Match reports for the Youth XVs

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MICROS
Micros at Stewartry
MINIS
Minis at Scotstoun
P4/P5 Tigers at Scotstoun
P6/P7 Tigers at Moffat
Mini Tournament at Violetbank
Mini VB Tournament
Mini Dumfries Tournament
Mini Moffat Tournament
P1-P7 at Stewartry Tournament
P1-P7 at Moffat Tournament
S1/S2 (U14)
U14 XV v Loch Lomond
U13 & U14 XV v Cartha QP
U14 XV v Cumbernauld
U14 XV v Hillhead
U14 XV v Uddingston
Stewartry v U14 XV
U14 XV v Stewartry
U14 XV v Strathaven
U14 XV v Dumfries
U14 XV v Stewartry
U13 XV at Kilmarnock
U14 XV v Stewartry
U14 XV v Dumfries
U14 XV v Waysiders
Violetbank Sevens
Loch Lomond v U14 XV
U14 XV at Strathaven
OTHER TEAMS
U16 XV v Stewartry
Stewartry v U16 XV

P1P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
15TH MAY 2016

LAST GAME OF THE SEASON FOR THE TIGERS

Match Report by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton

P6/7 Annan Tigers - 11 players represented Annan at P6/7 level, in matches with Moffat, Peebles and Biggar in a round robin tournament.

Although the 3 games ended in defeat the Annan team scored 2 tries and put in 100% effort throughout. This will be the last time this group will play together before the P7ís head up to secondary school and into the u13/14 set up.

Coaches, Calum, Rob and Neil wish them all the best on their transition into The Academy.

The 11 players on the day were Simon Graham, Fraser McMillan, Lennon Anderson, Harrison Young, Callum Kirk, Ewan Bell, Lex Stevenson, Jake Law, Kirsten Kerr, Lucy Stevenson, Deacon Henderson.

P4/5 Annan Tigers - A squad of 10 players attended the Moffat RFC mini festival on Sunday hoping to round off a busy season with good performances in matches with Peebles Piranhas, Dumfries but firstly the hosts Moffat Rams.

All 3 games ended in defeat but overall an improvement from the start of the season was definitely evident with Annan Tigers scoring 6 tries across the first 2 games before losing the final one 11 to nil.

Tiredness was definitely a factor as was the fact that all other teams were pure P5Ďs whereas Annan fielded a mixed P4/5 with a 5/5 split in the numbers.

Missed tackles heralded most of the opposition scores and taking the ball when standing still lost territory when Annan had the ball.

On the plus side there were some strong runs and deft support play shown by Annan throughout and they never gave up.

Sundayís squad was Elli Smith, Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson, Mason Watret, Oban Woodman, Zak Stevenson, Murray Ker, Finlay Halliday, Liam Ewing and Remo Armstrong.

P1/3 Annan Tigers Micros - 12 intrepid micros set out on Sunday to Moffat for the Rams annual mini festival.

The micros came up against Biggar, Peebles and Dumfries winning 2 of the 3 games. Showing their older compatriots the way it should be done. First up was Biggar which ended in a 6-0 victory for Annan.This was followed by a 5-1 defeat to Peebles. The troops re-organised and finished with a 5-1 win against Dumfries to round off a great day and a great season.

This gave Annan 3rd place overall. Well done kids!!

The kids would like to thank Cameron Ewing and Jack Tinning for helping out the coaches Nicole and Jane on the day.

Special mention goes to Aaron Kerr who, despite having a head injury from the day before, was picked as Micro player of the tournament by the organisers. Well done Aaron.

The Marvellous Micros were: Annie Halliday, Kieran Halliday, Josie Halliday, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Aidan Tinning, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Innes Johnstone, Shaenah Quinn, Aaron Ker and Danny Bell.


U14 XV AT STRATHAVEN
8TH MAY 2016

1 WIN, 1 LOSS FOR THE U14 XV

Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

On Sunday the Under 14ís travelled to Strathaven to play in a 3 team tournament.

First up was a large Kilmarnock side that started the first half the stronger and scored 3 tries without reply.

Second half after a small pep talk Annan/Moffat were a much better side and both sides were evenly matched however, no further score between both teams. Final score was 15-0 to Kilmarnock.

Second game was against the hosts Strathaven. Both teams were evenly matched and a much improved performance.

Annan/Moffat broke the scoring when the ball was worked well to the wing where William White outpaced the defence to score. This was converted by Aaron Carmichael.

Annan/Moffat second try was good ball won by the forwards and good straight running by the backs allowing Finlay Graham to score. Another conversion by Aaron Carmichael.

Strathaven pulled one back before half-time. Half-time score 14-7.

Second half again was very competitive in which the Annan/Moffat defence was the best it had been all season where everyone tackled their hearts out.

Keeping up the pressure on the home team William White found a gap in defence and sprinted home to score under posts. Conversion by Aaron Carmichael. This was the final score of game.

Full-time: Annan/Moffat 21-7 v Strathaven.

Overall this was the best team performance of the season and every player should be proud of themselves.

Thanks to all the parents who were there on Sunday. Their vocal support was very appreciated by the boys!


P1-P7 AT STEWARTRY
24TH APRIL 2016

P6/7 TIGERS REPORT BY ANDY RENDER

A squad of 16 made their way to Greenlaw on Sunday 24th April to take part in the Stewartry Sharks Mini Tournament along with teams from Ayr, Moffat, Dumfries and the hosts.

The first game was against Ayr '2' and Annan started well, getting really stuck in with some strong tackling and powerful direct running. The commitment level for all 16 players was excellent and the tie was won by 3 scores to 1, the Annan scores coming from Lex Stevenson (2) and Fraser McMillan.

The second game saw Annan face Moffat and within the first minute Annan were on the board again with a rather fortuitous score from McMillan. However Moffat had a couple of powerful runners and although Annan gamely tackled they were unable to contain them and the game ended in a 4-2 win for Moffat with Fraser McMillan getting both Annan scores.

The third tie was against Ayr '1' and it was obvious the difference in the two Ayr teams. Annan tried hard but their opponent were well organised and skilful and ran in 5 unanswered scores.

The host club were up next and this game was a close affair dominated by defences and poor handling. There was very little between the teams but Stewartry managed two scores to take the honours.

The final game was against the strong Dumfries team and by now a little of the earlier fight had been knocked out of the Annan team with a few injuries and tiredness creeping in. Dumfries ran in 6 scores, however many of the team played with pride and bravery and kept going until the end.

This was an improvement on the display at Langholm last time out, in particular the enthusiasm in attack and defence in the first two games shows the potential in the squad. Hopefully all players enjoyed their day and will be back for more.

Fraser McMillan was Annan's best attacker ably supported by Lex Stevenson and Ben Latimer, whilst strong defensive performances were shown by Lucy Stevenson, Olivia McQueen and Aitken Render.

