Annan it’s not been a great return with only 1 win from 5.

    Carrick have been in fine form in the league with 4 wins from 5 and are the current BT West Shield holders after winning at Murrayfield last year v Murrayfield Wanderers 41-28.

    Annan won the last meeting of the 2 teams at Violetbank last November. Winning 18-17. There is a good chance that Saturdays game could be just as tight.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, T Sloan, D Nordon, E Braid, C Bell, S Haren (C), J Whiteside, J Bigham, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Jancey, A Torbett, C Wallace

    Replacements: D Wyllie, W Gray, C Park

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

    All spectators Please note the earlier KO time.

    ANNAN 2NDS OFF TO LENZIE IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as we are unable to raise a team.

    Annan 2nds travel up M74 on Saturday to take on Lenzie 2nd XV in West 2 of BT Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC

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

    Transport: Cars.


    WEEKEND TEAMS NEWS
    SATURDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2017

    1ST XV HOST CAMBUSLANG

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as Cambuslang can not raise a team to travel to Violetbank.

    Opponents on Saturday Cambuslang are having a bad run of form it would seem with 4 straight losses. But when you delve into the loses its not as bad as it might seem. Last week they lost to league leaders and undefeated Allan Glens, but kept them to just 33 points. Lowest of the season!

    Both teams will be wanting to bounce back after their respective defeats last week. Annan will be hoping to bounce that bit higher.

    So Annan welcome Cambuslang to Annan for the 9th time and the 8th time to Violetbank Annan first entertained Cambuslang in 1997 down at the Everholm.

    The clubs have since played 7 more times at Violetbank, with Annan up 6 wins to 2. In total the clubs have played 14 times, Cambuslang with 4 wins.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, D Nordon, R Dunlop, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, A Jancey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Torbett, C Wallace

    Replacements: E Braid, T Sloan, J Kirby, D Wyllie

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

    2ND XV ALSO AT HOME

    STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV go down 8-7. Andy Allison with the try and Adam Carlyle with the conversion.

    Match Report

    Annan second string take on Ardrossan 2nd XV in West 2 of the BT Regional Reserve Leagues.

    Annan 2nd XV Starting 15: M Crombie, S Livingston, R Martin, I Thorburn, D Kerr, C Smith, W Gray, G Graham, R Brown, A Allison, L Johnson, A Carlyle, D Ferguson, B Jamieson, G Lynch

    Replacements: C Grant, P Schooler, J Ogilvie, M Carpenter, M Neeley, S Muir

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


    THE 1ST XV GO DOWN IN GREENOCK
    SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2017

    TIME RUNS OUT FOR ANNAN

    After the 2 hour bus ride, the 1st XV took to the Fort Matilda pitch knowing that a win could get them into 5th spot with a game in hand on most of the division.

    The initial start to the game was a scrappy but with Greenock on top and Annan found themselves 6-0 down after just 12 minute after conceding 2 kickable penalties.

    As has been the way all season, the 1st XV tried to run the ball as often as they could but a loose pass as they were closing in on the Greenock line was intercepted and the lads were 13-0 down with just 20 mins on the clock. Time to regroup as next score would probably be crucial!

    As it turned out, there was no further score in the half so it ended 13-0 to Greenock. Much work to do if Annan wanted to get something from this match.

    The 2nd half kicked off and the same requirement needed: Annan to score next to keep themselves in the game and thankfully on the 45th minute, a successful penalty from Carin Wallace made it a 10 point game. 13-3.

    Alas for Annan, the score just seemed to inspire Greenock and 10 minutes later after some fine pressure, Greenock score another converted try to take it to 20-3. Game over?

    Not yet, as Annan hit straight back through Mr Wallace again. A great try, which Cairn also converted. 20-10.

    So now once again, my most used line in all the reports I seem to do: the next score was going to be crucial now!

    Could Annan get to within 1 score or would Greenock perhaps finally put the game to bed?

    And before I had time to finish that last sentence, it was 20-17. A penalty try for Annan and it was a 3 point game with about 20 to go.

    Game On! - My second most used line!

    Nervous time for the Annan support at the game? Could Annan do it?

    No.

