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1ST XV ON THE ROAD
SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2017

BACK TO LEAGUE ACTION FOR THE 1ST XV

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.

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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.

Itís back to league action for Annan this Saturday in West 1 of BT Regional Leagues after last weekís 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 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 itís 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 Saturdayís 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 itís 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.

Annanís 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, itís 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 yearís 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 Womenís 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