Match reports for the Youth XVs

PREVIOUS YEARS:

All previous match reports etc can be found at the Archive page.

MICROS
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Moffat
P1-P3 Violetbank Festival
P1-P3 at Langholm
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Dumfries
P1-P3 at Dumfries 2
P1-P3 at Langholm
P1-P3 at Stewartry
MINIS
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Moffat
P4-P7 at Newton Stewart
P4-P7 Violetbank Festival
P4-P7 v Moffat
P4-P7 at Langholm
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Moffat
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P4-P7 at Violetbank
P4-P7 at Moffat
P4-P7 at Langholm
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Moffat
S1/S2 (U14)
Newton Stewart Away
Paisley Away
Stewartry Home
Marr Home
Bishopton/Clydebank Home
Ardrossan Away
Kilmarnock Away
Paisley Home
Stewartry/Irvine Away
Marr Away
Stewartry Home
Newton Stewart Home
Stewartry Away
U13 Biggar Away
Biggar Away
U13 at Scotstoun
U13 Strathaven Away
U13 Preston Home
Violetbank Sevens
U15
Garnock/Irvine Away
Kilmarnock Home
Marr Away
Stewartry Away
Kilmarnock Away
Stewartry Home
Stewartry Away
Allan Glens Home
Garnock/Irvine Away
Strathaven Home
Violetbank Sevens

P4-P7 TIGERS AT THE MOFFAT RUGBY YOUTH TOURNAMENT
14TH MAY 2017

P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

Annan travelled to Moffat with 13 lads along with teams from Stewartry, Biggar & Dumfries. The lads started off playing Dumfries Whites playing well getting some excellent hard hitting tackles in.

The next 2 games against Stewartry & Moffat, the lads lost momentum after a few of our players got injured, nothing serious, but quick subs needed.

A wee coach talk picked the lads spirits up & they came back winning against Biggar Blacks showing how they could pull it back with quick hands & try scoring.

The last game against Biggar Reds was fast & furious at points, with some hard hitting tackles & off loads. Unfortunately another few injuries saw Biggar Reds get the upper hand in the latter stages of the match.

Brilliant effort by all, proud off you lads!

Games:

  • Annan 2 v Dumfries Whites 3
  • Annan 1 v Stewartry 5
  • Annan 2 v Moffat 6
  • Annan 7 v Biggar Blacks 0
  • Annan 0 v Dumfries Blacks 5
  • Annan 1 v Biggar Reds 5

    Players: Innes Johnstone, Aaron Kerr, James Glendinning, Ben Richardson, Zak Stevenson, Aidan Tinning, Oban "Wrecking Ball" Nicholson, Harry Norden, Dan Stevenson, Archie Stoddart, James Farrell, Murray Ker & Brandon Lockerbie.

    Try Scorers: Murray Ker 3 ,Aidan Tinning 2, Dan Stevenson 1, Zak Stevenson 1, Oban "Wrecking Ball" Nicholson 3, Archie Stoddart 1, Ben Richardson 1 & Brandon Lockerbie 1.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Ross Johnstone.

    Big thank you to all at Moffat who put on a great tournament & to all who helped out & travelled to support all the young players.

    Training this week will be at Violetbank on Sunday. 10.30am start.

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan traveled up the M74 on a sunny Sunday morning with 17 players to take part in the Moffat end of season tournament. Missing a number of core players this gave valuable game time to some of our squad who have not had as much time on the pitch as we had hoped during the season. Also with one eye on next year this is where we can see where our strengths and weaknesses may be for the future.

    First up we played Peebles Blue. One of three teams Peebles brought on the day and as you would expect from a border club they knew how to play. A young Annan team were up first and it was a tough opener for the Tigers going down 8-0 to the eventual tournament winners. This showed how we need to get more players the game time to work on the skills needed at this level.

    Next was our old friends from Dumfries and the real litmus test on the season so far. A team who have put us to the sword in the past were shell shocked by the most experienced Annan team on the day and if some decisions had gone our way this would have been our first victory over the Saints. Lex Stevenson scoring for Annan in a hard fought 1-1 draw. Feeling that we should have won shows that we now have a competitive side who can win games against the best in our region.

    Our third match was against Pebbles White and a stronger Annan side was now against the borderers. This was a great game with some inventive play from both sides but the Red and Whites proved too strong for the Tigers beating us 6-1 at the finish. Our score coming from a great individual break from John Glendinning to score in the corner.

    This was our side of the league finished so we organised a development game against our pals Moffat to give both our younger players more time on the pitch. The referee was kind to both sides and when glaring mistakes were made the play was brought back to replay the scenario again rather than penalize the players for not knowing the rules etc.

    The game was well fought and Moffat ran out 2-1 winners in the end but the result was not an issue in a game where both sides played their youngest and least experienced teams. Annan try scorer was Jake Pollock who used his pace to outstrip the Moffat defence to score in the corner.

    The two Peebles sides we played on the day were the eventual finalists and a great game that was to watch. Our trip up the motorway may not have brought any silverware for Annan but our players showed great resolve against some strong teams and we have a good foundation for next year with player numbers being healthy at our club.

    P6/P7 Team: Lex Stevenson (capt 1 try) Jake Nordon, Jake Pollock (1 try) Erin Ewing, Drew Skarkey, Mason Watret, Tyler Smith, Niall Patterson, Ewan Bell, John Glendinning (1 try) Niamh Ross, Ellie Smith, Frazer McMillan, Remo Armstrong, Logan Blacklock, Aiden Richardson, Liam Ewing.


    THE 2017 VIOLETBANK SEVENS
    7TH MAY 2017

    Match Report by: Gary “Taggart” Coupland

    On Sunday 7th May, Annan Rugby hosted a youth sevens tournament at Violetbank for U13,U14 and U15 age groups. Teams taking part in addition to the 3 Tigers teams, were Loch Lomond, Biggar, Dumfries, Langholm, Stewartry, Moffat and Newton Stewart.

    Around 200+ boys in total taking part. The U15 and U13 competition took the format of two pools, with the top two teams from each pool playing off in the final and the U14 competition took the form of a 6 team round robin tournament with the best team overall being crowned tournament champions.

    At U13 after some highly competitive group games, the two finalist were Stewartry U13 against Langholm U13 with the muckle toon outfit winning convincingly to take the title. At U14 again after some highly competitive and entertaining games Stewartry U14 remained unbeaten throughout to clinch the title.

    At U15 again after some excellent pool games the final was between Biggar U15 and Dumfries Saints U15 with Biggar edging it by 12-7 in a keenly contested final.

    In terms of the Annan side's two senior teams, both played well in parts with Euan Muirhead (6) Duncan Smith and Ross Smith scoring at U14 and William White (2) scoring for the U15.

    In addition to the team competitions, awards were also presented to the top player at each age group in terms of each overall competition. The players selected were -

    U13 - Maurice McDermid (Biggar)
    U14 - Gregor Gow (Newton Stewart)
    U15 - Rhys Tait (Langholm)

    Thanks to the referees, Stephen Kingston (Newton Stewart), Cammy Little, (Moffat), Calum Bell, Niamh Dobie, Eve Irving and Cameron Ewing (all Annan).

    Thanks also to all the coaches and Marion who kept things running smoothly and dealt with all the bumps and grazes etc during the tournament and to all the mums and dads and helpers at the Grubber and Barbecue for feeding all the teams and keeping the crowd refreshed.

    Special thanks also to all the players who took part and made it such and entertaining and competitive event. Take a bow lads.


    U13 XV v PRESTON GRASSHOPPERS
    23RD APRIL 2017

    Match Report by: Gary “Taggart” Coupland

    On Sunday 23rd April Annan/Moffat U13 entertained a Preston Grasshoppers U13 touring side a a sunny Violetbank.

    The Annan/Moffat team also included a number of the P7 Tigers team who had stepped up to cover for a number of call offs due to illness and injury.

    As such it was obvious that the boys would be up against it against a Preston Grasshoppers team who had played together for some time and also had a significant advantage in terms of size and weight over the majority of the Annan/ Moffat team.

    From the outset Preston began to exert pressure on the home side using their big runners to good effect, which result in them scoring at regular intervals during the 1st half with Annan/ Moffat's only response being a John McKay try midway through the half, which was unconverted. Annan/ Moffat's cause was further hampered by a couple of injuries during the half.

    Half Time: Annan/ Moffat 3 - Preston Grasshoppers 23

    In the 2nd half Preston continued to exert pressure and as the home side tired they continued to score at regular intervals.

    Final Score: Annan/ Moffat U13 3 - Preston Grasshoppers 40.

    Although Annan/Moffat were well beaten by a more cohesive Preston Grasshoppers team it should be taken into account that the home side were missing a few players prior to and through injury during the game. The P7 lads were also only playing their 2nd game on a full size pitch.

    In patches the home side played some good rugby with some excellent passages of play and handling skills, however this wasn't consistent enough over the piece combined with positional naivety at times.

    The P7 boys who stepped up to cover did well throughout which shows promise for next season at this level.

    Thanks to a Gordon Carmichael for refereeing and to the ladies and staff at both Violetbank and Bank Street who fed the travelling party.

    Thanks also to all who came to support the boys it's very much appreciated.


    U15 XV v STRATHAVEN
    23RD APRIL 2017

    Match Report by: Gary “Taggart” Coupland

    On the afternoon of Sunday 23rd April, Annan U15 entertained Strathaven U15 in the semi final of the West Chairmans Trophy at a sunny Violetbank.

    As with the U13 team earlier in the day the U15 squad was depleted due to injury and illness with a number of the U14 team stepping in to cover, prior to and during the game.

    As such although the boys competed well they were outgunned by a more cohesive and well drilled Strathaven unit who scored at regular intervals throughout the game. The home side's cause not being helped by an injury to centre Finley McMillan in the first 5 minutes, which reduced the team to 14 and a further reduction due to a yellow card for a high tackle.

    Annan's only score coming as a result of some fine interchanging and forward play which led to a score in the corner by Craig Bell.

    Although well beaten in the end there were some positive points from the game, particularly the home scrum which was dominant throughout and some of the back play when on the front foot, however the old failings of lack of support at times, particularly when there was a scoring opportunity to exploit and missed tackles at key moments cost the boys in the end.

    Thanks to Strathaven for the game and we wish them well in the final.

    Thanks to Cairn Wallace for refereeing and to all at Violetbank and Bank Street who fed both teams and the supporters.

    Thanks also to all who came to support it is very much appreciated by both the boys and coaches.


    ANNAN P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    23RD APRIL 2017

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan P6/7 Tigers took a fine squad of 17 players to sunny Greenlaw for the Stewartry Rugby festival. 5 games against some tough opposition stood in front of the Annan players and they got stuck in from the off.

    Game 1 was against a big Dumfries team who were very sharp and some loose tackling let the Park Farm outfit take a quick 2 nil lead but Annan fought hard and a try by our pocket Dynamo Niamh Ross rocked the black and whites. At the end Dumfries ran out 4-1 winners which was a fair result to be honest given our poor defending.

    Game 2 was our friends from Moffat and this was a chance to play a younger less experienced team which will make up the bulk of next seasons squad. A final score of 6-0 to Moffat may seem a bit high but the youngsters stuck in and the coaches have some good pointers for working on for next year.

    Game 3 and another Dumfries side was our next encounter and with their teams being split evenly this was set for a tough test for us. Some slick running and good defence held the Black and whites at bay for a while but a couple of injuries to our team upset the flow of play and again some slack defending let us down in the end. 3-0 to Dumfries at the final whistle flattering the winners a little but a good test none the less.

    Game 4 saw us take on Wigtownshire for the first time and they had some big players on their team. Annan were up for the fight and some great play by the Tigers saw us run out 3-0 victors. Tries from John Glendinning , Remo Armstrong and a second for Niamh Ross putting the Stranraer outfit to the sword.

    Game 5 and our hosts Stewartry were our final match. This was the best game we played all day against the best team in the festival and a pulsating show of rugby was on show for a good crowd in the spring sunshine. The hosts took a 2-0 lead from some good support play then Annan pulled it back to 2-2 with tries from Remo Armstrong and John Glendinning. Annan stuck to the players on the pitch to do the business but Stewartry emptied their bench and the fresh legs from a big squad was to much for the Tigers. A final score of 5-2 was a fair result with Annan running out of steam at the end.

    Overall the day was a good trip out for Annan with a number of regulars out it was left to some of the senior players to lift the team. Captain Ruari Heughan tackled well and with great play from Remo Armstrong and Niamh Ross who is getting better with every game the squad played well above par.

    Strong running from John Glendinning and Adam Hamilton was impressive as was the ever more confident ball carrying of Erin Ewing and Mason Watret. More game time for Liam Ewing is paying dividends and Niall Patterson caught all the lineout ball thrown to him which is a valuable skill which will come in handy next season. All in all a good days rugby in superb conditions.

    P6/P7 Team: Ruari Heughan (captain) Finlay Halliday, Mason Watret, John Glendinning (2 tries), Ellie Smith, Erin Ewing, Adam Hamilton, Lennon Anderson, Liam Ewing, Aiden Richardson, Niall Patterson, Oban Woodman, Remo Armstrong (2 tries), Logan Blacklock, Ayda Chierchia, Niamh Ross (2 tries), Tyler Smith.

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Twelve eager Annan Micros played at a Tournament on Sunday 23rd April, hosted by Stewartry Rugby Club.