    Alas, despite some great pressure from Annan, the Greenock defense held firm to take the win. Annan do gain a losing bonus point though.

    The 1st XV had only 15 players and no replacements as well, who all played the full 80.

    Great effort lads but it was not to be.

    The first XV now have a home tie at Violetbank next Saturday where Annan have won 3 from 4 so hopefully they can extend that but it will be a tough old game against an always tough Cambuslang team.

    'Mon the Annan!

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    THE 2ND XV ALSO GO DOWN

    The 2nd XV also lost. Alas the 2nds also just had 15 and were down to 14 within 1 minute as Ryan Hetherington went off injured and then 13 after another injury.

    So no chance in that game lads!


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2017

    ON THE ROAD FOR BOTH TEAMS

    After last Saturdays great derby win over Stewartry, the Annan lads will be hopeful of getting something out of the game v Greenock Wanderers.

    Annan have now won their last 3 games (2 league and 1 shield games) and will be looking to extend this run.

    Greenock Wanders are having a mixed season so far having played 6 and lost 4 (1 loss was in the BT Shield).

    Unfortunately their last game v Allan Glens was abandoned after 30 minutes due to a serious neck injury to one of the Greenock players. A quick recover to the player from all at Annan Rugby.

    At home Greenock have won 2 and lost 1. The 1 loss was against current league leaders Kilmarnock. So at home the Wanderers have some great home form.

    The Annan lads know that they will have to be at the top of their game to get the 4 points from this game.

    So we travel to Greenock Wanderers for the 5 time and for the 9th match at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Annan have 2 wins on the road and 3 at Annan.

    We last met back in March 2010, when Greenock won 34-3 in a BT Shield game.

    Our last meeting league meeting at Greenock was back in September 2007. Annan won a classic game 7-6!. Captain Craig McCann with the winning points after converting a Mark Clark try.

    At home in the league that season Annan also won 22-8. Andrew Jancey and Graham Smith with the tries.

    This is a game that both teams will feel they can win. Greenock's home form has been impressive so far this season while Annan are on a decent winning run.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, C White, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bigham, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, C Wallace

    Replacements: R Hetherington, T Sloan, G Lynch, M Thorburn (who will all also be starting the 2nd XV game if required)

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.15am for a 3pm KO

    Transport: Bus

    2ND XV ALSO OFF TO GREENOCK

    After last weeks break, the 2nd XV will be hoping to get back on the rugby trail as they take on Greenock Wanderers in their latest National Reserve Division 2 game.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad:R Hetherington, M Crombie, T Sloan, I Thorburn, K Watret, G Graham, C Smith, F Laurie, R Brown, G Lynch, D McDougal, D Ferguson, C Wilson, J Ogilvie, M Thorburn

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30am for a 3pm KO

    Transport: Bus


    THE 1ST XV WIN WITH A TRY BONUS POINT
    SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017

    5 POINTER AND A CHISHOLM CUP LEAD FOR ANNAN

    So despite the rain this week, the Violetbank pitch survived the weather and the 16th Chisholm Cup match/West Division 1 game v Stewartry kicked off at Violetbank.

    Annan had an 8-7 lead in the Chisholm Cup and this season it was decided to play the Chisholm Cup over 2 legs - using both the home and away West 1 league games.

    The game kicked off and it was Stewartry who started the brighter. So it was no surprised when they were first to cross the whitewash on the 6th minute. 7-0 to the Greenlaw men. Not the best of starts!

    But these derby games are normally nick and tuck and just a few minutes later Annan hit back through a Christian White try (his 1st of the season). Craig McCann with the conversion. 7-7 after 12 mins.

    The match settled down a bit and despite some great chances for both teams, defences were on top and there was no further scoring in the half.

    The 2nd half kicked off and it was still all to play for.

    Thankfully for Annan, this half started the reverse of the first and Annan were first to score after only a few minutes, thanks to a Cairn Wallace run and try. Captain McCann again with the conversion. 14-7.

    Could Annan stretch away or would Stewartry score next to tie things up? You only have a few seconds to wait....

    It was Annan who scored next! - thanks to a great Adam Torbett try on the 56 minute. Cairn Wallace missed with the conversion. 19-7. Cairn taking over the kicking duties after Craig had gone off injured.

