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GHA 60 v ANNAN U18 COLTS 5
18TH MARCH 2012
Annan travelled to Glasgow to face GHA U18 in the quarter final of the West Shield on bright, warm spring day. The game was played on the main pitch at Braidholm and with the pitch being so wide it took the Annan team a while to get accustomed to it.
The game started at a fair pace with the firm surface helping no end. Annan showed tenacity in the opening exchanges and put pressure on their larger, older more experienced opponents. A number of good carries by Thomson, Warrick, Glass, Scott & Armstrong taking the game to GHA. However Annan could not retain the ball long enough to create any scoring opportunities. From a scrum inside their own half GHA managed to spin the ball wide & outstrip the Annan defence to score in the corner, a further two tries followed in quick succession but the Annan lads continued to try and gain a foothold on possession. After a fairly scrappy period of play Annan managed to make a break and built a few phases but were undone by a knock on in the backs. GHA managed to clear and turnover ball on the half way line and scored another final score before half time.
Half time GHA 29 v Annan 0
Annan started the 2nd half with determination but were dealt a blow pretty early when the GHA winger collected an attacking kick to beat 3 defenders and score from well inside his own half. The 2nd half continued in the same vain with GHA scoring fairly regularly, but with 10 minutes to go Annan received their just rewards when a kick was charged down and collected by Adam Thomson who bullocked his way forward threw a number of tackles before offloading to Ryan Glass who carried it on to score from just inside the 22 with a little help from the rest of the pack.
Final score GHA 60 v Annan 5
Special mention to Matty Crombie & James Morrison on their first games back after injury & unavailability. A big effort from the Annan lads, and improvements once more. Best on the day were Ryan Glass, James Sharkey in the forwards, Adam Thomson, James Morrison & Jack Graham in the backs
ANNAN U15 TIGERS 5 v AYR 45
18TH MARCH 2012
Annan’s Violetbank was the venue for the 1st meeting his season of Annan Warriors and Ayr u15.
With the sunshine making the spectators enjoyment of the prospect of a good flowing game of rugby between 2 well matched sides , and the pitch conditions improving with each week that passes all was set for an enjoyable afternoon.
Annan won the toss and elected to play towards the clubhouse , receiving the kick off no 8 Keir followed Annan’s game plan & put ball to boot pushing Ayr back into their 22 , when some fast pressure from Ferguson & Pagan saw Ayr make an error and set up the first scrum of the day . Annan ,with a strong pack, looked forward to the challenge & proceeded to dominate the scrum securing good possession for scrum half Johnstone to find stand in stand off Gough who in turn moved the ball to Borkowski who was caught in possession in midfield but fought hard to ensure the ball was returned to Annan’s side.
First points of the game were scored very shortly after that but not with the flow of play but rather from a good use of turn over ball & a fast moving back line keeping the ball alive Ayr scored outwide (unconverted). This theme was repeated for the next 10 minutes with Annan in full domination of the scrum & attempting to move the ball through a back line that saw many faces playing out of position (mainly due to injuries ) and missed the defensive awareness of influential captain Wallace , with gaps being exposed whenever the ball was turned over .
Annan did get on the scoreboard when another promising move was illegally stopped 5 meter short of the try line , some quick thinking by Johnstone fed Hetherington to power over (unconverted). Annan were still well in-contention when following an early engagement Annan hooker Leesing was injured and unable to continue forcing the scrum to become uncontested – in effect removing Annan’s most effective weapon and relieving the pressure on the Ayr back line from the set piece . Annan ended the first half with all the substitutes used (Miller off – knee + Leesing – back) C Clark carrying a leg injury , Gough – shoulder , trailing Ayr by 12 points .
The coaches & spectators hoped Annan would be able to continue the fine play displayed in the first half and be able to turn the points around , but with the injuries and loss of the scrum as an attacking option Annan started to tire and after keeping the score to 5- 17 for the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half Annan were then over ran with Ayr running in 28 unanswered points in the last 15 minutes .
There were signs that the improvements made in last weeks game were still present and Annan’s scrum and mauling – from man of the match Muir in particular have given Annan some potent attacking options and with the return from injury for the last scheduled league game of the season next week Annan have the opportunity to finish in the top ½ of the table .
ANNAN U15 TIGERS 14 v ARDROSSAN
11TH MARCH 2012
Annan U15 Warriors welcomed Ardrossan Academicals to the return league fixture at Violetbank . On a bright Sunday where ,for once, the rain had abated and the pitch was in reasonable condition.
Annan attacked hard from the kick off and it was clear to see that they meant business taking an early lead when Hetherington crashed over for Wallace to convert. From the restart Annan maintained the early pressure and were not caught by the travelling teams tricks or movement off the ball. The early dominance was not pushed home in points and this was to be regretted later. Man of the Match Fergus collected the ball and made a powerful run through centre field barging through 4 would be tackles before the weight of numbers finally stopped him on the opposition 22. Not to be outdone in the barging stakes Hetherington “upped” his game and also took several players to halt his progress . With a new look centre combination of Millar & S.Clark doing the business in both attack & defence it looked like Annan were about to forefill the promise of a good solid performance that has been expected all season from the faithful fans but alas Ardrossan had other ideas, mounted a solid attack & scored in the corner (converted) .
Annan playing with more passion & determination than has been seen in many games saw Wallace push the opposition back into their 22 with some fine kicking, and with the pack in total domination at scrum time the signs were good, Ferguson did not disappoint & scored under the sticks to give Wallace an easy conversion . With the half back combination of Johnstone & Wallace ticking well Annan did not want the half to end but as with all good things it did!
