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1ST XV CAPTAIN: ANDREW JANCEY
1ST XV VICE CAPTAIN: RYAN GLASS
2ND XV CAPTAIN: BEN CONROY
2ND XV VICE-CAPTAIN: ROSS BROWN

LATEST FROM SCOTTISH RUGBY

ANTI-DOPING EDUCATION

Scottish Rugby's Anti-Doping Policy and a range of anti-doping education materials are available from their website (http://www.scottishrugby.org/anti-doping).

Please check out the page on their website and download and read the following documents:

  • Scottish Rugby: Player Anti-Doping Guidance Document

  • Scottish Rugby: Athlete Support Personnel Anti-Doping Guidance Document
    THIS WEBSITE

    This website has lasted 24 years, but it's finally bowed out as the main Annan Rugby Website.

    This website will no longer be updated as it is being replaced fairly soon with a new website launching October 2019 if all goes well.

    In the meantime, you can use the following links to get all the latest info on Annan Rugby:

  • LATEST NEWS: Facebook or Twitter
  • MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Vimeo
  • MATCH PHOTOS: Flickr

    Its been emotional!


    PRE-SEASON TRAINING
    JULY 2019

    AND SO IT BEGINS AGAIN!

    Pre-season training has started for all U13 players and above. P1-P7 players start on Friday 23rd August.

  • Senior Men/Women, U18 Boys/Girls - Tuesday and Thursday at Violetbank. 7pm start

  • U14 Boys and U16 Boys - Tuesday and Thursday at Violetbank. 6pm start.

  • U14 Girls and U16 Girls - Thursday at Violetbank. 7pm start.

    New players always wanted and welcome at Annan Rugby. #JoinTheTeam


    CONFIRMED 1ST XV FIXTURES FOR NEXT SEASON
    28TH MAY 2019

    HOME LEAGUESTART AND DERBY SHIELD MATCH FOR THE 1ST XV

    The Annan 1st XV Tennent's West Division 1 fixtures for season 2019/20.

    Other fixtures will be added when known.

    31/08/19 - Annan v Kilmarnock
    07/09/19 - Annan v Stewartry - West Regional Shield Prelim. Round match
    14/09/19 - Lenzie v Annan
    21/09/19 - Annan v Stewartry - Also 1st leg of Chisholm Cup
    22/09/19 - Scotland v Ireland - Rugby World Cup
    28/09/19 - East Kilbride v Annan / or West Regional Shield Round 1
    30/09/19 - Scotland v Samoa - Rugby World Cup
    05/10/19 - Annan v Allan Glens
    09/10/19 - Scotland v Russia - Rugby World Cup
    12/10/19 - Irvine v Annan
    13/10/19 - Japan v Scotland - Rugby World Cup
    19/10/19 - Annan v Garnock / or West Regional Shield Round 2
    26/10/19 - Cambuslang v Annan
    02/11/19 - Currently no match
    09/11/19 - Kilmarnock v Annan / or West Regional Shield Semi Final
    16/11/19 - Annan v Strathendrick
    23/11/19 - Annan v Lenzie
    30/11/19 - Stewartry v Annan - Also 2nd leg of Chisholm Cup
    07/12/19 - Annan v East Kilbride / or West Regional Shield Final
    14/12/19 - Allan Glens v Annan
    21/12/19 - 04/01/20 - Currently no matches
    11/01/20 - Annan v Irvine
    18/01/20 - Garnock v Annan
    25/01/20 - Annan v Cambuslang
    01/02/20 - Strathendrick v Annan / Ireland v Scotland - 6 Nations
    08/02/20 - Currently no match / Scotland v England - 6 Nations
    15/02/20 - 23/05/20 - League Standbys
    22/02/20 - Italy v Scotland - 6 Nations
    08/03/20 - Scotland v France - 6 Nations
    14/03/20 - Wales v Scotland - 6 Nations
    28/03/20 - National Shield Semi Finals
    25/04/20 - National Shield Final


    PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
    11TH MAY 2019

    2018/19 MEN'S PLAYER AWARDS

    2nd XV Player of the Year: Gavin Graham

    1st XV Most Improved Player of the Year: Daniel Robson

    1st XV Players Player of the Year: Kieran Warrick

    1st XV Player of the Year: Ryan Glass

    Congratulations to all the winners. All well deserved.

    #MonTheAnnan


    GRIZZLIES REGAIN THE TROPHY
    5TH MAY 2019

    COMEBACK FOR THE GRIZZLIES

    On a fine dry Violetbank the large vociferous crowd of Annan supporters, mums, dads, brothers, sisters and friends were royally entertained to, once again, a feast of fast (Meerkats) and not so fast (Grizzlies) rugby played annually for the Sarah "Our Bella" Bell Happy Memories Trophy.

    The teams were led out by one of Annan Rugby's founder members Jack Thompson, captain 50 years ago, and his grandson Eben Le Vin.

    The combatants served up 9 tries between them in a remarkably skilful game of rugby with the Grizzlies, after a bright start by the Meerkats, scoring the first try with Keiron Watret crashing over the line.

    The Meerkats, however, were not to be intimidated by the experience and, not to put too fine a point on it, the bulk of their opposition realised that keeping the ball away from them was the key to the game.

    This ploy paid dividends with the Meerkats running in three tries in succession with Finlay Laurie paving the way, followed by Kieron Warrick and Josh Whiteside to take the Meerkats into a 19-5 lead.

    The Grizzlies, falling back on all their experience, began to play a tighter game and fought back through tries by Colin Warrick, Gavin Lynch(2) and Ali Jackson with one try being converted to take the score to Meerkats 19 Grizzlies 27.

    In the dying minutes of the game the Meerkats had the last word, however, when Ryan Heatherington crashed over for the last try of the game to take the final score to Annan Meerkats 24 Annan Grizzlies 27.

    Once again this annual match showed Annan Rugby is in good heart with Annan's future showing up well against Annan's past and the spectacle a great backdrop to Ladies Day at Violetbank.

    So the Grizzlies regained the Sarah "Our Bella" Happy Memories Trophy. The Grizzlies now have a 6-2 lead in the series. See you all again next year for the next instalment!


    GREENOCK CLINCH THE TITLE
    4TH MAY 2019

    1ST XV LOSE TO GREENOCK

    Last match of the West 1 season. A meaningless match..... ;)

    Greenock were going for the West 1 Championship while an Annan win would mean Allan Glens would claim the title!

    Greenock were massive favourites, unbeaten at home all season, while Annans away form this season had been a bit "iffy!"

    To cut a long story short Greenock dominated the match and won.

    It was 38-3 at half time. Game over? Usually you would think that but after last weeks collapse in the Shield to Berwick you knew no-one at Greenock was counting their chickens.

    In the end it was all Greenock in the 2nd half, and it ended 69-10. Not helped as Annan had to play with 14 for 38 mins after some referee back chat after a yellow.. AJ with the sole Annan try with the last move of the match.

    Congratulations to Greenock. A well deserved win and championship. See you next season Allan Glens! *sorry!*

    Anyway, hope to see you all at Violetbank tomorrow. 2pm KO - Grizzlies v Meerkats. Always a great day!


    LAST MATCHES OF THE SEASON
    4TH/5TH MAY 2019

    1ST XV AWAY TO GREENOCK

    The West 1 season comes down to the last match this Saturday. A game that if Greenock Wanderers win they will be West 1 champions and if Annan can sneak a win then Allan Glens are champions.

