Competition: BT West Shield Quarter Final V
Opposition Garnock RFC
Where: Away
When: Saturday 30th September 2017
Kick Off 15.00
Current Form: Garnock
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This Season: So we take a break from league action and back to the BT West Regional Shield.

As mentioned before, compared to the other Regional Shields, the West Regional Shield is by a long long way the toughest route to get to the final, with more quality teams and more rounds to overcome!

We are down to 7 teams (with Kilmarnock straight into the Semi's as Cumnock conceded their tie) from the 23 teams that started.

The teams left are: Annan, Garnock, Kilmarnock, Clydebank, Paisley, Carrick and Uddingston.

Based on current form, Garnock, Carrick and Paisley are the teams the bookies would say should join Kilmarnock in the Semis.

Kilmarnock are current leaders in West 1 so would probably have got there anyway on merit.

But its the Shield and as we know, its a game of two halves and the teams that scores the most points usually wins!

On Saturday my line is going to be Annan (heart), Clydebank (romance of the cup) and Carrick (form)!

Previous Encounters:

So we travel to Garnock to take on the North Ayrshire club for the 12th time at a 1st XV competitive level.

This will be our 6th visit to Glengarnock, which has not been a happy hunting ground for the Annan 1st XV.

We have won once and lost four times. Our only win was back in 1998 in the Cup (maybe an omen?) when we ran out 18-10 winners.

We first met back in 1994 in National Division 7, which Annan won, and Annan also won the next 2 meetings.

Then in 2006 we met for the 4th time, and this time Garnock were victorious, which they then were for the next 6 meetings!

It wasn't until last year that Annan finally stopped the losing run and won a classic game 3-0!

This season, Garnock have played 5, Won 5 (1 in the Shield and 4 in the league) while Annan have a played 4 won 2 record (1 in the Shield and 1 in the league).

Garnock will be firm favourites to win this clash but Annan will be wanting to extend this winning run over Garnock!

My prediction for the game: A Craig McCann drop goal in the last minute for the win! (3-0 win at that!)

Annan 1st XV Squad: Annan 1st XV Starting 15: TBC

Replacements: TBC



NEXT MATCH
Competition: BT West Division 1/1st leg of the Chisholm Cup V
Opposition Stewartry RFC
Where: Violetbank
When: Saturday 7th October 2017
Kick Off 15.00
Current Form: Annan Rugby
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Stewartry RFC
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1st XV record since 1991/92 season v 2016/2017 West 1 opponents
As at 16/09/17 Home Away Overall
TEAM P W D L P W D L P W D L WIN %
Allan Glens 7 5 1 1 7 1 0 6 14 6 1 7 42.9%
Cambuslang 8 6 0 2 6 4 0 2 14 10 0 4 71.4%
Carrick 3 2 0 1 5 1 0 4 8 3 0 5 37.5%
East Kilbride 8 3 1 4 9 3 1 5 17 6 2 9 35.3%
Garnock 6 3 0 3 5 1 0 4 11 4 0 7 36.4%
Greenock Wanderers 4 3 0 1 4 2 0 2 8 5 0 3 62.5%
Helensburgh 3 2 0 1 3 1 0 2 6 3 0 3 50.0%
Irvine 7 3 0 4 5 3 0 2 12 6 0 6 50%
Kilmarnock 13 9 1 3 11 2 0 9 24 11 1 12 45.8%
Oban Lorne 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 0 100.0%
Stewartry 11 9 0 2 12 6 0 6 23 15 0 8 65.2%
OVERALL 73 48 3 22 68 25 1 42 141 73 4 64 51.8%