The 16 players on the day were Simon Graham, Fraser McMillan, Lennon Anderson, Cameron Court, Aitken Render, Callum Kirk, Emily Oakes, Ewan Bell, Lex Stevenson, Jake Pollock, Kirsten Kerr, Lucy Stevenson, Ruari Heughan, Deacon Henderson, Ben Latimer, Olivia McQueen.

P4/5 TIGERS REPORT BY IAN HAMILTON

A squad of 11 players attended the Stewartry Sharks mini festival on Sunday the 24th April 2016 hoping to carry on a rich vein of form from their previous 2 tournaments. Coached on the day by Rod Ker the first game was against old foes Dumfries which ended in a run away victory for the opposition who racked up a pile of tries with no reply from an Annan team who were like rabbits in the headlights.

Next up was the hosts who were well drilled and like Dumfries had some good strong runners. Stewartry proceeded to run in tries at will but on the up side Annan did manage to breach the Stewartry try line once with a try scored by Remo Armstrong.

An hours gap gave the Annan team time to have a think about what phases of the game were troubling them and a resolve to tackle better and support the runner was agreed and sealed with a Jelly Bean courtesy of Coach Rod.

Annanís 3rd game was against old friends Moffat and proved to be a much closer affair with Annan playing more like the previous 2 festivals and resulted in Moffat winning but Annan managing 2 tries from Remo and Adam Hamilton

Last up for Annan was yet another strong running opposition this time representing Ayr RFC. In a marked improvement from the first 2 games Annan dug in and although leaked a few tries managed to score twice. One from Remo, his third of the day, and the try of the day from Ellie Smith who threw an outrageous dummy pass which fooled the whole defence and ran in from 20 metres out. Much to the delight of all watching including the Ayr coaches!

All in all a bit of a step back in performance but the kids all stuck in, never gave up and played all day with smiles on their faces. Back to the training pitch on Friday.

Sundays squad was Sarah Latimer, Elli Smith (1 try), Adam Hamilton (1 try), Oban Nicholson, Mason Watret, Oban Woodman, Zak Stevenson, Murray Ker, Finlay Halliday, Liam Ewing and Remo Armstrong (3 tries).

P1/3 MICRO TIGERS REPORT BY IAN HAMILTON

12 intrepid micros set out on Sunday to Castle Douglas for the Stewartry Sharks mini festival at Greenlaw.

The micros came up against kids from the clubs represented in the older sections and played 5 games in total. After an initial couple of showers the weather brightened up and the micros served up a treat of exuberant rugby.

All games were played with gusto and in the spirit which all clubs are trying to promote here in Dumfries and Galloway. For the record the Annan Tigers won 3 out of the 5 games but as the emphasis is on participating and enjoying the day, you could say all teams won all the games.

The kids would like to thank Cameron Ewing and Jack Tinning for acting as coaches on the day and making sure that no one got lost! Also the parents for giving up their Sunday lie in but Iím sure what they witnessed would more than make up for getting up early.

The Dirty Dozen were Elliot Oakes, Annie Halliday, Kieran Halliday, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Aidan Tinning, Dan Stevenson, Josie Halliday, Ryan Tinning, Innes Johnstone, Aaron Graham and Aaron Ker.


LOCH LOMOND v U14 XV
24TH APRIL 2016

12 TRIES IN A 36 v 36 DRAW

Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On Sunday, 24th April, a reduced but available squad of 18 boys travelled to the Dillichip playing fields, Bonhill to play Loch Lomond U14 in a friendly fixture. Both Clubs having met earlier in the season in the T4 League and Loch Lomond also recently attending the Annan 7's Festival.

On arrival the weather was for once warm and sunny, with perfect conditions for playing rugby.

On kick off Annan/ Moffat scored their fastest try of the season so far, under 10 seconds, when Finley Graham caught the ball straight from the kick off and weaved through the Loch Lomond Team to score under the posts with Aaron Carmichael converting.

An evenly contested game then ensued with both teams scoring a total of 6 tries each at regular intervals throughout the piece, each converting three apiece, which kept the watching spectators and coaches from both clubs well entertained in the sunshine.

Final Score: Loch Lomond 36 v Annan/Moffat U14 XV 36

Scorers on the day for Annan/ Moffat were Finley Graham 2, William White 2, Finlay McMillan and Ryan Armstrong with Aaron Carmichael scoring three conversions.

This was a good display from an Annan/ Moffat team who stuck in well and are learning to cope with the size and physicality of larger opponents. The last two Annan/ Moffat tries in particular came from some excellent handing with almost every player touching the ball, using the full width of a pitch that would give Murrayfield a run for its money in terms of its size.

Although the whole team played well over the piece there were some excellent individual performances notably from Ryan Armstrong, William White and Finley Graham, the latter who probably played his best game of the season so far, in addition to his brace of tries his commitment, tackle rate and turnovers during the game was an excellent example to all. Thanks to Loch Lomond for hosting and for their hospitality.

Special thanks also to all the Family and friends who travelled to the game with and to support the boys on the day, it's very much appreciated by both the boys and the Coaches.


U13/U14 VIOLETBANK SEVENS
10TH APRIL 2016

SEVENS TOURNAMENT AT VIOLETBANK IN THE SUN

Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

On a bright and Sunny, Sunday 10th April, Annan/ Moffat hosted an U13 and U14 7's festival at Violetbank, Annan.

This involved teams in addition to the hosts from Newton Stewart, Biggar, Loch Lomond, Stewartry and Dumfries.

In both age groups all the games were keenly contested throughout the festival, with the eventual winners being -

  • U13 Biggar
  • U14 Dumfries

    Player of the festival selected by the referees on the day was Duncan Munn - Loch Lomond RFC.

    At U14, Annan/ Moffat lost three games against Loch Lomond, Dumfries and Biggar, beating Stewartry and finishing with a keenly contested draw against Newton Stewart.

    Scorers on the day were, William White 4, Aaron Carmichael 3, Ollie Ferdinand, Ross Barlow, Murray Forbes, Alex Laurie and Findlay Graham.

    At U13 Annan/ Moffat lost all they're games but again were not disgraced scoring 7 tries over the piece through Euan Muirhead 3, Coll Irving, Max Coupland, Duncan Smith and Finley McCartney.

    Thanks to the referees on the day, Craig McCann, Andrew Jancey, Cairn Wallace, Calum Bell and Garry McCartney.

    Special thanks to all the ladies in the Grubber for keeping everyone going with refreshments during the festival and feeding all the boys after the games.


    P6/P7 AT MOFFAT TOURNAMENT
    3RD APRIL 2016

    GREAT EFFORT FROM THE TEAM

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan P6/7 took 9 players to the Moffat mini Tournament on Sunday 3rd of April and played some of their best rugby of the season so far.

    In our first game against Langholm the Tigers were out of the blocks fast with a well worked move along the line to put Kirsten Kerr into the corner which left the lads from the Muckle Toon a bit shell shocked.