    The Micros played 3 games, 2 against Stewartry and 1 against Ayr.

    Annan Micros did their club proud defeating Stewartry, winning 3-0 and 2-1 in a second game against Stewartry.

    Players were substituted as they played 6 and 7-a side ten minute games.

    Thanks to Coach Ross Johnstone and to all that attended to support the Micros. The next training session is Friday 28th April, 6 pm at Violetbank.

    Micros Team: Lleyton Anderson, Torrin Duncan, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ryan Tinning, Tom Vivers, Ben Wyllie, Joe Wyllie.

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison.

    Annan travelled to Stewartry with 12 players. We had two teams playing in the P4/5 group playing a total of 9 games between them.

    The games were full on & back to back mostly for the lads. The final game seen our lads play against each other.

    There was some good individual play & team play on the day. Today showed physical size was not an issue in play as there was some good tackling & out pacing opponents for good scores

    Games:

  • Annan 'A '5 v Ayr 2
  • Annan 'B' 2 v Dumfries 'A' 4
  • Annan 'A' 5 v Dumfries 'B' 4
  • Annan 'B' 0 v Moffat 6
  • Annan 'A' 2 v Stewartry 5
  • Annan 'B' 7 v Wigtonshire 2
  • Annan 'A' 0 v Dumfries 'A' 5
  • Annan 'B' 3 v Dumfries 'B' 3
  • Annan 'A' 3 v Annan 'B' 1

    P4-P5 Players Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Aidan Tinning, Malachi Jones, Ben Richardson, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Innes Johnstone, Oban 'Wrecking ball' Nicholson, James Farrell, Kieren Halliday & James Glendinning.

    Try Scorers: Zak Stevenson 6, Aidan Tinning 1, Aaron Kerr 10, Ben Richardson 4, Dan Stevenson 1, Murray Ker 4, Oban Nicholson 2.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning, Ross Johnstone & Iain Kerr.

    Big Thank you to Stewartry for their hospitality & to all who travelled to support the Tigers .

    Next tournament is at Moffat on May the 14th usual times 10.30 warm up & 11,00 kick off .


    ANNAN P1-P7 TIGERS AT LANGHOLM
    9TH APRIL 2017

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Eleven enthusiastic Annan Micros travelled to Langholm on Sunday 9th April to take part in their Primary 3 age group Tournament.

    The Micros played four games against Primary 3 teams from Hawick, Gala, Dumfries and Langholm. They did the club proud defeating Gala winning 5-4.

    Players were substituted as they played 6-a side 10 minute games.

    Some coaching in between games to practice their passing and catching skills.

    Many thanks to all that attended to support the Annan Micros. The next training session is Friday 14th April at 6 pm.

    Tigers Team: Torrin Duncan, Harley Farish, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ryan Tinning, Ben Wyllie.

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Langholm with 14 players. The lads had 3 games playing in the P5 group. They played against Langholm, Dumfries & Peebles.

    Alas no wins for our lads today but they played great against some big lads & lassies and showed some heroic tackling not for the faint hearted.

    Some of our lads got some extra game time, Malachi, Matt, Ben & Aaron, who helped make up Peebles short fall of players which was much appreciated by Peebles.

  • Annan 1 v Langholm 4
  • Annan 0 v Dumfries 5
  • Annan 2 v Peebles 7

    Try Scorers: Murray Ker (1),Matt Irving (1) & Aaron Kerr (1).

    Players: Murray Ker, Archie Stoddart, Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Malachi Jones, Ben Richardson, Harry Norden, Oban 'Wrecking Ball' Nicholson, Innes Johnstone, Dan Stevenson, Zak Stevenson, Kieren Halliday & James Farrell.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Ross Johnstone.

    Big Thank you to all at Langholm rugby club for their hospitality & as always a good tournament, also to all who came to support our players.

    Next tournament is at Stewartry on Sunday 23rd of April usual 10.30 arrival for 11 o’clock kick off.

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    The Tigers made the short hop over to Langholm on a great day for rugby at a well attended tournament in the borders sunshine with a healthy squad of 16 players.

    Being in a P7 league this would mean the majority of the Annan team playing up an age group as 9 of the Tigers are P6. You would not have guessed this if you had witnessed the great effort the Annan players put in against some well drilled opposition on the day.

    Game 1 against our old friends from Dumfries was a very tight and well fought affair. In the past the Doonhamers have put us to the sword but after a thrilling game with the Black and Whites winning 1-0 against what was not our strongest team on the day shows how much improved Annan are.

    Game 2 we came up against 9 man Hawick. We dropped down to 9 for this encounter and the extra space showed on a long narrow pitch at Milntown. The Greens are a well drilled outfit and deserved their win with some nice play throughout.

    Annan chasing the game a bit left some holes that were exploited and the final result being 5-1 was deemed as fair. John Glendinning touching down for Annan after a strong run up the middle.

    Game 3 against our hosts was a better display by Annan who always lift the tempo in this derby match. Starting strongly with Frazer McMillan bursting through for a fine solo score which set the scene for a nice Annan win. John Glendinning getting 2 tries and Adam Hamilton getting 1 was a nice return for the Tigers efforts which could have been more if some last ditch Langholm tackling had not been in place.

    Once again Ayda Chierchia running with great purpose supported by eager Annan players hungry for a score. Both Annan and Langholm had 2 girls on the pitch for this tie showing that some clubs are investing in the female game. 4-0 to Annan meant the half way oranges did the trick.

    Game 4 at the end of a long day saw us up against a strong Peebles side with some big players in their ranks. An early score for the red and whites dropped the Annan heads a little but they gamely stuck to the task against a bigger outfit.

    This was the only match where you would say the age group was a step too far for some of out newer younger players with some hard running by big ball carriers overpowering us at times. The Tigers stuck in and the final score of 5-0 to Peebles was a fair result at the end of a busy day for Annan.

    Adam Hamilton lead well as captain with some great turnover play and excellent running by Lex Stevenson, Frazer McMillan and John Glendinning made for great rugby. Mention to Ellie Smith and Ayda Chierchia for some great go forward play and Tyler Smith who tackled the biggest player in the tournament and he will have the bruises to prove it.

    Logan Blacklock and Aiden Richardson are getting some valuable game time to boost their confidence. Having a big squad helps the coaches as we had 6 regulars out for today but still managed to put in a fine display in the April sunshine.

    P6/7 Team: Adam Hamilton (capt 1 try) Jake Nordon, Logan Blacklock, Mason Watret, Lex Stevenson, Frazer McMillan (1 try) John Glendinning (2 tries) Ewan Bell, Aiden Richardson, Finlay Halliday, Tyler Smith, Ruari Heughan, Remo Armstrong, Ayda Chierchia, Ellie Smith, Niall Patterson.


    ANNAN P4-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    9TH APRIL 2017

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Moffat with 13 players for some friendly game time.

    For a change it was almost tropical instead of being Baltic. The lads played three P4/5 games and then an all P4 game.

    The first P4/5 game, our lads took control of the game from the get go scoring 3 tries but Moffat pulled it back with a 3 all draw.

    The next two P4/5 games Moffat were strong but Annan didn't falter and got some hard hitting well executed tackles in and off loads with both games 7-3 to Moffat.

    The all P4 game was a good spectating game Annan took control early in the game gaining momentum and overwhelming Moffat with some excellent play resulting in a 5-1 win for Annan.

    Try Scorers: Zak Stevenson 3, Aidan Tinning 1, Oban Nicholson 3, Aaron Kerr 4, Ben Richardson 1, Archie Stoddart 2.

    Players: Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Harry Norden, Ben Richardson, Malachi Jones, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Aidan Tinning, Oban "Wrecking Ball" Nicholson, Kieren Halliday, Ryan Graham, Archie Stoddart & James Farrell.

    Coach: Jack Tinning

    Thanks to Moffat for inviting Annan to play today & for their hospitality & to all who travelled to support the players.

    Next tournament is next Sunday 9th April at Langholm usual 10.30 arrival for warm up & 11 o’clock kick off.

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers made the short trip up the M74 to sunny Holm Park to play Moffat on a sun drenched but heavy pitch.

    Niamh Ross captain on the day lead her team onto the pitch for the first of 3 thrilling games between 2 evenly matched teams. Both teams being a little rusty in the early exchanges started playing some very attractive rugby, matching score for score to run out 2-2 at the end. Good tackling on both sides kept the game tight and a draw was a fair result.

    Scorers Fraser McMillan and John Glendinning making good use of quick ball to the outside channel.

    Game 2 and 3 changes in the Annan team put on a couple newer players to the side to give them valuable game time. This game started where the first left off. Both teams tackling hard and moving the ball well out of the tackle. Once again the teams traded tries with Frazer McMillan and John Glendinning scoring for the Tigers in a game with fewer errors than the first. Annan taking the game to the hosts with great running from Jake Nordon, Remo Armstrong and Adam Hamilton working well in space. This game also ended 2-2 with both teams playing some very physical rugby.

    The third and final match was played in much the same style of play as the previous 2 but with Annan making some handling errors that gifted the Rams some easy scores this ended 5-1 to Moffat. Annan scoring through Ruari Heughan in support of a great run by Frazer McMillan who played well on the day. Some weary Tigers ended the game and many positives in our play made for happy coaches who can see how the players have improved over the season.

    Captain Niamh Ross leading from the front today with some good support from all players, this was seen by both teams as a good day at the office.

    Team: Niamh Ross (Capt), Mason Watret, Ruari Heughan (1 try) Adam Hamilton, Frazer McMillan (2 tries) Lex Stevenson, Jake Nordon, John Glendinning (2 tries) Tyler Smith, Logan Blacklock, Remo Armstrong, Niall Patterson, Ewan Bell.


    ANNAN P1-P3 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    26TH MARCH 2017

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Eight keen and enthusiastic Annan Micros played at a Tournament on Sunday hosted by Dumfries Rugby Club.

    The eight Micros playing on Sunday did their Team proud, as they played five games against Ayr; Dumfries Saints; Langholm; Marr and Biggar.

    The Annan Team ranging from Primary 1 – 3 played in the Primary 3’s competition and showed some good skills against the 5 Primary 3 Teams.

    A Team talk mid-way from Coach Andrew Jancey to encourage the Micros to maintain their flat line for tackling and to also maintain 2-hands on the ball.

    Dependant on the number of players from the opposition, the Annan Micros played a mix of 6 a-side and 5 a-side games, Captain for each game picked by the Coach.

    Annan Micro Team: Torrin Duncan; Jack Hutchinson; Oliver Hutchinson; Elliot Oakes; Ben Quinn; Shaenagh Quinn, Ryan Tinning; Joe Wyllie.

    Many thanks to all that accompanied the Annan Micros on Sunday and also to Coach Andrew Jancey for supporting the Annan Micro Team.

    The next training session will be held on Friday 31st March at 6 pm at Violetbank


    ANNAN P4-P7 TIGERS AT VIOLETBANK
    26TH MARCH 2017

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    It was a great day for our home tournament with Moffat & Stewartry attending.

    It was a mixed day which started off not too bad in the first game against Stewartry. In the next 2 games, the lads lost momentum & concentration, letting in some easy scores.

    Then in their last game the lads improved vastly mixing it well with Moffat getting the upper hand in the latter stages over a strong Moffat side.

    Our lads got some excellent tackles in & vast improvement at the breakdown areas keep it up lads.

    Scores from the Day

    Annan 2 v Stewartry 2
    Annan 0 v Moffat 5
    Annan 3 v Stewartry 3
    Annan 2 v Moffat 4

    Annan Players: Archie Stoddart, Aidan Tinning, Murray Ker, Aaron Kerr, Malachi Jones, Chrissy Newlands, Dan Stevenson, Zak Stevenson, James Glendinning, Ben Richardson, James Farrell, Matt Irving & Oban Nicholson.

    Try Scorers: Ben Richardson, Aaron Kerr, Chrissy Newlands, Aidan Tinning, Archie Stoddart & Oban 'Wrecking Ball ' Nicholson .

    Coach: Jack Tinning

    Big thank you to all who helped with our home tournament, the grubber/BBQ staff and also a thank you to Ryan Glass for some fair & helpful refereeing throughout all the games.

    Next game will be this Sunday the 2nd April at Moffat usual 10.30am arrival for warm up & 11 o'clock kick off.

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On a glorious sunny day Annan hosted a mini tournament at Violetbank with our near neighbours Moffat and Stewartry and with a healthy squad of 17 to chose from Annan looked forward to a great mornings play. The coaches decided on a format where each club would play each other twice using all squad members in different strengths of team.

    Up first were Annan and Stewartry in a pulsating match in ideal conditions. Stewartry took an early lead after some loose defensive play by Annan who bounced back to score two well worked tries before going down 4-2 at the end.

    A quick turn around and a very different Tigers took the park with some of our newer players stepping out in Annan colours for the first time against a strong Moffat team. Moffat took the play to Annan from the off and the Tigers were overpowered by some strong running by the experienced Moffat players. Annan fought hard and piled on some good pressure late on which resulted in Neil Patterson pouncing on a loose ball to score his first and well deserved try for the club. The final scored flattered Moffat at 5-1 with Annan playing some nice rugby in a tough game.

    Our second match against Stewartry was a development game with most of our younger players who will make up the bulk next years squad getting a chance to play as a team for the first time. The final score of 9-0 to the visitors was tough to take but the valuable game time for these players was a good learning experience and the positives taken from the game meant smiles on faces of the defeated Tigers.

