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ANNAN END OF SEASON HOT ACTION
SUMMER 2004

Despite the club being relegated for the first time in its history Annan RFC President Ronnie Anderson was upbeat in his President’s report to the club’s 34th Annual General Meeting held in the Annan RFC clubrooms on Friday 14th May. Despite the disappointment of failing to retain Premiership status next season the club had several reasons to remain optimistic for the future with the 2nd XV runners up in Division 4(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues, the Under 16s winners of the Glasgow U16 Bowl and the combined Dumfries and Annan Under 15s (DA Blues) winners of the Glasgow U15 Shield and with both youth teams winning their respective leagues.

With the Youth section 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.

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.

President: Ronnie Anderson
Vice President (Rugby): Shaun McGauchie
Vice President (Admin & Finance): Don Barty
Hon Treasurer: Philip Bertram
Hon Secretary: Ian Gilmour
Fixture Secretary: Brian Peat
Team Secretary: Jack Thomson

Ordinary Members: Ian Black, Paul Carruthers, Gary Coupland, Norrie Galbraith, Mary Graham, Steve Jancey, Craig Johnstone, Paul Minto, Ali Murray, Alan Robertson, Bobby Robson, Graham Smith, Niall Smith.

Keith Hogg made it a family double with his election as Club Captain following in his father Kenny footsteps, albeit 15 years on. Keith who played his rugby at fullback for the club last season looks to move to scrum half next season, which is his favoured position. His Vice Captain is hooker Paul Carruthers.

Alastair Graham was elected 2nd XV Captain with Neil Bell his Vice Captain.

Good News for rugby players as the pre-season training starts in earnest.

On Tuesday evenings, starting on 25th May, at 7pm touch rugby for all teams in the club. Ring Kenny Hogg (01461) 500301 or see club notice board for more details.

Speed and Endurance Training meet at the track on Thursdays starting on May 27th meet at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Contact: Alastair Graham ( Babe.) 07753720178

Weight Training for Seniors on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at the Club Gym with a 7pm start.

Induction Weight training course for U17s on Mon 24th May meet 7pm at the gym.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 17TH APRIL 2004

The 1sts go down 43-0 to Cambuslang to end their season in Premier 3 on a defeat. We will be back!!!!

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Premier 3 Table


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 3RD APRIL 2004

The 1sts win again - this time against Musselburgh 19-7. The Annan points coming from tries from Mike Rennie, Kevin Jones and Billy Henderson. Baz kicked 2 conversions.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Premier 3 Table


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SATURDAY 10TH ARPIL 2004

East Lothian’s Musselburgh make their first ever visit to Violetbank on Saturday in Annan’s penultimate Premier 3 league appearance and Annan last home game of the season. Annan will long remember the away game at Stoneyhill in October when they lost by 4 tries to 3. However it was not the result that will be remembered but the fact that Annan lost two players to injury that day with wing forward Andy Renwick and lock Graham Smith both sustaining knee injuries which has resultedin them being been out injured for the entire season with the latter looking to miss most of next season as well.

Although relegated to National 1 for next season Annan will be looking to drag themselves out of the disappointment of last Saturday and finish the season with two further wins.

Annan 1st XV squad: P O’Donnell, P Carruthers, C Warrick , W Henderson, M Newton, C Moffat, N Moffat, S Clanachan, B Graham, N Smith, K Jones, A Render, K Jones, A Eggleton, M Rennie, K Hogg. Replacements: M Griffen, P Minto, D Fisher, J Gilmour

Annan 2nd XV will attempt to make it to East Kilbride to fulfil this outstanding fixture in the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues Division 5 (West) this Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, N Bell, K Watret, L Vevers, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, E Currie, A Muir, C Donabie, A Graham, D McKay, C McCann. Replacements: G. Brown, N Latimer, G Hogg,

Annan are represented at the Cambuslang 7s on Easter Monday.

Annan 7’s Squad: C Moffat, N Moffat, M Rennie, K Hogg, K Jones, A Eggleton, A Render, B Henderson, M Griffen, P O’Donnell, D Fisher

Annan Ladies are scheduled to play Midlothian Ladies in the semi final of the SWRU Cup at Violetbank on Sunday at Violetbank.

Annan player Neil Bell has been picked to play for the Scottish Deaf Rugby XV against Wales on the 5th June at Swansea or Cardiff. The Club wishes to pass on its congratulations to Neil.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 3RD APRIL 2004

The 1sts win again but only 12-9 against RHC and because Annan did not score 4 tries and RHC picked up a bonus point, Annan are relegated for the 1st time in their history.

The Annan tries came from Mike Rennie and Stuart Clannighan but to no avail.

Anyway - National Division 1 was the only National League we have not been Champions in...so next year will do fine.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Latest Premier 3 Table

Annan 2nds league game against East Kilbride had to be cancelled when the Annan players were caught up in the traffic jam on the M75 with the game being re-arranged for this coming Saturday.

Annan U16's - Despite having the advantage of a strong wind behind them Annan struggled in the first half of this game. However Andrew White notched two well struck penalties to put Annan ahead . Garnock struck back with a good try and then Andrew White went over for the home teams first try to make the score 13-7 at half time.

In the second half Annan had the wind against them but produced some of the best rugby of the game keeping Garnock pinned in their own 22. Such was the pressure that a clearance kick by Garnock was kicked straight to winger Gavin Legg who caught and touched down to stretch the lead to 18-7, converted Andrew White.

Annan began to grow in confidence and there were more good passages as they began to pass the ball wide with Chis Waddell scoring another try to make the full time score 25-7. Pick of the forwards were Dwayne Barnes, Sam Rogers, Gordon Keenan. Pick of the backs was Andrew White, Andrew Jancey and Chris Waddell.

This result means that Annan will now meet Kilmarnock in the final of the Glasgow Bowl on 25th April all matches at this age group are to be played at Cartha Queens Park in Glasgow. Kick-off is at 12.30 pm.


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SATURDAY 3RD ARPIL 2004

With the Six Nations out of the way it’s back to league rugby for Annan this Saturday with the re re-arranged fixture against Royal High Corstorphine and with Annan’s survival in the Premiership still possible and with the visitors, the team which Annan must overhaul, this fixture, at Violetbank this Saturday, has all the ingredients necessary to provide a cracker of a match. The players are hoping that a big turn out of support will help them again provide the platform for a victory after their last win against Cartha Queens Park.

Although only beaten 23-10 at Union Park in September in the league Annan put up a dismal performance at the same venue in November in the BT Shield competition going down 49-5 so they will be all out to make amends on Saturday and redress the balance.

The Annan squad is without the services of wing forward Stephan Dreyer who is on holiday and centre Joe Crowther who is still injured (dislocated thumb) and their places are taken by Paul Minto and Michael Rennie respectively.

Annan 1st XV squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, W Henderson, M Newton, P Carruthers, C Moffat, S Clanachan, B Graham, N Smith, M Rennie, A Render, K Jones, K Hogg. Replacements: N Moffat, P O’Donnell, D Fisher, A.N. Other.

Like their 1st team counterparts Annan 2nd XV have a re re-arranged league match on Saturday in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues away at Torrance House. This is a vital match for the seconds with three teams in this league relegated and with Annan in 5th place but 3 points separating the 2nd to 5th placed teams and similarly 3 points separating Annan and the 3rd bottom placed team Annan have it all to play for in their remaining re-arranged games.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, K Watret, L Vevers, N Bell, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, E Currie, A Muir, M Anderson, A Graham, D McKay, C McCann. Replacements: G. Brown,C Hay, G Hogg, J Tinning

This Sunday Annan U16s are at home to Garnock in the semi final of the Glasgow Bowl competition. Players are to meet at Violetbank at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kick off.

Annan U16 Squad: J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, G Glendinning, D Black, G Keenan, R Nicholson, E Black

Annan Ladies are due to play Edinburgh Uni Ladies away on Sunday.


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SATURDAY 27TH MARCH 2004

The torrential rain on Friday night washed out Annan’s vital fixture against Royal High Corstorphine with Violetbank ending up waterlogged. Annan 2nd XV fixture had been called off on Thursday when their visitors Strathendrick were unable to raise a front row. Annan’s game against RHC looks as if it will now take place on the 17th April.

Annan next vital league match in Division 3 of the Premiership in on 3rd April away at Coats Park against Cambuslang

With this coming weekend featuring the last of the Six Nations fixtures Annan are again left with a fixtureless weekend at all levels. Annan U16s friendly against Jed U16s has also been cancelled as Jed were unable to raise a team.

Annan Minis have no training this weekend but training will take place the following Sunday 4th April at Violetbank.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 20TH MARCH 2004

The 1sts game against RHC is postponded due to a flooded pitch.

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SATURDAY 20TH MARCH 2004

With Annan’s survival in the Premiership still possible and with Royal High Corstorphine, the team which they must overhaul, the visitors at Violetbank this Saturday this fixture has all the ingredients necessary to provide a cracker of a match. The players are hoping that a big turn out of support will help them again provide the platform for a victory.