    They rallied well and came back at a fired up Annan team scoring a couple of quick tries. The play ebbed and flowed throughout with the Langholm team finally running in 5-1 winners over the 16 minute match. Some excellent play from both sides in a match played in good spirits on a heavy pitch.

    Langholm then went on to defeat the hosts to take the tournament win which left the last match of Moffat v Annan to decide 2nd and 3rd.

    Due to our lack of numbers we borrowed players to make up our team and our old friends Brady Wilson and Ruari Forbes came to our aid in the final match. Both players being team mates of the Annan players in the past they fitted in well and helped Annan to a nice victory over the hosts.

    Brady scored a nice well supported try after some good handling work put him in some space and a well ran Moffat score made it 1-1 at half time. In the second half Ruari Forbes went over for a driving try and Ruari Heughan rounded off a lovely piece of handling play to score in the left corner.

    The hosts were never in the second half and a great break up the middle by Kirstin Kerr led to a final try by Ruari Forbes which left Annan with a nice victory on the day.

    Some great performances on the day and putting training pitch work into the game paid off for Annan and this bodes well for the coming tournaments. Good tackling again by Aitken Render and Fraser McMillan and strong running by Kirsten Kerr and Calum Kirk laid the foundations for our play and with good ball handling by all players this has lifted the team tremendously.

    A welcome to the team for Isla Cooper playing her first game in Annan colours.

    Annan Team: Olivia McQueen ( capt) Isla Cooper, Lucy Stevenson, Kirsten Kerr, Ruari Heughan, Calum Kirk, Lex Stevenson, Aitken Render, Fraser McMillan


    U14 XV v WAYSIDERS DRUMPELLIER/UDDINGSTON
    20TH MARCH 2016

    GREAT WIN FOR THE U14 XV

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    Annan/ Moffat welcomed Waysiders/Drumpellier/ Uddingston to a bright and sunny Holm Park, Moffat for this friendly fixture.

    The visitors arrived minus 4 players, so the large Annan/ Moffat squad provided the numbers to make it 15 players each.

    Having played earlier in the season, when Annan/ Moffat squeaked a win by 5 -7 in atrocious weather conditions, both the Annan/ Moffat players and coaches were aware that the visitors had a considerable advantage in size over the hosts, which had caused problems particularly in the contact area.

    As such coaching sessions leading up to the match focused on generating quick ball, prior to and on contact in an effort to nullify the visitors previous advantage in this area.

    It was great from a coaching perspective to see the boys had taken this on board from the outset and utilised quick hands and good running lines to take the game to the visitors, exploiting space when the opportunity arose, which led to scoring being at regular intervals throughout the game, with the home side running out worthy winners by 51 - 21.

    Scorers on the day were Percy Johnstone (4), Alex Laurie, Ryan Armstrong, Euan Muirhead, Henry Johnstone - Ferguson and Aaron Carmichael, who also kicked 3 conversions. Another good performance from this ever improving team.

    Special mention to Moffat coach Cammy Little who recently was awarded SRU Volunteer of the month and Annandale and Eskdale Coach of the year for his work with the Club and local area. This follows in from his previous ' tattie scone' making exploits.

    Well done Cammy from all the lads and Annan RFC you deserve it.


    P4-P7 TIGERS AT THE DUMFRIES MINI RUGBY TOURNAMENT
    13TH MARCH 2016

    TOUGH GAMES FOR THE TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan took a squad of 14 to the Dumfries Mini tournament at Park Farm on Sunday and enjoyed a great day of Rugby against some new teams for Annan.

    First up Annan played a very well drilled Ayr side who were far quicker out of the blocks and ran in 5 unanswered tries in a scrappy encounter where Annan were never awake enough to compete.

    Up second were a big Ardrossan side who seemed to toil in the face of some great defence by Annan and the Ayrshire outfit eventually won 3 to 1 in a tight match. Annans try came from Lennon Anderson who took his opportunity well even though he had 2 thirds of the pitch to cover before scoring.

    We met our old rivals Langholm next who fought hard for their 5 nil win but who never looked like losing this tie.

    Garnock were our last pool game and this was a very tough test with the tigers going down 2 to zero with some great rugby played by both sides.

    An extra match was arranged against Stewartry after the pool games were over where we played 12 a side with 5 man scrums. This was our best display even though we lost 2 to nothing the grit and determination shown by the Annan side was excellent to see.

    A lot of work still to do but the side are improving week on week so the wins will come. Special mention to Kirsten Kerr who led from the front as captain, Calum Kirk whos strong running in contact gave the opposition defences no end of problems, Aitken Render for some fearless tackling and Olivia ( bandit ) MaQueen who was put forward by our pitch referee as his player of the tournament.

    All of the team played with pride on the day and enjoyed themselves immensely which is a great credit to their attitude to the game and each other.

    Team: Kirsten Kerr (Capt) Olivia MaQueen, Lucy Stevenson, Lex Stevenson, Deacon Henderson, Calum Kirk, Aitken Render, Ruari Heughan, Harris Young, Ross Watrett, Simon Graham, Ewan Bell, Cameron Court, Lennon Anderson.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT THE VIOLETBANK MINI RUGBY TOURNAMENT
    6TH MARCH 2016

    MINIS DO WELL AT VIOLETBANK

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    A rusty Annan team took to the field lead by captain Calum Kirk to take on a big Dumfries side in their first game of Annans home tournament at Violetbank. With the sun shining this was a good day for rugby and the teams did not disappoint. Dumfries scored 5 tries without conceding in a well fought game with the visitors being too strong for the home team.

    Up next were Langholm and a tough encounter was on the cards. The Reds finally winning a real arm wrestle of a match 3-1. Annanís try coming from a great individual run from Fraser McMillan. The game was end to end with another excellent break by Lennon Anderson which tested the Langholm defence.

    A tough match against our good friends Moffat was up next with some poor tackling which let us down. Moffat have some big players who ran with purpose and this was to their advantage. Annan stuck in but were overpowered 4-0.

    Stewartry were our last official game and we left our best to last in a great tussle with the visitors finally winning 1-0. Some great tackling and support work from all in this game meant a good feeling coming off the pitch even though the tie was lost.

    The tournament also gives us the opportunity to try things and an extra game was played against Dumfries incorporating 5 man scrums giving both teams a chance to play with more space in the set piece. Dumfries won 2-0 with both sets of players using the freedom of more space to run with the ball in perfect conditions for rugby.

    The Annan team played well as a whole but we have much to work on as the tournaments start to come thick and fast.

    The Annan squad on the day: Calum Kirk (capt) Ruari Heughan, Cameron Court, Lennon Anderson, Kirsten Kerr, Olivia McQueen, Lex Stevenson, Lucy Stevenson, Robbie Byers, Aitken Render, Deaken Henderson, Euan Bell, Ross Watrett, Fraser McMillan, Simon Graham.


