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LYNDSAY CALLED UP FOR SCOTLAND
SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2003

Annan RFC's Lyndsay Povall has been selected for the Scotland Womens squad for Swedish International in Lingoping on Sunday 6th July 2pm kick off. The game will see many get a first cap for Scotland. It is the 5th time the sides will meet, with Scotland winning all fixtures to date. Sweden were the opposition when the Scottish women played on the main pitch in Murrayfield for the first time.

Well done Lyndsay from all at AnnanRFC.com


VIOLETBANK SHEILD
SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2003

Arrangements are well in hand for the annual Violetbank Shield tournament to be held on Saturday 23rd August. This season the tournament will feature eight teams playing in two leagues of four with the winner of each league playing off in the final.

With four teams representing Scotland and four from England this season’s event will be an Anglo Scottish tournament. The teams competing from Scotland are Annan, Biggar (holders), Langholm and Stewartry and from England Aspatria, Penrith, Wigton and Workington. Watch this space for further news of the event.


TRAINING NEWS
SATURDAY 21ST AND SUNDAY 22ND JUNE 2003

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June Annan RFC held a training weekend at the Everholm. The youngsters were put through their paces by Valerie Houston the fitness coach for the professional Borders Team who organised an excellent session on Saturday morning. In the afternoon Rob Currie of Glasgow Hawks and formally Annan R.F.C took the players for rucking and leg drives where the youngsters were able to take out there frustrations on the coaches who were holding the pads.

Thanks must also go to Coaches Kenny White, Kenny Hogg, Ian Black, Paul Buckley, Ian Anderson, John Carlyle, Colin Warwick, Mike Trant and Steve Jancey who all played a part in making the event a great success. The players were able to learn a large number of skills over the weekend, which will surely benefit the teams for the coming season. The proceedings were finished off with an unusual game of rounders and goodness knows where Ian Anderson learnt that version.

Training for all teams continues on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 7-8pm in preparation for the new season which kicks off straight after the Summer Holidays.


MORE END OF SEASON STUFF

ANNAN RFC AGM

Annan RFC President Ronnie Anderson reported on a remarkable season for the club with the 1st XV, after a good start to the season, fading slightly as the season wore on but by ending the season in sixth place in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues qualified for the Division 3 of the Premier Leagues for the season 2003-04 - a first for the club.

The second XV also had a very successful season ending up as Champions of Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues and will play in Division 4 (West) next season and the newly formed Veterans team managed to get several games in throughout the season despite problems in obtaining suitable fixtures.

The Ladies XV despite having several games cancelled due to the non-appearance of their opposition still managed to come second in Division 2 of the SWRU Leagues but have elected to remain in Division 2 for the forthcoming season.

With the Colts and Youth sections having a successful season the future looks fairly bright for the club but the club could not afford to sit back on its laurels. A lot of hard work was always needed to maintain the clubs progress on the playing front, which was testament to the quality and commitment of the clubs’ coaches.

The highlight of the season however had to be the BT Bowl Final at Murrayfield, which was without doubt the biggest day in the clubs’ history and it was interesting to note that thirteen of the players appearing in the final for Annan were products of the Colts team.

After hearing reports from the Clubs’ Secretary Ian Gilmour, Treasurer Philip Bertram and Coach Shaun McGauchie the office bearers for Season 2003-04 were elected.

Executive Committee

Club President: Ronnie Anderson
Vive President (Admin & Finance): Scott Little
Vice President (Rugby): Shaun McGauchie
Hon. Secretary: Ian Gilmour
Hon Treasurer: Philip Bertram
Hon Fixture Secretary: Brian Peat
Hon Match Secretary: Jack Thomson
Ordinary Members: Don Barty, Ali Murray, Mary Graham, Carol Irving, Bobby Robson, Norrie Galbraith, Alan Robertson, Craig Johnstone.
Club Coaches: Shaun McGauchie, Paul Minto, Kenny White and Ian Black

NEW CAPTAIN FOR NEW SEASON

Annan RFC has a new Club Captain for season 2003-04 with Niall Smith being elected. The position of Vice Captain has yet to be filled and will be decide on at a players meeting to be held during the next few weeks. Neil McGregor was re-elected as 2nd XV Captain with Euan Hay his Vice Captain

COLTS & YOUTH AWARDS EVENING

The Annual Colts & Youth awards evening held in the Annan RFC clubhouse on 17th May was chaired by Colts Coach Ian Black who gave a comprehensive analysis of the past season and an insight into what to expect in the coming season. He indicated that the immediate future of the Youth Section looked bright with several players looking capable to make the step up to the senior level next season. Senior Coach and Annan RFC’s Vice President (Rugby) Shaun McGauchie made the presentation of the various awards.

Youth Player of the Year: Jonathon Callaghan
Most Improved Player: Andrew Gunning
Most Influential Player: Craig Moffat
Most Valuable Player: Duncan Fisher
Colt Player of the Year: Michael Pattinson

CONGRATULATIONS ARE DUE

Congratulations are due to the following players who have been chosen to represent Dumfries & Galloway Bulls at U15 level Elliot Smith, Dwane Barnes, Lee Barnes, Andrew White, Jonathan Crombie, Paul Anderson, Dale McLatchie, Alex Halliday of Annan Academy & Annan R.F.C. and Michael Scott and Connor Trant Lockerbie Academy & Annan R.F.C. The Bulls have 5 fixtures against Dumbartonshire, Glasgow City, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire.

Congratulations are due to the following Players who have been selected to represent Dumfries & Galloway at U14 level. Alex Dunbar, Mark Clark Annan Academy & Annan R.F.C. and Ryan Gracie, Darren Notman Lockerbie Academy & Annan R.F.C. The U14 Bulls team play in several tournaments against Dumbartonshire, Glasgow City, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, and Lanarkshire.


THE END OF THE SEASON STUFF

BT BOWL VIDEO PREVIEW

The Club video of the BT Bowl Final including scenes before and after the final which is being produced by Billy Jardine and which will include the entire match is being previewed in the Clubhouse on Friday 16th May at 8.00pm for 8.30pm immediately after the Colts and Youth Awards. Orders for copies of the Video will be taken on the night. Come and relive that GREAT DAY.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM of Annan RFC will take place on Friday 23rd May at 7.30pm for 8.00pm and will include the election of next seasons Captains and officials.

ANNUAL DINNER DANCE

The Club’s Annual Dinner Dance will take place this year on Friday 27th June at the Garden House Hotel where the Awards for the Senior Teams will take place. After a momentous year for the club this should be a fabulous evening. Tickets will be on sale from this weekend at £18, which includes transport.

COLTS AND YOUTH AWARDS NIGHT

The Colts and Youth Players Awards night has been arranged for Friday 16th May at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. Coach Ian Black will be making the awards in his usual inimitable style.


RENNIE SETTLES IT FOR ANNAN
26TH APRIL 2003

Annan win the SRU Bowl after beating Irvine 23-13 in the Final. At least 500 Annan fans travelled to Murrayfield and watched an enthralling game. The half-time score was 3-3 but Annan stormed into a 23-6 lead with tries through Colin Warrick, Andy Renwick and Mike "Awesome" Rennie. Well done lads it was a great day!!!

Annan lads celebrate......

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV


THE SRU BOWL FINAL AT MURRAYFIELD
26TH APRIL 2003

If you don’t know by know Annan are appearing at Murrayfield on Saturday at the BT Cup Finals Day taking part in the final of the BT Bowl against Irvine. The Annan squad along with club officials are traveling to Edinburgh on Friday evening staying in hotel accommodation. Annan’s two kickers stand off Niall Smith and centre Michael Rennie are traveling up earlier in order to spend some time on Friday afternoon getting in some kicking practice at the Murrayfield pitch before joining the main party in the evening.

The main body of supporters are traveling up on Saturday morning with the buses leaving the Clubhouse at 7.45am. Annan’s mascot for the game is Ryan Glass son of veteran Annan player and mini coach Charlie Glass and Annan have also been asked to provide three ballboys who will be chosen from within the Midi squad. For any last minute supporters there are still some tickets at £10 available from the Club. (Under 18 free)

The Annan selectors have now finalized their squad of twenty five players. Twenty two will be named in the programme and three are traveling reserves.

The Squad is: 1. P. O’Donnell 2. P. Carruthers 3. C. Warrick 4. G. Smith 5. W. Henderson 6. A. Renwick 7. P. Minto 8. S. Clanachan 9. B. Graham 10. N. Smith 11. S. Williamson (C) 12. M. Rennie 13. A. Render 14. M. Anderson 15. A. Eggleton

Replacements: 16. M. Forbes 17. J. Tinning 18. J. Carlyle 19. I. Thorburn 20. N. Moffat 21. C. McCann 22. B. Hay

Annan player/coach Paul Minto will be appearing in his fourth Finals Day having played there three times with Selkirk winning the Bowl in 1997 and the Shield in 1998, captaining Selkirk on the latter occasion and losing the first Bowl Final in 1996. Paul is now back at Annan as player/coach, and is going for his fourth medal.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
19TH APRIL 2003

The 1sts beat Trinity Accies 32-20 in their last league game of the Season. Annan were always in front in this game, with the forwards playing well but the Annan backs seemed to have other thoughts on their minds with some decisions!! Anyway - roll on next Saturday.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

The Annan Colts travelled to Gala for their Sevens Tournament and it is well known that the sevens arena is one which takes courage, teamwork and lots and lots of hard work to succeed. Well the young Annan 7 at Gala showed loads of all the qualities required on Saturday. When Duncan Fisher sold a great dummy almost from the kick off to run the full length of the pitch and score between the posts in the first tie against Melrose the tone was set and Melrose were duly dispatched 21-5.

Tynedale in the next round were chasing shadows for 14 minutes losing 28-5. This second win set up a semi final clash with Scottish 15 aside champions and 7s kings Selkirk Youth Club. To say that what followed was a great game would be an understatement. It was a thriller with Annan leading 14-12 at half time. Selkirk pulled away in the second half to lead 24-12. Then Annan scored between the posts to set up a tense finish with the score at 24-21. One mistake was going to lose the game for either side. Unfortunately a missed tackle by Annan meant they lost in the end by 29-21.The Annan 7 was Craig Moffat and David Wyllie playing Colts rugby for the very last time, Michael Pattison, Duncan Fisher, Scott McCann, Mattie Kerr and Michael Griffen with David Coupland substitute. It would be unfair to pick anyone out as they played madgnificently, individually and as a team and they can take this spirit forward to next season. Michael Griffen, Mattie Kerr, Scott McCann, and Duncan Fisher scored tries all afternoon and not one conversion was missed. Points for 70 Points against 41

Annan Vets managed to scratch a team together to travel to the wilds of deepest Kielder to take part in the Border Park Tens tournament Although billed as a social event Annan soon succumbed to younger, fitter opposition losing both their group games and so halting any progress in the competition.

This however should not detract from the spirit shown by all who made the journey especially that of the old warhorse (sic) Neil Halliday who not only scored a tremendous try but also converted Euan Hays opportunist score. Mr Halliday also managed to engage a certain Doddie Weir in some witty badinage later on in the beer tent.

This was the Vets last game of their first season together so it remains this correspondents duty to thank those who made the journey on Saturday and to thank those who have turned out throughout the season, especially the likes of Hoggy (old), Babe and Neil Chalmers who have been ever-present.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 19TH APRIL 2003

Annan travel to the capital on Saturday to take on bottom of the league Trinity Accies in their last league game of the season. With the fate of both teams already settled, with Annan promoted into Premier 3 and Trinity remaining in Division 1 next season, there would appear to be little at stake except pride. However for the home team, who have never beaten Annan in a league or cup game there is the prospect of ending that run and for Annan, despite the pride factor, this is their last chance to get it right before their Murrayfield debut in the BT Bowl Final on the 26th April. The selectors have made some changes to the team, which was beaten last Saturday by Cambuslang at Violetbank. John Carlyle comes in at prop for Paul O’Donnell who is on the bench. Veteran lock Ian Thorburn is in for Graham Smith who is unavailable. Wing forward Paul Minto replaces Neil Moffat who is on the bench and young Craig McCann gets a chance at the stand off position with Niall Smith on the bench. Andrew Eggleton moves back to full back with Andy Render reverting to outside centre and Bruce Hay taking the wing berth. Prop Colin Warrick who has been a stalwart of the Annan front row all season in on the bench returning from a knee injury.

