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1ST XV VICE CAPTAIN: SEAN HAREN
2ND XV CAPTAIN: TBC
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    THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN
    17TH NOVEMBER 2018

    2ND XV ENTERTAIN CARRICK

    STOP PRESS: Alas game has been put back to the 23rd February as the behest of Carrick.....*sigh*

    On Saturday at Violetbank, the 2nd XV are hosting Carrick 2nd XV in their latest West Reserve Division 2 match.

    It's been a tough season for player numbers for the 2nd XV, with Saturdays match being only their 4th match. Get yourself along if you can and support the lads. Kick Off: 2pm

    Please Note: There is always room for a few more players so if you fancy a game for the might Two's - contact Gavin Lynch or Muff.

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

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, J Ogilvie, A Allison, C Taylor, B Conroy, J Whiteside, J Kirby, S Livingston, I Thorburn, W Gray, F Laurie, K Warrick, C Park, D Robson and S Clark

    SCOTLAND GAME ON IN THE CLUB

    Once you have finished cheering on the mighty twos, then why not wander down to the Clubhouse at 17 Bank Street for the Scotland v South Africa match.

    Match kicks off at 5.20pm. Door will be open from 4pm. Free half time pies!

    Support the Scotland and the club.

    #AsOne


    5 POINTER FOR THE 1ST XV
    10TH NOVEMBER 2018

    8 TRY THRILLER AT VIOLETBANK

    Both Annan and Kilmarnock took to the Violetbank pitch, knowing that one of the teams would hopefully end their run of 2 defeats on the trot (unless it was a draw, then no one wins...)

    The clubs have 200 years of rugby experience between them, so a great game of rugby was hopefully on the cards!

    For Annan it was a changed team with 2 forward changes (and 1 positional change) and 5 back changes (and 1 position change) - so with the new faces, a change of luck coming Annan's way?

    Before the match got underway there was a 1 minute silence to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 and to all those killed in wars since then. #LestWeForGet

    And for a change from the past couple of weeks, it was Annan who got off to a flyer with a Dave Wyllie try in the 3rd minute. His first try this season on his 3rd start.

    And before 10 minutes was up, it was 12-0. Neal Coupland barged over for his 5th try of the season. Captain Craig with the conversion.

    Kilmarnock though scored not long after and it was 12-5. Not a bad start to a game of rugby!

    Things calmed down a bit on the scoring front and the next score wasn't until the 30 minute. Who was it for? Read on.

    It was for the mighty Black and Amber. 17-5 thanks to a returning, from his injury 2 weeks ago, Jonny Callaghan try. His 5th of the season.

    Just as the half was ending, Kilmarnock nicked themselves a 2nd try to make it an interesting 17-10 at half time. All to play for still for both teams

    The second half got underway and could Annan get a try bonus point? Could Kilmarnock get the equalising converted try? Would it be an Annan win, a Kilmarnock win or a draw? would there be a last minute drop goal for the win?

    It took until the 50th minute until the next try. Alas for the home support it was Kilmarnock. The conversion was missed however so the home side held a slender 17-15 lead with 30 minutes to go. Annan had to score next to get the momentum back with them.

    The Captain and Vice-captain led by example and on the 56th minute, Vice Captain, the Haren, scored his 6th of the season. Captain McCann converted 24-15 and try bonus point sealed. Could Annan hold on for the win?

    Short answer - Yes! Long Answer - Yes we did!

    Longer answer - It was a very nervy finish. It looked done and dusted when Annan made it 27-15 with 8 to go thanks to a Captain McCann penalty but not long after Kilmarnock got their 4th try, converted and got to within 5 points with 5 to go....but Annan held on!

    So a nice, but nervy, 5 pointer for the boys to steady the ship after the last couple of defeats. Well played lads. Enjoy the pints and the Scotland game.

    The 1st XV take a break from rugby action as next weeks home match to Dalziel has been moved to the 23rd March.

    The 1st XV next match is now away to promotion chasing Garnock. Annan did win the home leg played this season, albeit in the last play of the game so who knows!

    #MonTheAnnan

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights


    BOTH TEAMS AT VIOLETBANK
    10TH NOVEMBER 2018

    EARLY KICK OFF FOR THE 1ST XV

    With the 1st XV losing last weekend for the second game in a row, they have now lost touch with the top 4. The league is now splitting into 3:

  • Allan Glens, East Kilbride, Greenock Wanderers and Garnock at the top, battling for promotion;

  • Annan, Irvine, Cambuslang and Stewartry - Cant afford to lose again if they want to challenge at the top plus not 100% safe from relegation but looking safe unless a total collapse;

  • Kilmarnock, Strathendrick, Cumnock and Dalziel probably fighting to avoid relegation but a decent run from any of the teams would keep them safe.

    So the 1st XV welcome Kilmarnock 1st XV to Annan for the 14th time at a 1st XV competitive level. Founded in 1868 the Ayrshire team are celebrating their 150th year!

    It really is a fixture where home advantage seems to play with Annan winning 9 times at Violetbank and Kilmarnock 10 times at Bellsland. The last trip to Violetbank for Kilmarnock though was a win for the Ayrshire team. 25-31.

    Both teams have lost their last 2 games so both will be wanting to stop the rot before it gets out of hand!

    Players to meet at 11.15am for the 12.30pm Kick Off.

    The Scotland v Fiji game will be on in the Club after the match.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Robson, D Barnes, D nordon, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Jancey, C Bell, H Houldey

    Replacements: K Watret, W Gray, R Gracie

    THE 2ND XV ALSO AT HOME

    The 2nd XV will finally be hoping to get a full 15 out as they entertain Hillhead Jordanhill in their latest West reserve 2 match

    Hillhead still have a decent chance of making the top 2 so the Annan lads will need to be on top form if they want to claim any of the point on offer

    For Annan its hopeful that with the next few games they will be able to finally get a settled team out in the amber and black after a couple of challenging months

    Players to meet at 11.15am for the 12.30pm Kick Off.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC


    LOSES FOR THE TEAMS
    3RD NOVEMBER 2018

    GAME OF TWO HALVES

    After last weeks heavy defeat to Allan Glens, the 1st XV were back on the road, this time taking on Irvine RFC.

    Irvine's away record this season has been poor but at home they had only lost once from four games, so the lads knew they had to cut out the errors from last week and be playing at 100% if they wanted to head back to Bank Street with some if not all of the points.

    Alas once again, Annan started terribly and were 19-0 down in as many minutes.

    To keep it simple, it was 26-7 at half time. Willix with the try, Josh with the conversion.

    Tis always hard to come back from a score like that but the 1st XV gave it their best shot in the second!

    Willix with his 2nd and 3rd tries of the match and Josh with a penalty and it was 26-20 with about 12 to go.

    Could the lads get the win?

    Once again spoilers ahead.....