    U14 XV v DUMFRIES
    21ST FEBRUARY 2016

    DUMFRIES TOO STRONG FOR ANNAN/MOFFAT

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a damp and miserable Sunday 21st February, Annan/ Moffat U14 entertained Dumfries U14 at Holm Park, Moffat.

    As a result of numerous call offs, due to illness, holidays and other commitments the Annan/ Moffat team that took to the field in the majority looked as though they had just arrived from Lilliput when compared to their larger opponents.

    To further exacerbate the situation many of the absentees were from the forwards which resulted in 5 boys who normally play in back line positions having to move into the pack over the course of the game.

    From the kick off, Dumfries use their size and weight advantage to good effect, regularly scoring some 11 tries throughout the game. Annan/ Moffats only consolation being a good run in by the ever improving William White following some good passing along the back line. Aaron Carmichael adding the conversion.

    Although up against it for almost all of the game the Annan/Moffat lads stuck to their task and their were some excellent passages of play as well as some notable individual performances.

    Amongst the players who caught the eye were William White, Finley McMillan until he had to retire due to illness, Aaron Carmichael, and Craig Bell who probably played his best game for the team so far.

    However two young men who showed they had ' hearts the size of rugby balls' were Ryan Armstrong and Alex Laurie, whose commitment, tenacity and never say die attitude was immense to say the least, an example of which would be their tackle count, I lost count after 15 each.

    All credit to Dumfries as well, some of their tries being top drawer in terms of their execution and use of the whole back line.

    Another ' hard day at the office' for the boys who took part, but all part of their rugby learning and there's plenty to work on during the weeks ahead. Well stuck in lads.

    Thanks to the Moffat ladies for the hot drinks and food it was most welcome.


    U14 XV v STEWARTRY
    14TH FEBRUARY 2016

    ALMOST BUT NOT QUITE

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a crisp and sunny Valentine's Day, Annan/Moffat U14 entertained Stewartry U14 at Violetbank.

    The home side looking for some revenge following the heavy defeat at Greenlaw a few weeks ago and with more or less a full squad available their was hope from an expectant home support that this would be the case.

    As the visitors had only 14 available some of the home boys agreed to play for them to make it an even contest.

    From the outset the game was an evenly contests affair with no quarter being offered by either side and what an entertaining match both sides to their credit put on for those present. 14 tries were scored with Stewartry winning the try count by 8 to 6. Each team having three conversions each.

    Scorers for Annan on the day were Euan Woodman (3), Finley Graham (2) and Jamie Irvine. With Aaron Carmichael scoring one conversion and Ben Little two.

    It should also be noted that there was another Annan scorer, Max Coupland, who playing scrum half for Stewartry at the time,scored an opportunistic try, following a handing error by one of his Annan team mates in the dead ball area.

    In addition to Max mention should also go to Craig Bell, Chris Ewing and Harry Skinner who all helped out Stewartry during the match. Well done lads.

    Although the hoped for victory to even the score with their old foes didn't materialise this was a good performance from the home side, with the score being more or less even throughout the match until the last 10 minutes.

    In the Annan/ Moffat ranks special mention should go to Ross Barlow who has taken on the standoff role and had his best game in that position with some excellent runs and distribution during the first two thirds of this match until his substitution.

    Thanks to Cairn Wallace for refereeing.

    Also thanks to Elaine and Eddie in the Grubber who kept everyone going with some much needed hot drinks throughout.


    U13 XV AT THE KILMARNOCK TENS
    7TH FEBRUARY 2016

    GREAT RUGBY FROM THE LADS

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 7th February, Annan/ Moffat took a squad of 17 players to the Kilmarnock tens tournament.

    To say the journey to Kilmarnock was horrendous would be an understatement due to gale force winds and driving rain and it's probably fortunate everyone arrived at Kilmarnock safely.

    On arrival it was discovered that several of the other teams taking part had decided to stay at home in view of the weather conditions, which necessitated a quick re draw for the 7 teams who had arrived as arranged.

    As such Annan/ Moffat ended up playing in a group with the hosts, Kilmarnock, Grange Academy and Strathaven.

    In the first match despite racing into a comfortable 4 -1 lead, in what was an fairly evenly match contest, Annan/ Moffat took their foot of the gas somewhat, allowing Kilmarnock back into the game, before eventually reapplying their earlier intensity to win 5 tries to 4.

    Next up were Grange Academy, who were comfortably beaten by their more experienced Annan/ Moffat opponents, with the final score being 12 tries - 1.

    In the final match in the group Annan/ Moffat played Strathaven in a fairly evenly matched contest coming out winners by 2 tries to nil over the piece.

    Following on from last weeks heavy defeat at Stewartry this was just what the doctor ordered for the Annan/ Moffat boys in terms of rebuilding their confidence and contesting well in most aspects of all three games.

    It was good to see the ball being put through the hands, with all 10 players touching it for two or three of the scores on the day as well as some good attacking of space when it was presented to them.

    There is still a way to go however before the whole squad will be the finished article, but over the piece all the boys who took part and the coaches can be satisfied with the performance on the day in what at times was difficult circumstances weather wise.

    Thanks to Kilmarnock for their hospitality and organisation. Despite the weather the boys all really enjoyed themselves.

    A 'big up' to those hardy parents, who traveled with the boys in those horrendous conditions and then stood in the mud, wind and rain to offer their support.


    STEWARTRY v U14 XV
    31ST JANUARY 2016

    STEWARTRY TOO STRONG FOR THE U14 XV

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    A 9am start on Sunday 31st January, saw the Annan/ Moffat U14 boys head off to take on Stewartry U14 at Greenlaw, Castle Douglas.

    The Annan/Moffat squad having around 10 regular players unavailable, which meant a reduced squad of 17.

    This however allowed the coaches to get a prolonged look at some of the younger players in the squad, who were playing a full game for the first time, rather than in their usual replacement roles. Similar to the previous week the game was played in three 20 minute sections

    In the first third the Annan/ Moffat boys took a little time to adapt both to the pace of the game and the size of some of the Stewartry players. This resulted in Stewartry scoring 5 tries all of which were converted.

    In the second third after an initial converted Stewartry try the Annan/Moffat boys seemed to come to terms with both their opponents and pace of the game and exerted control for more or less the remainder of the third keeping Stewartry pinned back in their own 5 metres and 22.

    Thoughts must go to Murray Forbes who after a quick tap penalty and a slick handling interchange between the Annan/ Moffat pack, he crossed in the corner for what was initially thought a well deserved try. Alas it as adjudged Murrays foot had touched the line prior to his touchdown and the try disallowed.

    In the final third, with the younger members of the Annan/Moffat team tiring Stewartry scored a further 3 tries two of which were converted. Annan's only response coming from a fine individual unconverted try by scrum half Aaron Carmichael, who picked up from the base of an Annan/ Moffat scrum on the Stewartry 22 and outstripped the Stewartry defence to score in the corner.