Annan 1st XV Squad:, J. Carlyle, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, I. Thorburn, A. Renwick, P. Minto, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, C. McCann , S. Williamson(C), M. Rennie A. Render, A. Eggleton. Replacements; N. Moffat, M. Anderson, P. O’Donnell, N. Smith, C. Warrick

Annan Veterans and 2nd XV have been invited to the Border Park 10s Tournament on Saturday. Would all those interested in taking part please contact Jim Tweedie on (1461) 205701

Annan have had ten players selected for the D&G U18 team to play the Borders at Milntown on Wednesday 23rd April with a 7.30 KO. The players selected are C. Moffat, C. McCann, S. McCann, A. Gunning, C. Crichton, M. Pattison, M. Griffin, J. Nelson, A. Eggleton, and D. Wyllie.

Annan Under 16 player Duncan Fisher had the honour of captaining the Glasgow Under 16 team in their recent Inter District games scoring a try against Caledonia. The result were Borders 15 Glasgow 10 at Beveridge Park Kirkcaldy, Glasgow 12 Edinburgh 3 at Dalziel Park Motherwell and Caledonia 19 Glasgow 17 at Myreside Edinburgh.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
12TH APRIL 2003

The 1sts go down 33-17 to Cambuslang in their last home leage game of the Season. Annan scored 3 tries but sloppy defending and loose passes gifted Cambuslang a hatful of tries - more info. when known.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Division 1 scores:
Trinity Academicals RFC 15 v Livingston RFC 49

Latest Division 1 Table


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 12TH APRIL 2003

After the excitement of the Bowl competition it’s back to unfinished league business this Saturday with the re-arranged fixture against Cambuslang at Violetbank. The original game was scheduled to be played on 4th January but was called off as the pitch was frozen. Cambuslang sit one place above Annan and if Annan win this game and their final league game next week away to Trinity Accies in Edinburgh they will move up to 5th place.

Annan beat their visitors at Coats Park earlier in the season and Cambuslang will be looking to reverse their defeat and finish their league campaign with a win. The Annan side sees a couple of changes from last Saturday’s side with Colt Craig McCann getting his chance at full back with fellow Colt Andrew Eggleton moving to outside centre and Andy Render moving to the wing with Michael Anderson moved to the bench. In the forwards wing forward Paul Minto starts with Neil Moffat on the bench.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson(C), M. Rennie, A. Eggleton, A. Render, C. McCann. Replacements; M. Forbes, N. Moffat, M. Anderson

Annan have a seven taking part at the Dumfries Sevens Tournament on Saturday at Park Farm. Annan 7s Squad: D. McKay, A. Muir, E. Hay, C. Hay, S. Wyllie, S. Livingston, I. Thorburn, P. Quinn, E. Currie, A. Copland, G. Carmichael.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
5TH APRIL 2003

We're on our way to Murrayfield!!!! The 1sts beat Hawick YM 18-13 in the Semi-Final. In a game that was always close, Annan were in front for most of the game. The Annan points coming from tries from Stuart Clannachan and Mike Anderson, with 8 points coming from the boot of Baz. It may have not been pretty from Annan - but hey its a good day to be from Annan.

Murrayfield - be there.

And in the Final, Annan will take on Irvine who overcame Stewartry.

For further details on the trip to Murrayfield - click on the picture above.....

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

An Annan fan celebrates the Semi-Final win on the Rugby Club dance-floor....

The Annan Veterans also won, 19-17 against Creighton.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 5TH APRIL 2003

Annan, having won through against Garnock in their quarter final tie on Sunday, now play Hawick YM in their semi final clash at Violetbank this Saturday. Annan once before reached the semi final stages of the Bowl competition in April 1996 when they met Selkirk in the semi final which was played at Milntown. On that occasion Annan were knocked out of the competition by the Premiership side.

Annan last played Hawick YM in the 2nd Round of the BT Cellnet Shield competition in January 2000 when they were victorious scoring seven tries to three. Since then YM have consolidated their position in National Division 5 (East) and top that league this season having only been beaten once. Annan retain the same squad which beat Garnock on Saturday and with a large Hawick support expected Annan are urging all their supporters to turn out at Violetbank on Saturday afternoon to cheer on their team on their last lap on the road to Murrayfield.

Annan Squad: from P. O,Donnell, M. Forbes, J. Tinning, P. Carruthers, J. Carlyle, W. Henderson, G. Smith, I. Thorburn, N. Moffat, A. Renwick, P. Minto, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson(C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. C. McCann, B. Hay.

Annan Veterans at last have a home game to look forward to with the return match against Carlisle rivals Crichton at the Everholm on Saturday. After last Saturdays series of round robin mismatches at Tynedale when Tynedale were unable to field a Veterans team Annan will be hoping for a less energy sapping encounter.

Annan Veterans Squad: from I. Anderson, P. Armstrong, I. Blair, G. Brown, N. Chalmers, C. Glass, A .Graham, K..Hogg, N. Halliday, D. Irving, S. Jancey, C. Johnstone, R. Ker, N. Latimer, S..Lionel, A. Little, M. McGarva, A. O’Hara, D. Pagan, D. Savage, R. Thorburn, J. Tweedie, K. Watret, E. Woodman

Annan Ladies stop start league season sees Melrose Ladies travelling to Violetbank for a re-arranged league game on Sunday.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
30TH MARCH 2003

The 1sts beat Garnock 31-8 in their Quarter Final match in the SRU Bowl. The score was 8-8 at half-time but in the 2nd half the fitness of the Annan players shone through and Annan ran out convincing winners. The Annan tries came from Mike Anderson, Paul Minto, Stuart Clannachan and Andy Render. Baz scored 11 points (3 Penalties and 1 Conversion). Annan now have a home tie against the Hawick YM on the 5th April.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 29TH/30TH MARCH 2003

Annan hope to continue on their road to Murrayfield in the BT Cellnet Bowl competition on Sunday when they take on Garnock at Violetbank. Annan have played Garnock both in the cup and league and were victorious on both occasions. Their last meeting was in the Tennants Velvet Cup on 10th October 1998 at Lochshore in 2nd round of the tournament when Annan won 18-10.

Garnock, who are sitting in 3rd place in National Division 3, will be a hard test for Annan who will have to be on their mettle to progress to the semi final. If Annan are victorious on Sunday they will play the winner of the Hawick YM v Earlston quarter final at Violetbank on 5th April. Annan have had to make one change to the squad. Prop Colin Warrick who was injured in the Livingston game is still not fit and his place is taken by Paul O’Donnell. Michael Rennie who missed the Livingston game through injury is back at centre with Captain Stuart Williamson also restored to the wing after injury.

With Garnock expected to bring a large travelling support Annan are urging all supporters to turn out to hopefully cheer their team along the road to Murrayfield.

Annan 1st team squad: P. O,Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Carlyle, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, P. Minto, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson(C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: M. Forbes, J. Tinning, C. McCann, B. Hay, I. Thorburn

Annan Veterans are hoping to get a game of rugby this Saturday, with several of their previous opponents calling off, travel to Hexham to play Tynedale Veterans in their last scheduled fixture of the season. Annan Veterans Squad: from I. Anderson, P. Armstrong, I. Blair, G. Brown, N. Chalmers, C. Glass, A .Graham, K..Hogg, N. Halliday, D. Irving, S. Jancey, C. Johnstone, R. Ker, N. Latimer, S..Lionel, A. Little, M. McGarva, A. O’Hara, D. Pagan, D. Savage, R. Thorburn, J. Tweedie, K. Watret, E. Woodman


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
22ND MARCH 2003

The Annan Colts have a great victory, 48-0, against Dumfries Colts. This takes Annan into the semi-sinals of the Cup.

Annan stepped up a gear from their previous game, when they progressed to the quarter final of the Cup over Helensburgh, and were too much for Dumfries on the day. Annan played at pace, got the ball wide and into space at every opportunity seldom getting caught up in the close quarter rumbling forward battle preferred by Dumfries. Annan were at full strength with big performances by John Nelson and Andrew Eggleton. Craig McCann at full back showed class for the most part. These players were supported with a massive effort from Craig Moffat who ran and tackled all afternoon. Michael Pattison had another good game as did Andrew Gunning and John Lake. The backs played very well. Mattie Kerr showed that his fitness and confidence is improving after his injury. Duncan Fisher had a fine game at scrum half and Michael Griffen was dynamic on the left wing.

Annan’s points scorers were: Michael Griffen (3 tries), Andrew Eggleton (2 tries), Craig Moffat (try), Duncan Fisher ( try), Scott McCann (5 conversions and a penalty)

Both the 1sts and 2nds games were cancelled.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 22ND MARCH 2003

With no league games this weekend Annan have a friendly arranged away to Penrith.

Annan Squad: J. Tinning, P. Carruthers, P. O’Donnell, G. Smith, P. Quinn, A. Renwick, (C) N. Moffat, I. Thorburn, B. Graham, N. Smith, B. Hay, M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton Replacements: A. Muir, P. Minto, G. Wylie

Annan’s second string host a friendly against Wigtownshire at Violetbank on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV: M. Forbes, K. Earl, J. Carlyle, G. Hogg, G. Coupland, S. Livingstone, S. Wylie, S. Clanachan, G. Carmichael, E. Hay, D. McKay, C. Hay, E. Currie, S. Tinning, A. Copland. Replacements: P. Bertram, W. Henderson, J. Gilmour, N. Halliday.

Annan Colts have a quarter final tie against Dumfries Colts at Park Farm on Saturday with a 3.00pm KO.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
15TH MARCH 2003

The 1st XV are promoted to Premier 3 for next season and the 2nds are officially announced as Champions - but both teams lose. Who really cares though as this has been a great season for Annan RFC, with a possible trip to Murrayfield still on the cards!!!

For the record, the 1sts went down 12-10 to Livingston. The Annan points coming from a try from Andy Render and a conversion and penalty from Baz. The reason why Annan are promoted is that Duns were cackered by Cartha Queens Park and now have no chance of catching us. See you lot in Premier 3 next season. Annan RFC are now finally the Premier Club in SW Scotland.....

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Division 1 scores:
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 22 v Berwick RFC 3
Preston Lodge FP RFC 12 v Cambuslang RFC 14
Trinity Academicals RFC 21 v Kilmarnock RFC 26
Cartha Queens Park RFC 31 v Duns RFC 0

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds go up as Champions as you get a point for turning up in the 2nd XV leagues. They go down 24-22 to Glasgow Accies but again who cares - all the hard work had already been done. The Annan points came from: Neil MacGregor (try), Andy Copland (try), Neil Halliday (try), Euan Curry (try) and 2 conversions by Gogs. Team of the Season the 2nd XV anyone?

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West table

The Veterans game was cancelled.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 15TH MARCH 2003

Annan travel to Almond Park to take on 2nd bottom placed club Livingstone. Almond Park however is not a happy hunting ground for Annan who have only won once there in their previous league and cup encounters. Livingstone beat Annan in their last encounter last season in the second round of the BT Cellnet Shield competition at Almond Park and will be looking for revenge. If Annan can secure a victory on Saturday they will secure Premier Rugby at Violetbank next season.

The Annan selectors have made two changes to the team from last Saturday with colt Craig McCann being called up to replace winger Stuart Williamson who is injured and Michael Anderson replacing winger Bruce Hay who is unavailable.

Annan Team: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, P. O’Donnell, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, (C) P. Minto, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, C. McCann, M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: N. Moffat, J. Tinning, J. Nelson

The 2nd XV, Division 5 (West) Champions elect of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues, travel to New Anniesland on Saturday to play their last fixture of their league campaign.

2nd XV Squad: G Wyllie, K. Earl, J Carlyle, P. Quinn, G. Hogg, S. Wylie, S Livingston, I Thorburn, G Carmichael, E Hay, D MacKay, C Hay, E Currie, A Muir, A Copeland. Replacements: P. Bertram, S Tinning, S Wildey. M. Forbes

Annan Ladies travel to Berwick on league business on Sunday hoping to avenge their 29 –19 defeat at home in October.