    Our last game against the strongest Moffat side was a real belter with both sides playing some open rugby. Two Annan scores from John Glendinning and Adam Hamilton topped off a game which Annan were on top for most of the tie. With some better handling the score could have been greater.

    Annan need to work on some key aspects of play. Driving over the ball at the breakdown must be better and picking up the loose ball must be sharper but all in all a good day at the office for Annan.

    Mention must go to Ayda Chierchia who is maturing quickly into a confident and powerful ball carrier. Ewan Bell for some great go forward in close contact. Fraser McMillan and Lex Stevenson for some big tackles and John "Try Machine" Glendinning for getting 2 more today. Mason Watret lead the way with some brave rucking play and he has set a high standard which the other players must follow.

    Thanks to Cairn Wallace and Ryan Glass for refereeing after a tough match on Saturday.

    P6/P7 Team: Deacon Henderson (Captain): Aiden Richardson, Ayda Chierchia, Ellie Smith, Erin Ewing, Liam Ewing, Fraser McMillan, Lex Stevenson, Ruari Heughan, Neil Patterson (1 try) Adam Hamilton (1 try) John Glendinning (2 tries) Ewan Bell, Mason Watret, Remo Armstrong,Tyler Smith, Logan Blacklock.


    GARNOCK/IRVINE v ANNAN U15 XV S
    26TH MARCH 2017

    Match Report by: Gary "Taggart" Coupland

    On Sunday 26th March, Annan U15 travelled to Lochshore, Beith to take on Irvine/ Garnock U15 in their final group match in group D of the West Regional Cup.

    On arrival the boys were treated to glorious sunshine and temperatures around 17 degrees. It was at this point it was realised that coach Gogs had inadvertently picked up the wrong kit bag, so the boys had to take to the field wearing the Hornets U15 shirts.

    With a number of regulars unavailable due to Mother's Day and other commitments the coaches took the opportunity to continue with the introduction of some of the U14 players in preparation for the step up next season.

    Having played the hosts previously in the league campaign, the boys were well aware that they would be in for a hard shift against an Irvine/ Garnock side containing some physically big players.

    On the game commencing the home side soon used their big runners to punch holes in the Annan defence and kept the scoreboard ticking over at regular intervals.

    Annan responded through a well worked handling move that allowed William White to outstrip the home defence and score a long range try from the half way line which was duly converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    Annan's next score came from a well worked, switch kick by Aaron Carmichael which caused the Irvine/ Garnock left wing to fumble the ball into the hands of Findlay Graham who also used his speed to outstrip the scrambling home defence to score in the corner. This was unconverted.

    Half time: 40 - 12.

    The second half was a repeat of the first with Irvine/ Garnock exerting more control, as the Annan defence tired, to again score regularly.

    Annan's only response being another good handling move which again released the speed machine that is William White, who swerved through the home defence to score under the posts. Aaron Carmichael converting.

    Final Score: 76 -19.

    Although again beaten by a much larger side, there were glimpses that when the Annan boys keep a cool head and use their better handling skills and speedy backs they can cause most teams a lot of problems.

    They do however need to maintain concentration and communication for the whole game and in some cases increase their fitness levels.

    In the set piece a much changed pack, with a number of boys playing out of position, again struggled to maintain any consistency in either the line out or scrum. This should improve if a settled team can be put out every week.

    So at the end of the group stages the boys now go into the knock out part of the tournament, where they should now be competing against teams at a similar developmental stage and skill set.

    Thanks to all the parents who travelled to support the boys it's very much appreciated.


    ANNAN P4-P5 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    12TH MARCH 2017

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Dumfries with 11 players they played in the P5 group against some strong teams Ayr, Moffat & Stewartry.

    Alas no wins today but the lads put in some very heroic tackles against some really big lads. Not for the faint hearted!

    We had a couple of injuries but nothing serious thankfully. Hope the lads are fit & ready for the next tournament.

  • Ayr 6 - Annan 0
  • Moffat 5 - Annan 0
  • Stewartry 3 - Annan 1

    Players: Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Archie Stoddart, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Matt Irving, Harry Norden, Ben Richardson, Innes Johnstone & Oban 'Wrecking Ball' Nicholson.

    Try Scorer: Oban 'Wrecking Ball' Nicholson.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning, Ross Johnstone.

    Thanks to Dumfries for hosting the tournament and for their hospitality.

    Next tournament is at Moffat on Sunday 26th March 11am kick off.


    ANNAN U15 XV v ALLAN GLENS
    12TH MARCH 2017

    Match Report by: Gary "Taggart" Coupland

    On Sunday 12th March, 2017 Annan U15 entertained Allan Glens U15 in the latest group D match of the of the West Regional Cup at a for once dry Violetbank.

    With a number of regular players being unavailable the Annan coaching team took the opportunity to introduce a number of the Clubs U14 players into the squad in preparation for their step up next season to this level.

    As such Annan were always going to be up against it in terms of playing a settled Allan Glens Squad, who had the edge in terms of size, power and overall team cohesion.

    That said the Annan boys stuck to their task and although, Glens kept the scoreboard ticking over at regular intervals it was good to see some of the younger Annan boys more than holding their own at this level and relishing the challenge.

    Although the scoreboard would suggest otherwise, for long periods Annan more than held their own and were unlucky not to score on a few occasions when they pressed the Allan Glens line.

    In the end it was as previously mentioned, the Allan Glens teams better cohesion and coordinated power that won the day.

    From an Annan perspective it was good to see how well the younger boys slotted into the team and more experience playing at this level should continue their own and the Squads ongoing rugby development going forward.

    Thanks to Andrew Jancey for refereeing and to the Grubber team for feeding the boys after the game.

    Thanks also to all those who came up to support the boys it is very much appreciated.


    STRATHAVEN v ANNAN U13 XV
    5TH MARCH 2017

    Match Report by: Gary "Taggart" Coupland

    On Sunday 5th March, Annan U13 once again headed North up the M74 for the second day in succession after their Scotstoun appearance the previous day.

    This was a changed team though due to call offs, through injuries sustained by some the previous day and other players being otherwise unavailable to travel.

    However on the plus side the weather was for once bright and sunny and it gave the Club the opportunity to give some of the older boys from the P7 age group another chance to experience playing at this level, in preparation for the step up next season.

    Annan arrived with 12 players, to find the home side had 20+ boys available. Following discussion between the coaches it was decided to play 15 a side with Strathaven supplying Annan with three players for each of the three 20 minute sessions.

    From looking at the Strathaven team it was obvious that boys would be up against it again, in terms of both height and weight, with several of the home team towering over their opponents.

    From the outset Strathaven used that height and weight advantage to full effect in the first two thirds regularly clocking up scores to give themselves a comfortable lead. That said the Annan boys stuck at it and never let their heads go down, even when losing a couple of players due to injury.

    In the final third however, the Annan boys eventually realised that they were never going to win a contest in terms of physicality against their opponents and started to play some fast running, passing rugby which resulted in them winning the third by 3 tries to one, through Euan Muirhead, Simon Graham and one of the Strathaven loan players. Ben Little converting one of the tries.

    And so it finished with Strathaven running out winners by 78 -17.

    Although a big step up for a lot of the boys in terms of the previous outing against Biggar U13, to their credit they all stuck in and never gave up, with the younger contingent more than capable of holding their own and even taking the initiative when required.

    It should also be remembered that the Strathaven boys have been training and playing together all season at this level, whereas for a lot of the Annan team, who currently don’t all train together, this was their first/second full game at this level, playing 15 a side on a full pitch.

    Thanks to Strathaven for the game and their hospitality and also to all the parents and family who travelled to support the boys its very much appreciated.


    ANNAN U13 XV AT SCOTSTOUN
    4TH MARCH 2017

    Match Report by: Gary "Taggart" Coupland

    On Saturday 4th March an Annan U13 Squad travelled to Scotstoun to take part in an U13 tournament prior to the Warriors Pro 12 fixture against the Newport Gwent Dragons. On arrival the boys were put in a group along with Allan Glens, Greenock Wanderers and Irvine.

    First up for the Tigers was Irvine and after some early tentative exchanges they ran out comfortable winners by six tries to one, with scores from Euan Muirhead, Ciaran Sproat and John Mackay.

    Next up was Greenock Wanderers and in an evenly contested match the Tigers were just edged out in the final seconds by 3 tries to 2. The Annan scores coming from Euan Muirhead and Ciaran Sproat.

    In the final group match with a place on the main Scotstoun pitch, for the finals as the prize, the boys gave there all and blew Alan Glens away with some fine team and individual scores through Euan Muirhead, Ciaran Sproat, Max Coupland and Fraser McMillan, running out winners by 6 tries to 1.

    And so at halftime in the Warriors v Dragons match the boys took to the main pitch against Kilmarnock in front of a big Scotstoun crowd.

    Initial nervousness on the Tigers part from playing in front of such a big crowd combined with the size of some of the Kilmarnock players saw them ( Kilmarnock) go into an early 2-0 lead however the boys stuck in and got their reward when Ciaran Sproat, who was Captain for the day, crashed over for a try soon after

    And so at halftime in the Warriors v Dragons match the boys took to the main pitch against Kilmarnock in front of a big Scotstoun crowd. . After some hesitancy whilst defending our line, Kilmarnock scored another from short range, before John Mckay rounded off the Tigers day with a further try following some good team interplay and running into the heart of the Kilmarnock defence.

    As a bonus the boys were also treated to a fine display by the Warriors who ran out winners over the Dragons by 47 -17 and met a lot of the players after the game for photos and autographs.

    The boys had an excellent day and a taste of the big match atmosphere. Thanks to Lindsey Smith, her team and the Glasgow Warriors players for giving the boys a memorable day out. Thanks to all the family and friends who travelled to the game to support it is very much appreciated by both the coaches and boys.

    Special mention to Nathan Williamson, who unfortunately was unwell and couldn't travel to the event. Hope you get better soon Nathan from all the gang.


    BIGGAR v ANNAN/MOFFAT/STEWARTRY U14 XV
    19TH FEBRUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Alan Burns (Stewartry RFC)

    On Sunday 19 February 2017 Stewartry and Annan/Moffat under 14 rugby teams travelled to Biggar Rugby Club to play a combined development match against Biggar.

    The match kicked off and the visitors were soon in attack with some strong running from the forwards. However, the Biggar defence held firm and some slick passing found a speedy winger who ran the length off the pitch for the first score. Missed tackles by the visiting backs aided the Biggar score.

    After the restart there was more good running from the Stewartry/Annan/Moffat forwards resulting in Fraser Gibson breaking free at half way to score near the posts. Conversion missed.

    After the kick off by Biggar, Peter Young saw space and kicked behind the home defence, this resulted some Biggar fumbling allowing Zach Hunter to retrieve the ball and power over for a try like a good forward should. Conversion missed.

    There was a period dominance by the visiting forwards at the scrum but many handling errors and sideways running by the backs provided very little forward momentum. Biggar surged into the visitors half with some good handling but at the breakdown Connor Clanachan turned over the ball and scuttled away to score under the posts. Conversion missed.

    After the restart Biggar made ground and in a slick handling move they scored in the corner after some poor defensive tackling. The visiting backs were not pressing nearly quick enough from the breakdown. Just as the half was coming to a close Fraser Gibson made a great break from loose play and ran half the pitch for a score. Peter Young made the conversion.

    The players were all disappointed with their first half showing and a few changes were made.

    After halftime Biggar started really strongly and scored in the corner after a move that saw passing through at least 10 pairs of hands.

    Biggar soon scored another after some inept sideways running and fumbling by the visiting backs.

    With things getting very tight the visitors kicked deep into the Biggar half and a fumble by the home defence allowed a scrum to take place. From that resultant scrum, scrum half Max Coupland timed the pass to Peter Young who scampered through the gap to score under the posts. Conversion made.

    Bigger were not to be outdone and they gained territory before scoring near the posts. The game was very close at this stage. Due to a minor head knock the scrums were now uncontested which allowed for more free flowing play.

    After a deep kick by Biggar the visitors backs retrieved the ball and with the use of strong runners driving forward Fraser Gibson retrieved the ball from a ruck and barged his away over for a score under the posts. Conversion made.

    There was now only one score in the game and Biggar fought back tenaciously with some good handling. However, better tackling and defence from the visitors prevented Biggar gaining any momentum. On the last play there were many errors on both sides before the referee blew for time.

    A very relieved Stewartry/Annan/Moffat team won narrowly against a god handling and running Biggar team. A great contest for the neutral spectator.

    Stewartry/Annan/Moffat under 14 teams must learn from this performance by running straight, tackling low and setting up rucks quicker and cleaner. This was an under par performance but on the bright side it takes a good team to win playing poorly.

    It was great mixing up the teams with the Annan/Moffat boys able to get valuable playing time, at Under 14 level, rather than their usual combined U13/14 games.

    Annan/Moffat boys involved: Ciaran Sproat, Ruari Wilson (both Moffat), Max Coupland, Duncan Smith, Ross Smith, Josh Smith, John MacKay (all Annan).


    BIGGAR v ANNAN/MOFFAT/STEWARTRY U13 XV
    19TH FEBRUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 19th February, Annan/Moffat travelled up to Biggar to play the home Club at both U13 and U14 level. In order to put out two full squads at both age groups the visitors combined with Stewartry.