Annan made sweeping changes at half time & gave Borkowski , C Clark , Pagen, Stott the jerseys for the 2nd half. Ardrossan started the half the stronger , capitalising on some loose handling in the centre to pounce on the ball in Annan’s 22 from the resulting ruck the winger found more space than he should have & scored in the corner .
With the game now nicely balanced the coaches expected Annan to lift the game to finish off Ardrossan, but with only 10 mins played in the second half the game had to be stopped due to an injury (all was found to be ok with no lasting damage) & the coaches called the game a draw Annan players should be well pleased with a very good display of controlled aggression in the forwards & open handling from the backs.
ANNAN U18 COLTS 0 v HAMILTON 60
4TH MARCH 2012
Annan Colts welcomed Hamilton Colts after a long lay off in a West Region U18 cup game to a rather wet & muddy Violetbank. With the Colts looking very nervous to what lay ahead against a very strong well drilled Hamilton outfit. The game kicked off and the opening period was strewn with errors due to mainly the poor conditions underfoot. Hamilton had much of the ball and were constantly on the attack, asking questions of Annan’s defence. Annan’s defence held firm through the combination of determined tackling, Hamilton’s errors & some luck. Hamilton scored their first try after 14 minutes with well worked handling after a turnover just inside the Annan half, 3 more scores quickly followed, but Annan’s determination remained.
Half time score Annan 0 – Hamilton 35
After a few words of encouragement the Annan lads took to the field playing towards the clubhouse with the hope they could take the game to Hamilton. However with Hamilton freshening up their team with some large more experienced players Annan remained on the back foot for most of the half. Again a period of valiant defending held Hamilton out but once scores came they seemed to be able to score at will.
Final score Annan 0 – Hamilton 60
A good effort from all the 16 lads who played, best on the day were Ryan Glass, Max Thorburn & Adam Thomson. If the lad s would make more of an effort to make training the improvements would come far quicker.
Annan now play away to GHA in the Quarter final of the plate on Sunday 18th March
ANNAN U15 TIGERS 10 v IRVINE 10
3RD MARCH 2012
Annan welcomed Irving to the return leg of the league fixture and with the visitors short of players, 3 Annan players pulled on the Irving shirt to even up the sides at 14 a piece .
With the sun shining and the wind blowing the conditions had improved dramatically from the constant rain that has pounded the Violetbank pitches since Thursday, leaving the ground very wet underfoot with several areas verging on boggy! With the players prepared to run the ball from almost anywhere on the pitch a flowing game of rugby ensued (despite the best efforts of the mud!) Annan took the lead early in the first half when Heatherington smashed over after an eye catching 20 metre burst (he then failed to convert his own try)
With the larger Irving players putting in some big hits Annan found themselves under pressure and Irving capitalized on a loose tackle to score out wide (unconverted). The first half remained at 5 all but did not disappoint the spectators as a good game of rugby (with more scrums than the coaches would have liked) Gough showed up well in his first game back following a long lay off for injury & fitness, also catching the eye in the first half was the ever reliable Jamieson with yet another big hit in the tackle preventing a certain score.
With the “on loan” players swapping at half time Wagner found himself with space to run on the wing only to be stopped from scoring against Annan by a fine Backhouse tackle .
Annan were to take the lead again when Ferguson, after making a storming run (following a good tackle to gain possession), off loaded to pass through the backs hands to Heatherington to get his and Annan’s second of the day (again unconverted). Annan continued to play good rugby but were unable to dominate the larger Irving team but have made massive improvement since the away leg of this tie but were pegged back to a draw when with 10 minutes left to play Irving standoff forced his way over the Annan line but were unable to convert .
The 2nd half was completed with good displays from Smith, Pagen, Ferguson, Heatherington, L.Clark and a man of the match display from Johnstone .
M. Leesing, L. Clark, R. Heatherington, C. Smith, J. Pagen, R. Muir, L. Johnstone, D. Gniba, S. Clark, H. Miller L. Jamieson, J. Ronald, Z. Backhouse, R. Chandler, D. Ferguson, A. Gough, A. Stott, O. Wagner
ANNAN U14 TIGERS 12 v NEWTON STEWART 27
4TH MARCH 2012
The Everholm was the venue for Annan Under 14’s to host Newton Stewart as both the Violetbank pitches took a hammering with Under 15’s, 1st & 2nd Teams all playing at home on the previous day.
Despite having plenty of warm up time Annan were caught sleeping allowing NS to take full advantage scoring two tries in the in the first few minutes, one in the first minute the other 3 minutes later. Annan the woke up and made NS work hard for position putting in some really good tackles. Annan piled on the pressure and with some good attacking play with resulted in N Smith scrambling over the line between the posts for Annan’s first try (converted by C Taylor). The pressure was kept up by Annan forcing NS to make mistakes knocking the ball on and coming in from the side at rucks. This meant the NS were only able to score one more try in the first third. Annan continued to keep the pressure on holding NS to two tries the second and one try in the final session.
Annan finished on a high with some good attacking play again which resulted in N Smith squeezing through the NS defences to score in the corner (unconverted).
Although the final score was 27 – 12, Annan can be proud of their play putting a bigger, well drilled NS team under pressure forcing them into making mistakes. Annan also put in some good tackles and off-loaded well. Supporting play has also improved.
Z Backhouse, C Taylor, J Lamont & B Easton all caught the eye of the coaches. The newer players had good games and will gain further knowledge of the game with regular attendance at training.