    Final Score: Stewartry 61 v Annan/Moffat 5

    A ' hard day at the office' for some of the Annan/Moffat boys, but on the plus side it allowed the coaches and the boys to assess areas of weakness which can be worked on both individually and collectively at training.

    That said all the boys stuck in well and tried their hardest against bigger more athletic opponents.

    For Annan/ Moffat best on the day were Murray Forbes and Ryan Armstrong in the forwards, with Aaron Carmichael, William White and Euan Muirhead being the pick of the packs. However the man of the match award must go to Alex Laurie, whose work rate and commitment in the tackle, loose and line out, stealing three Stewartry put ins, was an example to all. Well done Alex.

    Thanks to Garry McCartney for refereeing and to Stewartry for their usual excellent hospitality.

    A big thanks also to those parents who, rather than having a well deserved long lie, got up, travelled to Stewartry and cheered the boys on in the rain. It's very much appreciated by both the boys and coaches.


    DUMFRIES v U14 XV
    24TH JANUARY 2016

    U14 GO DOWN TO DUMFRIES BUT ONLY JUST

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 24th November, Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled with 28 boys to play Dumfries U14 at Park Farm, Dumfries.

    This being the first game for both teams since prior to the Xmas holidays. As such it was played in 3 X 20 minute segments to allow for changes in the respective teams formats so that everyone was able to get a game.

    In the first third both teams were evenly matched, with each scoring one uncovered try. The Annan/ Moffat try resulting from an excellent solo effort by Euan Woodman who spotting a gap in the Dumfries defence ran race through from the halfway line to score in the corner.

    In the 2nd third, Annan/ Moffat played the majority of their younger less experienced players, who after a bright start, were eventually overwhelmed by their larger opponents going down 17 -0. However there were several plus points and all the boys stuck in well. Special mention must go Nic Paterson who despite being the smallest player on the pitch, put in a couple of thundering tackles against boys significantly larger than himself.

    In the final third, with our more experienced and older boys being in the majority, Annan/ Moffat began to exert some control and brought the score back to level pegging through try's from Percy Johnstone, Ross Barlow and Euan Woodman, the latter being converted by Aaron Carmichael. When it looked like a draw was on the cards a momentary lapse of concentration by the Annan/ Moffat lads allowed the big Dumfries full back to get up a head of steam and romp through for an unconverted try under the posts.

    Full Time: Dumfries 27 v Annan 22

    All in all a good work out for both teams. From an Annan/Moffat perspective it was good to see the boys bringing a lot of what they've worked on in previous games and practiced at training onto the field, particularly at the breakdown and in the loose, continuity wise, however there is still a lot to work and improve on as they progress.

    It was also good to see the Annan/Moffat pack going well as a unit and being a lot more cohesive not only in the scrum, with two or three strikes against the put in, but at the breakdown and in general play as well.

    Thanks to Dumfries for hosting and their usual warm hospitality. Good steady start to 2016 lads, so let's get to training and get ready for Stewartry next week.


    U13 XV AND U14 XV v CARTHA QUEENS PARK
    22ND NOVEMBER 2015

    CARTHA TOO STRONG BUT GREAT DISPLAY FROM ANNAN

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a bright sunny Sunday 22nd of November, at Violetbank, Annan/ Moffat entertained Cartha Queens Park. With both sides having good player numbers it was decided to play both U14 and U13 games.

    In both age groups however, as with previous weeks, the home squads were up against much larger opponents, but all stuck to their task well.

    In the U14 game the boys played really well and pushed the well drilled Cartha team for the whole game. In the end Cartha's experience told with them running out eventual winners by 8 tries, 6 of which were converted to one unconverted try by the home team.

    Scorer for Annan being Ewan Woodman, who outpaced the Cartha defence from 30 metres out after some very slick handling and interplay by the Annan/ Moffat back line.

    In the U13 match the visitors gave the home squad a couple of players to even up the teams.

    This being a real ding dong of a game with again the well drilled Cartha team eventually running out winners by 7 tries to 5. The Annan/ Moffat scores coming from the ever improving Duncan Smith (2) and Ryan Whiteside, with the remaining scores coming from the two loaned players.

    Lots to work on and when taking into account the home squad had around 7 players unavailable, it shows the strength in depth at this age group.

    Well done to all the lads who played, you stuck in well.

    Thanks to the referees on the day, Craig McCann, Colin Warrick, Andrew Jancey and Adam Torbett.

    Special mention and thanks to all the ladies and Keith in the Grubber for keeping everyone going with hot drinks and feeding both teams after the match.


    UDDINGSTON/WAYSIDERS DRUMPELLIER v U14 XV
    8TH NOVEMBER 2015

    U14 XV STILL 100% FOR THE SEASON

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On what can only be described as probably one of the most miserable remembrance mornings for a while the Annan/ Moffat U14' s travelled to Waysider Drumpellier RFC at Coatbridge to play the combined Uddingston/WD U14 in their latest tier 4 League match.

    Hoping they had outrun the rain in the journey North, the team were disappointed to find it had caught up with them about 15 minutes prior to kick off, when the wind rose and the heavens duly opened.

    The game kicked off and the conditions underfoot were also fairly testing in that there was probably more mud than grass, after the first XV league match of the previous day.

    Despite the miserable conditions the Annan/ Moffat lads took to their task against another Central Belt outfit who seem to be feeding their players some type of growth hormone as several of the home team towered over their visitors by some noticeable margin.

    After some initial bouts of mud wrestling, the home team were awarded a couple of penalties close to the Annan/ Moffat line and with what can only be described as heroic efforts by the Annan/ Moffat pack they kept the large rampaging home forwards out.

    Towards the end of the first half, Uddingston/WD managed to score a close range try after a scrum close to the Annan/ Moffat line. They were also very unlucky with the conversion kick which rebounded back of the bar into the field of play.

    After some words of encouragement and a few tactical changes, the Annan/ Moffat team started the 2nd half with renewed vigour keeping their much larger opponents pinned in their own half.

    After some good interplay and handling William White took the ball up and with a great sidestep and some fancy footwork, which would have received praise on strictly, he scored close in to the posts to even the score. Aaron Carmichael making the most of a good tailwind to score the conversation and put the visitors in the lead.

    The game continued on for several minutes with the Annan/ Moffat team beginning to exert more control, when the weather gods decided to pick the wind up a bit and throw even more water at both teams, reminiscent of the monsoon season. This resulted in the game being concluded.

    So Annan/ Moffat still remain undefeated in their T4 encounters.

    All 25 of the Annan and Moffat boys who travelled and took part should be complimented not only for the way they played in very difficult conditions, but for doing it for the most part with a smile and without complaint.

    Well done lads you are a credit to both your Clubs and your families.

    Thanks to Waysiders Drumpieller for the hot soup and rolls at the final whistle, it was very welcome.

    Special mention should also go to to all those parents and supporters who gave up their Sunday to not only drive to Coatbridge in torrential rain, but to then stand in it for around 90 minutes while the boys played. Your support is very much appreciated and I hope you all got home safely and dried out!