Annan Veterans are due to play a Dumfries XV at Park Farm on Saturday. Annan Vets Squad: from I. Anderson, P. Armstrong, I. Blair, G. Brown, N. Chalmers, C. Glass, A .Graham, K..Hogg, N. Halliday, D. Irving, S. Jancey, C. Johnstone, R. Ker, N. Latimer, S..Lionel, A. Little, M. McGarva, A. O’Hara, D. Pagan, D. Savage, R. Thorburn, J. Tweedie, K. Watret, E. Woodman


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
9TH MARCH 2003

The 1sts XV are through to Quarter Finals of the SRU Bowl after an 18-3 victory against Waysiders/Drumpellier. In dreadful conditions, Annan were 13-0 up at half-time and an early 2nd try at the start of the 2nd half sealed the win for Annan. Annan now face Garnock at Violetbank on the 30th March for a place in the Semi-Final.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Also, Duns were beaten 19-5 by Berwick on Sunday wich now means that Annan need 3 points from their remaining 3 league games to ensure promotion to Premier 3.

Latest Division 1 Table

Division 1 scores:
Duns RFC 5 v Berwick RFC 19
Cambuslang RFC 24 v Trinity Academicals RFC 3
Cartha Queens Park RFC 25 Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 27

The 2nds and Veterans games were cancelled.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 9TH MARCH 2003

This Sunday sees Annan hoping to play their twice cancelled 2nd Round match in the BT Cellnet Bowl at Violetbank against Waysiders Drumpellier. Annan last played their visitors several seasons ago in Division 4 of the National Leagues with them now playing in Division 5 (West) A where they have only been beaten twice this season and last Saturday beat Dumfries 63 – 0 at Park Farm. They were knocked out of the BT Cup by Kilmarnock and beat Royal High from Division 3 in the 1st Round of the Bowl competition.

Whilst Annan will be favourites to win this encounter they can take nothing for granted. The Annan coaches will be looking to lift their team spirits after the disappointing result last Saturday. With this tie being played at Violetbank, Annan’s first home tie for some time in Cup competitions, a good home support is hoped for. Supporters please note that K.O is at 3.00pm.

Annan 1st XV Squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, P. O’Donnell, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, B. Hay, A. Eggleton. Replacements: P. Minto, J. Tinning, M. Anderson, D. Wyllie

Annan 2nd string still celebrating winning the Division 5 (West) Championship in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues have a friendly match against Aspatria 2nds on Sunday at Violetbank.

2nd XV Squad: G Wyllie, S Wyllie, J Carlyle, G Coupland, J Nelson, S Livingston, P Quinn, I Thorburn, G Carmichael, E Hay, D MacKay, C Hay, E Currie, A Muir, A Copeland. Replacements: G Hogg, S Tinning, S Wildey. M. Forbes.

Annan Veterans are hoping that they will get a game this weekend against Creighton after the last two teams called off.

Annan Veterans Squad: from I. Anderson, P. Armstrong, I. Blair, G. Brown, N. Chalmers, C. Glass, A .Graham, K..Hogg, N. Halliday, D. Irving, S. Jancey, C. Johnstone, R. Ker, N. Latimer, S..Lionel, A. Little, M. McGarva, A. O’Hara, D. Pagan, D. Savage, R. Thorburn, J. Tweedie, K. Watret, E. Woodman


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
1ST MARCH 2003

Pride of place this weekend goes to the 2nd XV who clinched the 2nd XV Division 5 (West) Championship by beating nearest rivals Whitecraigs 16-7. I can't give you any more info just now as the Annan RFC roving reporter Alan "Diet-Bru" Robertson was so busy celebrating last night he has not e-mailed any more information. Well done lads anyway.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West table

The 1st XV however go down 18-17 to Cartha Queens Park at Violetbank. Annan score the only tries of the game but 6 Catha penalties give CQP the victory. Again, more info when known.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Duns RFC 25 v Trinity Academicals RFC 14
Cambuslang RFC 26 v Livingston RFC 17
Kilmarnock RFC 10 v Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 22
Berwick RFC 17 v Preston Lodge FP RFC 3

Latest Division 1 Table


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 1ST MARCH 2003

This is a big weekend for the Annan Club with two vital games being played at Violetbank. Annan 1st XV take on 3rd placed Cartha in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Cartha won the away game 15 – 7 in November and Annan will be out to reverse their defeat at Drumbeck on Saturday at Violetbank. Whilst Cartha are already guaranteed Premier 3 rugby next season Annan have still got it all to play for. However should Annan win on Saturday it would appear that Premier rugby would be on the menu at Violetbank next season. Cartha however will not be sitting back on their laurels as they will be looking to finish off the season in 2nd place behind the unassailable Hillhead Jordanhill so a hard match is in prospect.

Annan have prop James Gilmour available and with the return from injury of Stuart Clannachan the forwards have a well balanced look about them with Graham Smith moving back from No 8 to lock. The centre pairing of Mike Rennie and Andy Render has been retained after their promising display against Kilmarnock.

Annan 1st XV Squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Gilmour, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, P. Minto, S. Clannachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: J. Tinning, N. Moffat, D. Wyllie

Annan 2nds have the Division 5 (West) championship in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues within their grasp. All they have to do is beat Whitecraigs 2nds at Violetbank on Saturday. Whitecraigs are lying in 2nd place in the league just 1 point behind Annan with two games to play. Annan beat Whitecraigs 13 – 8 in October at West Lodge so the visitors will be out for revenge.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wylie, S. Wyllie, J. Carlyle, G. Coupland, J. Nelson, P. Quinn, P. O’Donnel; I. Thorburn, G. Carmichael, E. Hay, C. Hay, B. Hay, A. Muir, A. Copland. Replacements: from N. MacGregor, C. Moffat, G. Hogg, S. Tinning, D. MacKay, P. Bertram, S. Livingston, S. Wildey,


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
22ND FEBRUARY 2003

Annan’s 1st XV were left without a game on Saturday when their opposition Workington called off on Friday night. Annan Vererans game against Penrith was also called off with the Penrith pitch frozen on Saturday morning. This left Annan’s second string and colts with the only games in town on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV hosted a friendly against Newton Stewart 1st XV at Violetbank on Saturday. In an excellent game of rugby with the visitors running out worthy winners by 4 tries and a conversion to 3 tries. The visitors showed why they are looking good promotion prospects in Division 5 (West) B with some excellent forward and back play, which kept the Annan defences occupied for long periods of the game. Annan also had their moments but lacked the fluency of their visitors. Annan’s tries were scored by winger Michael Anderson, prop Colin Warrick and lock forward Gary Coupland/Onni?.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 22ND FEBRUARY 2003

With all the Annan teams having a break from league rugby this Saturday both the 1st & 2nd XVs have re-arranged friendlies. With both the 1st & 2nd XV’s scheduled opponents, Wigton and Upper Eden, involved in re-scheduled league and cup games respectively Annan’s fixture secretary has managed to arrange home fixtures against Workington and Newton Stewart at Violetbank. Annan Veterans have a game against Penrith 3rds.

Annan 1sts v Workington - The last time both teams met was in the in August 2001 at Violetbank which the hosts won 27 –19 and no doubt the Cumbrian side will be looking to redress the balance this time. The Annan selectors have made a couple of changes to the side selected for the postponed league game against Trinity Accies with Neil Moffat in for Paul Minto who is on the bench and Bruce Hay in for the injured Mike Anderson.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, C. Warrick, W. Henderson, J. Nelson, A. Renwick, N.Moffat, G. Smith, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, B. Hay, A. Eggleton. Replacements: C. McCann, P. Minto, S. Clanachan, J. Gilmour, M. Anderson

Annan 2nds will get a chance to see how they match up to Division 5 (West) side Newton Stewart in a friendly on Saturday at the Everholm. Newton Stewart are currently sitting second top of the league.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wylie, S. Wyllie, J. Carlyle, G. Coupland, P. Quinn, S. Livingston, C. Moffat, I. Thorburn, G. Carmichael, E. Hay, D. MacKay, E. Currie, C. Hay, A. Muir, S. Tinning. Replacements: from M. Forbes, J. Tinning, S. Wildey, G. Hogg

Annan Veterans travel down the M6 on Saturday to play Penrith 3rds at Boyer Park.

Annan Veterans Squad: from I. Anderson, P. Armstrong, I. Blair, G. Brown, N. Chalmers, C. Glass, A .Graham, K..Hogg, N. Halliday, D. Irving, S. Jancey, C. Johnstone, R. Ker, N. Latimer, S..Lionel, A. Little, M. McGarva, A. O’Hara, D. Pagan, D. Savage, R. Thorburn, J. Tweedie, K. Watret, E. Woodman


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
15TH FEBRUARY 2003

The 1sts XV game against Trinity Accies is cancelled as the Bangholm pitch is frozen.

Other Division 1 scores:
Preston Lodge FP RFC 16 v Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 29

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds and Veterans games were cancelled

Therefore the Annan Ladies were the only team to play and play they did....beating Upper Eden at Violetbank 20-5.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 15TH FEBRUARY 2003

Annan continue their league campaign this Saturday in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues with a trip to Edinburgh to take on bottom of the table Trinity Accies. Annan have a good record against Trinity having never lost a league or cup match against them but they must be wary of overconfidence against a team who gave them a real tussle at Violetbank earlier in the season. Annan are forced to make one change to the team who beat Kilmarnock on Saturday with Paul O’Donnell in at prop in place of James Gilmour who is unavailable.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, W. Henderson, I. Thorburn, A. Renwick, P. Minto, G. Smith, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: J. Tinning, N. Moffat, D. Wyllie

Annan’s second string have a break from league business on Saturday when they play host to Penrith 2nds in a friendly at Violetbank.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wylie, S. Wyllie, J. Gilmour, G. Coupland, J. Nelson, C. Moffat, C. Hay, P. Quinn, G. Carmichael, C. McCann, D. MacKay, B. Hay, E. Hay, A. Muir, S. Tinning. Replacements: from M. Forbes, S. Livingstone, J. Carlyle, S. Wildey, E. Currie

Annan Ladies are at home to Upper Eden Ladies in a friendly on Sunday at Violetbank.

Annan Veterans have a scheduled match at Warwick Road on Saturday to play Carlisle Veterans. All players available please contact Steve Lionel or Jim Tweedie.

Note for Club Members: the Italy v Wales, England v France and Scotland v Ireland games will be shown on the Club’s big screen on Saturday and Sunday. Hot snacks will also be available.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
8TH FEBRUARY 2003

The 1st XV finally get back to winning ways as the thumped Kilmarnock 31-6 at Violetbank. Annan scored 5 tries in the process so get a valuable bonus point. The crunch game for Annan is now against Cambuslang away. Win that and Annan are assured of a top 6 finish.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 37 v Duns RFC 3
Berwick RFC 39 v Cartha Queens Park RFC 33
Preston Lodge FP RFC 24 v Livingston RFC 13

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds XV thrash Strathaven 86 (or was it 91?) - 0. Annan never looked like losing this one and remain on course for the Championship. The crunch game for Annan here is against 2nd place Whitecraigs. Win that and Annan almost have the Championship wrapped up.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers
Latest Division 5 West table

The Veterans and Ladies games were postponded


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 8TH FEBRUARY 2003

This weekend, if the weather relents Annan are back to league business with the visit of Kilmarnock Falcons to Violetbank in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Kilmarnock will be hoping for revenge after their 41 – 19 defeat by Annan in October at Bellsland. The Annan selectors have made one change from the team selected for the Bowl game with Barry Graham back in the scrum half berth, subject to a late fitness test with Craig McCann on the bench.

Annan 1st XV: : C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J.Gilmour, W. Henderson, I. Thorburn, A. Renwick, T. Paulin, G.Smith, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: J. Nelson, C. McCann, J. Carlyle

Annan’s second string travel to Strathaven in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Annan hope to strengthen their position at the top of the league with only three league games left to play.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wylie, S. Wyllie, P. O’Donnell, G. Coupland, D. McKay, C. Moffat, N. Moffat, P. Quinn, G. Carmichael, E. Hay, P. Bertram, C. Hay, E. Currie, A. Muir, B. Hay. Replacements: from M. Forbes, S. Livingstone, K. Earl, G. Hogg, S. Wildey, S. Tinning, D. Wyllie

Annan Veterans have a scheduled match at Park Farm on Saturday to play Dumfries Veterans. All players available please contact Steve Lionel or Jim Tweedie.