    No...it ended 26-20

    Great second half but the lads left themselves with too much to do after the first half performance. The man at the game thought the 1st XV should have won but sometimes it's not to be.

    For the record that was Willix's 6th, 7th and 8th tries of the season. Top 1st XV try scorer for the season and 97th try for the 1st XV. #MonTheWillix

    The 1st XV will be hoping for a better performance next week at home to Kilmarnock.

    Match Report / Match Photos

    THE 2ND XV ALSO LOSE.

    The 2nd XV also go down to Irvine 65-5. Good to see the 2nd XV back on the road though.

    So I'll take that as a a win!


    TEAMS OFF TO IRVINE
    3RD NOVEMBER 2018

    THE 2ND XV LADS ARE BACK ON THE ROAD

    After being unable to fulfil the last 3 away games due to injuries and unavailability the mighty twos are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to Irvine RFC with the 1st XV in their latest Tennent's West Reserve 2 match.

    As you can imagine, the 2nd XV are currently bottom of the division but do have a couple of games in hand and with 3 of the next 4 games (after this game) at Violetbank, if the 2nd XV can continue to increase their numbers then they will hopefully be climbing up the league table soon.

    The team are always looking for players, old or new! - if you are available for Saturdays match or for any future matches please contact Gavin Lynch.

    Squad to meet at 10.15am for the 2pm kick off.

    Transport: Bus

    2nd XV Squad: B Conroy, R Brown, F Laurie, S Livingston, C Rudd, D Ferguson, L Johnson, I Thorburn, M Walker Jones, J Burgess, M Crombie, D Robson, M Thorburn, S Nicholson

    #MonTheMightyTwos

    1ST XV ALSO OFF TO IRVINE

    So last weekend was one the 1st XV would like to forget, learn from but forget!

    It now looking like Allan Glens and Greenock Wanderers are the 2 teams that will be the teams vying for the number 1 position come season end. East Kilbride lost last weekend to Irvine, while Garnock are still in with a shout but you really cant see past Glens and the Wanderers,

    For Annan, it's time to regroup and get back to winning ways. They take on Irvine who had that impressive win v East Kilbride. Irvine are a changed team from the start of the season, helped by some new players arriving at Marress.

    For the teams in the bottom half, it's as you were, with the exception of Stewartry who are also coming onto a home grown game as the season wears on.

    So the 1st XV travel to Irvine For the 6th time at a 1st XV competitive level on Saturday

    It's a fairly even contest at Marress with Annan winning 3 of the encounters and Irvine 2. The teams first met down at the Everholm in 1995 with Annan winning that day. As mentioned, after their poor start, Irvine are starting to come onto a game, cumulating with a great win over East Kilbride last weekend. For Annan, last weekends thumping by Allan Glens will have shown what they have to do if they want to remain in the top 3-4 places come season end.

    Both teams will be wanting this win, for Irvine to get into the top half, for Annan to stay in the top half!

    With Captain McCann unavailable and Jonny Callaghan injured from last week, the backs have a slightly different look to recents weeks.

    Squad to meet at 10.15am for the 2pm kick off.

    Transport: Bus

    Starting 1st XV: R Glass, K Warrick, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, J Whiteside, J Kirby, A Torbett, A Halliday, W Gray, A Jancey

    Replacement: R Hetherington, M Crombie*, D Robson*, M Thorburn* *Starting for the 2nd XV


    LOSS FOR THE 1ST XV
    27TH OCTOBER 2018

    BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE FOR THE LADS.

    The 1st XV travelled to the Bearyards to take on 2nd placed Allan Glens . Annan knew a win could take them into the top 3 but also knew they had to be playing at 100% as Allan Glens have been thumping teams for fun so far this season and Annan had not won at Allan Glens since 2006 and have lost their last 7 matches at the Bearyard!.

    Alas for Annan, they were not playing at 100% and after just 5 minutes they were 14-0 down! Not the best of starts!

    The 1st XV had to regroup and regroup fast and they were rewarded with a Captain McCann penalty on the 12th minute to take it to 14-3.

    Unfortunately not long after it was 19-3 as Glens crossed the whitewash again. It was looking like it could be a loooong afternoon for the lads!

    It got worse as on the 23rd minute it was 26-3. Glens were taking their chances and secured their try bonus point.

    With 5 to go to half time it was 33-3, then 40-3 and it was looking like a record defeat v Allan Glens (alas it was!)

    On the stroke of half time there was some joy for the small band of Annan supporters as The Haren crossed for his 4th try of the season. Captain McCann was succesful with the conversation. 40-10

    Annan were playing for pride now in the second half and to keep thing simple, the match ended to 76-17 Allan Glens.

    Annan points from another Sean H try (now 1st XV joint try scorer for the season with 5) and a Craig M conversion

    Ah well. One of those days it seems!

    Anyway, well played to the Glens and the 1st XV now need to regroup and put this game behind them. They travel to mid-table Irvine next week.

    #MonTheAnnan

    Match Report / Match Photos


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    27TH OCTOBER 2018

    1ST XV OFF TO ALLAN GLENS

    So after last weekend close but great win over Stewartry, Annan moved into 4th place, 5 points behind leaders East Kilbride and 3 points behind Allan Glens and Greenock Wanderers. With Garnock in 5th place 1 point back.

    The league seemed like it was Greenock's to lose after their blistering start, but Garnock's big win last week showed that no team is unbeatable in this West 1 Division despite what some pre-match previews/predictions might say!.

    So far Greenock have beaten Glens, Glens have beaten East Kilbride, East Kilbride have beaten Annan, Annan have beaten Garnock and Garnock have beaten Greenock - its the rugby circle of life!

    The league seems to be splitting into 2 now with the remaining 7 teams starting to lose touch with the top 5.

    The Glens v Annan match is the only match this weekend where the teams in the top 5 meet. So you would expect 4 of the top 5 teams to keep/extend their lead over the bottom 7 teams. But as mentioned, every team in this league on their day can beat anyone else in this league. So the 1st XV travel to Allan Glens for the 8th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Annan's first game away at the Glens was back in 2006. Annan won that day 27-5. Two tries came from players hopefully playing on Saturday - Alex Halliday and Captain Craig McCann.

    Alas that has been the only highlight on the 1st XV's trips to Bishopbriggs over the seasons. The next 7 visits have all been defeats.

    At home, the teams have met 9 times. The teams first met in the Cup back in 1995. Annan won that day 54-0. At home Annan have faired a bit better with Annan recording 5 wins, 1 draw and 3 loses.

    The game on Saturday is unfortunately away and the 1st XV lads will know they will have to be on the top of their game if they want to come away with some if not all of the points!

    Both teams will want to win on Saturday to keep up the pressure on the top 3 teams and keep up any promotions aspirations they might have.

    Glens will be firm favourites for this match. But as mentioned, being favourites does not always mean you will win! Heres hoping!