    The U13 Squad also had 8 older players from the P7 age group within their Squad to give them a taste of the 15 a side game in preparation for the move up next season. Due to some late call offs for the host team, the visitors also loaned a couple of players to Biggar so that the game could be played at 15 a side.

    What an entertaining game ensued with some good rugby played over the piece by both teams in an evenly matched contest. Biggar coming out eventual winners by 6 tries to 4.

    All the Annan/Moffat/Stewartry tries being scored by ‘try machine’ and Captain Euan Muirhead. John Glendinning also capped a fine performance in his first game at this level, playing for Biggar, by scoring a fine individual try against his teammates.

    The difference between the teams being that the Biggar boys had obviously had more time together as a team and as such were a more cohesive unit overall on the day.

    A good run out for both teams and lots to work on as they go forward.

    Special mention to the P7 boys, namely Ruari Heughan, Fraser McMillan, John Glendinning, Lex Stevenson, Euan Bell, Deacon Henderson, Jake Pollock and Neil Patterson, who did not look out of place during the game. There were some tired legs towards the end though as they are not used to the experience of having to cover a full pitch.

    Thanks also to the Stewartry contingent who all played their part as well and to Biggar for their hospitality,

    Thanks also to all the parents and supporters who travelled to cheer on both teams its very much appreciated.


    ANNAN P1-P3 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    5TH FEBRUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Heather

    A squad of ten Annan Micros attended Dumfries Rugby Club on 5th February to take part in a Tournament. A great turnout for the Micros, who played three games on Sunday, supported by Coach Andrew Jancey.

    The first game ended in a 3-0 defeat to Dumfries Micros. Coach Jancey gave the Team an encouraging Team talk, to remind the Micros to run forward, hold the ball with 2-hands and look for Team Members when passing.

    A much improved second game against Langholm. Although ending in a final score of 3-2 to Langholm, Annan Micros showed much improvement by scoring a couple of good tries.

    To end the Tournament the final game ended in a 2-2 draw against Dumfries Micros. Overall, Annan Micros showed great improvement with their passing skills and holding the ball with 2-hands.

    Annan Micro Team Members: Torrin Duncan, Harley Farish, Aaron Graham, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie.

    Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day, and also to Coach Andrew Jancey.


    ANNAN P4-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    5TH FEBRUARY 2017

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan players travelled to Moffat were they had 3 friendly games & a mixed team training game.

    All players played well and it was a good team effort. Well done, proud of you all.

      Annan 3 vs Moffat 2
      Annan 1 vs Moffat 3
      Annan 3 vs Moffat 5
    Players: Innes Johnstone, Danny Bell, Murray Ker, Ben Richardson, Archie Stoddart, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Oban Nicholson, Aidan Tinning & Aaron Kerr.

    Try Scorers: Zak Stevenson, Murray Ker, Aaron Kerr & Oban 'wrecking ball' Nicholson .

    Coach: Jack Tinning

    Thank you to Moffat for their hospitality & to all who travelled to support the lads.

    Next tournament will be at Dumfries on Sunday the 12th of March .

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On Sunday 5th of February Annan P6/7 Tigers traveled up the M74 to our near neighbours Moffat for a game day at Home Park. Annan had a healthy squad of 19 players to call on and the coaches from both clubs decided on a three match format. The first game of 10 a side with Moffat v Annan followed by 2 matches of 13 a side with Annan giving Moffat some players to bolster their squad.

    On a heavy pitch both teams started off with great energy and played some great rugby. With a greasy ball the handling was not easy so some early errors were to be expected. The first half finished scoreless and with a big change of personnel the fresh legs of Annan came to the fore in the second half. A single well taken try by Erin Ewing being the difference at the end of the game. 2 scores in 2 tournaments is a real confidence booster for Erin in her first season.

    The second match with 13 a side got off to a slow start with more players on the pitch meaning less space to attack. The pitch looking like a mud bath this was a real arm wrestle of a tie. Some missed tackles cost Annan dear and with some better handling by the hosts the Moffat/Annan team won 2-0. Ewan Bell, Jake Nordon and Liam Ewing all playing well in Rams colours.

    After a short break the final match got under way with some weary legs on both sides making for a slower paced game. Moffat crashed over for an early score against the run of play and some stearn tackling saved them from conceding straight from the kick off. Annan put a lot of pressure on the home side rounded off with a well worked team score which Adam Hamilton finished well in the corner. A nice touch for a player who put in a good shift on the day.

    All players came away with positives today but mention must go to Aiden Richardson on his debut for the club. Deacon Henderson for his efforts playing longer than any other on the day. Niamh Ross who is growing as a player with every game and Ruari Heughan who is working hard at making the scrum half position his own.

    With the Moffat coaches commenting on the much improved Tigers, this is the second time in 2 tournaments when opposing coaches have praised how far Annan have moved up in skill levels and it is nice to hear them talk in such a positive way about our team. Tigers are scoring tries and winning games which bodes well for the future.

    Team on the day: Adam Hamilton Capt (1 try) Ruari Heughan, Jake Pollock, Jake Nordon, John Glendinning, Erin Ewing (1 try) Ellie Smith, Sarah Latimer, Niamh Ross, Remo Armstrong, Lex Stevenson, Ewan Bell, Liam Ewing, Aiden Richardson, Neil Patterson, Oban Woodman, Lennon Anderson, Mason Watrett, Deacon Henderson.


    STEWARTRY v ANNAN / MOFFAT U15 XV
    29TH JANUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

    On a lovely Sunday Morning Annan U15 travelled to play Stewartry U15 in a friendly match.

    With Annan gaining some new players over the winter break it was great to see them fielding a full team plus replacements for this match.

    With several backs missing some forwards were playing out of position and some making their first game for the club.

    Annan started off briskly and with a solid scrum the ball was put wide and Finlay Graham outpaced the defence to score which was converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    Stewartry then started winning more ball through some good rucking and some missed first up tackling from Annan and ran in 3 tries before half time to lead 19-7.

    Stewartry started the second half the way they finished the first by running in 3 more tries. Annan kept fighting away and got there rewards at the end with quick ball won it was moved through the backs to Ollie Ferdinand to go through the gap and score. Again it was converted by Aaron Carmichael to finish off the game. Final score Stewartry 34 Annan 14.

    Overall it was a good start for the first game back. The hard work at training is starting to pay off with the handling and decision making improving.

    Work is still needed on our defence and rucking which needs to improve before our first cup game away to Greenock on 12 February 2017.

    Well done to the new boys on their first game for the club and hope they have enjoyed it.

    Thanks to Stewartry for the game and hospitality and also, to all parents for transporting the players.


    STEWARTRY v ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV
    29TH JANUARY 2017

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 29th January, Annan/Moffat U14 travelled to Greenlaw to play Stewartry for their 1st game of 2017 after the Xmas and New Year break.

    On arrival, however they learned that their opponents were around 7 players short due to a sickness bug. It was then decided to play a development match with some of the Annan/Moffat contingent rotating to play for Stewartry with both teams taking to the field with 11 players.

    What an entertaining game of running rugby they produced with both teams scoring regularly, meaning the game was in the balance right up until the final 10 minutes when the Annan/ Moffat contingent scored three late tries to pull clear.

    Between both teams there were 20 tries scored by Euan Muirhead 5 (2 for Stewartry) Duncan Smith 4 (2 for Stewartry), Finley McCartney 2, Ciaran Sproat 2 (1 for Stewartry) John MacKay 2 (1 for Stewartry) Simon Graham, Josh Smith, Ben Latimer, 1 a piece and Bryce McClure and Euan Connor (Stewartry) 1 a piece.

    Ben Little scored 6 conversions for Annan/Moffat and Euan Muirhead and John MacKay scored 4 between them for Stewartry.

    During the game there were some excellent passages of play, involving good running lines and handling interchanges by both teams and although as can be deduced from the scoreline the defence could have been a lot better at times, this was a good run out for all the boys involved following almost of 2 months off.

    It was also good to see where there was hesitancy in defence those attacking reacted quickly to maximise the opportunity, at times ruthlessly so.

    It is also worth mentioning that Euan Muirhead has now scored 25 tries so far this season in competitive games. Well done Euan.

    Special thanks to Garry McCartney for stepping in at short notice to referee and all the parents and family who travelled to Greenlaw to support.

    Thanks also to Kenny, John, the ladies in the kitchen and all at Stewartry for their usual warm welcome and hospitality.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    29TH JANUARY 2017

    P1-P3 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    A great first Tournament to kick off 2017 for the Annan Micros, as they attended Stewartry Rugby Club on Sunday.

    The Micros played two games against Dumfries Micros and a final game against Stewartry, supported by Coach Andrew Jancey.

    A cold day, but that didn’t dampen Annan Micro’s spirits, as they scored some good tries. Good team work from the Annan Micros, with some enthusiastic members eager to play on Sunday.

    Annan Micro Team Members: Lleyton Anderson, Lealand Buck, Torrin Duncan, Daniel Farrall, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quin, Ryan Tinning and Joe Wyllie.

    Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day, and also to Coach Andrew Jancey.

    P4/P5 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Castle Douglas with 13 players for the first tournament of 2017 with Dumfries & Stewartry as their opponents.

    First game against Dumfries A was a great start with our lads taking control of the game very quickly showing some great team work & passes resulting in a win for Annan.

    Second game against Stewartry Annan played well but were defeated but not without good effort.

    Third game was against Dumfries B Annan were showed great tackling skills resulting in a draw.

    A great start to the new year well done all.

  • Annan 3 - Dumfries 'A' 1
  • Annan 4 - Stewartry 7
  • Annan 4 - Dumfries 'B' 4

    Players: Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Archie Stoddart, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Innes Johnstone, Oban Nicholson, Murray Ker, Danny Bell, Chrissy Newlands, James Farrell, Kieren Halliday, & Ben Richardson

    Try Scorers: Oban 'Wrecking ball 'Nicholson Aaron Kerr Aidan Tinning & Murray Ker.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Ross Johnstone.

    Thank you to all who travelled to support Annan & to Stewartry for hosting the tournament. Next tournament will be at Moffat on Sunday the 5th of February.

    P6/P7 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On the 22nd of January Annan Tigers took a healthy 17 player squad to Greenlaw in Castle Douglas to take on Stewartry and Dumfries in a mini tournament. After a conference with the Stewartry coaches it was decided that the Tigers would play 4 games on the day.

    The first game would be played against Stewartry with both teams fielding their youngest and least experienced side on the day. They would then play Dumfries A team and B team respectively followed by a final game against the host with both teams fielding their strongest teams on the day.

    The first game against the host was a well fought affair with both teams showing a little rustiness having not played competitively for some weeks. The hosts ran in 5-1 winners after a great game with the score not reflecting the effort put in by the Tigers over the games duration. Annans try was a first score for Erin Ewing who powered up the touchline from her own half to score in the corner. This was well deserved for a player who puts so much work in and has improved as much as any of our players.

    The next match against Dumfries was a real arm wrestle with both teams putting in a fantastic performance with no team willing to give an inch over the length of the match. Tackling and support play from both teams of the highest order ended with a 1-0 win for Dumfries and a little disappointment from Annan on some missed chances.

    Up next was a very strong Dumfries B team where Annan played some of our less experienced players to give a more challenging game for them to play in. You only get better by playing better opponents as the saying goes. The youngsters put in a great performance and though the game ended 3-1 to our near neighbours the team came off the pitch with smiles on their faces after a good hard match. The Annan score was a great run by John Glendinning who is making a good habit of scoring.

    Our final competitive game against the hosts strongest side proved to be the best game of the day. Both teams scoring early to keep the tempo moving. Stewartry were to run in eventual winner after a late score tipped the balance but a much improved side left the pitch with a lot more positives then negatives from the day. Adam Hamilton powering over for Annans score in the corner.

    To finish off the day the teams were all mixed up and 1 final game was played with Annan coaches and Dumfries coaches taking a mixed team each for a bit of fun. Neil Bells coloureds taking on Calum Heughans reds. The reds ran in 4-1 winners with 2 tries for John Glendinning from Annan topping of a great day for him. With both teams being mixed the deciding factor must have been down to the Reds coach being the better looking of the 2. (match report by Calum Heughan by the way)

    Overall a great day of rugby was had by all and with opposition coaches commenting on how far the Annan team has come this is a great compliment to the coaches and players at the club with a lot of hard work being put in by all.

    Annan Tigers Team: Erin Ewing (1 try) Liam Ewing, Ruari Heughan, Rauri McGauchie, Adam Hamilton (1 try), Lex Stevenson, Jake Pollock, Neil Patterson, Euan Bell, Sarah Latimer, Frazer McMillan, Mason Watrett, Finlay Halliday, John Glendinning ( 3 Tries), Oban Woodman, Remo Armstrong, Lennon Anderson.


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV v NEWTON STEWART
    18TH DECEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 18th December, Annan/Moffat U14 entertained Newton Stewart U14 in a friendly fixture at a sunny mild Violetbank. This being the final fixture of 2016 for the boys. With both teams being at full strength, the match was able to be played at 15 a side, over 2 X 30 minute periods.

    The game started with both evenly matched teams probing for weaknesses before after some good handling and offloading in the tackle Euan Muirhead was released out wide on the right hand side and he used is speed to outstrip the Newton Stewart defence for a well taken try which was converted by Ben Little.

    Annan/Moffat then began to exert some forward pressure which resulted in Simon Graham driving through from close range to score, which was again converted by Ben Little.

