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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.
Match Report / Match Photos / Match Highlights
THE 2ND XV ALSO WIN
The 2nd XV were also at Violetbank taking on Whitecraigs.
The lads were winning 7-5 at half time.
In the 2nd half, what a cracker and it ended 34-32 to.......Annan!
Another 5 pointer. Well played lads. Good afternoon for the 2 senior teams!
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?
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
Full Match Report / Match Photos
LEAGUE START FOR THE SENIOR MEN
1ST SEPTEMBER 2018
AWAY START AGAIN FOR THE 1ST XV
So after last weeks disappointment of having to concede the BT West Shield tie to Oban Lorne, its time to focus on league business and the opening match away to Dalziel.
Dalziel had a good win last win in the said Shield, winning away to West 2 Wigtownshire.
Like all relegated teams from Premier 3, you are never sure if a team is on the slippery slope down the divisions like so many teams in the past or if it was just a wee blip in a one off poor season.
The result last week suggest the latter as Wigtownshire will be favourites for West 2 and and one of the inform teams in the leagues.
For Annan, they will be wanting to put last weeks disappointment behind them and start the league with a win to build on when they finally get a home game at Violetbank the following Saturday.
So Annan travel to Oban 3rd time and for the 7th time at a first XV competitive level.
The teams first met back in November 97 in National 2. Annan won that day. Initially Annan had the hex over Dalziel winning 7 of the first 9 meetings, however things have changed a bit and Dalziel have won the last 4 league encounters (5 if you include the friendly meeting back in 2015)
Overall its 6 wins for Dalziel and 7 for Annan.
The teams last met in a competitive match back in the 2009/10 season when Dalziel romped to victory in both games scoring 88 points over the 2 games with no Annan reply!
Annan will no doubt be wanting to right some wrongs and finally get a win over the team from Motherwell again!
Players to meet at 11am for the 2pm KO. Transport: Cars
Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Gracie, N Coupland, T Sloan, D Nordon, S Haren (Capt), R Hetherington, H Houldey, A Jancey, J Kirby, A Torbett, A Halliday, M Thorburn, J Whiteside
Replacements: C Smith. M Thompson
2ND XV ALSO START ON THE ROAD
STOP PRESS: Alas the 2nd XV game has been postponed to a later date in the season.
The 2nd also start their league season on the road with a trip to Carrick.
Will be a tough opener for the lads v the South Ayrshire team.
Players to meet at 11.15am for the 3pm KO. Transport: Cars
Annan 2nd Squad: TBC
AWAY IN THE SHIELD AGAIN
25TH AUGUST 2018
1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO OBAN LORNE
STOP PRESS: Alas Annan conceded the tie to Oban as we could not raise a front row
Annan travel to Oban 3rd time and for the 6th time at a first XV level on Saturday in the 1st round proper of the BT West Shield.
Oban were relegated last year into West 2 but will no doubt be challenging for promotion when the league season starts next week.
Annan have never lost to Oban in the 5 previous meetings but its going to take a momentous effort for the lads to keep this record going.
Will be a changed side travelling up (with 6 changes to last weeks starting XV) and down to Oban on Saturday but a great chance for some fringe 1st XV players to stake their claim for a more permanent spot.
Players to meet at 9 30 for a 15.00 kick off. Transport: Cars.
Annan 1st XV Starting 15: M Crombie, K Warrick, R Glass, Z Lockerbie, D Robson, C Smith, D Barnes, N Coupland, H Houldey. A Jancey, A Torbett, A Rae, M Thorburn. R Brown, J Kirby
Replacements: C Wilson
SEASON STARTS WITH A WIN FOR THE 1ST XV...JUST
18TH AUGUST 2018
GAME OF TWO HALVES
So after last weeks opening game v Carlisle, the season started in earnest with an away trip to Cambuslang in the Shield.
Annan got off to a great start when with 8 minutes played scrum half Harry Houldey scored the opening try. Josh Whiteside with the conversion.
