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SATURDAY 30TH APRIL 2005

Annan ended their season with an enjoyable outing at the Hartlepool Rovers May Day Sevens which saw them reach the final against their hosts whom they had beaten earlier in the pool stages. Annan played some great sevens throughout the afternoon racking up wins against Acklam (66-0), Hartlepool Rovers (26-7) and West Staggs (54-0) in the pool stage to take them as group winners into the first semi final against Horden who they beat 32 – 12 to set up a finals appearance against their hosts Hartlepool Rovers.

Unfortunately with their playing squad of just eight players depleted to seven for the final, with Craig Moffat having to retire with a shoulder injury in the semi final, Annan were unable contain their hosts who had a full sevens squad to choose from and lost 50 -12 in the final. Annan were presented with a £300 cheque as runners up

Top try scorer of the tournament was Michael Griffen with 11 tries.

Annan Squad: Keith Hogg, Kevin Jones, Niall Smith, Michael Griffen, Neil Moffat, Craig Moffat, Paul O’Donnell, John Nelson

Tournament Results

Group A: Hartlepool Rovers 47 West Stags 0; Acklam 0 Annan 59; Hartlepool Rovers 7 Annan 26; West Stags 17 Acklam 24; West Stags 0 Annan 54; Hartlepool Rovers 61 Acklam 10.

Group B: West Hartlepool 28 Horden 10; Horden 28 Heughers 19; Heughers 5 West Hartlepool 26.

Semi Finals: Hartlepool Rovers 19 West 12; Annan 32 Horden 12

Final: Hartlepool Rovers 50 Annan 12


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SATURDAY 30TH APRIL 2005

This weekend a large number of Annan players and supporters travel to Harlepool to take part in the Harlepool Rovers RUFC’s Annual May Day Sevens Tournament. Annan received the invitation last August when Harlepool Rovers took part in Annan RFC’s pre-season Violetbank 15 –aside Tournament.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 23RD APRIL 2005

Annan had a short but rewarding experience at the Langholm Senior Sevens Tournament on Saturday. They were drawn against Premier 2 side Haddington in the first round and despite scoring first went down 41 – 26 in a hugely entertaining high scoring tie. The tournament was eventually won by Newcastle Falcons.

Annan’s young U17 side took part in a 3 team round robin format in the finals day for the Glasgow U17 Cup against Greenock Wanderers and Ayr.

ANNAN U17 0 v GREENOCK WANDERERS 6 - In their first game of this two way final Annan faced a much bigger and older side intent on playing a tight forwards game. Their tactic of rumbling up the pitch and slowing up any Annan possession thereby denied Annan’s ability to play their style of open rugby. That said Annan defended superbly but could not get going being starved of any quality ball.

ANNAN U17 12 v AYR 18 - Ayr beat Greenock Wanderers in the second game 6-0 to set up a winner takes all final match albeit that Annan had to win by 7 clear points. Annan started well putting Ayr under pressure. Alex Dunbar and Andrew White both scored tries with Andrew White converting one to give Annan a half time lead of 12-5. The second half belonged to Ayr with Annan unable to convert pressure into points.

Disappointed but encouraged by their performance against Ayr the boys knew they were able to not only compete against the best but also give them a real fright and with most of the boys giving away 2 years to the Ayr lads they know that with continued hard work their time will come.


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SATURDAY 23RD APRIL 2005

Annan have been invited to the Langholm Senior Sevens Tournament this Saturday and are drawn against Haddington in the first round. The tie is scheduled to kick off at 2.36pm.

Annan Seven’s squad: Billy Henderson, Michael Pattinson, Paul O’Donnell, Sam Roberts, Keith Hogg, Niall Smith, Michael Griffen, Kevin Jones, Joe Crowther, Euan Currie.

Next Wednesday sees the commencement of a new development programme for youth rugby by Annan Rugby Club. The programme will run for 10 weeks until the end of the school term. It is designed for all players under 18 on 1st September 2005 to boys in S1 after the summer break. All new players are very welcome.

Ian Black who is head of Youth Rugby at Annan is particularly pleased at the return of Jim Gibb and Michael Tulley to the coaching team and commented that “ this ten week block gives us a chance to go back to basics and with no ‘game’ pressure lets the boys relax and work hard on their technique. Gibby and Dicey have a great knowledge of the game and will be working along side Ian Anderson and Kenny Hogg. All of the coaches and the lads will benefit greatly from the programme. In the ten years or so that I’ve coached youth rugby here at Annan we have never so many players at one time of what I would describe as ‘above average’ talent. It is exciting times and we are lucky, as a club, and must capitalise on this situation for the future. High standards will be set for next season”

Annan RFC hosted their annual Players Awards Night which incorporated the Youth Player Awards as well as the Senior Awards. The awards were presented by Thomas Docherty and Sean Marshall from the Club’s sponsors the British Nuclear Group.

Youth Player of the Year: Mark Clark

U17 Player of the Year: Andrew White

British Nuclear Group Junior Player of the Year: Callum Jamieson

Colt Player of the Year: Sam Rogers

Most Improved Player: Michael Griffen

Players Player of the Year: Keith Hogg

Player of the Year: Keith Hogg


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 16TH APRIL 2005

Annan failed to build on their previous weeks success at the Dumfries Sevens at the Stewartry Sevens tournament on Saturday coming away with two wins and two losses. The tournament format had to be changed to a Round Robin tournament when three clubs called off. Annan’s first tie against Newcastle Northern was a cracker with the Northumberland side streaking ahead and led 14 - 0 before Annan got into their game and clawed back the deficit eventually taking the lead 19 – 14 with a minute of the tie left to play. From a scrum 5 metres from the Northern line the Northern winger broke up the blind side and sprinted the entire length of the pitch to score under the posts and with the try converted the final score was Annan 19 Newcastle Northern 21.

Annan’s second game was against Newton Stewart who they dispatched 29 – 7 before taking on their hosts Stewartry who had beaten Newcastle Northern 19 – 10. The game was initially nip and tuck but it was the hosts who ran out eventual winners 24 – 7 with Annan unable to deal with the pace and guile of their standoff Wilson.

Annan’s final tie was against Wigtownshire whom they beat 47 – 7 in a one sided game. The tournament was won by the hosts Stewartry who went through the afternoon unbeaten.


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SATURDAY 9TH APRIL 2005

With Annan’s senior sides league campaign over for this season Annan’s rugby thoughts now turn to the shortened game and this Saturday they take part in the Dumfries Sevens Tournament at Park Farm.

Annan Sevens Squad: S Clanachan, W Henderson, K Hogg, N Smith, K Jones, M Griffen, M Pattinson, S Roberts, J Crowther, and P Carruthers.

Annan’s second string host old friends Upper Eden from South Cumbria in an end of season friendly at Violetbank. Annan won the away match in February 35-5.

Annan Squad: A Gunning, C Warrick, G Wylie, G Hogg, J Vaughan, P O’ Donnell, N Moffat, C Moffat, B Graham, B Hay, C Hay, E Currie, S. McCann, R Copland, C McCann Replacements: A Muir, N Bell, A Graham, I Thorburn, S Goodwin, J Nelson

This week Annan entertain another touring side, this time at U16 level. The visitors are Laurentians RFC from Warwickshire and the kick-off is at 1.00pm at Violetbank. Can all players please meet at Violetbank at 12noon.

This Friday night sees Annan RFC host its Annual Players Awards Night in the Clubhouse starting at 7.15pm. The awards are made to both the Youth and Senior Players with the Youth Section kicking off the proceedings at 7.15pm and the seniors following on. All players, parents, wives and girlfriends and friends are welcome.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 2ND APRIL 2005

The 1sts win their last game of the season 25-3 against Kilmarnock. Annan scored 4 tries and so also get a bonus point.

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now online

The 2nds lost - 7-5 to West of Scotland

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online

For the second week running Annan U17s faced touring team intent on playing the game with great spirit and respect. The difference was that this week’s encounter was much more evenly matched in terms of size and age.

After a bad start, Annan seemed edgy with nothing going right, giving away penalties and possession. They soon found themselves 6-0 down after 15 minutes. This seemed to spurn them on as they started to get more of the ball and began to put phases of play together and it wasn’t long before Jonathon Crombie crossed the whitewash to score Annan’s first try. Conor Trant, had an excellent game at stand off added the extra 2 points and Annan never looked back. Alex Halliday and Dwayne Barnes (much to his mother’s delight) added tries before the break with Conor Trant converting one of the tries.

The second half saw another try by Gary Williamson (his first for the club) after some good back play and a great break by Andrew Jancey. Ross Gracie had another solid game at No3. Alex Dunbar was Dursley’s choice as Man of the Match and youngsters Euan Braid and Mark Clark continue to learn and grow in stature and confidence. All of the boys are looking forward to the Awards Night on Friday night and the remaining games of the season with the Glasgow U17 Cup Final day which will be a celebration regardless of the result.


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SATURDAY 2ND APRIL 2005

This Saturday sees a festival of rugby at Violetbank starting with Annan U17s hosting English touring side Dursley RFC at 1.30pm followed by the last league games of the season for both Annan’s senior teams with a 3.00pm K.O. So forget about the gardening and shopping and come along to Violetbank on Saturday for as enjoyable afternoon out.