Annan Ladies have a league match at Violetbank on Sunday against Strathmore Ladies. Annan won the away fixture 14 –0 in October.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
1ST FEBRUARY 2003

The 1sts XV's game against Waysiders is postponded yet again due to a frozen pitch at Violetbank. The match will now be played on the 8th March. If they beat Waysiders Drumpellier they will meet Garnock in the semi final at Violetbank on 30th March.

Three Annan XVs did manage to play last Saturday however. Annan 2nds played away to St Benedicts at Whitehaven with the Veterans XV playing at Workington against their West Cumbrian counterparts with the Colts XV at Stewartry. The results were St Benedicts 8 Annan 2nds 3 (Mike Rennie penalty), Workington Veterans 40 Annan Veterans 24 and Stewartry Colts 31 Annan Colts 41.

Full Match Report - Veterans XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 1ST FEBRUARY 2003

Annan are hoping that the weather relents and lets them play their second round fixture in the BT Bowl competition against Waysiders Drumpellier at Violetbank which was originally scheduled for 11th January. Annan last played their visitors several seasons ago in Division 4 of the National Leagues with them now playing in Division 5 (West) A where they have only been beaten twice this season. They were knocked out of the BT Cup by Kilmarnock and beat Royal High from Division 3 in the 1st Round of the Bowl competition.

Whilst Annan will be favourites to win this encounter they can take nothing for granted, especially after their poor performance against Kinross in the 1st round of the Bowl. With this tie being played at Violetbank, Annan’s first home tie for some time in Cup competitions, a good home support is hoped for. Supporters please note that K.O is at 2.30pm.

The Annan selectors have been forced to make some changes from the team that took the field last Saturday. With Barry Graham still injured Craig McCann retains the scrum half berth. James Gilmour is called up to fill the prop spot with Neil MacGregor still injured and veteran Ian Thorburn is recalled to add some steel to the second row. Stand off Niall Smith, who sustained an injury last Saturday will be the subject of a late fitness test. Andrew Eggleton who normally plays at outside centre moves to full back with Michael Rennie moving into the centre spot.

Annan Squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J.Gilmour, W. Henderson, I. Thorburn, A. Renwick, T. Paulin, G.Smith, C. McCann, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), M. Rennie, A. Render, M. Anderson, A. Eggleton. Replacements: P. O’Donnell, N. Moffat, D. Wyllie, B. Hay

Annan’s second string were due to play Langholm 2nds in a friendly at Violetbank on Saturday but with Langholm unable to raise a team Annan are looking for a fixture.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wyllie, S. Wyllie, J. Carlyle, G. Coupland, J. Nelson, D.McKay, C. Moffat, P. Quinn, G. Carmichael, E. Hay, P. Bertram, E. Currie, C. Hay, A. Muir, A. Copland Replacements: from S. Livingstone, K. Earl, J. Tinning, A. Dickson

Annan’s Veterans travel to West Cumbria to take on Workington in their latest rugby adventure. All players available please contact Steve Lionel or Jim Tweedie.

Annan’s 1st XV player Andrew Eggleton has made the team of the Glasgow Thistles U19 squad who are travelling to New Zealand in the summer. Andrew follows in the footsteps of former Annan player Bob Currie who made the trip a couple of seasons ago. The Club would like to congratulate Andrew on this great opportunity and honour.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
25TH AND 26TH JANUARY 2003

The 1sts poor run of form continues as they lose 29-8 to Duns. Annan were always playing catch-up rugby. The Annan points came from an Andy Render try and a Baz penalty. Annan have now lost 5 of their last 6 league games and if they don't get back to winning ways, they may slip out of the promotion spots to Premier 3.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Trinity Academicals RFC 9 v Berwick RFC 35
Kilmarnock RFC 25 v Cambuslang RFC 26
Livingston RFC 10 v Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 30
Cartha Queens Park RFC 22 v Preston Lodge FP RFC 8

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds XV trash Lenzie 54-7 in their latest league game which keeps Annan on top of the league. Annan score 8 tries in the process.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers
Latest Division 5 West table

The Annan ladies travelled up the East Coast to take on Midlothian. They were unlucky and in a low scoring game, lost 8-5. The Annan try coming from Lyndsey Povall.

Leading point scorers


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 25TH JANUARY 2003

Annan travel away again this Saturday, this time to Duns in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Duns has always been a difficult place for Annan to travel to as they have never won at Hardens Field on National league business. Annan won the game at Violetbank earlier in the season and really need to win on Saturday to keep their hopes of Premiership rugby next season alive. The selectors have been forced to make some changes to the team. With No 8 Stuart Clanachan out for several weeks with a neck injury lock Graham Smith takes on the No 8 role with John Nelson moving into the lock berth and Neil Smith moves into the flanker spot with Tom Paulin unavailable.

Annan 1st XV: N. MacGregor, P. Carruthers, C. Warrick, W. Henderson, J. Nelson, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, G. Smith, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), A. Render, A. Eggleton, M. Anderson, M. Rennie Replacements: P. O’Donnell, J. Tinning, B. Hay, J. Carlyle

Annan 2nds are at home on Saturday at Violetbank to Lenzie in their Division 5 (West) fixture in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues.

Annan 2nd XV : G. Wyllie, S. Wyllie, M. Forbes, G. Coupland, P.Quinn, C. Moffat, D. McKay, I. Thorburn, C. McCann, G. Carmichael, A. Muir, E. Hay, C. Hay, P. Bertram, A. Copland. Replacements: J. Gilmour, E. Currie, G. Hogg, D. Wyllie. A. Carlyle.

Annan Ladies are away to Midlothian Ladies on Sunday in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
18TH JANUARY 2003

The 1sts lose to league leaders Hillhead/Jordanhill 44-23. Annan took the early lead and at one point leading 23-10!!! but were eventually outgunned by a powerful Hillhead team. In a game where the scoreline did not reflect the fact that Annan were always in this game but Hillhead were more clinical in their finishing.

Annan are still on course for a top 6 finish - but with 6 games remaining - I believe Annan have to win at least 3.

Full Match Report - 1st XV or read Hillhead/Jordanhills Match Report
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Preston Lodge FP RFC 24 v Trinity Academicals RFC 0
Livingston RFC 14 v Cartha Queens Park RFC 26
Berwick RFC 37 v Kilmarnock RFC 27
Cambuslang RFC 21 v Duns RFC 5

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nd XV drew their league game with Waysiders 10-10. A game that I heard was a flowing display of running and attacking rugby that had the fans enthralled from start to finish......perhaps. Not the best of results but it keeps the 2nds on course to top their league

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West table


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 18TH JANUARY 2002

After three weeks without a game Annan are eager to get into league action this weekend when they travel to Glasgow to take on Division 1 leaders Hillhead Jordanhill at Hughenden in the BT National Leagues. Hillhead beat Annan at Violetbank in September but Annan hope to avenge that defeat on Saturday. The Annan team sees a couple of changes for this game as winger Kevin Jones and fullback Keith Hogg have set off on their antipodean travels this week their positions are filled by Michael Anderson and Michael Rennie respectively.

Annan 1st XV: N. MacGregor, P. Carruthers, C. Warrick, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, T. Paulin, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), A. Render, A. Eggleton, M. Anderson, M. Rennie. Replacements: P. O’Donnell, N. Moffat, B. Hay, J. Tinning

Annan’s second string travel to Coatbridge on Saturday to take on Waysiders Drumpellier in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Annan are currently top of the league and hope to continue on their winning ways having had a walk over in the home match against Waysiders when they were unable to raise a team. Annan 2nds have not had a game for five weeks so are itching to get back into the fray.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wyllie, S. Wyllie, J. Gilmour, G. Coupland, J. Nelson, C. Hay, P. Quinn, I. Thorburn, C. McCann, G. Carmichael, A. Muir, E. Hay, R. Johnstone, P. Bertram, A. Copland. Replacements: from M. Forbes, G. Hogg, S. Livingstone, A. Carlyle, K. Earl, S. Tinning,

Although beaten by their visitors 45-5 in the away fixture Annan ladies hope to reverse the scoreline when they entertain Melrose Ladies on Sunday at Violetbank in their Division Two match in the SWRU leagues.

This Sunday 19th Jan will see the Under 17 team travel to Hillhead/Jordanhill for the first round of the Glasgow U17 cup. The under 15 squad also have a match at home to Dumfries meet at the Everholm at 10.30am for an 11.15am kickoff. This match might be moved to the Newington Playing Fields depending on the weather.

All players are asked to attend a training session at Violetbank this Fri 7-8pm when final selection for both squads will be made. The dates of the U17 competition are Jan 19th, Jan 26th, and Feb 9th.

The draw for the 1st round of this competition has been made. Annan playing West Of Scotland (A) on Sun March 2nd.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
11TH/12TH JANUARY 2002

Both the 1st and 2nds games are postponded due to frozen pitches.

The Ladies game was also postponded.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 11TH JANUARY 2002

After a blank Saturday with all but one of Annan’s games falling victim to the weather – Annan Veterans having an away day to Kirby Steven to play Upper Eden 2nds in the snow and losing 6-3 – Annan are hoping that the weather relents and lets them play their second round fixture in the BT Bowl competition against Waysiders Drumpellier at Violetbank. Annan last played their visitors several seasons ago in Division 4 of the National Leagues with them now playing in Division 5 (West) A where they have only been beaten twice this season. They were knocked out of the BT Cup by Kilmarnock and beat Royal High from Division 3 in the 1st Round of the Bowl competition.

Whilst Annan will be favourites to win this encounter they can take nothing for granted, especially after their poor performance against Kinross in the 1st round of the Bowl. With this tie being played at Violetbank- Annan’s first home tie for some time in Cup competitions- a good home support is hoped for. Supporters please note that K.O is at 1.30pm.

Annan Squad: N. MacGregor, P. Carruthers, C. Warrick, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson (C), A. Render, A. Eggleton, M. Anderson, M. Rennie. Replacements: K. Hogg, J. Nelson, P. O’Donnell, K. Jones

Annan’s second string have a friendly against local rivals from Carlisle, before restarting their league campaign next Saturday. Carlisle will be hoping to avenge their defeat by Annan at Warwick Road last month.

Annan 2nd XV squad: G. Wyllie, K. Earl, J. Gilmour, G. Hogg, G. Coupland, P. Quinn, C. Hay, I. Thorburn, C. McCann, G. Carmichael, A. Muir, E. Hay (C), B. Hay, P. Bertram, A. Copland. Replacements from: S. Wyllie, S. Tinning, A. Carlyle, J. Carlyle, M. Forbes, S. Wildey, S. Livingstone.

Annan Ladies return to league action on Sunday with a trip to Edinburgh to take on Royal Dick Veterinary College Ladies.

Annan Colts have a friendly away to Hawick PSA on Saturday.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
4TH JANUARY 2002

Annans 1st XV's game against Cambustlang is postponded. The referee and Annan's Captain were happy with the pitch but the Cambuslang Captain was not (as is his right) and so the game was postponded to a later date. Annans next game is the SRU Bowl game on the 11th - get along and get out boys to Murrayfield (or at least to the next round!!)

The 2nds game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 4TH JANUARY 2002

This Saturday Annan return to league action in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues when they play host to Cambuslang at Violetbank. Annan will be hoping to put their poor performance of last week behind them and to start of the new year in a more positive note with a win. Annan beat Cambuslang at Coats Park earlier in the season so will be hoping to complete the double to maintain their push for a top six place to take them into Premier 3 next season. At the time of going to press the selectors have not chosen their teams which will take place after training sessions scheduled for Monday and Thursday this week. K.O. 2.00pm

Annan’s second string play the last of their friendlies before returning to league action next week with a visit to Cumbria to take on Wigton 2nd XV. Again the team has not been selected at the time of going to press and players are requested to contact the clubhouse by no later than Friday evening. K.O. 2.00pm

After their enforced Xmas break Annan’s veterans make the journey into South Cumbria to play the return match against Upper Eden 2nd XV. Having lost the match at Violetbank Annan are looking to reverse their fortunes on Saturday. Would all available players contact Jim Tweedie as soon as possible. K.O. 2.00pm.