    Greenock will of course go into the match on Saturday as huge favourites but stranger things have happened and the black and amber could pull off a shock.

    Greenock will also be wanting to put behind them their collapse in the BT Shield last Saturday that left them losing to Berwick in extra time after conceding 46 unanswered points after leading 35-11 going into the last quarter of the match.

    Will be a big ask for Annan after a long season but as always the lads will be giving 100%,

    So Annan travel to Greenock Wanderers 1st XV for the 6th time at a competitive level and for the 12th meeting overall.

    The teams met last month at Violetbank when the Greenock side ran out winners after after Annan had taken the lead at the start of the 2nd half.

    Overall Annan have 6 wins to Greenocks 5 but most of these wins for Annan have come at Violetbank, away at Greenock Annan do not have a great win record.

    Greenock will be going into Saturdays match as big favourites though, having only lost thrice this season in all competitions and are on a 12 win winning streak in the league.

    For Annan, the lads will be wanting to end their 50th anniversary season on a high after a disappointing season. Annan have already secured a top 6 finish though and will be getting ready for season 2019/20 in the now 10 team West 1 division.

    Players to meet at 11.30am for the 3pm KO

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

    Annan 1st XV Replacements: C Smith, M Crombie, J Bigham

    GRIZZLIES V MEERKATS ON SUNDAY

    On Sunday, its the Annual end of season match when the Annan Grizzlies take on the Annan Meerkats for the Sarah "Our Bella" Happy Memories Trophy.

    Always a great afternoon of running rugby.

    Match kicks off at 2pm.

    Everyone welcome up at Violetbank to watch this exhibition of running rugby!


    GREENOCK DO THE DOUBLE
    6TH APRIL 2019

    LAST HOME MATCH OF THE SEASON FOR THE 1ST XV

    The 1st XV took to the Violetbank pitch against Championship chasing Greenock Wanderers this afternoon. Greenock were big favourites in this match but the home support were hoping that the black and amber could cause an upset in their last home match of the season.

    Twas also sponsors day - hope you all enjoyed your day.

    It was also Kieran Warrick's 100th match for the Annan 1st XV so congratulations to Kieran. Here's to another hundred or 3!

    It was Annan who had the better first 20 mins though and they held the lead after the first quarter. 6-5 thanks to 2 Captain McCann penalties on the 4th and 12th minutes with Greenock hitting back on the 18th minute, with a well worked unconverted try.

    The second quarter was just as tight but alas it was the away side that took the half time lead, kicking two successful penalties late on in the half. 11-6 to Greenock but still all to play for.

    The second half started with Annan coming out all guns blazing and it was no surprise when scrum half Andrew "Red Mist" Jancey scored his 2nd try of the season on the 45th minute. Craig with the conversion and it was 13-11 to Annan but with a long long way to go.

    Twas a tight game and both teams came close on numerous occasions but as the match entered the last quarter Annan still held the lead 13-11

    Could the black and amber hold onto a great win or would Greenock get the result to keep their Championship ambitions on track?

    Alas, for the vocal home support it was Greenock who upped their game in the last quarter and finally came away with the spoils. The match ended up 33-13 to Greenock thanks to 3 well worked tries

    So, congratulations to Greenock who managed to beat Annan for only the 2nd time at Violetbank.

    The Annan lads played a great match throughout though and was great to see the 2nd XV players who were called up did not seem out of place and will no doubt be challenging next season for regular starting places!

    The 1st XV now have 4 week break before their last match of the season, away to the same opponents Greenock! A match that could decide the name on the Championship trophy!

    THE 2ND XV SEASON ENDS

    The 2nd also took on Greenock Wanderers in their last match of the season.

    It's been a tough old season for the 2nd XV who initially didn't have the numbers and matches had to be cancelled. Then as the season progressed (thanks to the great work of team manager Gav Lynch), the lads finally got the numbers but other teams could not and matches were still cancelled!

    As a result, this was only the 2nd XV's tenth league match of the season (out of a possible 22!)

    Was always going to be a tough match against Greenock Wanderers who, like their 1st XV counterparts, were also going for the Championship and so it turned out to be.

    The lads played well but Greenock were too strong and were convincing winner

    Congratulations to Greenock who as a result of todays match have won the West Reserve 2 championship

    And that's the 2nd XV's season finished but no doubt a number of the players will be playing in the end of season Grizzlies v Meerkats match on Sunday 5th May for the Sarah "Our Bella" Bell Happy Memories Trophy. Always a great day out! All welcome.

    Anyway, heres to a lot more rugby played in the 2019/20 season lads and thanks to all who have stuck in with the Black and Amber over the course of this season.


    SATURDAY AT ANNAN RUGBY
    6TH APRIL 2019

    SENIOR MEN THIS WEEKEND

    Annan welcome Greenock Wanderers 1st XV to Annan for the 6th time at a competitive level and for the 11th meeting overall.

    The teams first met back in 1995 down at the Everholm, Annan running out convincing winners. It wasn't until 2004 that the teams finally met again at Violetbank At home, Annan have a decent record versus the Greenock club having only lost the once (in 2004).

    Greenock will be going into Saturdays match as big favourites though, having only lost twice this season in all competitions and as mentioned will win the West 1 championship if they win their remaining 4 matches.

    For Annan a win would keep up their decent home record v Greenock and would also mean a 6th spot finish for the season (baring Strathendrick beating both Allan Glens and Greenock Wanderers)

    For the 2nd XV, Greenock Wanderers will be up for this match as they are also going for the title. While the Annan lads will be happy to finally get a game after the last few weeks matches have been cancelled despite the 2nd XV have squads of more than 20.

    Both teams to meet 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    So all to play for all 4 teams on Saturday at Violetbank.

    Its also free entry for the 3pm KOs and there will be a BBQ and Bar. All welcome.

    Annan 1st XV Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Robson, C Smith, D Nordon, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, D Wyllie, F Laurie, J Whiteside

    Annan 1st XV Subs: S Livingstone, W Gray, M Carpenter

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: D Lockerbie, A Allison, B Conroy , R Brown, J Ogilvie, C Park, I Thorburn, B Sweeney, J Burgess, D Ferguson, MW Jones, B White, A Carlyle, L Johnstone, M Thompson M Crombie, N. Goldie and R Martin


    SATURDAY AT ANNAN RUGBY
    30TH MARCH 2019

    SENIOR MEN THIS WEEKEND

    STOP PRESS: Alas 2nd XV match is OFF as once again Cumnock can not raise a team.

    The 1st XV take a break this weekend after last weeks great win over Dalziel 1st XV and can now prepare for next weeks home tie to Championship chasing Greenock Wanderers.

    The 2nd XV are due to host Cumnock at Violetbank on Saturday. The 2nd XV's match away to Cumnock last Saturday was cancelled due to Cumnock player availability.

    A win for the 2nd XV and they could go into 10th spot in the West 2 Reserve table. The 2nd XV have a squad of over 20 for the 2nd week in a row so lets hope for a great afternoon of rugby action on Saturday

    Players to meet 1.45pm for the 3pm KO.

    2nd XV Squad: B. Sweeney, J.Ogilvie, B.Conroy, A.Carlyle, M.Crombie, S.Livingstone, I.Thorburn, K.McDermaint, N.Goldie, M.Thorburn, D.Ferguson, B.White, Mw. Jones, A.Allison, L.Johnston, J.Burgess, F.Laurie, R.Brown, K.Warrick, L.Stannus, M.Thompson

    The 2nd XV will also be hosting Greenock the following Saturday at Violetbank.