This Saturday sees Annan’s league season come to an end with the visit of Kilmarnock to Violetbank. This is a re-arranged fixture in Division 1 of the SRU National Leagues which was due originally to take place on 27th February. With their visitors lying in second bottom place in the league with three games in hand they have it all to play for and although Annan are now safely ensconced in 5th place in the league they have never been beaten by their visitors at Violetbank so an interesting tussle seems to be in prospect.

Annan make a couple of changes from the team who beat Ross High last weekend with Andrew Gunning starting at prop and Scott McCann starting on the wing. Stuart Clanachan who failed a late fitness test last Saturday with a back problem returns at No 8.

Annan 1st XV: C Warrick, P Carruthers, A Gunning; J Nelson, W Henderson; J Vaughan, N Moffat, S Clanachan; K Hogg, N Smith; J Crowther, M Griffin, K Jones, S McCann; C McCann Replacements: P O’Donnell, M Newton, C Moffat

Annan’s second string also play their last league game of the season at home at Violetbank this Saturday again in a re-arranged fixture against third placed West of Scotland.

Annan 2nd XV: G Wylie, G Brown, D Irving, G Hogg, M Pattinson, S Murray, S Roberts, I Thorburn, B Graham, B Hay, R Copland, A Muir, C Hay, A Copland, E Currie Replacements: A Graham, N Bell, J Gilmour, K Watret

For the second week running Annan’s U17 squad host a touring side, this time from England. Dursley U17s are from Gloucestershire and will be another stern test for this young Annan side coming as they do from the heartland of West Country rugby. This match will act as the curtain raiser to the Annan v Kilmarnock match with a 1.30 KO at Violetbank.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 26TH MARCH 2005

The 1sts win 29-8 against Ross High

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now online

The 2nd draw an end to end game, 0-0 against Irvine.....

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online

ANNAN U17 7 v NENAGH OSBORN 44 - This was probably the best game Annan could have had after the jubilation of reaching the Glasgow U17 Cup Final last weekend. The young Annan squad were no match against an older, bigger and very quick Irish side. Michael Scott and Andrew White were able to take part just after half time and the second half score was 12-7 to the Irish visitors. This takes nothing away from the other lads who mostly played well in the first half but possession of the ball was a big problem and a late first half collapse to four tries killed Annan off.

This was obviously a disappointing result but a big lesson learned by all. The forwards worked very hard and the Annan try by Paul Anderson finished a fantastic passage of play by the boys. Andrew White added the extra 2 points.

All the boys and coaches wish Michael Scott and Andrew White all the very best as they embark on a very tough playing schedule for Glasgow. They will do well and Annan will be the richer on their return. Good Luck.


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SATURDAY 26TH MARCH 2005

It’s back to National 1 league business for Annan this weekend when they host Ross High RFC from Tranent. Ross High have had a miserable couple of seasons where they have failed to win a single game and were relegated last season along with Annan from the Premiership. Annan won the away fixture in November 47 – 17 scoring 7 tries in the process which has been their biggest win in the league this season. Annan will be hoping to add five further points to their league total but must be wary of over confidence after several weeks of league inactivity.

Annan Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, G Wylie; J Nelson, W Henderson; M Newton, N Moffat, S Clanachan; K Hogg, N Smith; J Crowther, M Griffin, K Jones, D Wyllie; C McCann Replacements: A Gunning, J Vaughan, S McCann

Annan’s second string take on Irving 2nd XV at Violetbank on Saturday in this re-arranged fixture in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues. Annan will be hoping to make amends for their 40-5 drubbing at Marress in October.

Annan Squad: A Graham, G Brown, P O’Donnell, G Hogg, K Nelson, S Murray, C Moffat, S Roberts, B Graham, B Hay, D McKay, C Hay, A Muir, R Copland, E Currie Replacements: D Irving, N Bell, J Gilmour


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2005

The 2nd XV hammer Aspatria 76-0 in a friendly at the Everholm.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online

GLASGOW U17 CUP SEMI FINAL - ANNAN U17 15 IRVINE U17 8

It was a very nervous fifteen Annan lads that took the field last Sunday in this Glasgow U17 Cup Semi Final at Violetbank. Annan however made a great start to the game putting Irvine under pressure right from the whistle. Annan scored after 20 minutes when Jonathon Callaghan finished off an excellent passage of play. Connor Trant added the conversion. Irvine did get into the game after that score but Michael Scott added another try for Annan before half time to take the score to 12-5 at the break.

The second half produced a typical Cup tie with end to end action. Annan remained in control but mistakes kept Irvine in the game at the same time. The only scores of the second half were two penalties – one apiece- with Connor Trant converting Annan’s award. The lads did themselves, their parents and the club great credit last Sunday – very well done.

This Saturday Annan U17s host Nenagh Ormond from Munster as a curtain raiser to the 1st XV league game against Ross High at Violetbank with a 1.30pm K.O. It should be a cracker!


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SATURDAY 12TH MARCH 2005

Once again Annan’s first XV do not have a game on another Six Nations weekend but the second string have a friendly at Violetbank on Saturday against Cumbrian side Aspatria’s second string.

Annan 2nd XV squad: A. Graham, G Brown, A Gunning, G. Hogg, J. Vaughan, S Roberts, S. Murray, P O’Donnell, K Hogg, B Hay, D McKay, J Crowther, C Hay, R Copland, E Currie Replacements: S Clanachan, G Wylie, K Nelson, D Wyllie

A meeting is to be held in the Clubhouse at No 17 Bank Street on Wednesday 30th March at 7.15pm. This meeting is for all youth players from this seasons P7 (S1 after the summer break) to boys still under 18 on 1st September 2005. The purpose of the meeting is to ascertain player numbers for season 2005/06. No training will be held on this night and all players are encouraged to attend as it will be very useful to get all this information in one hit.

Information needed for the meeting: Contact Numbers, Date of Birth, and any medical conditions the Club should be aware of.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2005

The 1st XV go down 12-6 to Hillfoots in their latest Division 1 game

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now online

The 2nds also go down 24-12 to Dalziel.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online

Annan U17 45 v Langholm U17 43 - The Annan U17 squad had a useful workout when they went to play Langholm at the weekend in a hastily arranged game to give the Annan team a good workout before their important Glasgow Cup Semi Final against Irvine this weekend at Violetbank. Neither side had a full squad but managed to play a 10 a side game. The pace was fast and every ones’ fitness was tested. The U17 team will be at full strength this week with the exception of Andrew White who is struggling with an ankle injury. Michael Scott will be back from Glasgow duties and Euan Braid, Mark Clark, Alex Dunbar and Evan Black wil step up into the squad from the U15s. Team to meet at Violetbank at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kickoff. A good support would be welcomed by the boys.

Hillhead/Jordanhill U15 32 v Annan U15 29 - This was a cup-tie in the true sense of the word where you blink only at your peril. H/J opened the scoring to sound the wake up call to Annan and this was enough to set up a see-saw set of events with end to end scoring as the order of the afternoon with the home team managing to hang on to a well guarded lead for most of the match. Annan eventually fought their way into the lead with their usual grit scoring a well worked team try which could have had victory written all over it, however in the last minute H/J sneaked an unconverted try against the run of play to close down a hard earned result. Annan forwards showed great fire throughout with the back row in hot form while the backs added plenty of options under pressure. This team continues to improve and man of the match belongs to everyone on the team bus. This result means that Annan are into the Glasgow U15 Shield. Their next match is yet to be confirmed at time of writing.

Annan U14 5 v Langholm U14 27 - Annan had a dream start to this game when a kick by fly-half James Bingham was followed up by No8 Jamie Harrison who charged on to score. Annan kept this lead for some time in what was a closely contested match. Langholm struck back scoring three good tries making the score 15-5 at half-time.

The second half was just as hotly contested with Langholm scoring two more tries and converting one. Pleasingly for Annan the teams ball handling and tackling continues to improve with every game. The U14 team are due to play Irvine at home on Sunday meet at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kickoff. This match is yet to be confirmed at time of writing.


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SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2005

After their disappointing defeat at Duns a fortnight ago Annan are on the road again in their last away league game of the season against Hillfoots. This is a re-arranged fixture which was originally due to take place on 22nd January.

Hillfoots will be looking to reverse their defeat last October when Annan defeated them 28-6 at Violetbank. Annan will have to be wary of the well drilled Hillfoots forwards who have provided the base for several of their home wins during the season. In fact they have only lost two of their home games and those were against the top two teams in Division 1 Hamilton and Ellon so Annan will have their work cut out.