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

    Annan 1st XV Squad: R Glass, K Warrick, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann, A Jancey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, H Houldey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: J Kirby, M Thompson, D Wyllie, R Hetherington

    2ND XV AWAY TO UDDINGSTON

    STOP PRESS: Alas once again, we could not raise enough players for a team so the match has been cancelled

    The 2nd XV are off to Uddingston on Saturday for their latest West Reserve 2 match.

    The 2nd XV were just pipped last week at Violetbank by Lenzie and they will be hoping that they can raise the players needed to beat a team just above them in 11th spot.

    A win on Saturday and with the games in hand, the 2nd XV could still end up in the top half of the division.

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

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC

    Replacements: TBC


    DERBY WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    20TH OCTOBER 2018

    WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    Annan 1st XV 32 v Stewartry 1st XV 29

    Annan tries from: Michael Thompson, James Bigham, Jonny Callaghan and Alex Halliday.

    With 12 points from the boot of Captain McCann (2P, 3C)

    #Nice #5Pointer

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights

    2ND XV JUST PIPPED

    The 2nd XV just lose to Lenzie 2nd XV in a thriller - 40-35

    The lads ran out of steam in the second half after building up a sizeable lead.

    2 points though with a losing and try bonus point.

    Onto the next one lads. You know you all want to!


    BOTH TEAMS AT VIOLETBANK
    20TH OCTOBER 2018

    CHISHOLM CUP CLASH FOR THE 1ST XV

    So last weekends matches were a draw for Annan and a narrow defeat for Saturdays opponents Stewartry.

    For Annan they need to win to keep up the pressure on the top 3. And with leaders Greenock travelling to 4th place Garnock, a win for Annan could get them to within 5 points of the top.

    For Stewartry, their last 5 games have been a loss, win, loss, win, loss, so if you were a pattern betting man you would go for a win on Saturday!. Their loss last week was to high flying Allan Glens. Not many teams will get to within 2 scores of the Glens this season.

    The league match is also the first leg of the Annual Chisholm Cup match in memory of past Annan President Peter Chisholm. Annan are the current holders and will be wanting to extend their 9-7 lead over their local friends and rivals.

    So the 1st XV welcome Stewartry to Violetbank for the 9th time and for the 17th Chisholm cup match.

    The teams have, of course, met many more time at Annan over the years, down at the Everholm and the Weyroc since Stewartry's formation in 1970. All but 2 of these matches though were classed as "friendlies". Well as friendly as an Annan v Stewartry match can get!

    In competitive games at Annan and the Greenlaw, Annan lead with 17 wins to Stewartry's 8.

    No doubt Stewartry will be wanting to get their first win over Annan at Violetbank since 2004.

    For Annan, they will be wanting to get a win to help with retaining the Chisholm Cup in the return leg and keep up with the top 3 teams in the league.

    Will be the usual classic local derby at Violetbank on Saturday!

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm kick off

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), W Gray, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, J Whiteside

    Replacements: C Smith, D Robson, T Sloan, A Allison

    2ND XV ALSO AT HOME

    The Annan 2nd XV are also at home on Saturday to Lenzie 2nd XV in their latest Tennent's West Reserve 2 match.

    The 2nd XV are having a tough start to the season and have had to cancel a few matches due to low numbers.

    They currently lie bottom of the division having been docked points for non-fulfilment of matches.

    It is hoped that numbers will increase in the coming weeks so the training 2nd XV players can at least get some rugby under their belts.

    Squad to meet 1 45 for a 3pm kick off.


    DRAW FOR THE 1ST XV
    13TH OCTOBER 2018

    2 POINTS FOR ANNAN

    At a wet and windy Cambuslang, the Annan 1st XV were hoping to continue their fine start to the season.

    However it was Cambuslang who dealt with the conditions better and took a 7-0 lead in as many minutes.

    Annan did hit back thanks to some Cambuslang indiscipline and a Captain McCann penalty but the joy was short lived as a second converted Cambuslang try not long after made the score 14-3 after 22 minutes.

    It got worse for Annan as just before half time Cambuslang made it 21-3. Game over? Well not quite as before I could even write "the next score could be crucial" Jonny C popped up for his 3rd try of the season. Capt. McCann converted. 21-10 and the next score could be crucial.

    The next score was on the stroke of half time - 21-13. A Craig penalty. Game on again?

    Half Time: Cambuslang 21-13 Annan

    Alas the second half started like the first and Annan found themselves 28-13 down on the 55th minute.

    However on the 60th minute a Craig penalty made it 28-16 - could Annan get a try and at least a bonus losing point?

    Well, on the 62nd minute the human battering ram and super sub known as Kieron Watret smashed over for his first try of the season. Craig converted. 28-23.

    Then with 8 to go, James Bigham crossed the white-wash for his first of the season and it was 28-28! Alas Craig missed the conversion but set up for a drop goal in the last minute for the win?

    Well no. It was a draw and 2 points for Annan. Could and perhaps should have been better but 2 points is 2 points

    The lads now have a derby match v Stewartry next Saturday. Kick Off: 15.00 at Violetbank.
    #MonTheAnnan

    Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS AWAY THIS WEEKEND
    13TH OCTOBER 2018

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO CAMBUSLANG

    Last weekend, most games went with the form book in West 1 with the exception of the bottom v top clash of Kilmarnock v Greenock. Unexpectedly Greenock were held to a draw from the young Kilmarnock team. This result meant East Kilbride went to the top with a 2 point lead over Greenock in 2nd. Greenock do have a game in hand though.

    For Annan, the 42-0 result last weekend was a good display after a week off and keeping your opponents to nil is always good.

    Cambuslang took a bit of a beating off Allan Glens last weekend to end their 3 match winning streak so they will be wanting to get their season back on track and get themselves back into the top 5.

    For Annan, a win would keep them in the top 4/5 and keep the momentum going into their home match v Stewartry the following week.

    And the way the fixtures are looking this Saturday, the top 5 teams could start to break away from the rest of the pack if all games go to form - which as Kilmarnock proved last weekend is not always the case!

    So the 1st XV travel to Cambuslang for the 10th time and for the 18th match up between the teams at a 1st XV competitive level.

    The teams first met back in 1997 down at the Everholm. Annan ran out winners that day. Since then the teams have met every few years. At home Annan have a record of played 8 won 6, while away at Cambuslang its played 9 won 6. So overall its 12 wins for Annan 6 for Cambuslang.

    The teams met earlier this season in the Shield when Annan won by 1 point over their hosts 25-24 thanks to a last minute penalty kick from Jonny Callaghan. Alas for Annan they had to pull out of the Shield the following week. What could have been!

    Both teams will be wanting the win and a bonus point to keep up their top 3, if not promotion, ambitions. Cambuslang have a couple of games in the following weeks versus the teams currently bottom and second bottom, so a chance to put on a decent run.

    For Annan, a win on Saturday would be a great boost to take into the following weeks home derby match v Stewartry.