Under 14 squad: J Hall, C Hannah, G Thomson, J Ogilvie, R Smith, L Chandler, N Smith, B Easton, C Taylor, M Townson, J Lamont, A Smith, Z Backhouse, L Dunion, C Pagen, J Park, A Turpie, C Wallace, Logan, S Clarke
ANNAN U15 TIGERS 5 v STEWARTRY 43
22ND JANUARY 2012
Annan welcomed Stewartry to the Everholm on Saturday after a week of heavy rain prevented Violetbank from hoisting the visitor. Kicking off a few minutes early to use the temporary break in the rain Annan kicked into the wind and sun , with a good chase putting Stewartry under pressure. This resulted in a spilled ball from the following scrum Annan used the possession to move the ball a couple of phases before some excellent tacking by Stewartry turned the ball over, moving quickly to score the first try of the day.
Annan responded well to going behind well & turned training ground moves into practice on the field with the ball moving out to the wing but were unable to change the possession into points . An Annan mistake (loose pass in the centre to the opposition ) lead to the second Stewartry try (converted). Two more tries followed before the fast moving game paused for half time .
Annan started the second half well but a missed tackle gifted Stewartry the first points of the second half. Annan continued to attempt to get the ball out wide and were finally rewarded with their own try to celebrate when Man of the match Hetherington managed to power over from 5 metres out .
This spurred on both teams to improve their level of commitment to the contact zone , increasing the intensity . Annan handling was good but they could only retain possession for 2-3 phases of play before turning the ball over to Stewartry . But as Annan continued to put pressure on the Stewartry attack , forcing knock ons , returning possession to Annan .
This was an enjoyable game for the rugby fan to watch with many good points to saviour, not least was the whole of the Annan back line getting hands on the ball & the wingers both having the opportunity to make ground and the high level of commitment to the tackle ensuring Annan shared the amount of time on the ball & should performances of this level continue it will not be long before the mistakes are eradicated & the results start to come .
Annan Team: D.Cordley, R.Graham, M.Leesing ,L.Clark, R.Heatherington , R.Muir, C.Smith, N.Smith, J.Pagen I.Keir, D.Ferguson, C.Wallace, L.Clark, S.Clark, D.Gaugh, M. Borkowski, R.Chandler, Z.Backhouse, A.Stott, L.Jamieson
ANNAN U18 COLTS 14 v CUMBERNAULD 34
15TH JANUARY 2012
Annan returned after nearly two months without a game to League business at the Everholm against a larger Cumbernauld team. The game started fairly evenly with the Cumbernauld having the advantage in the scrum with their larger more experienced front row ruling the engagements. A number of missed tackles and some poor decision making led to Cumbernauld going three tries(1 converted) in front. However from a breakaway kick and chase Adam Torbett used his footballing skills to score for a converted try for Annan. Half time score 7 – 17
The second half started and saw Cumbernauld score a further two quick tries before it seemed Annan had heard the whistle. Once the Annan lads stirred they began to play a more all round game and Scott Muir scored in the far corner, which was converted from the touch line by Adam Torbett. Annan tried manfully to reduce the deficit further but to no avail and tired towards the end of the game allowing Cumbernauld to score the final try under the posts. Final score: Annan 14 - Cumbernauld 34
It was obvious to all that the Annan lads hadn’t played or trained together for a while, and to improve better numbers at training are a must. Best for Annan were Jordan Glendinning & Lewis Scott in the forwards & Max Thorburn & Daniel McTurk who was playing his first game back after dislocating his wrist at the start of the season
Annan Team: R Dunlop, R Glass, R Martin, G Graham, L Scott, K Warrick, J Glendinning, A Thomson, D McTurk, A Torbett, S Muir, R Gault, D Brown, J Byers, M Thorburn
Rep:- A Gorski
MARR 32 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 17
15TH JANUARY 2012
Annan U15’s once again took the long road trip through the east Ayrshire countryside for the first time this season in strong sunshine arriving at Troon with plenty of time to warm up & get the long bus journey out of the legs.
Annan started with several enforced changes due to availability concerns & last minute illness / injury giving a first start to Niall Smith (who impressed well enough to receive joint man of the match award)
Annan enjoyed the fact that the pitch was in excellent condition & for the first time in weeks were able to keep their footing when changing direction. As Wallace got the game underway Ferguson immediately had the home crowd baying when he forced the Marr Number 8 back in the tackle (something akin to clash of the Titans) Annan produced some fine flowing moves and were rewarded when Keir danced through midfield to score in the corner (unconverted).
From the restart Backhouse collected the ball & set off on a meandering run from the left wing to right before off loading to the ever present Smith to make ground .
From the fine start Annan’s coach was disappointed to see the team drawn into the physical side of the game rather than the more pleasing to watch flowing rugby, and with their attention on the players (and some of the more vocal spectators) Annan forgot to defend & permitted Marr to score 2 tries (one while Annan had a player in the sin bin) Annan then leveled the score with Muir breaking the gain line, just inside the Marr half, and then finding he had open field & 45meters to run scored under the post to level the score – Wallace converted to give Annan a slender lead.
But again indiscipline cost Annan points and the first half finished on a low.
Turning round at half time and with strong words in their ears from both referee and their coach Annan returned to playing rugby with S. Clark beating 5 midfield players before being illegally stopped. From the resulting penalty Wallace elected to kick for goal – the ball hit the upright & Leesing to his credit had followed the kick & took the ball to within 2 metres, Keir, now playing at No8, barged his way over to again give Annan the lead .