Annan who had hoped to see the return of centre Duncan Fisher after his stint with the Glasgow U19s but unfortunately Duncan suffered a broken jaw in the Glasgow game on Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season. Annan are however bolstered by the return to the team of full back Scott McCann which allows Kevin Jones to return to outside centre.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Grant Wylie, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Michael Newton, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Gavin Lynch, Michael Griffen, Kevin Jones, Craig McCann, Scott McCann. Replacements: Jason Vaughan, Andrew Gunning, Craig Moffat

Annan’s second string entertain Dalziel at Violetbank on Saturday in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues. Annan need to win this game in order to keep themselves outside the relegation zone and also to restore some pride after their 42-0 drubbing at Motherwell in November.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Stuart Wyllie, Paul O’Donnell, Graham Hogg, Neil Bell, Neil Halliday, Stuart Murray, Ian Thorburn, Barry Graham, Bruce Hay, Ally Muir, David Wyllie, Dougie McKay, Bob Copland, Euan Currie Replacements: Sam Roberts, Keith Nelson, Gordon Brown, Caird Hay, Ian Blair, James Gilmour

On Sunday 6th March the Annan U17 team travel to Garnock for the first round of the Glasgow U17 Cup competition. The team bus will depart the clubhouse in Bank Street at 11.00am and will pick up at Lockerbie Police Station at 11.15am.

The Annan U15 team are also involved in the U15 Glasgow cup and have been drawn at home to Cambuslang. The team are to meet at Violetbank at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kickoff.

The Annan U14 team continue to train on Wed evenings at 7-15pm to 8-30pm in preparation for their next match which will be at home to Irvine on Sunday 20th March.


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SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2005

With no League rugby this weekend Annan were due to play Dumfries in a friendly at Violetbank but with the match originally called of as Annan were rescheduled to play Kilmarnock in a rearranged league match at Violetbank which subsequently has been postponed as Kilmarnock now have a Cup match to play Annan have been left at the time of writing without a match although the Annan fixture secretary is actively trying to find a suitable fixture.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Grant Wylie, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Stuart Clanachan, Neil Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Craig McCann, Michael Griffen, A.N. Other, David Wyllie, Kevin Jones Replacements: Jason Vaughan, Darren Irving, Craig Moffat

Annan’s second string also do not have a league match this Saturday but have a friendly against Moffat at Violetbank.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Stuart Wyllie, Andrew Gunning, Lindsay Vevers, Graham Hogg, Keith Nelson, Neil Halliday, Ian Thorburn, Barry Graham, Bruce Hay, Scott Goodwin, Gavin Lynch, Caird Hay, Dougie McKay, Euan Currie Replacements: Paul O’Donnell, Michael Pattinson, Neil Bell, Sam Roberts

The Annan U14 AND U15 squads both have matches against Dumfries at home this weekend. The teams are to meet at Violetbank 10.15am for an 11.15am kickoff.


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SATURDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2005

Annan are back in league action this weekend when they travel to the Borders to take on Duns at Hardens Field. This is Annan’s second longest away journey of the season and with Duns sitting 2 places and 3 points behind Annan in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues Annan must approach this game in a winning frame of mind. Duns at home have had the ‘indian sign’ over Annan at Hardens Field with Annan having failed to record a win there in the National Leagues. Likewise Duns have failed to record a win at Violetbank with Annan having recorded a fine 39 – 12 victory in November.

Annan have been boosted by the return after a cheekbone injury of Stuart Clanachan who starts at wing forward. Centre Duncan Fisher, who has been selected for the Glasgow U18 team and is therefore unavailable, is replaced at centre by Joe Crowther with David Wyllie starting on the wing. Grant Wylie starts at prop with Darren Irving injured.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Grant Wylie, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Stuart Clanachan, Neil Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Craig McCann, Michael Griffen, Joe Crowther, David Wyllie, Kevin Jones Replacements: Andrew Gunning, Graham Hogg, Gavin Lynch

Annan’s second string travel to Burnbrae on Saturday to take on second placed West of Scotland in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Stuart Wyllie, Keith Nelson, Lindsay Vevers, Neil Bell, Stuart Murray, Neil Halliday, Ian Thorburn, Andrew Jancey, Euan Currie, Bob Copland, Caird Hay, Scott Goodwin, Dougie McKay, Ally Muir Replacements: Keiron Watret, James Gilmour, Ross Johnstone, Ian Blair

The Annan U16 team are at home to Carlisle this Sunday. Team are to meet at Violetbank at 10.15am for an 11.15am kick-off.

The Annan U15 team are also at home on Sunday when they entertain Aspatria also with a 11.15am kick-off. Players to meet at Violetbank at 10.15am.

The Annan U14 team continue to train on Wednesday nights 7.15pm-8pm in preparation for their next match which is at home to Dumfries on Sunday 27th February.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2005

The 1st XV lose to runaway leaders Hamilton 22-7 at Violetbank. It should have been closer but the referee missed a blatent forward pass and a knock on over the line on 2 of the Hamiltons 4 tries. More when known

Full Match Report - 1st XV - not yet online


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2005

As a precursor to the France Scotland Six Nations action in Paris Annan welcome the league leaders Hamilton to Violetbank on Saturday in a re-arranged fixture. Hamilton are unbeaten in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues and have also garnered a 4 try bonus point in each game. Annan to their credit, although well beaten in the away game 55 – 23, have scored more points against their visitors than any other side in the league. Annan will be hoping that they can be the first team to beat the league leaders.

Annan are without full back Scott McCann who is injured and No 8 Mike Newton who is unavailable but welcome back lock John Nelson from injury. Kevin Jones moves from the wing spot to full back with Craig McCann taking over on the wing. The No 8 position is filled by veteran Paul Minto.

SUPPORTERS PLEASE NOTE THE KO IS 12 NOON

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Craig Moffat, Paul Minto, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Craig McCann, Michael Griffen, Duncan Fisher, Joe Crowther, Kevin Jones Replacements: Grant Wylie, Neil Moffat, David Wyllie

Annan’s second string are at home at Violetbank to Aspatria 2nds having won the away encounter earlier in the season.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Andrew Gunning, Keith Nelson, Lindsay Vevers, Graham Hogg, Sam Roberts, Stuart Murray, Neil Halliday, Alan Rae, Barry Graham, Neil Bell, Euan Currie, Caird Hay, Bob Copeland, Dougie McKay. Replacements: Ian Thorburn, James Gilmour, Gordon Brown, Scott Goodwin, Richard Gracie

The U16, 15 and 14 players have matches against Penrith at Violetbank on Sunday. Players are to meet at 10.15am for an 11.15am kick-off. All players are reminded to bring in their forms if they would like to go to to the Scotland v Italy match on Sat 26th February.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 29TH JANUARY 2005

The 1st XV drew with Ardrossan 10-10. Annan actually won this game as the last Ardrossan try had the Ardrossan wingers foot in touch. Noticed by the linesman but overruled by the referee. The video of the game should be interesting....

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now online

The 2nds lost to East Kilbride 30-0

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 29TH JANUARY 2005

Annan hope this weekend to play their first game of the new year after last weekend’s games being called off due to a frozen pitch. Weather permitting, Annan welcome Ardrossan Accies to Violetbank for their first ever visit to Annan in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Whilst the clubs have met previously in the cup and away at Memorial Field this season in the league their visitors have never played at Violetbank. Also Annan have never beaten their visitors but will be looking to reverse that fact on Saturday and make up for their poor showing at Memorial Field in November when they were beaten 22-8. With lock John Nelson still injured Jason Vaughan plays in the second row along side Bill Henderson and Neil Moffat returns at open side wing forward.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Neil Moffat, Craig Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg I, Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Duncan Fisher, Michael Griffen, Joe Crowther, Scott McCann Replacements: Grant Wylie, Stuart Murray, Craig McCann

Annan’s second string also hope to get their first game of the year on Saturday when they travel to Torrance House and hope to extend their wining streak.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Keith Nelson, Lindsay Vevers, Graham Hogg, Caird Hay, Michael Pattinson, Ian Thorburn, A Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, Ally Muir, Dougie McKay, David Wylie, Euan Currie Replacements: Sam Roberts, Neil Bell, James Gilmour, Neil Halliday

The Annan U15 team are due to play Kilmarnock in a friendly on Sunday which is not confirmed at time of writing. The team are to meet at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kickoff.

The Annan U14 and U17 teams have training sessions and possible games on Sunday. Meet at 1.00pm at Violetbank for a 2.00 pm kickoff.


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SATURDAY 22ND JANUARY 2005

With Violetbank still recovering from the previous weekends deluge Annan’s fixture against the league leaders Hamilton last Saturday was postponed. This weekend Annan hope to be able to get their first game of the new year played, again weather permitting, at Tillicoultry against Hillfoots. Hillfoots are sitting one point behind Annan in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues and will be looking to reverse their 28 - 6 defeat at Violetbank in October. However Hillfoots are a different proposition on their own patch having lost only one match at home this season to second place Ellon.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, Billy Henderson, Graham Hogg, Ian Thorburn, Craig Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Duncan Fisher, Michael Griffen, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Grant Wylie, Stuart Murray, Joe Crowther

Annan’s second string are also looking to get their first game of the new year after the postponements of the last two weeks and welcome Irvine to Violetbank on Saturday in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues. Annan were well beaten at Marress in October but will be hoping to continue their recent good run of wins.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Keith Nelson, Lindsay Vevers, Neil Bell, Caird Hay, Michael Pattinson, Neil Halliday, A Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, Ally Muir, Dougie McKay, David Wylie, Barry Graham. Replacements: Sam Roberts, Euan Currie, James Gilmour, Keiron Watret


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SATURDAY 15TH JANUARY 2005

Annan welcome National League Division 1 leaders Hamilton to Violetbank on Saturday. Hamilton as well as winning all their games so far this season have also added a bonus point in every game. Annan would love to be the first team to knock them out of their stride but realise the difficult task they have in hand. The Annan selectors have left the team unchanged from the one selected for last weekend’s game with captain Keith Hogg, John Nelson and Neil Moffat still unavailable.