Annan’s Under 17 side take on local rivals from Carlisle Creighton U17s on Sunday in a friendly at Violetbank. K.O. 2.00pm.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
28TH DECEMBER 2002

The Annan 1sts lose the Chisholm cup game against Stewartry 31-17. Annan never looked like winning this game and were always playing catch up rugby. The half-time score was 7-3 to Stewartry - the Annan points coming from the boot of Michael Rennie. The second half - well the less said about that the better but they did score a further 14 points, with tries from Andrew Eggleton and Kevin Jones. The rest of the points again came from the boot of Michael Rennie. Full-Time score - Annan 17 Stewartry 31.

Full Match Report - 1st XV

The 2nds game was cancelled.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 28TH DECEMBER 2002

The 1sts XV take on Stewartry in the Annual Chisholm Cup. Annan are hoping for revenge after last years defeat. Please Note: The game is being played at the Everholm as Violetbank is unplayable.

The 2nds game against Stewartry is cancelled due to Violetbank being unplayable.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
21ST DECEMBER 2002

All games were called off due to frozen pitches - Merry Xmas anyway from all at AnnanRFC.com.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
14TH DECEMBER 2002

The Annan 1sts win their SRU Bowl game against Kinross 31-11. Not a great game by Annan but the win puts us into the next round where we have drawn a HOME!!! game against Waysider/Drumpellier.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

The 2nds kept up with their great start to the season - beating Carlisle 2nds 24-5 in a friendly.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Annan Under 17's beat Stewartry 43-5.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
7TH DECEMBER 2002

The 1sts lose 10-7 to Berwick in their Latest Division 1 game. Annan were leading 7-0 at half-time but a late late late penalty for Berwick gave the spoils to Berwick.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 34 v Cambuslang RFC 6
Livingston RFC 39 v Kilmarnock RFC 3
Cartha Queens Park RFC 31 v Trinity Academicals RFC 11
Preston Lodge FP RFC 13 v Duns RFC 10

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nd XV won again to stay on top of the league. This time beating Helensburgh 18-3. Well done boys.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West Table

The Annan Colts were beaten by Helensburgh Colts 17-7

The Annan Ladies were thrashed 98-0 by Lismore


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 7TH DECEMBER 2002

Annan, after their disappointing performance last Saturday, hope to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Scremerston to take on Berwick in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. This will be no easy task for Annan as Berwick on their home patch are always difficult opponents and are renowned for their formidable pack. Annan selectors have had to make one or two changes to last weeks team. With prop James Gilmour unavailable Paul O’Donnell is once again pulled into the prop position. Thankfully wing forward Andy Renwick and full back Keith Hogg are both restored to full fitness and included in the team. Michael Rennie is restored to the stand off position with Niall Smith still injured.

Annan Team: C. Warrick, 2. P. Carruthers, 3. P. O’Donnell, 4. W. Henderson, 5. G.Smith, 6. A. Renwick, 7. T. Paulin, 8. S. Clanachan, 9. B. Graham, 10. M. Rennie, 11. S. Williamson, (Capt), 12. A. Render, 13. A. Eggleton, 14. M. Anderson, 15. K. Hogg. Replacements: N. Moffat, C. Moffat, J. Nelson.

Annan’s second string continue in their league campaign on Saturday when they entertain Helenburgh’s 2nd XV in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues at Violetbank. Helensburgh are the only team to have beaten Annan in the league so the home team are on a revenge mission.

Annan Team: G.Wyllie, K. Earl, J. Gilmour, N. MacGregor, G. Coupland, C. Hay, P. Quinn, I. Thorburn, K. Hogg, G. Carmichael, S. Tinning, E. Hay, B. Hay, A. Muir, A. Copland. Replacements: P. Bertram, G. Hogg, A. Carlyle, S.Livingstone

Annan Colts have arranged a friendly on Saturday against Helensburgh Colts at the Everholm.

Annan Ladies will be hoping to build on their good win last Sunday in Inverness when they entertain Lismore at Violetbank this Sunday and reverse the large defeat they received in Edinburgh when they last met in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
30TH NOVEMBER 2002

The 1sts XV lost to Preston Lodge 13-8. The Annan cause was not helped that 7 first team players had to call off or pull out due to work-commitments or injuries on the Friday and Saturday morning!!

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Cambuslang RFC 10 v Berwick RFC 16
Kilmarnock RFC 23 Cartha Queens Park RFC 21
Annan RFC 9 Preston Lodge FP RFC 13
Trinity Academicals RFC 12 Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 55
Livingston RFC 33 Duns RFC 3

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nd XV had a win against Ardrossan 6-3!! - Not a classic but a win is a win and Annan stay on course for promotion

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West Table

The Annan Ladies had a great victory against Inverness - running out 36-19 winners

Full Match Report - Ladies XV
Leading point scorers - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 30TH NOVEMBER 2002

Annan have a tough encounter in prospect this weekend when they entertain Division 1 leaders in the BT National Leagues Preston Lodge RFC at Violetbank. Annan were narrowly beaten in their opening league game of the season at Pennypit Park 24-21 so a hard game is in prospect. Annan hope that a big turnout of supporters will be at Violetbank to cheer them on to a win.

The Annan selectors have made one or two changes to the team which beat Livingston last Saturday with James Gilmour returning at prop and John Nelson playing at lock in place of Graham Smith. In the backs Michael Rennie moves to stand off in place of the injured Niall Smith with Andy Render moved in from the wing to inside centre and Michael Anderson taking the wing berth. Annan 1st XV Squad: Annan Team: C. Warrick, 2. P. Carruthers, 3. J. Gilmour, 4. W. Henderson, 5. J. Nelson, 6. A. Renwick, 7. N. Moffat, 8. S. Clanachan, 9. B. Graham, 10. N. Smith, 11. S. Williamson, (capt), 12. A. Render, 13. A. Eggleton, 14. M. Anderson, 15. K. Hogg. Replacements: D. Irving, T. Paulin, G. Carmichael

League leaders Annan hope to maintain their position in pole position in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues when they travel to Memorial Field on Saturday to take on 5th placed Ardrossan.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: S. Holliday, G. Wyllie, P. O’Donnell, N. MacGregor (capt), G. Coupland, P. Quinn, G. Smith, I. Thorburn, R. Johnstone, E. Hay, C. Hay, B. Hay, A. Graham, M.Muir, A. Copland Replacements: from K. Earl, S. Tinning, M. Newton, G. Hogg, P. Bertram, S. Livingston, C. Moffat, D. Wyllie, C. McCann.

Annan Ladies make the long journey to Inverness at the weekend to take on Inverness Ladies in Division 2 of the SWRU Leagues.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
23RD NOVEMBER 2002

The 1st XV kept up their great start to the season, beating Livingston 17-8. The points coming from Baz and Graham Smith. A great result and keeps Annan up for a top 6 place and promotion to Premier 3.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Kilmarnock RFC 41 v Trinity Academicals RFC 21
Duns RFC 9 v Cartha Queens Park RFC 16
Cambuslang RFC 16 v Preston Lodge FP RFC 19
Berwick RFC 12 v Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 17

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds game was cancelled.

The Annan Colts lost to Carth Queens Park 10-0. This was a very disappointing result for Annan’s Colts team especially as they had the bulk of possession and territory. Annan looked the better team but tended to play as individuals rather than as a unit and took far too many wrong options. Next weeks game at home to Dalziel Colts will be the last in the season’s league campaign – a game that must be won in order to finish fourth in Division 1 of the Glasgow U18 league. The new year sees the trial of an Under 17 development league for the months of January and February with the U18 Glasgow Cup commencing in March.

Leading point scorers - Colts XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 23RD NOVEMBER 2002

This Saturday sees Annan return to league rugby when they take on old rivals Livingston at Violetbank. Livingston, who were promoted from Division 2 at the end of last season, are presently lying third bottom in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. However Livingston can never be taken lightly and have always given Annan hard games in the past and in fact knocked their hosts out of the BT Shield competition last season.

Annan make a couple of changes from the team that was beaten at Cartha Queens Park on 9th November with Graham Smith returning to lock and Michael Rennie making his debut in the 1st XV at centre with Andy Render moving to the wing as replacement for Kevin Jones.

All spectators should note that kick off for all Saturday’s fixtures is 2.00pm.

Annan Team: C. Warrick, 2. P. Carruthers, 3. J. Gilmour, 4. W. Henderson, 5. G. Smith, 6. A. Renwick, 7. N. Moffat, 8. S. Clanachan, 9. B. Graham, 10. N. Smith, 11. S.Williamson (C), 12. M. Rennie, 13. A. Eggleton, 14. A. Render, 15. K. Hogg. Replacements: J. Tinning: M. Anderson, P.O’Donnell, M. Forbes.

Annan’s second string host visitors from Kirby Stephen Upper Eden in a friendly at the Everholm.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: 1. G. Wyllie, 2. A. Carlyle, 3. J. Carlyle, 4. G. Coupland, 5. G. Hogg, 6. P. Quinn, 7. S. Livingstone, 8. I. Thorburn, 9. K. Hogg, 10. G. Carmichael, 11. R. Johnstone, 12. E. Hay, 13. B. Hay, 14. P. Bertram, 15. S. Tinning Replacements: A. Copland, A. Graham, D. Irving, K. Earl

Annan Colts return to league rugby in their penultimate game in Division 1 of the Glasgow U18 Leagues against Cartha Queens Park Colts at Violetbank. Annan Colts Squad: as selected RESULTS FROM LAST WEEKEND Aspatria 2nd XV 31 Annan 2nd XV 10 A numerically challenged Annan 2nd XV travelled to Aspatria on Saturday and although out numbered and outplayed put up a spirited performance against an experienced home side. Annan’s tries were scored by veteran No 8 Ian Thorburn who was driven over from a lineout and Colt standoff Craig McCann who won the footrace to the line following a beautifully flighted kick from a quickly taken penalty by hooker Neil Moffat.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
16TH NOVEMBER 2002

Only the seconds played this week, going down 31-19 to Aspatria Seconds.

A numerically challenged Annan 2nd XV travelled to Aspatria on Saturday and although out numbered and outplayed put up a spirited performance against an experienced home side. Annan’s tries were scored by veteran No 8 Ian Thorburn who was driven over from a lineout and Colt standoff Craig McCann who won the footrace to the line following a beautifully flighted kick from a quickly taken penalty by hooker Neil Moffat.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 16TH NOVEMBER 2002

With the Autumn Internationals in full swing at Murrayfield Annan 1st XV are left without a game this weekend but the second XV have a friendly arranged with Aspatria’s second string away.

Annan 2nd XV squad: G. Wyllie, A. Carlyle, M. Forbes, M. Newton, P. Quinn, P. O’Donnell, S. Livingston, G. Smith, R. Johnstone, G. Carmichael, B. Hay, M. Rennie, E. Hay, A. Graham, A. Empringham Repacements: K. Earl, S. Wildey, I. Thorburn, S. Tinning, G. Hogg, A. Muir.

The under 15 squad have training on Fri evening 7pm-8pm at Violetbank in preparation for their next league game. On Sunday 17 November the team play Paisley at home in the league. Meet at Violetbank 1.00pm for a 2.00pm Kick-off.

The under 13/14 team are off to Irvine for the Qualifying round of the S1 and S2 National Tournament. This involves all teams in Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire. The bus will depart Bank Street clubhouse at 9.00am and the team will not arrive back until approx 7.00pm. Check with the club or take mobiles.

The tigers have training at Violetbank 10.30am-12Noon.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
10TH NOVEMBER 2002

The 1st XV go down to only their 3rd League defeat of the season, 15-7 to Cartha Queens Park. In an ill-tempered game, the Annan points came from a try by James "Lector" Gilmour and a Baz conversion. Annan were also reduced to 14 men when Kevin Jones was sent off for stamping. Lets hope Annan can get back on track when they take on Livingston at Violetbank in 2 weeks time.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC 24 v Kilmarnock RFC 9
Preston Lodge FP RFC 26 v Berwick RFC 13
Livingston RFC 18 v Cambuslang RFC 24
Trinity Academicals RFC 18 v Duns RFC 8

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nds went down 16-15 in a friendly against Stewartry 16-15.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Annan Veterans were the only team to win this weekend. They defeated Creighton 50-5.