Annan should have been able to hold this position & push forward to seal off the win but Marr had other ideas & managed to run through some training ground moves to score a couple to quick tries to take back the lead. Then some fine rugby from both sides where L. Clark, playing as hooker, did well in the loose. Townson & Backhouse showed up well during their first game at U15 , Gneba carried the ball for more in this game as he has in the rest of the season, Gough came off the bench & completed the game with no further damage, Heatherington was powerful with control , N.Smith was everywhere & never missed a tackle. It’s hard to understand how after playing so well for 20 minutes of the second half Annan managed to lose this game by 15 points, but the positives are there for next week.
D. Cordley, M. Leesing, R. Heatherington, C. Smith, R.Muir, I. Kier, C. Clark, C. Wallace, S. Clark, M. Borkowski, L. Jamieson, J. Ronald, L. Clark, R. Chandler, D. Gneba, D. Gough, N. Smith, Z. Backhouse, M. Townson , D. Ferguson.
CUMNOCK/KILMARNOCK 40 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 25
27TH NOVEMBER 2011
Annan U15’s once again took the long road trip through the east Ayrshire countryside to Cumnock arriving in plenty of time to get ready for a good hard game of Rugby.
The pitch was soft underfoot but with the strong wind blowing both coaches were hopeful for the ground to improve as the day went on , this however was not the case as the pitch cut up as the afternoon progressed making flowing running rugby a tricky prospect.
Having lost the toss Annan received the kick with their faces to the wind and continued their recent form and started the game in fine form with a crunching ball and all tackle by Ferguson setting the tone for the way Annan were to play the game.
Heatherington, Ferguson , Graham & Kier caught the eye with some powerful runs making good ground but due to a lack of support each run ended with out points being added !
Annan did get the next points when after some good interplay Miller was halted 2 meters short of the line (the pass to the wing would have put O.Wagner in unopposed) but the robust Graham was not going to be stopped from that distance & put Annan in front.
With the game well under way Annan were pushing hard for the second try when a knock on turned the ball over for the winger to score the first of his hat trick.
Annan did not respond well to going behind and the home team upped their effort and put 3 trys across the Annan line , things went from bad to worse for Annan as they were reduced to 14 players when Indiscipline was punished with a red card. Half time could not come quick enough to enable the coach to ring the changes.
Having traveled with a team of 23 Annan were able to give 6 players a rest and start the second half with a desire to cut the deficit and play rugby in the way Annan are capable of .
Muir started the revolution by bullocking his way over for the try , not to be out done Hetherington bagged yet another Hat trick , bringing Annan to within 3 points and with 6 minutes left it looked like Annan were going to pull off an unlikely comeback!
Alas the toll of the extra effort being put in to cover the extra man and Cumnock had the last score to take the try count to 6 to 5.
Annan have a lot of positives to take from the game but must also work on the support of their team mates and improve the individual tackle
Next game Dumfries Away
D.Cordley,R,Graham, M.Leesing , R.Heatherington ,C.Smith, R.Muir, I.Kier , C.Clark, C.Wallace,S.Clark, H.Miller,M. Borkowski,L.Jamieson, J.Ronald, L.Clark,R.Chandler,D.Ferguson E.Stabler, O.Wagner, B.Wagner, A.Stott, D.Gneba ,D.Gough.
ANNAN U18 COLTS 0 v ALLAN GLENS 22
26TH NOVEMBER 2011
Annan U18 colts welcomed Alan Glens at colt level as well as Senior level this week and despite the weather & tides best effort the game went ahead at a very wet Everholm (high tide at 1pm flooded part of the pitch & cut off access for the small band of hardy supporters who braved the ice rain)
With Alan Glens turning up with 12 players and Annan having a full complement the coaches agreed to play 14 a side & 2 Annan players joined the opposition .
Annan Started well with some fine individual runs from Glass, Scott & Thomson and some forceful rucking kept Annan going forward but as the rain came down the handling understandably deteriorated resulting in a lot of set scrums which were not pretty to watch from the now very wet side line !
As frustration grew with the inability for one team to gain dominance and the number of errors tempers flared and erupted into violence with both teams reduced by 1 man , this was not to be the last incident of this type in this game .
Glens finally managed to put some passes together and forced their way over the Annan line to score the first of their 4 tries following a ruck in the corner some soft tackling saw a soft walk in for the visitors.
Annan did show some positive improvement with the introduction of Glendenning just before ½ time , his direct running was almost rewarded had it not been for some hard tackling in mid field . Gault used the ball wisely kicking with the wind to get some territorial advantage , but the lineout did not work as well as in previous weeks & the opportunities for a comeback were squandered .
Gibson, Morrison , Muir and in particular Byers caught the eye with some good running angles and it was a shame that the hard running was thwarted by offloads onto cold hands and all too often good possession lost due to knock on’s
The team has plenty for the coaches to work on this week so lets have a good turn out at training to ensure we are ready for the next game
Annan Team : R.Glass, K.McDermant ,R.Martin , L.Scott, G.Graham, J.Sharkey,K. Warrick, A.Thomson, J.Graham, R.Gault,S.Muir, C.Gibson, J.Morrison, J.Byers, D.Brown, R.Dunlop, M.Thorburn, J.Glendinning
IRVINE 48 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 15
20TH NOVEMBER 2011
Annan Team: I.Clark,R,Graham, M.Leesing,G.Murray , R.Heatherington ,C.Smith, J.Pagen,I.Kier,L.Johnstone, C.Clark, C.Wallace,S.Clark, H.Miller,M. Borkowski,L.Jamieson, J.Ronald, L.Clark,R.Chandler,D.Ferguson
Annan U15’s took the long road trip to Irving on Sunday through the east Ayrshire countryside to Irving in plenty of time to get ready for a good hard game of Rugby.