Annan 1st XV: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers (C), Darren Irving, Billy Henderson, Ian Thorburn, Jason Vaughan, Craig Moffat, Michael Newton, Barry Graham, Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Duncan Fisher, Michael Griffen, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Grant Wylie, Stuart Murray, Joe Crowther

Annan’s second string will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to seven games when they travel to Coats Park in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd XV: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Andrew Gunning, Neil Bell, Lyndsey Vevers, Michael Pattinson, Sam Roberts, Neil Halliday, Alan Rae, Bruce Hay, Caird Hay, Euan Currie, Dougie McKay, R Copland, Kenny Hogg Replacements: Keith Nelson, Keiron Watret, Craig Aird, Graham Hogg, James Gilmour, Craig Johnstone, David Wylie

The Annan U17,U15 AND U14 teams all have fixtures away to Dumfries this Sunday. The bus is to depart Annan Bank Street at 10.00am for an 11.00am kickoff at Dumfries. All players are reminded to bring £1 for the bus.


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SATURDAY 8TH JANUARY 2005

Annan are back on league duty on Saturday after the Christmas break and will be looking to get back to their winning ways after two defeats prior to the break. However the selectors have not had their troubles to seek with captain and scrum half Keith Hogg injured and scheduled to be out of action for several weeks and lock John Nelson and wing forward Neil Moffat on holiday. Veteran scrum half Barry Graham has been called up with Alan Rae on the bench as his understudy after some encouraging displays in the 2nd XV. Another veteran Ian Thorburn takes the lock position with Craig Moffat taking his brother’s wing forward slot. The selectors have some good news with the return to the squad of centre Duncan Fisher who has been unavailable of late due to his selection for the Scotland U18 squad camp.

Annan will be looking to reverse their defeat earlier in the season at Bellsland where they put in a lacklustre performance against what has to be said was a disappointing Kilmarnock side losing 16-0.

Annan 1st XV: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers (C), Darren Irving, Billy Henderson, Ian Thorburn, Jason Vaughan, Craig Moffat, Michael Newton, Barry Graham, Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Duncan Fisher, M Griffen, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Andrew Gunning, Sam Roberts, Alan Rae.

Annan’s second string entertain local rivals Dumfries 2nds on Saturday at Violetbank in a return match following Annan’s comprehensive win at Park Farm in November.

Annan 2nd XV: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Grant Wylie, Keith Nelson, Lyndsey Vevers, Neil Bell, Michael Pattinson, Neil Halliday, Ross Johnstone, Bruce Hay, Caird Hay, Euan Currie, Dougie McKay, R Copland, Craig Johnstone Replacements: Keiron Watret, Graham Hogg, James Gilmour

The Annan U14 Team have a match at home to Dumfries this Sunday 9th January. Players are to meet at Violetbank at 10.15am for an 11.00am kickoff. Training is Wed nights 7.15pm till 8.30pm.

The Annan u15 team will once again resume training on Wed nights in preparation for their next fixture which is on Sunday 30th January at home to Kilmarnock.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
MONDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2004

The 1sts XV lose the Chisholm Cup - going down 36-5 to Stewartry.

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now updated

The 2nd XV beat Stewartry 20-0 and in the process increased their winning run to six games. Annan dominated the match for long periods and were rewarded with 4 tries for their efforts. The try scorers were wing forward Neil Halliday with 2 tries and winger Dougie McKay with a further 2 tries. The solitary conversion was added by scrum half Alan Rae.


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MONDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2004

After all the Christmas excesses make your way to Violetbank on Monday 27th December as Annan welcome local rivals Stewartry to Violetbank on Monday 27th December in their contest for the Chisholm Cup. The Cup, which is in memory of the late Peter Chisholm a past president of the Annan Club, is played for by the two clubs on an annual basis on a home and away basis. Annan are the current holders having reclaimed the cup after last seasons 22-17 win at the Greenlaw. However honours are even with each club having 3 wins each since the cup’s inauguration.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Craig Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, David Wylie, M Griffen, Andrew Eggleton, Kevin Jones, Craig McCann Replacements: Neil Moffat, Paul Minto, Jack Tinning, Andrew Gunning

Annan 2nd XV also entertain Stewartry on Monday in a friendly at Violetbank. Annan won the fixture at the Greenlaw in October 37-10 and the Stewartry will be looking to reverse the result on Monday.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Grant Wylie, Graham Hogg, Lindsay Vevers, Michael Pattinson, Stuart Murray, Ian Thorburn, A Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, Ally Muir, Barry Graham, Dougie McKay, Euan Currie.

Replacements: Neil Halliday, Keiron Watret, Keith Nelson, Euan Currie, David Kerr, Ross Johnstone, Neil Bell, Caird Hay, James Gilmour, Steven Earl, Gavin Lynch, Chris Donabie


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2004

The 1sts XV went down 15-3 to Dalziel in their latest division 1 game.

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now updated
Leading point scorers - 1st XV - now online

The 2nd XV beat Aspatria 18-14.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2004

On Saturday Annan travel to Motherwell to take on 3rd placed Dalziel in their last league match of the year. Annan beat Dalziel 24-12 in their earlier meeting at Violetbank in September and without doubt Dalziel will be out to reverse the decision this time. Both teams have found some form of late so it should be an interesting encounter. The Annan team has been boosted with the return of centre Duncan Fisher and prop Andrew Gunning who have both been on duty for the Glasgow Pathway U18 squads.

Annan Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Neil Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Craig McCann, M Griffen, Duncan Fisher, Kevin Jones, Scott McCann Replacements: Craig Moffat, Dougie Wyllie, Andrew Gunning

Annan 2nds take a break from league rugby until after new year with an away friendly against Aspatria 2nds.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Jack Tinning, Grant Wylie, Graham Hogg, Lindsay Vevers, Michael Pattinson, Stuart Murray, Ian Thorburn, A Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, Callum Muir, Ally Muir, Dougie McKay, Caird Hay Replacements: Neil Halliday, Keiron Watret, Keith Nelson, Euan Currie, David Kerr, Ross Johnstone, Neil Bell


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2004

Annans promotion hunt is now back on track as the 1sts beat 2nd place Ellon 16-5 in their latest division 1 game. Annan were 16-0 up at half time and never looked liked losing this one. The Annan points came from a Kevin Jones trie and the rest from the boot of Scott McCann. Well done them boys!!

Full Match Report - 1st XV - now online
Leading point scorers - 1st XV - now updated

The 2nd XV beat Garnock 20-3 in their latest league game.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online
Leading point scorers - 2nd XV - now updated

Annan U15's. Whilst not living up to the previous weeks quality the Annan squad did not mind as they got the job done and ended up in the runners up spot in the league. The Annan forwards were not as focused as previously but the result was never in danger. Alex Dunbar was brought in this week at centre and rewarded the coaches by scoring 3 tries with Jamie Smith and Euan Baird adding one each. Alex Dunbar added a penalty and 4 conversions with full back Evan Black adding 3 conversions to complete the scoring. With this team losing to Dumfries by 50 points in the pre season match progress has indeed been made with this squad. Roll on 2005


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2004

Forget the Christmas shopping on Saturday and come to Violetbank where Annan host second placed Ellon in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. With Annan’s continued improvement in form a win this Saturday could see Annan moving into the promotion zone. Annan were beaten by promotion hopefuls Ellon earlier in the season but the score was close at 21 -15 with some observers feeling Annan could have won the game. In any case a cracker of a game seems in prospect.

With No 8 Stuart Clanachan out for several weeks with an eye socket injury Michael Newton retains the the No 8 spot with Colin Warrick back at prop after injury.

Annan 1st XV Team: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Neil Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, David Wylie, M Griffen, K Jones, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Jack Tinning, Craig Moffat, Ally Muir

Annan 2nds hope to continue their recent winning steak on Saturday when they entertain Garnock at Violetbank in Division 4(West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues.

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Gordon Brown, Grant Wylie, Graham Hogg, Lindsay Vevers, Stuart Murray, Michael Pattinson, Ian Thorburn, A Rae, Craig Johnstone, Dougie McKay, Callum Muir, Caird Hay, R Copland, Barry Graham Replacements: James Gilmour, Neil Halliday, Keiron Watret, Keith Nelson, E Currie.

The U15 squad are the only youth team to play this weekend. They are at home in the league to Dumfries. Team to meet at Violetbank at 1:00pm for a 2:00pm kick-off.

The U14 squad will have a training session at Violetbank .Meet at 10:30am finish at 12 Noon.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2004

The 1st XV do it again - beating Greenock Wanderers 23-10. Annan are right in the promotion hunt now!! Well played Lads. Billy Henderson also got a hat-trick of tries.