Although only beaten 23-10 at Union Park in September in the league Annan put up a dismal performance at the same venue in November in the BT Shield competition going down 49-5 so they will be all out to make amends on Saturday and redress the balance. Annan’s selectors have only made two change to the team which beat Cartha last Saturday with lock Michael Newton in the starting line-up replacing the injured Ian Thorburn and Duncan Fisher called up to the squad to replace the injured Joe Crowther.

Annan 1st XV squad from: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, W Henderson, M Newton, N Moffat, C Moffat, S Dryer, S Clanachan, B Graham, N Smith, M Rennie, K Jones, A Render, A Eggleton, K Hogg. J Tinning, D Fisher, P Minto.

Annan seconds continue their league campaign at Violetbank on Saturday with a rearranged game against Strathendrick and are hopeful of doing the double over their visitors having beaten them at Fintry in October.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, K Watret, N Bell, C Muir, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, M Anderson, D McKay, M Griffen, A Graham, M Pattison, C McCann. eplacements: A Muir, E Currie, L Vevers, G Hogg

n U16 team have a home match against Jed this Sunday. Kick-off will be at 12 noon at Violetbank to allow the players to watch the Six Nations Tournament in the clubhouse.

U16 Squad: J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, R Gracie, G Glendinning, D Black, G Keenan, M Griffin, M Pattinson, R Nicholson, A Gunning, D Kerr, L Ogilvie.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 13TH MARCH 2004

The 1st XV do it again - this time beating Cartha Queens Park 13-5 - tries from Clanny and Barry do the business but the bonus point eludes them.

RHC were beaten by East Kilbride - but picked up a bonus point. End result - Annan have to win their last 3 games - all with at least 4 tries. RHC must lose both games and not pick up a bonus point - Come on the Annan.....

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV - not yet updated

Other Premier 3 Results:

Preston Lodge FP 13 v Edinburgh Academicals 34
Hillhead Jordanhill 18 v Dunfermline 13
East Kilbride 18 v RHC 13

Latest Premier 3 Table

Annan 2nd XV lost to Hamilton 29-3 - more news when known

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


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SATURDAY 13TH MARCH 2004

Annan host Cartha Queens Park this Saturday in another vital Premier 3 league fixture at Violetbank. This fixture is a re-arranged fixture from 17th January. This is another must win situation for Annan if they are to have any chance of staying in Premier 3. Annan suffered a heavy defeat at Drumbeck last October 45 – 13 and hope that with their improving form to reverse the defeat on Saturday. The team is basically the same one who beat Ross High a fortnight ago with the only doubt being winger Kevin Jones who injured his shoulder at training on Tuesday and will be the subject of a late fitness test. They players are hoping that a big turnout of supporters will make their way to Violetbank on Saturday to cheer them on in their quest to keep Premiership rugby in the South West.

Annan 1st Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, W Henderson, I Thorburn, C Moffat, S Dryer, S Clanachan, B Graham, N Smith, K Jones, A Render, J Crowther, A Eggleton, K Hogg.Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Newton, N Moffat, M Rennie.

Annan seconds take on the league leaders Hamilton in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues at Violetbank on Saturday. Annan were well beaten at Laigh Bent earlier in the season and look to improve on their performance on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, K Watret, L Vevers, C Muir, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, D Fisher, M Pattison, M Anderson, M Griffen, A Muir, C McCann.Replacements: N Bell, E Currie, J Tinning, D McKay

Annan Ladies are at home to East Lothian Ladies on Sunday at Violetbank in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues.


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SATURDAY 6TH MARCH 2004

With the Six Nations again holding sway this weekend Annan do not have any league games but the 2nd XV have a friendly on Saturday against Carlisle 2nds at Violetbank.

Annan Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, K Watret, L Vevers, S Murray, N Moffat, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, D Fisher, M Pattison, M Anderson, A Graham, M Griffen, C McCann. Replacements: A Muir, C Muir, D McKay

The Annan U16 team are away to Cumbernauld in the Glasgow Bowl. The bus departs Annan Bank Street at 11-00 Hrs picking up at Lockerbie police station 11-15 Hrs. Kickoff is at 14-00Hrs.

U16 Squad: J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, S Rogers, C Waddell, G Dickman, R Gracie, G Glendinning, G Keenan, G Harkness, R Nicholson, D Black, S Houston


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2004

The 1st XV produce their best display of the season thrashing Ross High 57-3. This keeps Annans survival chances just about alive. It was not helped though when RHC also won. Well played them boys anyway. Lets win the last 4.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:

Hillhead Jordanhill 6 v East Kilbride 21
Cartha Queens Park 30 v Musselburgh 32
Dunfermline 52 v Cambuslang 3
Edinburgh Academicals P v Berwick P
RHC 13 v Preston Lodge FP 12
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Annan 2nd XV match at East Kilbride was called off as the pitches at Torrance House were unplayable.

Annan U16 lost in their game against Dumfries.

Annan U16 made a bad start to this game when they conceeded 3 tries in the first 20 min.Poor tackling,decision making and kicking were to blame.Eventually Annan got into their stride and began to play well producing some good rolling mauls and some great driving runs from Ross Gracie,Gordon Keenan and Jason Garner.

Rikki Ogilvie produced some nice kicks and Andrew Jancey charged down two clearances as Annan piled on the pressure.Eventually Annan were rewarded with a penalty try when Dumfries consistantly infringed in the rucks.However Annan were now playing catch up rugby and were unable to close the gap on a good Dumfries side.

On a brighter note Annan were presented with a Sheild for winning the Glasgow U16 Division 3 league.


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SATURDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2004

This Saturday sees Annan take on bottom placed club Ross High in Division 3 of the Premiership at Violetbank. This is a crunch match for the Annan club who still have a slender chance of escaping relegation if they can win all of their remaining five league games – a tough proposition but by no means impossible. Ross High are still without a league win this season and will be looking to break their miserable run of defeats at Violetbank. Their record at Violetbank is an unhappy one where they have never won in any of the previous meetings. However the home side will require to be on their mettle as the visitors from Tranent are never easy opponents and will battle hard to try and earn their first victory of the season.

The only changes to the team which took the field against Berwick sees Michael Newton back at lock who was unavailable and the return from injury of Andrew Eggleton to the wing spot.

Annan 1st XV Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, W Henderson, M Newton, C Moffat, S Dryer, S Clanachan, B Graham, N Smith, K Jones, A Render, J Crowther, A Eggleton, K Hogg. Replacements: P O’Donnell, N Moffat, M Rennie, I Thorburn, P Minto

Annan’s second XV travel to Torrance House to take on East Kilbride 2nd XV in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues and hope to build on their recent upturn in form with a win which would consolidate their position in the middle of the league.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, A Carlyle, A Gunning, K Watret, L Vevers, S Murray, N Bell, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, D Fisher, M Pattison, M Anderson, A Graham, M Griffen, C McCann. Replacements: A Muir, C Muir, D Irving, D McKay

This week Annan’s U16 team travel to Park Farm to play Dumfries in the first round of the Glasgow Cup. Kick off is at 2.00pm. The bus will leave Annan Bank St. at 12pm.

U16 Squad: J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, S Rogers, C Waddell, G Dickman, R Gracie, G Glendinning, G Keenan, G Harkness, C Smith, R Nicholson, A Fraser, D Black, J Broach

At 1.00pm on Sunday at Park Farm both Annan and Dumfries will be presented with a trophy from the Glasgow District for winning their respective leagues this season. The coaches and players would be pleased to see as many supporters as possible for both the presentation and the match.

The U15 D.A. Blues also start their Cup campaign this Sunday with a home match at Violetbank against Uddingston R.F.C. The D.A. Blues would also appreciate as many supporters as possible to come to watch the game. Kick-off is at 2.00pm. Players to meet as arranged.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 21st FEBRUARY 2004

The 2nds thumps Dumfries 88-0 in their friendly match

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2004

With the Six Nations Championship now well underway Annan 1st XV are without a fixture this weekend with Scotland in action against England at Murrayfield. Annan’s second string have a pre international friendly against Dumfries at Violetbank with a 3.00pm K.O. The Annan 2nd XV squad are without a few of their regulars who will be taking in Scotland’s latest performance in the capital city.

Annan 2nd Squad: from G Wyllie, A Carlyle, D Irving, L Vevers, J Tweedie, S Murray, N Bell, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, C McCann, D Fisher, M Pattison, E Currie, M Griffen, A Muir, C Muir, S Livingstone, D McKay, M Newton, M Smith, Match Reps: A Robertson, I Gilmour.

Annan U16’s team have a home match against Stewartry at Violetbank on Sunday. Team to meet at Violetbank at 12.00pm for a 1.30 K.O. This is the last friendly before the team play Dumfries at Park Farm in the first round of the Cup on Sun 29th February with a 2.00pm K.O.