Annan took to the field after a minutes silence to remember Irving’s coach just as the rain cleared up leaving a good surface to play on.
After loosing the toss Annan Kicked off and set the tone of the game with a ball and all tackle from I.Kier who the started a rolling maul that took the home team back 10meters before they were forced to collapse the maul to prevent Annan from pushing them over the line . From the resulting penalty Annan stand off put the ball out from a line out , a clean take from pagen lead to anther solid drive from Annan took them to within 5 meters . Irving just held out before turning the ball over to sprint the length of the field & score in the corner(unconverted) – good work by Jameson kept the kick a difficult one .
The restart continued in the same vane with Annan dominating all aspects of the play , with the exception of the scrum (which had been a solid platform in previous weeks).With Ferguson catching the eye for his powerful runs and some excellent rucking saw Annan again pin the home team within their 5 meter line and only some fine last ditch tackling kept Annan out before turning the ball over and once again and for the second time scoring without having had any possession .
For the third time Annan kicked off and put the home team under pressure and again pinned them onto the 5 meter line with Graham unlucky not to get over but the pain continued for Annan as yet again they were punished for not retaining possession but a third Irving try having only had the ball for a very short period of time . With a fourth and fifth try before ½ time things were not looking good for Annan .
The second half saw Irving start to gain possession but this caused Annan to raise their game and some fine tackling by Pagen & Smith kept the score line unchanged , before Irving infringed & Wallace converted the penalty to get Annan off the mark.
This spurned Annan on with some fine driving runs from Pagen , Keir & Clark allowing Hetherington to cross the line (Wallace converted).
Pagen followed this up by crossing the line to the left of the post but this was disappointed to hear the ref had stopped the play just prior to this and the score did not count.
Annan continued to push hard to get the score line closer and after some fine team play in the backs saw Hetherington switch direction & cross untouched to the left of the post – the kick faded at the end & was adjudged not to count .
The final score of the game went to Irving who again turned the ball over on their own 10 meter line and for the last time of the day ran the length of the pitch to score in the corner ( unconverted)
Annan can be proud of their performance and were only undone by turnovers
Despite scoring a brace of tries Hetherington was beaten to man of the match by Pagen & Kier who were outstanding in tackling & making ground in attack .
Next Game Away to Cum/Kill
STEWARTRY 24 v ANNAN U14 TIGERS 18
6TH NOVEMBER 2011
This weekend Annan U14's travelled to Greenlaw for their second game of the
season in the D&G U14 league. The coaches were privileged to travel with a
full team and three subs which is a positive sign for the health of the
Annan started the game strongly with forages deep into the Stewartry 22, but
turn over ball at the inevitable breakdown allowed the home team to take the
game to Annan. If it wasnt for a number of handling errors by Stewartry
Annan could have been a couple of tries down within the first 10 minutes.
The training over the last few weeks has paid dividends as the Annan passing
technique benefited the team in getting the ball away from the breakdown and
to the wings. Annans left wing found space after some quick ball and made it
over the line but failed to ground it. This opportunity spurned Annan on to
work harder and finally the opportunity came after a strong run by Rob
Easton, conversion missed.
Further strong play and pressure by Annan resulted in the home side making
mistakes allowing Annan the scrum or penalty advantage. Pick of the play in
the first half was from Mitch Townson and Jake Lamont for their tireless
tackling and pressure on the opposition, Rob Easton was prominent throughout
carrying the ball and usually a few players taking Annan forward.
The second half started well for Annan with them capitalising on the work
they had done earlier putting the home team under pressure. Tries by Neil
Smith and Zak Backhouse kept their heads up.
After losing Rob Eatson Annan lost their way and the home team took the
opportunity to up their work rate. Some missed tackles from kick offs,
penalty starts saw Stewartry breaking through the prone Annan defence and a
couple of quick tries turned the game on it head. Annan still found the gaps
out wide and Lee Dunnion and Mitch Townson added to the points tally.
The tackling let Annan down and Stewartry finished with 8 tries to Annans 6.
Further Points scorer for Annan was Rob Eatson on his return to the fray,
running from a break made at the half way line.
Pick of the team was Neil Smith for his quality of play and hard work
throughout, well done Neil.
Annan would do well to concentrate on their tackling for the next game
against Dumfries at Violetbank on 20th Nov.
CUMNOCK/ARDROSSAN 17 v ANNAN U18 COLTS 36
6TH NOVEMBER 2011
Annan returned to League action after a 3 week break with a trip to visit Cumnock / Ardrossan, with conditions perfect for a good game.
Due to the lack of numbers for C/A both teams started with 13 players and for once Annan had a larger squad than the opposition.
Annan started well and put C/A under pressure in both attack & defence, C/A opened the scoring with a penalty after Annan strayed offside at a ruck. This spurred the Annan team on and from the kick off they immediately went on the offensive. Good interplay by both backs and forwards led to Gault to score from close range, converted by Chan.
Straight from the kick off Annan scored another well worked try with Graham diving over from a ruck.
Half Time Cumnock / Ardrossan 3 – Annan 12
The 2nd half began quite even and as C/A tried to run from inside their 22 a big tackle by Warrick forced the ball free and Byers was on the loose ball like a seagull on a chip to burst through and score, converted by Chan.
With confidence soaring Annan went on to score further tries from winger Byers, centre Gibson and No.8 Warrick before C/A scored two consolation tries at the other end.
All in all an excellent performance from all of Annans 16 players.