Full Match Report - Veterans XV
Leading point scorers - Veterans XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR 10TH NOVEMBER 2002

With Saturday seeing Scotland playing Romania at Murrayfield all National League matches are to be played on Sunday when Annan travel to Drumbreck to take on high flying Cartha Queens Park who last Saturday beat Premier 3 table toppers Dundee HSFP in Round 3 of the Cup and therefore will be on a high. Cartha are presently lying fourth in the league and are renowned for their large mobile pack with an alert and dynamic back row so Annan will have to be on their mettle to take points out of this game. The Annan pack will be without prop Jack Tinning (injured) and lock Graham Smith (work commitments) giving Steve Holliday and Michael Newton a chance to make their mark in the 1st XV.

Annan Team: 1. C. Warrick, 2. P. Carruthers, 3. S. Holliday, 4. W. Henderson, 5. M. Newton, 6. A. Renwick, 7. N. Moffat, 8. S. Clanachan, 9. B. Graham, 10. N. Smith, 11. K. Jones, 12. A. Render, 13. A. Eggleton, 14. S. Williamson, (C), 15. K. Hogg Replacements: P. O’Donnell, M. Anderson, M. Forbes, P. Minto

Annan’s second string get a break from league rugby this weekend and travel to Castle Douglas to take on their counterparts from Stewartry in a friendly at the Greenlaw

Annan 2nd XV Team: J. Gilmour, K. Earl, G. Wyllie, N. MacGregor, A. Dickson, N. Bell, D. McKay, P. O’Donnell, R. Johnstone, M. Rennie, B. Hay, E. Hay, C. Rodger, A. Graham, M. Anderson,

Annan Vets are due to entertain their counterparts from Whitehaven at Violetbank on Saturday. As the team is still to be selected would all available players contact the Clubhouse on Friday night after 7.00pm

Annan Colts’ fixture against Cartha Queens Park Colts due to be played this Saturday has been cancelled because Annan Academy have a fixture. The fixture has been re-arranged for Saturday 23rd November at Violetbank with the fixture against Dalziel Colts re-arranged for Saturday 30th November also at Violetbank.

The under 15 squad have training tonight 7pm - 8pm in preparation for a re-arranged league match against Paisley on Sunday. At the time of writing the departure time is 09.30am for a 12.30pm kick-off but more details will be given at the training session tonight.

The under 14 team has training on Sunday 10:30 to 12 noon in preparation for their next match which is on Sun 17th Nov at home to Stewartry.

The Tigers travel to Stewartry on Sunday. Depart the clubhouse Bank Street at 10am.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
2ND NOVEMBER 2002

With the 1st XV having a rest weekend - it was up to the 2nds and Colts to keep up the great start to the season the club as a whole has been having.

Both teams kept their end of the bargin with the 2nd XV having another convincing victory, this time against Glasgow Accies. The 2nds never looked liked losing this game - running in 6 tries to 0 - Final Score 36-0

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West Table

The Colts were also winners - beating Dumfries Colts 22-5. The Colts scored 4 tries in the process.

Full Match Report - Colts XV
Leading point scorers - Colts XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR THE 2ND NOVEMBER 2002

With Annan knocked out of the BT Scottish Cup Annan have a blank Saturday and will be resting their players with a view to their next league match away to Cartha Queens Park a week on Saturday.

Annan’s second string take centre stage on Saturday when they entertain Glasgow Accies at Violetbank in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues and hope to increase their lead at the top of the Division.

Annan 2nd XV squad:S. Holliday, S. Earl, G. Wyllie, M. Newton, G. Coupland, P. Quinn, S. Livingstone, I. Thorburn, C. McCann, G. Carmichael, D. McKay, M. Rennie, E. Hay, C. Rodger, M. Anderson, Replacements: N. Bell, B. Hay, C. Hay, J. Gilmour

Annan Colts play local rivals Dumfries Colts at Violetbank in Division 1 of the Glasgow U18 League.


ANNAN V HAWICK - OPENING OF THE FLOODLIGHTS
29th OCTOBER 2002

The Annan 1sts took on a pretty strong Hawick team to mark the opening of the new Floodlights at Violetbank. In a superb game of running rugby Annan edged out winners 19-15.

Full Match Report - 1st XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
26th OCTOBER 2002

The 1sts XV beat Trinity Accies 31-10 at Violetbank. Leading only 12-10 at half time - Annan showed their metal to score 3 further tries in the second half to run out winners - if not convincing winners - as it had been a poor show but 5 points is 5 points and Annan move up to the dizzy heights of 2nd place in the league - oh its good to be an Annan fan.....

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Cambuslang RFC 3 v Cartha Queens Park RFC 18
Duns RFC 28 v Kilmarnock RFC 6
Berwick RFC 18 v Livingston RFC 5
Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC 9 v Preston Lodge FP RFC 13

Latest Division 1 Table

The Seconds had a superb win up at League Leaders (or that should be now ex-league leaders) Whitecraigs. A game full of commitment from the Annan boys ended in a 13-8 victory that lifts Annan to the top of the league - it just gets better being an Annan fan....

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV
Latest Division 5 West Table

The Colts game was postponded


FLOODLIGHT TREAT FOR LOCAL RUGBY FANS
30TH OCTOBER 2002

On Tuesday evening 30th October Annan entertain reigning Scottish BT Premier One Champions and BT Cup Holders Hawick in a special match to celebrate Annan’s switching on of the clubs new floodlight sysyem at Violetbank. One player of local interest on display will be Hawick flanker Bob Currie who joined the ‘Green Machine’ from Annan during the summer. This will be an opportunity for local rugby fans to see a Premier One rugby team playing in the area for the first time in several years. The K.O. is at 7.30pm with admission £2 at the gate.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
FOR THE 26TH OCTOBER 2002

This Saturday Annan welcome Trinity Accies from Edinburgh in their latest Division 1 fixture in the BT National Leagues. Trinity are presently propping up the Division and are the only team in the league without a win. Annan also seem to have the Indian sign over Trinity having never been beaten by them in the league. Annan will therefore have to guard against complacency after their fine win over Kilmarnock last weekend as they are apt to follow a fine win with a poor display. It is to be hoped that this Saturday will see a break with tradition.

Annan 1st XV Squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, M. Newton, A. Renwick, G. Smith, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, S. Williamson, (C), K. Hogg Replacements: P. O’Donnell, N. Moffat, M. Forbes

After last weeks victory over Strathaven Annan’s second string lie second in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues and travel to Newton Mearns to take on league leaders Whitecraigs in a table topping clash.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: J. Gilmour, A. Carlyle, G. Wyllie, P. Quinn, G. Coupland, N. Bell, D. McKay, A. Dixon, C. Rodger, G. Carmichael, C. Hay, E. Hay, M. Rennie, B. Hay, M. Anderson, Replacements: A. Rae, S. Livingstone, A. Copland, A. Graham,

Annan Colts hope to put their poor performance from last Saturday behind them when they take on Cartha Queens Park at Violetbank.

Annan Ladies have a break from league rugby this Sunday when they travel to Kirby Stevens to take on Upper Eden Ladies in a friendly.

The under 15 team has training tonight 7.15pm - 8.15pm.in preparation for their next league match on Sun 27th October away to Paisley. Transport will leave Annan Bank Street at 10.45am picking up at Lockerbie police station 11.00am and Moffat at 11.15am. Will all players please bring £1 for the bus. Note: players need a passport sized photograph to play league rugby.

The U13/14 teams have training at Violetbank on Sun 10.30 am –12.30 pm in preparation for the National Tournament being held in 6 locations around Scotland. Annan is hosting the Ayrshire and Dumfriesshire Area on Sun Nov 3rd.With Development Officers Peter Wright and Grahame Killgower in attendance.

Tigers are away to Biggar. The bus leaves the clubhouse at 10 am, please remember £1 for the bus. Note their will be no training on Sun 3rd Nov due to the U13/U14 Tournament.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
19th OCTOBER 2002

The 1sts XV put on one of their best aways displays ever in Division 1 (especially in the 2nd half) to thump Kilmarnock Falcons 41-19. Annan were actually 16-5 down at one point but an amazing second half display gave Annan a great win. Annan scored 7 tries in the process to pick up a bonus point as well. Well done lads.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Division 1 scores:
Cartha Queens Park RFC 10 v Berwick RFC 8
Trinity Academicals RFC 8 v Cambuslang RFC 23
Livingston RFC 5 v Preston Lodge FP RFC 17
Duns RFC 14 v Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC 16

Latest Division 1 Table

The 2nd XV had a convincing win against Strathaven in their latest league game. The Final Score was 90-0 - nice one.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV

The Annan Colts had a hard fought win over Dumfries Colts 5-0

Brief Match Report - Colts XV

The Annan Ladies were beaten by Berwick Ladies 29-19.

Full Match Report - Ladies XV
Leading point scorers - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
FOR 19th OCTOBER 2002

Annan travel back to Ayrshire this Saturday after their Cup disappointment at Ardrossan last Saturday to take on Kilmarnock at Bellsland. Annan have never beaten Kilmarnock at Bellsland but are hopeful of breaking their duck on Saturday with the team almost back to full strength. Neil Moffat takes over the hooker spot with Paul Carruthers on the bench. Paul O’Donnell retains the flankers position after stepping into the position last Saturday

Annan Team: C. Warrick, N. Moffat, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, P. O’Donnell, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, S. Williamson, (C), K. Hogg Replacements: P. Carruthers, M. Newton, M. Forbes

Annan’s second string look to maintain their progress in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues when they welcome Strathaven 2nds to Violetbank on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV: J. Gilmour, A. Carlyle, G. Wyllie, N. MacGregor (C), G. Coupland, D. McKay, S. Livingstone, I. Thorburn, G. Carmichael, M. Rennie, C. Hay, B. Hay, E. Hay, P. Bertram, M. Anderson,Replacements: D. Irving, N. Bell, A. Copland, C. Johnstone, A. Graham, A. Muir, S. Vivers, R. Copland, S. Wildey

After last Saturday’s defeat at Whitecraigs Annan Colts play host to Lenzie Colts at Violetbank and hope to return to their winning ways.

Annan Ladies hope to build on their away win at Forfar last weekend when they welcome Berwick Ladies to Violetbank on Sunday.

The U13/14 games against Ayr and Dumfries have been called off and the U13/14s now have training 10.30am to 12 noon.

The U15 team has a league match at Violetbank against Hillhead/Jordanhill. Meet at Violetbank 1:00pm for a 2:00pm Kick-Off. Training for the U15 squad is tonight Friday 7pm-8pm.

The U16 girl’s team have training at Violetbank on Wed nights between 6-7pm All newcomer’s welcome.

The mini section has training 10:30am till 12 noon on Sunday.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
12th OCTOBER 2002

The 1st XV were knocked out at in the 1st round of the SRU Cup by Ardrossan 17-10.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV

The 2nd XV won their game 7-0 against Lenzie. A depleted team travelled to Lenzie as a large number of Annan players seem to be unable to cross the Annan Town border without coming out in cold sweats.....

Brief Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV

The Annan Colts lost to Whitecraigs - score TBC

The Annan Ladies had a great win against Strathmore Ladies - considering they only travelled with 13 players!!!

Full Match Report - Ladies XV
Leading point scorers - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
FOR 12th OCTOBER 2002

Annan take a break from National League rugby this weekend with the second round of the Scottish Cup taking place. Annan, who were granted a bye in the first round, are on the road to Memorial Field Ardrossan to take on the Division 2 club who head that league. Annan have never played Ardrossan at 1st XV level so they are somewhat of an unknown quantity although they are reputed to have a big mobile set of forwards and workmanlike backs so Annan look as if they will have their hands full. Annan will be without one or two of their normal squad with No 8 Stuart Clanachan unavailable

Annan 1st XV: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, N. MacGregor, A. Renwick, P. O’Donnel, G. Smith, B. Graham, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, S. Williamson, (C), K. Hogg Replacements: Murray Forbes, Neil Moffat, Allan Rae, Stewart Livingstone Match Reps: R. Robison, I. Gilmour, A. Murray

Annan’s second string, after last weekends’ no show by Waysiders Drumpellier, are keen to get their league campaign back on track, with an away fixture to Viewfield to take on Lenzie in Division 5 of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues.