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

    Annan Starting 1st XV: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, C bell, R Hetherington, J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, H Houldey, J Whiteside

    Annan Replacements: K Watret, C Smith, D Robson, R Brown

    2ND XV ALSO ON THEIR TRAVELS

    STOP PRESS: Alas once again, we could not raise enough players willing to travel to Ardrossan #sadtimes

    The Annan 2nd XV are also on the road for their latest league game, travelling to Ardrossan.

    The 2nd XV game last Saturday v Cumnock was postponed at the request of Cumnock 2nd XV due to a death at the club.

    The players will be wanting to finally get some game time after a stop start to the West Reserve 2 season. Annan are currently bottom of the division but they do have 2-3 games in hand over most of the other teams in the division.

    When the 2nd XV get the numbers they can compete with any team in this division.

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

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC


    SECOND HALF ONSLAUGHT FROM THE LADS
    6TH OCTOBER 2018

    GREAT HOME WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    At a sunny Violetbank, the 1st XV took to the pitch for their latest Tennent's West 1 match to take on Cumnock.

    In the first 20 it was nip and tuck and it wasn't until the 23 minute that the scoreboard changed,

    And it was for Annan, as Neal Coupland crashed over for his 2nd try of the season. Converted by Captain McCann.

    7-0 to the black and gold/amber/yellow (delete depending on how you call it! - me? #TeamBlackAndAmber )

    And 7-0 was how the half ended. Still anyones game.

    The second half started very similar to the first and it took until the 53 minute until the next score.

    And it was deja vu time, as a Neal try and Craig conversion made it 14-0

    Not long after it was 21-0 and it was that man agai....nah it was the Willix with his 4th of the season. Craig again with the conversion.

    Could Cumnock get back into the game or could Annan seal a try bonus point?

    The supporters did not have to wait long for the answer as Harry Houldey crossed the whitewash. His 2nd of the season. Craig with the conversion and it was 28-0.

    And then Mr Coupland actually got his hat-trick - honest - a few minutes later. 5 from 5 from Craig and it 35-0. Neal is now top 1st XV try scorer for the season along with Willix.

    And at the death James Kirby made it 40-0. Craig of course made it 6 from 6 and it ended Annan 1st XV 42 v Cumnock 0.

    Great 5 pointer from the lads. 4 wins from 5 in the league now. Decent start!

    The 1st XV are off to Cambuslang next week and then on the 20th October its Stewartry at home.

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights


    THE TEAMS BOTH HOST CUMNOCK
    6TH OCTOBER 2018

    1ST XV TAKE ON CUMNOCK

    The 1st XV welcome Cumnock to Violetbank on Saturday for their latest Tennents West 1 game

    After the enforced break last weekend, the 1st XV have dropped down to 7th spot in the West 1 division albeit with a game in hand over most teams around them. Saturdays opponents Cumnock came up from West 2 last season. They have been slowly coming up the leagues, winning the West 3 division in 2014/15.

    The teams met first back in 1992 at Cumnock in the old Glasgow District 2 division. Annan won that day 59-19

    The teams did not meet again until 23 years later when they met 3 times in the 2015/16 season. In the Shield Annan won and Annan also won the 2 league matches.

    On Saturday, the 1st XV will have to be firing on all cylinders if they want to keep their 100% win record over Cumnock as Cumnock are starting to find their feet in West 1.

    As for Cumnock they will be wanting get some momentum going, especially since they host bottom club Kilmarnock next week and then away to 2nd bottom Dalziel the week after.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Nordon, D Barnes, C Bell, S Haren, H Houldey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: A Torbett , D Robson, J Bigham, R Gracie

    2ND XV ALSO HOST CUMNOCK

    STOP PRESS: Match OFF. Cumnock postpone the game.

    The 2nd XV also welcome Cumnock to Violetbank as they continue their West Reserve 2 campaign.

    Annan are currently bottom of the table, albeit with a game in hand, after conceding 2 of the 3 matches in the division through lack of players.

    It is hoped that numbers will increase as more players become available in coming weeks.

    Cumnock are currently sitting in 4th spot with 15 points so again the Annan lads will have to be on the top of their game to collect the win.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    Starting XV: R Brown, A Allison, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, J Ogilvie, D Ferguson, C Grant, S Livingston, C Smith, C Taylor, F Laurie, A Torbett, J Bigham, R Gracie, D Robson - last four also subs for 1st XV.

    Fancy a game for the 2nd XV - Contact Muff


    ONLY THE 2ND XV IN ACTION
    29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    2ND XV AWAY TO GREENOCK

    STOP PRESS: Match OFF. We are unable to raise a team!!!!!!!!

    The 2nd XV are off to Greenock Wanderers in their latest Tennents West Reserve 2 match on Saturday.

    The 1st XV match against the same club has been put back until March of next year as Greenock are playing a Shield match

    For the 2nd XV they will be wanting to finally get some proper league time after a couple of match postponements.

    A win for the lads and they could shoot up to 8th with games in hand. Will be a tough ask though against 2nd place and so far unbeaten Greenock.

    Players to meet at 11.15am for the 3pm kickoff.

    Starting XV:


    BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE
    22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

    THE 100% RECORD GOES

    The Annan 1st XV team took to Violetbank pitch hoping to extend their best start to a West 1 league campaign taking on fellow 50th Anniversary club East Kilbride.

    A 4th win would be the teams best start since the 2012/13 season in West 2. For those wondering, we drew the 4th game in 2015/16.

    It was going to be a tough ask though against an East Kilbride team who were 30 seconds away from making it 3 from 3 themselves last weekend.

    It took until the 10th minute until the first points on the board and, thanks to the boot of Captain McCann, it was for Annan 3-0.

    However it was the visitors who crossed the whitewash first when 5 minutes later after some sustained pressure a well worked converted try made it 7-3.

    And not long after it was 12-3 after another East Kilbride try. Not the best quarter of rugby for Annan..

    But the 1st XV have been here before over the last few matches and have always came back strongly. Could they do it again?

    Well no, as not long after it was 19-3 and it was looking like damage limitation for the lads.

    But it was Annan who scored next though as some East Kilbride indiscipline meant the boot of McCann made it 19-6.

    Any thoughts of a comeback were dampened though as a few minutes later, East Kilbride scored their bonus point try and it was 26-6.

    However the home support were given something to cheer about as on the stroke of half time Captain McCann scored a great try. He also converted and so the half time score was 13-26 to East Kilbride.

    The lads were 13 points down last weekend at half-time to Strathendrick and won the game, could they do it again?

    It didn't look good as an early East Kilbride try made it 31-13. Game over now?

    Well you would think but with 18 to go, Jonny C with his 2nd of the season scored and with Craig succesful with the conversation it was 31-20 and chances?

    And a phrase that you will have never read on these reports, the next score could now prove crucial.