Hard to pick any of the Annan forward who all worked hard in all aspects and from the backs Jack Graham in only his 2nd game at Scrum half and Drew Brown at Full back had good games.
Next weeks game Home to Cumbernauld on Sunday with 14:00 Kick off
STEWARTRY 24 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 29
6TH NOVEMBER 2011
Annan U15’s took the relatively short trip to Greenlaw to face a high flying Stewartry , who did sit second in the league behind the mighty Ayr , Annan arrived in good time for the earlier kick off and were ready for the start of the game.
Annan received the kick and were immediately on the attack with some fine powerful running from Kier off loading to Muir to make further ground. Only some excellent defensive tackling by the home side stopped Annan from opening the scoring in the first minute!
From the resulting scrum (Annan Knock on) Annan forwards continued the powerful display from the last game & Leesing claimed 1 against the head, Ferguson picked up at No8 and made good progress before finally being pulled down on the home 22 . Some powerful rucking by the home side saw Annan loose possession and make good progress crossing the Annan whitewash only to be prevented from scoring by some outstanding cover tackling by Gough prevented the opening score.
Wallace restarted from the 22 and S.Clark recovered the ball and with a trademark mazy run feeding Hetherington who proved to be very difficult to handle crossing for the first points (unconverted ).
Stewartry restarted & made progress due to Annan ill-discipline found themselves on the Annan 5meter line , after some good recycling finally crossing the line after Annan defense was stretched 1 way then the other (converted).
From the restart Annan Discipline again lead to the home team being gifted meters and being unable to prevent Stewartry crossing in the corner (converted)
Annan continued to dominate in the forwards with the scrum being an area for special praise from the traveling support , Scrum half Johnstone pounced on a loose ball from the scrum & slide over (Wallace converted)
The second half started with some fine defensive tackling by Jamieson turn the ball over & changed defense into attack with Bowroski making good progress down the wing only getting stopped by a high tackle that went unpunished . From the ruck Annan recycled the ball well for Jamieson offloaded to Hetherington to score his second (unconverted)
Annan continued to make good progress when in attack and some fine tackling in defense with only a fine individual run from the Home centre pushing Annan back into their half for the first time in the half!
From the restart Graham stole the ball and powered over (Wallace converted) With Annan well in the ascendancy every attack looked like it could produce a score , Hetherington completed his hat trick (unconverted ) Annan were now well in control of the game & 14 points up when Ill-discipline again cost Annan & the final score belonged to Stewartry bringing the score line much closer than very good display deserved .
Annan can be pleased that a good display resulted in a fine win but must improve on the discipline when hoisting the league leaders Ayr next week at Violetbank
Man of the match – L. Johnstone
Annan Team: D.Cordley, R.Graham, M.Leesing , R.Heatherington , R.Muir, C.Smith, J.Ronald, I.Keir, D.Ferguson, L.Johnstone, C.Wallace, L.Clark, S.Clark, D.Gaugh,M. Borkowski, I.Clark, L.Jamieson
ANNAN U14 TIGERS 12 v MOFFAT 32
30TH OCTOBER 2011
After much deliberation and a late pitch inspection Annan Tigers Under 14’s lead by C Taylor, welcomed Moffat to a very boggy Violetbank at the weekend.
Although this was an Under 14 match Annan fielded a mix on U14 & U13’s and for 4 players, because of numerous cancellations, this was their first match.
Annan on the whole played well making good ground when in possession with storming runs into the oppositions half made by J Pagen. However Annan did not capitalise on the good work by Rucking over the ball when attacking.
This resulted in Moffat gaining possession and more often than not handing the ball to their bigger players who then ran for Annan’s try line. Annan defended well however, with some excellent tackles by N Smith, J Lamont and M Townson.
R Easton, R Smith, C Pagan & J Ogilvie began their rugby career well with excellent games. R Easton used his size and strength to good advantage. G Buckley also had a good game, with some strong driving with the ball.
Moffat scored two trys before a penalty on Moffats 10m line gave Annan the opportunity they had been waiting for. C Wallace quickly took the penalty Tap & Go, outrageously dummying Moffat and charged at the defence, diving over the Moffat line to score Annan’s first try which he was unfortunately not able to convert.
Two Moffat trys later and N Smith took the opportunity to show Moffat his skills by running from inside Annan’s half, handing off at least three Moffat defenders, to make it over the try line in the corner. Realising he still wasn’t under pressure took the golden opportunity and continued to run placing the ball down right under the posts to score our second try. This time converted by C Wallace.
With only five minutes left and the score at 12-32, Annan were awarded another penalty. Unfortunately, the penalty kick pulled right of the posts.
ARDROSSAN 48 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 5
9TH OCTOBER 2011
Annan U15’s took the long road trip to Ardrossan on Sunday through the floodplains of east Ayrshire to the relative calm of a well drained & maintained Ardrossan pitch . Having came through what can only be described as torrential rain Annan were surprised to see a break in the clouds and for 2 hours at least some good weather to play rugby in.
Annan arrived to find an Ardrossan team much better prepared and ready for the match and again suffered from permitting the home team to score 3 trys before Annan started to play the type of rugby that spectators enjoy watching .
Annan were turning the good play into sustained pressure when a case of mistaken identity saw an Annan player sin bined for an offence committed by an Ardrossan player, this again turned the tables against Annan who conceded a try each side of half time .
After the numbers were even again Annan returned to dominance in almost every aspect of the game but with a mountain to climb Annan were unable to overcome the score line but did dig deep and with Hetherington crossing in the corner after a bullocking run – unconverted.