    Stewartry knew they had to score next if they wanted to get back into this game, with Annan now trying to put the match perhaps out of Stewartry's reach and secure a try bonus as a result?

    Alas for Annan and their supporters, Stewartry showed why they were they were promoted last season and came close to beating West 1 leaders Allan Glens last week and scored another converted try. Christian White was yellow carded just before the try was scored,

    So with 15 or so to go - it was all up for grabs again and Annan down to 14 for a large portion!

    Fortunately for Annan, Alex Halliday scored next to at least secure the try bonus point.

    And the Black and Yellow defence stood firm for the remainder despite the numerous Stewartry attacks. Phew!

    So Annan take the 5 league points and a 10 point lead into the 2nd leg of the Chisholm Cup.

    Scrappy performance in places on a heavy pitch but as I always say - "A win is a win and the boys will be over the moon, as its the team that scores the most points that usually wins in a game of 2 halves" plus a 5 pointer is not to be sniffed at!

    The 1st XV now travel to Greenock Wanderers next Saturday in their next BT West Division 1 game.

    For the record, the 2nd leg of the Chisholm Cup/BT West 1 match is on the 27th January at the Greenlaw.

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    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017

    1ST XV WELCOME STEWARTRY TO VIOLETBANK IN LEAGUE

    So back to league business in West 1 of the BT Regional Leagues for Annan after their great win over Garnock in the BT Shield. Annan welcome Stewartry to Violetbank for the 12th time at a competitive 1st XV level.

    Saturdays game will be the 16th meeting of the teams for the Chisholm cup, with Annan currently holding a 8-7 lead.

    This derby game is always a close, competitive and physical encounter and Saturday’s game will be no exception.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, C Bell, R Gracie, C White, D Nordon, R Dunlop, E Braid, S Haren, J Whiteside, C McCann, A Jancey, J Bigham, A Halliday, A Torbett, C Wallace

    Replacements: T Sloan, A Rae, S Wyllie

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO

    2ND XV AT HOME TO WEST OF SCOTLAND 2A IN RESERVE LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as West can not raise a team to travel to Violetbank.

    Annan 2nds take on West of Scotland 2A at Violetbank in BT West Reserve League Division 2.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: from M Crombie, R Arthur, R Martin, D Kerr, I Thorburn, C Park, C Smith, S Livingston, R Brown, A Allison, A Carlyle, G Lynch, D Wyllie, P Schoolar, M Thorburn, W Gray, D McDougal, C Trussler

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


    THE 1ST XV MARCH ON
    SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    GREAT WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    The 1st XV get a great win, beating Garnock 24-17 in the Quarter Finals of the BT West Regional Shield.

    Annan scored 3 great tries though Alex Halliday, Craig McCann and Carin Wallace. Captain McCann with 3 conversions and a drop goal.

    Well played lads!

    Match Report

    14 MAN 2ND XV GO DOWN

    The 14 man Annan 2nd XV go down 58-12 to Hillhead/Jordanhill in their latest league match.

    Great effort and commitment by the lads who travelled.

    Match Report


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    1ST XV ON SHIELD DUTY

    We travel to Garnock for a BT West Shield Quarter Final match to take on the North Ayrshire club for the 12th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    This will be our 6th visit to Glengarnock, which has not been a happy hunting ground for the Annan 1st XV.

    We have won once and lost four times. Our only win was back in 1998 in the Cup (maybe an omen?) when we ran out 18-10 winners.

    We first met back in 1994 in National Division 7, which Annan won, and Annan also won the next 2 meetings.

    Then in 2006 we met for the 4th time, and this time Garnock were victorious, which they then were for the next 6 meetings! It wasn't until last year that Annan finally stopped the losing run and won a classic game 3-0!

    Garnock will be firm favourites to win this clash but Annan will be wanting to extend this winning run over Garnock!

    Annan 1st XV Team: C Park, C Bell, R Glass, C White, D Nordon, R Dunlop, E Braid, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann, A Jancey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, H Houldey, C Wallace.

    Replacements: T Sloan, K Warrick, J Whiteside.