    MICROS TRAVEL TO STEWARTRY
    1ST NOVEMBER 2015

    GREAT PERFORMANCE FROM THE MICROS

    Match Report by: Neil 'Belly' Bell

    On Sunday the 1st November Annan P3 took a team of 7 player to Stewartry rugby club.The host club sadly were not able to raise a team. So Annan Dumfries and Langholm played each other in 10 mins halves

    Annan played Dumfries in the first game and this was a close game by half time It was 3-3.

    After a little pep talk from 2 old players (Jack Tinning and Kermit) the boys and girls played a better 2nd half and young Aaron scored 2 wonderful tries in the 2 half in the end it was a draw 6-6 and the try scorers were Arron (4) Aidan Tinning (1) and Dan Stevenson (1)

    Annan had a rest while Dumfries played Langholm. Then Annan played Langholm with Langholm scoring more tries in the first half 5- 3 being the score at half time.

    Annan scored another 4 tries while Langholm scored another 3 making them the winners.

    Annan try scorers were Arron (2) Aidan (2) Dan (1) Kieran (1) Josie (1)

    All players gave 110% and played as a team.

    A special mention must go to a young Ryan Tinning who helped make up the numbers.

    Special thanks to the parents for helping the coach on the day and to Jack Tinning for having a run about in the Langholm game (is a comeback on the cards Mr Tinning??)


    P4/P5 TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    1ST NOVEMBER 2015

    GREAT DAY OUT FOR THE TIGERS

    Match Report 1 by: Iain Park

    Following on from the massive success which was the Annan Rugby/Glasgow Warriors October Camp the Tigers were invited to send their P4/5 squad up to Scotstoun Stadium on Sunday to take in some fun activities before the game, be part of the Guard of Honour as the two teams, Glasgow Warriors and Neath/Swansea Ospreys, and, most exciting for the youngsters, play a game on the main pitch during the half time break.

    Arriving early after dropping the older U14 squad at Hillhead the youngsters had time for a wander round, a spot of lunch and also to take part in the various Halloween games which had been laid on which included Sarah and Eva leading the way and showing the boys how to complete the obstacle race in under 10 seconds!!

    There was even time to pose for a squad photo with Peter Murchie ( the mums present also got in on the act as well )

    Along with Wayside/Drumpellier, Ayr and Biggar the Tigers lined up to cheer the two teams onto the pitch before taking their seats in the stand. However, as they gathered for the half time match Sean Lamont raised the excitement even further by crossing for his try right in front of them.

    The opposition from Wayside/Drumpellier also had a big squad so everyone in our squad got to play the whole game which lasted for 10 minutes and was a real treat for them all.

    Everyone got stuck in with some really good tackles and good running and although W/D scored one try everyone was a winner after such a special occasion.

    Tigers Squad: Zak Stevenson, Finlay Halliday, Adam Hamilton, Eva Coupland, Rauri McGauchie, Sarah Latimer, Murray Ker, Gregor Watret, Charlie Marshall, Ellie Smith and Liam Ewing.

    To finish off what was an already memorable day, the Tigers and youth team took the opportunity to meet the Warriors after the game. A truly inspirational experience for our young players.

    Match Report 2 by: Ian 'Hammy' Hamilton

    Eleven intrepid P4/5 players set out at the crack of 9 am on Sunday the 1st of November to head up to Glasgow for a Halloween treat. They shared a coach with their older counterparts who were en route to playing Hillhead /Jordanhill u14ís.

    Arriving around midday at Scotstoun the kids were treated to some pre match Halloween themed games and an assault course which they all thoroughly enjoyed. There were also photo opportunities for the kids (and their mums) with some of the Glasgow Players. Peter Murchie was the mumís favourite!

    On the run up to the big game the squad was educated in the proper way to wave flags which culminated in them being part of the Guard of Honour for the two Pro 12 teams as they took to the field of play for the televised match.

    The kids quickly took their seats in the ground to watch a close fought first half. As half time approached they got ready to play Waysider's Drumpellier on the main pitch during the half time break. All eleven players acquitted themselves well but unfortunately were defeated 2 score to nil.

    Back to the seats for the remainder of what transpired to be a Glasgow bonus point victory with a score of 31-19.

    All that was left was for the squad to meet some Glasgow players after the game and get tickets, posters even shirts signed by their heroes. This brought an excellent day out to a close, albeit with a long bus journey to be undertaken.

    Annan Tigers were ably represented by Rauri McGauchie, Adam Hamilton, Murray Ker, Liam Ewing, Charlie Marshall, Finlay Halliday, Eva Coupland, Elli Smith, Gregor Watret, Sarah Latimer and Zak Stevenson.

    The kids would like to thank Coach Jim Tweedie and parent/ helpers for making this a great day out and for the opportunity to play on the big pitch in front of a 6650 sell-out crowd.

    Maybe one day thereíll be players from this group playing in the big games at Scotstoun, you never know.


    HILLHEAD v U14 XV
    1ST NOVEMBER 2015

    ANOTHER GOOD WIN FOR THE U14 XV

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 1st November the combined Annan/Moffat U14 travelled to a sunny Hughenden, in Glasgow to take on Hillhead Jordanhill U14 in the latest tier 4 fixture.

    Another good turnout of 22 available players attending.

    Prior to kick off it was established that Hillhead Jordanhill had only eight players, so they joined forces with Uddingston/ Clydebank to field a combined XV against the visitors.

    From the kick off the Annan Moffat XV seemed a bit lack lustre at times but eventually got into gear and pressed their much larger opponents hard.

    In the 40 minute league scoring part of the game they scored 5 tries through Murray Forbes and Ewan Woodman (4). Two being converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    The Hillhead Jordanhill combined team responding with two converted tries.

    In the third development section of the game Annan/ Moffat continued in a similar vein scoring a further 4 tries through Ollie Ferdinand, Murray Forbes, Finley McMillan and Aaron Carmichael, who also added a further 3 conversions. Hillhead Jordanhill scoring a further unconverted try in response.

    All in all a good result for the Annan/Moffat team against their much larger opponents. There were some good displays over the piece but special mention should go to Ewan Woodman who in addition to scoring four tries put in a couple of try saving tackles at the other end and Aaron Carmichael who played his first game at standoff.

    After the final whistle the boys and supporters joined the Annan P4/5 Tigers who were playing at Scotstoun to give them their support and take in the Warriors v Ospreys game.


    U14 XV v STRATHAVEN
    25TH OCTOBER 2015

    WIN FOR THE U14 XV

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    At the end of last week it was thought the U14 would be training on Sunday 25th October, however a late phone call from a similarly ' left at the altar' Strathaven team via the icon that is Mr John Gillis, led to a last minute friendly being arranged at Violetbank.