U16 Squad to play Stewartry: J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, S Goodwin, R Gracie, G Glendinning, D Hunter, G Keenan, M Griffin, M Pattinson, C Muir, D Fisher, C Smith, S Boertein, E Gemmell, I Dunlop


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SATURDAY 14TH FEBRUARY 2004

With the Six Nations Tournament starting this weekend Annan senior teams do not have any games and it is left to the Ladies XV and the under 16 to provde the rugby entertainment.

Annan Ladies travel to Penicuik on Sunday to play a re-arranged fixture against Midlothian Ladies.

After last week’s game loss against a Langholm Youth XV at Milntown Annan U16s have a chance to reverse the defeat on Sunday at Violetbank.

U16 Squad; J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, S Goodwin, R Gracie, G Glendinning, E Gemmell, Fraser, M Griffen, M Pattison, C Muir, J Garner.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2004

The 1st XV put up a brave fight but go down 29-12 to Berwick.

Full Match Report - 1st XV

Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Premier 3 Results:
Cambuslang 18 v Cartha Queens Park 13
Musselburgh 5 v Edinburgh Academicals 27
Ross High 7 v RHC 32
Preston Lodge FP 8 v Hillhead Jordanhill 11
East Kilbride P v Dunfermline P

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The 2nds win 24-10 against Whitecraigs.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Annan U16 lost to Langholm U16 29-21

This turned out to be a fast physical and evenly contested match, which both teams benefited from. It was well refereed and played in a good spirit. Annan opened the scoring after 15 min with a try from Scott Goodwin, converted by Rikki Ogilvie. Langholm struck back just before half time with a good score of their own which they converted to make the score 7 all at the break.

At the start of the second half a fired up Langholm piled the pressure on the Annan defence, who despite putting in some good tackles conceded two more tries. Annan hit back with a good driving effort by Ross Gracie again converted by Ogilvie. Then Langholm scored another good try and conversion. Annan had the last score in this game with a try that was largely down to the efforts of Graeme Glendinning who shrugged off 3 tackles before going to deck just short of the line, he then laid the ball back for Sam Rogers to charge over at short range.

The Annan’s U15 won a hard fought battle on Sunday with a convincing 3 tries to 1 at the Greenlaw. Annan’s points came from two tries by Daniel Henderson, one from Paul Anderson and two conversions by Conor Trant. Jonathon Crombie made his comeback after breaking his ankle earlier in the season playing part of the game. The outstanding Annan player was hooker Elliot Smith who had an excellent game.

The Annan Ladies won 23-12 against Glasgow Accies.

Full Match Report - Ladies XV


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SATURDAY 7TH FEBRUARY 2004

For the third week in a row the weather put paid to Annan’s chances of a game of rugby last Saturday with both games at Violetbank cancelled as the pitches were waterlogged. This Saturday, weather permitting, Annan travel to Scermerston to take on third placed Berwick. Annan were well beaten in November by Berwick at Violetbank and while a win may be a bit difficult to secure it is to be hoped that Annan can put in a better performance than was evident in the defeat in November. The selectors have made one change to the side named for last week’s game with lock Michael Newton unavailable Ian Thorburn is called up from the bench with Neil Moffat moved up from the 2nd XV.

Annan 1st XV squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, , W Henderson, I Thorburn, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, P Minto, J Crowther, A Render, K Jones, K Hogg. Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Rennie, M Griffen, N Moffat

Annan 2nds hope to do the double over Whitecraigs when they meet on Saturday at West Lodge in Division 4 (West) in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Annan were awarded the points in October when Whitecraigs failed to raise a team.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wyllie, A Carlyle, D Irving, L Vivers, K Watret, N Bell, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, C McCann, A Graham, M Anderson, D Fisher, M Pattinson, E Currie. Replacements: S Livingstone, A Muir, C Muir, D McKay

This Sunday the U16 team have a friendly against Langholm at Milntown. Meet at clubhouse at 12.30 pm for a 2.00pm kick off.

U16 Squad: Annan Squad: J Garner, G Dickman, R Gracie, N Coupland, G Keenan, S Rodgers, J Callaghan, M Scott, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, S Goodwin, C Waddell, G Harkness, D Hunter. Replacements: G Glendinning, J Garner, E Gemmel.

Annan U16 player Duncan Fisher has been selected for the Glasgow Thistles squad which will travelling to Limerick this summer. Duncan has already shown his rugby skills in being one of the youngest players to play for Annan 1st XV when he turned out for the 1st XV in the Chisholm Cup game against Stewartry in December.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY 2004

Both the 1st and 2nd XV are postponded due to the weather.

Other Premier 3 Results:
All games postponded

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SATURDAY 31ST JANUARY 2004

Last Saturday for the second week in a row both Annan’s first and second XV’s games were cancelled. This time however Annan’s games were the only ones cancelled in Scotland, Cambuslang’s pitches being deemed waterlogged. This week, weather permitting, Annan host Musselburgh in their Premier 3 league fixture at Violetbank. This is Musselburgh’s first ever visit to Annan although the clubs have played each other twice before – both times at Stoneyhill, once in the BT Cup and earlier this season when Annan were beaten 35 – 22 in the league. The game in October was marred by the fact that Annan lost both flanker Andy Renwick and lock Graham Smith to long-term injuries with both still on the injured list. In the October game Annan were beaten by 3 tries to 2 and put in a fine second half performance and Annan will be hopeful of getting a result on Saturday in order to keep their slim hopes of Premier survival alive.

The selectors have named the same side as selected for last week’s game. Annan 1st XV squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, P Minto, J Crowther, A Render, K Jones, K Hogg. Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Rennie, M Griffen, I Thorburn

Annan 2nds hope to do the double over Strathendrick when they meet on Saturday at Violetbank in Division 4 (West) in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Annan beat their visitors 24-0 at Fintry in October.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wyllie, N Moffat, A Carlyle, L Vivers, K Watret, N Bell, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, E Currie, M Pattinson, C McCann, M Smith, D McKay, A Graham, Replacements: D Irving, S Livingstone, A Muir, C Muir, G Brown, J Tweedie, D Wyllie, J Tinning

This Sunday the U16 team have a friendly against West of Scotland at home. Meet at Violetbank 1.00pms for a 2.00pm kick off.

U16 Squad: Annan Squad: D Copeland, L Ogilvie, C Muir, J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, R Gracie, D Hunter, E Gemmell, S Boertien, G Keenan, C Aird, J Garner, D Kerr


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 24 TH JANUARY 2004

Both the 1sts and 2nds games were cancelled today as Cambuslang's pitches are water logged.

Other Premier 3 Results:
Cartha Queens Park 3 v Edinburgh Academicals 8
Musselburgh 23 v RHC 12
Berwick 23 v Hillhead Jordanhill 15
Ross High 7 v East Kilbride 20
Dunfermline 32 v Preston Lodge FP 15

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SATURDAY 24TH JANUARY 2004

All of Annan’s games fell foul of the weather at the weekend and even though not a ball was kicked by Annan results elsewhere did no favours to Annan’s battle against relegation as their nearest rivals for the second relegation spot, Royal High Corstorphine, won again increasing the gap between Annan and themselves to 13 points. RHC beat Cambuslang who are Annan’s opponents this Saturday at Coats Park. The only changes to the team selected for last week’s game is, with John Nelson ill Michael Newton starts at second row with centre Michael Rennie added to the replacements bench. Annan will be out to avenge their 14 – 24 defeat at Violetbank in October.

Annan 1st XV squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, P Minto, J Crowther, A Render, K Jones, K Hogg. Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Rennie, M Griffen, I Thorburn

Annan’s league fixture in Division 4 (West) in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues, which also fell victim to last week’s weather, has been re-arranged for this Saturday at Coats Park.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wyllie, N Moffat, A Carlyle, L Vivers, K Watret, N Bell, S Murray, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, E Currie, M Pattinson, C McCann, M Smith, D McKay, A Graham, Replacements: D Irving, S Livingstone, A Muir, C Muir, G Brown, J Tweedie, D Wyllie, J Tinning

Annan Ladies are due to play Strathmore Ladies at Forfar on Sunday.

Annan U16’s have a friendly on Sunday against Jed U16s away at Riverside.

U16 Squad: Annan Squad: D Fisher, D Copeland, A Gunning, L Ogilvie, A Nelson, C Muir, J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, R Gracie, G Glendinning, D Hunter, I Dunlop, E Gemmell, S Boertien, G Keenan, M Pattison, J Pattison


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 17TH JANUARY 2004

Both the 1sts and 2nds games were cancelled today. But with RHC winning against Cambuslang - the 1sts are almost relegated. But there is still a chance!!!!!

Leading point scorers - 1st XV

Other Premier 3 Results:
Preston Lodge FP 23 v Ross High 11
Edinburgh Academicals 29 v Dunfermline 15
RHC 26 v Cambuslang 5

Latest Premier 3 Table


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 17TH JANUARY 2004

This Saturday’s Premier 3 league match at Violetbank where Annan take on Cartha Queens Park is a must win fixture for the home side. If Annan lose this one they will have literally no chance of staving off relegation barring a miracle. Cartha beat Annan with comparative ease at Drumbreck in October and the home side are still smarting from last year’s result at Violetbank when they were beaten 18-15 but outscored their visitors by three tries to none.