Annan 2nd XV: J. Gilmour,A. Carlyle, S. Holliday, D. McKay, P. Quinn, C. Hay, N. Bell, J. Mason, C. Rodger, G. Carmichael, B. Hay, C. Johnstone, E. Hay (C), P. Bertram, M. Anderson, Replacements: D.Irving, G. Wyllie, I.Thyorburn, A. Muir.

Annan Colts hope to be able to field a team, this Saturday to take on Championship contenders Whitecraigs at West Lodge.

Annan Ladies have a league match this Sunday in Forfar at Inchmacoble Park to take on Strathmore Ladies in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues.

U15s have training on Friday night at Violetbank between 7 – 8 pm and travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday for a league match at Bellsland. Transport departs the clubhouse at 10.45am with pick up at Lockerbie at 11.00am and Moffat at 11.15am. K.O. 2.00pm.

U13/14 travel to Langholm on Sunday for a match at Milnfield. Transport departs the clubhouse at 10.00am. K.O. 11.30am.

ANNAN TIGERS have training on Sunday at Violetbank between 10.30am-12 noon. All newcomers welcome.

UNDER 16 GIRLS have training at Violetbank on Wednesday night between 6-7pm. All new comers welcome


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
5th OCTOBER 2002

The 1st XV took on Duns and won by 23 points to 10 in an error stewn display at Violetbank. Annan scored two tries through prop James Gilmour and No 8 Stuart Clanachan. Annan also learnt their lesson from last Saturday and kicked their penalties with stand off Niall 'Baz' Smith landing three and adding two conversions for good measure! All in all it was a disapointing performance by both teams but a wins a win in this tight league.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

Other Division 1 scores:
Cambuslang 31 v Kilmarnock 13
Berwick 34 v Trinity Academicals 14
Preston Lodge FP 21 v Cartha Queens Park 20
Hillhead/Jordanhill 30 v Livingston RFC 22

Annan's second string were left without a game when Waysiders/Drumpellier called off at 1.00pm on Saturday.

Annan Colts game and Ladies games were also called off earlier in the week with both teams unable to field teams due to an increasing catalogue of injuries.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
FOR 5 OCTOBER 2002

Annan are at home for the second Saturday in a row when they take on Duns in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. With both teams smarting from home defeats last Saturday this should be an interesting encounter at Violetbank. Duns who were promoted from Division 2 as champions last season suffered their first defeat of the season last Saturday when they were beaten, at home, by Cambuslang whom Annan had beaten at Coats Park the week before.

Annan make three changes from the team who were beaten by Hillhead/Jordanhill last Saturday. Neil Moffat starts at wing forward, with Barry Graham taking over the scrum half spot from Keith Hogg who returns to the fullback berth.

Annan 1st XV squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, S. Williamson, (C), K. Hogg Replacements: M. Forbes, N. MacGregor, C. Johnstone Annan’s second string continue their league campaign in Division 5 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues with the visit of Waysiders/Drumpellier to Violetbank and are hopeful of getting back into a winning frame of mind after their defeat at Helensburgh last Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: J. Gilmour,P. O’Donnell, D. Irving, M. Newton, D. McKay, N. Bell, S. Livingstone, J. Mason, C. Rodger, G. Carmichael, P. Bertram, E. Hay (C), M. Rennie, A. Rae, M. Anderson, Replacements: C. Hay, B. Hay, K. Nelson, A. Carlyle, C. Donabie, A. Muir, A. Carlyle.

Annan Colts have 4 games left in Division 1 of the Glasgow U18 leagues and the first is on Saturday when Dalziel Colts travel to the Everholm. The Annan squad are keen to get back into their winning ways. Gunning and Griffen are back from injury but sadly Graeme Gemmel has now joined Mattie Kerr and David Wyllie on the casualty list having broken his wrist against Creighton last Sunday. The good news is that they will all be fit again and be joined by John Nelson for this seasons cup campaign.

Annan Ladies start on their round robin cup campaign on Sunday with the first of their round robin matches against Kirkcaldy at Beveridge Park.


ANNAN LADIES IN ACTION
29th SEPTEMBER 2002

The Annan Ladies were the only team to win this weekend, beating Midlothian Ladies 29-5.

Full Match Report - Ladies XV
Leading point scorers - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
28th SEPTEMBER 2002

The 1st XV took on league leaders Hillhead/Jordanhill but went down in a close game 15-7. Annan scored the only try through Colin Warrick so as you can imagine, Annan indiscpline cost them dear with Hillhead/Jordanhill scoring all their points from penalties. Annan also decided to run a kickable penalty near the end, that would have given Annan a bonus point - and with the league seeming to be as tight as it is (only 2 points covering 3rd to 8th) bonus points could prove crucial at the end of the season (but then again, what do I know!!!!)

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

Other Division 1 scores:
Cartha Queens Park 24 v Livingston 25
Duns 7 v Cambuslang 9
Kilmarnock 24 v Berwick 18
Trinity Accies 7 v Preston Lodge 51

2nd XV beaten at Helensburgh 27 points to 22.....

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV

Annan Colts were by Hillhead/Jordanhill. There can be no complaints as Annan were well beaten by a bigger , stronger and fitter side which will probably win the league but Annan were an much better than the scoreline suggests considering six players were missing who would have started the game. Scott McCann got both Annan’s tries after good passages of play. The pick of the Annan team would be John Lake who just keeps getting better and better. Liam Ogilvie looked to be getting back to his old self and Duncan Fisher did lots of good work in the centre with Keith Bell now getting to grips with the full back role.

Leading point scorers - Colts XV

Annan Veterans lose their inaugral match 20 point to 12 against Upper Eden 2nds....

Full Match Report - Veterans XV
Leading point scorers - Veterans XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
FOR 28 SEPTEMBER 2002

This Saturday Violetbank is the venue for what could be a cracking match when Annan, who seem to be coming into some fine form, take on the only unbeaten team and league leaders Hillhead/Jordanhill in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Annan have an old score to settle with their opponents from Glasgow as they ended Annan’s incredible record of eight season’s of being unbeaten at home in league rugby on 7th March 1999 – the last meeting between the two clubs at 1st XV level. The score that day was Annan 9 Hillhead/Jordanhill 13. Hillhead, who were relegated from Premier 3 last season have recruited well in the close season and are clearly favourites to return to the Premiership on their current form with three wins out of three. Annan are hoping to reverse Hillhead’s winning streak and are looking for a large and voluble turnout of supporters on Saturday at Violetbank.

The Annan Selectors have made two changes in the forwards for Saturday’s game with prop Jack Tinning and lock Graham Smith returning, having been unavailable last week and Barry Graham returning at scrum half for the unlucky Keith Hogg who was injured in training on Tuesday night when he collided with a goal post!!

Annan 1st XV: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, W. Henderson, G. Smith, A. Renwick (C), M. Newton, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, E. Hay, M. Anderson. Replacements: S. Williamson, N. Moffat, M. Forbes

Annan’s second string travel to Ardencaple on Saturday for their second league match in Division 5 West of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues and hope to build on their fine victory over Ardrossan last Saturday. It is to be hoped that Captain Neil MacGregor can marshal his troops to travel as the 2nd XV have proved, over the last couple of seasons, difficult to motivate over the Annan bridge.

Annan 2nd XV: from P. O’Donnell, D. Irving, A. Carlyle, J. Gilmour, G. Coupland, N. MacGregor (C), P. Quinn, N. Bell, S. Livingstone, C. Rodger, R. Johnstone, A. Rae, C. Donabie, A. Graham, A. Copland, B. Copland, P. Bertram. C. Johnstone, C. Hay, B. Hay, K. Nelson, S. Vivers

After their recent successes Annan Colts travel to Glasgow to take on one of the league favourites Hillhead/Jordanhill at Hughenden.

Annan’s Veterans, after their disappointment last Saturday when their opposition from Carlisle called off and they were left without a game, are hopeful of getting their season underway this Saturday with the visit of Upper Eden to Violetbank.

Veterans Squad: G. Brown, K. Davidson, I. Anderson, J. Tweedie, S. Lionel, A. Little, J. Mason, M. McGarva, I. Kerr, C. Smith, S. Jancey, B. Peat, I. Blair, N. Latimer, N. Chalmers, P. Armstrong, P. Atchison, D. Pagan, I. Thorburn, E. Woodman, S. Tinning, K. Watret, K. Carter, D. Thomson, S. Buckley, J. Graham, I. Gray

Annan Ladies are hopeful of their opponents turning up on Sunday for their first home game of their league campaign and they are also hopeful of being able to put out a full team for the first time this season in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues.

Training for the U15s will take place tonight (Friday 27th September) at Violetbank between 7 – 8pm in preparation for their next league game against Whitecraigs on Sunday 28th September. The bus will leave the Clubhouse at 10.30am picking up at Lockerbie at 10.45am and Moffat at 11.00am. Players are reminded to bring £1 for the bus. Any player who has not handed in a passport-sized photograph please hand one in before this game.

Training for the U13/U14 will take place at Violetbank on Sunday between 10.30 and noon.

Annan Tigers are taking part in the Stewartry Mini Festival on Sunday at the Greenlaw. The bus departs the Clubhouse at 10.15am. Players please bring a £1 for the bus.


ANNAN COLTS IN ACTION
25 SEPTEMBER 2002

After three straight wins this was to be the first of two defeats for the Annan boys. West were always in control and led 17-0 at half time. Plenty of good possession and pressure on the West line by Annan was not converted into points and lost Annan the game. West broke out and it was all over for the visitors. Stand off Craig McCann scored a late consolation try.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
21/22 SEPTEMBER 2002

The Annan 1sts record a great away victory against Cambuslang. Annan in recent years have not been great travellers but after conceeding an early try, Annan came storming back scoring 5 tries through Stuart Clanachan 2, Colin Warrick, Niall Smith and Kevin Jones. Niall Smith kicked 3 conversions

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

Other Division 1 scores:
Berwick 28 v Duns 13
Hillhead/Jordanhill 37 v Cartha Queens Park 17
Livingston 31 v Trinity Accies 5
Preston Lodge 41 v Kilmarnock 8

The 2nds also recorded a superb victory, thumping Ardrossan 64-6 in their first league game of the season. The Annan points coming thick and fast, with tries through Graham Smith 3, Ross Johnstone 2, Paul Quinn, Philip Bertram, James Gilmour, Andy Copland and Ian Kerr. Goggs Carmichael kicked 7 conversions

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV

The Colts game was postponded to Wednesday night

The Veterans game was called off.

For the second league game in succession Annan Ladies were playing away from home with reduced numbers being only able to muster 13 players to travel to the Greenyards. Melrose, current Division 2 Champions, however with only eleven players available were still too strong for the game. The Annan contingent however never gave up. Annan’s only points came from a try by scrum half Lyndsey Povall.

Leading point scorers - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
FOR 21 SEPTEMBER 2002

On Saturday Annan travel to Coats Park to take on Cambuslang in their latest Division 1 fixture in the BT National Leagues. Last season Annan gave one of their poorest performances of the season at Coats Park and hope to make amends this season. The team selected shows some changes from the team which beat Berwick on Saturday with the return of winger Kevin Jones and centre Andrew Eggleton from injury. With props Jack Tinning and wing forward Graham Smith unable to travel due to work commitments their places are taken by James Gilmour and Neil MacGregor respectively. Keith Hogg moves to scrum half with centre Michael Anderson moving to the full back berth.

Annan 1st XV: C. Warrick, N. Moffat, J. Gilmour, W. Henderson, N. MacGregor, A. Renwick, P. Carruthers, S. Clanachan, K. Hogg, N. Smith, K. Jones, A. Render, A. Eggleton, E. Hay, M. Anderson.Replacements: P. O’Donnell, J. Mason, B. Graham

After an indifferent series of results in their warm up matches Annan’s second string hopes to get their act together on Saturday when they start their league campaign at Violetbank in Division 5 of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues against Ardrossan Accies.