    The next score from Duncan Smith came after some excellent handling in the backs allowed the winger to run in from the 22 and Force his way over the in the corner to further extend the home side advantage. This was converted by Ben Little.

    Newton Stewart then began to increase their intensity in and around the breakdown and this proved successful, when they turned the ball over allowing their stand off to score after a fine run in from 15 metres out. This was duly converted.

    From the kick off Annan/Moffat responded immediately, pressurising Newton Stewart from the outset, which in turn led to a turnover by the home side, which resulted in Simon Graham, barging over for his 2nd of the day. Ben Little converting.

    With Newton Stewart now on the back foot Annan/Moffat kept the pressure on and again some excellent hands released Findlay Graham who used his speed and some excellent direct running to score close into the posts. Ben Little again doing the business with the conversion.

    In the 2nd half Newton stewart raised their in intensity and took advantage of some tram changes and indiscipline in the Annan/Moffat ranks to score 4 good tries 2 of which were converted.

    However to their credit the Annan/Moffat boys weathered the storm and hit back through Findlay Graham, with a further try which was converted by Ben Little.

    Findlay Graham was set free once again after good hands in the midfield and with the line and his hat trick beckoning he passed to Ben Little to score. Nice touch Findlay! Ben duly converting.

    Final honours of the game went to Alex Laurie who crashed over from short range, This was unconverted.

    Final Score: Annan/Moffat U14 52 – Newton Stewart U14 31

    It has to be said this was a cracking game from both sides to round of 2016.

    Pleasing from the Annan/Moffat perspective was the use of good offloading and passing to put people into space. Not so good was the contact area, with again the boys not being dynamic enough at times. There were also too many penalties conceded for being high in the tackle, which will obviously need to be worked on before the next outing.

    For the record scorers on the day were Euan Muirhead, Simon Graham (2), Findlay Graham (2), Duncan Smith, Ben Little and Alex Laurie. Ben Little adding 6 conversions. Thanks to Garry McCartney for refereeing.

    Thanks to Fiona Latimer, Jack Muirhead and the helpers in the Grubber for feeding all the boys after the game.

    Thanks to all who have turned out to support the boys and assisted with transport, food etc during the season,it is very much appreciated by all the boys and coaches.

    Best Wishes for the Festive Season.


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U15 XV v STEWARTRY
    11TH DECEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

    Annan welcomed Stewartry to Violetbank on a lovely winter’s morning, making conditions perfect for rugby. Having several late call offs, Annan ended up with only 13 players, with 10 forwards, some had to play in the backs which they seem to have enjoyed.

    First half started off with both teams evenly matched. Stewartry stretched into an early lead with a brace of tries and Annan fought back with a try from Ryan Armstrong off a penalty close to the line which was converted by Aaron Carmichael. Stewartry then scored again to finish the first half Annan 7, Stewartry 17.

    Second half started as intense as the first with Annan’s scrum for once having the upper hand, with some good work from the forwards. Against the run of play Stewartry scored 2 quick tries to put them further in front.

    Annan scored next off another penalty, with Aaron Carmichael not electing to kick for goal but kicked over to the corner where Olly Ferdinand pounced on the opportunity to dive in and score. Stewartry then scored a further 2 tries before the final whistle.

    Final score Annan 12 Stewartry 43. Score did not reflect how close the game was.

    This was Annan’s best performance of the season so far, there commitment and never give up attitude was pleasing to see from the coaches point of view, considering so many boys were playing out of position.

    Thanks to Duncan Smith who was pulled across from the Under 14’s and had a fine game. Special mention to the unsung heroes of the team (the front row) where Ally McKenna (first game), Craig Bell (first game as hooker) and Aidan Craig whose work in the scrum and open play was great to see.

    It was pleasing that the team kept their structure better with players making the right option that was in front of them.

    As the first half of the season ends progress can be seen and boys settling into the way of play which is great to see. Well done to all.


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV v STEWARTRY
    11TH DECEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 11th December, Annan/ Moffat U14 entertained Stewartry U14 in a friendly fixture at Violetbank.

    As the visitors had, had a number of call offs, leaving them with only 7 available players, it was decided to boost their numbers from the home ranks and play the game as a development match of 2 x 30 minute periods with each side having 11 a side. The 4 Annan/ Moffat players, on the Stewartry side being rotated at regular intervals.

    This meant that over the piece both teams were well matched and it has to be said what a cracking entertaining game of rugby they produced.

    Coll ' JB' Irving commencing the scoring, after being put away by a quick Max Coupland tap penalty, leaving Coll in the unlikely position of being in space out wide with a clear run in.

    Both teams then scored a further 15 tries with Annan/ Moffat edging it overall by 9 tries to 7, however what was more important was the fact 22 boys got a good evenly matched game of rugby, which although very competitive was played in the right spirit. The majority of the scores for both sides were on the whole scored after some excellent interplay, support and handling, by all the boys involved.

    For the record scorers on the day, in addition to the aforementioned Coll Irving, were Ben Latimer, John MacKay, Josh Smith, Finley McCartney, Ciaran Sproat (2), Euan Muirhead (5) all Annan/ Moffat and Bryce McGuire, (2) Owen Geddes and Murray Connor, Stewartry.

    3 tries being converted by Ben Little (2) and Josh Smith.

    All the boys played well across the piece but if you had to single out a player from each side it would be Euan' twinkle toes' Muirhead from Annan/ Moffat for his 5 well taken scores, for both teams and Corey McLure from Stewartry who was the definition of the saying having a ' heart the size of a rugby ball' for his tenacity and continuous effort throughout the whole game, all with a big smile on his face.

    Special mention to Nathan Williamson and Jamie Robertson, who played their first competitive game for Annan/ Moffat. Well done lads you did well.

    Thanks to Garry McCartney for refereeing and to the Ladies and Keith in the Grubber for feeding all the boys after the game.

    Thanks also to the parents, friends and families from both clubs who supported both sets of boys throughout the game.


    MARR v ANNAN / MOFFAT / STEWARTRY U14 XV
    27TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 27th November Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled to Marr. Due to seven players being unavailable for the trip, the team travelled with 11 players and on arrival joined up with 8 players from our old friends at Stewartry U14, to take on a full strength home outfit.

    On arrival it's was notable the markedly warmer climes at Marr, so much so a lot of the boys who had put on additional layers in line with the temperatures at home, soon discarded them on commencement of the warm up.

    The game was played over 2 x 30 minute periods, and from the outset it was clear the home side, who were a far more cohesive and bigger outfit, were going to dominate in most facets of the game. This proved to be the case and they scored at regular intervals throughout the match to end up well deserved winners.

    The visitors only response coming from Euan Muirhead, who picked up the ball just inside the Marr half and danced past 4 defenders in a width of about 2 metres on his way to the try line. Such was the deftness of his footwork, that if he had been taking part in a well known celebrity dancing competition, he would probably have been given 10's by the judges. Sadly the fancy footwork didn't extend to is kicking abilities and Euan failed to convert his own try.

    Although well beaten by probably the best team in this section of the T4 leagues, the squad who took to the field stuck to their task with Marr on the whole having to work hard for the majority of their scores.

    For a team flung together around 10 minutes before kick off, all the boys played well, in particular the pack who were more than a match for Marr in the set piece, but in the end the organisation and teamwork of the Marr outfit, ruthlessly exposed any errors and hesitation by the boys, resulting in them regularly being on the back foot and under the cosh for long periods of the game.

    It is also worth mentioning that the Annan/Moffat and a Stewartry boys mixed in well together and were much better in the 2nd period once they had more of an idea of each other's play.

    Marr were also a good example of the standard the boys need to get to at this level, with some of their handling and running lines being from the top of the drawer. Well done for sticking in boys.

    Thanks to all the parents and family who travelled to support the boys it is very much appreciated.

    Special mention to Captain for the day Coll Irving, who left his half eaten packet of jelly babies in coach Tag's car after being dropped off. Yum yum!


    ANNAN TIGERS AT LANGHOLM
    20TH NOVEMBER 2016

    P1-P3 MICROS

    Match report by: Ian Hamilton

    A cold start for the Annan Micros at the Tournament hosted by Langholm on Sunday. There was a good turnout from the Micros, who also welcomed two of the Moffat RFC Micros into their team, owing to the lack of Moffat Micros who turned up on the day.

    A few Matches were played against Dumfries and Langholm Micros, first game against Dumfries Saints Black Micros, ending in a loss for Annan.

    The next match was against the Langholm Cubs Blues, with Ben Richardson scoring a couple of tries, but not enough to win the game.

    Next game against Langholm Cubs Reds with another well worked try for the Annan Micros, but again the result ended in a loss.

    Matches scheduled against the Moffat Rams were cancelled owing to the lack of Moffat Micros.

    Although not a win for the Annan Micros, some good team work with the team showing improvement as each game progressed.

    Thanks to Graham Richardson and Jane Stewart, for coaching the Micros on Sunday. Thanks also to all who supported the Micros.

    Players: Harley Farish, Daniel Farall, Arron Graham, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Elliot Oakes, Ben Richardson, Ritchie Stoddard, Ryan Tinning, (Moffat RFC Micros – Erica Lane and James Wilson)

    Next Tournament scheduled for 22 January 2017, hosted by Stewartry.

    Training continues on a Friday night, 6 – 7 pm at Galabank for the Micros.

    P4-P5 MINIS

    Match report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Langholm with 12 players on a fresh frosty morning. It took a couple of games before the lads defrosted & came to life & by did they not disappoint!

    They played 5 games winning 1, drew 1 & lost 3.

    The first 2 games against Dumfries Black's & Moffat where fast paced with the opposition attacking hard & fast think our boys learned quickly in these 2 games, coming out in the 3rd game against Langholm & Annan playing some first class rugby at their level with some hard hitting well executed tackling & off loads, a fantastic game to watch.

    They thrived on the last game storming into the next against Dumfries Yellow to romp home 9-1 then next against Stewartry again fast paced game boys did us proud drawing 6-6.

    Players: Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Oban Nicholson, Matt Irving, Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Archie Stoddart, James Farrell, Harry Nordon, Ryan Graham & Mark Iveson.

    Try Scorers: Murray Ker, Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Aidan Tinning , Matt Irving, Archie Stoddart & Harry Nordon.

    Coach: Jack Tinning

    Report & Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Thank you to Langholm for their hospitality & for all those who travelled to support our boys much appreciated.

    P6-P7 MINIS

    Match report by: Calum Heughan

    On a frosty November morning the Annan Tigers traveled across to our near neighbours Langholm for their rugby tournament.

    Annan were hoping to field 2 teams but due to call offs we could not manage this. With a healthy squad we were able to help out our good friends Moffat who were short on the day.

    First up were a large Dumfries Orange side with plenty of bodies in reserve and a tight game ensued. Dumfries winning the tie 2-1 in the end. Annan try scorer being Fraser McMillan.

    Up second were Dumfries black who were also well manned and they eventually won 1-0. When their subs came on they looked very like some of the better players from the orange team some how. The mind boggles sometimes. In the past Dumfries would be putting 5 or 6 scores past Annan so the improvement is there to be seen.

    Third up were Moffat with Mason Watrett and Findlay Halliday playing for them and this match ended 2-2 with good performances from both teams. Annan scorers Fraser McMillan and John Glendinning.

    Up fourth were a good Stewartry side who were too strong for Annan running in 3 tries to nil over the course of a good game. Annan had 6 girls on this team which is the most we have had on at any one time and they played some great rugby which bodes well for the female teams further up the age groups at the club.

    Finally it was our hosts Langholm who chose to take the kick off rather than play with a blinding sun at their backs which had caused problems in previous games. Annan rose to the challenge against our rivals and won the tie 3-0 with some great play from all on the pitch.

    Annan put pressure on the home side throughout and with 2 tries from John Glendinning and 1 for Fraser McMillan the outcome was never in doubt. A nice win to round off a good days play.

    Mention must go to Niamh Ross, Mason Watrett, Findlay Halliday, Adam Hamilton, Fraser McMillan and Lex Stevenson who all played extra games for our friends Moffat who were short on the day. It is not easy going into a team with no practice but all of the players gave their all for Moffat and their coaches were very grateful for the help.

    Annan are making great progress with a large squad and the scores on the doors show we are not a team to be taken lightly. Our commitment to giving all players as much game time as possible may mean we dont always field our best team in every game but this is paying dividends with good player numbers as they know they will be given a fair shot at our club.

    We the coaches have much to work on now over the next few months until the tournaments start again but we look forward to this challenge knowing the basics are in place.

    Squad: Fraser McMillan, Lex Stevenson, Adam Hamilton, Deacon Henderson, Ruari Heughan, Remo Armstrong, John Glendinning, Mason Watrett, Ellie Smith, Jake Pollock, Niall Paterson, Ayda Cheircha, Niamh Ross, Findlay Halliday, Sarah Latimer, Jake Nordon, Liam Ewing, Erin Ewing, Oban Woodman.


    KILMARNOCK v ANNAN / MOFFAT U15 XV
    13TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon "Gogs" Carmichael

    Annan travelled to the west coast to take on Kilmarnock at Bellsland in the return fixture. Conditions on the day were damp and very soft underfoot.

    With both teams short of players an 11-a-side game was decided which was played as a development game.