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30am

    Transport: Cars

    THE 2ND XV ARE ON THE ROAD

    The 2nd XV are also on the road to Glasgow to take on Hillhead/Jordanhill in a BT West Reserve 2 match.

    The lads will be wanting to get back to winning ways after last weeks disappointing defeat to Marr.

    Hillhead/Jordanhill are currently lying in 9th, 1 spot below Annan so it should be a good match up for some exciting rugby!

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: D Wyllie, R Brown, G Lynch, M Thorburn, G Graham, C Grant, P Schooler, D Mcdougal, R Arthur, C Smith, I Thorburn, S Rogers, M Crombie, W Gray, S Wyllie

    Meet at Clubhouse at 11.30am

    Transport: Cars


    WEEKEND TEAM NEWS
    SATURDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2017

    ANNAN 1ST XV AT HOME AGAIN ON SATURDAY

    STOP PRESS: Alas Saturdays game is now OFF as Oban do not have a front row. Rearranged date to follow

    Annan 1st XV host Oban Lorne on Saturday at Violetbank in the 4th week of the BT West Division 1 season.

    Annan currently have a 100% win record v Oban at a 1st XV level and will be hoping to have kept this record come 4.30pm on Saturday.

    Oban so far in West 1 have been at the wrong end of a couple of big loses to Kilmarnock and Allan Glens but as Annan also found out v Allan Glens, most teams this season will probably suffer the same fate!

    Last season at Violetbank Annan won the corresponding fixtures 10-0 but Oban will feel they had enough possession to have won that game. An Annan win will set them up nicely for the Shield game v Garnock and then the first leg of the Chisholm Cup v Stewartry in the coming weeks

    Annan 1st XV Team: R Glass, C Bell, R Gracie, C White, D Nordon, R Dunlop, E Braid, S Haren, J Bigham, A Allison, A Jancey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, H Houldey, C Wallace

    Replacements: T Sloan, K Warrick, C McCann

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO.

    ANNAN 2ND XV ON THE ROAD

    STOP PRESS: Marr 3rd XV 26 v Annan 2nd XV 8 - Annan points from a Gavin Lynch try and a Josh Whiteside penalty. Ah well onto next week!

    The Annan 2nd XV are on the road to Marr in their latest West Reserve 2 match. The Annan players will be glad to get some rugby action after last weeks game v Dalziel was cancelled as Dalziel could not raise a team to come down to Violetbank.

    Annan 2nd XV Team: D Kerr, J Kirby, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, L Johnson, R Brown, J Whiteside, C Grant, P Schooner, G Graham, N Coupland, D McDougal, G Lynch, J Ogilve, C Smith and R Arthur

    Players to meet at 11.30am for a 3pm KO. Transport: Cars


    FIRST LEAGUE WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    HOME WIN FOR ANNAN ON EX-PLAYERS DAY

    The 1st XV took to the Violetbank pitch hoping for their 1st league win of the season against Irvine.

    First though, there was a minutes silence for Annan rugby stalwart Alex McEwen who died last week. RIP Eck.

    The 1st XV had only one win so far this season in the BT Shield and that was against todays opponents Irvine.

    Annan got off to the best possible start thanks to a Cairn Wallace penalty after just 5 minutes. Cairn taking the kicks with usual kicker Captain Craig McCann out through injury.

    Cairn repeated the success just 7 minutes later to take the score to 6-0.

    Irvine hit back though through a penalty of their own on the 17 minutes.

    It was a scrappy game but both teams were trying to play running rugby but errors from both sides curtailed the scoring.

    That was until 5 minutes to half time, after a great move Centre Jonny Callaghan crashed over for a great try to give Annan a 13-3 lead. Cairn was succesful with the conversion.

    But just like the Shield game, just when you thought Annan might start to build a lead, Irvine hit back and on the stroke of half time, Irvine kicked a second penalty to take the half time score to Annan 13 v Irvine 6.

    The 2nd half started with Irvine on the ascendancy as it was no surprise when they scored with a penalty try on the 50th minute to take it to 13-13.

    It was anyones game and all knew that one piece of brilliance or stupidity could win the match for either team.