    Annan were creating chances but the East Kilbride defence was on top and with a few minutes to go East Kilbride scored their 6th try to take the score to 36-20 and thats how it ended.

    Congratulations to East Kilbride who now have a chance of going top next week as the other teams at the top are playing in the Shield.

    As for Annan, the 1st XV take a break and a chance to regroup as their game v Greenock Wanderers has been put back until next year as Greenock are still in the Shield.

    Annan's next match is at home to Cumnock on the 6th October - 3 wins from 4 is still a decent return though!

    #MonTheAnnan

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    THE 100% FIRSTS TAKE ON EAST KILBRIDE AT VIOLETBANK
    22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

    1ST XV TAKE ON EAST KILBRIDE

    The 1st XV welcome East Kilbride to Annan for the 10th time and for the 20th match up between the team at a 1st XV competitive level.

    The games between the teams are normally close but high-scoring affairs. Over the 19 matches previously played it averages Annan 18 v East Kilbride 20!

    A win for either team would consolidate their position near the top. For Annan a win could put then top if Allan Glens defeat Greenock (and various bonus point scenarios happen).

    For East Kilbride a win could put them 2nd and with none of the top 3 teams playing next week, a win next Saturday v Cumnock could put East Kilbride top.

    So all to play for in this clash between the 50th Anniversary clubs.

    Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm kickoff.

    Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, D Nordon, D Robson, C Smith, C Bell, S Haren, H Houldey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Jancey, A Torbett, J Whiteside

    Replacements: M Carpenter, S Nicholson, M Crombie, M Thorburn


    BOTH TEAMS AWAY TO STRATHENDRICK
    15TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD

    STOP PRESS: The 1st XV get a great win, winning 27-19 v Strathendrick. Annan point from Craig McCann (2P, 3C), Alex Halliday (T), Jonny Callaghan (T) and Ryan Glass (T).

    Match Report / Match Photos

    The 2nd XV match was a development match as Annan were low on player numbers.

    Annan continued their 100% start to the season with their last gasp win over Garnock last week.

    Its 2 from 2 now in the league (plus their 1 Shield win, but alas Annan had to concede the next tie)

    Annan lie in 2nd equal spot with Allan Glens and East Kilbride. Greenock Wanderers are currently top with 1 extra point but I feel Allan Glens are the team to beat this season!

    At the bottom, surprisingly its Stewartry with 0 points from their 2 games. Unluckily for them they are away to the league leaders on Saturday!

    Saturdays opponents Strathendrick got off to a flyer in the league, hammering the aforementioned Stewartry before being put to the sword last weekend by Allan Glens. Strathendrick are also still in the West Shield after beating Helensburgh and East Kilbride.

    It will be a few more rounds in the league however before the pacesetters and the also rans become more apparent.

    So Annan 1st XV travel to Strathendrick for their latest league clash..

    This is the 1st XV teams 6th meeting with the Fintry club.

    The teams first met back in 1993 down at the Everholm. Annan winning that day. They then had to wait 20 years before they met again! Annan won both encounters. The teams then met again in 2015. Annan again won both encounters.

    As you may have worked out, Annan 1st XV are undefeated against Strathendrick. The 2 away legs have been close affairs though (18-6 and 17-7).

    The West 2 Champions, bar their blip last week against Allan Glens, are having a great start to the season and have hammered both Stewartry and East Kilbride on their Fintry home ground.

    For Annan, a win would keep up the pressure on the teams at the top. Strathendrick will be thinking the same thing though!

    Players to meet at 11am. For the 3pm KO. Transport: Bus

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), J Whiteside, J Callaghan, A Halliday, J Kirby, J Bingham.

    Replacements: C Smith, D Robson, K Watret, D Ferguson

    2ND XV ALSO AWAY TO STRATHENDRICK

    After that Saturdays great win over Whitecraigs, the 2nd XV are also travelling to Strathendrick for their latest league match.

    The 2nds will be wanting to build on the victory of last week and get themselves into the top half of the West Reserve 2 division.

    Best of luck lads.

    Players to meet at 11am. For the 3pm KO. Transport: Bus

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC


    TWO WINS FOR THE LADS
    8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    LAST GASP WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    So the 1st XV finally started at home for the new season, with a league match v Garnock.

    After last weeks great away victory v Dalziel hopes were high that Annan could get a 2nd win under their belt. But Garnock tanked the 1st XV in their visit last season so it was going to be an interesting match up!

    For the first quarter of the game it was defences on top and it wasn't until the 22nd minute that the whitewash was crossed.

    And it was for Annan as Willix crashed over for his 2nd try of the season. Captain McCann (I think!) with the conversion.

    But as sometimes happens when you score, the opposition hit back straight away and it was 7-5 a few minutes later.

    And it was looking like that was going to be the half time score, but a well worked Garnock move resulted in an unconverted try to take it to 10-7 with a few minutes until half time.

    And to take matters worse AJ was yellow carded and from the resulting play, Garnock crashed over and it was 17-7 at half time. Not a great last 5 minutes of the half!

    So big second half required especially being down to 14 for a good 8 minutes or so. And the lads delivered as Josh Whiteside scored his second of the season. Craig with the conversion. 17-14 and game on again!.

    However, just when Annan got back to 15, Garnock scored their 4th try. Converted and it was 24-14.

    And is never said on these reports, the next score could be vital.

    And it was for the black and amber as Ryan Hetherington burst through to take it to 24-21 on the 60th minute. Craig with the conversion.

    So into the last quarter and it was still anyones game.

    Annan came close on numerous occasions but the Garnock defence held firm and it looked like that was going to be that. But with the last play of the game, full back Josh with a great run crashed over to take the score and the win 26-24!

    A lovely wee 5 pointer for the lads!

    The lads now travel to Strathendrick next week who seem to be blowing hot and cold. Tanking Stewartry in week 1 but taking a beating v Allan Glens today.

    #MonTheAnnan

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights

    THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN

    The 2nd XV were also at Violetbank taking on Whitecraigs.

    The lads were winning 7-5 at half time.

    In the 2nd half, what a cracker and it ended 34-32 to.......Annan!

    Another 5 pointer. Well played lads. Good afternoon for the 2 senior teams!

    Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME ON SATURDAY
    8TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    GARNOCK THE VISITORS

    We welcome old friends and rivals Garnock RFC to Violetbank for the 8th time at a first XV competitive level and for the 15th clash between the teams.

    Garnock hold the upper hand in both home and away fixtures winning 4 of the 7 ties at Violetbank and 5 of the 7 at Lochshore.

    Last season the teams met 3 times. In the Shield at Garnock which Annan won. At Violetbank in the the league Garnock won a 62 point thriller. Winning 62-0. In the return leg it was a bit closer, with the score being 29-19 to Garnock.