    Annan were slow out of the blocks and looked to be off the pace early on and subsequently Kilmarnock scored two tries early on to go 10 – 0 up. Annan were having to give it their all in their defensive duties and after great defending on their own line the ball broke free and was worked across to Finlay McMillan who broke free and showed a good turn of pace to run 80m to bring score back to 10 – 5.

    Annan followed up their good work to again get the ball wide for William White to sprint away and score, which followed a conversion by Aaron Carmichael to put them in the lead 10-12.

    Following the kick off Annan failed to chase the restart kick and Kilmarnock found space outside to score again. Half-time score Kilmarnock 15 Annan 12.

    Kilmarnock started the second half better again and quickly scored and took the lead out to 20-12. Match was becoming very physical with both teams hitting rucks and tackles going in hard. Annan fought back again and Findlay Graham scored and converted again by Aaron Carmichael bringing score back up to 20-19.

    With the game going from end to end both teams scoring try a piece. Findlay Graham again getting the second of the match which was converted by Aaron Carmichael. The match was poised at 27-26 to Kilmarnock with Annan stuck on their own lines in the dying moments Kilmarnock scored again bringing the final score to Kilmarnock 32 Annan 26.

    Overall it was a good game in the conditions with both teams being evenly matched. It was a good learning curve for the boys with the game being physical at the breakdowns where Alex Laurie excelled.

    Annan still need to read the game more and try to get more width on the ball as they have plenty of speed out wide.

    Thanks again to all parents who went up to Kilmarnock to support Annan and supply transport. It is much appreciated by the coaches and players alike.


    STEWARTRY/IRVINE v ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV
    13TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Remembrance Sunday 13th November, 2016, Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled to Greenlaw, to take on Stewartry in the latest round of the T4.

    As the host club had reorganised their players to field an U15 side, this left them a little short at U14 level with a lot of the older boys in that age group, moving up to the U15 team.

    However rather than call the game off, Stewartry contacted Irvine who were their U15 opponents and they brought a number of players at the U14 age group as well, so thankfully the game against Annan/ Moffat could also go ahead.

    Prior to the game starting a poppy wreath was laid in the centre spot and both teams and the watching spectators observed a minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day.

    There were some initial worries in the Annan/ Moffat camp as Irvine were a bit of an unknown at this level, combined with the fact that the visitors had around 5 players unavailable due to other commitments.

    However on the game starting any fears the boys may have had were quickly dispelled as they took the game to Stewartry/Irvine from the outset with a fine individual try coming a short time later through Ciaran Sproat, who split the home defence and romped home from just inside the half way line. The try being converted by Ben Little.

    The next score was a good to watch with some good interplay between three or four players before scrum half Max Coupland, laid on a beautiful offload from the tackle for Finley McCartney to score under the posts. Ben Little again making sure with the conversion.

    The next effort came from good work at the ruck, just inside the half way line when a couple of quick passes made it to birthday boy, John MacKay, who was in the unusual position of being out on the right wing. However, he realised the home defence were all still committed centrally and ran in from inside the half way line to score in the corner, which was unconverted.

    Ciaran Sproat then took centre stage again and with some excellent running ripped through the home defence for another score under the posts, which was again converted by Ben Little.

    The final score of the first third saw, Max Coupland, pick up from the base of a ruck, and run through close to the ruck, with a sprint towards the posts, which thankfully he just managed to win, as the the cover defence descended upon him for another fine try. Ben Little again converting.

    The 2nd third started with the Annan/ Moffat boys again taking the game to the home side. After about 5 minutes in Euan Muirhead, was the first to react to some indecision in the home ranks and pounced on a ball which had been dropped over the goal line, by one of the home defenders, for another try. Again Ben Little converted.

    Ben Latimer then hot his name on the score sheet when he crossed the line out near the right hand touch line after a fine handling move across the park by almost the whole Annan/ Moffat team. This was unconverted.

    Duncan smith, who was set free by some fine rucking and handling in the centre of the pitch then ran in to score out wide left despite the close attention of three Stewartry/ Irvine defenders. Again this was unconverted.

    In the final score of the period Euan Muirhead, then reverted to type following, his earlier close range effort and went on one if his long rangy runs to score another try which was also unconverted.

    In the final third due to a number of injuries in the Stewartry/ Irvine team, the teams were mixed up with this being played as a development Session.

    With the infusion of some new players, the home side then took the game to Annan/ Moffat and after so excellent driving play from Finley McCartney he repaid the compliment to Max Coupland for him to score to the right of the posts. As the Stewartry/ Irvine team were short of a kicker, birthday boy MacKay duly stepped up and slotted the conversion.

    The revival was short lived however and the remaining members of the Annan/ Moffat team began to exert more pressure with Euan Muirhead scoring a fine individual effort under the posts after exploiting a gap just outside the opposition 22., to get his hattrick. Ben Little duly converting it.

    The next score came as a result of sone good Interplay between the two Ben's, Latimer and Little which set Duncan Smith free on the right touchline to outstrip the home defence and score in the corner. This was unconverted.

    The final try of the game went to Ciaran Sproat, who barged through about 7 of the opposition players to score his hat trick under the posts. Ben Little being prevented from getting the conversion by the cross bar.

    Final Score: Stewartry/ Irvine 4 v Annan/ Moffat 40

    Thanks to Stewartry for their hospitality as always and also to the Stewartry and Irvine boys for the game.

    Special thanks to the 20 or so family and friends who travelled to a wet Greenlaw to stage in the rain and support the boys. Your all stars.

    Finally special mention and happy birthday to John James Mackay.


    ANNAN P4-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    6TH NOVEMBER 2016

    ANNAN P6/P7 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers took a healthy 18 player squad to Moffat on a cold morning for some game time with our friends at Holm Park. The aim was to play 2 games and give all players as much game time as possible which we duly did.

    The first game was won by the hosts 5-2 with both teams struggling to get out of the blocks with some scrappy play to begin with, but as the game progressed the play became better and some thrilling inter play gave the hardy spectators some entertaining watching.

    Annan scorers were Remo Armstrong and Fraser McMillan.

    After a short break the second game started with Moffat scoring quickly with some driving play from Indy who played well on the day and this game never let up in pace throughout. Moffat running out eventual winners 8-5 in a game that was a joy to watch. Both teams stuck to their task valiantly and played some rugby out of the top drawer.

    Annan try scorers in this game were John Glendinning, Fraser McMillan, Lex Stevenson, Deacon Henderson and Adam Hamilton.

    The young players are getting better with more game time and this showed with some nice passing play and good tackling throughout.

    Some of our newer players need a mention with Sarah Latimer passing well in contact and Niall Paterson running hard on the day. Jake Nordons break down the wing showed his pace and only a last ditch tackle stopped him scoring.

    The team is getting better but we still have work to do at training with the Langholm tournament up in 2 weeks.

    Team on the day: Mason Watret (capt), Ruari Heughan, Lex Stevenson, Remo Armstrong, Ayda Cheircha, Jake Nordon, Niall Patterson, Ellie Smith, Deacon Henderson, Adam Hamilton, Ewan Bell, John Glendinning, Lennon Anderson, Fraser McMillan, Sarah Latimer, Finlay Halliday, Niamh Ross and Rauri Mcgauchie.

    ANNAN P4/P5 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Ian Kerr

    Annan traveled to Moffat with 14 players on a very chilly day with only Moffat to play against.

    Coaches decided to mix both teams up playing two training games.

    All played well with some very tackle hungry Annan players .

    All enjoyed their training and are looking forward to going to Langholm on the 20th of November to get some game time .

    Players: Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Oban Nicholson, Harry Nordon, Innes Johnstone, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Ollie Hamilton, Matt Irving, Archie Stoddart, James Farrel, Mark Iveson & Kieren Haliday.

    Thanks to Moffat for their hospitality & all who came to support .

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Ross Johnstone

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV v PAISLEY
    6TH NOVEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 6th November, Annan/ Moffat entertained Paisley U14 in their latest T4 Fixture at a sunny but cold Violetbank.

    The visitors arrived with 9 players so the home side gave them 4 players, who were rotated in each third of the game, to play 13 a side.

    In a change to their normal routine, the home side took the game to the visitors from the outset, scoring early on. This gave them the confidence boost and momentum to keep playing open running rugby with the result that scores kept coming at regular intervals.

    Some of the offloading, interplay and handling at times was excellent to watch and kept the spectators well entertained, throughout the match.

    Final Score: Annan/ Moffat U14 52 v Paisley U14 6

    Scorers for Annan/ Moffat on the day were - Finley McCartney 2, Ciaran Sproat 3, John Mckay 2, Euan Muirhead 4, Ross Smith 2, Duncan Smith and Calum Kirk. Ben Little and Ben Latimer kicking 7 conversions, between them.

    Josh Smith also scored one of the Paisley tries.

    A good result for the boys after being up against it over the past few games and it was good for them to show what they are capable of, when they focus and work hard as a unit.

    Thanks to Gary McCartney for refereeing and to Susan Coupland and Keith Latimer for feeding both teams after the game.

    Thanks also to all who came to support the boys it was very much appreciated by them. Well done boys.


    P1-P7 MINI FESTIVAL AT VIOLETBANK
    30TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Various

    In total over 220 P1 to P7 kids from all over Dumfries and Galloway and even some from over the border (Ayrshire) descended on Violetbank on Sunday to take part in a Festival of mini rugby.

    The home club were resplendent in their new bespoke Tiger strips which were recently purchased with sponsorship money raised over the closed season. Main sponsors, who were present on the day, were Iggesund Paperboard of Workington and DK Engineering Ltd, they, and others who could not attend, funded the new tops.

    Our thanks go to all sponsors. The following reports were submitted by the various Team Managers/Coaches.

    ANNAN P6/P7 TIGERS

    Due to the increasing numbers at p6/7 level it enabled Annan to field 2 teams on the day. This spread players quite thinly but maximised the amount of game time for the players. The squad being split as evenly as possible into Black and Gold teams.

    The Gold team with Niall Patterson and Jake Nordon making their first appearance for Annan played well on the day with some good performances against some strong teams. Close games against Langholm and Carrick losing 2-0 and 2-1 respectively could have gone either way as the Golds played some good rugby in both games. Lex Stevenson scoring for Annan against Carrick.

    Then followed 3 games one after the other which took a heavy toll on the young players. They stuck to their task on the pitch and despite not having any subs on the day the pace of the games started to show.

    Defeats against Newton Stewart, Stewartry and Moffat left some very tired and sore bodies at the end. Some excellent play came in those games as the more experienced players came to the fore with Lex Stevenson scoring his second try from a well worked move by Remo Armstrong passing to Ayda Cheircha who played a lovely pass out of contact to put Lex in at the corner.

    Gold Team: Ruari Heughan (Capt.) Lex Stevenson, Remo Armstrong, Ayda Cheircha, Jake Nordon, Niall Patterson, Mason Watret, Ellie Smith, Oban Woodman, Deacon Henderson, The Black team first played Moffat and lost this 4-1 but there was some good rugby in this 10 min game.

    Next was Newton Stewart who only had 8 players so the blacks fielded 8 players and the boys and girls took on board what the Black coach said about passing the ball more and scored 5 try's from J, Glendinning F, McMillan (2) A Hamilton (2) winning this game 5-2 with no rest The Blacks played Carrick and won this game 3-0 Tries coming from F. McMillan L. Anderson & J Glendinning

    The Blacks next game was Stewartry this a good game rugby from Annan as they put in 100% and never gave up in tackling and putting the opposition under pressure and lost this 1-0.

    The Blacks last game was Langholm both teams played some good rugby and 3 good tries coming from F. McMillan A Hamilton L Anderson who scored right at the death to give the blacks a win.

    Special Mention to Niamh Ross who got her 1st game under her belt in this age group (I am sure your grandad will be pleased for you).

    Black Team: Adam Hamilton, Ewan Bell, John Glendinning, Lennon Anderson, Fraser McMillan, Liam Ewing, Erin Ewing, Sarah Latimer, Finlay Halliday, Niamh Ross and Jake Pollock.

    Overall a great day for Annan with the Blacks faring better and with player numbers rising hopefully 2 teams on game days could happen more often.

    Coaches: Callum Heughan, Neil Bell and Rob McMillan

    Manager: Julie Stephenson

    ANNAN P4/P5 TIGERS

    Today was our home tournament at Violetbank, we had 16 players with 5 teams travelling to us to play. Our team sported our new tops which were worn with pride. Our team played well with a few new players on board with some excellent tackling and the team all working well together to set up some good tries, with some good off-loading.

    Games played: Annan 6 v Stewartry 2, Annan 2 v Langholm 3, Annan 2 v Moffat 8, Annan 6 v Newton Stewart 5 and Annan 7 v Carrick 4

    Try Scorers Harry Nordon, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Murray Ker, Chrissy Newlands, Matt Irving, Oban Nicholson & Ryan Graham.

    Players: Danny Bell, Oban Nicholson, Ryan Graham, Aaron Kerr, Mark Iveson, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Murray Ker, Archie Stoddart, Chrissy Newlands, Innes Johnstone, James Farrell, Ollie Hamilton, Harry Nordon, Aidan Tinning & Matt Irving.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Ross Johnstone.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison.

    ANNAN P1-P3 TIGERS

    A great turnout at Violetbank on Sunday by Annan Micros. With a large squad of sixteen enthusiastic and keen Micros, players were substituted in the games which allowed all to participate throughout the Tournament.

    Two games against Dumfries Micros resulted in both a win and a loss, with a 1-0 win to Annan in the second game.