    This was the Annan/ Moffat team first fixture of the season at Violetbank, with a T4 Club, so it was anticipated that with the numbers at training from the local area the squad would be fairly large and as it tuned out 25 boys turned up. †

    Testament to Strathaven as well who brought 18 to game at short notice. The game was played as three 20 minute squad sessions. †

    In the first twenty Annan/ Moffat got the better of the initial exchanges scoring three tries, to one in response from Strathaven. † Scorers for Annan/Moffat being the ever improving Findlay Graham, Euan Woodman (2) and Aaron Carmichael. †With Aaron Carmichael scoring one conversion.

    In the second 20, Annan/ Moffat made 10 changes to give some of the younger and more inexperienced players a †run. †Although Strathaven scored three tries with two converted in this period, to none, †the home team can take a lot of confidence from their performance, with tackling being good in parts and all the boys sticking †in and getting exposure against a larger more cohesive Strathaven outfit.

    In the final third Annan/ Moffat returned to fielding for the most part their stronger more experience players,scoring a further 4 tries through, Finday Graham and the ever present Ollie Ferdinand (2) and and good reaction and steal at the line out try from Percy Johnstone. †3 being converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    All in all a good game between two resonantly matched teams and it is credit to Strathaven, who when asked if they wanted to class the match as league game, to save them traveling again, said no and that they'd be happy to play both the future scheduled league games.

    Final Score: 29 - 11 †(3 points for a try and 1 point per conversion).

    Thanks to Gary McCartney for refereeing and to Club Captain Craig McCann, Tracy Whiteside and assistants (don't know who they were at the time of writing) for manning the Grubber and supplying refreshments to the numerous parents and supporters who attended.

    Special thanks to Strathaven U14 for the game at short notice though. BIG UP LADS!


    ANNAN MINIS HOST THE VIOLETBANK TOURNAMENT
    4TH OCTOBER 2015

    GREAT DAY AND TURNOUT HAD BY ALL

    Despite both the 1st XV and the 2nd XV having a blank weekend due to RWC 2015 it was still a busy time at Annan RFC on Sunday 4th of October.

    First up we had 160+ kids for a Festival of mini rugby.

    They came from Newton Stewart, Stewartry, Dumfries, Moffat and Langholm as well as the host club. Ages ranged from P1 to P7 who played in 4 age groups Micro (P1-3), P4, P5 and P6/7. The Annan contingent played at micro, P5 and P6/7 with results as follows.

    Match Report by: Coach Jim Tweedie

    Micros were well represented and played games with Langholm, Dumfries and Moffat. At this level the ethos is all about enjoyment and all micros got plenty of that.

    With bodies running about all over the place. This was probably the most micros we have ever had out so the seeds planted are germinating nicely.

    The P4/5 team played 6 games at P5 level against representatives from all club (Dumfries had 2 teams).

    As there were only 7 players representing Annan at this level they had to play all games at 7 a side with no replacements.

    This meant for a few tired bodies by the end, but everybody gave their all and showed some signs of improvement on the previous tournament at Moffat.

    For the record the results were played 6, lost 5 and drew 1 (with Newton Stewart).

    Match Report by: Coach Calum Heughan

    P6/7 Annan Tigers had a large squad for their home Tournament which gave us options to try some of the new things we have been working on at training. First up was a well drilled Dumfries team who ran out convincing winners 6-0.

    Up next were a good Langholm side who won a tighter game 5-1 with the score flattering them a little. The Tigers were now in better form with a hard fought draw against Moffat 1-1.

    Stewartry up next who beat us by a single score 1-0 in what was one of the best games we played on the day before the Tigers went down 2-1 against Newton Stewart in the final game.

    Making sure all players who turn up get an equal time on the pitch is a tough ask but it is a policy we are committed to and we would like to thank all the players and spectators from Annan for appreciating this.

    We may not always win games because our strongest team is not on the pitch but the enjoyment for all is more important than winning every game.

    All in all a hectic 2 and a half hours on Sunday morning!

    Finally the kids would like to thank the referees, coaches, Grubber staff, Club Staff at Bank Street and especially parents, friends and clubmates for their support on Sunday (and every other weekend).

    Why not come along and join the Rugby Family?


    CUMBERNAULD v U14 XV
    4TH OCTOBER 2015

    GREAT TURNOUT AND WIN!

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 4th October Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled to Cumbernauld for their latest T4 League fixture. Such is the enthusiasm currently at this age group, that 28 players and a fair few parents travelled to the match. This being remarkable when taking into account a further 8 or so regulars were unavailable.

    On arrival the smaller Annan/Moffat team set about there much larger opponents with some gusto and starting scoring regularly from the outset, with 14 tries and 7 conversions in total to one unconverted try in response by the home team.

    The home side also sustained a number of injuries during the game so big up to all the Annan/ Moffat lads who played for Cumbernauld at various stages in the game to keep it at 15 a side.

    Although a good victory one aspect for the coaches to be a little critical was the loss of team cohesion after they went a few tries ahead, with everyone wanting to get on the score sheet, rather than doing the job in hand. That said there were some excellent passages of play and also plenty of good points to take heart from.

    Scorers for Annan/ Moffat on the day were William White 3, Intras Daraebe 2, Findlay Graham 2, Murray Forbes 2, Finlay McMillan, Finlay McCartney, Ryan Whiteside, Euan Woodman and Euan Muirhead all 1 try.

    Josh Smith kicked 6 conversions and Ben Little 1.

    Well done to all the boys who took part. Good team effort and one of the spectators commented how smart you all looked after the game and how well you represented both yourselves and your team.

    Thanks to Cumbernauld for hosting and a special thanks to the large number of parents and friends who travelled to support, it's very much appreciated by both the clubs, coaches and more importantly the boys.


    STEWARTRY v U16 XV
    4TH OCTOBER 2015

    LOCAL DERBY GAME

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    After a few weeks of inactivity Annan/ Moffat U16 travelled to Greenlaw, Castle Douglas to take on Stewartry on Sunday 4th October, for an early 1030am kick off.

    After an initial period of pressure by the visitors the hosts eventually took control through their much larger and strong running forwards scoring four tries before Annan/ Moffat replied through a piece of individual brilliance from scrum half Max Douglas before scoring another 3 good tries following interplay by both backs and forwards from the ever present Mark Walker Jones.

    Disruption through injuries then led to Stewartry scoring several more tries.

    Although the try count suggested the Annan/Moffat team were well beaten, this in no way reflected the game which prior to the injuries to a couple of players, was fairly evenly contested with several of Stewartry's tries coming from interceptions and break always.

    All in all the boys who turned out put in a good performance and with a bit of more regular game time and the return of injured and unavailable players to the fold, bodes for some optimism for the future.


    P6/P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    20TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    P6/P7 IN ACTION AT MOFFAT

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On Sunday 20th September Annan P6/7 Tigers took part in a 3 Team round robin tournament at Moffat.

    The Tigers took a healthy 13 player squad and were looking to put a lot of the hard work from training into practice against Moffat and Stewartry.