    At this stage of the season it hard to tell who will be favourites to take the win, but heres hoping to a great game of rugby at Violetbank (and Annan by 1)

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, T Sloan, M Thompson, D Barnes, D Nordon, S Haren, H Houldey, C McCann, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: N Coupland, A Torbett,

    2ND XV HOST WHITECRAIGS

    We also welcome Whitecraigs RFC to Violetbank on Saturday.

    The East Renfrewshire club are top of the league after their thumping win last week.

    Annan's game was postponed last week as Carrick didnt have a suitable pitch. New date TBC.

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

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: M Crombie, S Nicholson, S Livingston, D Ferguson, l Johnson, Z Lockerbie, F Laurie, D Wyllie, A Allison, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, C Grant, D Robson, J Ogilvie, R Brown, C Smith, J Bigham


    OPENING WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    1ST SEPTEMBER 2018

    GREAT WIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    So the new league season is upon us and once again the 1st XV started on the road.

    Dalziel were their opponents, one of the favourites for the West 1 top spot this season.

    The game kicked off and for 35 minutes it was nip and tuck with both teams creating chances and lots of try line action but no end product due to to good defence and the odd knock on.

    But just before the half time break it was the home side with the breakthrough with a a converted try to take a 7-0 lead into the break.

    The lads had been unlucky in the first half and were should have scored on numerous occasions.

    So for not the last time this season I write the line, the next score could be crucial.

    The second half started but it was Dalziel who came out firing and they went close in the early exchanges.

    But it was Annan who scored first, when on the 57th minute, Willix burst through and looked certain to score but gave the final pass to returning Michael "Lurch" Thompson to take it to 7-5. Game on!

    So for the second time this season (already!), the next score could be crucial to deciding the outcome of this match.

    And it was looking like it was going to end 7-5 to Dalziel despite chances but with 5 to go the score changed.

    And it was to Annan, a penalty try (no idea what for I am writing this is Edinburgh but I will take it!)

    Could they hold on?

    Yes!

    And the score was improved as the Jancey crossed over and Josh converted to take it to 19-7 with a few minutes to go.

    So the 4 points come back to Annan. And with the game kicking off early, the 1st XV are top of the league for an hour at least!

    The 1st XV start their home campaign next Saturday with a home tie with Garnock. The 2nd XV are also at home taking on Whitecraigs.

    Kick off for both games is 15.00

    #MonTheAnnan

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    LEAGUE START FOR THE SENIOR MEN
    1ST SEPTEMBER 2018

    AWAY START AGAIN FOR THE 1ST XV

    So after last weeks disappointment of having to concede the BT West Shield tie to Oban Lorne, its time to focus on league business and the opening match away to Dalziel.

    Dalziel had a good win last win in the said Shield, winning away to West 2 Wigtownshire.

    Like all relegated teams from Premier 3, you are never sure if a team is on the slippery slope down the divisions like so many teams in the past or if it was just a wee blip in a one off poor season.

    The result last week suggest the latter as Wigtownshire will be favourites for West 2 and and one of the inform teams in the leagues.

    For Annan, they will be wanting to put last weeks disappointment behind them and start the league with a win to build on when they finally get a home game at Violetbank the following Saturday.

    So Annan travel to Oban 3rd time and for the 7th time at a first XV competitive level.

    The teams first met back in November 97 in National 2. Annan won that day. Initially Annan had the hex over Dalziel winning 7 of the first 9 meetings, however things have changed a bit and Dalziel have won the last 4 league encounters (5 if you include the friendly meeting back in 2015)

    Overall its 6 wins for Dalziel and 7 for Annan.

    The teams last met in a competitive match back in the 2009/10 season when Dalziel romped to victory in both games scoring 88 points over the 2 games with no Annan reply!

    Annan will no doubt be wanting to right some wrongs and finally get a win over the team from Motherwell again!

    Players to meet at 11am for the 2pm KO. Transport: Cars

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, T Sloan, D Nordon, S Haren (Capt), R Hetherington, H Houldey, A Jancey, J Kirby, A Torbett, A Halliday, M Thorburn, J Whiteside

    Replacements: C Smith. M Thompson

    2ND XV ALSO START ON THE ROAD

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 2nd XV game has been postponed to a later date in the season.

    The 2nd also start their league season on the road with a trip to Carrick.

    Will be a tough opener for the lads v the South Ayrshire team.

    Players to meet at 11.15am for the 3pm KO. Transport: Cars

    Annan 2nd Squad: TBC


    AWAY IN THE SHIELD AGAIN
    25TH AUGUST 2018

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO OBAN LORNE

    STOP PRESS: Alas Annan conceded the tie to Oban as we could not raise a front row

    Annan travel to Oban 3rd time and for the 6th time at a first XV level on Saturday in the 1st round proper of the BT West Shield.

    Oban were relegated last year into West 2 but will no doubt be challenging for promotion when the league season starts next week.

    Annan have never lost to Oban in the 5 previous meetings but its going to take a momentous effort for the lads to keep this record going.

    Will be a changed side travelling up (with 6 changes to last weeks starting XV) and down to Oban on Saturday but a great chance for some fringe 1st XV players to stake their claim for a more permanent spot.

    Players to meet at 9 30 for a 15.00 kick off. Transport: Cars.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, Z Lockerbie, D Robson, C Smith, D Barnes, N Coupland, H Houldey. A Jancey, A Torbett, A Rae, M Thorburn. R Brown, J Kirby

    Replacements: C Wilson


    SEASON STARTS WITH A WIN FOR THE 1ST XV...JUST
    18TH AUGUST 2018

    GAME OF TWO HALVES

    So after last weeks opening game v Carlisle, the season started in earnest with an away trip to Cambuslang in the Shield.

    Annan got off to a great start when with 8 minutes played scrum half Harry Houldey scored the opening try. Josh Whiteside with the conversion.

    Both teams had chances but it wasn't until the 27th minute that the scoreboard changed again.....and it was the Coupland called Neal who crashed over to take it to 12-0.

    And it got better for Annan just a few minutes later when the forwards shunted the Cambuslang pack over the try line for a push over try. Sean Haren with the try.

    And for probably for the only time this season, Sean leads Jane in the try scoring charts for the season. Jane may have not played yet but a lead is a lead! #SeanWelcomesTheChase

    Willix was then next on the scoreboard as he crashed over in the corner not soon after. 22-0 and half time.

    The 2nd half started and as you would expect, Cambuslang came out firing knowing they had to score next to try and get back into the tie.

    For the first quarter of the 2nd half (or 10 minutes to any forwards reading) - it was nip and tuck but the try Cambuslang's play deserved came on the 53rd minute.

    With the try being successfully converted it was 22-7.

    Another try and it would definitely be game back on for the Lanarkshire team.

    So game over or game on?

    It was game on as on the 65th minute, Cambuslang made it 14-22 and the small Annan support started to get a bit nervous!

    And it got worse as 2 minutes later, it was 22-19!. Squeaky bum time for the last 13 or so!