With their tails now firmly up like a clan of meerkats running hard & covering the ground well keeping Ardrossan pinned in their own half with only short skirmishes into Annan’s half.
Annans ended the game firmly on top having shown good spirit to come from so far behind and continue to play rugby against all the odds – perhaps best summed up in the words of one player “we played well coz we were awesome”
Annan players should take heart in the game they played when the teams had even numbers and continue the progress made in evolving into a team .
D.Cordley,R,Graham, M.Leesing , R.Heatherington , D.Gniba, R.Muir,C.Smith, J.Pagen,I.Keir,C.Clark, C.Wallace, B.Wagner,S.Clark, H.Miller,M. Borkowski, O.Wagner,I.Clark.
ANNAN U18 COLTS 5 v UDDINGSTON 60
8TH OCTOBER 2011
Annan welcomed Uddingston to Violetbank on a damp Saturday morning for a game in the West U18 Development League. Due to two Annan player having driving lessons Annan were forced to start the game with only 14 players, and Uddingston took advantage early by moving the quickly through their back line for the winger to take the outside and score 2 early scores.
Annan once up to a full compliment of players began to try and make inroads into the Uddingston half, and with the scrum and lineout gaining parity managed to receive a good share of possession. Unfortunately just when Annan seemed to be making headway an unforced error would raise its head and Uddingston took advantage to score further tries. Half time score Annan 0 Uddingston 35
The second half saw Annan continue their determined effort, and reward was finally gained when from a turnover Annan wing forward Kieran Warrick broke from his twenty two and kicked over two onrushing players, and from that kick the Uddingston no.7 failed to gather and a kick and chase ensued. Whilst Warrick seemed to be treading water Annan centre Callum Gibson stormed past and using his footballing skills controlled the ball over the line and dived to score a well deserved try. Despite the score this was another improving performance by Annan against a team that were a full year older than most of their Annan counterparts but must also start to improve numbers at training and also at games.
Best for Annan on the day were Callum Gibson, Jack Graham, Kieran Warrick & Adam Thomson.
Annan Team:-Ryan Glass, Sean Armstrong, Ronnie Martin, Rory Dunlop, Gavin Graham, Kieran Warrick, Tomasz Jankowski, Adam Thomson, Jack Graham, Reece Gault, Drew Brown, James Morrison, Callum Gibson, Scott Muir, Max Thorburn
ANNAN U15 TIGERS 0 v DUMFRIES 22
2ND OCTOBER 2011
Annan U15’s welcomed local rivals Dumfries U15 to a very wet Violet Bank on Sunday. With the short Indian summer well and truly over Annan were looking forward to hosting Dumfries to gauge the progress Annan have made in the last 6 months.
Annan received the KO in the first half and made some good progress towards halfway before edging the ball forward resulting in a Dumfries scrum, Annan’s forward continued the good Improvement shown last week and turned the ball over securing possession, ordinarily this would be a good thing but due to the cold hands in the back line Annan once again knocked the ball on and were slow to react allowing the quicker Dumfries backs to pounce on the ball scoring out on the left (unconverted).
From the restart Annan were again under pressure and although some stout defending in midfield from Miller & Clark Dumfries forced their way across the Annan line (converted)
Annan managed to cross halfway and started to put together some good moves but as Annan kept the moving the ball inside to where the Dumfries defence was strongest resulting in possession being lost & Dumfries moved the ball well to score in the Right hand corner (unconverted).
The third try was the catalyst to start an Annan fight back & the improvement was clear to see but still limited to individual effort not the team effort that was required to stop a team as strong as Dumfries!
With halftime approaching Dumfries backs again moved the ball left then right
As the second half started Annan Forwards continued to dominate the forward set piece play turning over possession in scrums & lineouts for the backs to use, good progress was made by Borkowski moving from right wing to left but again being stopped short Smith, Keir, Hetherington & Ferguson all making good ground but unable to join the individual moves into concerted passage of play Muir managed to cross the Dumfries line but was unable to ground the ball.
Jamieson, Kier, Pagan stood out in defence with Leesing continuing to make solid progress in the hooker position.
Each player gave 100% but failed to completely gel as a team and when the opposition is as well drilled and skilful as Dumfries Saints team play is the only way to win, that said Annan can take a lot from the 2nd half where Annan prevented Dumfries from scoring but were unable to score themselves.
As with the bowl semi-final of last week although beaten Annan should take a lot of positives from this game & learn the lessons to build for the rest of the league.
WIGTONSHIRE 27 v ANNAN U18 COLTS 0
25TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Annan took the long journey to Stranraer for their 3rd League game of the season, to be met with a strong wind and constant heavy rain. This made conditions difficult and with the home team a bit more used to such conditions they settled quicker and played a territorial game which suited to the weather.
The game was an even fought contest with Wigtownshire capitalising on two Annan mistakes in the first half to lead 17-0 at the break.
Annan turned to play with the wind in the 2nd half and growing more accustomed to the conditions played a territorial game also. After a sustained period of pressure from the Annan team Ronnie Martin was twice held up over the line & from a numerous of bullocking runs Adam Thomson came close.
Wigtownshire managed to score a further two tries from breakaways following two misfielded clearing kicks.
Annan must take heart from what was despite the score to give their best performance of the season.
Most prominent for Annan were Adam Thomson, Kieran Warrick & Ronnie Martin in the forwards & Christian Armstrong, James Morrison & Callum Gibson in the backs.