    This will be the 2nd XV's last match and the 1st XV's last home match of the season in our 50th year.

    Free entry to Violetbank and there will be a BBQ and Bar for supporters. Hope to see you there.


    WIN FOR THE 1ST XV
    23RD MARCH 2019

    ANNAN AND DALZIEL BATTLE IT OUT AT VIOLETBANK

    The Annan 1st XV took to the Violetbank pitch for their penultimate home match of the season to take on relegation threatened Dalziel.

    A win for Annan would keep them in the top half of the table while Dalziel really needed to win to help their slim chance of the dreaded drop.

    Annan got off to a great start and were 14-0 up in almost as many minutes. A try from Jonny Callaghan on the 12th minute was followed by a try on the 15th minute by full back Josh Whiteside. Captain McCann with the 2 conversions.

    Dalziel got onto the scoresheet when they scored a converted try on the 28th minute. 14-7.

    And then on stroke of half time it was 14-14. Another well worked Dalziel try.

    All to play for in the second. You felt the team to score next would probably go onto win the match. Who would it be and would my previous statement be correct? Read on.

    Well, the mighty Ryan Hetherington scored just after the 50th minute. You would think Ryan would help me out! Did he? Read on.

    Ryan tried his best and on the 63rd minute he popped up again for his 2nd of the match and his 3rd of the season. 24-14

    There were chances from both teams and Dalziel got a losing bonus point when they kicked a penalty with about 6 to go but couldn't get a drawing converted try

    Full Time: Annan 1st XV 24 v Dalziel 1st XV 17

    Nice bonus point win against a stuffy Dalziel side. If Dalziel do go down to West 2, which is looking more likely, they, in my opinion, will be the best team to have been relegated from West 1 in recent memory.

    The 1st XV now take a break until the 6th April when they are at home to Championship chasing Greenock Wanderers. The teams then meet a few weeks later in Greenock! Tough last few matches for the black and amber!

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights

    The 2nd XV have a match at home however next week hopefully v Cumnock. Kick off 3pm at Violetbank.

    #MonTheMightyTwos

    THE 2ND XV MATCH WAS CALLED OFF

    Alas despite travelling to Cumnock, a breakdown somewhere in communication meant Cumnock thought they had called it off, but alas we hadn't received anything. Lost in the interweb somewhere.

    Shame as we had a squad of 20 raring to go!


    BOTH TEAMS IN ACTION
    23RD MARCH 2019

    1ST XV ENTERTAIN DALZIEL

    Annan welcome Dalziel to Annan for the 8th time at a 1st XV competitive level. And for the 7th time to Violetbank.

    The teams first met back in 1998 down at the Everholm. Annan coming out on top that day.

    Annan had the advantage in the first 8 meeting at both home and away and had a 6-2 win record.

    The last 6 games though have been mainly the Motherwell based team dominating with 4 wins over Annan.

    Annan did win earlier on in the season so perhaps the tide has turned once again in Annan's favour?

    Annan need to win this match to hopefully end up with a top 6 finish while Dalziel need to start to put together a winning run to get themselves out of the bottom 2. With Annan, Garnock, Irvine, Cumnock and Strathendrick being their last 5 opponents its not an impossible task but would need Dalziel to finally get the results their play all season has been promising.

    Again for the the record, if Kieran Warrick plays on Saturday, it will be Kierans 100th appearance for the 1st XV in league or cup match. 317 behind his dad still but getting there! Congrats to Kieran if/when this occurs!

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Robson, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt) A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, J Whiteside

    Annan 1st XV Replacements: T Sloan, J Kirby, C Smith

    THE 2ND XV OFF TO CUMNOCK

    With last weeks match versus Clydebank being awarded to Annan after Clydebank were unable to raise a team, the 5 points gained, plus the points docked from Clydebank, meant the 2nd XV got themselves off the bottom of the West Reserve 2 league table!

    With 3 matches to go versus Cumnock (twice) and then Greenock Wanderers at home on the 6th April, the 2nd XV lads have a chance to get themselves out of the bottom 2. It would need to be a momentous effort and also for 3rd bottom Uddingston to pick up little to no points in their last 5 matches but what I am saying is theres a chance!

    Players to meet at 12pm for the 3pm KO

    Transport: Bus.

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, C Grant, A Allison, B Conroy, K McDermont, B Sweeney, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, J Ogilvie, A Carlyle, D Ferguson, B White, L Stannus, F Laurie, J Burgess, L Johnston, D Kerr, M Thompson, S Livingstone , M Walker Jones and G Graham


    BOTH TEAMS IN ACTION
    16TH MARCH 2019

    TOUGH TRIP TO GREENOCK FOR THE 1ST XV

    STOP PRESS: Alas match postponed as Greenock pitches are waterlogged.

    So Annan travel to Greenock for the 6th time and for the 11th meeting between the teams.

    Overall Annan have a winning record v Greenock with 6 wins to Greenock's 4. The Renfrewshire team have won the last 2 away encounters though but Annan did win their last meeting last year at Violetbank.

    With Greenock still going for the Championship and knowing that if they win their last 5 matches they will go up as Champions, Saturdays match will be one of the toughest of the season for Annan. The teams then do it all again on the 6th April at Violetbank.

    For Annan to remain in the top 6, they will probably need to get something from the 2 matches v Greenock and beat Dalziel at Violetbank on the 23rd March.

    Tough ask but you know the lads playing in the black and amber will be giving it their best shot.

    For the record, if Kieran Warrick plays on Saturday, it will be Kierans 100th appearance for the 1st XV in league or cup match. 317 behind his dad still but getting there! Congrats to Kieran if/when this occurs!

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: K Warrick, C Bell, R Glass, N Coupland, D Robson, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann, A Torbett, J Callaghan, A Halliday, D Wyllie, J Whiteside.

    Annan 1st XV Replacements: J Kirby, T Sloan, F Laurie

    THE 2ND XV HOST CLYDEBANK

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 2nd XV match has been CANCELLED as Clydebank can not raise a team.

    While the Annan 2nd XV host Clydebank in a slightly earlier than usual 2.30pm KO.

    Clydebank are 11th top while Annan are 12th top! so a win for the Annan lads could give them a chance of ended the season not on the bottom of the table with 3 games to go.

    Players to meet at 1.15pm for the 2.30pm KO

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC


    THE BAD RUN CONTINUES AT KILMARNOCK
    2ND MARCH 2019

    THE 1ST XV LOSE ON THE ROAD

    The 1st XV took to the Bellsland pitch knowing that it wasn't a happy hunting ground as they hadn't won there since 2006. Both teams were safe from any potential relegation and a top 6 spot at the end of the season is what both teams were playing for.

    Alas this afternoons encounter extended that poor run v Kilmarnock. Annan can still get a top 6 finish though but they have 2 hard matches against promotion chasing Greenock and a home match v Dalziel to try and get the points they would need.

    The first quarter of the match ended with the home team being 10-0 ahead. A penalty on the 10th minute was followed quickly by a converted try on the 15th. The lads had chances but just could not convert.

    The rest of the half played out in a similar fashion, with Kilmarnock added another try to their tally. 15-0 at half time.

    To keep things short, and plagiarising the last line, the rest of the match was played out in a similar fashion until the last 10 minutes.