    On the 75th minute, the home comeback was almost complete and it was 24-22 to Cambuslang.

    But the man God that it Jonny Callaghan, stepped up in the last seconds and kicked a penalty to take the lead and the win 25-24!

    Well played to both teams who made it a match to remember!

    Next weeks match away to Oban will be a changed Annan 1st XV however with plenty of new faces making their debuts as the entire 1st XV team today (and most of the 2nd XV) will be at Callum Bells Wedding. Have a great day Callum! (and future wife!)

    Time for the fringe 1st XV players to claim their place for the rest of the season! #WeAreAnnan #PlacesUpForGrabs

    Match Report / Match Photos


    AWAY IN THE SHIELD
    18TH AUGUST 2018

    1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO CAMBUSLANG

    Annan travel to Cambuslang for the 9th time and for the 17th time in a 1st XV competitive match.

    Annan hold a decent record v Cambuslang winning 11 of the 16 encounters.

    Surprisingly the teams have never met in the BT Shield or any Cup competition for that matter.

    Last season Annan won the home league match convincingly 44-10 only to lose the return leg four days later 22-12!

    At the start of the season you are never quite sure which teams will be challenging for the Shield (and League). Both teams will fancy their chances though to get into the 1st round proper of the Shield next week.

    Players to meet 12 noon, transport cars for the 3pm KO

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Barnes, C Smith, S Haren (Capt.), H Houldey, J Whiteside, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, M Thorburn, A Torbett

    Replacements: M Crombie, C Taylor, A Jancey, R Brown.


    50TH ANNIVERSARY MATCH
    11TH AUGUST 2018

    1ST XV TAKE ON CARLISLE

    Match Report / Match Photos


    TEAMS AT THE MOFFAT TENS
    28TH JULY 2018

    MEN PIPPED IN THE SEMI FINAL

    The Annan men faired better in their group, winning 2 and drawing 1 to ensure a semi final clash v Group B runners up Dumfries.

    Alas the Saints won that clash 21-17 and the men were out.

    Not a bad effort all round though and looking good for the new league season,

    Game 1: Annan 26 v Walkerburn 0

    Tries from Sean Haren 2, Tam Sloan and Andrew Jancey with 3 conversations by Harry Houldey.

    Game 2: Annan 21 v Oban 0

    Tries from Tam Sloan, Andrew Jancey and Alex Halliday with 3 conversions by Harry Houldey

    Game 3: Annan 7 v Stewartry 7

    Try from Neal Coupland, converted by Harry Houldey

    Semi Final: Annan 17 v Dumfries 21

    Tries from Sean Haren, Ryan Glass and Andrew Jancey. Conversion from Sean Haren

    Many thanks to Moffat Rams who one again hosted a great tournament.

    Match Report / Match Photos

    LADIES LOSE IN THE FINAL

    Two Annan teams travelled to Moffat for their Annual Tens competition.

    The Warriors took on Stewartry Sirens and Oban Ladies over 6 group matches.

    The Warriors started like a house on fire and won their first games v each team. They then faded a bit and lost the next 3 games but bounced back to win their last game v Oban.

    Overall the Warriors played 6 won 3 lost 3 in the group games.

    Against Stewartry Sirens it was 17 points to the Warriors and 14 against.

    Against Oban Ladies it was 39 points to the Warriors and 19 against.

    With Oban besting Stewartry in their 3 matches, this meant the final would be between the Warriors and Oban!

    So for the 4th time, the teams took to the Moffat pitch and for the 2nd time it was the Ladies from the North who came out on top 12-7.

    Well played anyway to the Warriors. Onto the start of the Premier league season in just 4 weeks!

    Game 1: Warriors 7 v Stewartry Sirens 0

    Try from Sarah Grainger and converted by Allana McWilliam

    Game 2: Warriors 19 v Oban Ladies 0

    Tries from Abbie Clark, Kirsty Barlow (1st try for the Warriors) and Jane Stewart with 2 converted by Allana McWilliam

    Game 3: Warriors 5 v Stewartry Sirens 7

    Try from Rachel Armstrong

    Game 4: Warriors 10 v Oban Ladies 12

    Tries from Abbie Clark and Chelsea Barnes

    Game 5: Warriors 5 v Stewartry Sirens 7

    Try from Nicole Barlow

    Games 6: Warriors 10 v Oban Ladies 7

    Tries from Sarah Grainger (2)

    Final Warriors 7 v Oban Ladies 12

    Try from Jane Stewart converted by Allana McWilliam


    TEAMS OFF TO THE MOFFAT TENS
    28TH JULY 2018

    2 ANNAN TEAMS TRAVEL ON SATURDAY

    Annan travel to Moffat on Saturday to take part in the Annual Moffat 10s Tournament at The Holm. This year the tournament features women's rugby for the first time with Annan Warriors participating.

    Annan men's 10 will play in a league comprising Annan, Oban, Stewartry and Walkerburn with Annan playing their first game against Walkerburn with a 12.45pm KO

    Annan 10's squad: TBC

    Players to meet at clubhouse at 11.15am

    Transport: Cars

    Annan Warriors 10 will play in a league comprising Annan, Biggar and Stewartry with the Warriors playing their first match against Stewartry Sirens with a 1.30pm KO.

    Warriors Squad: C Barnes (c), L Moffat, N Barnes, Abbie Clark, S Grainger, N Barlow, A McWilliam, L Vevers, J Stewart, K Taylor, K Barlow

    Players to meet at clubhouse at 11:15am

    Transport: Cars


    TRAINING HAS RESTARTED
    FOR SEASON 2018/19

    TRAINING DOWN AT THE EVERHOLM

    Training has started for the new season, down at the Everholm every Tuesday and Thursday,. 7pm.

    New players always welcome, any experience or brand new - its all good!


    ANNAN RUGBY AGM
    5TH JULY 2018

    AGM SUMMARY

    Annan Rugby held their Annual AGM in the Clubhouse 17 Bank Street on Thursday 22nd June. President Gary Coupland welcomed 41 full members to the meeting and in his annual statement reviewed events on and off the pitch for the 2017/18 season. He reported that the past season has been another good year for Annan Rugby.

    On the playing side the 1st XV have maintained their position in the top half in the division however they failed in their target of finishing better than last years top 5, due to various absences and not getting all the fixtures played this obviously impacted on that.

    The 2nd XV also finished mid table in BT West Reserve League 2, which again if theyd consistently managed to field a settled team, particularly for away fixtures, would have almost certainly have seen them closer to the top end of the table.

    Congratulations also to the Warriors who gained promotion to the premiership after becoming champions of Division 1 and also to the U18 Hornets, who made it through to the final at Murrayfield for the third year in succession with Eve Irving being given the player of the match award, despite being on the losing team.