Annan have made some changes from the side beaten at Raeburn Place last Saturday with James Gilmour returning to the front row, Paul Minto features on the wing with Kevin Jones and Keith Hogg at wing and full back respectively. Andrew Eggleton the normal fullback picking up a broken bone in his hand is out of contention for a few weeks.

Annan Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, J Nelson, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, P Minto, J Crowther, A Render, K Jones, K Hogg. Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Newton, M Griffen, I Thorburn

Annan’s second string return to league business after the festive layoff with a visit to Coats Park at Cambuslang and hope to reverse their earlier defeat at Violetbank in October 31 – 24.

Annan 2nd XV Squad from: G Wyllie, N Moffat, A Carlyle, L Vivers, K Watret, S Livingstone, N Bell, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, M Rennie, M Pattinson, D Fisher, A Rae, A Graham, C McCann, D Irving, E Currie, D McKay, S Murray, A Gunning, A Muir, C Muir

Annan U16/17s have a fixture on Sunday at Stewartry. Annan Squad: D Fisher, D Copeland, A Gunning, L Ogilvie, A Nelson, C Muir, J Callaghan, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, M Scott, N Coupland, J Garner, G Harkness, S Rodgers, C Waddell, G Dickman, S Goodwin, R Gracie, G Glendinning, D Hunter, I Dunlop, E Gemmell, S Boertien, G Keenan.

DA Blues U15’s have a fixture against Hawick Albion U15s on Sunday at Park Farm Dumfries.

Annan Tigers Mini Section. Mini rugby training and coaching sessions recommence on Sunday at Violetbank at 10.30am.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY 2004

The 1sts XV go don to Edinburgh Accies 49-5 - but what was worse is that both RHC and East Kilbride won!!! It is almost certain that Annan will be relegated bar some amazing results - but I think we can do it still!!!

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Cambuslang 20 v Hillhead Jordanhill 8
Musselburgh 10 v East Kilbride 11
Berwick 44 v Preston Lodge FP 7
Cartha Queens Park 17 v RHC 26
Dunfermline 60 v Ross High 0

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds beat Upper Eden 29-5.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY 2004

This Saturday Annan travel to the Capital to take on promotion hopefuls Edinburgh Accies at historical Raeburn Place. Annan have played Accies twice already this season at Violetbank once in the league and once in the BT Cup. Although beaten both times the games were entertaining high scoring affairs. Annan have retained the same team as last Saturday and are hopeful of maintaining the standard of play with which they have started the New Year.

Annan Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, P. O’Donnell, J Nelson, W Henderson, C Moffat,, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, M Griffen, A Render, J Crowther, M Pattison, A Eggleton. Replacements: G Wyllie, D Fisher, M Newton, A.N. Other

Annan seconds entertain South Cumbrian side Upper Eden at Violetbank on Saturday in their last friendly before the resumption of the 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan Squad: J Gilmour, A Carlyle, G Brown, D Irving, N Bell, K Watret, L Ogilvie, I Thorburn, N Halliday, S Livingston, L Vevers, E Currie, A Muir, C Muir, D McKay, A Graham, M Rennie, A Rae, J Tweedie, D Wyllie, J Tinning, K Jones, N Moffat, K Hogg, N Latimer


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 3RD JANUARY 2004

The 1st XV lost to Dunfermline 27-22 in their latest Premier 3 game. After a close first half - with Annan trailing only 12-10. A quick try in the second half put Dunfermline 19-12 in front but with only 2 minutes to go Annan had brought the game back to 24-22. The Annan points came from Andy Render (T), Stephan Dreyar (T), Colin Warwick (T) and 7 points from Baz. Unlucky lads.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Ross High 7 v Berwick 61
Preston Lodge FP v Musselburgh - tbc
East Kilbride v Cambuslang - Postponded
Hillhead Jordanhill 31 v Cartha Queens Park 12
RHC 3 v Edinburgh Academicals 33

Latest Premier 3 Table

Annan’s second string had a convincing performance on Saturday at the Everholm with a 5 try to 1 demolition of their counterparts from Creighton. The Annan forwards were in total command for most of the game with the Annan points coming from tries from E Curry, A Muir, C Muir, N Halliday and L. Ogilvie with C Muir adding a conversion.


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 3RD JANUARY 2004

It’s back to Premier League business this Saturday for Annan who entertain promotion hopefuls Dunfermline who are currently sitting in second place in the league. Annan have never beaten Dunfermline in their last three league meetings and the coaches must be hoping that the players will have got over their festive excesses.

Team selection has not yet taken place so all players should make their availability known to their coaches.

Annan’s second string have a friendly at Violetbank against their Cumbrian counterparts from Wigtown.

Team selection has not yet taken place so all players should make their availability known to their coaches.

Annan Veterans are due to play Creichton 2nds at the Everholm on Saturday. All available players please contact Jim Tweedie on 01461 205701


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2003

The Chisholm Cup returns to Annan. Annan were 12-0 down at half-time but a storming 2nd half, in which Annan ran in 4 tries meant than Chisholm cup returns to Annan. Final Score 22-17.

Full Match Report - 1st XV

The 2nds went down 17-12 to Stewartry.


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2003

This Saturday 27th December sees Annan travel to Greenlaw hoping to win back the Chisholm Cup played for annually against Stewartry RFC. Stewartry are the current holders having beaten Annan at the Everholm last year. Annan are without Craig McCann, Mike Rennie and Andrew Eggleton who are all on the injury list. This gives a chance for young Duncan Fisher and Michael Pattinson to make their mark in the senior ranks.

Annan Team: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M Newton, J Nelson, W Henderson, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, M Pattison, A Render, J Crowther, M Griffen, D FisherReplacements: P O’Donnell, T Paulin, C Moffat.

Annan’s second string also travel to Stewartry on Saturday for a friendly.

Annan 2nd Squad from G Wyllie, A Carlyle, D Irving, K Watret, N Bell, N Halliday, L Vevers, I Thorburn, N Latimer, E Currie, P Quinn, C Donabie, C Muir, A Nelson, A Graham, S Livingston, J Tinning, A Muir, D McKay, S Earl


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2003

The 2nds go down 45-0 to Carlisle.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 20TH DECEMBER 2003

Following a request from RHC the match between Annan and RHC scheduled for this Saturday at Violetbank has been postponed to allow players to attend the Celtic Cup Final at Murrayfield between Edinburgh Rugby and Ulster. This postponement has been sanctioned by the SRU who are keen for a big turnout of supporters at Murrayfield on Saturday to support Edinburgh. The revised date for the fixture is likely to be the 13th or 20th March.

Annan 2nds have a break from league rugby this Saturday when they take on Carlisle 2nds in a friendly at Warwick Road.

Annan Team: G Wyllie, A Carlyle, C Warrick, K Watret, J Nelson, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, I Thorburn, D Fisher, C McCann, A Muir, A Graham, M Griffen, M Pattison, E Currie Replacements: M Smith, D McKay, D Irving, N Bell, L Vivers, C Muir, G Brown, J Tweedie, J Tinning, S Earl


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2003

The 1st XV go down 53-0 to Hillhead/Jordanhill.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Berwick v Musselburgh - Abandonded
Ross High 14 v Cambuslang 22
Preston Lodge FP 44 v Cartha Queens Park 15
East Kilbride 11 v Edinburgh Academicals 6
RHC 10 v Dunfermline 38

Latest Premier 3 Table

Annan 2nd XV re-arranged fixture in Division 4(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues against East Kilbride 2nds was called off when East Kilbride could not raise a team. Annan will be claiming the points.


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 13TH DECEMBER 2003

Annan travel to Hughenden on Saturday to take on mid tablers Hillhead Jordanhill in Premier 3. Annan were defeated at Violetbank 31 –7 by Hillhead in September and will be looking to reverse that result. Despite the improved performances by Annan over the past two weeks it is still a mamouth task to take on Hillhead on their home patch but both the players and coaches are positive that they can get something out of the game. The selectors have kept faith with the team who beat East Kilbride last Saturday in naming the same team.

Annan Squad: P O’Donnell, P Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, M Griffen, A Render, J Crowther, M Rennie, A Eggleton Replacements: C McCann, C Warrick, D Irving, J Nelson

Annan’s second string have a re-arranged league fixture against East Kilbride 2nds at Violetbank on Saturday in the Division 4 of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues. This is a vital match for the team as a win would lift them out of the relegation zone.

Annan Team: G Wyllie, A Carlyle, J Tinning, K Watret, S Murray, N Bell, P McCall, I Thorburn, L Ogilvie, E Currie, D McKay, A Graham, C Muir, M Pattison, A Muir Replacements: G Brown, N Halliday, M Leicester, S Earl, L Vivers, J Tweedie


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2003

The 1st XV do it again - this time beating East Kilbride 24-10. Annan score 4 tries in the process to secure a bonus point as well. Annan had to win this game and we now have a real chance of staying up in Premier 3. The Annan points came from - Mike Rennie (2T), Michael Griffen (T), Barry Graham (T) and 4 points from Niall Smith. Well done them boys!!!