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

The 2nd XV also had another great result - beating Strathendrick 25-5 - with Cash Halliday on again causing havoc. Its been a long time since both the 1sts and 2nds won on the road on the same weekend.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV - now online

Annan U14's made a poor start to this match conceding four tries in the first 2 sessions without reply against Dumfries. The second and third sessions saw a huge improvement from the Annan side who scored 4 tries and converted 3 of them.

Try scorers for Annan were Jamie Harrison (3) and James Bigham. The conversions were added by James Bigham and Marcus Richardson. This young side still have a lot to learn but showed great determination to get themselves back into this game.

The U17's took on Carlisle and the Annan lads knew this was their last game until 2005 and were desperate not to finish 2004 on a losing note and undo the progress that has been made to date. This game was played in three 20 minute spells with Annan winning all three segments although not playing at all well in the first.

Hard work and a good attitude showed in a much improved performance in the 2nd & 3rd periods. This team works hard for each other with no one looking for praise but the players will have no complaint at Jason Gardiner and Ross Gracie being singled out as outstanding- when was the last time two props were Men of the Match. Hard work will continue over the next few weeks in training and practice while Andrew White and Michael Scott play for Glasgow and the team will be ready to go for the cup in the New Year. Tries this week were scored by Andrew Jacey, Michael Scott (2) and Ross Gracie with Andrew White adding 2 conversions and a penalty.


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2004

The league action continues this weekend, with the first half of the season completed Annan are on the road again but this week at the other side of the central belt taking on Greenock Wanderers at Fort Matilda. Wanderers were Annan’s first visitors of the season at Violetbank in September and went away with a shock win beating the home side 31- 29. The Annan players will be out to reverse that defeat on Saturday. The Annan selectors have generally kept faith with the side which won at Ross High. The only exceptions being lock John Nelson replacing Billy Henderson who is on the bench and winger David Wylie starting on the wing for the injured Andy Render.

Annan 1st XV Team: Grant Wylie, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Michael Newton, Jason Vaughan, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, David Wylie, M Griffen, K Jones, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Colin Warrick, Billy Henderson, Michael Pattinson

Annan 2nd XV hope to maintain their winning run when they travel to Fintry to take on Strathendrick 2nd XV at Ruth Menzies Field. Annan won the home game by a single point (22-21) and will be hoping to win by a more convincing scoreline on Saturday in this Division 4 (West) fixture in the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd Team squad: A Graham, G Brown, K Nelson, G Hogg, N Bell, C Hay, S Murray, I Thorburn, A Rae, B Hay, D McKay, C Muir, A Muir, R Copland, R Johnstone Replacements: N Halliday, K Watret, M Forbes, E Currie, I Blair


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SUNDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2004

The 1st XV get their biggest win of the season - thrashing Ross High 47-17 in the process. Annan never looked like losing this one - and scored 7 tries in a one sided game. If Annan can get a couple more wins together then we could be in the promotion hunt. Well done lads.

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

The 2nds had another fantactic weekend - beating Glasgow Accies (who were in 2nd) 17-15. What a performance!!!

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

And to make it a 100% weekend - it was: Dumfries U17 12 v Annan U17 15 and Moffat U14 5 v Annan U14 32


LATEST NEWS
SUNDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2004

Annan make their way back up to East Lothian on Sunday, this time on league business in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues to take on bottom placed club Ross High. Annan must no underestimate the task before them as their hosts, whist still without a win this season appear to playing better as the season progresses.

The Annan selectors are not without their own problems this week with several players injured or unavailable this Sunday. Prop Grant Wylie starts at prop with Colin Warrick injured against Preston Lodge and the wing spot still to fill which will be dependant on fitness tests during the week. Annan’s Oz recruit Jason Vaughan gets his first start since arriving taking over the wing forward spot with Stuart Murray on the bench.

Annan 1st XV Team: Grant Wylie, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Jason Vaughan, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, AN Other, M Griffen, K Jones, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Stuart Murray, Michael Newton, AN Other

Annan’s second string’s take on Glasgow Accies on Sunday

Annan 2nd Team squad: Andy Graham, Jack Tinning, Keith Nelson, Lindsay Vevers, Keiron Watret, Craig Moffat, Michael Pattinson, Ian Thorburn, Alan Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, Craig Johnstone, Caird Hay, Dougie McKay, Barry Graham Replacements: Euan Currie, Ross Johnstone, Gordon Brown, Joe Crowther

Annan U17 have a friendly away to Dumfries on Sunday depart the clubhouse at 12-15Hrs for a 14-00Hrs kickoff.

Annan U15 were due to play Irvine in the league but Irvine have called off and so at time off writing there is no fixture.

Annan U14 will try once again to get to Moffat after last weeks match was called off due to frost. Depart the clubhouse at 10am for an 11-00Hrs kickoff.

Annan’s 2nd XV Vice Captain Neil Bell has once again been selected to play for the Scotland Team for the Deaf. Neil will turn out for Scotland on Saturday at New Anniesland in Glasgow against Wales. The Club wish to congratulate Neil on his selection.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2004

The 1sts XV go down in their latest game. Annan played really well but were finally beaten by the Premier 3 side. Final Score: Preston Lodge 29 v Annan 15.

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

The 2nds thrash Dumfries 2nds - score was so big that there are not enough numbers to represent it.......but I will try....when I find out!!

Full Match Report - 2nd XV


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER 2004

Annan have a break from league rugby this weekend with the 1st XV away to Premier 3 side Preston Lodge in Round 1 of the BT Shield competition. Annan have had mixed fortunes against their hosts over the last few seasons suffering two defeats against them last season in the Premiership but with PL not having the best of seasons an upset could be on the cards – well it is the cup after all!

Annan Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Murray, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Joe Crowther, Duncan Fisher, M Griffen, K Jones, Scott McCann Replacements: Grant Wylie, Jason Vaughan, Craig McCann

Annan’s second string also have a break from league rugby this Saturday with a friendly against Dumfries 2nds at Park Farm.

Annan 2nd XV : Keith Nelson, Alastair Carlyle, Andy Graham, Lindsay Vevers, Graham Hogg, Ian Thorburn, Michael Pattinson, Michael Newton, Alan Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, David Wyllie, Callum Muir, Dougie McKay, Barry Graham Replacements: Neil Bell, Caird Hay, Craig Johnstone, Murray Forbes, Euan Currie, Ross Johnstone


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2004

The 1st XV play a stormer and beat Duns 39-12 in their latest division 1 game. Annan score 6 tries and therfore a bonus point as well in the process.

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

The 2nd XV were playing Kilmarnock. For 40 minutes of this game Annan competed well in this Division 4 (West) league game in the Scottish 2nd XV leagues, with the half time score tied at 5-5. In the second half however their better drilled and, frankly, fitter opponents pulled away to run out comfortable winners. Annan points came from a try by wing forward Ian Thorburn and a penalty by stand off Craig ‘Johnny’ Johnstone.

Annan U17 won a great game against Garnock. On a cold and blustery day at Lochshore Annan continued to pile on the points against bigger opposition intent on playing a disruptive game with no end result. To Annan’s credit from start to finish they played an open fast moving game with obvious results. The style of the opposition’s play will be no different this Sunday when Stewartry visit Violetbank and if the game at the Greenlaw a few weeks ago is anything to go by this encounter should be a cracker. A good support for the team would be much appreciated. Scorers for Annan were tries from Conner Trant, Dwayne Barnes, Jonathan Callachan, Andrew White, Alex Dunbar (2) and Michael Scott (3) with Andrew White adding 8 conversions.

Other results - Annan U15 37 Kilmarnock U15 7


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2004

With another Autumn International taking place on Saturday at Murrayfield Annan are playing their National Division 1 fixture on Sunday at Violetbank with a 2.00pm K.O. against Duns. In past encounters between the clubs the results have gone with home advantage. Duns sit two places above Annan in the league but only one point separates the clubs. The Annan coaches have made a couple of changes to last Sunday’s starting line up with prop Darren Irving back after injury and Joe Crowther starting on the wing with Craig McCann on the bench

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Murray, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Joe Crowther, Duncan Fisher, M Griffen, K Jones, Scott McCann Replacements: Grant Wylie, J Vaughan, Jack Tinning

Annan’s 2nd XV hope to get back into their winning ways on Saturday at Violetbank when they entertain Kilmarnock 2nds.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: from Grant Wylie, Gordon Brown, Andrew Gunning, Lindsay Vevers, Graham Hogg, Ian Thorburn, Michael Pattinson, Michael Newton, Alan Rae, Bruce Hay, Bob Copland, David Wyllie, Callum Muir, Dougie McKay, Caird Hay, Keith Nelson, Andy Graham, Keiron Watret, Barry Graham


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SUNDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2004

The 1st XV are beaten by Adrossan 22-8 in their latest division 1 game.