    As the small band of Annan supporters did have something to cheer about on the 70th minute, when Sean Haren crashed over for his 9th try of the season. Captain McCann with the conversion. Then with 5 to go Mr Haren scored a 2nd try. Converted by Capt. McCann.

    Annan had a chance right at the death to get a 3rd try and a losing point but its wasn't to be and it ended 27 v 14 to Kilmarnock.

    The 1st XV now have a couple of weeks before their last away match of the season when they travel to Greenock on the 16th March. Nice easy away match to end with!

    #MonTheLads!

    THE 2ND TRAVEL FOR A DEVELOPMENT MATCH

    Despite not having the numbers, a hardy bunch of 2nd XV lads travelled to face Hillhead Jordanhill 2A

    The West Reserve 2 match was forfeited but a development match was played instead.

    Score is not relevant when you just want to play some rugby on a brisk March afternoon!

    Well done to all the lads who made the trip for the black and amber.

    The 2nd XV's next match is at home to Clydebank on Super Saturday (16th March) when the 6 nations concludes and the 2nd XV host Clydebank.

    #MonTheAnnan!


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    2ND MARCH 2019

    TOUGH TRIP TO KILMARNOCK FOR THE 1ST XV

    So Annan travel to Kilmarnock for their 13th meeting at a competitive 1st XV level at Bellsland on Saturday

    Kilmarnock are a team than Annan have met quite often since their first 1st XV meeting back in October 2000, the teams having met a total of 26 times!

    Kilmarnock have a slight edge over Annan with 13 wins to Annan's 12 with 1 draw between the teams.

    The team playing at home usually has a big advantage with Annan winning 71% of the games at home but only 17% away from home!

    Annan have not beaten Kilmarnock at Bellsland since October 2006 and have lost their last 7 matches there!

    Kilmarnock will be the favourites again going into this match but Annan know a win would (more or less) secure 6th spot in the league. One place better than last year and a top half finish!

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, C Bell, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Robson, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Torbett, J Whiteside.

    Annan 1st XV Replacements: M Crombie, K Warrick, J Kirby

    THE 2ND XV AWAY TO HILLHEAD JORDANHILL

    Despite the loss last week to Carrick, the 2nd XV will take encouragement that they had a full squad of 22 to choose from. The 2nd XV now, compared to the start of the year is night and day in regard to team numbers and strength.

    The trip to Hillhead is always a tough match but the 2nd XV lads will be hoping to continue their decent run of form since the start of the year.

    The 2nd XV have 5 games left and a decent run in could see the team get themselves off the bottom.

    Players to meet at 12pm for the 3pm KO

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: To be finalised and announced on Thursday


    CARRICK AT HOME FOR THE 2ND XV
    23RD FEBRUARY 2019

    THE 1ST XV TAKE ON IRVINE AT VIOLETBANK ON SATURDAY

    STOP PRESS: Alas the 2nd go down 20-0. Unlucky lads - Match Report

    The 1st XV are taking a break from league rugby so the 2nd XV are flying the Annan flag on Saturday as they take on Carrick 2nd XV at Violetbank in a re-arranged West Reserve 2 match.

    After last weeks great draw against promotion chasing Irvine, the 2nd XV will be wanting to continue their recent run of form with the same kind of performance against Carrick

    This game is also worth double points due to league rule re previous postponements of the tie (there will be no away fixture). A win and Annan could get themselves off the foot of the table.

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349. Players to meet at 1.45pm for the 3pm KO

    2nd XV Squad: B.Conroy, B.Sweeney, M.McDermont, R.Brown, C.Smith, C.Grant, M. Thorburn, J.Ogilvie, M.Crombie, A.Carlyle, S.Livingstone, F.Laurie, D.Kerr, A.Allison, R.Hetherington, M.Thompson, D.Ferguson, W.Gray, I.Thorburn, J.Burgess, L.Stannus


    BOTH TEAMS HOST IRVINE
    16TH FEBRUARY 2019

    BOTH TEAMS TAKE ON IRVINE

    After a couple of weeks break, league rugby was back on the menu at Violetbank as both the 1st and 2nd XV took to the pitch to take on Irvine Rugby.

    Both Annan and Irvine 1st XV's came into this game with similar form over the past 5 games and a close game was expected.

    Annan's home record v Irvine wasn't the best but they had won the last 2 meetings at Violetbank.

    Irvine scored first with a drop goal after a few minutes but Annan hit back not long after thanks to a Willix try. His 100th try for the 1st XV in his 192nd game!

    The rest of the half was nick and tuck. Irvine retook the lead on the 24th minute thanks to a well worked try. 8-5.

    That man Willix popped up again on the 28th minute and Alex danced over for his 101st try for the 1st XV. 10-8 to Annan

    And my usual line for these type of matches, there was chances for both sides but defences were on top and 10-8 to Annan is how the half ended.

    The 2nd half started and Irvine almost straight way breached the Annan defence with their 2nd try of the match. Converted and it was 15-10 to Irvine.

    The lead was short lived though as Callum Bell scored his 2nd of the season. Captain McCann with the conversion and Annan were back in front with 30 to go.

    The lead changed again just a few phases later. Irvine with their 3rd try and it was now 20-17 to the Marress club. It was then 27-17 shortly afterwards when Irvine scored their 4th try. Annan needed to score next to get back into it.

    Alas it was a bit of a 2nd half collapse and Irvine scored again not long after. 34-17 and the game was out of reach. Another try from Annan and a try bonus point though?

    Just. In the last play of the game, Vice Captain Sean Haren crossed over for the try bonus point. Captain McCann with the conversion and the match ended 34-24 to Irvine.

    A disappointing loss and that 10 minutes in the second half cost Annan dearly. But a try bonus point was well merited!

    The 1st XV now have a break next Saturday and their next match is away to Kilmarnock on the 2nd March. #MonTheAnnan #MonTheWillix

    THE 2ND XV PICK UP A DRAW

    Twas one of the biggest turn-outs of the season for the 2nd XV as the coaches has 22 players to choose from.

    The Annan lads knew they would be in for a tough old battle as Irvine started the day in 2nd spot in the league having lost only 2 matches all season.

    The lads got stuck in though at after 20 mins were 7-5 up thanks to a Ryan Herdsman try with the conversion successfully kicked by Adam Carlyle.

    Game was tight, and Irvine retook the lead to take the game to 12-7 and thats how the half ended.

    After 20 mins of the 2nd half, it was 17-12 to Annan, A Max Thorburn try and 5 points from the boot of Adam Carlyle. Could the lads hang on?

    Alas not quite. An Irvine try took the score to 17 all and thats how the match ended.

    A fair result from a great game of rugby.

    Onto the next one lads. And they dont have to wait long as the 2nd XV face Carrick next Saturday at Violetbank.

    A double header and worth up to 10 points due to league rules re the postponement of earlier matches. Lots of points up for grabs!


    BOTH TEAMS AT VIOLETBANK
    16TH FEBRUARY 2019

    THE 1ST XV TAKE ON IRVINE AT VIOLETBANK ON SATURDAY

    On Saturday, both the Annan 1st and 2nd XV are hosting Irvine Rugby Club.

    This is the first match in a couple of weeks for both teams as league rugby took a break for the start of the 6 Nations.

    The 1st XV will be hoping to continue their recent upturn in form which has resulted in 2 wins and a narrow loss to league favourites Allan Glens.

    Irvine are a team who seem to start the season slowly but usually find a way to get themselves out of trouble. This season is no different and after 6 wins in their last 8 games they are probably safe from any relegation battle but alas like Annan won't be challenging for the promotion spot and will be building for next season.