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV - it is actually uptodate now!!!!

Other Premier 3 Results:
Cambuslang 10 v Berwick 3
RHC 8 v Hillhead Jordanhill 47
Edinburgh Academicals 37 v Preston Lodge FP 5
Cartha Queens Park 42 v Ross High 7
Dunfermline 20 v Musselburgh 16

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nd XV also win - beating Garnock 10-8 in their latest league game.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Youth teams had great weekend with both teams winning..

Full Match Report - Youth XV's


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2003

This Saturday Annan have a crunch game at Violetbank when they entertain third bottom East Kilbride. This game is a vital one for both clubs - if Annan win they give themselves a lifeline for survival in the Premiership and if East Kilbride lose they slip into the relegation zone. After Annan’s positive performance at Preston Lodge last Saturday the Annan players and coaches are hopeful of a positive outcome. The Annan squad is strengthened with the return of prop James Gilmour and lock Michael Newton who were both unavailable for the Preston Lodge game and stand off Niall Smith who returns after injury. The match is sponsored by BIB COCHRANE LTD

Annan Squad: P O’Donnell, P Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, N Smith, M Griffen, A Render, J Crowther, S McCann, A EggletonReplacements: J Tinning, C Warrick, I Thorburn, M Rennie

Annan’s second string are at home this Saturday when they entertain Garnock at Violetbank in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Beaten by Garnock 28-0 in the away fixture Annan are hopeful of a reverse on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV from G Wyllie, A Carlyle, G Brown, J Nelson, K Watret, S Murray, P McCall, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, E Currie, A Muir, D McKay, A Graham, D Wyllie, M Pattison, N Bell, L Vevers, J Tweedie, A Nelson

The under 16's are at home to Cumnock on Sunday

Under 16 Squad: J Garner, G Dickman, R Gracie, N Coupland, G Keenan, S Rogers, J Callaghan, M Scott, G Glendinning, A Jancey, D Hunter, R Ogilvie, G. Harkness, C Waddell, C Smith, S Boertien, D Black, C Grant, I Dunlop, E Gemmell, S Goodwin


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2003

The 1st XV play a blinder but still go down 16-12 to Preston Lodge. Leading 12-3 at half-time through a Paul Minto and Stewart Clanaghan tries, Annan let Preston Lodge back into the game. Clanny got across the try line a further 2 times in the game - but the referee was unsighted for both!!!! - When your lucks out, your lucks out!!! Annan pick up a bonus point though but it should have been 5.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Musselburgh 33 v Cambuslang 10
Berwick v Cartha Queens Park - Postponded
Ross High 0 v Edinburgh Academicals 27
East Kilbride v RHC - Abandonded
Hillhead Jordanhill v Dunfermline - Postponded
Latest Premier 3 Table

The Seconds go down 10-34 to Penrith in their friendly game

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Youth teams had a poor Weekend with both teams losing.

Full Match Report - Youth XV's


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2003

Annan are on the road again this weekend travelling back to East Lothian to take on Preston Lodge who are presently lying in fourth place in the league. Annan were beaten by their hosts on the opening day of the league season at Violetbank and hope to make amends on Saturday. The selectors have props James Gilmour and Paul O’Donnell back in the fold after being unavailable last week. They have also moved Craig McCann to stand off with Niall Smith still injured. Centre Joe Crowther is also back after being unavailable last week.

Annan Squad: P O’Donnell, P Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, C. McCann, M Griffen, A Render, A Eggleton, J Crowther, S McCann Replacements: G Wyllie, J Nelson, I Thorburn, P Minto

Annan 2nds have a break from league rugby this Saturday when they entertain their counterparts from Penrith at Violetbank.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: D Irving, A Carlyle, C Warrick, K Watret, L Vivers, N Bell, S Livingston, N Halliday, L Ogilvie, M Rennie, A Muir, A Graham, D Wyllie, D McKay, E Currie Repacements: G Brown, P Quinn, S Tinning, J Tweedie

Annan Ladies are away this Sunday to take on East Lothian Ladies


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2003

The Murrayfield dream is over for another season with the 1sts going down to a heavy defeat to RHC. Final score 49-5.

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

Annan’s second string travelled to Motherwell on Saturday to take on Dalziel in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues and put in a creditable performance. In fact Annan were leading by 5 points to 3 at half time but their general overall fitness or rather lack of it showed in the second half as they eventually conceded a further 17 points albeit they only conceded one try. Annan’s try scored was lock Kieren Watret.

The combinded Annan/Dumfries Under 15s beat Daziel 27-10

Full Match Reports - Youth Teams


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2003

Annan quest to return to Murrayfield for Cup Finals Day starts on Saturday when they travel to Edinburgh to take on newly merged Royal High Corstorphine. Annan have already played RHC in the league when they were beaten 23-10 earlier in the season but are hopeful of a reversal in the Shield. Annan are without prop Paul O’Donnell who is unavailable which sees Grant Wyllie get his chance.

Annan Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, G Wyllie, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, B. Graham, M Rennie, M Griffen, A Render, J Crowther, C McCann, A Eggleton, Replacements: D. Irving, C. McCann, A.N. Other

Annan 2nds still suffering from 1st team call ups are back up the M74 on Saturday to take on Dalziel in Motherwell in Division 5(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: from G Brown, L Vivers, A Carlyle, K Watret, J Nelson, S Murray, N Halliday, I Thorburn, D McKay, S Livingstone, E Currie, A Graham, A Muir, D Wyllie, D McKay, M Pattison, L Vivers, L Ogilvie, E Hay, P Quinn, S Tinning.

DA Blues U15s are due to play Dalziel U15 on Sunday 23rd November at Dalziel Sports Fields.

Annan U16s are away this Sunday 23rd November to Cumbernauld Under 16s at Auchenkilns leaving the Clubhouse at 10.45am picking up at Lockerbie at 11.00am.

U16 squad: J Garner, G Dickman, R Gracie, N Coupland, G Keenan, S Rogers, J Callaghan, M Scott, A Jancey, R Ogilvie, C Grant, C Smith, C Waddell, I Dunlop, D Hunter Replacements: D Black, S Thorburn, S Boertien, E. Gemmel


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2003

The promotion push starts now!!!! Yup, the Annan 1sts got their first win of the season beating Ross High 25-3. Well done lads lets do it again in the Shield next week against RHC......

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Premier 3 Table

The Seconds are also heavily beaten by Hamilton 51-5

Full Match Report - 1st XV

The Annan Ladies were beaten 52-5 by GHA Ladies


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2003

Annan travel to Tranent on Saturday to take on Ross High who like Annan are without a win so far this season and like their visitors have only a single point to their credit. Both teams will be looking at this fixture as their first win so it should be an interesting contest. Annan sees the return of lock Michael Newton after he was unable to play for the last two weeks. Young Scott McCann retains the scrum half position with Barry Graham on the bench and prop Colin Warrick gets the nod over Paul O’ Donnell who is likewise on the bench.

Annan 1st XV Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, J Gilmour, M Newton, W Henderson, C Moffat, S Dreyer, S Clanachan, S McCann, M Rennie, M Griffen, A Render, J Crowther, C McCann, A Eggleton, Replacements: G Wyllie, B Graham, P O’Donnell, J Nelson,

Annan’s second string travel to Laigh Bent to take on league leaders Hamilton in Division 4(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues on Saturday. This is the re-arranged fixture following last Saturday’s cancellation.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: from D Irving, S Wyllie, A Carlyle, K Watret, J Tinning, N Bell, N Halliday, G Coupland, S Murray, S Livingstone, N Latimer, I Thorburn, E Currie, A Graham, A Muir, D Wyllie, D McKay, M Pattison, L Vivers, L Ogilvie.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2003

The 1sts lose 52-0 to Berwick. And thats about all I can say.

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

With the Annan’s injury crisis deepening Annan 2nd XV league game against Hamilton in Disvision 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues had to be postponed with Annan unable to raise a team.

The Annan Ladies lost 51-10 to Edinburgh Uni


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2003

This Saturday Annan entertain Berwick in their Premier 3 encounter at Violetbank. Berwick are currently lying in 2nd place in Premier 3 having won 7 and lost 2 and will prove a difficult encounter for Annan. Annan are still without several of their 1st team regulars to injury but after last weeks battling performance will be confident of getting a result. The game is being sponsored by BNFL Chapelcross.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Gilmour, J. Nelson, W. Henderson, C. Moffat, S. Dreyer, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, M. Griffen, A. Render, M. Rennie, C. McCann, A. Eggleton, Replacements: G. Wyllie, D. Irving, A.N. Other, J. Crowther.