Annan 2nd XV: D. Irving, A. Carlyle, J. Tinning, G. Coupland, P. Quinn, N. Bell, S. Livingstone, G. Smith, C. Rodger, G. Carmichael, A. Rae, A. Graham, A. Copland, P. Bertram. C. Johnstone Replacements: K. Nelson, N. Latimer, C. Donabie. JK. Carlyle

After their recent successes Annan Colts travel to Glasgow to take on one of the league favourites West of Scotland at Burnbrae.

Annan Ladies travel to Melrose on Sunday in their second league match of the season and hope to eradicate the memory of their heavy defeat in Edinburgh a fortnight ago.

Annan U13/14 teams are playing away at Stewartry on Sunday against opposition from Stewartry and Strathaven. Transport departs the Clubhouse at 12 noon for a 1.30 K.0.

Annan U15 are training on Friday evening at Violetbank between 7-8pm in preparation for their next league match against Whitecraigs on Sunday September 29th. Some of the U15 squad are playing for the Dumfries & Galloway Bulls on Sunday against Lanarkshire Lions at Uddingston with a 12 noon K.O.

An Under 16 Girls Team is being formed with the first training session due to take place on Wednesday 2nd October at Violetbank between 6-7pm


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
14 SEPTEMBER 2002

In front of a big crowd (250+) the Annan 1st XV had a brilliant win over Berwick 22-12. Annan scored 3 tries to at one point lead 22-0 but Berwick came back into the game, but Annan never looked liked losing

Special mention has to go to Billy Henderson, who if my sources are correct, actually passed the ball during Michael Anderson try - Go on the Henderson!!!

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

Other Division 1 scores:

Cambuslang 3 v Hillhead/Jordanhill 10
Duns 32 v Preston Lodge 13
Kilmarnock 34 v Livingston 10
Trinity Accies v 6 Cartha Queens Park 25

Annan 2nds were involved in another mismatch when they were pitched in against Hawick ‘Quins 1st XV at Wilton Lodge Park which was not ideal preparation for the start of their league campaign next Saturday. Final score: Hawick 81 Annan 2nds 0

The Annan Colts kept up with their amazing start to the season, beating Ayr Colts 18-14 at Violetbank. The colts have now played 3, won 3

Brief Match Report - Colt XV
Leading point scorers - Colt XV


ANNAN DRAW ARDROSSAN
10 SEPTEMBER 2002

Annan have been handed a tough tie in the 2nd round of the BT Cellnet cup after being drawn against Ardrossan Accies away. The game is to be played on October 12. One of these days we will get a home draw!!!!


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
7TH/8TH SEPTEMBER 2002

The Annan 2nds had a great vicory against Wigtownshire 2nds - Final Score Annan 31 v Wigtownshire 0

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The best result of the day was the Colts who beat Ardrossan Colts 27-10. The Colts are top of the league table, with a 100% record

Brief Match Report - Colts XV
Leading point scorers - Colt XV

The Annan Ladies travelled upto Edinburgh on the Sunday but were well beaten by Lismore Ladies 98 - 19.

Brief Match Report - Ladies XV


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION - LATEST NEWS
FOR 7TH SEPTEMBER 2002

This weekend sees the first round of the BT Cellnet Cup and with all Division 1 clubs receiving a bye Annan 1st XV are left without a game. It is hoped that this will give the numerous injuries, which several of the Annan squad are carrying time to heal before the next league game against Berwick on the 14th September.

After last weekends mis-match Annan’s second string travel down the A75 to take on Wigtownshire 2nds in a friendly at the London Road Playing Fields to enjoy, hopefully, a more evenly contested match.

Annan 2nd XV squad: A. Carlyle, S. Wyllie, J. Gilmour, G. Coupland, N. MacGregor, N. Bell, S. Livingstone, J. Mason, B. Graham, G. Carmichael, A. Rae, C. Donabie, E. Hay, P. Bertram, C. Johnstone. Replacements: R. Johnstone, N. Latimer, K. Nelson, A. Copland. Match Reps: D. Barty, I. Gilmour

After last weeks fine win at Stewartry Annan Colts are on the road again this weekend travelling this time further west to Memorial Field Ardrossan in their second league game of the season in Division 1 of the Glasgow Under 18 leagues. Annan Colts Squad: as selected

With Inverness Ladies calling off their visit to Annan last weekend Annan Ladies get their chance to play their first game of league rugby with an away visit to Edinburgh to take on Lismore Ladies at Inch Park. Annan Ladies Squad: as selected


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
31ST AUGUST 2002

The Annan 1st XV travelled to Preson Lodge but were beaten 24-21. Annan scored 3 tries, through Colin Warwick, Michael Anderson and Billy Henderson but in the end it was not enough.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Division 1 Table

Other Division 1 scores:

Berwick 14 v Cambuslang 5
Cartha Q.P. 52 v Kilmarnock 0
Hillhead/Jordanhill 30 v Trinity Accies 13
Livingston 0 v Duns 39

Annan 2nd XV were well beaten, but they were playing Carlisle. This friendly game at Violetbank last Saturday was almost a complete mis-match. The only area, of anything like parity was the set piece where Annan scrummed reasonably, and, if anything, got the better of lineout exchanges. Carlisle were, however, better in loose play and streets ahead behind the scrum.

Scores came at regular intervals and possibly the score line should have been greater. The home backs were unable to lay a hand on their opponents and Annan’s general lack of fitness was cruelly exposed. Overall this match was pretty much a waste of time for all concerned with neither side gaining anything from the game.

The Annan Colts had a great game against Stewartry Colts, running out convincing winners 43-19. Its been a wee while since the Colts beat Stewartry at the Greenlaw

Brief Match Report - Colt XV
Leading point scorers - Colt XV

The Annan Ladies and Veterans games were called off, after Inverness could not make the trip down to Annan.


ANNAN 1ST XV TAKE ON PRESTON LODGE
31ST AUGUST 2002

Annan start their league campaign in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues this Saturday with an away match at Pennypit Park. This will be a tough encounter for Annan with Preston Lodge always a handful on their home patch. Annan will be without one or two 1st team regulars with lock Graham Smith and centre Stuart Williamson out with injuries, centre Andrew Eggleton unavailable and scrum half Keith Hogg fighting to shake off an ankle injury. On the plus side centre Michael Anderson, scrum half Barry Graham and winger Alan Rae are back after injury.

Annan 1st XV squad: C. Warrick, P. Carruthers, J. Tinning, N. MacGregor, W. Henderson, A. Renwick, N. Moffat, S. Clanachan, K. Hogg, N. Smith, E. Hay, M. Anderson, A. Render, P. Minto, K. Jones. Replacements: M. Forbes, B. Graham, A. Rae


ANNAN 2NDS TAKE ON CARLISLE
31ST AUGUST 2002

Annan’s 2nd XV take on Carlisle 2nds in a friendly at Violetbank on Saturday. The 2nd string sees the return of players who missed last season whilst on their antipodean travels and several others who have returned to the fold.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: P.O’Donnell, S. Wyllie, J. Gilmour, K. Nelson, G. Coupland, P. Quinn, C. Johnstone, S. Torrance, C. Rodger, C. Johnstone, I. Kerr, C. Donabie, G. Carmichael, P. Bertram, R. Johnstone Replacements: N. Bell, J. Mason, N. Latimer, A. Graham, K. Hogg, J. Carlyle


NEWS ON OTHER TEAMS
31ST AUGUST 20002
Annan Colts start their Glasgow & District Under 18 League campaign with a visit to the Greenlaw to take on local rivals Stewartry which will be a tough opener.

Annan Ladies are also on league business this weekend with the visit from Inverness Ladies on their first visit to Violetbank in Division 2 of the SWRU Leagues.


VIOLETBANK 15 A-SIDE TOURNAMENT
24TH AUGUST 2002

Final arrangements are in hand for the second annual Violetbank Challenge Shield tournament to be held at Violetbank on Saturday 24th August. The 15-aside tournament will feature teams from Annan, Aspatria, Biggar (holders), Hawick, Selkirk and Stewartry in a two 3 team league system with the winners of each league competing for the trophy. More news later.


DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY BULLS AT VIOLETBANK
SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST 2002

With Dumfries’s Park Farm pitches recovering from the Agricultural Show and unavailable this coming Sunday Annan’s Violetbank will be the venue for the fixture in the SRU’s Pathway Scheme at U15 level between the Dumfries & Galloway Bulls and The Glasgow Dragons. The K.O. will be at 12.00 noon. Come along and see some of the regions young rugby talent on display.


ANNAN RFC TOUR TO IRELAND
THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST - SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST

Annan left on Thursday morning (8th August) on a ten-day tour to Southern Ireland. This is going to be a tough task for the young Annan squad, which sees several colts and ex colts face up to senior rugby for the first time. Annan are based at the Limerick University Campus which boasts first class training facilities and the Annan coaches have organised a full schedule of training and fitness sessions along with some other team building pursuits. But the real reason of the tour is to hone their rugby skills and that needs competitive rugby and the club have organised two extremely attractive fixtures against local clubs. The first is on Tuesday 13th August against Connaught Juniors and the second on Saturday 17th August against Garryowen. The tour party arrives back in Annan on Sunday 18th August.


ANNAN FORM VERTANS XV

This coming season sees Annan fielding a Veterans XV for the first time for several years. Under the captainship of Steve Lionel and coach Ian Anderson the team already have a dozen or so fixtures pencilled in for the season with their first on Sunday September 1st at Violetbank against a team from Inverness. The squad have started training on Sundays at 12.30pm. So if you are 35 or over and still fancy playing rugby please come along all new players will be made most welcome.


TWO ANNAN FAVOURITES MOVE TO HAWICK

Annan’s No 7 Bob Currie is moving to Premier 1 Champions Hawick for the coming 2002/03 season. Bob who is in the Glasgow under 21 squad also played for the Glasgow Development side last season. He has just recently graduated from Edinburgh University and is a bank employee in Glasgow, was a key member of Glasgow's development squad in last season's campaign, and is looking forward to the forth coming season with Hawick. Bob, who is a product of Annan’s youth set up, has been a regular in Annan’s first XV over the last few seasons and whilst he will be sorely missed by the Club and supporters alike he goes to Hawick with the Club’s best wishes.

Kenny White, who is a former player, Captain, Club Coach and currently involved in Youth coaching with the club is also taking his skills up the A7 to Hawick where he is joining the coaching staff of the Green Machine. Kenny, who is an outstanding coach, will be joining Grieg Oliver in attempting to keep Hawick on top in Premier 1 this coming season. Kenny still hopes to be involved with Annan’s youth set up this coming season if time permits. The Club wishes Kenny well in this exciting challenge.


ANNAN RFC GENTLEMANS DINNER
FRIDAY 17TH MAY

On Friday evening Annan RFC held a Gentleman's Dinner held in Annan's Market Hall to raise funds for the Club's pre-season tour to Ireland in August and all present heard four excellent speakers. With the speakers' line-up in a state of flux almost up to the last minutes with some of the original speakers calling off at the last minute it was testament to the evenings organisers that they managed to end up with such a marvellous mix of speakers. The evening events were presided over by Annan's President Ronnie Anderson. The evening started with James 'Jammie' McFarlane from Hawick RFC proposing the toast to the game of rugby football in with an extremely humorous speech. Next up was Rory Scott a Glasgow District referee who had refereed Annan in their early years in Glasgow & District with an irreverent and extremely hilarious insight into his days as a referee and his battles with authority and strong drink. He proposed the toast to Annan RFC. Peter Wright SRU's Development Officer for Dumfries & Galloway, British Lions, Scotland, Boroughmuir, Melrose and Lasswade provided those present with a humorous insight into his international & Club career and proposed the toast to the guests. The final speaker Howard Nicholson President of Netherhall Rugby Union Club from Maryport brought the house down with a marvellously structured speech which showed he had done his homework on the club and some of the Annan players. Club Captain for 2002/03 season Stuart Williamson proposed the vote of thanks to the speakers. All in all a great evening with the tour fund benefiting with a cosiderable profit