    Currently lying is 6th spot, they are 1 point behind Annan but the Marress club do have a couple of games in hand.

    So Annan welcome Irvine to Violetbank for the 7th time. Irvine were a bit of bogy team at Violetbank for Annan and the first 4 matches were wins for the away side. The last 2 matches Annan have come out on top though.The teams last met earlier this season when Irvine were victorious 26-20

    Both teams have probably amassed enough points to avoid any lingering relegation possibilities but a win for either team would hopefully lay any fears to rest. Hopefully!

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: K Warrick, C Bell, R Glass, N Coupland, D Robson, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, A Jancey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Callaghan, D Wyllie, A Torbett, J Whiteside

    Replacements: K Watret, S Livingston, F Laurie.

    THE 2ND XV ALSO HOST IRVINE

    The 2nd XV also host Irvine and like the 1st XV are also starting to find their form after a shaky 2018. Similar to the 1st XV they have won 2 of their last 3 games. A narrow defeat to Lenzie being the loss.

    It's good to see the 2nd XV players numbers back up again and the lads getting some rugby under their belts. Due to previous points deductions, it unlikely that Annan will avoid ending up in the 12th top spot however but their are still 8 games left and a few more wins the 2nd XV could get themselves above Clydebank.

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

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad XV: B Sweeney, R Brown, J Ogilvie, K McDairmant, B Conroy, M Thorburn, G Graham, D Ferguson, B White, I Thorburn, A Carlyle, D Kerr, M Jones, W Gray, J Burgess, L Stannus, M Carpenter, A Allison


    LOSING BONUS POINT FOR THE LADS
    26TH JANUARY 2019

    THE 1ST XV LOSE BUT ONLY JUST

    The 10 times Chisholm Cup winners took to the Violetbank pitch this afternoon against league favourites Allan Glens. The Glens just beat Annan in the away leg earlier in the season and last year at Violetbank was also a slight loss. So the black and amber knew they had to be at the top of their game to get something from this match,

    To keep the first half story short. It was a fairly wet and cold Violetbank and it ended 5 v 8 to the Glens.

    To quote the Allan Glens twitter feeder twas ..."Champagne Rugby from Annan".

    He might not have loved the black and amber pick up and drives but it was effective.

    A try on the half hour mark made it 0-5 to the Glens but a 100 yard dash (may have been slightly less) from the speed merchant that is Kieran Warrick made it 5-5 just before the half. Alas a late Glens penalty made it 8-5 at half time. All to play for. .

    Alas the next score was also the Glens. A converted try on the hour mark and it was 15-5. Game over?

    It was. It ended 15-8 to the Glens. A late Captain McCann penalty meant a wee losing bonus point.

    A defeat but the lads will feel they might have snuck the win. Onto the next one.

    The 1st XV now take a break for the start of the 6 nations. The next 1st and 2nd XV games are on the 16th February. At home v Irvine.

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights

    THE 2ND XV WON 41-0

    The 2nd XV are the best team in West Reserve 2 (in my opinion!) when they get the numbers out. #MonTheMightyTwos


    BOTH TEAMS AT VIOLETBANK
    26TH JANUARY 2019

    1ST XV HOST LEAGUE FAVOURITES ALLAN GLENS

    So after last Saturdays great win over Stewartry in the West 1/Chisholm cup double header, the Annan 1st XV moved back into the top 6 in the West 1 Division after 2 wins on the bounce. A 3rd win though versus Saturdays opponents Allan Glens will require every player in the black and amber to be at 100%.

    Allan Glens are the inform team in the league and are probably the favourite of the top 4 teams to end up this season champions.

    The teams from 5th to 12th are playing for their West 1 places for next season. Any 2/3 from the 8 could still go down but games are running out for some teams and points hard to come by for others.

    For Annan, Saturdays match v the Glens will be a chance to lay to rest the "rather big defeat" Allan Glens put on Annan earlier in the season.

    So Annan host Allan Glens on Saturday for the 9th time and for the 17th match up between the teams at a 1st XV competitive level.

    At home Annan have a great record v the Glens with 5 wins and a draw from the 8 games.

    The Bishopbrigg team need to win this match to keep up their challenge for the 1 promotion spot while for Annan, they will take heart from their 2 recent wins to pick up some points to finish in the top 6 come season end.

    For the record, if Alex "Willix" Halliday scores a try on Saturday it will be Alex's 100th try for the 1st XV in competitive matches. #TheMoreYouKnow!

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

    Also, after Saturdays match, the 1st and 2nd XV take a break from league rugby as the 6 Nations starts in earnest. The teams next matches will be on the 16th February v Irvine at Violetbank,

    Annan 1st XV Starting XV: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, N Coupland, D Robson, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (C), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Annan 1st XV replacements: J Kirby, D Barnes, A Torbett

    2ND XV HOST UDDINGSTON

    And the mighty 2nd XV take on Uddingston 2nd XV in a Tennents West Reserve 2 league clash also at Violetbank

    The 2nd XV numbers are starting to pick up again, and the lads just lost on the road last weekend to Lenzie 18-10.

    At home on Saturday, the team have a great chance of picking up a so far rare win this season.

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

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: M Carpenter, I Thorburn, C Taylor, D Ferguson, F Laurie, S Livingston, C Smith, A Carlyle, D Kerr, M Thorburn, W Gray, B Conroy, B Sweeney, R Brown, J Ogilvie, K McDairmant.


    ANOTHER WINFOR THE 1ST XV
    19TH JANUARY 2019

    CHISHOLM CUP GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

    League points, bragging rights but more importantly Chisholm Cup winners was on offer this Saturday afternoon at the Greenlaw.

    Annan were the holders and held a 3 point lead in the 2 legged match but at the Greenlaw, it was always up for grabs

    Annan have not been the best of starters this season in the league, and once again this proved to be the case as almost with the first attack of the game Stewartry scored, Twas converted and it was 7-0. Not the best of starts!

    Frantic start but it calmed down a bit (in score...not in local derby rugby action!) for the next 15 mins or so. Annan started to get on top and some Stewartry indiscipline and a Captain McCann penalty took it to 7-3. In the Chisholm Cup Stewartry had a 1 point lead.

    And it the black and amber who scored next again. Just before the half hour, the full back maestro that it the Josh danced over for his 5th try of the season. 8-7 to Annan.

    But it wouldn't be the Chisholm Cup if it wasn't a bit closer and a last kick of the half penalty from Stewartry meant the black and red took a 2 point lead in the West 1 match but the black and amber still had a 1 point lead in the Chisholm Cup.

    West 1 winner or Chisholm Cup winner? or both?

    Twas both....but for who?

    Started off better for the Annan as Captain McCann kicked Annan into the lead but 2 quick Stewartry tries (one converted) took it to 22-11 with 25 to go.

    Annan hit back on the 65th minute thanks to an Adam Torbett try. 22-16 but Annan still losing in both competitions.

    It then got better then a bit worse for Annan. A Neal Coupland converted try with 10 to go and Annan retook the lead 23-22 but just after Annan had to play the rest of the match with 14 as Adam Torbett was yellow carded.

    But an amazing Annan defence and the black and yellow won once again.

    So a great win for the lads, as Annan extend their Chisholm Cup wins over Stewartry to 10-7 and pick up their 15th win in 20 matches against the Greenlaw club. Thanks to the amazing Annan support! What a game!

