Match Reports
ANNAN U15 XV - 2005/2006 SEASON

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LEAGUE: HOME
Garnock U15s
Dumfries U15s
Ardrossan U15s
LEAGUE: AWAY
Garnock U15s
Dumfries U15s
Ardrossan U15s
Cumnock U15s
CUP GAMES
OTHER GAMES
Dumfries U15s

ANNAN 20 v ARDROSSAN 7
SUNDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2005

Annan Tigers had to dig deep into their reserves on Sunday at Violetbank to overcome a stuffy and determined Ardrossan side who gave their Annan counterparts a hard time in the first half especially in the scrums.

The home side were rocked when the visiting full back in the opening minutes of the game rocketed down the touchline to score. The Tigers fought back and landed a penalty for their efforts before half time.

In the second half the Tigers took the game to their visitors and once they got their noses in front never looked likely to surrender their lead. James Bigham and Jamie Harrison (2) were the try scorers with James adding a conversion and a penalty to seal the victory.

All in all a sterling performance by the Tigers to come from behind to win not only the game but the Division 2 Championship as well.

CUMNOCK 0 V ANNAN 36
SUNDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2005

The Tigers march to winning their section continued on Sunday at Broomfield with their most exhilarating display of the season so far. The forwards started impressively and dominated the home pack in every aspect of the game, with their rucking as usual being first class.

Continuity in keeping the ball alive is what the coaches have been preaching this season and in this game the Tigers responded with some eye catching off loads and running at pace. With the forwards dictating the game they gave the backs a fine platform to play off and wingers C Garner and G Forrest producing some fine runs.

The Man of the Match should go to the whole team but W Gray’s performance just stood out a little more than the others. Finally a big thank you to the travelling support for their encouragement and company which was greatly appreciated.

Annan scorers: D Gallimore (2 tries), J Harrison (2 tries), M Anderson (try), and J Bingham (try and 3 conversions)

ANNAN 39 V DUMFRIES 7
SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2005

Annan hosted a Dumfries side who were confident of avenging their previous defeat at Park Farm by Annan. Dumfries aided by a strong wind opened strongly and most of the play in the opening period was played in the Annan half. The Tigers weathered the opening storm and scored two tries and a conversion to lead 12 – 0 at half time.

Annan went quickly onto the offensive in the 2nd half and scored a further 5 tries at fairly frequent intervals. This was a gutsy display by the Tigers with the forwards dominating the Dumfries pack, however the tendency to maul rather than ruck caused the Annan coaches some concern. This was a fine performance from the Tigers and the performance of Callum Jamieson at scrum half was particularly impressive. Annan scorers were J Harrison (3 tries), M Anderson (try), W Grey (try), G Jamieson (try), and J Bingham (try and 2 conversions).

ARDROSSAN 12 V ANNAN 50
SUNDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2005

This was the acid test for the Tigers playing an Ardrossan side who were joint top of the league. Annan started in determined fashion an D Gallimore scored a try with his first touch in the first minute of his debut. Inspired by this great start the Tigers dominated the next 20 minutes with some powerhouse picking, driving and determined rucking. Scores came at regular intervals and by half time the Tigers had racked up 38 points without reply.

The second half was, by comparison with the first, quite disappointing but the Tigers were still in control and ended up worthy winners. This was a big win for the Annan side who now sit unbeaten at the top of the league. However with 4 games remaining there are still games top be won and the boys must guard against complacency creeping in. Dean Gallimore who scored a hat trick on his debut for the team has to be singled out in a fine team display by this improving young side.

The Annan scorers were D Gallimore (3 tries), J Harrison (2 tries), S Nicholson (2 tries), C Coupland (try), J Bingham (5 conversions).

ANNAN 20 V GARNOCK 17
SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2005

A very lack lustre display by the Tigers against a Garnock side keen to avenge the heavy defeat previously inflicted on them by Annan a few weeks ago. The game which was not one of the better spectacles this season so far was marred by ill discipline and poor decision making by the Tigers. It may seem harsh to be so critical of a wining team but this team has set a standard, which on Sunday’s performance, they never came near to maintaining.

The only highlights of note came in the second half with the strong running and ability to beat a man which came from Craig Coupland and George Forrest. The Annan try scorers were M. Anderson (2), J Harrison and W Grey.

DUMFRIES 35 V ANNAN 37
SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER 2005

Forget the scoreline. Annan were ahead by some 20 points with not long to go, but after making seven substitutions the match ended a bit too close for comfort for the coaches.The club's youngest team are developing nicely, a huge improvement having been made since the team came together about a year ago.

They now sit top of their league table. This was also the first chance for the boys to wear the new strips, provided by Hollis Engineering. The Club is very grateful to Dave Hollis, and the players are very pleased with their new look.

There were many good performances this week, particularly the back row of Mark Anderson, Jamie Harrison and William Gray. James Bingham at stand off is improving quickly, but the performance of the week goes to Scott Nicholson who had an outstanding game at loose head prop.

The Annan scorers were M Anderson, W Gray, C Copeland, C Bell, S Nicholson, and J Bingham(2). C McEwan added a conversion.

GARNOCK 12 v ANNAN 86
SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2005

The usual catalogue of mishaps, trials and confusion beset Annan’s U15s on their first league game at Lochshore. Annan started well and began to pick up the points with consummate ease. A sleepy start to the second half allowed Garnock to score two tries one of which they converted.

In an often muddled game the Annan lads did well to keep their shape and discipline in the wake of some quite severe provocation from the opposition.

Try scorers were J Harrison (5), C Bell (3), M Anderson (2), and one apiece for G Johnstone, C Coupland, C Garner and C McEwan. Every player did what was asked of them but a special mention goes to Kian McWhir who had a more than satisfactory debut.

DUMFRIES 10 v ANNAN 34
SUNDAY 28TH AUGUST 2005

Annan travelled to Park Farm unsure of their fate after last weeks defeat at the hands of Hawick. However they soon settled into their game and Jamie Harrison put them 5-0 ahead.

Dumfries came back and lead 10 – 5 but just before half time a C McEwan try and a J Bingham conversion gave Annan a 12 – 10 lead at half time.

With the wind at their backs in the second half Annan controlled the game and further scores from J Harrison (2 tries), J Bingham (try and conversion) and a penalty try gave Annan a comfortable win.

Best for Annan in a fine team performance were the back row of Gray, Harrison & Anderson with J Bingham the pick of the backs