Annan Team:- Rory Dunlop, Sean Armstrong, Ronnie Martin, Lewis Scott, Gavin Graham, Ryan Glass, Kieran Warrick, Adam Thomson, Christian Armstrong, James Morrison, Scott Muir, Reece Gault, Callum Gibson, Johnathon Byers, Max Thorburn
Replacements:- James Sharkey, Arek Gorski, Drew Brown
WEST OF SCOTLAND 53 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 0
11TH SEPTEMBER 2011
Annan travel to a wind swept rain soaked Milngavie on Sunday with a team weakened by Injury and Illness with many players having to play in unfamiliar positions, not ideal pre-match preparation to meet a strong west of Scotland side ready for the encounter.
Annan’s players traveled the 90miles in cars and found themselves with 15 players ready to start the game, from the kick off Annan failed to deal with a determined run by the home winger and were 5 points down in under a minute , The restart saw a similar result and with the rain pouring down the U15’s were facing a long afternoon unless they started to play the type of rugby they were capable of.
After only 10 minutes Annan lost the services of B Wagner (groin) to be replaced by Muir who continued the good form he had shown of late . From the set piece O.Wagner got the Annan spirits rising with a thumping tackle on the home centre which sparked a mini revival with Annan starting to piece together some good passages of play despite the weather , Keir replaced O.Wagner on 15 minutes and continued the solid defense that was required to try to prevent the flow of points but the well drilled West team continued to tie up Annan defenders in rucks while shipping the ball to the wings – both winger ran in tries prior to half time turning round 24 points ahead .
The start of the second half saw further injuries and O.Wagner returning to good effect making further impressive tackles. Gough replaced Miller in the centre for a brief run out , But a combination of poor weather conditions and a very strong , well organized team wore Annan resistance down enabling the home side to run in a further 3 tries giving the final score a flattering 53 points to nil.
Although the score line suggests a rather one sided game the truth is Annan failed to start the game until 17 points were scored (in less than 10 minutes) but showed up well after that with Borkowski having a solid match at hooker & Gniba playing all game , The Clark brothers also stuck to the task well with Wallace singled out by the referee for praise for his leadership. All in all Annan can take a lot of positives from this game and learn from it ready for the next round
ANNAN U18 COLTS v LENZIE 44
4TH SEPTEMBER 2011
On a beautiful sunny day at Violetbank the first Annan u18 side for several years took the field for their 1st game in the West u18 Development League.
Annan competed really well for large parts of the game and the scoreline was very respectable until tiredness set in resulting in 3 late scores for Lenzie
The set pieces especially the lineout worked well.
Defence was generally good except around the ruck fringes. In attack there were several good individual runs which just lacked final support.
Annan did score an excellent try when from a break by Adam Torbett the ball was recycled and fed through several pairs of hands to Scott Muir who scored in the corner.
Ball retention was the team’s main problem with the majority of the Lenzie tries resulting from turnovers. Effort was 100% from all the boys and with regular coaching and games they will see a marked improvement in scorelines in the near future
ALLAN GLENS 13 v ANNAN U15 TIGERS 5
28TH AUGUST 2011
Annan Traveled to Bishopbriggs to play 2 friendly games the first was against a strong Allan Glens U15 team, Annan losing 2 tries to 1 but can be well satisfied with the performance of their first time of playing together .
Annan kicked off with a strong cross field wind and had the home side pinned in the 22 for a long period but despite piling on the pressure Annan could not gain control of the ball. After several phases of play Annan were final caught light on the right & the winger showing a good turn of pace broke from his on 22 and eluded several would be tacklers to score in the corner (unconverted)
From the kickoff Annan again had Allan Glens pinned in their own half with several scrums Annan number 8 Declan Fergusson making 30 meters before losing possession , Allan Glens kicked the ball out and from the line out Annan Jumper Smith rose high above the opposition but was unable to secure the ball – Allan Glens moved the ball to the left wing where the winger was met by 2 Annan defenders stopping him dead in his tracks and pushing him into touch . Again the lineout saw Smith rising well above the opposition but failed to hold the ball , The “Glens “ standoff then kicked the ball long which Jamieson fielded well & turned into an attack with good support from Gough & S.Clark. Again possession was lost and from the turn over ball “Glens” found themselves with a 3 man overlap before Muir pulled the ball carrier to the ground & out of play. Annan were out maneuvered in the lineout again & the after moving the ball to the right winger who again outpaced the Annan defense to score under the posts (converted).The first half finished with Annan on the attack with a storming run from Muir who was pulled down on the 22 by a last ditch tackle that ended the half.
The second half saw Annan making some enforced changes with Leeson , Kier , S.Clark all carrying knocks replaced . From the kick off Hetherington made good meters through the heart of the defense, off loading to Gough who make more ground before Annan ran out of support .The ruck that formed was well cleaned out by Pagan who did good work to ensure Annan retained possession .Annan moved the ball through the hands & had the ball over the line only to be denied a try as the referee could not confirm the ball had been grounded . With the bit between the teeth Annan continued to do well in scrums & rucks with Fergusson catching the eye for the amount of metres gained, Hetherington made good impact in contact & was rewarded with a score to the right of the post (unconverted)
DALZIEL 5 v ANNAN U15'S 10
Annan faced the second “friendly” of the day after a 5 min turn around . Annan received the kick and made good progress – improving on the performance of the first game & finding more support for the person making a break. But the line out still was an area of concern with no usable possession from them. Annan rucked well through Borkowski, Pagan, Miller, Smith & Muir with good hands from Wallace and powerful breaks from Fergusson & Heatherington . Good defence from Gniba & Graham put Annan in a position to outscore Dalziel 2 tries to 1 in what turned out to be a highly charged game.