Both teams had chances but it wasn't until the 27th minute that the scoreboard changed again.....and it was the Coupland called Neal who crashed over to take it to 12-0.
And it got better for Annan just a few minutes later when the forwards shunted the Cambuslang pack over the try line for a push over try. Sean Haren with the try.
And for probably for the only time this season, Sean leads Jane in the try scoring charts for the season. Jane may have not played yet but a lead is a lead! #SeanWelcomesTheChase
Willix was then next on the scoreboard as he crashed over in the corner not soon after. 22-0 and half time.
The 2nd half started and as you would expect, Cambuslang came out firing knowing they had to score next to try and get back into the tie.
For the first quarter of the 2nd half (or 10 minutes to any forwards reading) - it was nip and tuck but the try Cambuslang's play deserved came on the 53rd minute.
With the try being successfully converted it was 22-7.
Another try and it would definitely be game back on for the Lanarkshire team.
So game over or game on?
It was game on as on the 65th minute, Cambuslang made it 14-22 and the small Annan support started to get a bit nervous!
And it got worse as 2 minutes later, it was 22-19!. Squeaky bum time for the last 13 or so!
On the 75th minute, the home comeback was almost complete and it was 24-22 to Cambuslang.
But the man God that it Jonny Callaghan, stepped up in the last seconds and kicked a penalty to take the lead and the win 25-24!
Well played to both teams who made it a match to remember!
Next weeks match away to Oban will be a changed Annan 1st XV however with plenty of new faces making their debuts as the entire 1st XV team today (and most of the 2nd XV) will be at Callum Bells Wedding. Have a great day Callum! (and future wife!)
Time for the fringe 1st XV players to claim their place for the rest of the season! #WeAreAnnan #PlacesUpForGrabs
Match Report / Match Photos
AWAY IN THE SHIELD
18TH AUGUST 2018
1ST XV ON THE ROAD TO CAMBUSLANG
Annan travel to Cambuslang for the 9th time and for the 17th time in a 1st XV competitive match.
Annan hold a decent record v Cambuslang winning 11 of the 16 encounters.
Surprisingly the teams have never met in the BT Shield or any Cup competition for that matter.
Last season Annan won the home league match convincingly 44-10 only to lose the return leg four days later 22-12!
At the start of the season you are never quite sure which teams will be challenging for the Shield (and League). Both teams will fancy their chances though to get into the 1st round proper of the Shield next week.
Players to meet 12 noon, transport cars for the 3pm KO
Annan 1st XV Starting 15: R Glass, K Warrick, R Hetherington, T Sloan, N Coupland, D Barnes, C Smith, S Haren (Capt.), H Houldey, J Whiteside, J Kirby, J Callaghan, A Halliday, M Thorburn, A Torbett
Replacements: M Crombie, C Taylor, A Jancey, R Brown.
50TH ANNIVERSARY MATCH
11TH AUGUST 2018
1ST XV TAKE ON CARLISLE
Match Report / Match Photos
TEAMS AT THE MOFFAT TENS
28TH JULY 2018
MEN PIPPED IN THE SEMI FINAL
The Annan men faired better in their group, winning 2 and drawing 1 to ensure a semi final clash v Group B runners up Dumfries.
Alas the Saints won that clash 21-17 and the men were out.
Not a bad effort all round though and looking good for the new league season,
Game 1: Annan 26 v Walkerburn 0
Tries from Sean Haren 2, Tam Sloan and Andrew Jancey with 3 conversations by Harry Houldey.
Game 2: Annan 21 v Oban 0
Tries from Tam Sloan, Andrew Jancey and Alex Halliday with 3 conversions by Harry Houldey
Game 3: Annan 7 v Stewartry 7
Try from Neal Coupland, converted by Harry Houldey
Semi Final: Annan 17 v Dumfries 21
Tries from Sean Haren, Ryan Glass and Andrew Jancey. Conversion from Sean Haren
Many thanks to Moffat Rams who one again hosted a great tournament.
Match Report /
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
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
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
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