    Luckily for Annan it was the prop-genius that is Ryan Glass who popped up to cross the whitewash on the 70th minute to take the score to 20-13. Cairn again with the conversion.

    So a nervy last 10 minutes and with 4 mins to go, Cairn made the game safe with his 3rd penalty of the day and Annan held out for their 1st league win of the season.

    Not the greatest game but a win is a win and the lads can take that winning feeling into next weeks game v Oban Lorne at Violetbank

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    1ST AND 2ND XV AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    ANNAN WELCOME IRVINE TO VIOLETBANK IN THE LEAGUE

    Saturdays game will be Irvine's and Annan's 12th encounter at a 1st XV competitive level. The clubs last met only a few weeks ago in the Shield when Annan finally beat Irvine at Violetbank. At home Annan has played 6 won 2 record (1 win was at the Everholm) and away Annan has played 5 won 2 record. So overall it currently stands at 5 wins for Annan and 6 for Irvine.

    Both teams will be wanting to get their season back on track so it’s going to be an interesting game as always. Annan will be wanting to continue their home winning streak of 1 v Irvine while Irvine will be wanting to get back to winning ways.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie. D Nordon, R Dunlop, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, J Bingham, H Houldey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, C Wallace

    Replacements: T Sloan, E Braid, C White, A Torbett

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.30pm for a 3pm KO

    There will a minutes silence prior to both matches at Violetbank on Saturday in memory of former player, committee member and treasurer Alex McEwen who recently died.

    ANNAN 2NDS ARE AT HOME TO DALZIEL 3RDS IN LEAGUE

    STOP PRESS: The 2nd XV game tomorrow is off as Dalziel can not raise a team. The return leg will now be reversed and will be at Annan on the 6th January. We also get a 28-0 win. Alas we haven't managed to get a replacement fixture so only the 1st XV are at home tomorrow.

    Annan’s second string take on Dalziel 3rds in BT Regional Reserve Leagues West Division 2 at Violetbank.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: M Crombie, D Kerr, R Brown, C Grant, J Kirby, G Lynch, A Allison, N Coupland, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, R Martin, S Wyllie, R Arthur, S Livingston, A Rae, W Gray, J Ogilvie, C Smith

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.30pm for a 3pm KO


    BIG DEFEATS FOR BOTH TEAMS
    SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    GLENS TOO GOOD FOR ANNAN

    Both teams lost heavily to Allan Glens in their latest league games.

    The 1st XV lost 52-11, after leading 6-0 for 20 mins!

    The Annan points coming from 2 Craig McCann penalties and a Dwayne Barnes try.

    The 2nd lost 78-3.

    Ah well onto next week!

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    1ST AND 2ND XV OFF TO ALLAN GLENS
    SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    AWAY TRIPS FOR BOTH SENIOR TEAMS

    So we travel to Allan Glens to take on the Bishopbriggs team for the 14th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Both teams have 6 wins apiece and a draw. The deciding factor is usually where the game is being played with Allan Glens claiming 5 of their victories at home and Annan's 5 at Violetbank.

    The last time Annan won at the Glens was back in 2006 in a 27-5 win. We have since lost the next 5 away games!

    Last season Glens won the away leg 34-29 while Annan won at Violetbank 17-12. So last season it was a tie over the 2 games at 46 points apiece.

    If you were a bookie based on current form and where its being played, Allan Glens must be the favourites. But as we all know rugby is a great game at turning up surprises.

    And a win for Annan could set them up for a decent run as their next 3 league games are at Violetbank. For all your statisticians out there, Annan have won 65% of the games at Violetbank versus's the current West 1 teams.

    Annan 1st XV Squad: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, R Dunlop, D Nordon, D Barnes, E Braid, C Bell, J Whiteside, C McCann, H Houldey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, A Jancey, R Gracie

    The 2nd XV are on the road to Glens as well to try and continue their winning form after last weeks last gasp victory over Kilmarnock.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, M Thorburn, C Trussler, D Kerr, C Grant, A Carlyle, A Allison, G Lynch, M Neeley, G Graham, P Schooler, I Thorburn, C Taylor, J Ogilvie, L Johnston, G Williamson,

    Teams meet at Clubhouse at 12 noon for a 3pm KO

    Transport: Bus


    THE 1ST XV LOSE IN THEIR OPENING LEAGUE GAME
    SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

    DEFEAT FOR THE 1ST XV

    So the league season started this afternoon at a sunny Violetbank.