Annan’s second string travel to Laigh Bent to take on league leaders Hamilton in Division 4(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues on Saturday.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: C. Warrick, S. Wyllie, J. Tinning, N. Bell, G. Coupland, S. Murray, S. Livingstone, I Thorburn, S. McCann, E. Currie, A. Muir, D. Wyllie, D. McKay, M. Pattison, E. Hay. Replacements: A. Carlyle, D. Copland, K. Carter, L. Vivers


ANNAN TAKE ON ROYAL HIGH CORSORPHINE
IN THE 1ST ROUND OF THE SRU SHIELD

Well, the above says it all. Tie is in Edinburgh on the 22nd November. So last season then Bowl, this season the Shield?


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2003

The 1sts played some of their best rugby this season but still managed to end up on the losing side. The 2nd half at Violebank was a cracker but with Annan being 12-0 down at half-time it was always going to be a uphill struggle. Annan did score 3 tries through Stuart Clanihan, Jack Tinning and Stephan Dreyer with Baz getting 2 conversions. Unlucky lads. Oh well the SRU shield beckons now....

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

Annan’s second string who had not had a game for two weeks put in a fine performance in south Cumbria against Upper Eden 2nds. Such was the hospitality handed out by this extremely friendly club in the après rugby festivities this correspondent has not been able to glean any of the points scorers to date. Suffice it to say that a fine time was had by all.

The Youth teams had another succesful weekend.

Full Match Reports - Youth Teams


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2003

Annan’s first and second XVs have a break from league rugby this Saturday with the 1st XV involved in Round 3 of the BT Cup when they take on Edinburgh Accies at Violetbank on Saturday with a 2.00pm K.O.

Annan will be hoping to carry on where they left off in their last encounter in the league when Annan put in a terrific second half performance to almost steal an unlikely victory. Accies will be hoping to rebound from their surprise defeat last weekend by Cambuslang in the league.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Gilmour, J. Nelson, M. Newton, W. Henderson, S. Dreyer, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, M. Griffen, A. Render, M. Rennie, C. McCann, A. Eggleton, Replacements: C. Warrick, C. Moffat, S. Williamson, J. Tinning

Annan’s second string travel to South Cumbria this Saturday to play Upper Eden in a friendly. This encounter is always an enjoyable outing for the team when they play the ever hospitable Cumbrians.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wyllie, S. Wyllie, D. Irving, K. Watret, N. Bell, S. Murray, D. Wyllie, I Thorburn, S. McCann, E. Currie, A. Muir, J. Crowther, A. Graham, M. Pattison, D. Copland. Replacements: N. Halliday, D. McKay, G. Coupland, L. Vivers,

Annan Ladies have a league fixture against Midlothian Ladies (away) on Sunday.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2003

The 1st XV go down again, this time to Musselburgh 35-22. Annan had chances in this game being only 15-14 down at half-time but a late 10 point burst from Musselburgh ended Annans chances.

Full Match Report - 1st XV
Leading point scorers - 1st XV
Latest Premier 3 Table


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2003

Annan travel to East Lothian to take on Mussleburgh at Stoneyhill on Saturday. Annan and Mussleburgh have never met before on league business although they have met in the Cup. Three seasons ago Annan were beaten 18-3 by their hosts in round 3 of the Cup competition. Mussleburgh are presently sitting five places from the bottom having won four and lost four and will provide a tough test for Annan.

Annan 1st XV Squad: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M. Newton, G. Smith, A. Renwick, C. Moffat, S. Clanachan, B. Graham, N. Smith, S. Williamson, A. Render, M. Rennie, C. McCann, A. Eggleton, Replacements: J. Tinning, M. Griffen, W. Henderson, D. Irving

Annan’s second string take on East Kilbride seconds at Violetbank in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wyllie, S. Wyllie, C. Warrick, J. Nelson, N. Bell, S. Murray, S. Livingstone, I Thorburn, S. McCann, E. Currie, D. McKay, A. Graham, D. Wyllie, M. Pattison, D. Copland.Replacements: A. Carlyle, K. Watret, G. Coupland, A. Muir,

Annan Veterans take on their Carlisle counterparts at Violetbank on Saturday with a 3.00pm K.O. Any players wanting to take part please contact Jim Tweedie (01461) 205701


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2003

The 1st XV go down again, this time to Cambuslang 24-14

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

Other Premier 3 Results:

RHC 14 v Musselburgh 13
Hillhead Jordanhill 17 v Berwick 13
East Kilbride 32 v Ross High 0
Edinburgh Academicals 45 v Cartha Queens Park 7
Preston Lodge FP 21 v Dunfermline 21

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nd XV game was postponded.

The Annan Youth and Combined Youth teams had a good weekend winning both their games

Full Match Reports - Youth Teams


LATEST TEAM NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2003

Annan, still without a win in Premier 3, hope to open their account this Saturday when they play host to Cambuslang at Violetbank. Last season honours were even between the clubs with an away win apiece. The visitors are sitting three places above Annan having won three and lost four of their games. Annan have wing forward Andy Renwick, wing Michael Anderson and full back Andrew Eggleton back from injury and Stuart Williamson back from injury on he other wing with Michael Griffen injured.

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

Annan’s second string hope to build on last Saturdays win in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues when they take on Whitecraigs at Violetbank.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G. Wyllie, A. Carlyle, D. Irving, S. Murray, N. Bell, D. Wyllie, S. Livingstone, I Thorburn, S. McCann, E. Currie, A. Muir, A. Graham, J. Crowther, D. McKay, D. Copland. eplacements: J. Tinning, K. Watret, G. Coupland, K. Bell, L. Vivers

Annan Ladies continue their league campaign away to Glasgow Uni on Sunday.


ANNAN TAKE ON EDINBURGH ACCIES
IN THE 3RD ROUND OF THE SRU CUP

Well, the above says it all. Tie is at Violetbank on the 1st November Should be a good game


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 1TH OCTOBER 2003

The 1st XV go down to Cartha Queens Park 45-13.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:

Ross High 6 v Preston Lodge FP 38
Berwick 53 v East Kilbride 14
Musselburgh 16 v Hillhead Jordanhill 30
Cambuslang 39 v RHC 20
Dunfermline 14 v Edinburgh Academicals 20

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds and Ladies both also won there league games

Full Match Report - 2nd XV
Full Match Report - Ladies XV


ALL THE LATEST NEWS FOR
SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2003

After last Saturday’s hugely enjoyable and encouraging display at Violetbank Annan travel up the M74 to Dumbreck the home of Cartha Queens Park who are currently sitting in fourth place in Premier 3 with five wins out of six. Cartha have a robust set of forwards and pacy backs so Annan will have to be on their best form to take anything from this game. However after last weeks performance confidence will be high. With the return after injury of back row forward Stuart Clanachan after a long term injury Annan have had to reshuffle their pack with Graham Smith moving to lock from the back row displacing John Nelson. With winger Michael Anderson injured in last weeks game and some doubt about whether centre Andrew Eggleton will be fit in time for Saturdays game the selectors have delayed naming their final backs line up.

Annan 1st XV: Forwards: P. O’Donnell, P. Carruthers, J. Gilmour, M. Newton, G. Smith, A. Renwick, S. Dreyer, S. Clanachan. Backs from: B. Graham, M. Griffen, A. Render, M. Rennie, A. Eggleton, C. McCann, J. Crowther. Replacements: W. Henderson, J. Tinning, D. Irving.

Annan’s second string travel to Fintry on Saturday to take on Strathendrick 2nd XV in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues also like their 1st XV counterparts in search of their first league win.

Annan 2nd XV: G. Wyllie, A. Carlyle, C. Warrick, J. Nelson, I. Thorburn, N. Bell, C. Moffat, N. Halliday, S. Livingston, S. McCann, P. Bertram, S. Williamson, S. Murray, M. Pattinson, A. Graham. Replacements: D. McKay, L. Ogilvie, K. Watret, D. Copland

Annan Ladies XV are at home on Sunday to Strathmore ladies in Division 2 of the SWRU leagues at Violetbank. Annan Ladies like their male counterparts are looking for their first league win.

Congratulations are due to Ross Gracie of Annan R.F.C who has been selected to go onto the next stage of the pathway programme at U16. This involves two matches at Scotstoun Stadium on Wednesday 8th November and Wednesday 22nd November when Glasgow A v Glasgow B.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER 2003

The 1st XV go down to Edinburgh Accies 29-45. The Annan points coming from S. Clannachan (T), G. Smith (T), A. Render (T), N. Smith(T), N. Smith (P & 3C)

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

Other Premier 3 Results:

Hillhead Jordanhill 49 v Cambuslang 3
East Kilbride 12 v Musselburgh 24
Preston Lodge FP 25 v Berwick 26
RHC 16 v Cartha Queens Park 32
Ross High 5 v Dunfermline 35

Latest Premier 3 Table

The Annan 2nds go down 24 - 31 to Cambuslang 2nds. The Annan points coming from N. Halliday(T), McCann (T + 2C), S. Livingston (T), S. McEwan (T)

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

The Annan Youth and Combined Youth teams had a good weekend winning both their games

Full Match Report - Youth Teams


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER 2003

The 1st XV go down to Dunfermline 45-7. More news when known.