    Annan got off to a winning start beating the hosts Moffat 2-1 in a very hard fought game over 2 ten minute halves. Both Annan tries coming from Captain Ruaridh Forbes who led his team well on the day.

    Moffat then beat Stewartry 2-1 in another nail biting encounter which set up Annan for a tournament win if they could beat Stewartry in the last game.

    The final game was a very physical encounter with Stewartry edging the win 1-0 in the final minutes.

    All of the coaches commented on the hard fought and thoroughly enjoyable 3 games played and the spirit in which they were played, and with all the teams taking 1 win and 1 loss from the day this seemed a fair reflection on the standard of the 3 teams.

    Special mention must go to Deacon Henderson, Ross Watret and Ewan Bell who all made their debuts for Annan and showed great promise of things to come.

    P6/P7 Tigers at Moffat

    P6/P7 Team: Simon Graham, Cameron Court, Ruari Heughan, Fraser McMillan, Ben Latimer, Lucy (Frankie) Stevenson, Lex Stevenson, Callum Kirk, Ruaridh Forbes, Ewan Bell, Deacon Henderson, Ross Watret.


    ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV v LOCH LOMOND
    20TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    GREAT WIN FOR THE U14 XV TIGERS

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    Note: 3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion.

    Annan/Moffat U14 commenced their fixtures in the T4 West system with a home game against Loch Lomond U14 at The Holm, Moffat.

    From the outset the home side seemed a little lethargic,which had been a feature of recent games, which resulted in the more alert and speedy Loch Lomond winger rounding the home defence to score a try under the posts, which was duly converted.

    This seemed to spur the home side into action and after some good driving play and handling Finlay McMillan scored, which was unconverted.

    Fully awakened from their earlier slumbers the home side then took to the task in hand which saw them score a further 6 tries through Percy Johnstone (2), Ollie Ferdinand (3) and Findlay Graham. 5 of which were converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    Loch Lomond scoring another try which was converted in response.

    This was a keenly contested contest with lots for the coaches of both teams to work on over the coming games.

    Pick of the bunch on the day for Annan/Moffat were Percy Johnstone, Ollie Ferdinand, Ryan Armstrong, Murray Forbes and Aaron Carmichael.

    Special mention to Aaron Carmichael who had to go to Hospital to get checked out following a head knock, but I'm happy to say he is now back to his cheeky self, according to his dad and should be back training in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks also to the Rams tea ladies and all at the Holm for their usual friendly welcome.


    ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV v STEWARTRY
    13TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    GREAT RUN OUT FOR THE U14 XV TIGERS

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs; Carmichael

    Violetbank welcomed Stewartry Under 14ís for the return friendly fixture.

    The game was split into 3 sessions with Annan/Moffat having 25 under 14ís to get some game time.

    First game with both teams fielding their strongest sides. The home side finishing the sessions with 12-0 with tries from Euan Woodman and Percy Johnstone with one being converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    Second session Annan/Moffat fielded mostly S1 boys who were getting their first taste of rugby, they all got stuck in and tried very hard but were overpowered by a bigger Stewartry side who went on to win this session 24-5 . Annan/Moffats only try coming from Percy Johnstone.

    Third session was a hard fought affair with Stewartry going 7-0 up early on. The home side playing some excellent rugby got back to 7-5 with a good try by centre Euan Woodman which was converted from wide out by Aaron Carmichael to level the score at 7-7 which was the final score for the session.

    All in all it was a good outing for the home team with all the boys getting game time.

    Next week is the first league game against Loch Lomond at Moffat RFC with a 13:30 kick off.


    STEWARTRY v ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV
    6TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    GREAT WIN FOR THE U14 XV TIGERS

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs; Carmichael

    A beautiful day up at Greenlaw where Annan/Moffat Under 14ís teamed up to play a friendly game against Stewartry.

    This proved to be a very useful run out, with the combined team integrating well together.

    Annan/Moffat came out as eventual winners 32-14 in a game played in very good spirits. Stewartry opened the scoring with a couple of 2 unconverted tries to which Annan/Moffat replied with 2 unconverted tries to finish the first session 14-10 down.

    In the second session got used to playing as a team and scored 2 more tries with one being converted to lead 22-14 at the break.

    In the final session Annan/Moffat's was showing up well and scored 2 more unconverted tries to leave the final score 32-14.

    It was good to see that training sessions that the boys are doing is working well and will be a return game when Stewartry comes to Violet Bank next Sunday.

    U14 XV at Stewartry

    STEWARTRY/NEWTON STEWART v ANNAN/MOFFAT U16 XV
    6TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    U16 XV TIGERS GO DOWN AT STEWARTRY

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a bright sunny Sunday 6th September, the newly formed combined Annan/Moffat U16 team travelled to Stewartry to take part in a pre season warm up against the hosts and Newton Stewart.

    With only 13 players being available to travel, the combined borrowed a couple from Stewartry and played the first game against a well drilled Newton Stewart 15.

    This was a keenly and fairly evenly contested contest which ended up with a 22 - 7 win to Newton Stewart.

    The combined teams rhythm being disrupted due to losing two players Max Douglas (thumb ligaments) and Josh Whiteside (suspected concussion) which saw both boys requiring to get checked out at Hospital.

    Glad to say both are fine and their respective injuries are not too serious.

    See you hopefully soon lads.

    In the next game the combined team gave 6 players to Stewartry and after another keenly contested high scoring game against Newton Stewart the Stewartry and combined team ran out winning by 24 - 20.

    All in all a good day for all who played with the positives outweighing the negatives over the piece, particularly the interplay and team spirit.

    Thanks to Stewartry for their usual hospitality and good craic.

    Well done lads and roll on the next game.


    ANNAN MINI TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    5TH SEPTEMBER 2015

    MINIS TRIP TO SCOTSTOUN

    On a sunny day in Glasgowís Scotstoun sports arena the Annan Tigers took part in a mini rugby tournament before the Glasgow Warriors took on the Llanelli Scarlets in the opening Pro 12 match.

    This pitted the Tigers against teams from Glasgow, Mull, Highland, Stirling and Aberdeen.

    The Tigers played 5 winning 1 and losing 4 of their games to good opposition with some close hard fought matches.

    Mull were short of players so we gave them 3 of ours to make up a full game and Ruaridh Forbes played an extra full game for them to add to his busy day. He scored their only try in their 1 all draw against Highland.

    Tigers win was against Mull beating them 5 nil with Try Scorers Ruaridh Forbes 2, Josh Cairns 1, Ben Latimer 1, Calum Kirk 1.

    The team played well against some good opponents and this bodes well for the future.

    Minis Team: Aitken Render, Lucy Stevenson, Lex Stevenson, Josh Cairns, Nathan Newton, Sarah Hunter, Ruari Hunter, Fraser McMillan, Ben Latimer, Ruaridh Forbes, Callum Kirk,