    Kilmarnock Rugby, celebrating their 150th season, were the opponents in the opening day game.

    The 1st XV have only won 7 of their last 20 opening league games but at home v Kilmarnock they have won 9 from 12 - so which stat would continue!

    It was Kilmarnock who started of the brighter and on the 6th minute they scored a great unconverted try.

    Annan hit back though thanks to a Callum Bell run and try with Captain McCann converting. 7-5!

    But then just a few minuted later, after a knock on in the Annan 22, a strong Kilmarnock scrum allowed their number 8 to pick up and score. Try was converted and it was now 7-12 to Kilmarnock after just 13 minutes.

    The teams settled down for a bit and there was no further scoring until the 27th minute, after Kilmarnock had been reduced to 14 due to a yellow card, full back Cairn Wallace scored in the corner to tie up the scores at 12-12.

    Annan missed the chance to take the lead with a couple of penalty misses just a few minutes later.

    The misses proved costly and with Kilmarnock back up to 15 with 3 to go, scored another converted try to take it to 19-12 and thats how was at half time.

    An early 2nd half penalty from Captain McCann took it to 15-19 and until the 65th minute that was as good as it got scoring wise for both teams!

    However in the 65th minute, a mistake by Annan and an intercepted ball was taken all the way for Kilmarnock's 4th try. 26-15. Game over?

    Alas for Annan it was indeed. And Kilmarnock score again to take the score to Annan 15 v Kilmarnock 31.

    Annan did have the last say with a converted Ross Dunlop try and then a Craig McCann penalty with 2 to go to give Annan hopefully a losing bonus point but alas time ran out and the game ended Annan 25 v Kilmarnock 31. So the former stat prevailed!

    So congratulations to Kilmarnock and Annan have to regroup and get ready for next Saturdays trip to Allan Glens.

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

    THE 2ND XV WIN!

    The 2nd XV win in their open league game. Last kick of the game win I hear! More details and scorers to follow. Edit - or just read the match report below....

    Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS HOST KILMARNOCK
    SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER 2017

    ANNAN KICK OFF LEAGUE CAMPAIGN AT VIOLETBANK WITH KILMARNOCK VISIT

    So after last Saturdays BT Shield win over Irvine, it’s the start of the league campaign this Saturday when Annan take on old rivals Kilmarnock at Violetbank. Kilmarnock are one team Annan have met on numerous occasions over the years!

    Opening league games are always interesting affairs as we get to see who might be challenging for promotion/top half finish and who are on the downward spiral! Word on the street is that Kilmarnock are definitely in the former camp! Anyway here hoping for a great game of rugby and that Annan can sneak an opening day win!

    Annan 1st XV Squad: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Whiteside, C McCann, A Torbett, J Callaghan, D Wyllie, H Houldey, C Wallace.

    Replacements: C Park, S Wyllie, E Braid

    Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3pm KO

    ANNAN 2ND XV ALSO KICK OFF LEAGUE CAMPAIGN AT VIOLETBANK WITH KILMARNOCK VISIT

    Annan 2nd XV kick off their league campaign in BT West Reserve League Division 2 at Violetbank against Kilmarnock 2nd XV. The Annan second string will be hoping to build on their mid-table league position of last season.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Martin, S Livingston, R Brown, J Graham, A Carlyle, C Smith, G Lynch, D Ferguson, J Kirby, A Allison, P Schooler, G Graham, W Gray, l Trussler, M Neeley

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


    SHIELD QUARTER FINAL DRAW
    SUNDAY 27TH AUGUST 2017

    AWAY TIE FOR THE BLACK AND YELLOW

    Annan have been drawn away to Garnock Rugby Club in the quarter final of the BT West Regional Shield. Game to be played on Saturday 30th September.