Full Match Report - 1st XV

Other Premier 3 Results:
Berwick 78 v Ross High 0
Musselburgh 17 v Preston Lodge FP 33
Cambuslang 32 v East Kilbride 11
Cartha Queens Park 23 v Hillhead Jordanhill 10
Edinburgh Academicals 49 v RHC 6


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2003

The 1sts go down again - this time 23-10 to RH Corstorphine. Annan scored 2 tries via Graeme Smith and Mike Anderson - and by all accounts Annan should have won this game but poor kicking and lack of finishing let Annan down - but we're getting there.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Preston Lodge FP 48 v Cambuslang 21
Ross High 0 v Musselburgh 52
Hillhead Jordanhill 14 v Edinburgh Academicals 35
East Kilbride 16 v Cartha Queens Park 18
Berwick 18 v Dunfermline 11

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds went down 25-18 to Daziel in their first league game of the season.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV to follow


LATEST NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2003

Annan 1st XV are on the road to Edinburgh this Saturday to take on RHC (Royal High Corstorphine). RHC are the new club following the merger of Royal High RFC and Corstorphine RFC and as such are somewhat of an unknown quantity. They started off their Premiership campaign with a surprise win over East Kilbride followed by two defeats at the hands of Hillhead Jordanhill and league leaders Dunfermline. The Annan selectors have made some changes for Saturdays game with prop James Gilmour starting with Jack Tinning on the bench, lock John Nelson also starts with Billy Henderson likewise on the bench. Ex colt Craig Moffat makes his 1st XV debut at openside wing forward in place of Stephan Dreyer who is unavailable.

Annan 1st XV Squad: 1. P. O’Donnell 2. P. Carruthers 3. J. Gilmour 4. M. Newton 5. J. Nelson 6. A. Renwick 7. C. Moffat 8. G. Smith 9. B. Graham 10. N. Smith 11. M. Anderson 12. M. Rennie 13. A. Eggleton 14. A. Render 15. C. McCann Replacements: J. Tinning, G. Wylie, W. Henderson, M. Griffen

Annan’s second string start their league campaign in Division 4 of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues on Saturday when they entertain Dalziel at Violetbank.

2nd XV Squad: 1. C. Warrick 2. S. Robertson 3. A. Carlyle 4. M. Pattison 5. N. Bell 6. N. Halliday 7. K. Goss 8. I. Thorburn (C) 9. S. McCann 10. N. Latimer 11. A. Muir 12. E. Hay 13. D. Wyllie 14. P. Bertram 15. E. Currie Replacements: D. McKay, S. Earl, J. Lake, S. Murray, A. Copleland

After two blank weekends due to cancellations Annan Ladies hope to start their league campaign this Sunday with the visit of Melrose Ladies to Violetbank.

Annan S1 & S2 training will now be held on Wednesday evenings at Violetbank starting at 6.30pm prompt. All new players welcome.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2003

The 1sts go down again - this time 31-7 to Hillhead/Jordanhill.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Musselburgh 38 v Berwick 14
Cambuslang 65 v Ross High 13
Cartha Queens Park 20 v Preston Lodge FP 3
Edinburgh Academicals 40 v East Kilbride 25
Dunfermline 35 v Royal High Corstorphine 19

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds beat Earlston in their friendly match.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


LATEST NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 2003

Annan once again face a stern test this Saturday when they entertain last season’s Division 1 champions Hillhead Jordanhill at Violetbank. Last season Annan were beaten home and away by their visitors 15-7 at Violetbank and 44-33 at Hughenden, although in the latter Annan were leading 23-0 at half time!

This Saturday sees the return to the fold of Graham Smith, Andy Renwick and James Gilmour from injury, which has eased the coaches selection problems.

Annan 1st XV Squad: 1. P. O’Donnell 2. P. Carruthers 3. J. Tinning 4. M. Newton 5. W. Henderson 6. A. Renwick 7. S. Dryer 8. G. Smith 9. B. Graham 10. N. Smith 11. M. Anderson 12. M. Rennie 13. A. Eggleton 14. A. Render 15. C. McCann Replacements: J. Gilmour, G. Wylie, J. Nelson, J. Crowther

After last weeks disappointment when Aspatria were unable to raise a team Annan’s second string travel to Philiphaugh to take on their opposite numbers from Selkirk RFC. Although basically an extremely young 2nd XV the average age of the team is boosted somewhat by the inclusion of two of the club’s veteran campaigners Neil Halliday and Tam Thorburn.

2nd XV Squad: 1. A. Carlyle 2. S. Wylie 3. S. Robertson 4. M. Pattison 5. N. Bell 6. N. Halliday 7. C. Moffat 8. I. Thorburn 9. S. McCann 10. E. Currie 11. A. Muir 12. D. Wylie 13. D. McKay 14. P. Bertram 15. A. Copland

Annan Ladies, like the 2nd XV were left disappointed last Sunday when their league opponents Mid Lothian Ladies were also unable to raise a team, travel to Scermeston.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003

The 1st XV go down to another heavy defeat - this time losing to East Kilbride 31-7. Annan looked as if they meant business for the first 30 minutes but lost their way and ended up conceeding 4 tries. The Annan points came from a Paul O'Donnell try with Colin McCann succesful with the conversion.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Berwick 20 v Cambuslang 19
Hillhead Jordanhill 39 v Royal High Corstorphine 3
Preston Lodge FP v Edinburgh Academicals - Abandonded
Ross High 11 v Cartha Queens Park 37
Musselburgh 17 v Dunfermline 28

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds and Ladies games were both cancelled with Aspartia and Midlothian Ladies unable to raise a team

Annan Under 16's made a good start to the League campaign when they ran in six tries to claim the league points. Try scorers for Annan were Chris Waddle(2), Andrew Jancey, Jonathan Callaghan, Gary Dickman and Ross Gracie. Rikki Ogilvie added four conversions to make up Annan’s tally of 38 points.

Strathaven replied with a well worked try of their own and competed well throughout, but it was to be Annan’s day. The coaches were pleased to see the moves and lineout calls that had been practiced on the training ground bearing fruit on the pitch.

DA (Dumfries/Annan) under 15s suffered their first league defeat at the hands of Glasgow Accies at Park Farm on Sunday. Playing against the wind in the first half did not help their cause and they turned round 21-0 in arrears.

A quick try from the kick off by Andrew White, which he also converted, saw the Blues step up the pace of their game but Accies stood firm and then took the opportunity to score against the run of play to maintain their lead. Further pressure fro the DA forwards created space for Daniel Henderson to squeeze in at the corner to ensure that the game was still within their grasp. Unfortunately the Accies players dug deep and their defence maintained their line and an interception try brought the game to an end with the final score of DA Under 15s 12 Glasgow Accies Under 15s 35 being recorded,

This score certainly did not reflect a true picture of the game. DA had long periods of possession but they must play as a team, keep control of the ball and make the correct decisions more often. Once again the team showed determination for the whole game and the coaches will work hard to ensure this is maintained and that the team reach their true potential required to play in this tough league.


LATEST NEWS FOR THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
SATURDAY/SUNDAY 6/7 SEPTEMBER 2003

Annan travel to Torrance House, the home of East Kilbride RFC, this Sunday in their second fixture in Premier 3 of the BT Championship Leagues. This will be the first time that the two clubs have met on league business at 1st XV level although they have met in pre season friendlies in the past and in the BT Cup a couple of seasons ago. Annan who have not had their troubles to seek on the injuries front are without last weeks No 8 Andy Renwick and wing forward Stuart Williamson who are both injured. With Stuart Clannachan also out injured Paul O’Donnell gets his chance in the No 8 role with lock Billy Henderson filling the blind side wing forward berth. With winger Joe Crowther unavailable this Sunday centre Andy Render moves to the wing with full back Andrew Eggleton taking up the centre position. The return, after injury, of scrum half Barry Graham allows last weeks scrum half Craig McCann move to full back.

Annan are obviously eager to kick start their league campaign after last week’s disappointing performance and will be hoping for an improved performance this Sunday.

Annan 1st XV Squad: 1. C. Warrick 2. P. Carruthers 3. J. Tinning 4. M. Newton 5. J. Nelson 6. W. Henderson 7. S. Dryer 8. P. O’Donnell 9. B. Graham 10. N. Smith 11. M. Anderson 12. M. Rennie 13. A. Eggleton 14. A. Render 15. C. McCann Replacements: A. McDonald, G. Wylie, J. Carlyle, S. Wylie

Annan’s second string travel to Aspatria on Saturday to take on their counterparts from the strong Cumbrian side.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: J. Lake 2. S. Wylie 3. A. Carlyle 4. G. Coupland 5. N. Bell 6. N. Halliday 7. K. Goss 8. D. Wylie 9. C. Rodger 10. N. Latimer 11. D. McKay 12. E. Currie 13. S. Earl 14. P. Bertram 15. A. Copland Replacements: S. Livingstone, C. Muir, S. McCann, C. Moffat Match Reps:M. Tulley, I. Gilmour Meet at Clubhouse at 1.15pm for a 3.00pm K.O.