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

The 2nd XV lose to Dalziel 38-0

Annan U17 52 v Strathaven U17 0 - Annan played well in this convincing win. The passing skills of the team were particularly pleasing. Scoring the Annan tries were Scott Goodwin, Jonathan Crombie, Alex Dunbar (3), Jonathan Callaghan, Andrew White and Elliot Smith. Andrew White also got the conversions.

Annan U15 15 Marr U15 34 - Annan worked hard in this match competing well throughout. The Annan scores came from Ewan Braid, Sean Woodhouse and Mark Clark.


LATEST NEWS
SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER 2004

Annan return to league rugby this weekend with an away trip to Memorial Field to take on Ardrossan Accies in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Annan have never played Ardrossan in the leagues but have played them in the BT Cup when they beat Annan in the season when Annan went on to win the BT Bowl at Murrayfield.

With centre Andy Render out injured and No 8 Stuart Clanachan unavailable the Annan selectors have had to revamp their lineup with winger Kevin Jones moving into the centre and Michael reclaiming the wing spot. Paul Minto is drafted into the No 8 position.

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Murray, Paul Minto, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Michael Griffen, Kevin Jones, Duncan Fisher, C McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: G Wylie, J Crowther, I Thorburn

Annan’s second string return to league duty in Division 4 (West) with an away game at Dalziel FP in Motherwell.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: A Graham, G Brown, M Forbes, G Hogg, L Vevers, M Pattinson, D Wylie, K Nelson, B Graham, B Hay, B Copland, A Rae, C Hay, D McKay, E Currie Replacements: D Marr, A Gunning, A Copland, G Lynch, S Vivers


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2004

In their SRU Cup game against Selkirk - the 1st XV go down 19-6. In an exiting game - the 1sts gave a good showing against their Premier 2 opponents. Half-time was 19-6 as well - with 2 Scott McCann penalties. Annan now go into the Shield.

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

The 2nd XV beat Stewartry 37-10

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

Annan U15 24-17 Cumnock U15 - This was hard fought game between two well matched teams where Annan players dug deep to find that extra power when it was needed to take the points.

The Annan tries were scored by Braid (2),Clark(1) Wilkinson (1) with Evan Black adding from the spot. This was a good team effort from a rapidly improving side. Annan U14 45-17 Cumnock U14 - Annan U14 had a successful first run out when they defeated Cumnock in the first match of the season . Try Scorers for Annan were James Bingham, Cameron McEwan, Jamie Harrison (2), Craig Coupland, Calum Jamieson and Charlie McClure. The conversions were notched by James Bingham. All of the players showed good commitment in the tackle and were well led by captain William Grey


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER 2004

Annan RFC welcome Premier 2 side Selkirk to Violetbank on Saturday in Round 3 of the BT Cup. In itself this is an extremely attractive fixture for the National 1 club but there is an added edge to this encounter given the friendly history between the two clubs with no less than six Annan players having played for the Border Club in the past. Ian Gray, Stuart Elliot, Shaun McGauchie, brothers Paul & Sean Buckley and Paul Minto all having pulled on the Selkirk shirt with both Sean Buckley and Paul Minto having captained the Club.

Just to heighten the anticipation Shaun McGauchie, Paul Buckley and Paul Minto are all involved with coaching at Annan with the later also on the bench for Saturday’s game. The Annan Club are hoping for a large home support to see what will be an entertaining event with the visitors the highest placed league team to play at Violetbank.

The Annan selectors have made only one change to the team that beat Hillfoots with winger Kevin Jones returning to the team and Craig McCann on the bench.

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Murray, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Michael Griffen, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, K Jones, Scott McCann Replacements: C McCann, G Wylie, J Tinning, P Minto

Annan’s second string have a break from league rugby with a visit to the Greenlaw for a friendly with Stewartry 2nds. Both clubs have agreed to an early kick off to enable the members of both teams to support their club in their respective Cup games. KO is expected to be 12.00 noon.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: A Graham, S Wylie, G Brown, G Hogg, L Vevers, K Nelson, D Wylie, I Thorburn, B Graham, B Hay, B Copland, A Rae, J Crowther, D McKay, C Muir Replacements: C Hay, L Ogilvie, D Marr, N Bell, K Watret, E Currie, R Johnstone, M Forbes, A Copland


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2004

The 1sts XV win their home game against Hillfoots - scoring 4 tries and also get a bonus point. Final score 28-6 More.

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

Annan’s 2nd XV league game against West of Scotland was postponed as Annan’s second pitch at Violetbank was waterlogged.


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2004

Annan entertain Hillfoots from Tillicoultry on Saturday at Violetbank in a crucial game in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues where the black and golds must get some points to ease them away from the bottom section of the league table.

Annan are bolstered by the return from injury of stand off Niall Smith with stand in stand off Scott McCann moving to full back with his brother Craig moving to the wing with Kevin Jones injured. Annan are also boosted with the return from injury of lock Michael Newton who is on the bench. Match Sponsors are Cochrans Boilers

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Murray, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Michael Griffen, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, C McCann, Scott McCannReplacements: Andrew Gunning, Michael Newton, Alan Rae

Annan’s second string take on West of Scotland 2nds at Violetbank in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues. This is a bit of a landmark for the club as not too many seasons ago Annan 1st XV used to play West 2nds in friendlies.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, S Wylie, A Graham, G Hogg, L Vevers, K Nelson, M Pattison, I Pattinson, B Graham, B Hay, B Copland, D Wylie, D McKay, C Hay, L Ogilvie, Replacements: G Brown, K Watret, N Bell, J Crowther, D Marr, R Johnstone, J Tinning.


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2004

The 1st XV win in their Cup game against Forrester RFC. Annan scored 5 tries to run out 31-5 winners. Well played lads

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

The 2nds were beaten 40-5 by Irivine in their latest league game. The sole Annan try being scored by Michael Pattinson

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

Irvine U17 18 v Annan U17 14 - Annan lost this game in the dying seconds, after taking the lead 14-13, when they were awarded a penalty try which stand off Andrew White converted. The young Annan lads can take great credit from a good performance and were the only team trying to play open rugby. Irvine with height and weight advantage played through their forwards all afternoon.

Annan’s first try was finished well by Scot Goodwin after good forward play and good handling. With no game this weekend the boys will train with a tough test at Ayr looming.

Improvement has been the buzz word before and after games and this was achieved again this week. The pick of the forwards were the dynamic Dwayne Barnes, Jason Gardiner and young Elliot Smith. In the backs Alex Dunbar is getting better and better each game with Andrew White showing great maturity and a cool head when being the victim of late tackling throughout the game.

Irvine U15 3 v Annan U15 22 - Annan’s under 15s got off to a good start on Sunday at Irvine considering that they had not played for three weeks. Annan’s first try was scored by No 8 Euan Braid from a pick up at the base of the scrum, brushing off three defenders to cross the line. The second try was created by a fine passage of play by Euan Baird and Mark Clark with Euan finishing the play with his second try. It was Mark Clarks’s turn to score when the forwards taking one against the head fro the Irvine scrum Mark beat four defenders to score in the corner which he then converted.

The second half was a somewhat quite affair with only one try being scored by David Wilkinson following a penalty award taking the final score to Irvine U15 3 Annan Under 15 22.

Annan Team: S Woodhouse, C Bell, J Smith, D Wilkinson, D Broace, M Panczak, C Nicholson, E Baird, M Clark, C Henderson, S Dalrymple, R Thorburn, E McDougal, W Gray J Butler Replacements: J Pascoe, O Nicholson, S Nicholson, G Johnson, E Black and S Smith


LATEST NEWS
SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2004

Annan take a break from league rugby this Saturday with the second round of the BT Cup competition taking place. Annan travel to Edinburgh to take on Division 4 Forresters FP RFC. Foresters have had a great start to their league campaign and are undefeated and most impressively have yet to concede a point. This game will be a difficult one for Annan to win. Annan are hoping for a good travelling support and the team bus will have several seats available for any supporters wishing to travel.

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Craig Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Scott McCann, Kevin Jones, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, Michael Griffen, Michael Rennie Replacements: Grant Wylie, Stuart Murray, Craig McCann

Annan second string are on league business this Saturday after being left without a game last weekend when Cambuslang were unable to raise a team.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: A Graham, G Brown, A Gunning, K Watret, G Hogg, S Wylie, N Bell, K Nelson, L Ogilvie, C Johnstone, M Pattison, J Crowther, C Muir, B Copland, E Hay. Replacements: C Hay, D Wylie, M Forbes, D Marr, E Currie, M Forbes


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2004

The 1st XV go down 16-0 to a poor Kilmarnock side. A very disapointing result for Annan.

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

The 2nds game was postponded.

Leading point scorers - 2nd XV

Annan U17 7 v Greenock U17 17- Annan needed to step up a gear for this game and this they did with all players showing great commitment. Annan were able to live with last seasons Glasgow Cup winners and competed in all departments throughout the match. Annan’s try was scored by Callum Grant and converted by Andrew White.


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SATURDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2004

Annan travel to Bellsland to take on Kilmarnock on Saturday in Division 1 of the BT National Leagues. Kilmarnock have not had the best of starts to their season and will no doubt be smarting after their heavy defeat by Hamilton last Saturday and will be wanting to make amends this Saturday. Annan last played Kilmarnock the season before last and won on both occasions.