    FULL DRAW
    Garnock RFC v Annan Rugby
    Kilmarnock RFC v Cumnock RFC
    Clydebank RFC v Paisley RFC
    Carrick RFC v Uddingston RFC


    2ND ROUND FOR ANNAN
    SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 2017

    THE 1ST XV GET A GREAT WIN V IRVINE IN THE SHIELD

    So the season started in earnest for the 1st XV today as they hosted Irvine RFC in the first round of the BT West Regional Shield at Violetbank.

    At Violetbank, Irvine have a great record, winning 4 from 4 over the years! The only Annan win at Annan being at the Everholm in 1996!

    Annan do have a 100% win record v Irvine at Murrayfield so there is that!

    Anyway, todays game was a chance for either team to get to the quarter finals of the BT West Regional Shield.

    In the first half it was a tight affair, with both teams getting to grips that the season had started again!

    However it was Annan who had the better of the half, and various Irvine infringements allowed Annan to take a 12-0 thanks to four Captain McCann penalties by the 30th minute.

    Irvine finally got onto the score sheet with 5 to go in the half after some Annan indiscipline but right on the stroke of half time after a great move from the Annan backs put Andrew Jancey through for a try. Captain McCann with the conversion to take the half time score to 19-3 to Annan.

    The 2nd half started and for 15 minutes there was no scoring. If Annan thought they were going cruise to victory, Irvine put paid to that as they score a great try to take it to 19-8 and game on again. 25 to go!

    And 5 mins later it was an 8 point game. 19-11....*gulp*

    But the safe boot of McCann just seconds later put the score to 22-11 and the Annan supporters took a breath again!

    And with 10 to go, the Annan supporters exhaled as Adam Torbett crossed the whitewash after another great move to take it to 27-11

    But then with 5 to go, these lads from Marress were not for giving up and a another great converted try took it to 27-18!

    But just like that the game as a contest was over as Adam Torbett crossed the whitewash again to take it 32-18 and the countdown to the final whistle was on!

    Andrew Jancey then got his 2nd and the final whistle blew a few minutes later. So Annan go into the quarter final draw. Final Score 37-18! Nice!

    Draw on Sky Sports Action - Sunday at 17..00*

    *Might not be 100% true.

    Match Highlights / Match Photos (opens in a new tab) / Match Report (the slightly extended mix!)


    ONLY THE 1ST XV HAVE A GAME THIS WEEKEND
    SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 2017

    SHIELD GAME FOR THE 1ST XV

    So the 2017/18 competitive season starts on Saturday for Annan when they take on Irvine in the 1st round of the BT West Regional Shield.

    The BT West Regional Shield is definitely the most competitive and hardest of the 4 BT Regional Shields to try and get to the Regional and then National Finals.

    Saturdays game will be Irvine's and Annan's 11th encounter at a 1st XV competitive level. In the Shield competition over the years we have met just the once back in April 2007. It was a high scoring affair which Irvine won 42-30.

    Our last 2 meetings were last year in the league. Annan won the away tie while Irvine beat us at Violetbank.

    The 1st XV will be hoping for a winning start to the season!

    For the record we have played Irvine 10 times, Annan with 4 wins and Irvine with 6.

    Annan Starting 15 for Saturday: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, N Coupland, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, A Allison, C McCann, H Houldey, J Callaghan, D Wyllie, A Jancey, C Wallace.

    Replacements: C Nicholson, R Dunlop, A Torbett, J Bingham

    Meet 1.45 for a 3 kickoff.


    ANNAN LOSE TO CARLISLE
    SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017

    LOSS IN FRIENDLY MATCH

    Carlisle were too strong for Annan in this afternoons friendly game as they go down 37-12. Annan points from Harry Houldey (T, C) and Callum Bell (T)

    So lots to work on in the coming week before the season starts proper with the home Shield game v Irvine next Saturday


    HOME SEASON OPENER FOR ANNAN
    SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST 2017

    VIOLETBANK TOURNAMENT 2017

    STOP PRESS: Congratulations to Newton Stewart who retain the Violetbank Shield after a hard fought 7-3 win over Hawick Quins. And congratulations to Annan Rugby winners of the Coupland Shield after a 10-8 win over Wigton.

    The 2017 Violetbank Tournament is on Saturday 12th August. Gates open at 12.00 for the 1st games at 12.30

    Always a great day out!