Annan Ladies get their league campaign in Division2 of the SWRU leagues underway this Sunday with the visit of Midlothian Ladies at Violetbank.

Annan under 16's start their league campaign with a match at home to Strathaven. Players are to meet at Violetbank at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kickoff.

Team: 1. J. Garner 2. G. Dickman 3. R. Gracie 4. N. Coupland 5. G. Glendinning 6. S. Rogers 7. J. Callaghan 8. M. Scott 9. A. Jancey 10. R. Ogilvie 11. C. Grant 12. G. Harkness 13. C. Waddle 14. D. Black 15. S. Thorburn Replacements: 16. S. Goodwin 17. I. Dunlop 18. R. Nicholson 19. D. Wylie 20. E. Gemmell 21. S. Clow.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 30TH AUGUST 2003

Well, not the bests starts we've ever had to a season with the 1sts going down to their biggest ever home league defeat. Preston Lodge ran 6 tries. The Annan points coming from a Andy Render try and a Mike Rennie conversion.

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Cambuslang 15 v Musselburgh 19
Cartha Queens Park 17 v Berwick 41
Edinburgh Academicals 110 v Ross High 3
Royal High Corstorphine 17 v East Kilbride 17
Dunfermline 29 v Hillhead Jordanhill 11

Latest Premier 3 Table

The 2nds went down 41-31 to Creighton 1sts in an action packed game.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

ANNAN U16 3-12 DUMFRIES U16

Annan competed well in this game with some committed tackling from all the players. The match was a useful first outing of the season giving coaches a good idea of what areas need to be improved on in training. For the record it was Chris Waddle who kicked the penalty (so his practice over the summer has paid off). The squad will be pleased to see the return of Rickie Ogalvie at fly-half this week who was out injured which caused a realignment of the backs just before kickoff.

COMBINED ANNAN & DUMFRIES U15 12 CARLISLE U15 46

The first game for the combined Annan and Dumfries under 15s took place at Violetbank on Sunday against a bigger Carlisle XV. The team playing in royal blue put up stiff resistance for the whole of the game, however the experienced Carlisle side ran out worthy winners 46 points to 12.

The AD side’s points came from Alex Halliday and Andrew White with a try apiece. Andrew converting one of the tries. All players will take heart from this game and when their basic skills are built upon the side will certainly produce entertaining rugby. Special mention this week goes to Dwayne Barnes whose tackling was top class.

U15 team: Paul Anderson, Dwayne Barnes, Lee Barnes, Jamie Court, Innes Carruthers, Jonathon Crombie, David Crosbie, Alex Halliday, Daniel Henderson, Sam Henderson, Robert Lang, Stephen Lethardy, Tomio Kitanosono, Elliot Smith, Conor Trant, Richard Walker, Andrew White and Alastair Young.


LATEST NEWS FOR THE WEEKEND GAMES
SATURDAY 30 AUGUST 2003

Premier Rugby arrives in Annan for the first time on Saturday when Annan open their league campaign in Premier League 3 with the visit of Preston Lodge to Violetbank. Annan have played their visitors, who were promoted along with their hosts from National League 1 last season, four time over the last two seasons with Annan winning one and losing three of the close encounters. Annan’s selectors have not had their troubles to seek in their selection for the opening game with several 1st XV regulars out with injuries so several of Annan’s up and coming prospects have been given their chance to shine.

Annan Coach Kenny White had the following comments to make on the coming season: -

“If you believe everything you read in the last Sunday’s Sunday Herald Annan are already relegation candidates without a ball being kicked. I suppose we just managed to gain promotion by being placed 6th in National League 1 last season so the professional scribes do their “homework” and decide Annan are favourites for the drop.

Had the scribe been more thorough in his homework he should have backed his theory with some detail. Being favourites never sits well with being Scottish, however I am sure that title can be turned on its head as being “underdogs” is the way in which we can look at it and turn it to our advantage.

No one has to tell us that this season will be tough you only have to look the fixture list to see the quality of the teams in Premier 3. All the players and coaches appreciate what lies in front of them and are looking forward to the challenge. The combination of experienced players in vital positions, good enthusiastic young players coming through, the return of players back to the fold and the introduction of new players will certainly make sure the opposition know they will have to perform at their best to get any kind of result against us.

Over the close season the committee, coaches, physio, groundsmen and players have all been working hard to make sure that the club will enjoy their time in the Premier Divisions, which I feel will be for a lot longer than the time suggested by the scribe in the Sunday Herald.”

The team for Saturday’s game sees several new faces in the 1st XV with new recruits Stephan Dryer (wing forward) and Joe Crowther (wing) making their Club debut and ex colts Craig McCann and John Nelson getting their first taste of Premiership rugby at scrum half and lock respectively.

Annan 1st XV Squad: 1. C. Warrick 2. P. Carruthers 3. J. Tinning 4. W. Henderson 5. J. Nelson 6. S. Williamson 7. S. Dryer 8. A. Renwick 9. C. McCann 10. N. Smith 11. J. Crowther 12. M. Rennie 13. A. Render 14. M. Anderson 15. A. Eggleton Replacements: P. O’Donnell, A. McDonald, M. Newton, G. Wylie Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for 3.00pm K.O.

Spectators please note that admission for the 2003/04 season is £3 with a season ticket available for £25 for all home league and cup games.

With Annan’s second string not due to start their league campaign for a couple of weeks they have time to fit in a couple of friendlies with the visit of Creighton from Carlisle their first this Saturday at Violetbank. 2nd XV Squad: 1. J. Carlyle 2. S. Wylie 3. A. Carlyle 4. G. Coupland 5. N. Bell 6. S. Robertson 7. D. Wylie 8. C. Moffat 9. S. McCann 10. N. Latimer 11. D. Mckay 12. E. Currie 13. B. Hay 14. P. Bertram 15. A. Copland Replacements: S. Livingstone, A. Muir, S. Earl, C. Hay, E. Hay. G. Hogg Meet at Violetbank at 1.45pm for a 3.00pm K.O.

Annan U16 squad have pre-season matches this weekend when they travel to Dumfries on Sunday 31st August. Teams that Annan will play are Stewartry, Dumfries and Carlisle. The bus departs Annan Clubhouse Bank Street at 9-45am. All players are asked to bring £1 for the bus. Coaches will find these matches a useful test before the teams first league game, which is on Sunday 7th Sep at home to Strathaven.

U16 Team: 1.J. Garner 2. G. Dickman 3. R. Gracie 4. G. Glendinning 5. N. Coupland 6. S. Rogers 7. J. Callaghan 8. M. Scott 9. A. Jancey 10. R. Ogilvie 11. D.Black 12 G. Harkness 13 C. Waddle 14. C. Grant 15. S. Goodwin Replacements: I. Dunlop, E. Gemmel, D. Wylie, R. Nicholson

Annan and Dumfries U15s combined training starts this Friday at Violetbank at 6.30pm with a game against Carlisle this Sunday at Violetbank. K.O. time to be confirmed.

All Mini Rugby players please note that training and coaching restarts on Sunday 7th September at 10.30am at Violetbank. All new players welcome.

On Saturday night after the Violetbank Challenge Shield Tournament the Player Awards for the 2003/03 season were awarded by Vice President (Rugby) Shaun McGauchie in the clubhouse.

The Most Improved Player Award was presented to Paul O’Donnell

The Player of the Year Award was presented to Niall Smith and The Players Player of the Year Award (voted for by the players) was awarded to Niall Smith


VIOLETBANK CHALLENGE TROPHY
SATURDAY 23 AUGUST 2003

Annan lose in the Final 24-14 to Aspatria. More news when I can get it. We beat Langholm on the way to the Final and we did lead 14-10 at one time. Lots of Annan players out injured I hear though.

Full Match Report - 1st XV


VIOLETBANK CHALLENGE TROPHY
SATURDAY 23 AUGUST 2003

This Saturday sees Annan RFC host their third annual pre-season 15 a-side Challenge Trophy at Violetbank. This year eight teams are involved with four from Scotland and four from England participating, which will give the proceedings an Anglo Scottish edge. Aspartria, Penrith, Upper Eden and Workington are the featured teams from across the border with Annan, Biggar (the holders), Langholm and Stewartry representing Scotland. The format of the competition is four teams playing in two leagues with the winners of each league playing each other in the final, which will take place at approximately 5.30pm. With trials at Hawick and Carlisle using a large squad of players and the Moffat tens under their belts the Annan coaches are beginning to see the basis of their Premiership squad for the coming season and hopefully this Saturday’s tournament will help them finalise their squad.

The gates open at 12 noon with the first tie kicking off at 1.30pm. Entry at the gate is £3 with under 18s free. The tournament is sponsored by M & S Engineering Eastriggs with Annandale Architectural Services sponsoring the medals. There will be entertainment for children and a beer tent and food available throughout the afternoon. Annan RFC are hoping that a good turnout will see a successful event kick start a successful season for the club.