With Niall Smith injured the selectors have kept faith with Scott McCann at stand off. Hooker Paul Carruthers returns after injury with Jack Tinning on the bench

Annan 1st Team Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Craig Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Scott McCann, Kevin Jones, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, Michael Griffen, Michael Rennie Replacements: Jack Tinning, Craig McCann, Stuart Murray

Annan 2nd XV are at home this weekend in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues when they take on Cambuslang 2nds.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, G Brown, A Gunning, K Watret, G Hogg, L Vevers, K Nelson, N Bell, B Graham, C Johnstone, M Pattison, A Rae, B Hay, B Copland, A Muir, Replacements: A Graham, J Crowther, D Wylie, L Ogilvie, M Forbes, C Hay


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2004

The 1st XV win their first league game of the season - beating Dalziel 24-12 at Violetbank. Annan scored 3 tries

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

The 2nds were beaten 17-0 by Garnock in a poor game

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

Annan U17's got things back on track with a convincing win in this U17 league fixture. The tries came from Alex Halliday, Scott Goodwin(2), Jonathan Callaghan(2), Michael Scott, Alex Dunbar(2),Sam Rogers, Andrew White, and Callum Grant. The conversions were added by Andrew White.

This week Annan are at home to Greenock Wanderers in what will be their toughest fixture so far. Meet at Violetbank at 13-00Hrs for a 14-00Hrs kickoff

The Annan U15 game was unfortunately called off last Fri with Kilmarnock unable to raise a team. This week the U15 team were due to play an away match at Newton Stewart but unfortunately they have also called off. At the time of going to press a game against Ayr U15s is hopefully on the cards. Depart the club 11am for a 14-00Hrs kickoff. All players please check with their coaches.


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SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2004

It’s back to league business this Saturday for Annan who entertain Dalziel RFC from Motherwell. Annan, who are looking for their first league win have made a change from last weeks Cup team with winger Michael Griffen returning to the side with Craig McCann injured. Annan last played Dalziel in Division 2 in 1999 winning both games at that time.

Annan 1st XV Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Stuart Murray, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, M Griffen, Scott McCann Replacements: Jack Tinning, Craig Moffat, Michael Rennie.

Annan 2nds travel to Garnock in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, G Brown, A Gunning, K Watret, L Vevers, C Hay, N Bell, K Nelson, A Rae, C Johnstone, A Muir, J Crowther, B Copeland, C Aird. Replacements: A Graham, S Wildey, D Marr, D Wylie, L Ogilvie, M Pattison, G Hogg


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2004

The 1st XV win their cup game against Moffat 110-0. More new when known

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

The 2nds win 22-18 against Strathendrick in their latest league game. More news when known.

Full Match Report - 2nd XV

Paisley U17 40 v Annan U17 20 - Sunday proved to be a frustrating day for Annan. Unable to raise a full team they travelled to Glasgow with fourteen players. Despite this the team started well with Neal Coupland crossing the whitewash first and then new player Stuart Little added another try. Paisley got two tries of their own and converted both giving a half time score of 14-10 in favour of the home side.

Annan made hard work of the second half and the only scores were by Scott Goodwin and good solo effort by Neal Coupland. However it was Paisley who were the better team on the day.


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SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2004

Last week it looked as if Annan could be looking at another trip to Aberdeen this weekend with the club due to play away to the winner of the preliminary round encounter between Moffat and Aberdeen University. Much to the relief of the Annan treasurer Aberdeen called off the fixture and Moffat were awarded a walk over. This has set up a classic cup encounter between the two local sides. Annan and Moffat, although closely associated, have never met at 1st team level and with the romance of the Cup Competition any thing can happen. Moffat playing at home with their ferverent support will without doubt be up for this encounter and a whole bunch of banana skins could be awaiting Annan in this visit.

Annan will be without Prop/flanker Paul O’Donnel (broken ankle) and lock/No 8 Mike Newton (shoulder injury) but Stuart Clanachan returns after injury at No 8.

Annan 1st XV Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Darren Irving, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Stuart Murray, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, Craig McCann, Scott McCann Replacements: Jack Tinning, Lindsay Vevers, Alan Rae.

Annan 2nds hope to get their league campaign underway this weekend, having called off the game last Saturday against Glasgow Accies when they were unable to raise a full team. This Saturday they are due to play Strathendrick 2nds at Violetbank in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV Leagues.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: G Wylie, G Brown, A Gunning, K Watret, N Bell, S Livingstone, C Hay, C Muir, B Graham, E Currie, A Muir, B Hay, C Donnabie, J Crowther, C Aird. Replacements: A Graham, D McKay, B Copland, S Wildey, M Forbes


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2004

The 1st XV go down again - this time to Ellon 21-15. But it was another good performance and Annan were unlucky not to win it. Annan get a bonus point though. On another note - Moffat get a walkover when Aberdeen did not turn up for their 1st round Cup game - so Annan travel to Moffat next week in the 2nd round

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Ross High 6 v Ardrossan Academicals 35
Dalziel 17 v Kilmarnock 10
Greenock Wanderers 9 v Hillfoots 8
Duns 12 v Hamilton 30

The 2nds game is called off when as we could not raise a team.....not a good sign only 2 weeks into the season.....


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SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2004

Annan set off on their longest journey of the season this weekend to take on Ellon from Aberdeenshire in the second game of their BT National League campaign. The two clubs have never met at any level but this will be a stiff test for the young Annan side. Ellon have been ‘doing an Annan’ in storming up the leagues and were promoted from Division 2 last season. The Annan coaches have kept faith with the same team as last weekend although Scott McCann replaces Douglas Paul who is unavailable and there have been some positional changes.

Annan 1st XV Squad. Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Paul O’Donnell, John Nelson, Michael Newton, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Scott McCann, Andy Render, Duncan Fisher, Kevin Jones, Craig McCann Replacements: Andrew Gunning, Craig Moffat, Aly Muir.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: Grant Wylie, Gordon Brown, Darren Irving, Lindsay Vevers, Kieron Watret, Michael Pattinson, Stuart Murray, Euan Currie, Liam Ogilvie, Craig Johnstone, Bob Copland, C. Muir, Michael Griffen, D Marr, Alan Rae. Replacements: A Graham, S Livingstone, S Vivers


ANNAN TEAMS IN ACTION
SATURDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2004

The 1st XV down in a thriller 31-29 to Greenock Wanderers. Annan led 21-10 at half time but constant Greenock pressure won it in the end. Annans points came from Baz (T, 4P, 1C), Billy H (T) and Colin W (T)

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

Other Premier 3 Results:
Ardrossan Academicals 32 v Duns 24
Hillfoots 64 v Ross High 3
Kilmarnock 24 v Ellon 33
Hamilton 31 v Dalziel 6

Annan U17 27 Lenzie U17 12 - It was Annan who scored first in this closley contested game with a try scored by No 8 Michael Scot, converted Andrew White.Lenzie replied with a try of their own but failed to convert. Then Scott Goodwin went over for the home team after some fine handling by the Annan backs again converted by White. Lenzie had the last word in the first half by scoring and converting leaving the match delicately poised 14-12 in favour of the home team at the break.

After the break Annan began to get the upper hand with tries through Jonathan Callaghan and another by Scott Goodwin again converted by A. White to give Annan their first victory in the U17 League.

Pick of the forwards this week Michael Scott, Gordon Keenan. Pick of the backs Scott Goodwin, Andrew White, Andrew Jancey and Jonathan Callaghan.

Next week the U17 team travel to Allan Glens depart the clubhouse at 10-45Hrs for a 14-00Hrs Kick-off.

Other Results: Annan U15 56 Cumnock U15 0


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SATURDAY 04 SEPTEMBER 2004

Annan start out on their Division 1 league campaign in the BT National Leagues on Saturday at Violetbank against Greenock Wanderers. Greenock Wanderers finished mid table in Division 1 last season and will be a stern test for the new look Annan team.

Annan have had a somewhat poor pre-season build up with an indifferent display in the Violetbank Tournament and in last Saturday’s friendly against Carlisle at Warwick Road Annan were demolished by a slick home side who ran in seven tries without reply. In fairness the coaches were forced to make several changes from the side selected due to injury and unavailability but Annan’s inability to turn pressure into points will be a major concern for the Club’s coaches.

This week the coaches have a full pool of players to choose from and with several retirements from last year’s pool of players youth is given its chance both in the 1st and 2nd XVs squads.

Annan 1st XV squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Paul O’Donnell, John Nelson, Michael Newton, Billy Henderson, Neil Moffat, Stuart Clanachan, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Douglas Paul, Andy Render, Kevin Jones, Alan Rae, Craig McCann Replacements: Craig Moffat, Grant Wylie, Scott McCann

It is Annan’s 2nd XV squad’s turn this week to travel to Warwick Road to take on Carlisle 2nd XV in a friendly. This is the 2nd XVs first full 15 aside game and with their league campaign in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd XV leagues due to commence next week they will be looking to try find a settled team as quickly as possible.