    Annan squad of 25 for Saturdays Violetbank Tournament:

    R Glass, K Warrick, C Nicholson, M Crombie, C McCann, J Bigham, A Halliday, S Haren, M Thorburn, D Wyllie, C White, A Jancey, E Braid, R Dunlop, G Lynch, J Whiteside, A Torbett, C Bell, D Kerr, C Wallace, D Barnes, J Callaghan, A Allison, A Rae, and H Houldey.

    Plus: R Arthur, S Livingston, C Grant, C Park - Annan players available for other teams if required.

    For more info please click here


    REPORT AND THANK YOU FOR THE 24 HOUR TOUCH RUGBY FUNDRAISER
    SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

    Following on from the recent successful 10 week block of the Scottish Rugby Tartan Touch scheme at Violetbank, Annan Rugby decided to hold a continuous fundraising event for Club funds from 6pm on Friday 4th August until 6pm on Saturday 5th August, 2017.

    The event took the form of continuous games of Touch rugby during that period in the successful Tartan Touch format.

    Around 200 players took part with the youngest being 6 years of age and the oldest over 60. In total over 1500 tries were scored over the 24 hours, with young Brandon Lockerby having the honour of scoring the final try of the event.

    Annan President Gary Coupland said ' this was another great Club event following on from last year’s longest try which involved all areas of the Club, including juniors, youths, Seniors and Social members'. P> It was good to see the way everyone supported each other and was another good example of Annan's ' one club ' ethos.

    I would like to thank all those who organised the event, the players and all those who helped provide refreshments for everyone over the 24 hours'.


    THIS WEEKEND AND DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
    SATURDAY 29TH/SUNDAY 30TH JULY 2017

    ANNAN SQUAD OFF TO THE MOFFAT TENS

    STOP PRESS: The Annan lads played 4 and won 1.

    The new rugby season is upon us!

    On Saturday, an Annan squad are off to the Annual Moffat Tens.

    The 7 other teams taking part are: Moffat, Dumfries, Biggar, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, Stewartry and Hawick Linden.

    The first game kicks off at 12.00pm while the Annan Ten take on Hawick Linden at 1.30pm.

    Annan Squad: Kieran Warrick, Max Thorburn, Callum Bell, Ronnie Martin, Ross Dunlop, Josh Whiteside, Declan Ferguson, Cory Park, Ryan Glass, Ryan Hetherington, Daniel Nordon, Ross Brown, Gary Williamson, Leighton Trussler, Andy Allison and Jack Ogilvie

    WOMENS RUGBY TASTER SESSION

    On Sunday there will be the first of two Women’s Rugby Taster Sessions at Violetbank.

    If you have ever thought about trying rugby, then nows your chance to give it a shot and see if its for you! (it is!)

    Session starts at 11am and concludes at 1pm.

    Next session is on Sunday 13th August, again at Violetbank and also a 11am start.

    DATES FOR THE DIARY

    Annual Annan Rugby Fund Raiser - This year, Annan Rugby are attempting a 24 hour game of Touch Rugby up at Violetbank. It all kicks off at 6pm on Friday 4th August and concludes 24 hours later on Saturday 5th.

    The BBQ and Grubber will be open for the event and there will be a bar opening at about 4pm at Violetbank on the Saturday evening for spectators and players once they've finished playing.

    Violetbank Tournament - The Annual Violetbank 15 a side Tournament is on Saturday 12th August. Hawick Quins, Hawick Linden, Newton Stewart, Moffat, Stewartry and, of course, Annan are this years teams. Gates open at 12.00pm and the first game is 12.30pm

    Carlisle Trial Games - The 1st and 2nd XV will be hosting old friends Carlisle on Saturday 19th August at Violetbank. Kick offs 3pm.

    BT West Shield - The 1st XV host either Strathaven or Irvine is the 1st round of the BT West Shield on Saturday 26th August at Violetbank. Kick off 3pm

    League Season Starts - The 1st and 2nd XV both host Kilmarnock on Saturday 2nd September in their opening league games at Violetbank. Kick offs 3pm. While on Sunday 3rd September, the Annan Warriors travel to Howe Harlequins as they kick off life in National Division 1. Kick off 2pm.


    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