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ANNAN 56 V WIGTOWNSHIRE 5
8TH NOVEMBER 2009

Following atrocious weather mid week the game was unplayable at Violetbank and following in the 1st XV footsteps the youth match against Wigtownshire was moved to the old hunting ground of the Everholm. Fielding a full squad and with the luxury of 2 substitutes the U16 were up for the game after a number of difficult games since the start of the season. Wigtownshire also meeting stiff opposition from their previous games were looking for their first win of the season.

With a mobile and aggressive backrow of Adam Thompson, Jack Miller and Matthew Crombie Annan took the game to Wigtownshire from the kick-off. The penetrating runs disrupting the 'shire defence leaving gaps for the Annan backs to capitalise on. Within 10mins fullback James Morrison scored out wide following persistent forays into the 'shire defensive line. With a new partnership in the half backs with Christian (Tat) Armstrong and Jordan Glendinning there was sufficient possession to feed Thomas Buckley, at inside centre, as often as he could get his hands on the ball. With this threat 'shire loaded there defence to stop the onslaught leaving room for David Ingram to stretch his legs and burn his way to the corner for a well deserved try. The same narrowly missing out on a try from within his 22 only a couple of minutes later, brought down by some frantic cover defence by 'shire. This new and effervesant line up opened the way for Kyle MacIntosh to score the first one of four that he would bag during the game.

The "mine was the furthest try" award goes to Jack Miller on his debut game for the Youth team, picking up a loose ball in a melee of bodies, he spied a gap and went for it. Brushing off at least two tackles (five in the after match discussions) the field opened up for him, and he sped his way for an excellent individual try, the ever youthful referee even struggling to keep up with him. The first half scoring was topped of by a well deserved try by Thomas Buckley, who instead of going for a gap, blasted his way through the 'shire defence only narrowly missing the furthest try award. This time Jordan Glendinning got on the score board with a fine conversion after narrowly missing on the previous attempts.

In all this scoring the Annan pack were mixing it up with the 'shire forwards to enable the speedsters space to run. With a well balanced competition going on in the front row it was in the lineouts that Annan capitalised. Any loose ball was pounced on by Matthew Crombie and slow feed to the stand-off allowed Ryan Lupton the opportunity to get up close and personal with the half backs. A hard fought game by both teams in the first half opened the way for Annan to extend their lead in the second half.

Adam Thompson continued to drive into the heart of the 'shire defence but was unable to get on the score sheet. Seeing a weakness in the 'shire defence the pack, it seems, swapped shirts with the backs and chose to start running the ball, the result being that the team lost the structure they had in the first half and ending in multiple "knock-ons" rather than tries. Kyle MacIntosh capitalised in the disruption and "nicked" the ball from the forwards to score a further three tries. Another try from Thomas Buckley ended the backs try count but Jordan Glendinning kept them in the count with two conversions.

Following repeated rucks by a rejuvenated pack it was Matthew Crombie that popped over the line from close range to get on the score sheet. The same was unfortunate not to get another two but for stiff defence by 'shire. The second half did not live up to the first half but Annan kept battling away. A lack of discipline led to 'shire getting a sniff of the line and threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Annan defences to get a consolation try. Persistent runs by the 'shire scrum half resulted in their hooker driving his way through for a try on the final whistle.

A well deserved win for Annan U16's and sets them up for a tough game against Newton Stewart in two weeks time. This Sunday 15th Nov there is no game arranged due to Cup commitments so there will be an U16 squad session. All U15/16 should meet at Violetbank at 10:45, the session will finish for 12 o'clock.

Anyone unable to attend should phone or text the coaches by Friday. Next Match Newton Stewart 22nd Nov players meet at the Rugby Club at 11:30.

ANNAN 7 V CARRICK 57
18TH OCTOBER 2009

This week the U16 played Carrick one of their stronger league opponents. Having only played Marr over the last few games it was anticipated to be a closer game.

A strong start by the forwards saw some competative scrummaging from a rearranged front 5.

Carrick back line capitalised on a early ball from their scrum at the half way line and attacked Annans line at pace. Broken tackles allowed them to penetrate deep into Annans 22 and after some slick handling they scored out wide.

Having identified this weekness Carrick attacked at every opportunity and they scores quickly mounted up.

Some good individual performances by Stephen Love and Callum Gibson pervented the score count being higher.

The team battled on to try to get some continuity in the game and were able to breach the Carrick defence an number of times only to be turned over at the breakdown.

A heated debate and some handbags resulted in Carrick reduced to 14 before half time.

With added enthusiasm in the second half Annans attack penetrated further into Carricks end.

No.8 Thomas Buckleys repeated attempts to capitalise on a slow backrow defence finally paid off with a 25m run up the blindside drawing in the winger to release Callum Gibson for a 35m sprint for the line. Good individual performance by David Ingram at fullback who under pressure a number of times collected a high ball and run back at Carrick making 20m each time.

Although they would never make up the deficite incurred in the first half the team spirits picked up and they took the game to Carrick who looked under pressure when forced to defend.

Pick of the team for their never say die attitude would be Thomas Buckley, James Morrison, Callum Gibson. If they remainder lifted their game to the same level the Youth team would be a force to reckon with.

ANNAN 34 V ARDROSSAN ACCIES 5
20TH SEPTEMBER 2009

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Annan U16's league season kick-off with a home game against Ardrossan U16's. Annan playing with 13 players against 14 looked to be up against it on paper but after a confident start the forwards were able to provide sufficient ball for the back division to attack the Ardrossan defence. With some good forward interplay and handling skills Kieran Warwick found himself with a 20m run for the line to open the scoring with Jordan Glendinning converting.

With added confidence the forwards dominated the scrum and James Morrison commanding the back division at Stand-off attacked the Ardrossan defence at every opportunity, with Kyle McIntosh causing chaos with his strong running.

The Ardrossan pack stood strong and at every opportunity tried to break down the strong Annan defence. Good technique and aggressive defence from Sean Armstrong and Thomas Buckley stopping them in their tracks each time. Further scores by Adam Thomson, Gavin Graham and Thomas Buckley took the half time score 29-0.

The second half saw Ardrossan lifting their spirits and taking the game to Annan. A drop in concentration and composure by Annan led to them giving away needless penalties and losing ball at the breakdown. The Referee commanded the game expertly to keep the flow of the game going and control both teams, eager to capitalise on the others mistakes. A single try in the second half by Matthew Crombie was countered in the closing minutes of the game when the Ardrossan Back division finally capitalised on their extra player by quick handling of the ball to the winger breaking away from the Annan cover defence and coming within 10m of Annanís line being stopped by Jordan Glenndining. Quick recycling of the ball allowed them to attack the exposed blindside and earn them a deserved try.

Missing the conversion the game ended 34-5 to players and spectators delight. Thanks goes to Colin McCann for refereeing and the Mums for putting on hospitality at the Club afterwards.

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