    The Annan 1st XV have an easier game (!) next week at home to league leaders promotion contenders Allan Glens. The Glens beat Annan in a 93 point thriller back in October.

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

    Match Report / Match Photos

    THE 2ND XV GO DOWN TO LENZIE

    The 2nd XV just go down to Lenzie 18-10.

    Great to see the 2nd XV back on the road.

    Onto the next one!


    TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    19TH JANUARY 2019

    1ST XV OFF TO THE GREENLAW

    So Stewartry v Annan for the Chisholm Cup. League points are important but more importantly bragging rights are up for grabs.

    In the league its neck and neck between the teams, 37 points each but Stewartry have played 3 games more than the black and amber. A win for either team could determine the best non-Dumfries (and Newton Stewart) based team in SW Scotland!

    At the top its still up for grabs. 1 team from 4 will go up but its the next top 8 where the drama is. 2 teams from the 8 will go down. A win on Saturday for the black and red or black and amber will probably end any lingering relegation possibilities.

    Either way though, although league points are important, the Chisholm Cup is up for grabs!

    Stewartry will go into the game as slight favourites, but Annan do have the historical advantage with 12 wins from the last 15 encounters.

    So Annan travel to the Greenlaw to determine the fate of the 17th Chisholm cup clash. Played for since the 1997/98 season, the Chisholm Cup is an almost annual contest between Annan and Stewartry in memory of past Annan President Peter Chisholm

    Annan are the holders after winning both legs last year and hold a 9-7 lead in the series. Annan also hold a slender 3 point lead going into this match after winning the home leg earlier in the season but Stewartry at home will be the slight favourites in this match.

    Biggest match of the season so far, both teams will be up for it and seats are available on the bus if you wish to go along and support the lads. 10 pounds pp - contact Tracy Whiteside to book your place.

    Bus leaves Bank Street at 11am for the 2pm KO.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren (Vice-Capt & soon to be new dad), J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside.

    Replacements: M Crombie, D Robson, A Torbett, J Kirby

    2ND XV TRAVEL TO LENZIE

    And the mighty 2nd XV are on the road to take on Lenzie 2nd XV in a Tennent's West Reserve 2 league clash.

    Not quite the full 15 as yet, but its expected that a full compliment of players will be on their way to Lenzie for this league match.

    Players to meet at Bank Street at 11am for the 2pm KO. Transport - Cars.

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gavin Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: R Brown, K Watret, G Graham, C Taylor, S Livingstone, B Sweeney, F Laurie, C Grant, C Smith, I Thorburn, D Ferguson, W Gray, A.N. Other, A.N. Other, A.N. Other


    A WIN FINALLY FOR THE LADS
    12TH JANUARY 2019

    100% AT HOME IN 2019

    At a chilly and wet Violetbank, Captain McCann led out his Annan team for the 144th time this afternoon and his 300th match for the 1st XV. Not a bad shift!

    7th placed Annan have been on a bad run of late but at home they had won 4 from 6 games so they were looking to get the win against 8th placed Cambuslang.

    And what a start, as leading try scorer for the season Willix sailed over for his 9th of the season. Captain McCann converted and it was 7-0 after a couple of minutes.

    Things then calmed down and it wasn't until the 24 minute that there was change in the scoreboard despite some good chances from both sides.

    And it was the mighty Neal Coupland who crashed over for his 6th of the season. 12-0 to Annan.

    Cambuslang hit back not longer after though with a well worked try. Converted and it 12-7 with about 8 to go until the break.

    Some Cambuslang indiscipline and the boot of Captain McCann made it 15-7 just before the break.

    However the last 5 minutes were a nightmare for Annan as they leaked two late tries and the half ended 17-15 to Cambuslang

    Big second half required from Annan if they wanted end their losing streak and register their first win in 5 matches.

    It was a frantic start as a 2nd Coupland try and McCann conversion meant Annan retook the lead but not long after it was 22-22 thanks to a 4th Cambuslang try.

    However, Captain McCain kicked another penalty moments later and it was 25-22 to Annan with just 12 minutes played in the 2nd half!

    Annan piled on the pressure and forced Cambuslang to concede a number of penalties. Captain McCann doesn't miss that often and today was no exception. 31-22 with about 15 to go.

    There were chances for both sides but some great defence from both teams meant there was no further score until the last play of the match, Willix with the bonus point try. And the 300th Man McCann with the conversation. Full time: 38-22 to Annan! 5 points!

    So the slight losing streak is over and Annan are now on a 100% one game winning streak after the match! Well played Craig and the lads! Enjoy your pints of orange juice this evening!

    Annan now travel to local friends and rivals Stewartry next Saturday for a league and Chisholm cup 2nd leg double. Annan hold a slender 3 point lead going into this match so most likely the winning team will go home with the Chisholm Cup.

    A big travelling support will no doubt spur on the lads!

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME
    12TH JANUARY 2019

    CRUCIAL HOME MATCH FOR THE 1ST XV

    After last week's heavy loss to Cumnock, Annan, who seemed safe from the relegation fight have been dragged backed into it. Annan have 8 games to secure the points needed to keep them in West 1 for another season. 5 of these matches are at Violetbank and 3 on the road. 2 wins could be enough to secure safety

    All 8 look tough encounters with Annan taking on promotion contenders or teams that are finding some form over the past few matches. Saturday's match v Cambuslang is a huge game for both clubs. A win for Cambuslang would take them above Annan while an Annan win would give them a boost going into next week's Chisholm Cup clash away to Stewartry,

    Hopefully on Saturday, the Annan lads will finally get back to the form they had at the start of the season and pick up a much needed win.

    So the 1st XV welcome Cambuslang 1st XV to Annan for the 9th time at a 1st XV competitive level. Overall the teams have met 18 times with Annan holding a 12 wins to 5 advantage. There has been 1 draw. The draw was earlier this season at Cambuslang. The teams also met in the Shield this season when Annan came out on top - just - by 1 point!

    Cambuslang, like Annan, are having a poor run of form, culminating in a 100-0 home loss to Allan Glens last weekend. Something Annan know all about as the Glens put 76 past Annan back in October! Both teams need to win this game to give themselves a boost going into the crucial run in at the end of the season

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

    Annan 1st XV Starting XV: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann, D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Annan 1st XV replacements: J Kirby, D Robson, S Nicholson, A Torbett

    2ND XV AT HOME TO ARDROSSAN

    If all goes well, the 2nd XV should be hosting Ardrossan 2nd XV at Violetbank on Saturday in their latest West Reserve 2 match.

    As has been well documented, the 2nd XV have been struggling with numbers this year but hopefully new year means new year resolutions and the 2nd XV will be able to complete their remaining West Reserve 2 league programme.

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

    As always, new/existing players always wanted for the mighty twos - if you fancy it then please contact 2nd XV team manager Gav Lynch on 07768510349.

    Annan 2nd XV squad: R Brown, B Conroy, D Kerr, C Smith, B Sweeney, C Park, C Taylor, C Grant, F Laurie, J Ogilvie, S Livingston, I Thorburn, L Johnstone, Z Lockerbie, A Carlyle, D Ferguson and W Gray


    ANNANS TERRIBLE RUN CONTINUES
    5TH JANU 2018

    THE TERRIBLE RUN CONTINUES FOR THE 1ST XV

    The Annan team travelled to Cumnock this afternoon to continue their up and down West 1 league campaign.

    The game was played on a brand new 4G pitch at Cumnock's home at the new Barony Campus.