    Next up was a narrow loss to Langholm Micros.

    Players had some coaching before the final game against Carrick. Owing to the lack of Carrick Micros, Annan supplied four players which resulted in a defeat for Annan. Both Tries were scored by Annan players.

    Overall the Annan Micros showed great promise and good sportsmanship throughout the Tournament.

    Thanks to all that attended on Sunday to support the Micros.

    Annan Micro Players: Lleyton Anderson, Lealand Buck, Rory Copland, Torrin Duncan, Harley Farish, Daniel Farrall, Arron Graham, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Harris Newton, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Ryan Tinning.

    Coach: Cameron Ewing

    Manager: Heather Tinning

    The kids would like to thank James Bingham and Stevie Jancey for helping Coach Cameron Ewing on the day and rumour has it that both gents will be returning to training to lend a hand. The more the merrier.

    All in all a great days rugby enjoyed by all. This would not be possible without many helpers, coaches, managers, referees (Sean Haren, James Bingham, Cairn Wallace, Lily Glendinning, Adele Wyllie, and Cameron Ewing), Grubber/Catering help (Susan’s Souper Sausage Roll and Sanger Squad) and parents.

    The kids would like to thank you all.

    This week training moves to Galabank training area at Annan Athletic Football Club for the winter. Please park in the car park, which is past the club, when dropping off and picking up as there is NO parking on the street!

    Times as normal 6pm-7pm for micros and 6pm-7.30pm for P4/5 and P6/7.

    On Sunday 6th November we set out for a fixture away to Moffat Rams.

    Meet at 1030 for 1100 kick off.


    STEWARTRY v ANNAN / MOFFAT U15 XV
    30TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

    Annan travelled West on Sunday to play a local derby against Stewartry. With only 12 players available, Stewartry gave up 2 players so both teams played at 14 a side.

    The first half started well for Annan with the forwards winning possession early and giving it to the backs that put it through the hands to winger William White who outpaced the defence to score.

    After that that was the only good play of the half Stewartry then woke up and with some strong running and more aggressive rucking they started to find gaps in the Annan defence and scored 5 tries with no reply.

    The second half was a much better performance with Annan getting up in their faces more and that created mistakes in the opposition which then led to Annan scoring through Findlay McMillan, who has had his best game of the season so far.

    Annan scored again trough Alex Laurie who drove over from close range after some good phases of play by the forwards. It was converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    With Stewartry still having the edge they scored a further 5 tries. With Stewartry being worthy winners the final score Stewartry 62 Annan 17.

    Overall it was a hard lesson for Annan who needs to work harder on the rucking and going up as one line of defence and need to concentrate for the whole of the 60 minutes.

    To their credit they never gave up and that was good to see which will stand them in good stead for the future.

    Well done to Kit Proudfoot for his Under 15 debut that has a solid game.

    Thanks to Kenny and John and the ladies for their hospitality at Stewartry and parents who took their cars allowing the boys to get a game of rugby.


    KILMARNOCK v ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV
    30TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 30th October, Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled to Kilmarnock to take on the home club in the latest T4 Fixture.

    Despite being short of a number of the older regular players, Annan/ Moffat took to the field with 14 players which was equal to the home team in terms of numbers.

    That said it was evident from the outset that the visitors would be up against it with the home side again being comprised of mainly larger players.

    In the initial stages the Annan/ Moffat boys regularly took the wrong option allowing their larger opponents to take advantage in and around the contact area resulting in them scoring at regular intervals.

    As the game progressed the boys began to realise if they upped their passing and speed with the ball in hand they could make significant inroads into the home defence.

    This led to four tries all coming as a result of good handling interchanges and the use of space outside, through. Ciaran Sproat (2), Euan Muirhead and Duncan Smith. Ben Little converting one of the scores.

    Full Time: Kilmarnock U14 30 v Annan/Moffat U14 13

    All in all a hard day at the office for the boys, but to their credit they plugged away till the final whistle.

    Special mention to Lewis Hobbins who played his first game of rugby for the club.

    Thanks to Kilmarnock for their hospitality and to all who travelled with the boys your support is very much appreciated.


    ARDROSSAN v ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV
    9TH OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a sunny Sunday the 9th October Annan/ Moffat U14 travelled to play Ardrossan U14 on the Ayrshire coast.

    As it was such a pleasant morning, coach tag led some of the party on a route through rural Ayrshire where they were able to take in some magnificent views of Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig as they approached the coast. (Sat Nav induced Okidoki route).

    In terms of the match the boys struggled throughout against a much bigger Ardrossan outfit, having limited possession and having to commit numbers in defence against the home teams, big forwards in particular which left space elsewhere for scores to come at periodic intervals.

    That said there was some good play in parts by the Annan/ Moffat team, who interchanged and passed well, but this usually came to nothing due to the physicality and bulk of the home team.

    Although all the boys stuck at it, probably not their best display of the season and probably best described as a collective bad day at the office.

    Final Score: Ardrossan U14 28 - Annan/ Moffat 0.

    Although there were a few reasonable performances special mention must go to Aitken Render, who despite being one of the smallest players on the park, had a heart the size of a rugby ball and the tenacity of a pit bull terrier. What a performance!

    Thanks to all the parents and family who travelled to support and sorry to Jackie and Laura about the okidoki, but the views were fab weren't they!

    PLEASE NOTE:Training from next week will be from 6-7pm on Tuesday and Thursday, at Violetbank.


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV v BISHOPTON/CLYDEBANK
    2ND OCTOBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On a Sunday 2nd October, Annan/ Moffat U14 welcomed Bishopton/ Clydebank to a sunny and almost balmy Violetbank for the latest T4 fixture.

    The visitors arrived with ten players so in order to give everyone plenty of game time, the home side gave them 4 players so 14 a side could be played.

    Right from the kick off Annan/ Moffat took the game to the visitors and began scoring at regular intervals, through Max Coupland, Simon Graham, Duncan Smith,Kieran Johnston, Finley McCartney, Ciaran Sproat, with Findlay Graham and Euan Muirhead getting 2 a piece. Ben little being successful with 7 conversions.

    This was a much improved performance from the boys who all played their part, and at times played some excellent attacking rugby to keep the crowd entertained.

    Final Score: Annan/Moffat 34 v Bishopton/Clydebank 0

    Thanks to Gary McCartney for refereeing and to Fiona Latimer and Susan Coupland for feeding all the boys after the game.

    Thanks also to all the parents, family and friends who came out to support the boys, it is very much appreciated by both the boys and coaches.


    ANNAN / MOFFAT U14 XV v MARR
    25TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary 'Taggart' Coupland

    On Sunday 25th September, Annan/ Moffat U14 hosted Marr U14 in their latest T4 league fixture.

    The visitors being one of the top teams in the league and unbeaten so far this season. The home team were also short of a number of their older players, due to unavailability and call ups to the U15 team.

    As such they were up against it from the start against a much bigger and well drilled Marr outfit, who scored at regular intervals throughout the game.

    Annan/ Moffat's only scores coming through Euan Muirhead and Ciaran Sproat with Ben Little adding one conversion.

    Final Score: Annan / Moffat U14 7 v Marr U14 67.

    A hard day at the office for the boys who played, but thanks for keeping going lads.

    Thanks to stand in U14 coach for the day Niall Smith, Calum Bell for refereeing and to the ladies in the Grubber for feeding the teams.

    Thanks also you to all the parents, family and friends who turned up to support the boys.


    ANNAN P4/P7 TIGERS AT NEWTON STEWART
    25TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    P4/P5 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison.

    Annan travelled to Bladnoch park with 8 players to play in Newton Stewarts tournament.

    Today the sun was shining for a change which spurred on our young players.

    First game was against Dumfries, Annan took control of the game quickly with some great tackling and try scoring with Annan winning 7-3.

    Try scorers were: Aaron Kerr, Oban Nicholson & Murray Ker.

    Second game was against Newton Stewart our players played well together passing quickly to get the ball up to score some well-deserved tries, winning 13-3.

    Try scorers were: Murray Ker, Dan Stevenson, Oban Nicholson, Aidan Tinning & Aaron Kerr.

    Third game was against Moffat , Annan had to work hard but team work & great ball control give them a well-deserved win of 3-1.

    Try scorers were: Oban Nicholson & Zak Stevenson.

    A much improved performance from previous tournament as all players played well together as a team, each individual was outstanding in their own area with some good offloading in the tackle.

    Thanks to parents who made the journey and for supporting the boys on the day.

    Players: Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Murray Ker, Innes Johnstone, Aidan Tinning, Mark Iveson, Oban Nicholson & Aaron Kerr.

    Coach: Jack Tinning

    P6/P7 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Neil Bell.

    On Sunday 25/9 Annan P6/7 travelled a long journey to Newton Stewart with 14 players. 1st up Annan played Dumfries Orange (bibs) this was a close game with some good tackling from both teams.

    Annan won this game 2-1.

    Try scorers were Lennon Anderson and Frazer Macmillan.

    With no rest Annan played the host Newton Stewart this was Annan best game of the tournament with some great passing of the ball and putting the opposition under pressure. Annan won this game 4- 2.

    Try scorers were Lex Stevenson, Rauri McGauchie (getting his 1st try at this level) and not forgetting Frazer Macmillan with another 2.

    Again with no rest Annan played Dumfries Yellow. Dumfries dominated this game scoring 6 tries to none. Annan downfall was maybe they thought they were going to win the rest of the games after 2 wins on the trot.

    After a 15 min rest Annan played Dumfries, Annan lost this game 3-0 but tackling was a lot better in this.

    In their final outing of the day Annan played Moffat. As soon as the whistle went Moffat scored sadly things did not improve Annan lost 6-0.

    All in all this was a good tournament for the players and coaches to see where we can improve on at training and what we are good at.

    Coaches Note to Players: Players if you read this please remember that the referee will make a mistake and to play the whistle if we did not have these volunteers you would not be playing games.

    Playing today were: Lex Stevenson, Adam Hamilton, Frazer Macmillan, Ewan Bell, John Glendinning, Lennon Anderson, Erin Ewing, Liam Ewing, Oban Woodman, Remo Armstrong, Drew Sharkey, Jake Pollock, Deacon Henderson and Rauri McGauchie. Coaches Neil Bell and Rob Macmillan.

    No more tournaments now until our own, at Violetbank on Sunday the 30th of October.

    To keep the momentum of the last few weeks going we propose to train at Violetbank on a couple of Sundays between now and then.

    Team managers will be in touch with the details.

    Training as normal will be at Violetbank at 6 pm on Friday nights.


    ANNAN/MOFFAT U15 XV v KILMARNOCK
    25TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael. (Match Highlights)

    Annan welcomed Kilmarnock to a sunny Violetbank for their latest T4 fixture.

    With home team having 12 players to Kilmarnock’s 13, Annan pulled over Duncan Smith from the Under 14’s to make his debut. So this could be classed as a league game.

    1st 20 minutes Annan came out like men possessed and played some lovely rugby using the use of the wide pitch, they moved the ball from 1 side to the other making the big Kilmarnock forwards run about. They scored 5 tries to 1 with 2 being converted - Annan 29 v Kilmarnock 5

    2nd third was complete opposite to first with Annan thinking they were world beaters. They hung back as a team and missed too many tackles by going in high and lost the second 20 minutes by 4 tries to 1 - Annan 34 v Kilmarnock 27.

    3rd session after some stern words by the coach they went back to playing like they did in first session moving the ball from one side to the other and consequently scored 3 tries to 1.

    Final Score: Annan 55 v Kilmarnock 34

    Overall it was a good performance by the boys, but still need to get lower in the tackles and hit rucks quicker. Still a well deserved win. (Roll on next week!)

    Try scorers: William White (4 tries), Findlay Graham (3 tries), Finlay McMillan (1 try), Aaron Carmichael (1 try plus 5 conversions)

    Big thanks to Elaine and Fiona for feeding all players and to the parents for their continued support.


    ANNAN P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    11TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    P1-P3 MICROS

    Match Report by: Nicola Oakes

    5 intrepid micros travelled to Moffat for a joint training / games day with The Hosts and Stewartry.

    The kids had a ball, training all together then finishing with a game of tag rugby. Scorers in this game were Lleyton with 2 and Elliot with 1.

    Hopefully we, and others will be able to field more numbers at our home tournament which is next up on the 30th of October.

    We are hearing that some parents think it’s too soon for these kids. But it’s not organised matches with a winner takes all attitude. It’s all about getting out there and running around, and it’s never TOO SOON for that.

    Annan micros who travelled were Lleyton Anderson, Elliot Oakes, Harley Farish, Arron Graham and Ryan Tinning. Well done all.

    Coaches: Jane Stewart and Nicole Barlow.

    P4-P5 MINIS

    Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Ten Annan P4/5 Players travelled to Moffat for a Tournament on Sunday.

    The Team played 3 games, against Stewartry and both Moffat A and B Teams.

    Captain Zak Stevenson kicked off the first game playing 6-a-side, 6 minutes each way against Moffat. Although a good effort, final score was Moffat 6, Annan 1. This due mostly to some excellent play by Young Mr. Dodd of Moffat and some lack lustre defence from Annan. Annan’s second game was against Stewartry, with Annan loaning 2 of their Players (Danny Bell and Zak Stevenson) to Stewartry to make 8 per side. Annan needed to improve their tackling as Stewartry made it through scoring 8 Tries to Annan’s 2.