    The clubs micro, mini and youth sections are also going from strength to strength with the Club, on occasion, putting out 10 separate teams at various age groups over the season. The club have recruited a number of youth coaches over the year, however due to the increasing numbers still require more help, both in terms of coaching but also refereeing, so if any of the senior players, ex-players or other members feel they could assist with any of the youth teams he asked them to contact himself of Neil Moffat.

    Off the pitch Ed Woodman was awarded the SRU Volunteer of the month for December. The Club were also recognized when the Warriors were awarded Team of the Year at the Annandale and Eskdale Sports Awards.

    Individuals within the club also received recognition with Lilly Glendinning being awarded young persons award at the Annandale and Eskdale Sports awards, recognised at regional level, and also gaining a place on a National youth forum relative to Sport in Scotland. Congratulations also to Eve Irving for being selected for the Scotland U18 7s Squad.

    Thanks to Iain Park who recently stepped down from the position of Youth Development officer at the club for his contribution to the Club over the past few years, particularly with the girls section.

    Gary also went on to thank all who took part and assisted in delivering Tartan Touch, the 24 hour touch, highland games events this year and last year, the annual ceilidh, which in addition to raising much needed funds for the club, were a good example of the whole club pulling together. He went on to thank all those who assisted with and supported the 50th anniversary speakers night, which raised just over £3500 for the my name5 Doddie foundation.

    He went on to give special mention to Fiona Latimer and Lesley Ewing who had made significant and beneficial structural changes as to how the club financially operates in the current climate, which had put the Club on sound Financial footing.

    He also thanked the following:

    Alan and Gus Robertson for their tireless efforts with match and other photos, press reports, and the club web and social media pages.

    All the clubs sponsors, fundraisers, Staff, Coaches, volunteers, players and members without whom the Club could not function both financially and on a day to day level.

    He concluded that he would like to think that as a club Annan Rugby can be forward looking, be optimistic and continue the development and successes. But to do that he encouraged everyone to assist and participate in that. There are still a large number of challenges the club faces to accommodate, changes in the National Funding Structure, the increase in player numbers, facilities and funding around that, and as a Club it required the club to pull together as one to ensure Annan Rugby have a sustainable and successful future.

    Club Treasurer Lesley Ewing also presented her financial report for the financial year ending 30th April 2018. She announced that following the restructuring of the clubs Bank Street operations the clubs profit had increased by some 285%. In addition the clubs cash reserves had increased by around 45% over the financial year.

    Overall club expenditure had reduced from 98.7% of income last year to 94.5% this year, but if the restructuring costs were excluded this would reduce to 87.5%.

    Rugby is continuing to attract new sponsors year on year as shown by the recently announced 3 year deal with Annandale Distillery and talks are ongoing with other interested parties.

    With the turnaround in the performance of Bank Street and Rugby enjoying continuing success, funds should be available in the coming years to invest in the clubs infrastructure as opposed to funding day to day running costs.

    Assuming the club can maintain the performance seen in the last 12 months going forwards, the financial position of the Club looks secure.

    Voting took place for the undernoted positions in the clubs committee and playing sections:

    Election of Office Bearers

  • President: Gary Coupland
  • Vice-President Rugby: Neil Moffat,
  • Vice-President Non-Rugby: Fiona Latimer
  • Treasurer: Lesley Ewing.
  • Secretary: Eddie Woodman.
  • Referee Secretary: Danny McCLure.
  • Fixtures Secretary: Sean Haren

    Election of Ordinary Committee Members:
    Colin McCann, Sean Haren, Colin Warrick, Callum Smith, William Henderson, Tracy Whiteside, Nicole Barlow, Ryan Glass, Niall Smith, Gemma Young, Craig McCann, Tam Sloan, Laura MacKay, Gordon Carmichael, Caroline Aitken, Marion Hamilton, Corey Clarke, Abbie Clarke and Alex Halliday.

    Election of Senior Team Captains
    The following elections were ratified at the meeting:

  • 1st XV Captain - Craig McCann
  • 1st XV Vice-Captain - Sean Haren
  • 2nd XV Captain - TBC
  • 2nd XV Vice-Captain - TBC
  • Warriors - Caroline Aitken
  • Warriors Vice - Chelsea Barnes
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    28TH/29TH JUNE 2018

    ANNAN RUGBY 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPEAKERS NIGHT

    On Friday night Annan Rugby held its 50th Anniversary Speakers Night at Annan Academy in the first event of a seasons celebration of 50 years of Annan Rugby.

    After a 3 course dinner the attendees were highly entertained by 3 top speakers Rob Wainwright - former Scotland Rugby Captain and British and Irish Lion, Bruce Aitchison - Former Boroughmuir coach and founder of Happiness is Egg Shaped website and blog and Tom Davis - NZ Native, Otago Rep Rugby, South Island Medalist at Sheep Shearing, Hebridean Islands No 1 speaker and Robs Mate!

    The nights joint MCs were Annan Rugbys Vice President (Rugby) Neil 'Muff' Moffat and 1st XV Coach Niall 'Bazz' Smith.

    The proceeds of the evenings entertainment including an auction of various donated items including Bottle No 7 of Annan Distilleries Man OSwords malt whisky which raised a £1000 towards My Name5 Doddie Foundation. The total raised on the night was £3500.

    Watch this space for further events in the 50th Anniversary celebrations throughout the coming year.

    ANNAN RUGBYS ANNUAL HIGHLAND GAMES

    Last Saturday Annan Rugby hosted their Annan Highland Games and Fun Day at a sunny Violetbank with 6 mens teams entered into the senior event and four teams entered into the Youth games

    Senior teams entered were Annanarama, Team Henderson, Sunday Club, Annan Turds, Players and DWS Fencing.

    Youth Teams entered were Jacks Barbarians, Dougies Blues, Dannys Highlanders and Callums Crusaders with Wellie Wanging, Sprint, Scrum half pass, Wheelbarrow race

    Over the afternoon each of events were keenly contested and well supported by the crowds enjoying the various events in the sun with the Highland Dancing with a Russian Twist (in honour of the World Cup) as always the most anticipated event. The seven events were:

  • Shot Putt - winners Annan Toords
  • Tossing the Caber - winners Team Henderson
  • Tractor Pull - winners Team Henderson
  • Steeple Chase - winners The Players
  • 100 metres - winners Sunday Club
  • Highland Dancing - Team Henderson

    Despite Team Henderson winning more individual events the players were more consistent and they went into the tug of war all square on 51 points.

    Both the Players and Team Henderson came top of their tug of war group so clashed at the final pull with winner takes all.

    The players came out victorious with a 2-1 win over team Henderson to retain the Highland Games champion crown.

    The Players team was John Nelson, Adam Torbett, Callum Smith, Tam Sloan, Ryan Glass and Gus Clark.

    The winning Youth team was Jack's Barbarians Ben Richardson, Aiden Tinning, Max Coupland, Ayda Chierchia, Remo Armstrong, Lex Stevenson and Fraser McMillian.