    Annan won the home leg 42-0 earlier in the season but since then Annan's form has dipped and Cumnock's form, although lying 2nd bottom, was starting to pick up. Both teams were up for getting their 2019 rugby year off to a flyer.

    The first half was a case of the teams getting used to playing rugby again after the xmas break and the new 4G pitch and as a result, initially it was a low scoring affair.

    The first score wasn't until the 25th minute and it was for the home side. Try converted and 7-0. It got worse for the black and amber as 5 minutes later, it was 12-0.

    Then just before half time, another Cumnock try and a Josh yellow card. 17-0 and looking like there was going to be no improvement of form.

    Annan did have the last say in the half as Captain McCann made it 17-3 with a penalty kick.

    Second half comeback? Tale of 2 halves?

    As has been the story for the last few months - no.

    Cumnock scored quickly after the restart to take the score to 24-3 and the match was out of Annan's reach.

    And from then on it just got worse.

    It ended 57 - 11 to Cumnock.

    The 2nd half Annan points came from Craig McCann (P) and Sean Haren (T)

    So alas another defeat for the 1st XV as their terrible run of form continues.

    And like Strathendrick a few weeks ago, Cumnock finally get their first ever win over Annan on their 6th attempt. So congratulations to them.

    The lads will be hoping to stop the rot when they have their first home game of the year v Cambuslang Rugby next Saturday.

    Match Report / Match Photos


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME
    5TH JANUARY 2019

    THE 1ST XV START 2019 ON THE ROAD

    So after a few weeks off, the 1st XV are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Cumnock in their latest West 1 league match.

    In case you need a summary of the season so far for Annan, it's been: amazing start, not so great middle, ending TBC.

    As a result, the 1st XV are now lying in 6th spot with 9 matches to play.

    Annan are out of the promotion hunt but are still not 100% safe from potential relegation, especially with the proposed league restructure next season.

    The 1st XV played Saturdays opponents in October at Violetbank in the league and won 42-0 and will be hoping that they can start off the new year with a win. Cumnock came up from West 2 last season and are slowly finding their feet to life in West 1. Saturdays match will also be played on Cumnock's brand new artificial rugby pitch, which will be the first West 1 match played on the new surface.

    A lot of West 1 rugby for Annan in January, with Annan hosting Cambuslang next week , off to Stewartry the following week and then hosting one of the championship favourites Allan Glens the week after!

    Players to meet at 11am for the 2pm kick off.

    Transport: Cars

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

    Annan 1st XV replacements: A Torbett, C Smith, D Wyllie, D Kerr


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME
    15TH DECEMBER 2018

    THE 1ST XV HOST GREENOCK WANDERERS

    STOP PRESS: Alas both 1st and 2nd XV matches off - pitches frozen.

    After last weeks defeat to league leaders East Klbride, Annan are now in danger of slipping down into the bottom half of the table.

    Next season, West 1 is reducing to 10 teams. And with the way relegation will work in the regional divisions (between 0 and 3 teams relegated depending on how many West teams come down from National 3) who knows how many teams will be relegated this season.

    Annan need a few more points to perhaps put any lingering relegation threats behind them!

    At the top, its shaping up to be the tightest league ever with the top 4 teams all within a couple of points (assuming the teams win any games in hand)

    Saturdays opponents Greenock Wanderers are in that top 4. Greenock were looking like champions elect just a few weeks ago but 2 defeats to Garnock and East Kilbride meant they were dragged back down into the promotion mix. Not a bad place to be in though!

    Should be a great match on Saturday though.

    So the 1st XV welcome Greenock Wanderers 1st XV to Annan for the 6th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    The teams first met back in 1995 down at the Everholm. They didn't meet again until 2004.

    In all, the teams have played each other 10 times with Annan winning 6 times and the Renfrewshire team 4. At home Annan have a great record with 4 wins from the 5 encounters.

    Greenock Wanderers are a team aiming for promotion this year though so Annan will need to find the form from the earlier part of the season if they want to continue their great home record versus the Wanderers

    Greenock need the win to keep up their championship ambitions while Annan need to end their poor run of form and get back to winning ways.

    Players to meet at 12.30pm for the 2pm kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, M Crombie, J Crombie, D Robson, D Nordon, K Warrick, C Bell, S Haren (Vice-Capt), J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), D Wyllie, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: J Kirby, M Thompson, G Graham, M Thorburn.

    2ND XV ALSO HOST GREENOCK

    The 2nd XV are also at home versus league leaders Greenock.

    Players to meet at 12.30pm for the 2pm kick off.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: B Conroy, R Brown, S Livingston, I Thorburn, J Ogilvie, C Grant, A Allison, A Carlyle, L Johnstone, F Laurie, C Smith, K McDerment, J Park, B Sweeney, C Taylor.


    TOUGH MATCHES ON THE ROAD FOR THE TEAMS
    8TH DECEMBER 2018

    THE 1ST XV ARE AWAY TO EAST KILBRIDE

    STOP PRESS: The 1st XV lose 25-3 to East Kilbride. Annan points from Captain McCann. Onto the next one lads!

    So Annan's poor run of form continued last weekend with an unexpected home loss to Strathendrick. The West 1 league is really 2 divisions in 1. The top 4 teams (Garnock, East Kilbride, Allan Glens and Greenock Wanderers), are head and shoulders above the other 8 teams in the division.

    The other 8 teams in the league are all fighting to be top dog of the rest. Some of the teams are improving week on week, some are remaining static while some are getting worse. It is going to be interesting to see the state of affairs with 4 matches to go.

    Any of the teams could find themselves fighting relegation especially if Dalziel and Cumnock start to pick up some more wins that some of their recent displays have deserved.

    Only 4 matches are taking place this weekend and only one involves one of the top teams. Alas for Annan it is their match away to inform East Kilbride. Annan need to stop the rot and be playing at the standard they are capable of to get something from this match, Next week Annan are at home to Greenock. Tough couple of weeks for the lads!

    So the 1st XV travel to East Kilbride 1st XV for the 10th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    This will be the teams 21st competitive match up. East Kilbride have a large lead over Annan with 12 wins to Annan's 6 with two games ending in a draw.

    The teams have been playing each other since the 80's & 90's in friendlies but did not meet in a "proper" match until 2001 in the SRU Cup.

    Its going to be a tough ask of Annan to get something from this game. Historically at East Kilbride Annan have not faired well with 2 wins and a draw from 9 attempts.

    And currently East Kilbride are the inform team in the league with 4 wins from 5 games with Annan going the opposite way with just 1 win from 5.

    Annan need to find the form from the start of the season that gave them a great start to the league but seems to have deserted them recently if they are to get something from this match.

    Tough couple of matches ahead for the black and amber.

    Players to meet at 11am for the 2pm kick off.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, M Crombie, R Hetherington, K Watret, D Nordon, K Warrick, C Bell, S Haren, J Bigham, C McCann (Capt), H Houldey, J Callaghan, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside

    Replacements: J Kirby, J Crombie, M Thorburn, G Graham

    2ND XV ON THE ROAD TO CLYDEBANK

    STOP PRESS: No team. Game cancelled.

    The 2nd XV are hopefully on the the road to Clydebank in their latest West 2 reserve match

    Unfortunately for the 2nd XV, last weekends match was postponed after the lads finally got the numbers together. but it is hoped that the numbers will be high enough for an away trip to the West Dunbartonshire team.

    Clydebank are lying just above Annan in 11th top place so the match could be a great opportunity for the lads to get some form of points on the board.