    Some coaching before the last game by Coach Hammy, with the team practising their passing and catching skills was followed by Captain Aidan Tinning started the final game against a second Moffat Team.

    This was played at 8 a side with some players from the first Moffat team making up the numbers. It was a much improved game, with Annan scoring the first try in both halves. Final score: Moffat 4 to Annan’s 2 Tries.

    Annan Players on the day: Danny Bell, Ryan Graham, Mark Ivison, Innes Johnstone, Aaron Kerr, Murray Ker, Oban Nicholson, Dan Stevenson, Zak Stevenson and Aidan Tinning.

    Try Scorers: Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr and Zak Stevenson.

    Thank you to all who supported the Players on Sunday.

    Next Training Session to be held on Friday 23rd September, 6 pm at Violetbank, Annan. Coach Ian Hamilton

    P6-P7 MINIS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan P6/7 took a very healthy 18 player squad to Moffat on Sunday for the round robin tournament with Moffat and Stewartry. With great weather this was a good day for rugby. Annan v Moffat were up first and the Tigers were slow to get moving going down 2 tries quite quickly against a gutsy Moffat team. Annan rallied and put in some good play with all players getting hands on ball.

    With a change of 8 players at half time it was like we were back in the starting blocks and Moffat scored another 2 tries to run out eventual winners 4-0.

    This score flattered the hosts but Annan could have done better.

    Our second game against Stewartry started in the same style with Annan conceding early before getting in the game. Heads went down a little with some decisions going against Annan and it took intervention from coaches to rectify some of the misunderstandings. At the half Annan were down 5-0 against a very good team from Castle Douglas.

    The second half however with more wholesale changes in the team Annan hit their stride to score 2 well worked tries.

    A powerful run up the right wing ended in a score for Lennon Anderson who looks like he is repeating his scoring from last season and a bulldozing run up the left in heavy traffic brought a try for Adam Hamilton to round off a good day for him.

    An extra game against Stewartry was arranged and this was a well fought affair with Stewartry scoring late to take the game 1-0.

    Annan played well over the 3 games but we have a lot to work on at training. 18 players is fantastic and our commitment to giving all players as much game time as possible may not always lead to winning games but will give all players the opportunity to improve as players.

    Mention must go to Deacon Henderson who was outstanding in all aspects of the game and with good support from Lex Stevenson captain for the day, Mason Watret, Frazer McMillan and Ruari Heughan who are all senior players at this level and the introduction of some experienced P4-5s this is looking like a good squad going into the season.

    Ayda Chierchia played well on her debut and Ellie Smith who may be slight in stature more than punches above her weight on the field.

    Team: Lex Stevenson (Capt) Ellie Smith, Ayda Chierchia, Mason Watret, Deacon Henderson, Erin Ewing, Sarah Latimer, John Glendinning, Ewan Bell, Liam Ewing, Oban Woodman, Remo Armstrong, Ruari Heughan, Rauri McGauchie, Adam Hamilton, Frazer McMillan, Lennon Anderson, Jake Pollock.

    Coaches: Calum Heughan, Neil Bell and Rob McMillan.

    Next week sees the P4/5 and P6/7 travel to Bladnoch Park, Newton Stewart for a tournament.

    Usual 1030 meet for 1100 start.

    All kids should receive a message from their team manager. NO micros this weekend.

    Further date for the diary is 30th October which is Annan’s turn to host at Violetbank.


    MARR U15 XV v ANNAN/MOFFAT U15 XV
    18TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

    On Sunday Annan travelled to Troon in Ayrshire to take on Marr. With only 11 boys available to travel, the match was turned into a development game with Marr giving us 4 players to play 15 aside.

    Decided to play 2 x 20 minute sessions.

    First session Annan was up against a well organised team who play 2 games a week. Their passing and supporting play was a lot crisper than Annan’s and scored 3 tries with no conversions in the first session. Marr 15 v Annan 0

    Second session Annan got up in their faces more and competed a lot better. The scrums and lineout were more stable and meant that the backs had more ball to play with. The backs passing needs to be a lot sharper when coming up against a well organised defence. Marr scored 3 more tries and 2 conversions to finish off session. Marr 34 v Annan 0

    With the boys enjoying the game, another session was added to give the boys much needed game time but was cut short to 15 minutes with the weather changing. Marr scored another 2 tries. Final Score: Marr 44 v Annan 0

    Overall this was good effort from Annan, the scrum was solid with props Aidan Craik and Craig Bell standing up well and hooker Ryan Armstrong finding his position now.

    Work needs to be done on the lineout with too many balls being thrown in squint. The backs handling needs to be a lot faster and more accurate. The tackling was excellent in parts from Alex Laurie, Findlay Graham and Aaron Carmichael.

    They need to push up as a line quicker to force opposition into making mistakes rather than waiting for opposition to come to them. All this work can be done on the training field. Well done to Michael Loughran in his first game for Annan.

    I would like to thank the Referee/Coach, Stephen Cotter for the way he handled and explained the game for both sides and for Marr’s hospitality.

    Again thanks to all parents who travelled and provided transport for the players. Much appreciated.


    NEWTON STEWART U14 XV v ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV
    18TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary ‘Tag’ Coupland

    On Sunday, 18th September, Annan/ Moffat travelled to Bladnoch to take on Newton Stewart in their latest T4 League fixture.

    Once again the visitors were slow to get out of the blocks and allowed Newton Stewart to get up a head of steam in the first third scoring 4 tries, without response.

    As in previous weeks there was a vast improvement in the second third with Annan/ Moffat scoring three unconverted tries through John MacKay (2) and Findley McCartney to Newton Stewart's 2 in response.

    In the final third Annan/ Moffat scored a further two tries through Captain for the day Josh Smith, but again through some poor tackling and lapses in concentration they allowed Newton Stewart to score a further 4 tries, 3 of which were against the run of play from breakaways.

    Although at times some of the work rate and concentration could have been improved upon, over the piece this was a good game with Annan/ Moffat scorning the chance to score a further 5 tries, through wrong decision making inside the home 22, a bit of ' white line fever' as the line beckoned and some excellent last ditch defence by the home team.

    Final Score: Newton Stewart U14 39 v Annan/ Moffat U14 15

    Thanks to Jamie Muir for refereeing, Newton Stewart for a good game and their hospitality on the day, it was much appreciated by the players, coaches and parents.

    After the final whistle the Annan boys sung Happy Birthday to their Principal ' cheerleader' Laura Mackay, and presented her with a birthday cake, complete with candles to celebrate her recent ' special birthday'.

    Happy Birthday Laura from all at Annan Rugby.

    In addition to Laura thanks to all the Parents and supporters who gave up their Sunday to travel through to watch the boys. It is very much appreciated by both the boys and Coaches.


    ANNAN P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    11TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    P1-P3 MICROS

    Match Report by: Heather Tinning.

    A great start to the season for Annan Micros as they attended Stewartry Rugby Club on Sunday, as the Sharks celebrated 25 years.

    Weather was kind to the Micros, with a bright start. Owing to the lack of numbers, the Micros had a joint training session with Stewartry Sharks.

    The team practised their passing, running and kicking skills, supported by Coach Cameron Ewing.

    The Micros also had the opportunity to have their photographs taken with GB Olympic Silver Medallist Mark Bennett, together with Rob Harley from Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, and John Jeffrey.

    Annan Micro Team Members: Lleyton Anderson, Aaron Graham, Harley Farris, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Ben Richardson and Ryan Tinning.

    Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day.

    Coach was Cameron Ewing and report by Heather Tinning.

    P4-P5 MINIS

    Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Minis P4/5 Annan Tigers travelled to Stewartry with 12 players to play against host club Stewartry.

    Due to shortage of Stewartry players Annan loaned two players in each of the two games to make nine aside teams. Two games were played either side of a small training session.

    Annan edged forward in the 1st game to win 9-8. In the 2nd game, Annan were defeated 9-6 when Stewartry had the help of Dan & Zak Stevenson.

    All Annan players played well on their first outing of the season.

    Try scorers were: Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Aaron Kerr & Mason Currie .

    Annan P4-P5 Team Members: Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Dan Stevenson, Murray Ker ,Ollie Hamilton, Kieran Halliday, Mason Currie, Mark Iveson, Danny Bell, Ryan Graham.

    Coach was Jack Tinning and report by Lynn Aitchison

    P6-P7 MINIS

    Match Report by: Neil Bell/Julie Stephenson.

    Annan P6/7 travelled to Castle Douglas for their first games of the season. A good start for the season as 14 players turned up out of 20 players for Annan.

    1st up was Stewartry Annan seemed to be in holiday mode as Stewartry scored 3 tries in the 1st half.

    After a bit of talking from the coaches Annan did play a bit better and managed to score a try through Deacon Henderson after ploughing his way through a few players and scoring in the corner. Annan lost this game 5-1.

    With not much rest, Annan next played Newton Stewart. Annan played this game with much better tempo by passing the ball around and some great tackling as well. Annan tries came from Frazer Macmillan.

    Special mention to Erin Ewing, Liam Ewing, John Glendinning, Drew Sharkey, Mason Watret, Oban Woodman, Finlay Halliday and Ellie Smith (who nearly got her first try today with P6/7) Thanks to parents for coming and their encouragement.

    Annan P6-P7 Team Members: Lennon Anderson, Mason Watret, Deacon Henderson, Jake Pollock, Ewan Bell, John Glendinning, Frazer Macmillan, Finlay Halliday, Ellie Smith, Oban Woodman, Lex Stevenson, Erin Ewing, Liam Ewing and Drew Sharkey.

    Next tournament at Moffat on Sun 18/9

    Coaches were Rob McMillan and Neil Bell and report by Neil Bell/Julie Stephenson.


    ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV v STEWARTRY
    11TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary ‘Tag’ Coupland

    On Sunday 11th September Annan/ Moffat U14 entertained local rivals Stewartry U14 at Violetbank .

    In the initial stages it looked like the Annan/ Moffat boys were still in their beds as Stewartry raced into a 4 try lead all of which were converted.

    Captain for the day Coll Irving managed to thankfully awaken his team from their previous slumbers and they started to play some good rugby scoring through Ross Smith, John McKay and Findlay Graham, with Ben Little adding two conversions.

    Alas they had left themselves to much to do and Stewartry held on for the win.

    Final Score: Annan/Moffat 11 v Stewartry 16

    This was a good evenly matched contest and at times both teams played some excellent rugby to entertain the crowd.

    Thanks to all who came up to support and thanks to Susan, Keith and Elaine in the Grubber for feeding the boys after the game.


    IRVINE/GARNOCK U15 XV v ANNAN/MOFFAT U15 XV
    4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gordon 'Gogs' Carmichael

    Annan/Moffat kicked off their new season travelling to Irvine with only 11 players available due to some late call offs.

    Irvine/Garnock gave up two players so we could play 13 aside. Right from the first kick off the team were up against it with the home players being so much more physical and bigger in stature.

    In the first half the boys tried hard but could not stop Irvine/Garnock scoring 7 tries without reply.

    Half-time Score: Irvine/Garnock 41 Annan/Moffat 0.

    The second half with a couple of Irvine boys joining Annan/Moffat they put in a better performance which resulted in a try for the away side from one of the Irvine players, which was converted by Aaron Carmichael.

    With Irvine scoring two more tries the game finished.

    Final Score: Irvine/Garnock 51 Annan/Moffat 7.

    The game was cut short so both teams were mixed up to even up the remainder of the game.

    Hopefully they won’t come up against teams as big or as physical as Irvine/Garnock were.

    Well done to Ewan Campbell for a Baptism of Fire in his first competitive game for the club.

    I would like to thank all parents who travelled up and helped with the transport.


    PAISLEY U14 XV v ANNAN/MOFFAT U14 XV
    4TH SEPTEMBER 2016

    Match Report by: Gary ‘Tag’ Coupland

    On Sunday 4th September, Annan/ Moffat U14 kicked of the new league season with a trip to Paisley Rugby Club.

    What a cracking game this turned out to be with the both the home and away support given plenty to cheer and admire with some excellent running rugby played by both sides from the outset.

    After losing a quick score, the visitors soon got into their rhythm and scored regularly throughout the game, with the scorers being Euan Muirhead, who in addition to being the team captain for the game, scored 3 tries, Max Coupland and Ross Smith 2 tries a piece and Duncan Smith, Coll Irving, and John McKay with one try. Two of the scores were converted by Ben Little and Josh Smith.

    FYI - The scoring works on 3 points for a try and 1 point for a conversion.

    There were a lot of positives from this game, in particular the support play and handling between the boys for several of the tries, the defence against much larger opposition and their general all round decision making, particularly in attack.

    Mention should also go to Ben Latimer, Aitken Render and Calum Kirk, who were playing at this level for the first time and stuck to their task well and also to the older boys who seem to be relishing their new status as the seniors in the squad each and everyone of them rising to the challenge.

    Final Score: Paisley 20 v Annan/Moffat U14 32

    Annan/ Moffat Team:- Coll Irving, John McKay, Cammy Millard, Calum Kirk, Ross Smith, Duncan Smith, Josh Smith, Max Coupland, Euan Muirhead (C), Ben Latimer, Aitken Render and Ben Little.

    Well done to you all.

    All in all a good start to the season.

    Special thanks to all the parents who travelled with the boys to Paisley your support was very much valued.

    Thanks also to Paisley for their hospitality.