Annan 2nd XV squad: Andrew Gunning, Ally Carlyle, Darren Irving, Graham Hogg, Linsey Vevers, Stewart Wyllie, Stuart Murray, Neil Halliday, Barry Graham, Euan Hay, Darren Marr, Bruce Hay, Caird Hay, Bob Copland, Liam Ogilvie. Replacements: Jack Tinning, Andy Graham, Ally Muir, Murray Forbes, Kieron Watret, Euan Currie.

Annan's U17's have their first U17 league Division 1 match this Sunday 5th September at Violetbank when they take on Lenzie U17s at Violetbank. The team is to meet at 1.00pm for a 2.00pm kick-off.

Annan’s U16's team fixture is in doubt at time of writing however players will be contacted prior to playing.

Annan's U15's team is also involved in a league match this Sunday when they are hosts to Cumnock again at Violetbank. Team to meet at 12.30pm for a 2.00pm kickoff.


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SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2004

This Saturday Annan’s 1st XV squad travel over the border to Carlisle to take on Carlisle in a friendly at Warrick Road. This is Annan’s last match before they start their league campaign next week at home to Greenock Wanderers.

Annan 1st Xv Squad: Colin Warrick, Paul Carruthers, Paul O’Donnell, John Nelson, Billy Henderson, Stuart Clanachan, Neil Moffat, Michael Newton, Keith Hogg (C), Niall Smith, Kevin Jones, Craig Johnstone, Alan Rae, Joe Crowther, Craig McCann. Replacements: Scott McCann, Craig Moffat, Grant Wyllie

Annan’s 2nd XV were also due to travel to Carlisle this Saturday to take on Creighton in a friendly but their hosts are now due to play in a preliminary round of the Cumbria Cup so Annan’s fixture secretary is trying to arrange an alternative fixture.

Annan 2nd XV Squad: Andrew Gunning, Ali Carlyle, Darren Irving, Graham Hogg, Kieran Watret, Lindsay Vevers, Caird Hay, Stuart Murray, Liam Ogilvie, Barry Graham, Ali Muir, Bruce Hay, Michael Griffen, Bob Copland, Euan Hay, Replacements: Andy Graham, Murray Forbes, D Marr, C Muir


ANNUAL ANNAN RFC TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2004

Despite three late call offs from teams in the Scottish Premiership, which perhaps is a sad reflection on the state of the game in Scotland when clubs of the stature of Hawick, Selkirk and West of Scotland can’t raise a team, the spectators who turned out to sunny Violetbank on Saturday were treated to a feast of exciting competitive rugby. Due to the late call offs the competing teams played in a round robin with all remaining five teams playing each other once.

The defending champions Aspatria were first up against Stewartry whom they comprehensively defeated by 4 tries to 1 (Aspatria 27 Stewartry 7). Next tie saw Langholm give newcomers to the tournament Hartlepool Rovers a real tussle and were only defeated by two points succumbing by a try to a penalty (Hartlepool Rovers 5 Langholm 3). The hosts Annan were too strong for Stewartry in the next tie and ran out winners by two tries to nil with winger Joe Crowther and wing forward Bill Henderson crossing the whitewash and stand off Niall Smith adding the conversion and a penalty. (Stewartry 0 Annan 15).

Langholm again put in a strong performance against holders Aspatria losing by the odd try in three (Aspatria 15 Langholm 7) Stewartry were up against it in their tie against West Hartlepool who seemed to be getting stronger as the tournament went on with the Rovers running out winners by 3 tries to nil (Hartlepool Rovers 19 Stewartry 0). Annan put in an aggressive performance against Aspatria but were unable to break down the strong Cumbrian defence (Annan 0 Aspatria 12). National Division 2 teams Stewartry and Langholm were next up with Langholm showing that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in that Division this season with a 3 try demolition of their rivals (Langholm 24 Stewartry 0)

Annan again put in a strong performance against Hartlepool Rovers but again were unable to make pressure count and went down by a single try (Hartlepool Rovers 8 Annan 0). In the penultimate game Langholm were too good for the hosts Annan who were rarely in their opponents half for most of the game with Langholm scoring the only try to win (Langholm 10 Annan 3).

The final game, by coincidence, between the two unbeaten teams Hartlepool Rovers and Aspatria was a winner take all tie with the winner taking the Violetbank Trophy and what a thriller it turned out to be. The tie was all square at half time with a converted try apiece but it was Rovers who powered their way to a fine win with two second half tries to take the trophy. (Hartlepool Rovers 19 Aspatria 7)

The Violetbank Tournament was sponsored by M & S Engineering Eastriggs and the Tournament medals sponsored by Murray Little & Knox and Annandale Architectural Services


ANNUAL ANNAN RFC TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2004

This Saturday sees the 4th Annual Violetbank 15 aside Tournament take place at Violetbank. With teams from Hartlepool Rovers and Aspatria from the English Powergen North 1 (East & West) leagues, Hawick, Selkirk and West of Scotland from the BT Premiership 1,2 & 3 respectively and the hosts Annan, Langholm and Stewartry from then BT National Leagues 1 & 2 a diverse and interesting clash of rugby styles is guaranteed. This is the first time an eight-team tournament has been tried with the teams playing in two leagues of four in a round robin format with the winners of each league playing each other for the Violetbank Shield in the final. Newcomers to the tournament West of Scotland and Hartlepool Rovers are unknown quantities but the former relegated from Premier 2 last season has been recruiting in the close season and with new coaches are anxious to move back up the Premiership.

The draw for the tournament will be made at 12 noon by representatives of the tournament sponsors M & S Engineering, Eastriggs with the first ties commencing at 1.00pm. The ties are played in 20 minute halves with normal 15 aside rugby rules applying. As well as providing a feast of rugby for the rugby supporter the format of the tournament is primarily geared to allow the various club coaches to try out their player combinations prior to the start of their relative league seasons.

The gates open at 12 noon with Fast Eddies beer tent and burgers available from the start. There will also be a bouncy castle for children (and others!!!). Admission is £3.

Annan will also be sending a 2nd team squad to the Moffat 10s on Saturday.


ANNAN U18s 10 v DUMFRIES U18s 5
TUESDAY 17 AUGUST 2004

On Tuesday evening at Violetbank Annan and Dumfries had a satisfying pre-season work out with both teams giving all their squad members a run out in an even and closely contested match. Annan’s tries were scored by Andrew White and Scott Goodwin. This was Annan U17 squads’ only friendly before the Glasgow U17 league starts. Annan U17, after their successful season last year, will be playing in Division 1 with their first match at home to Lenzie U17s on Sunday 5th September with a 2.00pm K.O.


ANNUAL ANNAN RFC TOURNAMENT
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2004

On Saturday 21st August Annan host their annual 15 a-side tournament for the Violetbank Shield. Last year’s winners Aspatria are returning to defend their title along with teams from Selkirk, Hawick, Langholm, Stewartry, Annan, West of Scotland and Hartlepool Rovers. The tournament takes the form of two four team leagues playing in a round robin with the winners of each leach league playing each other in the final. With a cross section of Scottish rugby from Premier 1, 2 & 3 & National 1 & 2 and English Rugby’s Powergen North 2 a feast of rugby is guaranteed.

The tournament kick off at 12.45pm and admission is £3 at the gate.


ON THE BRINK OF A NEW SEASON
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST 2004

With pre-season training well underway Annan RFC are looking forward to the new season at all levels. With the 1st XV starting their Division 1 league campaign in the BT National Leagues at Violetbank on 4th September against Greenock Wanderers and the 2nd XV starting their league campaign in Division 4 (West) of the Scottish 2nd Xv Leagues away to Glasgow Accies on 11th September the Annan coaches are anxious to see their players in action in a trial match against Carlisle at Violetbank on the evening of Wednesday 18th August.

Annan 1st Team Squad: C Warrick, P Carruthers, P O’Donnell, J Nelson, M Newton, N. Moffat, C Moffat, S Clanachan, K Hogg, A Render, J Crowther, M Griffen, C McCann, G Wylie, S Murray, W Henderson.

Annan 2nd Team Squad: A Gunning, J Tinning, J Gilmour, G Hogg, L Vivers, N Bell, S Wyllie, I Thorburn, B Graham, D Fisher, M Pattinson, A Rae, A Graham, S McCann, C Johnstone, K Watret, L Ogilvie, D Irving, A. Carlyle, B Copland, A Muir

Annan U17 team have their first match of the season when they take on Dumfries U18 at Violetbank on Tuesday 17th August. Kick off is at 7.15pm. The teams first league match is on Sun 5th September. The team are training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm - 8.30pm and new players are always welcome. If you are interested contact Steve Jancey on 01461-338166 for more information.

The under 16 team are involved in representing their club and Schools in a series of pathway matches. Training is on a Wednesday evening at Violetbank contact Mike Trant on 07712666869

The Annan U15 Squad begin training on Wed 18th August at Violetbank starting at 6.30pm contact Liam Ogilvie on 07749075902. The squad’s first match this season is a friendly against Dumfries on Wednesday 1st Sept. Their first league game is on Sun 5th Sept at home to Cumnock with a 2.00pm kickoff