    Players to meet at TBC for the 2pm kick off.

    If any players are available, as more always welcome, please contact 2nd XV Team Manager Gavin Lynch or Coach Neil "Muff" Moffat

    Annan 2nd XV Squad TBC


    POOREST MATCH OF THE SEASON FROM THE 1ST XV
    1ST DECEMBER 2018

    ANNAN LOSE TO STRATHENDRICK

    Strathendrick were the visitors this afternoon at Violetbank for the 1st XV's latest Tennent's West Division 1 match. Annan were probably just the favourites going into this game against last years West 2 champions and had never lost to the Fintry club but Strathendrick had had the better form coming into this match so it really could have gone either way.

    The visitors bus had been delayed due to a road accident so the match kicked off 10 minutes late.

    The first half was a low scoring affair with defences on top and it wasnt until almost the 40 was up before there was the first change in score.

    And it was the home support that had something to cheer about as prop Ryan Glass barged over for his 2nd of the season.

    The half ended not long after. 5-0 to Annan. Still anyones game.

    The 2nd half started and Captain McCann made it 8-0 not long after the restart to give Annan a little breathing space.

    The next score was going to be important and it was from Strathendrick who scored thanks to a penalty try. 8-7 with just over 20 to go,

    Annan were looking rattled and needed to score next to calm the old nerves (mine included)

    Alas it was not to be and at the death Strathendrick clinched the game with a penalty. 10-8.

    So congratulations to Strathendrick, who win for the first time over Annan in their 7th attempt. For Annan they need to regroup and regroup fast as they now have a tough away trip to East Kilbride next Saturday,

    East Kilbride, who beat Allan Glens today, and are challenging for the title so the lads will have to be at 100% to get something/anything from this game!

    Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights


    BOTH TEAMS AT HOME
    1ST DECEMBER 2018

    1ST XV HOST STRATHENDRICK

    So the 1st XV welcome Strathendrick 1st XV to Annan for the 4th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

    Strathendrick came up this season as West 2 Champions but like a lot of teams (ourselves included) the step up from West 2 to West 1 can take a good half season to adjust to.

    The teams have met 6 times in the past. The first meeting was way back in 1993 down at the Everholm in a Glasgow Division 1 match. Annan won that day 30-10. The next meeting wasn't until 2013 in West 2. Annan also won both encounters.

    Annan have a played 6 won 6 record against Strathendrick 1st XV.

    The meeting earlier on in the season though was a very close 27-19 win for Annan. So the lads from Fintry will be wanting to finally get one over the lads from the Solway!

    Players to meet at 12.45pm for the 2pm KO

    For Annan they will be wanting to get back to some better form which currently lies as 1 win from the last 4 matches.

    Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, T Sloan, N Coupland, M Thompson, D Nordon, D Barnes, S Haren, H Houldey, C McCann (Capt), J Kirby, J Bigham, A Halliday, A Jancey, J Whiteside.

    Replacements: C Bell, R Hetherington, D Wyllie, A Torbett

    2ND XV ALSO HOST STRATHENDRICK

    STOP PRESS: Alas game has been cancelled as Strathendrick can not raise a team.

    The 2nd XV are also hosting their counterparts from Fintry. The 2nd XV have been having a torrid time as late: bottom of the West 2 reserve league with negative points. Not helped with 6 games being forfeited and the lads having had 8 points deducted from their total.

    Strathendrick have also struggled to get a team to travel from Fintry this season but its hoped the 2nd XV can finally get their season back on track with this home tie v Strathendrick. Fingers crossed! May the planets align for the rugby good! Good weather please as well!

    If any players are available, as more always welcome, please contact 2nd XV Team Manager Gavin Lynch or Coach Neil "Muff" Moffat

    Players to meet at 12.45pm for the 2pm KO

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: D Robson, B Conroy, J Ogilvie, M Thorburn, I Thorburn, M Crombie, R Craig, L Johnson, S Livingston, C Smith, F Laurie, A Allison


    LOSS FOR THE 1ST XV
    24TH NOVEMBER 2018

    1ST XV GO DOWN TO GARNOCK

    After a few late call offs, the Annan 1st XV had the bare 15 players arriving at Lochshore for the early West 1 kick off versus promotion chasing Garnock.

    A couple of the 15 were already carrying injuries from previous weeks so a long afternoon for the 1st XV was predicted!

    And so it turned out to be. Garnock scored at regular intervals, despite some great Annan defence, and were 27 v 3 up at half time. The Annan points coming from the boot of Captain McCann.

    Annan had the slope in the second half - could the lads get a try or two?

    Yes, yes we could. Despite having to play with 14 players for most of the second half due to injuries, the 1st XV scored a try through the Josh. Alas Garnock scored a few more and it ended 58 v 8.

    So well played to Garnock on their quest for promotion from West 1.

    Not the finest of results but not much a team can do when only 15 players are available. And the 15 gave their all for the Black and Yellow/Amber/Gold (one day we will work it out!). Enjoy your pints lads and the Scotland game! You boys deserve it!

    Looking around the number of games being cancelled this weekend re lack of players, looking at the National League Cup in particular, you have to wonder the wisdom of playing matches during the Autumn Internationals. The 2nd XV matches have also been hammered during this period,

    Ah well, the 1st XV have to regroup and host Strathendrick rugby next Saturday at Violetbank. The 2nd XV also hopefully host Strathendrick.

    Strathendrick also had a bad result v Stewartry last week but for them they had it worse than Annan and started with 14!

    Onto the next one lads!

    Match Report


    BOTH TEAMS ON THE ROAD
    24TH NOVEMBER 2018

    EARLY KICK OFF FOR THE 1ST XV

    So after last weeks break from league rugby, the 1st XV continue their West 1 matches with an away match to inform Garnock.

    It's as you were at the top with the top 4 teams- Allan Glens, Garnock, East Kilbride and Greenock all fighting for the 1 promotion slot. Annan are hanging in there but will probably need to win their remaining 12 games to have a chance.

    Stewartry had a huge win last week v Strathendrick to get them up the table and only 3 points behind Annan, albeit having played 2 extra games.

    Dalziel are still rooted at the bottom but their win last week in the Shield v Kilmarnock suggests on their day they can beat anyone so not guaranteed they will end up being bottom come season end.

    So the 1st XV travel to Garnock for the 8th time at a 1st XV competitive level on Saturday.

    It will be the 16th meeting between the clubs in league and cup games. Garnock have 9 wins to Annan's 6.

    Garnock are the inform club in West 1 having won their last 8 league game in a row. The last team to beat them in the league though was Annan down at Violetbank at the start of the season.

    The Annan 1st XV has yet to have a settled first 15 with 34 players so far playing at least 1 game for the team this season. If the coaches can finally get to pick the strongest 15 then Annan should have a decent chance of picking up some points against Garnock.

    For Garnock, they will just be wanting to keep up this amazing run they are having and keep up their challenge at the top

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

    Replacements: F Laurie, M Thompson

    THE 2ND XV ALSO ON THE ROAD

    The 2nd XV will finally be hoping to get a full 15 out as they travel to Whitecraigs in their latest West reserve 2 match.

    Whitecraigs 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 points on offer

    For Annan, who are at the foot of the table, it is just hoped the lads can get a team out on the road to Whitecraigs after a very challenging couple of months for the 2nd XV.

    Annan 2nd XV Squad: TBC


    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.

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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
    RECENT ROUND UP
    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.